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Photo Contest Seeking Area's 'Points of Pride'- Fourth Year for Bulletin Contest

January 25, 2009
Readers are invited to submit their photographs of the most scenic spots in Henry County and Martinsville. The photo chosen as "Best of Show" will be featured on the cover of the Martinsville Bulletin's Progress Edition on March 1.

SCI-KIDS: Oaks Shed More Acorns This Past Year, But Why?

January 20, 2009
This fall, some oaks in parts of southern Virginia produced huge numbers of acorns. Such an event is known as a "mast year." The word "mast" comes from the Old English word "maest," which means the nuts of trees that drop to the ground. During a mast year, the nuts accumulate in unusually large quantities. Many city streets and lawns were covered with acorns.

Area Residents Are... Headed to See History

January 18, 2009
Forty-five years ago, Rev. Thurman O. Echols Jr. was arrested as he fought for civil rights in his hometown of Danville.

Perriello Repeats His Oath Throughout 5th

January 18, 2009
Nearly 70 supporters and local elected officials gathered Saturday evening to watch the ceremonial swearing-in of 5th District U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.

BREIEFS: New Near You (Martinsville)

January 16, 2009
A dump truck driver involved in a head-on collision that killed three people has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Interim Executive Director Appointed at Virginia Museum of Natural History

January 14, 2009
With the recent resignation of Timothy J. Gette as executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Executive Committee of the VMNH Trustees has named Gloria Niblett as interim executive director. Gette's last day at VMNH is February 4, 2009.

Institute of Texan Cultures Gains New Leader

January 13, 2009
The University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Institute of Texan Cultures has hired Timothy J. Gette as the museum's new executive director.

Dino Day, New Exhibit, Draw Crowd

January 11, 2009
The third annual Dino Day festival at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Saturday attracted many people - including some area residents - who never had visited the museum before.

Dino Day Festival

January 10, 2009

This spectacular family festival features exhibits, games, food and fun activities for visitors of all ages.

Museum to Unveil 500 million-year-old Specimen

January 8, 2009
If you've ever wanted to see something that is 500 million years old, you won't want to miss Saturday's Dino Day festival at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The third annual festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the first event in the museum's yearlong 25th anniversary celebration.