Wake Forest Recruiting Adults for Vaccine Trial

Wake Forest Baptist Health announced Friday it’s recruiting healthy adults for its clinical study of a coronavirus vaccine. The study is part of its Phase 3 clinical research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, with a focus on looking at the immune system and antibodies. To be eligible for the study, healthy volunteers must be 18 years or older with no known history of the coronavirus or previous participation in a COVID-19 study.

Remington Arms Closing Madison Plant

Remington Arms is laying off more than 100 people at the end of Sept. as it closes its plant in Madison. The nation’s oldest gunmaker filed a warning notice with the State Department of Commerce the same day it filed for bankruptcy for a second time. The plant will shut down on Sept. 29. 103 people will lose their jobs. Remington Arms has been facing lawsuits and sales restrictions since the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.

) Lawyers Guild Says Floyd Courthouse’s Confederate Monument Sends Wrong Message

A small lawyer’s group connected to a long history of civil rights activism took aim Friday at the Confederate monument at the Floyd County Courthouse, calling it a symbol of unfair treatment for Black and other defendants of color. They’re urging defense attorneys to try and move their cases out of the county. The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild released a statement saying the statue of a Confederate soldier on the courthouse grounds “sends a message that equal justice under the law will not be administered.” Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Eric Branscom, said, “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that people get a fair trial,” Branscom added that it’s up to the county board of supervisors, not him, to decide if the Confederate monument is removed from the Courthouse lawn.

Three-Vehicle Crash Kills One

One person is killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday night in Henry County. It happened in the 6600 block of Fairystone Park Highway in front of the Village Market. The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation. There’s no word on if any others were injured.

Martinsville Has Third Highest Unemployment Rate in the State

The unemployment rate in Martinsville continues to be the worst in the region, but Henry County has managed to drop into the single digits to 9.6% . Martinsville now has the third-highest unemployment rate in the state, at 14.3%, tied with Bath County and behind only Emporia City at 14.4% and Petersburg City at 17.9%. Patrick County’s rate dropped from 8.7% in May to 7.5% in June, both more than doubling the 3.7% of last year.

PC Schools Now Starting With Virtual Classes Only

The Patrick County School Board announced the first three weeks of school in Patrick County will be all distance learning. That decision was made Friday after four members of the “schools community” reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Classes start tomorrow and will remain virtual until Aug. 27, when the board will reconvene for another vote. Superintendent, Dean Gilbert, said twelve Patrick County Public Schools staff members are on a 14-day quarantine, most because of exposure to someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

Governor Asking for More Testing at Federal Facilities

Governor Ralph Northam is urging the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in two federally-run detention centers in Virginia, the Farmville Detention Center and the Caroline County Detention Center. In a letter to Virginia’s congressional delegation, The Governor wrote that testing everyone in the facilities, including detainees, staff and contractors, will help protect the health of those living in the facilities, as well as the surrounding communities. Both detention centers are operated by the federal government.

NC Staying in Phase 2

Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 of its coronavirus restrictions for at least five more weeks. Cooper’s latest order was set to expire Friday. The extension keeps gyms, bars, amusement parks and movie theaters closed. It’s the third time that Cooper has extended Phase 2 of the shutdown.

Surry County Judicial Center Shut Down

A employee contracting the coronavirus caused caused the Surry County Judicial Center to be shut down. Neil Brendle, the Surry County clerk of court, posted a notice on the county clerk’s website and on its Facebook page about the closure on Thursday morning saying the Surry County courthouse facility is “closed effective immediately” for deep cleaning. The Mount Airy News reports the employee works at the Surry County Register of Deeds Office and may have exposed other staff members throughout the courthouse. Officials expect the judicial center will reopen on Monday.

Martinsville Man Dead After Crash

A Martinsville man is found dead inside a vehicle four days after an accident on River Road in Henry County. According to the Virginia State Police Tyshawn Williams was eastbound on River Road last Sunday when he over corrected after hitting a guardrail, went down an embankment and struck some trees. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The accident remains under investigation.