Henry County Enterprise

nerals,” Davis said. “There are a lot of happy occasions too, like birth- days and anniversaries. Being able to help people when they need it is probably the most rewarding.” Davis said the business can get a bit prickly at times, as well. “It’s a lot of hard work,” Davis said. “People don’t think it is but there is a lot that goes into making the arrangements just right.” Between processing the flowers, managing inventory and “getting in shipments every day of flowers,” Davis said, “there is something to do all the time.” Floral shop ‘arranges’ memories From the aromas of seasonal favorites to the sights of fall foli- age, perhaps nothing beats the ambiance of the holiday season, as homemakers delight in creating a perfect environment for their fami- lies and friends. In Martinsville and Henry County, holiday decor and the memories it may stir is in ample supply, according to Buck Davis, owner of Simply the Best Flowers &Gifts for nearly 20 years. Davis said the seed that bloomed into his floral career began in high school. From there, he studied the craft at Virginia Western Commu- nity College before embarking on a 16-year stint at another floral shop. Davis opened his shop on Broad Street in Martinsville on January 9, 2001. With much of his time dedicat- ed to the business, Davis said he has gained a lot of personal satisfaction from the job. “You get to help a lot of people in difficult times. We do a lot of fu- Brandon Martin Staff writer See Memories , page 5 Russell Harris (left) and Tracey Haley arrange flowers for delivery at Simply the Best Gifts & Flowers in Martinsville. months-old and bonded pairs of animals. The agency also will hold its fundraising drive on Giving Tues- day, Dec. 1. “Giving Tuesday is a national fundraising event. We participate yearly,” Gupton said. “This year, we have an anonymous donor who has stated that they will match any donation, up to a $50,000 cap.” Donations received early and earmarked for Giving Tuesday are included in the total, as are dona- tions received the day of the event. Gupton also noted that “adop- tions of puppies definitely picks- up around the holidays, but we do have to be a little bit careful.” She explained that while some adopt as a less expensive gift alter- native, many animals are returned after Christmas. “We get a spike right after Christmas,” she said, and added that sadly, the gift of an animal “isn’t as appealing.” But the SPCA doesn’t “discour- age adoptions during the holi- day season. We really encourage them,” she said. For those interested in help- ing short-term, or having an extra companion during the holidays, the agency has a foster care pro- gram. “If nothing else, taking an ani- mal home on foster for a couple of weeks gets them out of the build- ing and helps ease a lot of their stress,” Gupton said. “If they want- ed to foster, they could call in for information or they can come by.” Typically, the shelter fosters young or old animals in need of special care, such as mothers and puppies. Additionally, the agency also occasionally fosters adult ani- mals “to give them a break from Harvest Youth Board retools annual dinner, learned valuable lessons in the process With all the changes this year, one thing stayed the same -- the Harvest Youth Board provided its annual Thanksgiving Eve din- ner, albeit with a few changes. The 5th annual W. Dan Prince III Thanksgiving Eve Dinner was held Wednesday. The drive-thru meal box distri- bution event fed 1,200 families, organizers said. William Gardner, chairman of the board, said the dinner had been held at Martinsville High School since 2016. “Last year, we served around 3,000 people through in-house and deliveries. We usually got upward of around 300 volun- teers,” Gardner said, adding this was the first year of the drive- thru. Anne Catherine Harris, chair- man of the special events com- mittee, oversaw operations of this year’s event. With the onset of the coronavirus, she said plan- ning required a little more cre- ativity. “Since we’ve been doing the Thanksgiving Eve Dinner at Martinsville High School for a couple of years, we had a plan where we knew how we’d usu- ally do it there with the assembly line and everything,” Harris said. This year “we knew we’d want to be as safe as possible and take precaution.” After some discussion, mem- bers of the board decided to pro- vide the drive-thru meal boxes, each of which was designed to feed a family of four. Boxes con- tain a meat, side items and a des- sert. Harris said the youth board partnered with the Henry County Food Pantry to buy the food items from Sam’s Club in Greensboro, N.C. Harris said members of the Harvest Foundation and the Harvest Youth Board alternated shifts to pack the boxes that were distributed at the Henry County Food Pantry in Bassett. “I honestly think it’s inspir- ing, especially during this year,” Harris said. “It’s been hard, and people are struggling so be- ing able to get our community to come together and provide meals for families is really im- portant. We want to show that we care and make sure there is always something positive going A home for the holidays Staff at the SPCA of Martins- ville-Henry County are working to help make sure the holiday season is special for the animals in their care, with a Black Friday sale event that features discount- ed adoption fees and a holiday feast specially created for four- legged guests. Catherine Gupton, director of operations at the SPCA, is plan- ning the animal-friendly meal that will be served on Thanksgiv- ing. The menu changes slightly every year, but Gupton said the staff sticks to foods that “won’t upset their stomachs.” This year’s feast, for instance, includes canned chicken and tuna, green beans, and rice, she said. It’s “just kind of a way to make them feel special. They have no idea that it is a holiday, but we do.” Gupton said. “We like to spoil them for the holiday since they are stuck here.” A similar meal also is served on Christmas, she added. The festivities don’t end with the meal. This year, the SPCA also will hold a Black Friday sale, with dis- counted adoption fees for “any solid black, black and white, or black-striped animal,” Gupton said. Adoption fees on Black Fri- day for cats are $10 and dogs can be adopted for $75.The deal excludes puppies under four- See Youth Board , page 2 (USPS-6) www.henrycountyenterprise.com • $1.00 Saturday, November 28, 2020 0 51497 10908 0 The Harvest Youth Board prepared to pack 1,200 meal boxes for the 5th annual W. Dan Prince III Thanksgiving Eve Dinner. The board changed the format to safely provide the dinner during the COVID-19 pandemic. Corey Brandon, chairman of the board’s communications committee, said that in so doing, the group learned that “no matter what conditions you are under, if you stay true to what you are doing and know what your end goal is, nothing is impossible.” The SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County is accepting donations for Giving Tuesday, on Dec. 1. The agency also will hold a Black Friday sale event with discounted adoption fees. Monetary donations may be mailed or dropped off at the agency, which is located at 132 Joseph Martin Highway Martinsville, VA 24112, or call (276) 638- 7297 for more information. Brandon Martin Staff writer See Home , page 2 Thankfulness, gratitude in abundance Even with new restrictions in place and increases in infection rates, thankfulness and gratitude are abundant, according to sev- eral local officials and some staff members. “I’m so grateful and blessed for my health,” said Debra Bu- chanan, vice chairman of the Henry County Board of Super- visors and of the Horsepasture District. “I’m thankful for my family and grandchildren, who make me laugh each chance they get over Zoom and the telephone. I’m also thankful for all my extended family. I feel blessed that I’m still able to get out and help people in a variety of different ways. With every- thing going on, I’m just thank- ful that I’m able to sit back and enjoy the simple things.” Joe Bryant, of the Collinsville District, said he is “thankful for God letting me live another year. My family has been able to get through COVID-19 so far gen- erally unscathed. I’m happy that the year is almost over and hope- fully a vaccine will soon be avail- able. I’m thankful that the coun- ty has been able to work through the virus so well. Even with the pandemic, there were no major setbacks or anything.” As always, I’m thankful for the health of family and friends,” said Dr. J. David Martin, of the Iriswood District. “We’ve been able to still connect over Zoom and phone calls, so that’s been wonderful with the holiday season upon us. I’m thankful that we live in a county that I believe is progressive and atten- tive to the needs of the citizenry. I’m sure that with the new year around the corner, we will have a lot more to be thankful for as well.” Ryan Zehr, of the Ridgeway District, said he is “just grateful for the everyday things like fam- ily, friends and health. So far, so good this year, and I hope it con- tinues to be that way.” Deputy County Administra- tor Dale Wagoner said “the grace of God is my most thankful thing this year. The health of my family during the pandemic has been good. We have hard work- ing people in the county, and they do it selflessly. We ask a lot of them and they don’t mind one bit.” Martinsville Mayor Kathy Lawson said she is “thankful for my health and that of my fam- ily members. During this time of pandemic, it seems there’s no rhyme or reason how or why someone becomes infected with the virus. You may think you’re doing everything right and still get it. I am thankful to live in a community where people care about one another and pull to- gether for the greater good of all, especially now during the holiday season. There’s so many organizations and churches that come together to provide for those in need. I am thankful See Thankfulness , page 3 Brandon Martin Staff writer Undercover drug operation leads to 43 arrests, another 36 to be charged The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance to find 36 in- dividuals indicted on drug distri- bution charges. Following a year-long under- cover drug operation, Sheriff Lane Perry said that his deputies have already arrested half of the 79 people named on 176 felony charges of drug distribution by grand jurors in Henry County. An indictment is not an indi- cation of guilt, but rather a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial. The indictments were sealed shortly after they were handed down last week. They were un- sealed late Monday, Nov. 23. At a press conference Tuesday, Perry said 43 of the 79 individu- als named in the indictments had been arrested. “Usually if you can reach the half-way mark quickly, that’s pretty good.” He added authorities will be arresting the remainder over the next few weeks, but for that to happen, Perry said the commu- nity must take an active role. “People tell us that they don’t want to get involved. They think if they tell us information that it makes it back (to them), but it Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry details an undercover drug operation conducted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and partner agencies that led to 79 drug-related indictments. The indictments were handed down by grand jurors last week but sealed at the time. The indictments were unsealed late Monday. Brandon Martin Staff writer Brandon Martin Staff writer See Operation , page 6