Les Adams


Thousands of Virginia prisoners could be released early under new earned sentence credit program

October 26, 2020 - State prison officials estimate that more than 14,000 inmates in Virginia could see their release dates moved up under legislation awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature. The bill, backed by General Assembly Democrats and... Read More

Thousands of Virginia prisoners could be released early under new earned sentence credit program

October 26, 2020 - State prison officials estimate that more than 14,000 inmates in Virginia could see their release dates moved up under legislation awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature. The bill, backed by General Assembly Democrats and... Read More

Bridge north of Chatham named in honor of former late mayor Roy Byrd Jr.

October 15, 2020 - The late Roy P. Byrd Jr. was honored Thursday afternoon when the U.S. 29 Business bridge in Pittsylvania County was named in his memory. Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) led the ceremony at Chatham Town Hall, with city and county residents and officials taking part in... Read More

WATCH NOW: Del. Les Adams speaks about the dedication of Chatham bridge to former mayor Roy P. Byrd

October 15, 2020 - Del. Les Adams and other state and local officials gathered at Chatham Town Hall Thursday afternoon to dedicate the bridge north of Chatham to former Chatham Mayor and county supervisor Roy P. Byrd, a change passed by the Virginia... Read More

House passes bill automatically sealing many criminal records 8 years after sentence completed

September 9, 2020 - The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would automatically seal criminal records for more than 150 offenses, making it one of the boldest automated sealing proposals in the country. “This is a second chances bill,” said House Majority Leader... Read More

Virginians could have some criminal records expunged under pending legislation

September 4, 2020 - Legislation pending in the General Assembly would, for the first time, allow for the expungement of some misdemeanor and felony convictions in Virginia. Only a small number of states, Virginia among them, do not allow the expungement of any criminal conviction, according to... Read More

WATCH NOW: U.S. 220 Southern Connector project returns for further review

August 31, 2020 - After a 5-month delay because of COVID-19, residents will have a chance to ask questions and share feedback in person tonight at a public hearing on the potential environmental impacts of the Martinsville Southern Connector project. The Virginia Department of Transportation originally scheduled... Read More

Crime Commission Recommends Automatic Expungement For Some Crimes

August 31, 2020 - The Virginia Crime Commission is recommending the General Assembly pass legislation to automatically erase certain misdemeanors and felony convictions from criminal records after a certain period of time has passed. The commission discussed a proposal... Read More

Republican-backed bills to limit governor's powers defeated

August 27, 2020 - Virginia Democrats this week defeated numerous bills from Republicans attempting to rein the governor’s emergency powers while bolstering those of the General Assembly. Gov. Ralph Northam has had sweeping authority to handle Virginia’s coronavirus pandemic... Read More

General Assembly considers special session bills starting Aug. 18

August 18, 2020 - The Virginia General Assembly will convene beginning today in a special session that may last a maximum of 30 days. Legislators will address Virginia’s biennial budget, which has been severely impacted by the ongoing global pandemic. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam has said... Read More

Virginia legislature reconvenes for special session on budget, pandemic, police reform

August 15, 2020 - State lawmakers are returning to Richmond on Tuesday for a special session that will be packed with debate on police and criminal justice reform, issues that arose from the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting the state’s budget. Gov. Ralph Northam planned... Read More

Criminal justice, police reform expected topics during special session

August 6, 2020 - Several state representatives anticipate criminal justice and police reform proposals will be among those considered during the upcoming special session.Gov. Ralph Northam called for legislators to return for a special session on... Read More

Good stumps in county

July 30, 2020 - Bob Good, the GOP contender for the 5th District, was in Henry County recently talking to voters. We appreciate their hospitality and decades of commitment to conservative values,” Good said. Good, who bested the Republican incumbent... Read More

Democrats Stack the Deck

July 23, 2020 - The Virginia State Crime Commission is a legislative body established in 1966 and set out in the Code of Virginia (Sec. 30-156 et al.). Its purpose is “to study, report and make recommendations on all areas of public safety and protection.” Following is a sampling of its recent topics of study... Read More

BRIEFS: Community Foundation awards grants; King's Grant has new exec; Adams gets appointment

July 5, 2020 - Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia has awarded $37,880 in COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grants to nonprofits in the Martinsville/Henry County area. With the wonderful generosity of an anonymous Donor-Advised Fund Holder, the foundation was able to... Read More

Adams appointed to the Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees

July 1, 2020 - The Center for Rural Virginia announced that Del. Les Adams was appointed to serve on the Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees. Adams recently received his appointment to the Board from the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Adams-R, Pittsylvania, has served... Read More

Delegate Les Adams appointed to the Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees

June 30, 2020 - The Center for Rural Virginia announced this morning that Delegate Les Adams has been appointed to serve on the Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees. Delegate Adams recently received his appointment to the Board from the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Les Adams (R-Pittsylvania) has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since... Read More

OUR VIEW: NCI's 'public' meeting taught us a lesson

June 20, 2020 - The four men who represent Martinsville and Henry County in state government are upset about a lot of things they say are rotten in Richmond for them since the Democrats took control. Yes, state Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Rocky Mount) and Delegates Danny... Read More

Martinsville-area legislators unhappy with the new majority in Richmond

June 17, 2020 - The annual post-legislative event sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is usually a luncheon followed by remarks from those who represent the area in Richmond. This year’s event didn’t start until 3 in the afternoon, and there was no lunch. Instead, 37 participants joined via Zoom to hear.... Read More

Democratic legislators take majority on tobacco commission, wipe out Senate GOP presence on some panels

June 16, 2020 - Democratic legislators have secured a majority of representation on the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, replacing Republicans who represent most of the rural Southwest and Southside regions where the commission focuses its work. The General Assembly’s Senate Rules Committee appointed.... Read More

FerraTex Solutions to establish flagship manufacturing facility in Henry County

June 14, 2020 - FerraTex Solutions, a leading provider of cured-in-place-pipe solutions, will purchase the former Compton Wood Products facility in the Bowles Industrial Park in Henry County. The company will invest.... Read More

New College Institute shuffles state delegates on its board of directors before having a 'last minute' meeting

June 14, 2020 - Delegates Danny Marshall and Charles Poindexter were replaced in a political shift before a meeting that was not announced through the typical channels used to notify the publichere was a “last minute” meeting of the New College Institute Board of Directors on Thursday that was announced in a limited way and included two new delegates appointed this week by.... Read More

After shuffle, Danville delegate replaced on New College Institute board

June 13, 2020 - There was a “last minute” meeting of the New College Institute Board of Directors on Thursday that was announced in a limited way and included two new delegates appointed this week by the legislature — much to the surprise of... Read More

15 new jobs expected at new Henry County flagship manufacturing facility

June 11, 2020 - 15 jobs are expected to be added to 150 existing jobs after Thursday's announcement that FerraTex Solutions, LLC, a provider of cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) solutions, will purchase the former Compton Wood Products facility in the Bowles Industrial Park in Henry County. The company will invest about... Read More

FerraTex Solutions to Establish Flagship Manufacturing Facility in Henry County

June 11, 2020 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that FerraTex Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) solutions, will purchase the former Compton Wood Products facility in the Bowles Industrial Park in Henry County. The company will invest... Read More

Staunton River RIFA announces plastics manufacturer coming to Hurt, creating 200 jobs

May 8, 2020 - ~ Plastics manufacturer Staunton River Plastics, LLC to invest $34 million to establish state-of-the-art operation ~ The Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority approved an agreement today that enables Staunton River Plastics, LLC to move forward with plans to locate a state-of-the-art manufacturing... Read More

Staunton River RIFA announces new plastics manufacturer in Hurt to bring 200 jobs to region

May 8, 2020 - Today members of the Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority (RIFA) announced a local performance agreement they had reached with Staunton River Plastics Inc, a manufacturer which will bring 200 new... Read More

THE STROLLER: V-E Day celebration will go on as usual

May 6, 2020 - The Martinsville-Henry County Veterans Service Organization and Wright Funeral Services will commemorate the 75th anniversary of V-E Day at 10 a.m. Friday at the former Henry County courthouse. It all will be done in compliance with the governor's order on social distancing, organizers promise... Read More

City officials react to economic crisis

Apr 23, 2020 - Martinsville Mayor Kathy Lawson asked Gov. Ralph Northam to consider a “roiling curtailment of the current restrictions for areas” less affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.“Particularly in the Southwestern region of the state, infection cases are either extremely low or are nonexistent,” Lawson wrote... Read More

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abortion rights part of elections, too

Mar 2, 2020 - Your article about the primary election (“Super Tuesday plans set,” Feb. 28) gave information for voters before the primary. Staying informed is important so citizens know how to vote and how their elected officials vote. Recently, the United States Senate voted on... Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters heads to Richmond

Mar 1, 2020 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area participants were guests of Del. Danny Marshall at the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond. Marshall met with the youth in his office building to explain the legislative process. The children and their chaperones were escorted to the gallery of... Read More

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Right vote for student justice issue

Feb 28, 2020 - On Feb. 5, a bill to decriminalize disorderly conduct in schools passed the Virginia Senate. SB 3, which was sponsored by state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, will prevent students from being put in the criminal justice system unnecessarily. I am proud to report that our... Read More

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Working on issues that matter to region

Feb 15, 2020 - Several members of the Martinsville/Henry County Chapter of Virginia Organizing, including myself, met with members of the General Assembly on Feb. 3. Although all of us live in MHC area (Bassett, Spencer, eastern Henry County, and Martinsville City), we have three... Read More

General Assembly hits midsession deadline with gun control, gas tax, monuments and other bills advancing

Feb 11, 2020 - The new Democratic majority has been busy this General Assembly session passing hundreds of bills to advance its agenda. Republicans have had to adapt to being in the minority, and many of them have found ways to build bipartisan support to pass their own bills. The session has been... Read More

National briefs: Florida baby remains missing as his family mourns loss of 3 ‘brave women’

Jan 31, 2020 - The likelihood of finding missing baby Andrew Caballeiro alive grew weaker Thursday as his family members spoke publicly for the first time, revealing a growing rift that may have enraged the infant’s father, Ernesto Caballeiro — who police say... Read More

Gun control bills passed Virginia despite show of force from opponents

Jan 30, 2020 - The Virginia state legislature passed a package of gun control bills Thursday, more than a week after thousands of the legislation's armed opponents marched through Richmond. Virginia's House of Delegates approved... Read More

Bill to allow ranked-choice voting in local elections advances

Jan 30, 2020 - A bill allowing Virginia voters to choose more than one candidate by ranking them on their ballots narrowly advanced through subcommittee earlier this week. House Bill 1103, introduced by Del. Sally Hudson, D-57th, of Charlottesville, would open a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections, such as city council or... Read More

Martinsville, Henry County educators try to teach legislators a thing or two about school funding

Jan 30, 2020 - Six local teachers joined thousands from across Virginia in Richmond on Monday to rally for more public education funding. Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget for the next two fiscal years, now in the hands of the General Assembly, includes $1.2 billion for K-12 education in... Read More

Virginia’s Democratically controlled House passes seven gun control measures

Jan 30, 2020 - Democrats in the House of Delegates on Thursday passed seven of the eight gun-control measures advocated by Gov. Ralph Northam, a significant step for an issue that Republicans had blocked for decades. In debate ahead of the votes, lawmakers showed flashes of the emotion that has supercharged the ... Read More

Subcommittee advances bill allowing voters to choose multiple candidates

Jan 29, 2020 - A bill allowing Virginia voters to choose more than one candidate on the ballot narrowly advanced through subcommittee Monday. House Bill 1103, introduced by Del. Sally Hudson, D- Charlottesville, would open a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections, such as city council or... Read More

Subcommittee advances bill allowing voters to choose multiple candidates

Jan 29, 2020 - A bill allowing Virginia voters to choose more than one candidate on the ballot narrowly advanced through subcommittee Monday. House Bill 1103, introduced by Del. Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville, would open a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections, such as city council or... Read More

Va. subcommittee advances bill allowing voters to choose multiple candidates

Jan 29, 2020 - A bill allowing Virginia voters to choose more than one candidate on the ballot narrowly advanced through subcommittee Monday. House Bill 1103, introduced by Del. Sally Hudson, D- Charlottesville, would open a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections, such as city council or... Read More

Delegate continues ‘crusade’ to get state to swear off public profanity law

Jan 24, 2020 - Part of Del. Michael Webert’s tenure in the General Assembly has been marked by a dogged crusade to decriminalize a state law that prohibits public profanity. For the past five years, Webert, R-Warren County, has sponsored bills that would decriminalize the statute. Currently, profane swearing is... Read More

House committee advances bill to relax abortion regulations

Jan 22, 2020 - The House Courts of Justice Committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would repeal a number of state regulations on abortion adopted by previous Republican majorities. Democrats, now in control of the legislature, have promised a package of new laws aimed at expanding access to abortion... Read More

Experts weigh in on potential legal challenges of proposed marijuana decriminalization

Jan 17, 2020 - DANVILLE - Although decriminalizing marijuana possession could save people from serving jail time for a minor infraction, some people are worried about how it could affect the way police fight crime. Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman points out current marijuana laws have... Read More

Experts weigh in on potential legal challenges of proposed marijuana decriminalization

Jan 17, 2020 - Although decriminalizing marijuana possession could save people from serving jail time for a minor infraction, some people are worried about how it could affect the way police fight crime. Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman points out current marijuana laws have... Read More


Jan 9, 2020 - Local GOP legislators said they may be in the minority when they returned to Richmond for the 2020 General Assembly session, but that will not deter them from working to benefit their respective districts. Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, said he plans to tackle... Read More

As General Assembly session nears, legislators concerned Southside may be brushed off with more emphasis on northern part of state

Jan 6, 2020 - Local legislators’ concerns with the new Democratic majority in both chambers of the General Assembly are not just partisan, but regional. “These majorities comprise of mostly people from Northern Virginia,” said state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta. The worry is Southside Virginia... Read More

Danville area leaders react to Northam's proposal to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana

Jan 3, 2020 - In the view of Del. Danny Marshall, R- Danville, marijuana is a drug just like alcohol, which is why he supports the decriminalization of marijuana proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam. “This is a step that’s comfortable for me at this particular point,” he said of voting in favor of the proposal. On Friday morning... Read More

Altavista Journal: Year in Review 2019

Dec 31, 2019 - January 2, 2019. Michael Lee Langford accusing of shooting to death Carlton Rosser Stratton on Christmas Day. Sew Sisters make mittens for dialysis center. Shop with a Cop program is another big success... Read More


Dec 20, 2019 - Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, honored the family of the late Fred Thomas Martin, Sr., with a resolution in front of Martin Plaza in uptown Martinsville on Dec. 17. Addressing the family and local representatives, Adams said... Read More

State honors late Martinsville businessman Fred Martin, a man who 'put his money where his mouth was.'

Dec 17, 2019 - Fred Thomas Martin Sr. passed away in September 2018, but on a cold and rainy Tuesday in front of the old Globman building, now the Martin Plaza in uptown Martinsville, state Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) and other dignitaries presented to Martin’s family... Read More

NCI board extends contract of interim director Karen Jackson

Dec 3, 2019 - New College Institute Interim Director Karen Jackson has been hired on for another year in that capacity. “We’re very excited to have Karen Jackson for another year,” NCI board member Richard Hall... Read More

Pittsylvania County becomes second amendment sanctuary by unanimous board vote

Nov 19, 2019 -The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday, Nov. 19 declaring the county a second amendment sanctuary. Citizens who attended the standing-room-only meeting to witness what some of the supervisors called a ‘historic’ vote for the county cheered and... Read More

Ending without a bang: crime commission's report on gun violence gives no recommendations

Nov 12, 2019 - After months of studying the causes of gun violence, the Virginia State Crime Commission issued a report with no recommendations on how to curb the deadly toll in Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session... Read More

Southside Virginia Republicans: We will continue to fight for constituents

Nov 9, 2019 - The Democrats will be in full control of Virginia’s state legislature for the first time in 26 years when the new session begins in January. No one in the re-elected delegation of Republicans serving Martinsville, Danville, Henry County, Patrick County and Franklin counties has experienced anything like it. Del. Danny Marshall of the 14th District in the Virginia House said... Read More


Nov 7, 2019 - All of the Republican incumbents representing Martinsville and Henry County in the state legislature kept their seats in the Nov. 5 election, as a “blue wave” of Democrats took control of the General Assembly. Democratic lawmakers now hold majorities... Read More

Election 2016: Adams fights off Libertarian newcomer

Nov 5, 2019 - Les Adams (R-Pittsylvania County) will return to Richmond to represent the 16th District House of Delegates after handily defeating Libertarian candidate Dustin Evans. “It’s a tremendous privilege to represent the people of this district,” said Adams. “I’ve never taken it for granted." Adams easily defeated... Read More

Live Blog: Virginia Election Results 2019 [Dems Take House and Senate, Win Key Races in Prince William, Loudoun, etc.]

Nov 5, 2019 - UPDATE #7 Thursday 8:19 pm – It turns out that Josh King lost the PW County Sheriff’s race. Barely, but still. Bummer. UPDATE #6 Wednesday am – Loudoun County is now officially Democratic “blue,” with a HUGE win for County Board Chair (Phyllis Randall demolished Republican John Whitbeck by an incredible 17.5 points!) and a win for... Read More

Election Day 2019

Nov 5, 2019 - Senate District 20, Independent takes on incumbent. House District 14, Newcomer Dem faces incumbent. House District 16 Incumbent faces Libertarian challenge... Read More

Voter turnout hits 20 percent in city, county at noon

Nov 5, 2019 - Voters across Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville are heading to the polls today, Nov. 5 to cast their ballots for supervisors, members of the General Assembly, town elections, and referendums. Pittsylvania County Registrar Kelly Bailess and Danville Registrar Peggy Petty both reported... Read More

Election Day results

Nov 5, 2019 - 6th District - Jeffrey Campbell (R), 7th District - Nick Rush (R), 8th District - Joseph McNamara (R), 12th District - Chris Hurst (D)... Read More

Incumbents cruise in state elections

Nov 5, 2019 - Incumbent Republicans cruised to victory in each of the four state-level elections involving Danville or Pittsylvania County: seats for the 14th and 16th district with the House of Delegates and the 15th and 20th districts in... Read More

Republican Del. Les Adams wins re-election in District 16

Nov 5, 2019 - The voice of District 16 in the House of Delegates will continue to be Del. Les R. Adams. Since joining the House in 2014, Adams has served on the Courts of Justice Committee, the Privileges and Elections Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee, and... Read More

Voting Is Your Duty as a Citizen

Nov 5, 2019 - By now, you may just want it all to come to an end so your favorite TV shows aren’t littered with political ads, your mailbox filled with fliers for the candidates and the Opinion page of your local newspaper back to “normal” without all the election-related letters... Read More

Voting Is Your Duty as a Citizen

Nov 5, 2019 - By now, you may just want it all to come to an end so your favorite TV shows aren’t littered with political ads, your mailbox filled with fliers for the candidates and the Opinion page of your local newspaper back to “normal” without all the election-related letters... Read More

Election results for Henry County, Patrick County and Martinsville

Nov 4, 2019 - General Assembly Senate District 20 i-William Stanley (R) 69.6% Sherman D. Witcher Sr. (I) 30%... Read More

In Danville, off-track betting, clerk of court, state races will greet voters when heading to polls Tuesday

Nov 3, 2019 - Danville’s registrar said her office is prepared for Dan River Region voters to head to the polls Tuesday. “Everything’s locked up and ready to roll out to the precincts,” Registrar Peggy Petty said Sunday. City voters will decide whether they want to allow off-track horse betting in the city. They also will choose among... Read More


Oct 30, 2019 - Voters in Martinsville and Henry County will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to cast ballots in the General Election. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Martinsville and Henry County. Voters are reminded... Read More

Sandy the Blogger Endorsements for General Assembly

Oct 26, 2019 - The Sanders the Blogger endorsements are simple in the General Assembly races this year: A Republican against a Democrat – Vote Republican. Just that simple. Yes even the... Read More

Business owners encourage others to vote

Oct 17, 2019 - We would like to take this opportunity to ask that you take advantage of the privilege to vote extended to all of us by our forefathers and preserved by our men and women of The United States Armed Forces. As you consider carefully which candidate... Read More

Why we need Les in Richmond

Oct 17, 2019 - When I first called Les Adams’s office, I was a 16-year-old high school student who wanted to become further involved in politics and gain skills that would help me in my future. Les generously offered to give me the chance to work as an intern in both his legal... Read More

Chatham Mayor supports Adams for House of Delegates

Oct 17, 2019 - On Nov. 5, residents of Pittsylvania County will head to the polls to elect a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. When it comes to electing our representative for the 16th District in the House of Delegates, I strongly support Les Adams as he is by far the most qualified person... Read More


Oct 14, 2019 - Four of the candidates running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the Nov. 5 election graduated from a Liberty University undergraduate program or the Liberty University School of Law. We featured the four Liberty alumni’s answers to a series of four questions we asked... Read More

Register to Vote; Don't Procrastinate

Oct 4, 2019 - Election Day 2019 is just 32 days away, but it’s never too soon to get prepared to do your civic duty. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a variety of state and local officials. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the state Senate... Read More

OUR VIEW: Register to vote; don't procrastinate

Oct 3, 2019 - Election Day 2019 is just 32 days away, but it’s never too soon to get prepared to do your civic duty. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a variety of state and local officials. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the state Senate... Read More

Teal-Jones Group to invest $21 million, create 67 new jobs in Henry County

Sep 25, 2019 - Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that The Teal-Jones Group, a lumber company in Canada that operates Pine Products Inc. in Henry County, will invest... Read More


Sep 23, 2019 - Howell’s Wholesale in Martinsville is officially open for business, with a ribbon cutting held at the store on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Richard and Patricia Howell own and operate the wholesale store... Read More

Gretna Rescue Squad honored for 50 years

Sep 18, 2019 - Many members of Gretna Fire and Rescue turned out Thursday to be on hand when Delegate Les Adams presented a congressional resolution in honor of 50 years of service... Read More

Del. Adams presents resolution to Gretna Fire and Rescue

Sep 13, 2019 - Delegate Les Adams presented a resolution for 50 years of service to the Gretna Rescue Squad on Thursday, Sept. 12. Gretna Fire and Rescue departments... Read More

AgPAC endorses 126 candidates for General Assembly seats

Aug 23, 2019 - Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, Farm Bureau’s political action committee, announced its endorsement of 39 candidates for the Virginia Senate and 87 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates... Read More

Gun debate returns to Virginia capitol

Aug 19, 2019 - Virginia’s battle over gun violence picks up again in Richmond Monday and Tuesday, as the group that Republicans have designated to consider all of the measures proposed during a special session meets to discuss... Read More

Local races heating up in Pittsylvania County

Aug 9, 2019 - With elections for many county positions rapidly approaching on Nov. 5, many candidates — both incumbent and newcomers — are running unopposed. Of the four constitutional officer positions in this election... Read More

It’s Del. Les Adams in the 16th!

Aug 7, 2019 - I am well aware that Del. Les Adams (R-16th House District – all or parts of Pittsylvania, Henry County and City of Martinsville) has a Libertarian opponent. And I do believe it is good for the polity and Del. Adams to have an... Read More

Region's state legislators question Northam's motive in special session: Gun violence or politics?

July 6, 2019 - As Del. Charles Poindexter sees it, Gov. Ralph Northam’s calling a special session of the General Assembly to address gun violence “is nothing but a political move to get him out of the doghouse.” Similarly, Del. Danny Marshall said... Read More

Joan Ziglar's swearing in as judge

Jun 24, 2019 - Joan Ziglar was sworn in last month as a district court judge for the 21st Judicial District, which includes courts in Henry and Patrick counties and the city of Martinsville. Circuit Court Judge David V. Williams administered the... Read More

As uranium mining ban upheld by highest court in the land, company president vows to continue fight

Jun 17, 2019 - Walter Coles Sr. said, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s unfavorable ruling, he is not giving up. “We continue to think that Virginia’s uranium mining ban is both unlawful and unwise, and we are resolved to pursue other challenges to the... Read More

A preservation of African-American service in Martinsville

May 27, 2019 - Latin words meaning “it is sweet and proper to die for one’s country” are inscribed on the base of the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, but that saying is not entirely true, Eric Monday said. "Those are inspiring words,” Monday, the Martinsville city attorney, told the crowd... Read More

Sutherlin producer named Distinguished Farm Bureau Woman

Apr 22, 2019 - Virginia Farm Bureau Federation honored Gayle Barts, of Sutherlin, as inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Farm Bureau Woman award March 30 at its annual Women’s Spring Conference in Bristol. The award was introduced... Read More

Farm Bureau Honors Three Women for Impact on Agriculture, Communities

Apr 20, 2019 - BRISTOL, Va. — Virginia Farm Bureau Federation recognized three women on March 30 for their service to and accomplishments in agriculture and their communities. The organization held its annual Women’s Spring Conference March 29-31. Megan Seibel of Botetourt County... Read More

Legislative leaders come to Martinsville and talk taxes, school safety and success stories

Apr 19, 2019 - Tax-reduction legislation was one of the General Assembly’s biggest achievements, and state legislators who spoke at the Martinsville-Henry County Post-Legislative Luncheon on Thursday, used that forum to tout their accomplishment. That legislation, which fed off the... Read More

Casino would send message that Danville is dying, Stanley says

Apr 8, 2019 - Bringing a casino to Danville would send the wrong message, state Sen. Bill Stanley said Monday morning during a breakfast held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. “When you get a casino in Danville, you are in a sense saying, ‘I give up,’” Stanley told the roughly... Read More

Challenger steps up to square off with Ruff in GOP primary

Mar 23, 2019-After serving for 21 years with the Virginia State Police, Chase City resident Dale Sturdifen decided to trade his badge for a spot on the ballot come June 11. A member of Mecklenburg’s Republican committee, Sturdifen said he decided to challenge... Read More

Four Republicans who comprise Henry/Patrick legislative delegation explain their successes (tax cuts) and their frustrations (executive branch turmoil).

Mar 11, 2019-The state legislators who represent you in Richmond want you to know this: Tax-reduction legislation was one of the General Assembly’s biggest achievements during its recent short session. “The most pressing issue was to conform Virginia’s tax code to the Trump... Read More

State appropriates $100K for cost-savings study for dams

Mar 5, 2019-The Virginia General Assembly approved the appropriation of $100,000 to fund a cost-savings study for the rehabilitation of the Cherrystone and Roaring Fork dams this session. The funds were approved after Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, filed the request, according to a press release from his office. Currently, the USDA... Read More

Delegate Adams secures state funding for local dam study

Mar 5, 2019-Delegate Les Adams, R-Chatham, announced Tuesday, March 5 that the General Assembly has approved his request for the appropriation of $100,000 in state funds to identify cost saving solutions for the required rehabilitation of the Cherrystone and Roaring Fork Dams. Estimates supplied by... Read More

Multi-year dispute in Pittsylvania County leads to state bill explicitly including nurseries under tax exemption

Feb 27, 2019-GRETNA — A bill amendment came in response to a multi-year battle between a Gretna nursery and Pittsylvania County over whether the nursery’s farm equipment should be taxed. The Virginia General Assembly unanimously voted to amend its personal property tax exemption for... Read More

Newly chosen judges in Henry/Patrick counties say they are ready for the bench

Feb 23, 2019-The jury was still out, if you will, on Friday about how some of the area’s four newly elected judges will celebrate their ascension. Kimberly Belongia, Joan Ziglar and Marcus Brinks said they hadn’t really celebrated yet, and Jimmy McGarry said he celebrated “in a ... Read More

It's official: 4 new judges chosen to serve Henry and Patrick counties

Feb 22, 2019-The 21st Judicial District officially has four new judges who will take the bench later this year. The House of Delegates on Thursday approved motions by Del. Les Adams to elect four new judges for the 21st Judicial District and end weeks of speculation about who should ascend to the bench. A few hours later, ... Read More

Henry/Patrick district judges down to 2 out of 3

Feb 20, 2019-A state legislative panel has certified Martinsville lawyer Kelli A. Krumenacker and Martinsville commonwealth’s attorney Joan Ziglar as qualified to serve as General District Court judges, state Sen. Bill Stanley said Tuesday. The Senate Committee for Courts of Justice and the House Judicial Panel previously had... Read More

Two contenders go through interviews for judge post

Feb 18, 2019-A state legislative panel was expected to interview candidates for potential judgeship Monday evening. Joan Ziglar, a former Martinsville commonwealth’s attorney, and Martinsville lawyer Kelli A. Krumenacker are the latest contenders for the General District Court judgeship in the 21st... Read More

With Monday out of the picture, what's next in judgeships in Henry, Patrick counties?

Feb 17, 2019-Legislators are looking for a new candidate to fill open positions to serve the 21st Judicial District. The surprise announcement on Thursday by Martinsville City Attorney Eric Monday that was withdrawing from consideration apparently opened — or reopened — the door to others who may have been interested in... Read More

'Well-organized campaign' forced Eric Monday to withdraw from judicial race in Henry/Patrick district

Feb 15, 2019-Martinsville City Attorney Eric Monday surprisingly withdrew from consideration for a judgeship in the 21st Judicial District, saying attacks on his candidacy had destroyed his desire to serve. Monday announced his decision Thursday afternoon in a statement he emailed to... Read More

Monday withdraws from consideration for judgeship in Henry, Patrick counties

Feb 14, 2019-Martinsville City Attorney Eric Monday has withdrawn from consideration by the General Assembly for a judgeship in the 21st Judicial District. He made his announcement Thursday in a statement he mailed to the Bulletin. Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)... Read More

Four certified by General Assembly committee to fill openings in 21st Judicial District

Feb 13, 2019-One of the state legislators overseeing the selection of three judges for the 21st Judicial District said Tuesday that four people have been interviewed and certified to serve. Assemblyman Les Adams (R-Chatham), chairman of the House subcommittee that... Read More

County, city teachers recount experience at Monday’s rally in Richmond

Jan 30, 2019-Several Pittsylvania teachers and one Danville teacher joined thousands of others on the steps of the Capitol in Richmond on Monday to rally for improving the state’s investment in public education. Pittsylvania Education Association President Jessica Jones, an agriculture teacher at Tunstall High School, said ... Read More

House subcommittee kills student censorship bill

Jan 28, 2019-Virginia schools and colleges can still censor student media. A House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday killed a bill from Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, that would have added free speech protections to student journalists. The bill failed on a 3-3 vote. Read More

General Assembly approves measure to add judges for region

Jan 27, 2019-Virginia’s Sixteenth Judicial Circuit will soon get two new judges following the passage of a joint resolution by the General Assembly. On Jan. 16, both the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate... Read More

Bills seek state maintenance money for more historic African-American cemeteries

Jan 22, 2019- As the 2019 session of Virginia’s General Assembly ramps into full gear, state lawmakers are considering a handful of bills that would add at least 10 historic African-American cemeteries to the roster of black burial grounds eligible to receive maintenance funds from the state. Read More

As General Assembly debates tax plan, results could have real impact on Southside

Jan 18, 2019 A little over a year after the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, taxes are at the forefront of legislators minds during the short 2019 General Assembly session. In addition to deciding whether to conform with the federal tax code, the General Assembly... Read More

Virginia Delegate Presents a Resolution in Memory of Carter Bank & Trust’s Founder, Worth Harris Carter Jr.

Dec 28, 2018-Carter Bank & Trust (OTCQX:CARE) announced today that Virginia Delegate Les Adams, representing the 16th House District, recently presented a Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution, honoring the life of its founder, Worth Harris Carter Jr. Read More

Council honors former mayor, approves pipeline right of way

November 14, 2018- Chatham Town Council members voted Monday night, Nov. 12, to unanimously approve a pipeline right of way and easement agreement between the town and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP). The agreement, in the amount of $60,000, will allow MVP to have the right of way for 506 feet of pipeline through a roughly six-acre site owned by the town off Chalk Level Road. Read More

Tobacco Commission helps museum fund pavilion project

October 4, 2018- The Virginia Museum of Natural History is one step closer to finishing its outdoor pavilion project, thanks to a state grant. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission gave the museum a $75,000 grant to help build the project, which would be a multi-use covered structure with exhibits focused on neighboring J. Frank Wilson Memorial Park. Read More

Monogram Food Solutions announces $30 million expansion in Henry County

September 19, 2018- A food manufacturer announced plans Wednesday to expand its existing presence in Henry County. Monogram Food Solutions, a Memphis-based manufacturer of processed meats, is investing $30 million to expand its facility in the Henry County Patriot Centre Industrial Park. Read More

PATHS announces expansion

September 13, 2018- It was announced on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Reid Street Art Gallery in Chatham that Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) is investing nearly $3,000,000 in an expansion in the former Hampco building. The expansion will allow PATHS to double in square footage and create 21 new full time jobs. Read More

Chatham Council discusses pipeline, council changes

August 15, 2018- A familiar face was appointed to Chatham town council Monday night to serve until the November 6 election is certified. Jim McDole, who is a former town councilman, was appointed to council Monday night, August 13 to fill an empty seat after Will Pace was appointed interim mayor and will serve on the ordinance, personnel, police and fire, and water and sewer committees. Read More

Officials gather at Institute to discuss school safety

July 18, 2018- Virginia Delegates Danny Marshal, Les Adams and James Edmunds organized a public meeting for K–12 school safety at the Institute for Advanced Learning Research on Tuesday afternoon. Read More

Local delegation raises concerns over planned hospital tax

July 10, 2018- Virginia Delegate Charles Poindexter said on Tuesday that he expects insurance premiums to increase for local residents. Speaking at the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Post-Legislative Luncheon, Poindexter said he believes hospitals affected by a new tax will pass those costs on to consumers. Read More

Chatham High School student earn scholarships

July 1, 2018- Three students from Chatham High School have been selected as the recipients of $1,000 scholarships awarded by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for excellence in both academic achievement and community involvement. Read More

In a final tribute, hearse carrying assistant commonwealth’s attorney pauses for 27 seconds in front of courthouse

June 14, 2018-  Friends and co-workers of Chad Michael Atchison recalled him as an energetic young Pittsylvania County prosecutor with a mischievous sense of humor and a bright future ahead of him. Read More

Memorial Day service in Danville salutes fallen American heroes

May 27, 2018- Thousands of simple, white headstones line neat rows at Danville National Cemetery, bearing witness to the sacrifices made by veterans of wars harking back more than 150 years. Read More

Many in Dan River Region taking wait-and-see approach as Supreme Court dives into uranium debate

May 24, 2018- Few people are betting on how the question of uranium mining will play out in the halls of the United States Supreme Court, which agreed earlier this week to take up the issue. Read More

NCI board hears about a degree's impact

May 17, 2018- Melvin Johnson credits his college education with allowing him to give back to a community he loves. Johnson, 53, spoke to the New College Institute (NCI) Board of Directors at the board’s meeting on Thursday. On Saturday, Johnson will receive his degree in social work through Longwood University and NCI. Read More

Paying Tribute: Bassett High honors Mattox with dedication

May 1, 2018- Late school board member and life-long educator Bessie “Betsy” Mattox was honored Monday at Bassett High School. Following a ceremony honoring Mattox in the high school’s auditorium, a plaque was revealed dedicating Bassett High’s Fine Arts Wing to Mattox. Read More

Portion of Bassett High School Dedicated to Longtime Henry County Educator

April 30, 2018- Bassett High School in Henry County is honoring a former Henry County teacher. On Monday afternoon, a ceremony was held to dedicate the school's Fine Arts wing in memory of Betsy Mattox. She held numerous positions within the school district for 41 years and was also a school board member. Read More

Tracing Roots to 1958, Ringgold Organization Celebrates 60 Years of Growth, Service

April 28, 2018- Ringgold Volunteer Fire and Rescue — Pittsylvania County’s first rural fire department — celebrated six decades of growth and service to the community Saturday. Read More

Delegate Tours Pittsylvania County Schools to Hear Safety Concerns

April 24, 2018- Delegate Danny Marshall, of Danville, toured two Pittsylvania County elementary schools on Tuesday to talk to county staff about school safety. Principals at Brosville Elementary and Stony Mill Elementary pointed out what they thought were the weakest areas of the school’s security system, and Superintendent Mark Jones and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Early answered questions about county policy surrounding school safety. Read More

Local Residents Consider the Legacy of Barbara Bush

April 19, 2018- Some area current and former officials remember former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush as a strong woman, a down-to-earth but dignified, family-oriented, advocate for literacy. She died Tuesday at the age of 92 at home. Read More

How education bills fared this Virginia General Assembly session

March 17, 2018- The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene next month to carve out a budget, an act that will have major impact on education in the state. The House of Delegates version of the budget, which includes Medicaid expansion, allocates more state funding per student than the Senate’s, with a salary increase taking effect July 1, 2019. Read More

Expansion of Medicaid

February 28, 2018- The Virginia General Assembly is now in the final weeks of its regular session for 2018.  The House and Senate continue its work on legislation originating from the opposite chamber, and in this budget year, each has now presented its proposal for this biennium. Read More

Bill aims to help lure business investment in Dan River Region

February 22, 2018- A bill in the General Assembly could provide a financial break for large companies looking to invest in Virginia, particularly in the Dan River Region. The bill would allow qualified businesses looking to invest in specific localities to not owe property or payroll taxes to the state from 2018 to 2028. Read More

Bills starting to cross over

February 21, 2018- The General Assembly is now engaged in the work following “crossover,” with each respective body considering the successful legislation passed by the other. In the days that follow, important decisions will be made which determine the precise Acts of Assembly to thereafter be presented to the governor for his signature, amendment or veto. Read More

Senate committee punts on school bus advertising, 'Kings Dominion Bill'

February 15, 2018- A Senate committee on Thursday punted on a bill that would allow state school systems to sell commercial advertising on their buses as schools continue to struggle with funding. The bill had passed the House of Delegates, but was continued to the 2019 General Assembly session in an 11-4 vote. Read More

Compromise reached on raising felony threshold from $200 to $500

February 8, 2018- State lawmakers announced a bipartisan compromise Thursday that will raise the dollar value for when a petty theft becomes a felony, a measure that has for years died in the House of Delegates. Read More

Working on K-12 education

January 31, 2018- Late last week I participated with other legislators in a budget briefing with the Chairman and staff of the Appropriations Committee.  At this small group meeting I raised specific concerns related to Southside Virginia in a discussion about priorities for this session. Read More

Schools to start before Labor Day? Va. House to vote on ‘Kings Dominion law’ changes

January 30, 2018- Virginia students and teachers could go back to school well before Labor Day every year under a pair of proposals due for a vote Tuesday in the House of Delegates. Under one proposal, local school boards would get complete discretion to set their school calendars. Read More

Without Medicaid expansion, Danville resident caught in middle

January 27, 2018- Danville resident and cancer survivor Margaret Lipford said she started paying into the system more than 30 years ago. For decades, she worked at Dan River Mills, putting part of her salary into Social Security, Medicare and other federal entitlement programs. Read More

Adams votes against license plate bill

January 25, 2018-  A new bill would allow opponents of gun violence to get a special license plate, according to Virginia’s legislative information system website. House Bill 287, which was sponsored by Del. Marcus B. Simon (D-House District 53) and Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Senate District 30), would allow Virginia residents to obtain license plates that bear the legend “STOP GUN VIOLENCE.” Read More

Fixing salaries still top priority for Pittsylvania County Schools

January 25, 2018- The Pittsylvania County School Board’s budget committee approved a list of priorities Thursday that includes a $4.3 million implementation of a study to boost pay for educators. Read More

Martinsville, Henry County support Virginia tax break proposal

January 24, 2018- Local officials are supporting proposed legislation that would give companies a tax break for creating jobs in economically distressed communities during the next 10 years. Read More

Crafting legislation guideposts

January 24, 2018- The people’s work at the 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly is now well underway.  Dozens of bills have been addressed in the standing committees.  Some legislation has already made its way to the floor of the House where, despite the political divide, the parties are compelled to act on the business of statecraft. Read More

Lawmakers hopeful of collaboration this session

January 14, 2018- Lawmakers from the Dan River Region said they hope to maintain a sense of bipartisanship and problem-solving during the 2018 General Assembly session after a Democratic Party wave election in November. Read More

Henry County doctors, religious leaders speak out in support of Medicaid expansion

December 2, 2017- On Friday, the Martinville/Henry County chapter of Virginia Organizing held a media conference on Medicaid expansion at First United Methodist Church in Martinsville. The event featured several different speakers who shared their perspectives and stories. Read More

Martinsville candidates share thoughts on election

November 8, 2017- Despite being defeated in his bid to become the city’s sheriff, Jackie Dillard thinks he fared well in Tuesday’s election, considering he was a political newcomer who challenged a popular incumbent with more than 20 years of experience. Read More

Farmer, Crump nab seats: County goes Republican; City votes Democratic

November 8, 2017- As of press time Tuesday night, statewide results in the 2017 General Election were incomplete. However, in Pittsylvania County, Republican candidates for state offices carried the vote; while in the City of Danville, Democratic candidates were leading. Read More

Vogel rouses Danville Republicans in last-minute dash

November 6, 2017- With mere hours before polls open, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jill Vogel pumped up the Danville GOP faithful in a rally Monday afternoon. Read More

Uncontested races in Danville 'kind of normal' registrar says

November 5, 2017- Not all elections are about choice. At least that’s the case with the uncontested races in the Dan River Region on Tuesday. Read More

State and local races take center stage in Tuesday's election

November 5, 2017- All voters in Martinsville, Henry County and Patrick County will join their counterparts statewide in electing a governor, lieutenant governor and state attorney general. The area’s three House of Delegates seats also are up for grabs, but only one incumbent is being challenged. Read More

Four new candidates running for county school board

November 3, 2017- Four new candidates and two old hands will be vying for three Pittsylvania County School Board seats up for re-election on Tuesday. Read More

Next steps: Local groups look to protect domestic abuse victims

October 15, 2017- How can we protect victims of domestic violence? After a recent town hall discussion on the subject, several local groups are taking steps to make changes, both to tweak processes and get help from the faith community. Read More

A Community Conversation: Martinsville murder triggers discussion over domestic violence

October 3, 2017- How can you help someone that’s in an abusive relationship? Is there anything you can do to stop that relationship from ending in death? Those are some of the questions that will be discussed Thursday, during a community forum. Read More

The start of a trend in Richmond?

September 19, 2017- When the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council released data from the 2016-17 legislative reporting year, something interesting emerged from the numbers. Read More

RPV Condemns bigoted remarks by tom perriello

August 22, 2017- Over the past weekend former Democrat congressman and former gubernatorial candidate, Tom Perriello, made several disturbing statements directed toward Evangelical Christians in general and Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, specifically. Read More

Gillespie unveils broadband plan in Axton

August 8, 2017- On Tuesday, Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor, announced his five point plan for expanded high-speed internet at a media event held at AC Furniture Company in Axton. Read More

New faces vie for county school board seats

July 31, 2017- A handful of new candidates and two incumbents will be seeking three Pittsylvania County School Board seats up for election this November. Read More

Foreshadow Larger Cannabis Policy Changes

July 6, 2017- In May 2017, Gov. McAuliffe had a signing ceremony for Senator Adam Ebbin’s Senate bill 784 and Delegate Les Adams’ House bill 2051. Read More

New 'future' interstate signs going up in Danville

June 27, 2017- Road signs that say Future 785 Corridor will once again dot the sides of Highway 29 in Danville. Signs were put up in 1998, but according to Danville's mayor they were removed several years ago, likely because of snow removal. Read More

‘Future I-785 Corridor’ signs return to Danville as ‘a symbol of a promise’

June 27, 2017Highways signs reading “Future I-785 Corridor” have been reinstalled along the U.S. 29 bypass from the Virginia-North Carolina border to its intersection at U.S. 58. Read More

Pittsylvania County celebrates 250th anniversary

June 17, 2017- Pittsylvania County residents decked out in replica Revolutionary and Civil War-era clothing gathered outside the county's courthouse in Chatham Saturday to hear state Delegate Les Adams, a Pittsylvania County native himself, read a resolution from the state General Assembly recognizing the milestone. Read More

Celebrating 250th anniversary, lawmaker says Pittsylvania County

June 17, 2017- Pittsylvania County celebrated its 250th anniversary Saturday with activities and a proclamation from the General Assembly read by Delegate Les Adams. Read More

Pittsylvania County celebrates 250 years

June 15, 2017This year Pittsylvania County celebrates 250 years! On Saturday there are big plans to recognize this milestone. Read More

Pittsylvania County to celebrate 250th anniversary Saturday

June 15, 2017- Pittsylvania County will celebrate its 250th anniversary Saturday, thanks to a joint effort between Pittsylvania Historical Society, Chatham First and Chatham Rotary Club. Read More

Supervisor Ron Scearce never saw himself in politics

June 11, 2017- Westover District Supervisor Ron Scearce was never really sure what he wanted to do, but he’s OK with the path his life has taken. Read More

Primary Questions: Candidates For Governor Talk About Southside

June 10, 2017- Earlier this month, we sent five questions to all of the candidates competing to be their party's nominee in the Virginia governor's race. They're ranked in the order we received them. Read More

County Parks & Rec cuts ribbon

June 9, 2017The Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation Department offices at The Community Center, Chatham, had its ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 31. Read More

Pittsylvania County celebrates 250 years

June 1, 2017It's time for one hometown to get out the party hats and celebrate a big milestone. Pittsylvania County 250th anniversary is June 1. Read More

Eastman announces expansion plans in Henry County

May 30, 2017- Eastman Chemical will invest $11.7 million to expand its manufacturing in Henry County, adding 15 new jobs in the process. Read More

Paying Tribute: Fallen soldiers honored in Martinsville ceremony

May 29, 2017- Military veterans buried in People’s Cemetery need to be remembered, just like those who are interred elsewhere and who have risked or sacrificed their lives to protect the nation from harm, according to Del. Les Adams. Read More

Memorial Day ceremony held in Martinsville

May 29, 2017- Martinsville had its own ceremony at the People's Cemetery Monday morning. Complete with the raising of the flag by the Honor Guard, the National Anthem was played by a rising Martinsville High School senior and city council made remarks. Read More

What's News Today: May 29, 2017

May 28, 2017- The service begins at noon today, as a way of paying tribute to fallen soldiers. S.T. Fulcher, director of Roselawn Funeral Home, Roselawn Burial Park and the VSO Committee of Martinsville, will hold a special memorial at the Roselawn Chapel, one of several being held throughout the area today. Read More

Ceremonial groundbreaking held for county Internet towers

May 25, 2017- On May 19, at the base of White Oak Mountain off U.S. Highway 29, county officials and dignitaries held a ceremonial groundbreaking event to kick off bringing Internet to rural Pittsylvania County. Read More

Annual Memorial Day celebration in Martinsville to be held at People's Cemetery

May 25, 2017- The 3rd annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Martinsville will be Monday at the People's Cemetery. Read More

Stroller: More Memorial Day ceremonies, free meal coming

May 25, 2017- The city of Martinsville will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at People’s Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The event will take place at the end of Second Street in Martinsville. Read More

Ground broken on rural internet project in Pittsylvania County

May 19, 2017- Work has officially begun on a rural internet project in Pittsylvania County after a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at the base of White Oak Mountain. Read More

Barts to compete for school board seat

April 12, 2017Gayle Barts, legislative aide to Del. Les Adams, recently announced her intent to fill the Dan River District seat for the Pittsylvania County School Board opening in November. Read More

Town of Hurt making plans to celebrate 50th anniversary

March 22, 2017- The town of Hurt was officially incorporated 50 years ago, and its current residents are getting ready to celebrate with a series of events. The first event is a history focused Community Anniversary Reception to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 2 at New Prospect Baptist Church Family Life Center at 509 Prospect Road in Hurt. Read More

Chatham DMV Select celebrates grand re-opening

March 21, 2017The DMV Select office, operated by Allan and Susie Easley, recently relocated from its former home to a newer, more spacious facility a few blocks away at 131 South Main St. in Chatham. Read More

Progress on Political Gifts, but There's Still a Ways to Go

March 19, 2017Though the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell in the Giftgate scandal that consumed the final year of his administration in 2013, the initial guilty verdict in a federal corruption trial still resonates throughout the halls of power in Richmond. Read More

Legislation to raise Virginia's grand larceny threshold from $200 to $500 dies in House panel

February 15, 2017- Legislation to raise Virginia’s grand larceny threshold from $200 to $500 died Wednesday in a House of Delegates subcommittee, leaving Virginia’s law among the most strict in the nation when it comes to treating arguably minor thefts as felonies. Read More

House kills criminal justice reforms

February 15, 2017- A number of criminal justice reforms, including two backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, died Wednesday at the hands of House Republicans unconvinced the changes were needed. Read More

Budget promotes retention

February 8, 2017- At the time of this writing, the 2017 session of the Virginia General Assembly is approaching what is known as “crossover,” when all bills to be considered by the House of Delegates must be acted upon. Read More

Duty to one another

February 1, 2017- Inscribed in marble and embedded in the center of our law firm in Chatham are the words my law partner and I wished to display as an expression of the core values of our practice. Read More

General Assembly briefs

January 31, 2017- The House Education Committee, meeting at 8:30 a.m. in House Room D, takes up a bill to limit suspensions and expulsions in public schools. Read More

Virginia decriminalization bills draw heavy opposition

January 31, 2017- Virginia won’t be pulling a Colorado by decriminalizing marijuana this year. But the state might relax its penalties for possessing marijuana and its rules on who can use marijuana products for medical reasons. Read More

Fracking chemical recipes could be kept secret in Virginia under bill passed by House

January 30, 2017- Chemical recipes used in fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil by high-pressure ground injections, could be kept secret under legislation that passed the Virginia House of Delegates on Monday. Read More

Lawmakers intervene in New College Institute's future

January 30, 2017- The Virginia Capitol stands more than 170 miles from the New College Institute in Martinsville, but the two institutions are becoming closer by the day. Read More

Medical marijuana bills go down in House

January 30, 2017- House Republicans shot down medical marijuana reforms Monday expanding access to oils to people with more diseases, but key members indicated they can be swayed on the measures. Read More

Virginia likely to ease rules on marijuana

January 30, 2017- Virginia won't be pulling a Colorado by decriminalizing marijuana this year. But the state might relax its penalties for possessing marijuana and its rules on who can use marijuana products for medical reasons. Read More

Bills would end license suspension for marijuana possession

January 27, 2017- Virginians convicted of marijuana possession would no longer automatically lose their driver’s license for six months under legislation moving through the General Assembly. Read More

Southern Virginia MultiModal Park ‘could be the door to the outside world’

January 5, 2017- Preliminary engineering and a study soon will begin in Hurt to determine the feasibility of turning the former Klopman Mills site into Virginia’s second inland port — The Southern Virginia Multimodal Park. Read More

Schools, lawmakers push for calendar freedom

December 25, 2016- Local lawmakers and school officials say they will make another push for the freedom to set school start dates without a weather waiver, as the Virginia General Assembly prepares to head into session next month. Read More

Legislators' bid to control New College Board may sideline Sen. Bill Stanley's statewide bid

December 8, 2016- State legislators are seeking leadership roles on the board of directors at the New College Institute out of what they describe as frustration over the direction of the 10-year-old higher education center in Martinsville. Read More

Legislators seek leadership roles on Martinsville institute's board

December 8, 2016- State legislators are seeking leadership roles on the Board of Directors at the New College Institute out of what they describe as frustration over the direction of the 10-year-old higher education center in Martinsville. Read More

Lawmakers gearing up for 2017 session

December 8, 2016- Dan River Region lawmakers want to make planned raises for state employees and workforce development initiatives priorities for the 2017 General Assembly session. Read More

Annual Christmas parade set for Saturday

November 13, 2016- The 66th Annual Martinsville-Henry County Christmas parade is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. The parade theme is “A Red, White, & Blue Christmas!”, and retired Army Gen. Dennis L. Via will serve as Grand Marshall. Read More

While property tax forgiveness amendment passes, localities have option to implement

November 13, 2016- On Tuesday, Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow localities to forgive property taxes for families of emergency care workers killed in the line of duty. It passed with 80 percent of the vote statewide. It was supported by 79 percent of Pittsylvania County residents and 78.4 percent of Danville residents. Read More

Voters reject amendment hailed by lawmakers, criticized by union officials

November 10, 2016- In a close vote Tuesday, voters chose to not incorporate a proposed right-to-work amendment into the state Constitution. The proposed amendment has been a law in Virginia for almost 70 years, but legislators wanted to safeguard it by changing the Constitution. As a law, it can be revoked in one session by the General Assembly, but as a part of the Constitution, it would have required another amendment to be passed in a statewide vote. Read More

Vote yes on constitutional amendments

November 6, 2016- This year Virginia voters will have the opportunity to vote on two very important constitutional amendments. We hope that you will vote yes on both. They will be listed last on your ballot. Read More

County school board asks lawmakers for increased funding

October 24, 2016- The Pittsylvania County School Board and leaders of the school system have asked local lawmakers to continue to make K-12 funding increases a priority in the General Assembly. Read More

For Ex-Offenders, a roller coaster ride to vote

September 12, 2016- Gov. Terry McAuliffe and local lawmakers continue to argue over the way to let more than 200,000 Virginians earn back the right to vote. “I don’t care what their politics are,” McAuliffe said in an interview Thursday while visiting the Dan River Region for an economic announcement. “I want them to vote.” Read More

Chatham’s O’Hare appointed to arts commission

August 23, 2016Chatham resident and professional pianist Kathleen O’Hare has been appointed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts as a board member, Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, announced Tuesday. Read More

Residents push for change at intersection of U.S. 29, Shula Drive

August 17, 2016- The state must do something about the traffic danger at U.S. 29 and Shula Drive — such as installing a traffic signal or warning lights, residents said during a public meeting held Wednesday night in northern Pittsylvania County. Read More

Local VFW posts merge

August 6, 2016- The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts in Martinsville and Henry County have consolidated as part of an effort to better serve military service veterans and their families, as well as the community. Bassett-based Post 2820, which served the entire county, and Martinsville-based Post 4637, have become the VFW Ford-Stewart Post 4637, headquartered at the post building on Old Chatham Road just outside the city. Read More

Delegate Adams Honors Davis

July 28, 2016Former Star-Tribune Editor Tim Davis was honored for his 25 years of service to county citizens with a General Assembly resolution presented to him Thursday by Delegate Les Adams. Adams said, “Tim Davis adroitly covered local and political issues engaging passionate discourses. Read More

Adams appointed to New College Institute board

June 21, 2016- Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, was recently appointed to the New College Institute board of directors by House Speaker William Howell, R-Stafford, Howell’s office announced Tuesday. Read More

Memorial day: honoring the fallen

June 1, 2016There was a special feeling about this year’s Memorial Day. A light rain moved the Sunday afternoon service from the Lee Street National Cemetery to Moseley Memorial United Methodist Church, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of grateful Americans paying tribute to those who have served in our military. Read More

The City of Martinsville holds a Memorial Day Ceremony today at the entrance to Peoples’ Cemetery

May 30, 2016The City of Radford holds its annual Memorial Day Service. The program will include music by the Radford High School Choir and Band, the Field of Crosses, a 21 gun salute and a bagpiper. It starts at 11 a.m. at Bissett Park. Read More

American National University in Martinsville welcomes Adams to commencement

May 24, 2016The Martinsville Campus of American National University will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. June 3 at Bassett High School with special guest Delegate Les Adams as the commencement speaker. Read More

Holcomb is recognized by assembly

April 18, 2016Ricky "Big Bird" Holcomb, whose annual motorcycle Toy Run raises money and collects toys for needy area children and their families at Christmastime, is being recognized by the General Assembly for his efforts. Read More

Inland port highlight of legislative lunch

April 6, 2016Discussion of the possible location of an inland port in Southside Virginia was the highlight of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative luncheon Wednesday, March 30, at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center in Danville. Read More

Local lawmakers tout progress during past session

March 30, 2016Three local legislators shared the accomplishments and progress from the recent General Assembly session — as well as how new laws will impact the Dan River Region — during a legislative lunch Wednesday in Danville. Read More

Board didn’t really balance budget

March 25, 2016Any comment about the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors should begin with a word of appreciation for the service these seven men give us in setting policies for the running of our county. Read More

Budget just appears balanced

March 23, 2016Any comment about the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors (BOS) should begin with a word of appreciation for the service these seven men give us in setting policies for the running of our county. Read More

How easy it is to spend our citizens’ money

March 23, 2016I have been reading and researching the 2016 and 2017 Pittsylvania County Budget and the School Budget for around three months and this same budget has been gone over by the major newspapers and the citizens also. Read More

Area reps: Trump taps into sluggish economy, voter anger

March 19, 2016Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, said he saw the wide appeal of Donald Trump firsthand earlier this year at a hardware store. While shopping, he began talking with an employee and contractor he had worked with back in the 1980s. Read More

Bill maneuver on trash fee met with controversy from Pittsylvania County board

March 14, 2016A proposed law that would have removed Pittsylvania County’s name from a list of localities authorized to impose a solid waste fee was tabled last month after supervisors spoke to legislators about it. Read More

Martinsville City School Board honors state champions

March 14, 2016In the case of the Martinsville High School (MHS) varsity boys basketball team, that’s the way to get them to win, Adkins, the team’s head coach, told the Martinsville School Board on Monday. Read More

Important action on agenda

March 9, 2016The General Assembly has now entered its final scheduled week for the 2016 regular session, with adjournment sine die set to occur on our 60th day at the Capitol: Saturday, March 12.  In these last hours, with most of the committee work complete, more time is being spent on the house floor as the final senate bills reported out of house committees are addressed. Read More

McGarry, Brinks finalists for post vacated by Gendron

March 6, 2016Marcus Brinks, deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Patrick County, and James McGarry, who is in a private law practice in Martinsville, will be interviewed Monday by a state courts panel as a possible replacement for Edwin A. Gendron Jr. as General District Court judge for the 21st Judicial District. Read More

2 noteworthy events pass

March 2, 2016As the General Assembly enters the final days of this year’s session, last week marked the passing of two noteworthy events.  In the first instance, delegates finished voting on the proposed house amendments to the 2016-2018 biennial budget and have presented a bill that is now in conference with that proposed by the senate. Read More

Tuesday Presidential primaries kick off busy year for elections

February 28, 2016On Tuesday, both the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries will be held in Virginia and 11 other states. Polls in Virginia open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Read More

Compromise on gun bill praised by lawmakers

February 25, 2016Dan River Region lawmakers said they were very pleased with the passage of bills ensuring reciprocity for concealed-carry handgun permit holders while taking steps to keep guns out of the hands of those under protective orders. Read More

adams gives account of house bills

February 24, 2016- The 2016 session of Virginia’s General Assembly reached the halfway point last week with what is known here as “crossover.”  The term marks the time established by the rules of the House and Senate after which only bills from the other body may be considered for further action. Read More

replacement for retired judge gendron is sought

February 23, 2016The current Henry County and Martinsville commonwealth’s attorneys, the current deputy Patrick County commonwealth’s attorney, a former Martinsville commonwealth’s attorney and a private attorney are vying to succeed Edwin A. Gendron Jr. as General District Court judge for the 21st Judicial District. Read More

supporting copn reform

February 17, 2016Of the more intense debates in the House of Delegates this session, have been those surrounding the issue of health care reform with respect to Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need laws, widely known as “COPN.” Read More

At crossover, local bills move forward with large support

February 16, 2016Several pieces of legislation proposed during this year’s General Assembly session by Dan River Region legislators have advanced with a majority of support from lawmakers just a few days before crossover. Read More

Religious Liberty advances

February 10, 2016Earlier this session I wrote to you about my decision to advance measures in the Virginia General Assembly aimed at strengthening religious liberty and the right of conscience. The first of those initiatives, I am pleased to report, was passed by the House of Delegates last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. Read More

Adams pushes for gun rights, religious freedom bills in General Assembly

February 5, 2016Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, said he is making a push for gun rights and religious freedom this year as the Virginia General Assembly nears the halfway point of the 2016 session. Read More

Bill would make electrocution the default for death penalty

February 5, 2016Death penalty opponents lost a battle this week when a House committee endorsed a bill to make electrocution the default punishment if lethal injection is unavailable. Read More

Gun rights merit serious consideration

February 3, 2016At the time of this writing, details of the recent bipartisan agreement to restore the rights of individuals holding permits to carry concealed handguns remains a matter of serious consideration here in Richmond. Read More

Bill to help NCI become university branch introduced

February 2, 2016A bill introduced in the General Assembly by Del. Danny Marshall is designed to help the New College Institute (NCI) become a branch campus of a public university. Read More

Adams details committee assignments

January 27, 2016-The work of the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly is now well underway. With the initial resolutions of organization in place, the Speaker of the House has announced each member’s assignments to the standing committees. Read More

Letter: Barry Joyce

January 21, 2016Patriots, Virginians, Americans, on January 18, 2016, myself along with other members of the Virginia Chapter of "Oath Keepers" traveled to Richmond to participate in what is referred to as "Lobby Day". It is time set aside each year for citizens to lobby their senators and delegates with concerns they may have on items of interest. Read More

Del. adams looks forward to opportunities

January 20, 2016The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly began last Wednesday as the House of Delegates and Senate convened in Richmond to address policy matters and budgetary issues for the Commonwealth’s next biennium. Read More

House committee appointments announced

January 20, 2016During the 2016 opening session of the Virginia House of Delegates, 16th District Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) and 9th District Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) received several committee appointments by Speaker William Howell. Read More

Local delegates: Budget is top priority

January 12, 2016- Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed biennium budget will be the biggest issue facing the General Assembly when it convenes today, three area lawmakers agree. “All others fail in comparison,” said Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill. Read More

Virginia Delegate Les Adams Fights Attorney General Reciprocity Decision

January 3, 2016Chatham Delegate Les Adams will introduce a bill next month restoring universal reciprocity between Virginia and thirty other states in the US that allow gun-owners to get conceal carry permits. Read More

State resolution would honor ‘Big Bird’ Holcomb

January 1, 2016A joint Senate resolution has been prefiled to commend Ricky “Big Bird” Holcomb for more than 20 years of raising money and collecting toys for less fortunate children and families in Henry County and Martinsville through Big Bird’s Toy Run, according the General Assembly Legislative Information System website. Read More

Del. Les Adams to challenge Attorney General's action on concealed carry permits

December 29, 2015- A delegate on the Southside said "no way" to Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement last week that Virginia would no longer honor concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states.

Southside legislator to challenge AG’s action on concealed carry

December 28, 2015- Chatham Delegate Les Adams will introduce a bill next month restoring universal reciprocity between Virginia and thirty other states in the US that allow gun-owners to get conceal carry permits.

As Hurt bows out, accolades pour in

December 23, 2015- U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt formally announced Wednesday he is not running for re-election, saying he is looking forward to private life and that he never intended to make public office a career. Read More

Most Surprised Hurt to Retire

December 23, 2015- Several local and state political officials said Wednesday that they were surprised at 5th District U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt’s announcement that he plans to retire from Congress at the end of his current term. Read More

School Supervisors Present Agendas

December 21, 2015- At a joint meeting Monday night, the Henry County Board of Supervisors presented its legislative agenda and the Henry County School Board presented its proposed legislative agenda to area state legislators. Read More

2015 Election yields new faces

November 4, 2015- Pittsylvania County residents voted in some new faces Tuesday, with more than 30% of registered voters casting ballots. Up from 28% in the 2011 election, according to Pittsylvania County Registrar Kelly A. Bailess. Read More

Stanley defeats Adkins to retain 20th Senate District

November 3, 2015- With all 120 precincts in the state’s 20th Senatorial District reporting, unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show Stanley defeated his challenger, Democratic former Martinsville mayor Kim Adkins, capturing 22,598 votes to Adkins’ 16,446 votes. Stanley received 57.78 percent of the votes, while Adkins received 42.05 percent. Read More

Voters in Dan River Region to decide county offices, state Senate race

November 2, 2015- Voters will decide almost every elected county government office in addition to a state Senate race between Bill Stanley and former Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins during Tuesday's election. Read More

Candidates are listed

November 2, 2015- ELECTION DAY 2015. Read More

ID required in order to vote

November 2, 2015- Don’t forget your driver’s license when you go to vote today. You don’t drive? Take some other type of identification card with your picture on it. Without such an ID, casting a ballot will require a lot more work that just showing up at the polling place. Read More 

Endorsement: Marshall, Adams, Edmunds for Delegate

October 27, 2015- It’s one week before the general election and it’s also the start of a week filled of Southside Central political endorsements. We’re going to get started with the easiest ones. Let’s talk about the region’s Virginia House of Delegate races. They’re all unopposed. Read More

Competition Alley stop highlights Hurt visit

August 24, 2015- Congressman Robert Hurt came home Monday afternoon to visit Competition Alley on Main Street and to talk to small business owners and local officials here. Read More

County election to produce new faces

 July 29,2015- Pittsylvania County residents will see some new faces in county offices following the Nov. 3 election. June was the filing deadline, but candidates have been campaigning for months and politicking is expected to intensify in the fall. Read More 

Group gathers to talk race relations

July 26, 2015- More than 125 people gathered at Banister Bend Sunday to talk about improving race relations in Pittsylvania County. Read More

Del. Les Adams announces his Re-Election Bid!

July 6, 2015- Delegate Les Adams, Republican from Chatham, today announced the start of his campaign for re-election this fall to the House of Delegates in Virginia’s General Assembly.  Adams represents the 16th House District which includes the City of Martinsville and parts of Henry and Pittsylvania Counties. Read More

Fourth of July service highlighted with speech by E.W. Jackson

July 6, 2015- Music, dance and drama were all part of the special Fourth of July celebration at White Oak Worship Center on Sunday in Blairs, which drew hundreds of people to pack the pews. Read More

Adams to campaign for second term as delegate

July 1, 2015- “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent the people of the 16th House District in Richmond during my first term in office,” Adams said in a news release. “I am looking forward to continuing that service in the coming years and am eager to provide an increasingly strong voice for us as we work together to meet the needs of Southside Virginia.” Read More

Delegate announces bid for re-election

June 30, 2015- Del. Les Adams, R-Chatham, will seek a second term as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Adams announced on Tuesday. Read More

Deadline nears for county election filing

June 5, 2015- Independent candidates must have at least signatures from 125 registered voters. Supervisors and school board hopefuls need signatures from their election district. Read More

Stanley, Marshall to seek state aid for medical school

May 28, 2015- Stanley made the remark while speaking at the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s post-legislative luncheon at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Other featured speakers were 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, Marshall and fellow Delegates Les Adams and Charles Poindexter. All the legislators are Republicans. Read More

Stanley, Marshall to seek state aid for med school

May 28, 2015- State Sen. Bill Stanley expects that he and Del. Danny Marshall will seek state funding for the planned College of Henricopolis School of Medicine, Stanley said Wednesday. Read More

County election deadline nears

 May 27, 2015- The filing deadline for candidates in Pittsylvania County’s November election is less than two weeks away. Candidates must file all of their paperwork with the voter registrar’s office in Chatham by Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. Read More

Scearce runs for Westover supervisor’s seat

May 27, 2015- Ronald S. Scearce, a fiscal conservative who hopes to bring accountability to local government, said this week he will run for the Westover District seat on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. Read More

Scearce seeks seat on board of supervisors

May 22, 2015- Ronald Scearce is collecting signatures to run for the Westover District seat on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. Read More

Southside Soccer Club

April 29, 2015- For Village Pizza, Autumn Polk and DeAmber Harris shared time in the goal box and did a great job with multiple saves. Read More

Moon vs. Hagerman in Callands-Gretna

April 22, 2015- Vernon Moon, a Gretna businessman, farmer and long-time champion of public schools, announced his candidacy today for the Callands-Gretna District seat on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. Read More

Lawmakers grapple over personal data

April 22, 2015- As most of you know quite well, April 15 of last week was the day in our country when working Americans were compelled to submit to the federal government substantial portions of their income earned in the previous year. Read More

Supervisor Jerry Hagerman's Report

March 18, 2015- Banister District Supervisor Jessie Barksdale and I traveled to Richmond on Feb. 18 to meet and talk with Maurice Royster, manager government relations for EQT (Mountain Valley Pipeline). Read More

Budget includes pay raise for teachers

March 5, 2015- Last week marked the conclusion of this year’s regular session of the General Assembly, with the House of Delegates having adjourned sine die in the late hours of Friday evening. Read More

Adams levels field for minority businesses

February 25, 2015- As the 2015 General Assembly session draws to a close, the hurried pace to complete consideration of the legislation passed by each body continues. Read More

House OKs transporting loaded shotguns

February 20, 2015- Virginians who have a concealed handgun permit could legally transport loaded shotguns in vehicles under a bill that passed the House of Delegates on a split vote this week. Read More

Budget includes raise for state workers

February 18, 2015- Consideration of bills introduced in the House of Delegates for the 2015 regular session concluded last week with crossover, whereby the successful pieces of legislation were delivered to the Senate. Read More

Warren runs for seat on board

February 18, 2015- Saying he hopes to make a difference, Robert W. “Bob” Warren of Mount Hermon announced today that he will run for the Chatham-Blairs District seat on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in November. Read More

Chamber to hold legislative lunch

February 17, 2015- The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will hold a legislative lunch at noon Thursday, March 5, at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center (149 Piney Forest Road, Danville). Read More

Delegate Les Adams' 16th District Report

February 11, 2015- At the time of this writing, the House of Delegates has nearly completed consideration for each of the bills proposed by its members. Read More

Bowman not to seek re-election

February 11, 2015- Chatham-Blairs District Supervisor Brenda Bowman said today she will not seek a second term on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in November. Read More

Barksdale to run for 2nd term on board

February 11, 2015- Banister District Supervisor Jessie Barksdale announced today that he will seek re-election to the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in November. Read More

As convention of states bills stall out, local lawmakers split on issue

February 8, 2015- As several Virginia bills calling for a convention of states falter in the General Assembly, local lawmakers are divided on the appeal of a convention with the power to amend the U.S. Constitution. Read More

Bill addresses drug use during pregnancy

February 4, 2015- This year’s “short session” of Virginia’s General Assembly is moving at an increasingly rapid pace in the House of Delegates as legislation is being reported out of committee and onto the House floor. Read More

Adams outlines Republican priorities

January 28, 2015- Last week marked the first full week of this General Assembly session in Richmond. Remarkably, over one thousand bills have now been filed and are being considered in their respective committees and sub-committees, with a few having already passed in the House. Read More

Repealed taxes unlikely to gain traction

January 21, 2015- As I begin my second year of service to the 16th House District in the General Assembly, I again look forward to this opportunity to represent the people of Southside Virginia over the next several weeks in Richmond. Read More

BREAKING NEWS: 29 jobs to be created in Henry County

January 21, 2015- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Hardide Coatings, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced surface coatings, will invest $7.25 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Henry County and create 29 new jobs with an average salary of $50,000, which is well above the average prevailing wage in the region. Read More

Local lawmakers mixed on governor's proposals

January 15, 2015- Members of the region’s delegation to the General Assembly voiced enthusiasm for some of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposals related to economic development and workforce development Wednesday but were lukewarm or outright opposed to some other measures. Read More

Stowe out of school board election

January 14, 2015- Tunstall District School Board member Morris Stowe has decided not to seek re-election in November. Read More

How to contact area legislators

January 14, 2015- More than 1,200 proposals await legislators today when the General Assembly convenes at noon. A majority of the proposals — 766 — were filed by delegates. In the Senate, 477 proposals were filed, according to online information. During the long session in 2014, there were 2,600 proposals filed, according to Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville. Read More

General assembly session brings new bills, old battles

January 12, 2015- Along with a string of new legislation and judicial appointments, this week’s Virginia General Assembly session may include tweaks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s budget proposal and a lingering debate on whether to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds, said local lawmakers. Read More

General Assembly 2015 session starts this week; heavy workload expected

January 11, 2015- When the 2015 session of the General Assembly gets underway this week, there will be no shortage of work for legislators. Read More

Pittsylvania County NAACP to hold legislative dialogue tonight

January 8, 2015- The Pittsylvania County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor a Legislative Dialogue Meeting with state legislators Thursday, Jan. 8. Read More

NAACP hosts discussion with lawmakers

January 8, 2015- Members of the Pittsylvania County branch of the NAACP asked local legislators about voter identification laws, the minimum wage, law-enforcement issues and other matters during a roundtable discussion held at the Cherrystone South Education and Recreational Center on Thursday night. Read More

2015 big election year for Pittsylvania County

January 7, 2015- All seven seats on the board of supervisors and four seats on the school board will be filled. Read More

Ex-governor supported by lawmakers

January 7, 2015- Area legislators and others said former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s two-year prison sentence is not as bad as it could have been, but it is more than what was needed. Read More

Relief, support expressed by local lawmakers as McDonnell sentenced

January 6, 2015- As former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday, local lawmakers said they were relieved at the conclusion of the proceedings and ready to look at more ethics reform during the next General Assembly session. Read More

Pittsylvania County NAACP sponsors dialogue with state lawmakers

January 5, 2015- The Pittsylvania County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor a Legislative Dialogue Meeting with state legislators Thursday, Jan. 8. Read More

State seats up for re-election this year

January 5, 2015- Three local state seats are up for re-election this year as part of the Virginia state legislature elections. Read More

NAACP sponsors legislative meeting

December 27, 2014- The Pittsylvania County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor a legislative roundtable meeting Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Cherrystone Baptist Church Center on U.S. 29 just north of Chatham. Read More

NAACP to host pre-legislative dialogue

December 22, 2014- The Pittsylvania County branch of the NAACP will host a roundtable, pre-legislative dialogue with area state representatives next month. Read More 

Governor continues to disregard the constitution

July 02, 2014- Pursuant to Article IV, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia, new laws passed by the General Assembly become effective on the first day of July. Read More

Budget break eludes state

May 30, 2014- Virginia will be entering “unknown, uncharted waters” if a state budget is not approved by July 1, according to Del. Charles Poindexter.  That is when the new fiscal year starts for the state as well as its counties and cities, which depend on knowing how much state revenue they will get. Read More

Legislators: No end is in works on budget stalemate

May 26, 2014- Local lawmakers do not yet know when, or how, the General Assembly will resolve its impasse over the state budget and whether to expand Medicaid. Read More

Assembly fixes worrisome ‘loophole’

May 14, 2014- Appellate lawyers are known to fret about deadlines, but one source of worry has been eliminated by the 2014 General Assembly. Read More

Adams calls Medicaid ordeal ‘distressing’

March 27, 2014- Del. Les Adams, R-16th District, joined the GOP majority in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday in presenting their own budget proposal — one that did not include Medicaid expansion. Read More

Political games hold budget hostage

March 19, 2014- Next week, the General Assembly will reconvene in a special session to address the problem created by Gov. McAuliffe and Democrat legislators who have refused to endorse a budget without a provision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Read More

Del. Les Adams Report from Richmond

March 12, 2014- This past Saturday afternoon marked the conclusion of this year’s regular session of the General Assembly. In this my first experience of having served as your delegate in Richmond, I want to again express my gratitude for the privilege of representing you through this service. Read More

Local lawmakers: Split budget, Medicaid issues

March 09, 2014- Local lawmakers say the General Assembly session which ended Saturday was productive, even if there was no approval of a state budget or resolution to the impasse on Medicaid expansion. Gov. Terry McAuliffe immediately called for a special session March 24, saying he’s hopeful that lawmakers will return ready to pass a budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 residents, The Associated Press reported. Read More

Adams backs education reform

March 05, 2014- With both houses of the General Assembly having passed numerous bills, including their respective proposed budgets, certain legislative accomplishments from the House of Delegates are worth noting.  This is especially true with regard to education and K-12 reforms, where our Republican majority demonstrated remarkable leadership. Read More

Adams rejects Medicaid expansion

February 28, 2014- In the past several days, we in the House of Delegates have considered numerous bills from the Senate. Importantly, last week also marked the passing of the proposed budget by the House of Delegates.  Of course, this session of the General Assembly is the “long session” during which state legislators must pass a biennial budget. Read More

Virginia Right! 2013 House of Delegates Positive Endorsements and Negative Endorsements

October 1, 2013- Virginia Right! endorsed Les Adams back in the Republican Primary defeating Ken Bowman. And we stand by Les in the General Election as well where he faces Democrat Elizabeth Jones. Read More

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