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      On June 17, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM, the Martinsville/Henry County 911 Center received a call of a shooting that occurred on Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville, Virginia. Deputies arrived on scene and located a female with a gunshot wound to her leg. 
      Lavonna Giles, 25, of 87 Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville, Virginia was transported by EMS to SOVAH Health Martinsville where she was treated for a gunshot wound. The incident began with an argument between neighbors that resulted in shots being fired and Giles being struck in the leg.
      Donrell Markese Rucker, 41, of 83 Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville VA has been charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. All charges are felonies. Rucker is currently wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Rucker is described as a black male, 6’00”, 190 pounds, brown eyes with dreadlocks. 
      Anyone having information pertaining to this incident or the whereabouts of Donrell Markese Rucker is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

    • Gasoline prices in Virginia have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.89/g, according to GasBuddy.
      Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 56.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 5.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 3.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 60.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
      The least expensive reported locations to buy gas in Martinsville are: 
      Liberty Street Market, 1012 Liberty St, Martinsville, VA, $2.49
      Exxon, 937 E Church St, Martinsville, VA, $2.49
      Kroger, 240 Commonwealth Blvd W, Martinsville, VA, $2.49
      Marathon, 101 Commonwealth Blvd W, Martinsville, VA, $2.49
      "Average gas prices in the U.S. have fallen to their lowest in a month, following oil's continued slump as OPEC appears poised to adjust oil production levels and the U.S. nears its hitting 11 million barrels of oil pumped per day, the highest level ever," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "Oil bulls may see their day again this summer, but the prospects of higher oil supply have diminished the value of oil for the time being, and that's leading to what nearly every American has been rooting for as of late- lower gas prices. While many are still bitter over having to pay more than last year, prices certainly could have moved higher if there hadn't been pressure on OPEC to act now that the (previous) glut of crude oil has been absorbed into the market. We see gas prices falling slightly into late June or early July before odds rise of hurricane season leading to some volatility at the pump, which could lead prices higher short term."

    • Virginia has received 49 applications from medical cannabis companies hoping to be among the first to set up shop in the state, giving officials plenty of options as they prepare to hand out five licenses this summer. The applications, which required a $10,000 filing fee, were due last week to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, which is planning to issue licenses to allow one medical cannabis oil dispensary in each of the state’s five health service areas. Several participants said the number of applications was slightly higher than they expected, indicating a strong interest from local entrepreneurs and established industry players looking for a foothold in Virginia.
      When they open, the facilities will be limited to selling cannabis oils. But the first wave of licensees could have a bigger role in the future if the state further relaxes medical marijuana laws or legalizes marijuana for recreational purposes.
       

    • The National Weather Service is calling for hot weather through Wednesday with Heat index values above 100 degrees during the afternoon each day, with some areas exceeding 105 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday. In your forecast, 94 today and tomorrow, 96 Tuesday, 94 Wednesday, and 92 Thursday. By Friday we should be back in the 80’s.
       

    • The Braves Rookie League team is celebrating its 25th year in Danville. They average 1,100 fans a game and officials tell the Danville Register and Bee it’s been good for the local economy. They play 34 games at home during the summer season. The team is part of the Appalachian League, which includes 10 teams across Virginia and North Carolina.
      Martinsville used to be in the league, sporting the Phillies from 1988 to 1998 and then the Astros from 1999 to 2003. The Astros left after Greenville, Tennessee offered them what is still the largest and newest stadium in the league. The Astros left the league at the end of last season and Greenville will play this year as the Reds.
      Martinsville joined the Coastal Plain League after the Astros left and despite having an average attendance of over 1,000, the city nor anyone else it seems, can find a way to manage it so that it generates enough revenue to cover expenses.
       

    • This past week, Carl Boggess, Bedford County Board of Supervisors, and Bart Warner, Bedford Town Manager, spoke to Martinsville City Council as invited guests regarding the issue of the City of Martinsville reverting to a town. Bedford reverted in 2013, but Martinsville officials learned that services between Bedford City and Bedford County were largely merged before the reversion and there was cooperation between city and county. Three localities have spoken at the invitation of Council - South Boston and Clifton Forge. So far, everyone says the outcome of reversion has been positive and resulted in significant savings. 
       

    • The three men charged with the murder of Eric Adams at his Axton home in February appeared in Henry County court Friday. It was only the preliminary hearing, but we learned a lot of new information about what led up to the shooting death of Eric Adams in his own home. According to multiple testimonies, we learned that Jake Lewis picked up Dylan Day and Landon Handy before going to Eric Adams' residence. Statements that were given by two of the accused, Dylan Day and Landon Handy, were read aloud. 
      These statements were given to police just days after the murder happened, and before the two were in custody. Day told police he knew Lewis was planning to rob Adams. A surveillance video was showed two men entering the home, one with a bandanna over his face, and carrying out multiple boxes to the vehicle. The video does not show the shooting take place, but in a statement to police, Handy said he heard gunshots when he was in the vehicle, so he got into the driver's seat.
      According to the autopsy results from the medical examiner, Adams was shot eight times, including once in the back of the head. One of the defense attorneys requested the charge be reduced to second-degree murder, but the judge did not grant that request.
      The three men remain in custody at the Henry County jail. 
       

    • Check your cabinets to make sure this recalled cereal isn't there. Kellogg Company announced Thursday that it's voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Honey Smacks cereal because of the potential presence of salmonella. The 15.3 oz. packages have a UPC code of 3800039103 and best if used by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The 23 oz packages have a UPC code of 3800014810 and have the same best if used by date as the other package. Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
       

    • How safe do you feel in your neighborhood? The Martinsville Police Department thinks they can do more to protect and serve. Martinsville Police are going door-to-door this summer to address and issues or concerns you may have in your neighborhood. It's all apart of the Martinsville Police Departments Neighborhood Resource Officer Surveys. The Martinsville Police Department hopes to finish up with the surveys by September. From there, they will analyze all of the data collected and help improve your neighborhoods and the city. If you have any questions or would like an officer come to your house, call the police department (276) 638-8751.
       

    • As part of the City of Martinsville’s road maintenance program, resurfacing of Starling Avenue from Church Street to the Starling Avenue Bridge will begin Monday June 18th.
      Construction crews from J.C. Joyce Trucking and Paving Company will perform work on the milling and paving operations nightly from approximately 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.  Starling Avenue will remain open to traffic, but may be restricted to one lane during working hours.  Some work may occur during the day, at which time the street will be open to traffic.  Residents are encouraged to avoid this area during paving operations.  Work is anticipated to take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.  Once paving operations are complete, new pavement striping will be installed.    
      If you have questions regarding this project, please contact the City Public Works Department at 403-5154.
       

    • The Henry County Public Service Authority advises customers in the Chatmoss and Old Liberty Drive communities that there will be a disruption in their water supply on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  This is necessary to facilitate the replacement of a faulty fire hydrant in the area.  
      Areas to be affected include:
      •    Mt. Olivet Road
      •    General Longstreet Road
      •    Country Club Drive
      •    Plandome Court
      •    Plantation Road
      •    A. P. Hill Road 
      •    Cedar Run 
      •    Bradford Court
      •    Jefferson Davis Drive
      •    Jefferson Davis Court
      •    Deer Creek Run Road
      •    Lombard Court
      •    Leatherwood Circle
      •    Fitzhugh Lee Road
      •    Country Club Plaza
      •    Hickory Ridge Road
      •    Old Liberty Drive 
      •    Old Liberty Court 
      •    Carlisle Road
      •    Chatmoss Crossing Way
      •    Court View
      •    Crossing View

      For further information or assistance, customers can contact the PSA at 276-634-2500. 

    • Gasoline prices in Virginia have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.1 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.91/g, according to GasBuddy.
      Average gasoline prices on June 11 in Virginia have ranged widely over the last five years:
      $2.13/g in 2017, $2.19/g in 2016, $2.54/g in 2015, $3.45/g in 2014 and $3.37/g in 2013. 
      Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 56.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 4.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 58.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
      Cheapest gas prices reported in Martinsville:
      Exxon, 937 E. Church St. - $2.49
      Marathon, 101 Commonwealth Blvd. W. - $2.49
      Liberty Street, 1012 Liberty St. - $2.49
      "Gasoline prices continue to fade after peaking just ahead of Memorial Day, largely in part due to previous discussion that OPEC may lift output, pushing oil prices back down to the mid-$60s," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "As we've been expecting for months, gas prices will likely decline in the month of June as summer gasoline inventories continue to build and refiners continue to crank out fuels like gasoline and diesel. A solid majority of states saw average gas prices decline last week, and I expect we'll hold that trajectory again this week."

    • According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, 73-year-old Andrew Smith, Jr. of Eastover, North Carolina was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday around 3 PM on Bay Shore Drive in Moneta. Emergency personnel responded to the call and treated Smith at the site, but were unable to revive him. Although Smith was determined to have drowned, police say a medical condition may have contributed to his death.
      The case is under investigation. 

    • Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Caito Foods LLC on Friday recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys containing at least one of those melons that were produced at its facility in Indianapolis. It says the five states where people were sickened are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The CDC says the fruit was also distributed to stores in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. It was sold in clear plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon. Officials say people should throw away or return recalled products. The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. Those sickened often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days.

    • The Martinsville City Council race is getting a bit more interesting as Tuesday’s 7 PM deadline to file falls near. Former mayor Danny Turner has joined incumbents Jennifer Bowles and Mayor Gene Teague along with Planning Commission Chairman Joseph Martin. All have experience running for and holding an elected office except for Martin. He hasn’t won yet, but did come in 4th in the last 3-seat race for Council. All seats in the City are at-large, meaning voters will get 2 votes to vote for any of those running. 

    • At approximately 12:30 AM Danville Police, members of the Danville Fire Department, and members of the Danville Life Saving Crew responded to a reported motor vehicle crash involving a skateboard at the intersection of Green Street and Jefferson Street. Chad Michael Atchison, 27 years old of Danville was on a skateboard traveling east on Green Street through the intersection with Jefferson Street. Chad Michael Atchison ran into the passenger side of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado traveling south on Jefferson Street operated by a 69 year old Pittsylvania County resident. Chad Michael Atchison was pronounced nonviable at the scene. The driver of the Silverado did not suffer any injuries. There are no charges at this time and the investigation into this crash is ongoing.

    • Gracie Agnew announced that she was stepping down as principal at Bassett High to take over as Head of School at Carlisle. Tommy Hudgins resigned as Head of School at Carlisle to pursue other professional opportunities. Agnew took over as principal at Bassett High in 2017. Bassett High assistant principal Tiffiny Gravely will take over for Agnew on an interim basis. Gravely had previously served as a counselor and teacher in Henry County and is a native of the area. Marcie Seay will leave G.W. Carver Elementary, where she served as principal, to take over as principal at Stanleytown Elementary. Taking over as principal at G.W. Carver will be the school’s current assistant principal Luke Boone. Finally, Corey Fobare will take over as Coordinator of Alternative Programs and Student Activities. 
       

    • The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a robbery that occurred at Valley Star Credit Union located at 41 Wheeler Avenue Collinsville, VA on June 6, 2018. Through the course of the investigation, Jonathon Wesley Garrett, 36,  of Jamestown, NC was developed as a suspect. On June 7, 2018 investigators from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Greensboro Police Department and High Point Police Department located and arrested Garrett at his home. Jonathon Wesley Garrett was charged with Bank Robbery and Use or Display of Firearm in Committing a Felony, both charges are felonies. He is currently held in the Guilford County Jail awaiting extradition back to Henry County.

    • An article in Furniture Today takes note of the recent rise in Hooker Furniture stock recently. Sales are up 9.2 percent and the stock market has taken notice. A conference call with investment analysts discussing the news heard from Chairman and CEO Paul Toms explaining that e-commerce will be the company’s fastest-growing channel for the next few years, branded upholstery is up 30 percent, and Shenandoah Furniture, now a subsidiary of Hooker is producing profits as well. On Tuesday, the company’s stock rose over 17 percent in one day. 

  • Blog Entries

    • By Martinsville Daily in Bill Wyatt 1
      Our network programming for radio and television has been provided to us almost exclusively by means of C-band transmission. The transmissions originate from orbiting satellites at very low power, therefore, it takes a very large dish to receive these small signals for re-transmission. Over the past ten years, interference has become more prevalent at our satellite farm on Chatham Heights Road. Now it has reached the level where many of our receivers no longer are able to provide reliable service. For those of you interested in a more technical explanation, here is one source. 
      The source article points out the "services in large areas covering intercontinental and global communications provide a wide range of services for distance learning, telemedicine, universal access, disaster recovery, national security, air navigation and safety, e-government. We have been able to determine the interference we are receiving is sporadic (not constant), and very strong. The spurious emission splatters across almost the entire C-band spectrum, rendering filters useless. We have not been able to determine the source of this interference, despite concerted efforts to do so. We have been able to determine the signature produced would indicate it is a ground-to-ground transmission and not listed in any databases confirming its use. I have talked with a number of experts in this field and the consensus is we are likely the victim of some government use, be it national security or the like. Regardless, there is no viable solution to our problem, at least not one that restores reliable C-band reception.
      Fortunately, we have been able to restore most of our network programming services with an IP solution. In some instances, an IP solution doesn't exist, and in those cases we have had to provide alternate programming. thisTV Network provides no alternative to C-band at this time, and the interference has rendered this source no longer viable during daytime hours. For whatever reason, the interference only occurs during the daylight hours. Our C-band reception is unaffected during the overnight hours. 
      Until a solution is found, our programming of thisTV Network will be limited to midnight to 6 AM. Should the interference become present during the overnight hours, we will be left with no recourse, but to discontinue thisTV Network.   
      Bill Wyatt
      WHEE, WMVA, WYAT
    • By Martinsville Daily in Bill Wyatt 1
      This morning around 10 AM our audio line that feeds the transmitter at Koehler from our studios went dead. You may recall we experienced some damage during storms last month causing the top portion of a utility pole to break off and fall to the ground. This same pole feeds our transmitter building. The pole was replaced today, and apparently, the workers did not reconnect the line. We reported the problem and CenturyLink has indicated they would have someone out within 24 hours. Given their word, WHEE should return to the airwaves sometime tomorrow.

      New utility pole

      What used to be our smooth and level entrance way

      Partial damage from last month's storms

      The broken utility pole that was replaced


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