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)


By Donna Ashworth

You’re invited to a fun event at John Deere Day! Come help your community and be entered for a chance to win a new John Deere D105 lawn tractor at James River Equipment! God’s Pit Crew and God’s Storehouse will be accepting donations from 10am-2pm, and for every dry good or can good you give, they’ll give you one ticket for a chance to win. Read more…

The City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development recently announced that Macerata Wheels LLC plans to locate its manufacturing and distribution operations to 1000 Lockett Drive in Danville. The location was selected because of its proximity to the workforce training provided by Danville Community College. Read more…

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative employee Matthew Doss has completed the final step in lineman training school offered by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Read more…

Cherie Sibley, Chief Operating Officer Danville Regional Medical Center, has been promoted by LifePoint Hospitals to CEO of Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, Ky., another hospital in the LifePoint family. Read more…

Internationally-acclaimed "airigamist" Larry Moss and his partner Kelly Cheatle will bring their incredible art form to Martinsville as the Virginia Museum of Natural History prepares to build a near-life-sized balloon sculpture of Acrocanthosaurus, a predatory dinosaur of the Mesozoic era, from April 19-21 at the museum.  Read more…

Delegate Danny Marshall of Danville has earned the Champion of Free Enterprise Award for his pro-jobs, pro-business votes at the Virginia General Assembly. Read more…

The Free Clinic of Danville has received a donation of $25,169 from the Carrington Charitable Trust for interim support of the clinic’s diabetic care program to ensure continuity of care for diabetic patients. Read more…

Joy Smith, a registered nurse, who has been employed by Roman Eagle for 39 years and served as director of nursing for the past 22 years retired March 8. Read more…

The Commonwealth has added part of Gretna’s downtown to the Virginia Landmarks Register, a move that town officials and preservationists hope will attract more tourism and provide a boost to its Main Street area. Read more…

Local students and employers will soon have access to training in the latest security techniques to defeat “hackers” and other threats to security and privacy thanks to a new associate degree program at the Danville Campus of National College. Read more…

Verizon Wireless has activated new fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage in Danville with the addition of a new cell site that provides service along U.S. 29. Read more…

The analytical chemistry laboratory at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has achieved international certification by an independent accreditation firm for chemical testing. Read more…

Rosalee Maxwell has been named resource development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between March 2, 2013 – March 29, 2013:

Shahnaz M. Ahmed
Appalachian Power Company
Capital Outdoor
Chatham Animal Clinic
Coldwell Banker Johnson Realty
Comfort Inn & Suites
Computer Clinic Inc.
Custom Embroidery Inc.
Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Dan River Investigation LLC
Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab - Central
Davis & Davis Floor Covering
Epiphany Episcopal
Friedrichs Family Eye Center
Genesis Day Spa and Salon
H & R Block
Kid-Konnection Child Development Center
Leesville Lake Association Inc.
Leggett Town & Country
Nestle USA, Inc.
Bob Newnam Builders
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Premier Graphics
Prime Media
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center
SleepyGoat Cheese
Southeast Energy, Inc. DBA Motor Oils
Spurrier Orthodontics
Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C.
Western Sizzlin Steak House of Danville, Inc.

By Donna Ashworth

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

Baldwin and Associates
Linda Baldwin
111 Vicar Place
Danville, VA 24540
Real Estate

Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service Inc
Charles Anderson
2231 James D Hagood Hwy
PO Box 28
South Boston, VA 24592
(434) 575-5296
Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance

GSI Commerce
Kim Smith-Glisson
307 Hollie Drive
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 670-6143
Distribution and Warehouses

GOK International                   
Kevin Liao
500 Cane Creek Parkway
Ringgold, VA 24586
Manufacturers and Processors

Grand Springs
Robert Smith
2140 Mt. Carmel Road
Alton, VA 24520

Kare Pharmacy
Liz Harris
138 Arnett Blvd.
Danville, VA 24540

Party Palooza
Austin Bond
165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 510B
Danville, VA 24540
Specialty Shops 

River City Accounting Services LLC
Pamela Brown
2623 North Main Street, Suite E
Danville, VA 24540
Accountants and Tax Services

By Donna Ashworth

In partnership with the New College Institute, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and the Virginia Secretary of Education, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host the Southern Virginia STEM –H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health) Summit: Education for Innovation on April 11 and 12. Read more…

Men and women struggling with varicose veins now have access to a new service at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC). Officials at DRMC recently announced the beginning of its newest service “The Danville Regional Vein Center”. Read more…

Piedmont Mall is getting a facelift, and a new name: Danville Mall. Changes are already under way at the mall, where the company has been working to incorporate its aesthetic and tenant strategies ahead of building permits to change the look of the mall. Read more…

Averett University has partnered with Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (SMA) to help the University better protect and promote its fast-growing brand. SMA is a leader in the collegiate licensing industry, representing more than 280 colleges and universities throughout North America. Read more…

Some homeowners in Danville and Pittsylvania County can boast that they have award-winning pools in their backyards. That’s because Dominion Pool & Spa installed their pools and submitted photos to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals who chose their design for the International Awards of Excellence. Tune and Toler is the parent company of Dominion Pool & Spa. Read more…

A new exhibit set to open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History will feature two cast fossil specimens of Australopithecus sediba, a human-like primate and extinct genus of hominid, which provide significant implications to the study of evolution.  Read more…

The fourth annual Bridge to Bridge 5K/10K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the Danville Cancer Association will be held Saturday April 13, 2013 on Danville's scenic river walk trail. Read more…

Danville Community College has become a part of the newly-formed Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, a statewide effort to get more people college educated. Read more…

Averett University's annual Student Art Show opens March 11 and runs through April 7. The show, which will be in the multipurpose room of the Student Center (second floor), will feature pottery, crafts, sculpture, prints, drawing and painting. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the art show call 434-791-5620.

Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc. received a perfect score from a recent site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) recently announced the appointment of Jaran Lusk as its new Director of Health Information Management (HIM). In her new role, Jaran will provide day-to-day leadership in directing HIM (medical record) functions across the organization, ensuring the availability of clinical, demographic, financial and administrative data to facilitate realtime (best practice) healthcare delivery. Read more…

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council celebrated innovation and vision during its annual awards banquet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

The Alzheimer's Association will host Walk to End Alzheimer's Team Captain Workshops on Monday, April 8 at 8:00am, Noon and 4:00pm at the United Way offices.  Learn new fundraising tips and get new tools to lead your Walk Team team in the fight to End Alzheimer's.  Information: 434-973-6122, ext. 111 or email

Barcoded medicine lines the racks of the new robotic pharmacy system, nicknamed “Robby” at Danville Regional Medical Center. The system sorts and inventories orders made from the pharmacy and the prescriptions go directly to the patients. The $700,000 system was installed last week to upgrade their 1999 system. Read more…

Dustin Haberer has recently been promoted to sous chef at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research conference center in Danville. Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between February 2, 2013 – March 1, 2013:

Animal Medical Center of Danville
Barkhouser Ford Lincoln
Blair Construction, Inc.
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Howard W. Bolton III, CPA, PC
Builder's Discount Center of Danville, Inc.
Elbridge G. Coles Insurance Agency
Hayako O. Cook
CRB Electric, Inc.
DanChem Technologies, Inc.
Danville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Danville Collision Center
Danville Life Saving Crew
Danville Pathologists, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity
Danville Public Schools
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Danville Toyota, Inc.
DocuSystems Company, Inc.
R. Allan Easley Insurance Agency
Edward Jones
Fire Sprinkler, Ltd.
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
Furniture Depot, Inc.
General Aviation, Inc.
Goodyear Tire & Service Network
Mark B. Holland, P.C.
Home Depot
Infinity Global Inc.
Dr. Geoffrey Johnson DDS P.C.
Just Kids Child Development Center
Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services
Marshall Construction Company
Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
Miller Funeral Home, Inc.
Paul W. Miller D.D.S.
Norris Funeral Services
OB-Gyn Associates of Danville, Inc.
Outback Steakhouse
Pawn America
Piedmont Infusion Services, Inc.
Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
Powers Signs, Inc.
Retail Merchants Association
Rocky Womack Communications
Southern Piedmont Technology Council
State Farm Insurance & Financial Services
The Stone Shoppe, Inc.
Stratford House
Summertime Pool & Spa, Inc.
Team Nurse, Inc.
Telamon Corporation-Danville
UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
VIRginia International Raceway
WDBJ Television
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
Wilkinson Consulting & CPA, PLC
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home
Linwood Wright

By Laurie Moran

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

Baldwin and Associates
Linda Baldwin
111Vicar Place
Danville, VA 24540
Real Estate
(Referred by Jan Quinn of Williamsburg Village Apartments)

ChathaMooCa LLC

Ron Brown
33 North Main Street
PO Box 658
Chatham, VA 24531
Restaurants and Caterers

Comcast Spotlight
Patricia Cassidy
560 Patton Street, 2nd Floor
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-1770

Grand Springs
Robert Smith
2140 Mt. Carmel Road
Alton, VA 24520

Interim Healthcare

Gayle Jackson             
108 Holbrook Street, Suite 204-205
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 836-4686
Nursing Homes/Rehab/Skilled Nursing

Kitti’s Kakes     
Kitti Lightfoot
230 Windflower Place
Blairs, VA 24527

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network         
David Crispin, Financial Representative
6320 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 360
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 401-0334
Financial & Investment Companies

Patti OKeefe Photography
Patti OKeefe
1200 Pinecroft Road
Danville, VA 24541

River City Accounting Services LLC
Pamela Brown
2623 North Main Street, Suite E
Danville, VA 24540
Accountants and Tax Services

University of Richmond – Professional & Continuing Studies

John Zinn
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Schools, Colleges & Education

By Donna Ashworth

Two Pittsylvania County vineyards have won state awards for their wines. Altillo Vineyards and Winery (formerly Altavista Vineyards and Winery) in Hurt and The Homeplace Vineyard in Chatham received notification that they won medals from the 2013 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.  The Virginia Wineries Association, which owns and manages the competition, puts on the annual event in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association. Read more…

Brian Amthor, vice president of marketing for Amthor International in Gretna, has been named to the marketing committee of the American Energy Coalition in New York City. The American Energy Coalition is a nationwide grassroots organization that advocates for oil heat and the dealers. Amthor International, a fourth-generation family-owned company, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of truck-mounted tanks for the refined fuel, propane, mining, vacuum and septic, portable restroom, water, well drilling, and construction industries.

Ken Larking, assistant county manager in Moore County, N.C., will become the City of Danville’s next deputy city manager on March 18. Larking takes the position held by David Parrish, who resigned in December to become the assistant city manager in Greensboro, N.C. Read more…

When Averett University started raising money to expand Pritchett Auditorium last year, they expected it to take a while. “We thought it would take a couple of years to raise,” Buddy Rawley, the university’s vice president of institutional advancement, said. “But we got a gigantic gift from an anonymous alumnus that got us over the top real quick.” Read more…

Consuelo Price has returned as executive chef at The Oak Tree Tavern at Virginia International Raceway. Price worked at VIR in the past and has returned with fresh ideas and a new menu for 2013, the racing facility stated. Read more…

The City of Danville recently announced that there will soon be 30 new public parking spaces in downtown Danville at the former Downtowner site. The Danville Industrial Development Authority voted unanimously Thursday to table ideas for the smaller, lower section of the site, but it will create 30 parking spaces on the larger, upper part of the lot. Read more…

Richard Moore, of Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia in Danville, earned the No. 24 position in Auto-Owners Life Insurance Company’s 2012 President’s Club. The President’s Club honors the top 25 agents for Auto-Owners whose life insurance production is the highest for the company in a calendar year, according to a news release. Read more…

Supply Resources
has hired Tapio Martti to lead and expand SRI Recycling. Martti, named as manager of global sales and sourcing, will change the focus of the company, which is industrial waste brokerage, to the reuse of higher valued industrial materials. Martti will rebrand the company as SRI Global, and his team will work throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to secure sources of reusable and recyclable commodities. Read more…

was recently acquired by the Australia-based packaging company Amcor. The Danville plant produces boxes and cartons for tobacco products and chewing gum. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
is naming its “H” Building for Dr. Michael Moore. The Michael A. Moore, MD, Clinical Education Center consists of 5 floors and 38,000-square-feet of space, according to a news release. Read more…

PIP Printing
now offers large format posters, banners, & decals for your business needs. Read more…

The City of Danville, Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Danville Regional Foundation and Averett University honored 10 foreign companies that collectively serve as the area’s largest employer – providing nearly 3,000 jobs. Read more…

is coming to Kid Konnection!  Kids today are "one" with technology. They've been swiping screens and tapping on keyboards since their earliest years. They feast on knowledge when it's at their fingertips. They are Digital Natives. That's why Sylvan designed SylvanSync™ - their solution to give students the edge they need to succeed in school, using the digital tools they love. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
, America’s Motorsport Resort, is pleased to announce the 2013 Spectator Schedule. Read more…

The work of three Institute researchers will be featured in the scientific journal In Vitro Report. Conducted by Seonhwa Kim, Dr. Chuansheng Mei and Dr. Kedong Da, the research explores an efficient system for high-quality large scale micropropagation of Miscanthus x giganteus plants. Read more…

The 2013 Danville Braves begin their 20th Anniversary season at home on June 20th versus the Princeton Rays. For further information on the schedule, season tickets, promotional nights, and/or partnership opportunities please contact the Danville Braves office at (434) 797-3792, or email Read more…

By Laurie Moran

The Dan River Region Collaborative recently participated in the 2013 Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. where participants asked members of Congress to support policies and investments in skill development, enabling more businesses to find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.

Dr. Julie J. Brown, Project Director for the Collaborative, Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Nettie L. Simon-Owens, Director of Workforce Services for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, were invited to participate in the Summit on behalf of Southern Virginia.  Valerie Palamountain, Dean of Workforce Services for Piedmont Virginia Community College, also represented Virginia at the Summit.

“Our region’s competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of its workforce,” commented Brown.  “To stay ahead, we need broader and more effective investments that enable our workforce to continually increase its skills and adapt to global economic shifts.”

“Even with high unemployment, our employers face difficulties finding qualified workers in the middle – jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree,” Brown explained.  “We shared this message with members of Congress to help them recognize that federally-funded workforce development programs that engage employers, lead to industry-recognized credentials, and directly link training with jobs are part of the solution to the skills gap and full economic recovery.”

While in DC, the Virginia delegation met with Congressman Robert Hurt and the staffs of Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representatives Morgan Griffith, Eric Cantor, Bobby Scott, and Jim Moran.

“We appreciate the interest and willingness of our Congressional representatives and staff to learn more about the challenges that face our employers and our job seekers,” Moran said.  “We hope that our ability to share information from our region will allow members of Congress to better understand the need for reauthorization of workforce legislation and a balanced approach to the deficit reduction.”

The Skills Summit was sponsored by the National Skills Coalition which organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries.

The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) is a regional funding collaborative driven by employer partnerships in four strategic areas:  advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology.  Through these employer-driven partnerships, the Collaborative works to identify training, policy, and capacity issues that impact the development of the region’s workforce.  The ultimate goal is to create opportunities that move low-skill, low-wage individuals into high-skill, high-wage positions.

The Collaborative’s key funding partners, to date, include The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, The Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Boeing Foundation, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. 

By Donna Ashworth

The Danville Regional Foundation presented its vision for “Middle Border Forward” initiative at the chamber’s monthly “Business at Breakfast” meeting. The Middle Border Forward is designed to create a regional vision, increase regional cooperation and develop the next two generations of diverse leaders. Read more…

The Gretna Theatre will present Keith Henderson "Illusions of The King" in concert with Special Guest Michelle Motley & Diamondback on February 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Call (434) 656-3377 for more information.

The Danville Regional Foundation announced the hiring of Lori A. Merricks as Director of Marketing and Communications effective March 4. She will be responsible for developing strategic marketing efforts for DRF and its regional partners to further the Foundation’s mission to enhance economic development, education and community wellness, as well as drive positive change to position the Dan River Region as a great place to live, work, play and visit. Read more…

The Launch Place has named Lynn E. Allen manager of The Launch Place Fund. The fund was established as part of The Launch Place’s Entrepreneurship Initiative funded by a $10 million Danville Regional Foundation grant in July 2012.  This newly created fund will provide concept and seed stage investment for innovation-based companies in the Danville region that exhibit significant potential for growth and economic impact. Read more…

Danville residents will have the opportunity to offer suggestions for improved downtown parking during a public forum Wednesday at the Municipal Building’s second floor conference room at 6 p.m. The City of Danville plans to perform a parking study and will be introducing the team conducting that study during the meeting. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at The deadline for all applications to be received is Feb. 25. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center’s retail pharmacy, Medical Center Pharmacy, has partnered with Kare Pharmacy. The hospital’s inpatient pharmacy is not included in the partnership, according to a news release from Danville Regional.  Medical Center Pharmacy customer information and prescriptions have been transferred to Kare Pharmacy, with no interruption expected in customer service, according to the hospital. Medical Center Pharmacy will not be changing its pharmacists, location, phone number or hours. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s Education and Outreach department is helping out Dan River Region teachers by providing them with new supplies for classrooms. Read more…

City of Danville’s  Parks and Recreation recently entered into a partnership with Danville Regional Medical Center to promote health and wellness throughout the region. Not only will Danville Regional and Parks and Recreation offer an array of seminars to educate, inform and raise awareness about health and wellness issues affecting the community, they will also collaborate on the Health and Wellness Check Point Team, a mobile information center, according to a news release. Read more…

Eric Deaton, CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, presented a $100,000 check to the Danville Family YMCA, the third installment in a $500,000 pledge the hospital made in 2010 to support the new facility being built overlooking the Dan River in downtown Danville. Read more…

On Feb. 14, Ben David Jewelers will be one of the many places where couples choose say “I do” for Valentine’s Day. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., couples will declare their love in front of Pastor Pam Spencer. Couples will be married or renew their wedding vows every 30 minutes. Read more…

Line crews from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and seven other Virginia electric cooperatives that traveled out-of-state to help restore electric service following Superstorm Sandy have been honored by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). Read more…

The American Red Cross is in your community every day, collecting and distributing lifesaving blood. We bring commitment, experience and resources to the community. Check out some detailing facts that most people don’t know about the Red Cross’s contribution to the State of VA. Also, donate blood or platelets between January 1 and March 31, 2013 to be automatically entered to win a $1,000 gift card from a home improvement store! Read more…

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between December 22, 2012 – February 1, 2013:

II Georges Inn
A. C. Furniture, Inc.
Aaron W. Johnson Auction - Realty
Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
Abingdon Place of Danville
Luis A. Abreu, Attorney at Law
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
All-Virginia Title & Escrow, Inc.
Ambulatory Foot Care Center PC
American Armoured Foundation, Inc.
American National Bank & Trust Company
American Showcase Modulars
AmeriStaff Employment & Staffing Solutions
APAC Atlantic Incorp.
Dr. B. R. Ashby
Atkinson Truck Sales
Averett University
Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing
Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust
Barbee Fabrics of Danville, Inc.
Ben David Jewelers
Better Business Bureau-Western VA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.
Blue Ridge Power Agency
BMS Consulting
Bojangles - Tri-Arc Foods, Inc.
Bra Lady Boutique, The
Cambridge Investments
Canteen Food and Vending Services
Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc.
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Carpetland USA of Danville, Inc.
Carter Bank & Trust
CCP Composites US
Chandler Concrete Company
Chatham Family Medical Center
Chatham Hall
Clement & Wheatley
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Inc.
Columbia Forest Products
Comfort Inn & Suites
Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc.
Community Enterprises
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
Computer Clinic Inc.
Daly Seven,  Inc.
Dan River Business Development Center
Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.
Danville Area Council of Community Services
Danville Area Humane Society, Inc.
Danville Association for Arts & Humanities
Danville Braves
Danville Community College
Danville Distributing Company, Inc.
Danville Golf Club
Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Fair Association
Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Register & Bee
Danville Science Center
Danville Super -8
Danville Tree Care
Danville Utilities, City of
Davenport Energy, Inc.
Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.
Days Inn-Yanceyville
Debbie's Staffing
Dell’Anno’s Pizzeria
Designed Benefits of Virginia, Inc.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Dominion Eye Center
Donnachaidh Associates
Dorton Insurance Agency
Downtown Danville Association
DVF Foodservice, Inc.
Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments
El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
Electronic Development Labs, Inc.
The Entwistle Company
ERA-Holley & Gibson Realty Company, Inc.
FairPoint Communications
Farm Credit of the Virginias ACA-Chatham Branch
First Citizens Bank
First Piedmont Corporation
First State Bank
Friedman Fixture Company, Inc.
Fun-Time Amusements
Gamewood Technology Group
Gateway Health
Glenn D. Giles
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Gretna Drug Company, Inc.
GSO Aviation
Hardy Petroleum
Hargrave Military Academy
Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA's
Charles R. Hawkins
Holiday Sports Tours
Holiday Travel Services of Danville, Inc.
Hughes Memorial Foundation
Bobby G. Hutson
Intertape Polymer Group
J & J Truck Sales, Inc.
J. C. Penney Co., Inc.
James River Companies, LLC
JEB International Tobacco Company
K&K Owen Farms, Inc.
Karen's Hallmark Shop
Lawrence Distributing Company
LE&D Professionals, PC
Lead to Read
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
Longwood SBDC - Danville
Lorillard Tobacco Co.
M & M Furniture Company
Main Street Coffee Emporium
Malcolm J. Mallery, DDS
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Master Gage & Tool Co.
McDonald's of Chatham
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Midtown Market
Modern Pharmacy, Inc.
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation
National College
Oakes Memorials & Signs, Inc.
Office Plus Business Centre
Pepsi Beverages Company
Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
Piedmont Credit Union
Piedmont Glass
Piedmont Mall
Piedmont Precision Machine Co., Inc.
Piedmont Regional Eye Center and Optical Shop
PIP Printing
Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
Pittsylvania County Economic Development
Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau
Pittsylvania County School System
Pittsylvania County Service Authority
Prudential Manasco Realty
R.J. Baldwin Agency Inc.
Rippe's Apparel, Furs, Shoes
Riverside Hardware, Inc.
Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
Ross Electric, Inc.
Sacred Heart School
Sartomer USA, LLC
Schewel Furniture
Scott & Stringfellow
Security Alliance
ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning
Severn Trent Services
Simpson Realty Company
Sleep Inn & Suites
Snead and Williams, P.L.L.C.
Dr. Edward Snyder
Southern Air
Southern Refrigeration Corp.
Southside Manufacturing Corporation
Southside Virginia - SHRM
Star-Tribune/Womack Publishing
State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.
Steve Padgett's Danville Honda
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Swicegood Funeral Home
Sylvan Learning Center
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
TMI AutoTech, Inc.
Town of Gretna
Townes Funeral Home, Inc.
United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County
URW Community Federal Credit Union
VA Department of Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Bank & Trust
Virginia Employment Commission
Wendy's, Catie Food Systems, Inc.
Robert H. Whitt, Jr., Attorney at Law
Wilkins & Co. Realtors
Womack Electric & Supply Co.
Robert Woodall Chevrolet, Inc.
Woods Rogers PLC
WSET, Incorporated
YMCA of Danville
Yorktowne Cabinetry

By Donna Ashworth

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

Armstrong Land Surveying, Inc.        
Rich Armstrong
129 Tightsqueeze Industrial Road
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 710-3121

Prince Charles Home Healthcare Agency, LLC
Lucille Jones
5656 US Highway 29N, Unit B-1
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 835-0124

White Flint Farm         
Cherie Guerrant
5962 Slatesville Road
Keeling, VA 24566
(434) 791-3773

By Donna Ashworth

Kenneth B. Yates has joined First State Bank of Danville as senior vice president and chief lending officer. Prior to joining First State Bank, Yates worked at The Fidelity Bank and FNB Southeast; he has 30 years of experience in the banking industry, according to a news release. Read more…

Danville attorney Luis A. Abreu has been named by Virginia Business Magazine as a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. Inclusion in Virginia’s Legal Elite is based upon a state-wide vote by practicing attorneys. Abreu has been recognized 11 years running for his legal practice in family law and domestic relations. Abreu was recognized in 2012 as a Virginia “Super Lawyer.” Read more…

Rachael Sanford, Esquire has been promoted to partner at the Danville law firm of Clement & Wheatley. Sanford’s practice focuses on domestic relations law, insurance defense and civil litigation. Read more…

Electronic Instrumentation and Technology (EIT), a Virginia based electronics manufacturing services provider, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Methuen, Mass., manufacturing facility from Suntron Corp. Read more…

More than $577,000 was distributed to 44 local non-profits during the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region’s annual awards ceremony at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. Read more…      Also, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at The deadline for all applications to be received is Monday, February 25, 2013.

Lakes Media Network announced the appointment of Suzanne J. Mitchell to the position of Lakes Media/Danville account manager effective Feb. 1. Mitchell will have primary responsibility for representing WWDN AM-FM (Classic Hits "1045 The Dan"), WMPW AM-FM (Country Oldies "Country Legends 103.7"), Top 40 ("More Music Than FM and a better mix than Pandora"), WHLF-FM/South Boston (Adult Contemporary "95-3/HLF") and other Lakes Media Network stations to advertisers in and around Danville. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has appointed Richard Ashe as director of lean management. Ashe will provide day-to-day leadership for DRMC in process innovation for continuous process improvement using Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques, according to a news release from the hospital. Read more…

George A. Brooks recently earned the professional designation of Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia. Brooks, a staff accountant with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP Certified Public Accountants, completed all requirements for certification. He has been an associate in the Danville office of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP since July 2009.  He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Danville.

Danville Dental Associates is offering a new Discount Card program that gives participants 10% to 20% off all dental services. Patients will be provided with the same quality care they are accustomed to. This includes orthodontics, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, cleanings, x-rays, gum treatments, etc. Everything! There is an annual membership fee for the plan. All participants will realize a savings on their dental  care costs no matter what condition their mouth and teeth are in. Services and membership fees can be paid for with cash or check (of course), credit card, or a third party financing option called CareCredit. Participating providers are Albert L. Payne, DDS; Jeffrey A. Clifton, DDS; Christopher A. Payne, DDS; James R. Evans, DDS; Tamara S. Webster, DDS; Patricia C. Dunbar, DDS; and Magarette Le, DDS. For further details, interested persons should call (434) 822-0500.

By Donna Ashworth

Thanks to a recent gift from the JT-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, Averett University is closer to its goal of building a new sports complex at its North Campus. The $200,000 gift from the trust will fund the press box, which will be named the JT Emerson Press Box in recognition of Emerson and his contributions to the community through establishing the JT-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust. Read more…

Harvey Siegel, the founder of the resurrected Virginia International Raceway (VIR) announces the passing of the baton to his partner, Connie Nyholm. Over the last 15 years Siegel and Nyholm have transformed the former abandoned racetrack into one of North America's premier road courses and the first true motorsport resort. Although Siegel is retiring from the operation and ownership of VIR, he will continue to be a club member, retain a residence at the track, and continue to enjoy what has become a grand motorsport tradition at VIR. Nyholm is pleased to welcome Kathy Stout as a new partner in VIR. Stout, along with her husband, are both accomplished VIPER racers with the NARRA Series, of which they are part owners. The Stouts also own Pittsburgh International Race Complex, 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, which encompasses a road course and Karting facility.

Pittsylvania County vintner and former tobacco farmer recently garnered recognition from the Virginia Farm Bureau. Joe Williams, co-owner of family-operated The Homeplace Vineyard in the Chatham/Climax area, raised 40 acres of tobacco from 1976-2007 and served on the Virginia Farm Bureau board of directors from 1996-2011. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
announced that Mike Rose has joined the team as the Director of Marketing. Rose joins VIR from Planet Central where he served as their Director of Business Development. Rose worked previously for Red Bull North America where he helped launch the brand in NASCAR and oversaw Red Bull’s introduction and ethos in Virginia. Read more…

Supply Resources
is delighted to begin the New Year with an announcement of acquisition and expansion. They have just acquired Lynchburg Public Warehouse in Lynchburg, a 40 year old company which operates three public warehouse buildings totaling 125,000 square feet. Read more…

Jason M. Crawford has been appointed branch manager of Carter Bank & Trust’s North Danville office at 3060 N. Main Street. He succeeds Jerry R. Buckner who is retiring after more than 46 years in banking, according to a company news release. Read more…

The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont Great Hall at the Virginia Museum of Natural History has been rechristened. The large room, which contains numerous exhibits and frequently is used for special events, now will be known as The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont Hall of Ancient Life. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
presented $100,000 — the first of five installments — to Danville Community College to fund nursing scholarships. The check presentation was the outgrowth of a 2012 partnership developed between the hospital and DCC to provide 60 new scholarships to help fill the national nursing shortage. DRMC CEO Eric Deaton said by 2020 there will a nursing shortage of almost 23,000 — and Southside would be no exception. Read more…

The Danville Family YMCA
’s annual membership drive is partnering with God’s Storehouse this year. From now until January 31 people are asked to donate five suggested items and they will be able to join the YMCA without having to pay the $50 joiner’s fee. The five suggested items are peanut butter, cereal, canned meat and canned fruit. According to a news release from the YMCA, one jar of peanut butter can keep a family eating lunches for weeks and not go bad, but it’s one of the least likely items to be donated to God’s Storehouse, which serves local people in need.  The YMCA specifically selected these food items to make the food drive count, but people can bring in all kinds of canned food. Participants can bring the canned goods to the YMCA located at 810 Main St. in Danville. More people are expected to be signing up this year as the YMCA gets ready to move into a new building currently being constructed at the former Long Mill Site. For more information about joining the YMCA or participating in the food drive with God’s Storehouse, call (434) 791-0621.

The Free Clinic of Danville
recently received a $20,000 donation from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust. The clinic will use the money to support its women’s health initiatives including health education, medical and gynecological care, routine PAP smears and mammography services. Read more…

's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has launched an exciting new multi-media campaign aimed at the working adult market. The campaign, proudly "starring" Averett's own GPS students, was created and produced in conjunction with Averett's new marketing partner, Synergis Education. Elements of the campaign include 11 new billboards, targeted direct mail and online banner ads, and a new 30-second TV commercial. Read more…

Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery exhibits open from January 12 to August 25, 2013 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The special exhibits Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery will feature spectacular dinosaur displays from VMNH, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Read more…

By Laurie Moran

Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2013.  Clark has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and has served as Chair-Elect this past year.

Clark has served as President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm that she co-founded in Gretna, since 2004.  Clark has a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.  A Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina, Clark is a member of Revitalization for a Greater Gretna, a member of the board of directors of the Danville Regional Foundation, and member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

In addition to Clark, Eric Deaton was elected as chair-elect and Steven Kaylor was elected as vice chair.  Mark W. Foster was re-elected as treasurer and Charles R. Haynsworth, III will serve as immediate past chair.  Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Chamber, will serve as Secretary.

Deaton is the Chief Executive Officer of Danville Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since early 2010.  He has more than 25 years experience in healthcare management.  Deaton serves on the boards of the Danville Family YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Averett University, and the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He was also recently appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia State Board of Health.

Kaylor has served as publisher of the Danville Register & Bee since 2006.  A member of the board of directors of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Kaylor is also a member of Riverview Rotary Club, Future of the Piedmont, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Virginia Press Association.

Foster is a CPA with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  He joined the firm in 1991 and was named a partner in 1999.  He is licensed in Virginia and North Carolina.  Foster is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs, the Danville Golf Club, The German Club of Danville, and the Young Men’s Club.

Haynsworth is President of Office Plus Business Centre.                He serves on the boards of directors of The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Gateway Health Alliance.  He is the past president of Danville Rotary Club and is a past Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.

2013 Board of Directors

The Chamber recently announced the results of its election for members of the Board of Directors.  The board serves as the governing body and sets policy for the organization.

The following members were elected to three-year terms on the Board, beginning January 1, 2013:  Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.; Paul D. Erwin, DVM, of Chatham Animal Clinic; Mark W. Foster, CPA, Partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP; Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University; and Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, President of Danville Community College.

Appointed to fill an unexpired term was John W. Daniel of Daniel Builders LLC.  Frank Fox of Frank Fox Consulting and Jerry Hankins of Virginia Bank & Trust were appointed to one-year terms.

In addition to the officers, the recently elected and appointed board members join the following members on the board whose terms have not expired:   Laura Adcock, Director of Sales and Marketing for Davenport Communications; Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Company; Mark David, co-owner of Ben David Jewelers; Eva Doss, President/CEO of The Launch Place, formerly known as Southside Business Technology Center; Marilyn Hanover, Technical Manager for Sartomer USA, LLC; Steve Padgett, Dealer Principal for Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda; and Rachael A. Sanford, Attorney with Clement & Wheatley.

By Donna Ashworth

American National Bankshares Inc., parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, has announced executive changes following action taken by its Board of Directors. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Jeffrey V. Haley will succeed Charles H. Majors as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Haley will remain as President of the Company and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Majors will serve as the full-time Executive Chairman of the Company and the Bank. In his expanded role, Haley will have overall executive responsibility for the Company and the Bank. Majors will chair both boards and focus on corporate aspects, including investor relations, risk management, strategic planning and growth opportunities. Read more…

Charles W. Snead, Jr., CPA, CGMA, managing director of Snead and Williams P.L.L.C., business advisors and certified public accountants, announces the admission of Deborah C. Lands, CPA, CLGFO and Michael A. Mayhew, CPA, as directors of the firm and the promotion of Daniel L. Lloyd, CPA to manager. Lands will serve as director of quality control for the accountancy and audit practice of the firm as well as continue to serve small to medium size businesses, not-for-profit organizations and local government units in the practice areas of auditing and accountancy. Mayhew will serve as a director of client services to small to medium size businesses, employee business plans, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and partnerships in the areas of audit, accountancy, and taxation. Lloyd will have a direct role in managing the coordination of professional services offered by the firm in meeting the needs of the present and future clients in the areas of accountancy, auditing, and taxation.

Beginning in 2001, Virginia Business magazine has worked with the Virginia Society of CPAs to single out professionals in various accounting and taxation categories. The results of the most recent collaborated effort of these two organizations resulted in 8,088 electronic ballots received with 1,300 CPAs nominated.  The final outcome resulted in 325 individuals throughout Virginia being named as Super CPAs.  The local firm of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP is proud of the accomplishment of its partners and staff who were selected for this recognition. Read more…

nTelos Wireless
presented a nSpirit fundraising check for $1,960 to the Danville Professional Women’s Association. The donation was made Nov. 19 at the nTelos Wireless store located at 165 Holt Garrison Parkway. Read more…

Commonwealth Home Health Care
and Danville Regional Medical Center recently donated two automatic external defibrillators to God’s Pit Crew. Fire Safe, Inc. (a company of the Commonwealth Group) is providing free CPR training to the volunteers of God’s Pit Crew. Read more…

The shareholders of Clement & Wheatley announced the addition of Jennifer H. Burnett to their legal team. The Clarksville native will join the firm as Of Counsel and will focus primarily on business law, commercial transactions and commercial real estate.  She is licensed to practice in both Virginia and North Carolina. Read more…

Hargrave Military Academy
has recently been designated by the United State Military Academy at West Point as a USMA Civil Prep School. The designation places Hargrave on a very select list of Military Junior Colleges and preparatory schools approved by West Point — only the sixth school in the nation — to prepare future West Point applicants for admission to the Academy. Hargrave has long served this role for future West Point Cadet-Athletes. Read more…
     Hargrave Military Academy and Norwich University of Northfield, Vermont have formed an enrollment agreement to the benefit of both institutions and their students. The agreement sets performance standards for Hargrave graduates wishing to pursue higher education with Norwich. For Hargrave Cadets, it provides a clear path for success for achieving college acceptance with Norwich University. For Norwich, it provides the university a potential pool of qualified students/Cadets. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
recently opened Family Healthcare Center in Mount Hermon. Hospital CEO Eric Deaton said the Mount Hermon location is the 12th stand-alone site DRMC has opened in recent years. Read more…

Roy Luebke recently joined Genedge Alliance as a growth consultant to be based from their headquarters in Martinsville. He will primarily provide Innovation and Strategic Growth consulting services to clients based in Central and Southwestern Virginia. Read more…

Danville Regional Foundation
announced that Gary Waldman will join its staff as chief financial officer. Waldman, who has lived in Danville since 1990, will be the lead person for all financial functions at DRF. Waldman has held senior financial positions for over twenty years, working in Danville for Dan River Inc., and most recently, U.S. Green Energy Corp. Read more…

PreServe Resources
, Danville’s new In-Town Recycling Center, is located at 901 Industrial Avenue, Danville. They want to buy your metals and computers and electronics scrap. Don’t wait in long lines; they will unload your stuff indoors out of the weather. Call 434-799-2830 for more information.

“Thirty-one Gives,” a philanthropic arm of “Thirty-one Gifts” teamed up with The Today Show Toy Drive and the Direct Selling Association to donate to charities around the country.  “Thirty-one Gives” donated 250,000 products to be distributed in all fifty states to various organizations and agencies.  The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area was one of only 74 charities nationwide to be a part of this initiative. Three state Thirty-one representatives came to the Foster Street Club and assisted in distribution of their products.  The youth had their choice of backpacks, cinch sacks, zipper bags and totes.  Kids from 5 to 18 were excited to pick a product as they lined up to see what Thirty-one had furnished.  They also provided cupcakes and chips for the kids that added to the excitement of the day and the festive atmosphere.

The new Sustainable Energy Research Center (SENTEC), which opened in May 2012 in Danville, Virginia, has been awarded a LEED-Gold certification for its sustainable design, construction, and building systems. The building was designed by Dewberry’s Danville office, along with Pergion Engineering and lab planning and sustainability consultant Lord, Aeck & Sargent.

has received a higher rating from the Software Engineering Institute that will allow it to compete for larger government contracts. In a news release, Raj Kosuri, the company’s CEO, said achieving the institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development Level 3 rating during an appraisal earlier this month will expand the software solutions and services it provides to the military, government, commercial, education, health care and international markets. Read more…

Sam’s Club
is offering special incentives for new business members including a one-day pass with a 10% discount for non-members.  For a discount coupon and to read more…

Michael (Mike) L. Dance retired as Senior Vice President from American National Bank & Trust, effective December 31, 2012.  Dance joined the bank in 2001 and assumed the role of Senior vice President & Regional Executive for the Danville region in 2006.  Dance began his banking career with The First National Bank of Danville after graduating from Averett University with a degree in Business Management and worked for it and its successor banks until joining ANB. Dance is a former member of the Boards of Directors of both the Danville Area and Pittsylvania County Chambers of Commerce.  He has also served as chair of the Finance Committee for the Chamber.  Dance’s wife, Iris, has also retired as a teacher with the Pittsylvania County Schools.  Mike and Iris are committed to remaining active in the community and the Chamber as two of the Chamber’s newest members.

By Donna Ashworth

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

American Heart Association
Jane Albrecht
3140 Chaparral Drive
Building C, Suite 106
Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 989-2810

Comfort Cooling Heating & Air, LLC
Donald Fouts
220 Gilliland Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 251-3238
Contractors & Suppliers

Michael & Iris Dance
138 Conway Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-5145

Hilliard Insurance Solutions
R. Dale Hilliard
480-B Piney Forest Road, Suite B
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 250-3527

J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Fred Webb
223 Riverview Drive, Suite G
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 797-3330

Red Lobster
Cheri Cullen
370 Mall Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-9641

RiverWalk Equipment and Supply
Dana Young
314 Lynn Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-9255
Rentals – Equipment & Furniture 

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 21, 2012 – December 21, 2012:

Alliance Human Services
American Forest Management
BigSky Rents and Events
Blue Ridge Beverage
Brenda Brokaw Interiors
Donald G. Cairns, DDS, PC
CED/All Phase Electric Supply Company
Chatham Cares/The Community Center at Chatham
Chris Daniel
Clear Pond Apartments
Danville Communications Center
Demont Design
The Hughes Center
Lynn Street Lofts
Bill McMann
Patsy’s Tours
San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University
Stratford Healthcare Center
Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
Unarco Industries
Wells Fargo
Westmoreland Schoolfield Senior Apartments
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