Neighbors were visiting from across the street when the occupants of a house at 1027 Askin Street in Martinsville smelled smoke around 8 PM Tuesday evening. Everyone escaped, but the fire totally destroyed the house that was home to four people. An unidentified occupant stated they thought the fire was electrical in nature and likely originated in the laundry room. Fire quickly spread through the roof. Martinsville Fire and EMS responded to the scene and battled the blaze.

Martinsville will see more jobs with Radial’s hiring event for the holiday season. Radial, a fulfillment center, wants to hire more than 1,200 workers for the holiday season. Radial says the seasonal employees will work with full-time staff and the jobs could turn into full-time positions with the company. Workers will help pack and ship items during the holiday. Radial is looking to hire now and people can apply online.

Martinsville held a closed-door work session to discuss their reversion process from a city to a town. City leaders did not comment on what was said during the meeting. The city will hold a public information meeting on reversion on November 9.

The City of Martinsville Public Works Department is preparing to start annual leaf collection activities for 2019. Leaves that accumulate on private property are the responsibility of the property owner and the Martinsville City Code prohibits blowing or raking leaves into the street or burning leaves in the street, but the City will collect leaves from private property provided they are placed in plastic bags no larger than 56 gallons and placed at the back of the curb. Beginning Monday, November 4th through the end of December, the City will run collection trucks through the residential neighborhoods Monday through Friday of each week and pick up any properly bagged leaves placed at the edge of the street. A small number of bags may be picked up along with regular trash collection. At other times of the year, residents may schedule a special pick up by calling the City’s Bulk Pick Up number at 403-5419.

A new breakdown of CDC statistics shows communities across the Commonwealth are prescribing more opioids than most other places in the country. Opioids appear to be readily available in hometowns across Southwest Virginia. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that 1 county in West Virginia and 17 counties and cities in the Commonwealth prescribed some of the most opioids in the country per 100 people. Martinsville is 2nd on that list.

Halloween will be celebrated in Martinsville and Henry County on Thursday, October 31st. Uptown Martinsville will hold trick-or-treat from 4 PM to 6 PM when participating businesses will hand out treats to the children. Remember, in the City of Martinsville, anyone over 12 years of age is prohibited from participating in trick-or-treat activities unless you are the parent, guardian, or person responsible for a child 12 or under. The code says it’s over at 9 PM. Anyone who violates the Halloween restrictions could be convicted of a Class 4 misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $250.

Don’t forget to change your clocks back an hour this weekend as Daylight Saving time officially comes to an end. The clocks roll back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. The official time in the U.S. will be 1 a.m. This means that you’ll get an extra hour of sleep but darkness will come an hour early. Fire officials also recommend that people replace batteries in their smoke detectors. Daylight Saving time returns March 8, 2020.