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    A new study suggests that drinking coffee may boost your chances for a longer life. The study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that coffee drinkers had a 10 to 15 percent lower chance of death over 10 years than those who don't drink coffee. The study included nearly 500,000 people between the ages of 38 and 73 in England, Scotland and Wales. And the benefits of coffee don't seem to be limited by the type of coffee you drink or how much you consume daily. The longevity boost was seen with both caffeinated and decaf coffee and both instant and ground varieties, while any differences based on the amount consumed deemed minimal. The researchers aren't exactly sure why drinking coffee might boost longevity, although lead author Erikka Loftfield, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, pointed out to The Associated Press that coffee is rich in antioxidants. Other studies have found that coffee may help fight inflammation and affect how the body uses insulin, possibly reducing the chance of diabetes.

    A Martinsville man has been arrested and charged in connection with three recent church break-ins. Terry Lee Booker, 61, of Mulberry Road, Martinsville, was charged with breaking and entering, destruction of property and petit larceny in an incident at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church on June 3 or June 4, said Lt. Sandy Hines of the Martinsville Police Department. The church is at 725 Beechnut Lane, Martinsville. Hines said Booker was charged in Pittsylvania County with a total of two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of destruction of property in connection with a June 14 incident at Shiloh Baptist Church at 13602 Martinsville Hwy, Cascade, and a June 14 incident at the Church of Christ at 1840 Plantation Drive, Axton. In the break-in in early June at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, less than $200 was taken, Hines said. He said there was a second break-in at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church on June 11, but nothing was missing. No one was charged in that case, Hines said.

    Authorities seized meth and cash during a drug operation in the parking lot of the Food Lion in Floyd. On June 25, members of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Virginia State Police, officers detained multiple people in a vehicle in the parking lot. Chantelle Greenwood, 20, of Christiansburg, was arrested on outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions. Additional charges are pending.

    John Hale, owner of the now-closed Brewed Awakening coffee shop on Craghead Street, was indicted in Danville Circuit Court on a felony charge of fraudulent conversion/property removal on June 25. He was arrested on June 26, court records show. Hale, and his wife Bonnie, also owe the property management company of the business, Wilkins & Co., $2,493. Wilkins & Co. were awarded a default judgment in Danville General District Court on March 9 for the amount. A second warrant in debt, filed by Wilkins & Co., is scheduled to be heard in Danville General District Court on July 17. The couple closed Brewed Awakening on Jan. 28th. Previously Hale operated a Coffee Shop for a number of years in Druid Hills in Martinsville. 

    Independence day will get up to 91 and then a little relief - come Thursday. Highs of 88 expected Thursday, back to 90 on Friday, but only 82 on Saturday and 83 on Sunday. 

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    • By Martinsville Daily in Bill Wyatt 1
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      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.

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