Southern Virginia—For the Record

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The Harvest Foundation of Martinsville approved 23 grants for a total of $31.2 million during 2006. The foundation, formed from proceeds from the sale of Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, funds initiatives in health, welfare and education. The largest grant in 2006 was $20 million for a soccer complex and arena. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Tom Rose, named interim county administrator for Patrick County. Rose, the county’s director of economic development since May 2007, replaces Mike Burnette, who resigned effective Dec. 28. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

The Virginia Department of Taxation announced plans to hire 30 new workers in the Danville-Martinsville area to work online at home as data-entry operators during tax season. The effort is part of the agency’s effort to create more telework jobs in Virginia and encourage jobs in high-unemployment areas. (News release)

Gildan Activewear, a provider of activewear for the wholesale imprinted sportswear market, was lauded as a success story for Martinsville and Henry County at a ceremony to inaugurate Gildan’s new distribution center. The company met its goal of $7 million capital investment within 16 months and is on track to exceed its projected 175 employees in three years. The company so far has 140 full-time and 100 temporary employees. (The Martinsville Bulletin)

Danville Regional Medical Building opened the sixth floor of its Landon R. Wyatt Jr. Tower for cardiac patients. The facility will accommodate 46 patients and has two nurses’ stations and offices. (Danville Register & Bee)

Averett University in Danville had its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed. The certification, under which an institution must meet 76 criteria, is good for 10 years and takes several years to complete. One program, in particular, noted by the SACS was Averett’s effort to cultivate and encourage reading skills in students through lectures, reading zones and pro-actively diagnosing reading disorders. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville’s Galileo Magnet High School was listed among the best schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report, receiving a bronze medal in the survey which studied which schools did the best job of helping students achieve their post-graduate goals. Of 18,000 public high schools in the country, 100 received gold medals; 405, silver; and 1,086, bronze. Galileo was also noted in a similar study by Newsweek. (Danville Register & Bee)


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