By Donna Ashworth

Philip A. Haley has been named the new president/CEO of the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. Read more… 

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Danville Regional’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that our program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Read more… 

Jerry Dooley, interim chief executive officer of Danville Regional Medical Center and interim market president of LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market, announced Spencer Thomas as the new chief operating officer at DRMC. Read more… 

Wilkins & Co. Realtors, the long standing market leader in Dan River Region real estate industry recently announced the launching of a redesigned logo and a new and improved website.   “When Wilkins & Co. was founded in 1992, our goal was not to be the largest real estate company in the Region, but to be the best,” said Hampton Wilkins, President, Wilkins & Co. Take a look…

Danville Community College’s public relations office garnered seven major awards, including six first place (Gold) honors at the 2014 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside has received an $850,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region that will allow The Arc to move employment services from its Blairs campus to a more accessible location. Read more… 

Continuing a successful run of producing beautiful, custom trophies, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency has produced the 2015 Pinnacle Award Trophies for the American Society of Furniture Designers. Read more… 

Dr. Susan Dhivianathan, a family physician, recently joined Centra Medical Group Dominion. Read more… 

Supply Resources has received a $75,000 grant for its new corporate headquarters construction work. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that Dr. Anmar Al-Qaisi, pediatrician, has joined its medical staff. Read more… 

The popular computer training workshops have returned for the next few months at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more… 

Centra has signed a 30-year affiliation agreement with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a substantial change from the five-year non-exclusive agreement initially signed in 2013, prior to the college’s opening. Read more… 

Dr. Scott Spillmann, a board certified preventative/occupational medicine physician, has joined Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more… 

The City of Danville’s River District Development Project was recently named the winner in its population category for the Virginia Municipal League’s 2014 Achievement Awards. Read more… 

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for a period of three years, according to a news release from the organization. Read more… 

Danville attorney Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap, of Woods Rogers, was recently appointed to the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty for a three-year term, beginning Oct. 7. Read more… 

American National Bank and Trust Company (American National) has opened a new location in Mebane, N.C., at 1008 Mebane Oaks Road, and has taken the opportunity to enhance how customers will experience and interact with the bank while there. Read more… 

The Willard Companies announced plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert event at Westlake Towne Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Westlake Towne Center’s free, family-oriented event will feature live music, light refreshments, tree lighting, photo opportunity with Santa, and the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.

By Donna Ashworth

Danville’s Ikea plant will add a new production line by January 2016 — and the expansion will result in an undetermined number of new hires by the company. Read more…

Amthor International, which manufactures truck-mounted tanks, plans to add 30 jobs because of an increase in production at its plant in Gretna. Read more…

Danville Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to invest in job-driven training and relationship-building with local employers, the White House announced. Read more…

Carlisle School is excited to announce the Carlisle Championship Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament to be held Friday, October 17 at Danville Golf Club. Registration is $100/golfer or $400/team with lunch included, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Space is limited so register today by calling Mike Waddell at 434-228-1501 or email  Lunch begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

Carl Manasco was named the recipient of the National Association of Realtors Major Investor award. He is the principal broker at Prudential Manasco Realty with 40 years of housing industry experience, which includes 15 years in mobile or modular manufacturing and 25 years in real estate sales and management. Read more…

The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a grant application to establish an IT Academy at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. Read more…

Virginia Living magazine recently named Danville Community College as one of its “Top High Schools and Colleges” for 2014. The list appears in a supplement to the magazine’s October issue. Read more…

Food service management company Bon Appétit has named White Flint Farm a finalist in its grant awards. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center’s new cardiac catheterization is equipped to handle many tasks from cardiac diagnostic procedures to cardiac interventions to pacemakers. Read more…

Scott Lowman, a scientist who recently earned his Ph.D. through Institute for Advanced Learning & Research’s partnership with Virginia Tech in January, received word that his work has been accepted for publication. Read more…

Lisa Tucker has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new director of surgical services. Read more…

GENEDGE recently announced the formation of a new program initiative known as Virginia Domestic Markets Expansion Program — VA DMEP. Read more…

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County appointed Jennifer Smith, formerly with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services, to serve as interim president while the organization searches for a new president and CEO. Read more…

Downtown Danville Association invites Families and children out for Halloween CREEPY CANDY CRAWL on Friday, October 31st from 3pm to 5pm. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) was recently presented a $250,000 gift from Duke Energy in support of the new RiverBank Fund earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River. Read more…

Come one, come all - get ready for your holiday gift-giving in the most "tasteful" way.  Join us at the SleepyGotique at SleepyGoat Farm on December 6, 2014 from 12 pm to 6 pm for free cheese tasting, refreshments, and a unique shopping experience.  We'll have cheese to buy for all your holiday needs, holiday pies, unique gifts, and other featured vendors, too.  Come join the fun and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time! Read more…

–   The Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter is pleased to announce that three of its staff members have been chosen as members of national workgroups established by the national organization in Chicago. Jane Massie, Development Manager in the Lynchburg and Danville areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Walk to End Alzheimer's Advisory Council. Mary Sandridge, the chapter’s Communications Director, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Concern & Awareness Advisory Council. Suzanne Cresswell, Development Manager in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Direct Mail and Intermediate Gifts Advisory Council. Sue Friedman, Chapter President and CEO, has been chosen to serve on the Mission Fund Advisory Council.

By Donna Ashworth

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 01, 2014 -  August 30, 2014:


Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.

Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC

Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated

Alan Dalton Photography

All Metal and Auto Recycling

Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia

Allied Supply Corporation of Danville

Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter

American Red Cross, Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office

Amthor International, Inc.

Angle Eye Center

Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.

The Arc of Southside

Arlene's Closet LLC

Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.

B & W Floral Designs Inc.

Badcock & More Home Furniture


Blackwell Automotive, Inc.

Blankenship & Davis Opticians

Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria

Carlisle School

Centech Service Corporation

Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.

City of Danville

Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark

Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia

Community Improvement Council, Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Core Physical Therapy

Courtyard by Marriott

Daly Seven, Inc.

Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities

Danville Paint & Supply Co.

Danville Ready Mix

Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.

Garrett's Tax Service

Giles-Flowerland and Caterers

Global Food Connection, Inc.

Golden Leaf Bistro

Goodyear Auto Service Center

Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center

Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.

Hajoca Corporation

Hampton Inn

Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC

Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment of VA, Inc.

The Homeplace Vineyard, Inc.

Hughes Marine Service, Inc.

Integrated Technology Group, Inc.

JTI Leaf Services, LLC

The Launch Place


Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC

Meadows Service Center, Inc.

Mount Hermon Animal Clinic

Negril, Inc.

N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics

Old Dutch Supermarkets

Peace Haven Personal Care Services

Piedmont Credit Union

Piney Forest Healthcare Center

Pittsylvania County

R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant

Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.

Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.

Riverside Roof Truss, LLC

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.

ServPro of Lynchburg

Sherwood House Furniture

SleepyGoat Cheese

Smith Funeral Services, Inc.

Social Security Administration

Southern States Co-Operative-Danville

Southside Electric Coop.

TekaByte, Inc.

Verizon Wireless Zone

Vintages by the Dan

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Wayne Wilson & Company

W. A. Wells & Associates

Westover Christian Academy

Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.