A new deputy chief, balanced budget

Mayor's Office

It’s difficult to believe November is here! During your trick-or-treating last night, I hope you had an opportunity to visit the Police Department’s first annual Haunted Haven. It was a great success! A special thanks to our newly designated Community Resource Officer Dawn Hoffman. In addition to her usual patrol duties, Officer Hoffman has stepped up to handle various events …

Festival Of Lights November 26 – January 2

Department of Parks and City Properties

The Festival of Lights is set to return to Martinsville City Park November 26 – January 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each night with displays being assembled and lights hung beginning Tuesday, November 1. According to Festival of Lights Committee Chair Robin Ferran, excitement is building for this year’s holiday display with volunteers and donations needed for the …

Martinsville Police Invite Public To Free Haunted Haven

Police Department

Trick-or- treaters of all ages are invited to the Police Department’s first annual free Haunted Haven on Halloween night next Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the old fire bay at City Hall, 59 South Jefferson Street. According to Community Resource Officer Dawn Hoffman who is spearheading the event, Haunted Haven will be very spooky, complete with kid-friendly activities …

The benefits of mutual partnerships

Mayor's Office

Today’s column marks the first in a weekly series providing you news your municipal government team is working on to make our community a stronger, more appealing city in which to live, work and play. Strong, mutually beneficial partnerships play a key role particularly in municipal government because it takes all major entities working together supporting each other’s efforts to …

Probationary Firefighters Advance To First Class Firefighter Rank

News

Firefighters Benjamin Burpo and Tyler Blondell successfully completed their probationary year on the Martinsville Fire Department, advancing to First Class Firefighter rank. According to Fire Chief Terry Anderson, during their probationary year, Burpo and Blondell exhibited their skills in emergency medical treatment, fire suppression activities, equipment placement of apparatus and many other fire service tasks and knowledge related to the …

Lachelle Maurer Appointed Deputy Police Chief

Police Department

Twelve-year law enforcement veteran chosen to help lead department Citing her broad experience and expertise in many phases of law enforcement, Police Chief Matt Long has appointed 12-year police veteran Lachelle Maurer as Martinsville’s new deputy police chief, effective immediately. “Officer Maurer brings a great deal of leadership, skills and experience to her new role for our department. Her background …

Building Number Requirements Corrected

Building Services

With City officials learning Martinsville’s city code related to building numbers is outdated, the following is correct information from the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission: approved address and building numbers or approved building identification must be placed plainly legible and visible from the street or road frontage fronting the building. Numbers should contrast with their background to aid in …

Fire Officials Warn Residents Of Bogus Solicitation Calls

Fire Department

Martinsville firefighters not seeking donations for coloring books Martinsville Fire Department officials want residents who may receive calls asking for money to know firefighters are not seeking donations for fire prevention coloring books. According to Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Fraker, Fire Department personnel have not been and are not currently soliciting funds. “All of our fire prevention materials are purchased …

Residents Encouraged To Apply For Martinsville’S First Citizens Police Academy

News

Inaugural class limited to 12 As a part of their ongoing effort to strengthen the partnership between community members and the police force, Martinsville Police invite interested residents to apply for the Department’s first Citizens Police Academy, set to begin October 19. The application can be found at: http://www.mediafire.com/do…/4461i2di6r1ilol/application.pdf The submission deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 in …

Fire Equipment On Display, Giveaways During Customer Appreciation Night October 6

Fire Department

Martinsville firefighters will have fire trucks on display, demonstrate fire drills in their fire safety house and give away popcorn and toy helmets during Thursday’s Customer Appreciation Night at the old firehouse at 59 South Jefferson Street. According to Fire Chief Terry Anderson, the Fire Department’s activities in the 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. event are being moved from fire headquarters …