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March 28, 2013 Grand jury indictments unsealed - News

Fifteen people named in unsealed charges

Indictments against 15 people were unsealed Wednesday, 10 days after they were issued by a Henry County grand jury and sealed.
March 28, 2013 At 16 years old, Jones is living a dream - Sports

Will be youngest ever Truck Series driver at Martinsville

There’s a label on the inside of Erik Jones’ car next to the tachometer that reads “Happy Happy Happy.”

The car is not the 1995 Pontiac Trans Am he saved up for since he was 7 years old. No, this is Jones’ Super Late Model car he raced at SpeedFest 2013 on Jan. 26-27 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga.

Jones said the label’s message identifies his team’s attitude in a tweet he sent out at the race.

But it’s more than that.

March 28, 2013 Police capture fugitive hiding in closet - News

Man had been wanted since last May

A tip led police to a Ridgeway apartment where they found a man who had been at large for nearly a year, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
March 28, 2013 Poff provides walk-off winner - Sports

Warriors win in extras

Backed into a corner without his starting pitcher Jasmine Agee, who suffered an injury Tuesday, Magna Vista softball coach Brian Brinegar turned to his next best option: Hannah Savedge.

However, Savedge, who regularly starts at catcher, hadn’t thrown since seventh grade. Not knowing what to expect, Brinegar only knew his team had to score runs, and even with the 12 runs the Warriors did score, it almost wasn’t enough.

Sara Poff’s walk-off two-run single in the eighth inning lifted Magna Vista to a wild 12-11 extra-innings victory over McMichael (N.C.) on Wednesday in Ridgeway. Poff was just one of five Warrior hitters who registered multi-hit games.

March 28, 2013 Letter: Fred Ford - Opinion

Voice belongs to people

In citing an article on Yahoo news (3/25/13,, “Supreme Court gay marriage cases could set stage for dramatic societal changes,” I become concerned that this republic of the United States of America is about to watch the judicial branch of our government being handed over a case to reverse a decision the people have squarely voted on
March 28, 2013 Letter: Pamela Hairston-Chisholm - Opinion

On judging, 'forgiveness'

I was compelled to write and comment on Danny Clifton’s letter, “Life determines destiny” (March 18). In this letter, he comments that at almost every funeral, no one is labeled a bad person and wrote, “The preacher almost always says she was a good woman and he was a fine man. It seems as if we have to die and leave this world to have any hope of being labeled a good person.”
March 28, 2013 Letter: Janie Isley Thorne - Opinion

Plant flowers on grave

I have read several letters recently regarding the theft of flowers from Roselawn Cemetery. This is not anything new.

My first husband died on Jan. 31, 1985. When he was buried, I saved several of the prettier artificial flowers to put on the grave later. They were always stolen.

March 28, 2013 The Stroller - Stroller
March 28, 2013 Elementary school students show excitement for science - News

County schools host elementary science fair

Germs and suds were involved in Morgan Craig and Blake Wilson’s winning projects in Henry County Schools’ elementary science fair Wednesday at Carver Elementary.

Morgan, a second-grader at Drewry Mason Elementary, won first place for grades 2 and 3, and Blake, a fifth-grader at Drewry Mason, won first place for grades four and five.

March 28, 2013 Governor's race an experiment for GOP - News

Republicans gamble with far right-leaning Cuccinelli

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia is conducting nothing short of a grand political experiment in 2013, testing whether a tea party favorite can carry a closely divided state with conservative roots.
March 28, 2013 NASCAR drama helps Speedway sell tickets - Sports
Although crew members pulled Tony Stewart away from Joey Logano after a post-race scuffle started between the two drivers on Sunday at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif., the fight still produced a winner — Martinsville Speedway.

Speedway president Clay Campbell said ticket sales are up for the STP Gas Booster 500 on April 7 at the half-mile track, the next stop in the Sprint Cup Series schedule.

“Our ticket sales have been up every day. Our ticket sales started picking up Sunday night. Sunday night they were above last year at the same time. Monday was a record day, Tuesday was a record day, and we’re on track today (Wednesday) to do it again,” said Campbell, who explained that the Speedway compares daily ticket sales year-to-year. “Sales have been really brisk since Sunday.”

Of course, it wasn’t just the fight that has Campbell and racing fans excited. Kyle Busch won the closely contested race after avoiding a final-lap wreck between Logano and former-teammate-turned-rival Denny Hamlin. That wreck put Hamlin out of the sport for six weeks with a compression fracture in his lower back and comes after the two drivers have been at odds.

March 28, 2013 Area Roundup: Scott to be honored with historical marker - Sports
A new state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to honor Wendell O. Scott will be dedicated next month.

Scott, a Danville native, became the first African American to win a race in what is now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1963.

The April 5 public dedication and unveiling ceremony will begin at noon at the marker’s location at 118 Wendell Scott Drive, in Danville. Speakers at the ceremony will include Mike Helton, president of NASCAR; Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development for NASCAR; Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders; Earl Reynolds, director of community development for Danville; Sarah Latham, president of the Danville Historical Society; and Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, director of the Department of Historic Resources.

During the event, Mayor Saunders will present a proclamation to the Scott Family declaring April 5th as Wendell O. Scott Day.

March 28, 2013 Towarnicki to get same benefits - News

As other city staff, council says

Newly hired Martinsville City Manager Leon Towarnicki basically will get the same employment benefits as other city staff members, according to Mayor Kim Adkins.
March 28, 2013 Bowman: Economy top priority - News

Former Pittsylvania economic development director seeks 16th seat

Ken Bowman vows to be the legislator who knows how to work with local economic developers to attract companies to Southside — including Henry County and Martinsville.
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