Celebration moves to July 4

The Chairmen of the Board will be the headline group for this year’s Celebration 2019 — which will be held on July 4, instead of the usual July 3, at Martinsville Speedway.

Roanoke-based The Worx also will perform.

This, the 21st annual Celebration, will feature free carnival rides and the area’s largest fireworks display. The rides will open at 3 p.m., the music will start at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin after the music. The event will end at 10 p.m.

“We look forward to Celebration every year,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said in a release announcing the new date. “Not only is it a way to celebrate our great nation, but it’s also a truly a community event. From the area businesses that partner with us to make it possible and keep it free, to the people that come out and enjoy the evening, it is for the people, by the people.”

Admission to Celebration is free, thanks to sponsorships. But organizers say more sponsors are needed, and any interested person or business should contact Jeb Bassett of Bassett Furniture.

Crime Stoppers awards

Crime Stoppers in Henry County has honored three people who have helped law enforcement agencies with their pursuit and identification of those responsible for crimes in the area. The presentations were Tuesday at the Dutch Inn.

Martinsville Police Sgt. Eric Eggleston, Tonya McGuire of the 911 Communication Center, Henry County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Compton and Virginia State Police Trooper Mathew Zola each were presented plaques at a recent ceremony.

Crime Stoppers is a coalition of law enforcement personnel and volunteers who work to encourage members of the community to provide information that leads to the arrest of suspects. The board hands out rewards to citizens when appropriate.

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