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    Monday's Headlines

    A Martinsville apartment building was destroyed by fire Saturday night, but all of the residents were able to get out safely. Firefighters were called to the Piedmont Community Services apartment complex on East Church Street about 8 p.m. The first units found heavy smoke and flames in the building. They were able to bring the fire under control but the building was a total loss. All of the occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived; however, several were treated for minor injuries. The fire’s cause remains under investigation. The complex served as home for residents seeking housing as a result of substance abuse problems, disabilities or mental health issues.

    A 15-year-old South Boston girl is recovering after she was shot over the weekend. South Boston Police and Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 1800 block of Spring Avenue and found the teenager suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. She was taken to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, where she was treated and released. Police say they were called to “a residence that had been shot into” just after 11:00 Saturday night. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. Police are offering a reward for information related to the incident.

    Appalachian Power customers should be expecting a refund soon. The State Commission made the ruling back in April that kicks in on July 1st. No word on how much or how little the refund might be but whatever it is, you should see it by the end of the month. 

    The National Weather Service says heat index values will be from 100 to 105 degrees each afternoon on Monday and Tuesday and 95 to 100 each afternoon Wednesday through Friday. The forecast calls for a sunny and hot week with real temperatures of 94 Monday, 93 Tuesday, 91 Wednesday, and around 90 on Thursday and Friday. This weekend there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures with highs 83 to 86. 

    Virginia State Police are investigating a crash in Nelson County that occured Saturday at about 4 p.m., and killed a Fancy Gap man. The single-vehicle crash occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 5.4 miles south of Route 814. A 2005 Toyota 4Runner that was traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway when it first ran off the right side of the highway. The vehicle swerved back to the left, crossed over the highway, ran off the left side of the road and struck several trees.The driver, Douglas O. Reid, 65, of Fancy Gap, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman. Trooper T.M. Skehan is the investigating officer.

    With the Fourth of July around the corner, it is important to keep safety in mind while using fireworks. Lieutenant Haynes with the Martinsville Fire Department reminds everyone to think before you light that firework and make sure that everyone around the area is safe and is in a safe place in case it falls over. Remember, sparklers burn at 1200 degrees and can cause severe burns, and the ones working the fireworks should remain sober. Alcohol only increases the chance of someone getting hurt. 

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    • 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
    • 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