By Donna Ashworth

In the midst of reorganization and new alignment, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville announced its new leadership team. Read more…

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the appointment of H.F. Haymore, Jr. of Danville, Clerk of the Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

“The local firm of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP is proud of the accomplishments of its partners and staff that were selected for the designation of Super CPAs,” according to a company news release. Read more…

Elizabeth Spainhour, chair of the Danville Community College Board, was honored recently with the 2013 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service by the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Diron C. Clements of Wilkins & Co. Realtors recently graduated from the Virginia Association of Realtors 2013 Virginia Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area announced a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support the College Bound program that engages at-risk students through high school graduation and also helps prepare them for college and career with internships, college campus tours and assistance with college entrance requirements. Read more

During this season of Thanksgiving, God’s Storehouse has unveiled its new logo designed and donated by Kimberly Demont, who owns Demont Design. Read more…  God’s Storehouse, a local food pantry serving Danville and Pittsylvania County, has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp., a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced Monday the company has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global initiative to help governments address wireless data growth and close the digital divide by advocating for laws and regulations that increase dynamic access to unused wireless spectrum, also known as TV White Space. Read more…

Earline Mills, treasurer and board of directors’ member for Danville Cancer Association, received checks totaling $4,033 from Rippe’s customer donations and Rippe’s. Read more…

The spring term for American National University will begin on February 17, 2014. The application fee will be waived for Associates and Diploma Programs.  Please contact the Admissions representatives Jeff Moore, Charles Strange, and Larry Davis at 434-793-6822. Find out more…

American National Bank and Trust Company
is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation. Bank employees generously donated toys that will be given to less fortunate children in the communities of Alamance County, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Danville/Pittsylvania County, Va.; South Boston/Halifax County, Va.; Lynchburg, Va. and Martinsville VA.

The Danville Bar Association has presented a $5,000 donation to the Spiros Skenderis Scholarship with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 11, 2013 – November 26, 2013:

Ashley Furniture Home Store
Barber Automotive & Truck Center, Inc.
BigSky Rents and Events
Blue Ridge Fiberboard
CED/All Phase Electric Supply Company
Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs
Commonwealth Pharmacy
Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
Crosscountry Mortgage
Daniel Builders LLC
Danville Regional Foundation
Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen
Dell’Anno’s Pizzeria
Demont Design
Don's Auto Recycling
Patricia Duprey, MD
Elliott Electric of Danville
Emeritus of Danville
Excelen Performance, Inc.
Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.
Global Food Connection, Inc.
Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.
Cesar Guanzon
John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.
The Launch Place
Lawson-Overbey Inn
Liberty Homecare & Hospice+
Lynn Street Lofts
MedExpress Urgent Care
Melissa Breaux, Independent Miche Representative
Orkin Pest Control
Paradise Lake & Campground
Piedmont Access to Health Services
Piedmont Shopper / ClassCandy
Sam's Club
Southern Hills Golf Course and Swim Club
Stratford Healthcare Center
Thunder Road Harley-Davidson
Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
Unarco Industries
Unilin - Columbia Flooring
Wayne Wilson & Company
WWDN 104.5FM and 1580AM/ WMPW Country Legends 103.7
Your Stuff & Kids Stuff

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

olden Corral
Jesse Aguilar
195 Holt Garrison Parkway
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-2480
Restaurants and Caterers

Network Supply          
Preston Blackwell
321 Lynn Street, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 793-5131
Electronic Supplies & Company

Pro-LocX Mobile Locksmith & Security Systems
Mark Winebrenner
377 Norwood Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 203-0727
Security - Products, Systems, Burglar Alarms & Companies

Solex Architecture
Jeffrey L. Bond
527 Bridge Street, Suite 200
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-5491

Vaughan & Associates LLC
Don Nodtvedt
136 Meadowbrook Circle
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-4063
Management and Business Consulting

By Donna Ashworth

The accounting firms Harris, Harvey, Neal and Company, LLP and Foster and Dorr, P.C., have been serving Southside Virginia for a combined 93 years. The two businesses recently merged, allowing them to bring all of their strengths to one organization. Read more…

Eric Deaton, market president for LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market —which includes Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County — has been appointed to the board of directors for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Read more…

Danville Community College President Bruce Scism has been appointed to the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Trustees. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co. announced the appointment of Michelle Gaydica as senior vice president-retail banking. Read more…

Freshly painted bright red doors now welcome diners to 316 Main St. — the just-opened home of Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen at the former site of 316 Cibo. Read more…

Dr. David Kotlaba has been designated a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, Danville Regional Medical Center announced. Dr. Kotlaba has served on DRMC’s medical staff for nearly 25 years and is in private practice at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc., along with Drs. Gary Miller and Brian Zagol. Read more…

URW Credit Union opened its most recent local branch in Danville at Galileo Magnet High School. Read more…

The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this massive effort. Read more…

Rebecca “Becca” Segal, assistant administrator at Danville Regional Medical Center, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ken., — another hospital in the LifePoint family. Read more…

Ron Willard, President of The Willard Companies, was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 during a ceremony hosted at Roanoke Country Club. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has announced that Dr. Frank Campbell, chairman of the board of trustees, was recently awarded the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s 2013 Excellence in Governance Award, which honors member hospital or health system governing bodies who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field, on both a state and local level, through commitment to service and leadership. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office has moved from its location on Franklin Turnpike to a spot in Coleman Marketplace at 165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 570B. Read more…

Prudential Waterfront Properties announced Adam Lynch, REALTOR®, has completed the Virginia Realtors® Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region featured stories of impact by donors and grant recipients at its Appreciation Luncheon held at the Danville Golf Club. Read more…  

 Averett University has been ranked as one of Military Times’ 2014 “Best for Vets: Colleges.”  Read more…

Stratford House, a retirement community in Danville, recently announced the appointment of Barbara Croyle as the organization’s new executive director. Read more…

Registration for spring semester 2014 is underway now at Danville Community College. Spring classes begin January 13. To assist students with admissions, financial aid and registration, DCC is hosting an Open House/No Appointments Needed Day on Friday, December 6. During this time, prospective students can also take the Virginia Placement Test and discuss programs of study with academic counselors and financial aid. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Co., was has been elected to serve as Virginia’s representative on the board of directors for the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Read more…

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area named Faith Stamps as the new executive director and chief professional officer on Oct. 21. Read more…

Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, and Foster & Dorr PC, Certified Public Accountants, are pleased to announce the merger of their accounting firms and the continuation of their practices as Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, effective November 1, 2013.

Promote your business while giving your employees the opportunity to be active! The City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation is offering a discount for groups of 10 or more in the upcoming Dirty Dan Dash mud run. The run, set for Nov. 2, is a fun race through downtown Danville, Dan Daniel Memorial Park, the Riverwalk Trail and a gaggle of challenging and somewhat dirty obstacles. The registration fee is $65 but groups of 10 or more can save $10 a person by signing up in teams. The deadline to register is Oct. 31. Call Jason Bookheimer at 799-5200 for more information or to secure the group rate.

Jeff Liverman, the executive director of the Danville Science Center, will be retiring toward the end of this year after 10 years of service. Read more… 

Darren Conner, president of Dewberry’s southeast region, has been appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office will be moving to a new location in the Coleman Marketplace effective November 11. Davenport has been in business since 1863, that’s 150 years of service!

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center two grants to strengthen Southern Virginia’s workforce. A grant in the amount of $163,750 will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp initiative, and a second grant in the amount of $20,886 will fund the initial cohort of participants in the SVHEC’s new welding lab.  Read more…  Also, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has been awarded a Rural Health Network Development Planning grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Read more…

Peggy Simpson, administrative director of Danville Regional Medical Center Laboratory Services, has received the 2013 American Society for Clinical Pathology CM Member Excellence in Education Award. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced the completion of the $20 million capital project to connect more than 120 K-12 schools in southern Virginia. Read more…

Hundreds of people waited for the re-opening ceremony at the Danville Mall’s Belk store listening to music provided by the Danville Youth String Quarter and anxious to find out if they would be one of the first 300 shoppers to receive a free gift card. Read more…

Larry Layman, a member of the Board of Directors for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, was recognized at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Region 1 and 4 meeting in Norfolk recently for his commitment to education and his completion of the Credentialed Cooperative Director program. Read more…   Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, like many businesses nationwide, is experiencing the retirement of a significant number of longtime employees from the Baby Boomer generation. Read more…

Danville Community College garnered six awards, including two each of first, second and third place awards at the 2013 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Read more…

CenturyLink is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program today opened the application process for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. Read more…

The Regional Industrial Facility Authority and the Industrial Development Authority of Danville announce that Zeyuan Flooring International Corp. is locating its first United States manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre. The company will invest $15 million and employ 100 people over a three-year period. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 9, 2013 - October 10, 2013:

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
American Forest Management, Inc.
American Red Cross,  Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Bojangles – Mountain Food Service
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Bra Lady Boutique
Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center
Comfort Inn & Suites
Danville Surgical Center, Inc.
Davenport & Company
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
G & W Associates
Giles Flowerland and Caterers
Gretna TheatreHarman Eye Center of Danville
Delegate Danny Marshall's Office
Bill McMann
Home Oxygen & Medical Equip Co.
Home Recovery HomeAid
The Launch Place
Liberty University Athletics
Motley Florist
NAP Coleman Marketplace LLC
Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
Prescott Financial Management
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
ServPro of Lynchburg
Sleep Inn & Suites
State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent
Tune & Toler, Inc.
Unique Industries
Williamsburg Village Apartments

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly welcome the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please support these businesses that are investing in the future of our region:

Steve Farrar    
259 Westhaven Drive
Danville, VA 24541     
(434) 489-8769

Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Isaac Hill
413 Mt. Cross Road, Suite 203
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-4455

Holbrook Enterprises
Richard Holbrook
6220 Spring Garden Road
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 836-5600
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers

Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.
Silvana Miller
1062 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 429-6667
Schools, Colleges, & Education

WKBY Radio
Larry Campbell
12932 US Highway 29
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 432-1080
Radio Stations

By Donna Ashworth

Gov. Bob McDonnell recently announced that North American Mold Technology will invest $4.35 million to establish a manufacturing operation in the City of Danville. Read more…

Woods Rogers PLC
is hosting its 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, “Taming the HR Monster” on October 8 from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. To see the full agenda and to register, visit or call (540) 983-7579. Read more…

Sam’s Club
will be having their Business Blitz the week of September 23rd through September 27th. Sign up for a New Business Membership and get a $10.00 Gift Card. Sign up for a Plus Membership and get a $20.00 Gift Card! When you sign up for a New Business Membership or Plus membership and sign up a fully paid Add-On, the add-on member gets a Gift Card too! This is a great deal and will only be going on for the week stated above. A representative from Sam’s Club will be at The United Way Conference Center on Craighead Street on Monday September 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to take care of your Business Needs.

The J.T.- Minnie Maude Charitable Trust reminds charitable organizations of the Trust’s next deadline date of October 1 for the submission of grant requests. The Trust awards grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations that provide benefits to the residents of the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County.  Grant guidelines and requirements are posted at or contact the trust office at 434-797-3330 for more information.

The Pittsylvania County School System was awarded a $100,000 grant as part of a statewide initiative to upgrade security systems in schools. Read more…

Dominion Primary Care-CENTRA Medical Group of Danville, was recently presented with a Distinguished Community Employer award. Dominion has offered the Danville Campus of National College support over the years and currently employs four National College graduates. Read more…

The URW Community Federal Credit Union recently captured the 2013 Credit Union of the Year award at a ceremony in Boston. Read more…

Chris Adcock, a civil engineer who previously worked for Reynolds-Clark Development in Gretna, is the new director of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority. Read more…

The SVHEC Board of Trustees welcomed three new board members and elected two new officers at its quarterly meeting Wednesday. New members included Dr. Bruce Scism, Loretta Harris and David Willette. Read more… 

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on September 25. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
has partnered with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County to form a regional health care delivery system. Read more…

Joseph Zappacosta has been named director of the Danville Public Library. He is expected to start October 1, according to a news release from Danville Parks and Recreation. Read more…

, Inc. is spreading the word about low-income assistance programs that help qualifying consumers obtain reduced-price voice and high-speed Internet services. Read more…

The Virginia Department of Health has officially approved proposals from both Centra Health and Danville Regional Medical Center for the placement of CT scanners in their new imaging centers, to be located in Gretna and Chatham, respectively. Read more…

Get Fit Dan River Region
has — for the second year in a row — helped capture a national crown for a fitness video contest aimed at showing folks exercising doesn't have to be boring or only based in a gym. Read more…           View video

The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area announced Patricia (Pat) M. Daniel as the agency’s new executive director. Daniel has served as the agency’s program director for five years. Read more…

The Free Clinic
is holding its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday September 30th at the Danville Golf Club.  Shot gun start at 1 p.m.  We do have ladies and men’s flights this year with prizes for both.  Call 434-799-1223 for more information.

It’s That Time of Year Again. The 8th Annual Law Enforcement Soft Ball Tournament. Saturday, October 19th at Dan Daniel Park at the Goodyear Field. Starting at 10 am. The Danville Police Dept., Danville Sheriff’s Office and the PCSO will go after the all Mighty Cup. But the real winners will be those attending and the Charities. This year the attendees will have a chance to win a nice gift from Ben David Jewelers. They will have to DIG for it. Also other door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Commonwealth Document Management will have their Shred Truck on hand from 10 am – noon to shred old document and papers for free if you want to get rid of them. Concessions will be available as well. A 50 /50 drawing will also be held. We encourage those attending to bring a new or unwrapped toy or canned goods to donate to the Secret Santa to benefit Pittsylvania County Social Services Christmas Event. Admission / Raffle Tickets are only $ 2.00 and can be purchased at Chatmoss Cablevision, Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and at the gate the day of the game. Proceeds benefit the Danville Boys and Girls Club and the DARE program in Pittsylvania County Schools. For more information call Gracie at 434-250-7435.

SDB is a highly regarded national publication that features companies in the document destruction, document storage and recycling businesses.  Commonwealth Document Management was truly honored to not only be feature story but also have a cover photo! It’s the second time we’ve been featured in a national publication in our 2+ years since we started our business in 2011.  We were also featured in the Shredding Industry Report’s Spring 2012 edition. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
will host the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday, Oct. 5. The race, dubbed the Oak Tree Grand Prix, is the culmination of four days of racing activities all hosted at VIR. The American Le Mans Series is one of the world’s premier sports car racing series featuring some of the most technologically advanced racing cars in the world. Read more…

Averett University
is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year it has been named a "military friendly" school by Victory Media. This honor ranks the University in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are working to help America's military and veterans as students. Read more…   Averett University has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Mike Markovits, an internationally renowned global leadership expert, for an intensive week-long visit. Markovits will conduct classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of business and leadership. Read more…

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. Consider donating your un-used Holiday cards to the Red Cross to use in our upcoming Card Signing events. Questions please call: 276-632-5127

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC)
announced today that Sarah Johnson has been selected as MBC's west coast Economic Development Director, based in Santa Clara. Read more… 

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between August 3, 2013 – September 6, 2013:

Alan Dalton Photography
Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter
Amthor International, Inc.
Arlene's Closet LLC
B & W Floral Designs Inc.
Badcock & More Home Furniture
Bassett Office Supply
Benton-Thomas Office Products
Blackwell Automotive, Inc.
Blankenship & Davis Opticians
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia
Community Improvement Council, Inc.
Computer Clinic Inc.
Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark
Courtyard by Marriott
Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Danview Restaurant, Inc.
Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities
City of Danville
Danville House
Danville Insulating & Window Company, Inc.
Danville Paint & Supply Co.
Danville Women's Care, P.C.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Get Fit Dan River Region
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
HD Web Studio
Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC
Integrated Technology Group, Inc.
JTI Leaf Services, LLC
Liberty Tax Service
Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Board
SleepyGoat Cheese
Sodexo Campus Services
Southside Electric Coop.
Swedwood Danville LLC
Virginia Museum of Natural History
Wells Fargo
Westover Christian Academy
Rocky Womack Communications

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.  
Shelia Isom
147 Deer Run Road
Danville, VA  24540
Health Maintenance Organizations

Beacon Credit Union                                                                                       
Scott Hudson
3320 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
P.O. Box 4319
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Banks, Financial Institutions and Credit Unions

Complexions Dermatology – Dr. Keith Robinson
Beth Craddock
4545 Riverside Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Core Physical Therapy
Cheryl Hancock
748 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
Physicians & Surgeons

Danville Historical Society      
Sarah Latham
840 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541

Moser Electric LLC                                                                                          
Keith Moser
310 Oak Park Drive
Moneta, VA 24121

By H. Lynnette Lawson

Recognizing that education is a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce awarded over $114,000 in teacher creativity grants today to Pre-K through 12th grade educators in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County (NC).

“The Chamber is pleased to recognize our creative educators who participated in this year’s grant program,” commended Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE.  “We have exceptional educators in this region and are excited to provide the resources to encourage innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills."

Teachers representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, or division wide team submitted grant applications.  There were no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee for review.

The Chamber received 53 applications this year, totaling more than $478,000.

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Chamber board member Ed Steffey, who was Goodyear’s plant manager at that time, shared his concerns about the lack of funding for classroom projects in the area.  Steffey saw many wonderful things happening in the region’s schools, but he also recognized that that there had to be a different way to provide resources that weren’t available through the traditional funding streams.  Through Steffey’s leadership, the Chamber partnered with Goodyear and other businesses to sponsor an annual golf tournament with all proceeds designated for education.

For the past three years, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has provided substantial additional funds making it possible to distribute a higher quantity of grants and also fund larger projects.  “We want to encourage teachers to think out of the box and bring creative education programs into their classrooms,” said Karl Stauber, DRF President and CEO. “We believe that these investments in education will promote creativity, reward more teachers, and help strengthen the Dan River Region’s economic position.”  

The Chamber and Goodyear have maintained the annual golf tournament with this year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament scheduled for September 27th at the Goodyear Golf Course. In recent years, the plant has also hosted the Goodyear Education 5K race with proceeds earmarked for education.

“By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.

The Chamber, Goodyear, and Danville Regional Foundation congratulate the following recipients of the grant program:

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp"
Daniel Waters and John Henderson
George Washington High School

“iPads for Advanced Learning”
Debbie Rojas and Ashley Lackey
Forest Hills Elementary School

“Smart Table 442i Collaboration Center”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott, Elizabeth Bailess
Gretna Elementary School

“Transforming Literacy Through Technology”
Carlene Bailey
Brosville Elementary School

“’App’-etite for iPads”
Mindy Takacs and Tamela Warren
Union Hall Elementary School

“Virtual iPad Cart”
Melissa Cassell, Christopher Gee, Kelly Merricks, Jessica Dalton, Elizabeth Kirby
Dan River High High School

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Kathy Grantier
Bonner Middle School

“Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Technology”
Kathy Boucher
North Elementary School

“Adding a Personal Touch to Learning”
David Hammack and Shannon Louhoff
Stony Mill Elementary School

“Integration of Tablets into the Science Classroom”
Jason Gibson and Lisa Fain
Galileo High School

“FIRST Robotics Team #1095 (RoboCavs)”
Stephanie O’Bien, Tom Wade, J.L. Clayton
Chatham High School

“GW Team Talon FIRST Robotics Team”
Dan Waters
George Washington High School

The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the teacher creativity grant process for making the 2013 -2014 grant projects possible.

By Donna Ashworth

The Princeton Review announced that Averett University has been ranked one of the Best in the Southeast in its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Averett is one of 138 institutions in the Southeast to receive this ranking. Read more…  More accolades have come Averett's way from three other third party reviewers. has named the University a 2013-2014 College of Distinction. has ranked Averett third in Virginia for campus safety. In addition, Averett has been ranked a top college in Virginia for return on investment by Read more…

BB&T has promoted Greg Anderson to senior vice president and market president for the Danville area. Read more…

Danville attorney Anthony Monioudis of Woods Rogers PLC has been named to Best Lawyers in America magazine’s list for 2014. Read more…  Also, Danville attorney Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap of Woods Rogers PLC has been named one of Virginia’s “Leaders in the Law.” Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed two local leaders to key state education posts. Dr. Carlyle Ramsey of Alton, president emeritus of Danville Community College, was named to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Darren Conner of Callands, president of Southeast for Dewberry, was named to the State Board of Community Colleges.

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research are forming a partnership to market Southside. Read more…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
is opening a California office, hoping to woo West Coast business to Southside Virginia. The new office is in Santa Clara’s Techmart Center. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on Sept. 25. Read more…

Workers have razed the building that housed Family Healthcare Center of Gretna on North Main Street, where Danville Regional Medical Center — which had leased the structure since 1991 — plans to replace it with a new facility. Read more…

Genedge Alliance
, in cooperation with the Virginia Tobacco Commission, was recently awarded a matching grant totaling more than $120,000 to fund an innovation commercialization project to accelerate high technology economic growth and support job increases in the region. Read more…

Shannon Hair has been named Outstanding Private Fundraising Professional for 2013 by the Council for Resource Development. Hair is the director of development at Danville Community College. Read more…

Virginia International Raceway
and VIR Kart Track announced the arrival of a new fleet.  “These Stratos karts promise to make everything more exciting,” a news release stated. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co.
has made appointments for the Virginia Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 21 outstanding community leaders from across the bank’s four Virginia regions, including Danville-Pittsylvania County, Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston, according to a company news release. Read more…

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants including the one in Danville and protects against closures at those facilities. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area recently announced the kick-off of its $2 million Community Endowment Fund Campaign, which the organization says is critical in establishing a long-term funding strategy for the Club and the 900 children it currently serves. Read more…

Don’t park it. Donate it. You can make a difference down the street, across the country and around the world through the American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program. Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Danville and Pittsylvania County as part of his “Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour. His first stop was at Danville Community College’s precision machining program. DCC has received $3.7 million from the state to build a new facility. Read more…

Area donors have established four new endowed scholarships recently with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region: The Diane Marie Gross Scholarship, The William E. Barr Scholarship, The Rotary Club of Yanceyville Scholarship Fund, and The Hokie Bird Scholarship. Read more…

The Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation is hosting their annual fundraising event. The Olde Dominion Farm Fresh Festival will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 5:00-10:00 P.M. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex. Read more…

The Willard Companies
, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Oktoberfest from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event under tent. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Sartomer USA has appointed Marilyn Hanover plant manager at the company’s Chatham manufacturing facility. Read more…

Dr. Christopher A. Payne and Dr. Tamara S. Webster of Danville Dental Associates earned awards at the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2013 annual meeting. Payne received the Mastership Award, the academy’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. Webster received the academy’s Fellowship Award, which is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their professions.

Biscuitville Announces sponsorship of NASCAR Race - Southern breakfast favorite to sponsor inaugural K&N Pro Series East Race – the Biscuitville 125 – at the VIRginia International Raceway. Read more…

The Downtown Danville Association welcomes three new officers and five new members to its board of Directors, as a result of elections held at the recent annual meeting. Read more…  

Kate Berger, Branch Manager for the Brosville Cascade branch of the Pittsylvania County Library, recently announced her candidacy for the office of Pittsylvania County Treasurer. Read more…

Pittsylvania County
Commonwealth’s Attorney David N. Grimes recently announced that he will be retiring Dec. 31 from what he calls the “best job a lawyer can have.” Read more…

Dr. Monique L. Hall, clinical staff audiologist with Audiology Hearing Aid Associates of Danville and Lynchburg has received the 2013 Award for Continuing Education presented by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of several new physicians to its medical staff. Read more…

The Trophy and Sign Center recently moved to a more spacious location on Sandy Court which includes a large show room, work area and big bays used to wrap vehicles. Read more…

LifePoint Hospitals — parent company of Danville Regional Medical Center — recently announced the creation of a National Physician Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance to the company. Read more…

Carlisle School
in Martinsville officially welcomed Tommy Hudgins as the school’s seventh headmaster July 1. Read more…

The latest report for the City of Danville’s key economic indicators for fiscal year 2013, points to continued progress. Read more…

Officials of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center unveiled the institution’s new logo and tag line during the SVHEC NASCAR Late Model 150 racing program. Read more…

Averett University
announced that Stacy Gato has been appointed as its new vice president of enrollment management, effective Aug. 15. Read more…

Amidst the messiness that first comes to mind when thinking about downtown Danville’s River District renovations are some bright spots of order, including one that recently opened: Golden Leaf Bistro at 215 Craghead St. Read more…

John Hyler and his wife, Michelle, owners of Eden Jewelry, will be opening a store in the Tri-Rivers Plaza in South Boston. Read more…

First State Bank
announced that it has commenced a $1.5 million public offering of 7.5 percent non-cumulative convertible preferred stock (preferred stock). Read more…

John Wilt, associate professor of administration of justice at Danville Community College, has been re-certified as a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security International. Read more…

American National Bankshares Inc., parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, announced the second quarter earnings for 2013 and their third quarter cash dividend. Read more…

The Town of Gretna will receive $325,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation for the third phase of its streetscape project. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center
is partnering with Averett University and Danville Community College to expand the region’s nursing programs. Read more…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Richmond District Office honored the Longwood University Small Business Development Center at Danville with the Small Business Development Center Excellence Award in recognition of its contributions to the local small business community and regional economy. Read more…

President and CEO of the Launch Place, Eva Doss, will talk about the multitude of services offered at the Launch Place on August 13, 2013 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Read more…

Averett University
’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program is offering an incredible study abroad opportunity to GPS Business students, Averett alumni, and friends of the University. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit an established Asian Tiger in Thailand as well as emerging economies in Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more…

Ben David Jewelers
introduces its newest collection - Alex and Ani. Read more…

Four staff members at The Arc of Southside have become federally-certified employment specialists. The change is part of the organization’s strategic plan to move from institution-based programs to a community-based model for enabling those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work in their communities. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Golden Leaf Bistro
Taylor Avis
215 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
Restaurants & Caterers

Elizabeth Robertson
120 West Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.
223 Riverside Drive, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541

JH Cellular (Verizon)
William Eckert, Manager
Piedmont Mall
325 Piedmont Drive, Unit#300
Danville, VA 24540
Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone


By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 4, 2013 – August 2, 2013:

Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.
Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC
Allied Supply Corporation of Danville
Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
AutoCycle LLC
Carlisle School
Garrett's Tax Service
The Gentry Farm
Golden Skillet
Goodyear Auto Service Center
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center
Hampton Inn
Insurance Junction
Newcomb Carpet, Inc.
N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics
Piedmont Credit Union
Pittsylvania County
Pittsylvania County Sheriff Department/Jail
Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.
Jack Ryland
Saxon, Angle & Associates Optometrists
Semones Automotive
Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
Social Security Administration
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Verizon Wireless Zone
Virdia, Inc.
W. A. Wells & Associates
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

By Donna Ashworth

During the June meeting Sue Davis, superintendent of Danville Public Schools, was awarded 2013 Business Associate of the year by the Virginia Piedmont Chapter of American Business Women. Read more…

Steven P. Gould has joined Clement & Wheatley as associate counsel. Gould will focus primarily on commercial and civil litigation, personal injury and assisting clients who interact with Virginia state agencies and regulatory boards. Read more…

Hershel Stone, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Danville, recently won the firm’s Frank Finnegan Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Read more…

Stratford House
, a retirement community in Danville, has named Jodie Brumfield as new director of marketing. Read more…

is undergoing a $3 million remodeling project that will consolidate all its lines into one retail space at Danville Mall. Read more…

At his last College Board meeting as president of Danville Community College, Carlyle Ramsey unveiled the school’s plan for expanding its advanced manufacturing program — an agenda that ended up being even larger than originally expected. Read more…

The dome for the new digital dome theater at the Danville Science Center made it onto its foundation without a hitch, Sonya Wolen, assistant director of the center, said. Read more…

Southside Business Technology Center — celebrated its move from Ringgold to the River District. The Launch Place aims to be one-stop shopping for entrepreneurship development with consulting, mentorship, funding and real estate. Read more…

Alexander M. Pinto has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new vice president of strategy and service development. Read more…

A local foundation has donated $83,000 for the new Danville YMCA facility being constructed at Riverside Drive near the King Memorial Bridge. Read more…

Steve Saum, director of Danville Utilities, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Public Power Association during its annual national conference. Read more…

The employees of Danville’s JTI Leaf Services celebrated reaching four years without a lost time injury. Read more…

Dr. Jill Hamlin as been appointed as Averett University’s director of autism studies program, effective July 1. Read more…

Getting named on the Virginia Super Lawyer’s list of the legal elite is an honor and a privilege less than 5 percent of the state’s lawyers achieve, but Danville attorney Luis Abreu is no stranger to that list. Read more…

Southside students seeking a fast track to a career in information technology will have more options at National College in Danville this fall, thanks to the introduction of new programs and a thorough re-design of existing program curricula. Read more…

David M. Southerland has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s chief operating officer. Read more…

G. Thomas Gay, of Danville, is celebrated 50 years as an insurance agent. Gay currently has an office at the Dorton Insurance Agency, where he answers Medicare questions by appointment. Read more…

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted during their regular meeting Monday night to appropriate nearly $800,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for an upcoming precision machining program at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between June 7, 2013 - July 3, 2013:

A Nurse's Touch Home Care
Adams Construction Company - Southside Division
Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia
The Arc of Southside
Bankers Insurance, LLC
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
Carter Craig Attorneys at Law
Centech Service Corporation
David D. Childress, DDS
Collie Equipment Company
Colonial Ridge Apartments
Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service
Dan River Region Association of Realtors
Daly Seven
Danville Dental Associates
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
Danville Ready Mix
Davis & Davis Floor Covering
Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service
Foster & Dorr, PC
Four Seasons Pest Control
Free Clinic of Danville
Ginger Bread House and Garden Center
God's Storehouse, Inc.
Hajoca Corporation
Law Office of Greg T. Haymore, P.C.
The Homeplace Vineyard
Horizontech, Inc.
Hughes Marine Service
J. Clint Fleming, Inc.
Main Street Coffee Emporium
Meadows Service Center, Inc.
Negril, Inc.
New Beginnings Insurance Services, Inc.
O'Gara Safety & Security Institute
Old Dutch Supermarkets
Piney Forest Healthcare Center
Pittsylvania County Public Library System
Prudential Waterfront Properties
Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.
Riverside Insurance Agency, Inc.
Riverside Roof Truss
Romar Elevators
Russell L. Scruggs
Sheets Roofing
Sherwood House Furniture
Southern Office Machines
Southern States Chatham Cooperative
Southern States Co-Operative-Danville
JW Squire Company
Stratford Courtyard Conference Center, Mt. Hermon Courtyard Conference Center, & Highlander Restaurant 7 Pub
Thompson Insurance Services
TPC Acquisition, LLC DBA  My Twinn
United States Green Energy
Drs. Wentz & Manry
Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

360 Public Affairs
Missy Neff Gould
308 Craghead Street, Suite 102C
Danville, VA 24541

KEA Consulting Services
Kim Adkins
1010 Sheraton Court
Martinsville, VA 24112

Panoramic Wellness
Andrea Sherwood
1603A Enterprise Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Health Maintenance Organizations

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Hope Harris-Gayles
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Schools, Colleges, & Education

By Donna Ashworth

Officials broke ground Wednesday on Centra’s $23.8 million project for this northern Pittsylvania County town — a 50,000-square-foot, 24/7 emergency care center with a CT scanner. Read more…

Bistro 1888
in downtown South Boston has been honored as a Top Performing Restaurant as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, the World’s Largest Travel Site. Read more…

The River District has attracted $78 million in private investment over five years, according to figures presented by the City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development. That figure outpaces public investment by threefold. Read more…

The Homeplace Vineyard is expanding. The family that owns the vineyard on Rigney Circle off Climax Road in Pittsylvania County is constructing an event facility next to its tasting room/cabin. Read more…

The Chatham law office of Adams, Elmore & Fisk is opening a satellite office in Gretna on July 1. The Gretna office will be located in the former Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Office in the American National Bank building. The office will open from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.  There will be a full-time staff member and attorneys will alternate days at the site.

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
has received $258,640 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to go toward the Virginia Star Quality Initiative for the Piedmont Region. Read more…

Pemberton Lofts
is now taking applications for early leasing. The model unit is open and available to be shown. We look forward to helping you with your housing needs. Read more…

R. Frank Fox Jr.
has joined Nancy’s Candy Co. as plant manager in its headquarters facility in Meadows of Dan. Read more…

Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
has changed its legal name to Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Inc.  As a charitable, not-for-profit organization, Roman Eagle has distinguished itself as a recognized leader in providing skilled nursing care in a safe, comfortable, homelike environment for nearly a century. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
Home Health Services recently announced that it is now using the Patient Information Logistics Solution System for in-home monitoring and disease management support of certain patients. Read more…

Dustin Whittle has been named the new director of marketing and membership at the Danville Family YMCA. Read more…

The Virginia Public Library Directors Association recently awarded Danville Public Library an “Outstanding Service Innovation” award for its Little Free Library Project, an initiative that has overseen the installation of free library units throughout Danville. Read more…

One company is bringing 150 new jobs to Danville and investing $7.5 million. The City of Danville announced that an allergy relief lozenges company, named Allergease, is moving to Danville's River District. Read more…

Danville Community College
plans to double the number of students who can take the precision machining program each semester by adding a new building, increasing class sizes and bringing in a lot of new, high-tech equipment for the students to train on. Read more…

First Piedmont Corp.
, a regional waste hauler headquartered in Chatham, plans to switch some of its refuse vehicles from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas this year. Read more…

National College
recently recognized the following employees and instructors. Katlin Hecox and Sheri Tuck were recognized as outstanding employees of the year for their service and dedication to the Danville campus. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is now accepting proposals for its next round of grant making. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
’s Main Laboratory has received accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. CAP is considered the gold standard in laboratory accreditation and is the leader in laboratory quality assurance. Read more…

Construction of the new digital dome theater at the Danville Science Center continues with the assembly of the dome. Read more…

After two months of renovations, Santana’s Restaurant and Grill in the Comfort Inn & Suites is now open. Read more…

At its June meeting, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center board of trustees honored Carlyle Ramsey, president of Danville Community College, for his service to the board. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Company
announced the appointment of H. Gregg Strader as Executive Vice President. In this role, Strader will lead the bank’s major strategic initiatives from his new office in Greensboro, N.C. Read more…  American National Bank and Trust Company also announced two employee changes at its South Boston Office. Linda Conner, Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager, retired on May 31, 2013. Kimberly Fox, Relationship Manager, has joined American National to assume Conner’s roles and responsibilities. Read more…

By Laurie Moran

A late afternoon storm couldn’t dampen the fun of the 23rd Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament.  More than 80 golfers were enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the links during the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament on June 3rd when a late afternoon storm stopped play.  Golfers, however, simply turned their attention to business networking until the club could determine the winners of the event. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Capturing first place gross was the R.J. Baldwin/Haymore Law Offices team of Vern Cowan, Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, and Ben Clay.

Second place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Bobby Lovelace, Lee Lovelace, and Andrew Shimpock.  They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team.

The third place gross winner was the Virginia Bank & Trust Co. team of Roger Gillispie, Mark Crawford, D.C. Hastings, and R.J. Weaver.

Fourth place gross winners were Tiffany Franks, Buddy Rawley, Peyton Keesee, and Kevin Snow.  They were representing the team of Averett University.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Sartomer Company team of Marilyn Hanover, Jerry Inman, Steven Lindsay, and Chris Petrangeli.

Capturing first place in net score was the Danville Regional Medical Center team of Michael Cockram, Tom Harriston, Jamie Reynolds, and Tony Willis.

The Danville Register & Bee team of Howard Kowitz, JR Emerson, Chad Mitchell, and Harry Meade took home second place net honors.

Third place net winners were Mark Foster, Stephen Gay, John Neal, and Vaden Wright, representing the Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team.

The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net.  Team members were Jason Compton, Randall Gibbs, Kevin Ferrell, and Charlie Vaden.

Finishing in fifth place net was the Wilkins & Co./Wilkinson Consulting team of Robert Marsh, Aaron Walters, Hampton Wilkins, and Steve Wilkinson.

Closest to the pin contests were won by Richard Davis, Steven Lindsay, Jamie Reynolds, and Brian Morris.  The contests were sponsored by Aaron W. Johnson Auction Realty, Four Seasons Pest Control, and Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co.

While Retail Merchants Association donated $10,000 for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the cash or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a Taylor Made Rocket Ballz driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Gents Citizen Ecodrive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee.  “Despite the late afternoon storm, the golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”

“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with approximately 700 members in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region.  The Chamber works to energize the region by creating exceptional business growth and profitability in a vibrant, customer-centered culture.

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Peace Haven Personal Care Services   
Yolanda Ceasar
18 North Main Street
PO Box 423
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 432-8558
Health Maintenance Organizations

Pemberton Lofts
Ross Fickenscher
541 Bridge Street
Danville, VA 24541

Vintages by the Dan
Robin Jones
312 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 30, 2013 – June 6, 2013:

Abundant Life World Outreach Church
Alcova Mortgage
Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.
Computer Clinic Inc.
God's Pit Crew, Inc.
Dale Hutchens
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC
McDarmont Web Design, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative
Nationwide Insurance - Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency, Inc.
Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.
Piedmont Shopper / ClassCandy
David Pugh, P.L.L.C.
Showcase Magazine
SleepyGoat Cheese
Supply Resources, Inc.
TekaByte, Inc.
''The Brick'' Running & Tri Store
Triangle Cycles North
Virginia Technical Institute
Willow Oaks Plantation
Coleman B. Yeatts

By Donna Ashworth

Bruce R. Scism will become the new president of Danville Community College, succeeding Carlyle Ramsey when he retires Aug. 1 after leading the school for 21 years. Read more…

The Danville School Board has announced that Edward Newsome Jr. has been selected as the next superintendent of Danville Public Schools effective July 1. Read more…

Carlene J. Wilson of Danville has been named director of the Danville campus of National College. Read more…

Lisa Fultz will become the executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, effective June 3. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Company announced that Katie Smith has joined the bank’s Mortgage Department as an Assistant Vice President & Mortgage Loan Officer for the Danville region. Read more…

Kristy Wolfe recently joined the Franklin Turnpike office of the financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator (BOA). Read more…

JTI Leaf Services in Danville is investing $7.5 million in new tobacco processing technology at its Stinson Drive plant. Read more…

Lee Chapman IV has been named chief executive officer in addition to his role as president of Davenport & Company. The financial services firm has a branch in Danville. Read more…

NASCAR is coming to Virginia International Raceway this summer, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East selecting the road course for an event in August. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently invested more than $1.2 million in a new GE Healthcare Brightspeed Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and upgrade to other existing technology. Read more…

Experience Hot Laps on VIR’s Track with Pro Drivers Charles Haynsworth and Roger Gillispie or drive your own car on VIRginia International Raceway’s historic track — Thursday, May 23, 2013. All donations will benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded 77 scholarships totaling more than $149,000 to area students. Read more…

The fountain that will be the centerpiece of Danville’s River District Gateway Park is getting some extra bells and whistles, thanks to an additional donation of $65,000 from JTI Leaf Services. Read more…

Faculty, staff and administrators at Danville Community College were honored recently for their service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more…

The Danville campus of National College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 30 at George Washington High School with special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, 5th District. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the recipients of its first “Heart of Nursing” Award. The award recognizes and celebrates DRMC nurses who have made outstanding contributions to patient care and the community. Read more…

URW Community Federal Credit Union has incorporated a “community room” into its new location on Lowes Drive that can be used for meetings, seminars and other gatherings — for free. Read more…

Hearts On Fire is donating all proceeds from sales on (excluding sales tax) to The One Fund Boston through May 31. Ben David Jewelers is participating in this initiative to offer local customers the ability to give back through a special Hearts on Fire purchase. Read more…

Danville has a new FM radio station. WBTM has added Big Hits 102.5 WBTM-FM to run simulcast with its AM frequency, 1330 WBTM. Read more…

The City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a community-wide needs assessment. The information collected from this questionnaire will help guide the department as it creates a five-year strategic plan. Read more…

A farmer’s market will open June 1 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex on US 29 in Chatham. Participants may contact Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Director Fred Wydner at 434-432-7993 to register or for more information.


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded Centra a three-star rating for the fourth time. Centra continues to be among the nation’s highest possible tier of hospitals providing heart surgery. The three-star rating, which only 12 percent of heart centers hold, reflects above average, quality performances.

Hargrave Military Academy is hosting a special five-day course for young men in rising grades 7-12 interested in leadership and the military lifestyle. The 2013 Summer Leaders Course runs June 10-14 on Hargrave’s campus in Chatham. The cost for the course is $500 and $250, respectively. To learn more, contact Col. Mike Cloy at 434-432-2582 or email

By H. Lynnette Lawson

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is June 26, 2013.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia.  The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs in the region.  The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential. 

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas.  Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

This year the Chamber of Commerce will hold three Leadership Southside information sessions for those interested in applying for the program.
  The sessions will include refreshments and will be held as follows:

·         Wednesday, May 29 - J.T.’s at the Lavalette, Gretna, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

·         Tuesday, June 4, Chamber of Commerce, Blairs Noon-1:00 p.m.

·         Wednesday, June 5, Danville Golf Club, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or

Leadership Southside XX will begin in September 2013 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs.  The class graduate in May 2013.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Leadership Southside is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and by our generous sponsors:  Centra, Danville Regional Medical Center, and WSET ABC 13.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at .  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2013.

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 1, 2013 – April 26, 2013:

Arlene's Closet LLC
Dominion VA Power
Essel Propack
Hamilton Properties of Danville, LLC
Johnson CPA, PLLC & Consulting
Kokomo Salon
Lavinder Group and Associates
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Mary's Diner
Orkin Pest Control
Piedmont Maid Service
Roots & Shoots Landscaping, Inc.
Smith Funeral Services, Inc.
Stratford Healthcare Center
Telvista, Inc.
Trophy & Sign Center
Wal-Mart #1465
Williams Gas Pipeline
Your I.T. Professional LLC

By Donna Ashworth

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Eden Jewelry Stores                                       
J.T. Hyler, Jr.
364 Lowes Drive, Suite Q
Danville, VA 24540
(Referred by Barbara Seamster with WWDN The Dan)

RPJ Cleaning     
Mark Dill
2849 Law Road
Pelham, NC 27311
(Referred by Debbie Thompson)