Martinsville’s Mayor for 2019 is Kathy Lawson. She was elected by her peers yesterday by a 3-2 vote. Danny Turner was also sworn in as a comeback Council member. Council indicated next year would be the earliest they could vote on possible reversion from city status to a town. The state would have to approve the decision before the process could begin.

Blackberry District Supervisor Jim Adams and Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan will lead the Henry County Board of Supervisors in 2019. Adams was elected Chairman and Buchanan was elected Vice Chairperson at the Board’s annual Organizational Meeting. They were unanimously selected to serve the one-year terms. Adams has been Chairman 6 times before and Vice Chairman 4 times. Buchanan has been Chairperson 3 times and Vice Chairperson 4.