Archives for November 2019

2019 Christmas Toy Drive At Martinsville Speedway

The 2019 Christmas Toy Drive benefiting Grace Network of Martinsville & Henry County is back at Martinsville Speedway next Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Drive your car under the lights for $20 or donate a new and unwrapped toy!
Everyone is also welcome to watch from the suites in Club 47 and enjoy some hot chocolate with Santa. Proceeds help to bring Christmas joy to the less fortunate children in the area.

Patrick County Chamber After Hours

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce presents its December Chamber After Hours event next Thursday at the Reynolds Homestead starting at 5:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Historic Rock Spring Plantation which will be decorated in its Victorian Christmas splendor. Enjoy delicious holiday refreshments, shop the handmade ornaments by the clubs and exchanges, and network with friends and neighbors.

Volvo Dublin Laying Off Workers

Around 700 people will be out of a job in the new year as Volvo is laying off employees at its Dublin plant. This comes after Volvo recently announced that it would invest nearly $400 million in the New River Valley facility. Volvo is planning placement support meetings led by the company and the UAW for all affected employees. The plant currently employs around 3,300 workers.

Man Found Dead in Pittsylvania County

A man found dead in Pittsylvania County is believed to be connected to a reported Altavista shooting. Police say they received reports of a possible shooting on River Bend Road but details about the victim or location of the shooting were still unknown. Investigators eventually found 26-year-old Christopher James Tench dead from an apparent gunshot wound. The incident is being investigated as a homicide and is still ongoing.

Suspect Apprehended In Danville Fatal Shooting

An arrest is made in the fatal shooting of a Danville man. Police say the 18-year-old shooter was apprehended in North Carolina and is being held pending extradition to Virginia. 19-year-old Xavier Carson was shot in the chest Tuesday evening on Edmonds Street and died after being brought to Danville Regional Medical Center. In addition to a second degree murder charge the man is also charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Danville Woman Burned Out Home On Thanksgiving

The Red Cross is helping a woman whose house caught fire early Thanksgiving morning. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the Wyllie Avenue dwelling and got the fire out in about 15 minutes but not before the back of the home was significantly damaged. The woman’s dog was taken to the Danville Area Humane Society while she makes other arrangements. Investigators say an electrical short circuit started the fire.

Franklin County Murder Suspect Arrested

The Marine deserter wanted for murdering his mother’s boyfriend in Franklin County is now in custody. According to investigators the 22-year-old was arrested Wednesday at the home where 54-year-old Rodney Brown was found dead on Nov. 9. There was no one else at the home when the arrest occurred. The manhunt had gone national with the man recently named to the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

High Wind Watch

The National Weather Service issues a high wind watch for the WHEE-O listening area from this afternoon through Thanksgiving afternoon. Forecasters are calling for sustained winds between 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts as high as 65 miles an hour. Those winds could cause tree damage and take down power lines. Officials say to secure loose items outside or move them to a safe location.

Teen Dead After Shooting in Danville

A 19-year-old man is dead from a gunshot wound that happened Tuesday in Danville. Police say they found Xavier Carson with a torso wound in the 600 block of Edmonds St. Carson was taken to SOVAH Health Danville where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being conducted. So far there’s no word on if the shooter was found.

Henry County Adopts Second Amendment Resolution

The Henry County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The unanimous vote came after a whirlwind process that began at the board’s 3 p.m. meeting, when supervisors directed staff to draft a resolution for consideration. Patrick and Pittsylvania counties among others adopted similar resolutions since the Nov. 5 election when Democrats took control of the Virginia General Assembly.