George W. Lester II and the Martinsville Speedway will receive the annual Clyde Hooker Awards from Piedmont Arts in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today.

Piedmont Arts also will recognize 2019 Arts in Education Award recipients Meritha Rucker and Brian Joyce; as well as the recipients of the 2019 Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.

The Clyde Hooker Awards were established in 2003 by the Piedmont Arts board of directors to recognize businesses and individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. The award is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his support of the arts.

In lieu of an admission cost, guests may make a donation to Piedmont Arts’ scholarship fund. Please include “Scholarship Fund” in the comments.

— From staff reports

Relay running again

Relay For Life of Martinsville & Henry County has been rescheduled to Friday at 6-11 p.m. at Bassett High School.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society had been scheduled for last week, but intense storms that soaked the region forced cancellation.

This is a free event for kids of all ages. There will be live entertainment, including the band JUS’ CAUS, and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

— From staff reports

Man to serve 18 years in shooting

WISE — A Virginia man will serve almost 20 years in prison for shooting his brother-in-law while they were working at a construction site together.

News outlets report 69-year-old Larry Fields was charged with felony murder and two firearm charges Monday. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence, but Fields was instead given 23 years in prison, with five years suspended. He will serve 18 years in prison and five years on probation.

In March 2018, Fields shot and killed 48-year-old Anthony Ward while working construction at a Virginia energy plant.

— From wire reports

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