“Why is he mowing your dirt patch?” “I’m showing him how the world works. You work, you get paid, you drink.” Bill Murray, St. Vincent So I was reading the Martinsville Bulletin today when an article titled “Bill making it legal to drive drunk at home makes it halfway through Virginia General Assembly, but fails late” caught my attention. First of all, I didn’t know it was illegal to drive drunk at home, even if you wanted. Unless you own your own private road, how could you? But if you did, I didn’t think the law prevented a person...Read More
After five years and three turkey truck crashes in Henry County, PETA and Circle S Ranch appear to have reached some common ground. PETA wants everyone to stop eating turkeys to end the animals’ suffering and the turkey company is in the business of transporting turkey’s to slaughter for people to eat, so it’s not surprising the negotiation was long and drawn out. Circle S Ranch has agreed, according to PETA, to train their turkey truck drivers how to minimize the suffering of turkeys who are involved in future crashes and develop relationships with veterinarians in areas where they...Read More
Harry Arnold Prillaman of Henry County, VA, died peacefully on November 15, 2017. He was born on December 16, 1924 in the Dyers Store Community to Vance Prillaman and Etta Richardson Prillaman. It was his wish that his body be donated to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC for research. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Georgia Johnston Prillaman (2002); his sisters, Madgie Kenney, Viola Dyer, Lois Dyer, Martha Myers, and Dora Etta Prillaman; his brothers, Abner Prillaman, Richard Prillaman and Phillip Prillaman. Arnold is survived by his loving wife of fourteen years, Mary Dell Richardson, his sister, Brenda Prillaman Purvis (Gary) of Swannanoa, NC, and his children: Gayle Prillaman (Joseph Holt) of Franklin, TN, Jan Bryant (David) of King, NC.; Harry Arnold Prillaman, Jr. (Vickie) of Alpharetta, GA., and Leeland Vance Prillaman (Linda) of Katy, TX; his grandchildren, Virginia Ann Bryant Heald, Cynthia Bryant, JoAnna Holt, Adam Prillaman Holt (Jennifer), Andrew Prillaman (Kim), Jessica Prillaman, Leah Prillaman, and Madison Prillaman; and great grandchildren, Grace Wolfe, Eli Heald, and Georgia Turrentine, and stepchildren: John Richardson (Barbara) and Carolyn Davis (Gene); grandchildren: Michael Richardson, Stephen Richardson, Nicole Richardson Kumer, Randy Davis, and Gina James. Arnold graduated from Martinsville High School in June 1943, and immediately went into the Army Air Force. After basic training and gunnery training, he was assigned to a B 17 Flying Fortress crew in June 1944, as a waist gunner, and...Read More
The Virginia Department of Transportation tells us snow showers continue to fall in various areas throughout southwest Virginia this morning creating the potential for slick spots on roadways and some snow covered secondary routes in the southern part of the region. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions throughout the day. As of 5 a.m. this morning, drivers will find the interstates and most primary roads (those numbered 1-599) in minor to clear condition with isolated slick spots. Many secondary roads (those numbed 600...Read More
Mabel Isabel Stanley Barber, 85, of Martinsville, VA passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at her home. She was born February 16, 1932 in Carroll County, VA to the late Everett L. Stanley and Irene A. Turman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Culler and Helen Burnette. Mrs. Barber was a member of Calvary Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, Walter A. Barber of the home; daughters, Doris J. McDaniel and husband Doyle of Martinsville, VA and Jacqueline B. Scaffidi and husband Michael of Martinsville, VA; sister, Avagene Terry and husband Melvin of Carroll County, VA; brother, Sherman Stanley of Carroll County, VA; brother-in- law, Arlie Burnette of Ridgeway, VA; and grandchildren, Chelsey Holland and husband Eric, Chase McDaniel, Sean Scaffidi, and Joseph Scaffidi and girlfriend April Viers. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Rich Acres Christian Church with Minister Tim Hunt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church and other times at the home. Burial will be at Dan View Cemetery in Eden, NC. Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Barber family. Online condolences can be made at...Read More
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