As Martinsville city considers reverting to a town to save money, Henry County officials are trying to block it. This week, Henry County supervisors approved a legislative agenda and plan to ask the General Assembly to pass a new bill that would let voters decide whether a city could revert to a town. If Martinsville reverted to a town, some of the city’s financial responsibilities would become those of Henry County, and that would mean more money out of the wallets of county taxpayers. County officials are hoping lawmakers consider their proposal when legislators are back in session next year.
Due to the easing of dry conditions, Henry County Administrator Tim Hall has rescinded the ban of all outdoor burning within Henry County effective immediately. Hall said they are still asking residents and visitors to take precautions when burning outdoors, but the imminent danger has been reduced with this week’s rain. The burn ban was implemented September 27.
Danville Police have arrested a second man as the investigation into the series of recent heroin-laced-fentanyl overdoses continues. Following an overdose death early Thursday morning, investigators executed search warrants at two locations and seized drugs from both. As a result, police arrested Chauncey Montague, 46, for the distribution of a controlled substance. Danville Police and are still working to track the drugs to the source; however, investigators say it is impossible to estimate how much of this particular product is still on the street.
Morgan Olson will bring 703 jobs to Danville. The company will purchase the 925,000-square-foot Ikea manufacturing plant and plans to spend about $58,000,000 to refurbish the facility. The company makes delivery vans for Fed Ex, UPS, and others. The company is the world’s largest producer of delivery vans. Morgan Olson produced 20,000 vehicles this year and plans to ramp up production with the addition of the Danville facility. The Danville location was chosen over a site in Northern Virginia.
In Ferrum, the annual celebration of regional traditions returns on Saturday. The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will bring thousands of people to the campus of Ferrum College. It’s the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia. Admission is $10 for adults. The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival runs from 10AM to 5PM Saturday, rain or shine.