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)


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.