Interesting. Bill blames me because not many people post on this forum. Seems to be that most who post on this forum do not currently live in Martinsville & Henry County. So where are all the local residents on this forum? Surely if things are all good there and I am wrong in my opinions then local people who actually live there would chime in and tout good things local.
As for Common Sense, well you are entitled to your opinions and I am mine. I call it like I see it. I moved away from Martinsville/Henry County 12 years but I am down there at least once every month.
This is my typical encounter when I go there for a weekend trip. On my last trip, July 1st, when my wife and I got there and I picked up my mother around noon that day we decided for lunch we all wanted to go to Walch's Chicken and More for lunch. Driving through the uptown area traffic, (both pedestrian and vehicular), was very light, bordering on no traffic at all. When we got to Walch's, again on a early Saturday afternoon, we pull up only to find a sign in the front door stating they are closed on Saturdays. When they were open on Starling Ave. they were never closed on the weekend. As we moved on and drove through town, we noticed that several stores were closed for business on Saturdays.
We ended up eating at House of Sirloin, which was pretty busy. After lunch, we proceeded over to Wal Mart, which was packed. Kind of explains why stores were not open in Uptown Martinsville. Seems majority of people shop at Wal Mart there.
My point here is that the place where I was raised is not that place anymore. I grew up in Bassett. they used to have factories (jobs) and stores in Bassett. Not anymore. Much like uptown Martinsville it is a ghost town during the day. Same for Fieldale. I remember going to Joyce's Drug Store and getting ice cream. Going to Martinsville in the past meant you actually had to watch out for traffic if you were out walking from store to store and store fronts were full and open. Not anymore.
When my wife and I travel back there these days we see for sale signs on a lot houses and commercial buildings. When you read a story about Martinsville/Henry County in the local, regional or national media it is usually a negative story. I just create threads on this forum about these stories. I do not create the stories. Some of you characters whine and complain about me posting threads about these stories on this forum. Why? Are you ashamed of the stories? Embarrassed about the stories?
Bill - You are a local business leader there. What have you or are you doing to change the area? Throw in Charles Roark and the Martinsville Bulletin.
Apparently some of you either can't handle or want to hide the truth about what is going on down there and do not want to talk about these issues.
Bill, why don't you create a simple rule for your forum. No negative comments/stories about Martinsville/Henry County are now allowed on this forum. That way several of you can remember your time growing up there in the past and can ignore the current issues there. it just seems to be a revolving door and what negative is going to happen there next. Sad part is, there are still people there in leadership positions that were there back when I left. If you have the same old people in charge doing the same old things that have not worked in the past how can anyone expect the area to move forward.
Skinsguy was right about one thing. When you leave Martinsville/Henry County and move to another area, it is like night and day the progress you see in other communities and how Martinsville/Henry County seems to be stuck in time.
Announced today. A new $200 million urgent care canter, pharmacy and labs for Manassas and Prince William County by Kaiser Permanente.