Wintry Mix May Be On The Way

Forecasters say there’s a possibility for a wintry mix early Wednesday morning that could bring icy conditions with a chance of 1-2 inches of snow for the mountains. Biggest chances for snow are late Thursday night and Friday morning when there’s a good possibility of 1-3 inches in the foothills and 2-5 inches on the mountain.

Flu Off to a Fast Start in Virginia

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says influenza in Virginia is now at the widespread level making it the first week of the 2019/2020 that the flu is the highest level possible on the CDC’s 1 to 5 scale. Health officials say it’s not too late to get a flu shot for this winter but it takes up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to provide protection.

Bridge Closed in Rockingham County

The North Carolina DOT closed a Rockingham County bridge that appeared to have been struck by an overheight vehicle. A beam supporting the N.C. 770 bridge over U.S. 220 near Stoneville was damaged in the incident. DOT employees are assessing the damage and it could take several weeks to repair the bridge.

Ambulance Stolen in Greensboro

Charges are brought against a 25 year-old man for stealing an ambulance and hitting a Greensboro patrol car then leading police on a chase that reached 70 mph. The ambulance was stolen Saturday from Cone Health in Greensboro and the man was taken into custody near Holden Road and Business 85 after deputies used stop sticks to end the chase. There were no employees or patients onboard the ambulance. The suspect was placed under a $1 million bond.

More Second Amendment Sanctuaries

More cities and counties in Virginia pass resolutions declaring themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Among those are the city of Galax and Craig County. Patrick County passed a similar resolution last month and the Martinsville City Council was to consider a resolution when it met on Monday. The resolutions say that governments will not expend resources to enforce certain gun control measures perceived as Second Amendment violations.

Fire Destroys Danville Home

A fire in Danville leaves a former Averett University football player and his family looking for a place to stay. Travis Jones lived with his mother and grandmother at the Scales Street home and the family was heading to church when the fire broke out. So far there’s been no word on a cause. A friend and former Averett athlete started a GoFundMe page for Jones’ family with the goal of raising $10,000.

Harvest Foudation Awards $176,000 To EDC

The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation receives a grant of more than $176,000 from The Harvest Foundation which will go toward development of the EDC’s summer intern program. According to the Bulletin this is the second of eight grant’s announced in the Foundation’s 2019 grant cycle. An EDC spokesperson says they are looking to recruit 15 area employers to participate in the one-year program which will start next summer.

Flood Channel Maintenance in Stuart

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting maintenance on a flood drainage channel in Stuart. The project will remove sediment buildup in the system and restore the drainage system to optimal standards that will carry flood water around downtown and prevent the buildup of water. The original channel construction resulted from floods in 1979 and in 1983 . The maintenance is expected to be completed by Christmas.

Two Accidents, One Injury

A two-vehicle accident closed the northbound lanes of Route 220 in Collinsville Thursday night. Police say it happened on Virginia Avenue at the intersection of Wheeler Avenue. No injuries were reported. Meanwhile, a single vehicle accident Friday left one person seriously injured. The accident happened on Hardie Stone Road in the eastern part of Patrick County. The victim was air-lifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Jeb Stuart Rescue Squad, Patrick County Fire and EMS and Patrick Henry Fire Department responded to the accident.

Arrest Made in the Homicide of Rocky Mount Man

A suspect is in custody for the murder of a Rocky Mount man. Police say the 35-year-old from Martinsville is charged with murder and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the death of 68-year-old James Edward Kirby whose body was discovered last month. An autopsy found Kirby was strangled to death. The suspect is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail and investigators say additional charges may be brought.