The Martinsville Police Department is seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the following suspect in connection with a Break & Enter of Sparky’s Convenience Store located at 604 Starling Ave. Martinsville, VA on August 16, 2019. The video is not from the Sparky’s store but does show the suspect that broke into the business. The suspect appears to be a black male wearing a camouflage shirt, ball cap, and sunglasses. The Martinsville Police Department asks that anyone with information about this case to please contact, Sgt. Durham at 276-403-5330 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 276-63-CRIME (276-632-7463).

ITG Brands LLC will halt production at its Reidsville cigarette manufacturing plant by Dec. 31, eliminating 110 jobs. The Greensboro-based tobacco manufacturer announced last November that it would close the North Scales Street operation by April 2020. ITG will begin shutting down operations on Dec. 19. 102 jobs will be eliminated Dec. 31, and the rest by the end of February.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was discovered on the side of the road Thursday afternoon. The cause of death has yet to be determined but investigators say, at this point, they do not feel the public is in any danger. The body was found alongside the road about 1:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Jubal Early Highway. The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the deceased and is continuing the investigation.

Appalachian Power on Thursday canceled the public open house it had scheduled for next week for residents to comment on planned changes to its power lines between the Ridgeway and Fieldale areas. According to the Martinsville Bulletin, the company had announced plans a little more than a week ago to erect approximately 15 miles of upgraded transmission lines in southern Henry County that could affect hundreds of property owners.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 16 people have been indicted on drug charges from an investigation that started on October 15. The 16 suspects are facing 32 drug-related indictments. As a result of the arrests, deputies and investigators obtained and executed three additional search warrants. Several additional felony and misdemeanor charges are pending as a result of the searches.

The paperclip is bracing for a wild one. With just three races left for drivers to punch their tickets to Homestead, this weekend’s short track stop at the Martinsville Speedway becomes ever more important. The truck race and Cup qualifying are scheduled for Saturday. The First Data 500 green flag is scheduled to drop at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A new restaurant is opening just in time for race weekend. Coach’s Neighborhood Grill is set, the North Carolina based chain is known for their famous burgers. The restaurant is expected to bring nearly 75 new jobs to the city. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for next week, but managers say they plan to open the doors in time for race day.