The notion of the independent city of Martinsville becoming a town in Henry County has been shelved — again.
In a 3-2 vote, Martinsville City Council on Tuesday defeated a motion made by Councilman Danny Turner and seconded by Vice Mayor Gene Teague for the city to petition the state Local Government Commission for reversion.
Solid Stone Fabrics in Martinsville announced Tuesday that it plans to expand, adding 16 jobs and investing $1 million in equipment over three years.
The company will continue operations at its current Fayette Street location and will expand into the lower level of the former American of Martinsville headquarters building on Church Street, President and CEO David Stone announced following a city council meeting.
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Virginia Democrats, express-ed some concerns about the budget agreement announced Tuesday, but both praised the cooperation behind the deal.
Warner said: “My hope is this compromise allows us to step away from the irrational harm of sequestration, which hits Virginia harder than any other state. This is a productive step forward that avoids another shutdown and allows the government to operate with more predictability over the short term. I have some concerns about the impact on the federal workforce and our military retirees, which is another reason why we need to tackle the larger and more important issues of tax and entitlement reforms to fix our balance sheet over the long term.”
WASHINGTON — Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon.
The spending increases would be offset by a variety of increased fees and other provisions elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, leaving enough for a largely symbolic cut of about $23 billion in the nation’s debt, now $17 trillion and growing.
JOHANNESBURG — Amid cheers and song for the prisoner who became peacemaker, President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state Tuesday with a plea for the world to emulate Nelson Mandela, “the last great liberator of the 20th century.”