Othello Arrington, 95, of Bassett, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart. He was born on March 5, 1922 in Franklin County to the late Sam B. Arrington and the late Pearlie Trent Arrington. He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Zelma Hudson Arrington; sisters, Nancy Cassell; infant Beatrice Arrington, Annette Wall and Myrtle Elliot; brothers, Edward Arrington, Earnest Arrington, Sidney Arrington and Glenwood Arrington. He served in the United States Army where he was a World War II Veteran. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church for 64 years where he was a Trustee, Assistant Treasurer, an Usher and assistant Sunday School Superintendent. Othello is survived by his loving wife who he married on February 26, 1946 (71 years), Margaret Grant Arrington; son, Roger Dale Arrington of Williamsport, Pa.; grandchildren, Michael Arrington( Lisa) of Denver, Colo. and Kristian Arrington of Lansdale, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Ella Arrington both of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Maurice Arrington of Bassett and Gilbert Arrington of Winston Salem, N.C.; sister, Gloria Lynch of Kernersville, N.C.; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Chris Atkinson officiating....Read More
The Winter Storm Warning now in effect expires at 4 PM Saturday. Total snow accumulations are now expected to range between 3 and 7 inches. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times and snow covered roads. There is an 80 percent chance of snow Saturday morning mixing with rain after 1 pm and then gradually ending. Highs Saturday will be near 36. Road crews were expected to start working around midnight to clear the main roads in Martinsville. Secondary roads are expected to be plowed sometime Saturday. There are two different public works teams totaling about 40...Read More
Stanley Furniture Company’s CEO, Glenn Prillaman, has resigned along with two other board members in conjunction with the sale of the company to a private Vietnamese industry group. Matthew Smith replaces Prillaman on a temporary basis. Prillaman will be paid $765,000 severance according to the company. Just over 7 years ago, Stanley started producing most of its furniture out of Vietnam and Indonesia. Almost 1,300 jobs were cut from Virginia and North Carolina in the...Read More
The New College Institute announced hopes of landing a deal with Newport News Shipbuilding to teach students how to build ships. Now it says it plans to teach healthcare and social workers how to counsel clients with pain pill addictions. Melanie Stowe has been named the new Associate Director to help Executive Director Leanna Blevins accomplish the new goals. Stowe worked as Public Relations for Henry County Public Schools and most recently was the Director of Public Relations and Business Development at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in...Read More
Virginia State Police have identified the man who was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with sheriff’s deputies as 24-year-old Johnnie D. Carter of Henry County. Deputies responded early Tuesday morning to a home on Philpott Drive in Bassett, where a man was attempting to force his way inside. Police say Carter began firing shots into the house. When deputies arrived, Carter opened fire on their vehicles. A deputy returned fire, striking Carter. He was transported to SOVAH Health in Martinsville where he died. No residents or sheriff’s deputies were...Read More
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