There are still 745 Appalachian customers without power in Franklin County, 314 in Patrick County, and 125 in Henry County. The outages are the result of high winds and heavy rains that moved through the area Thursday night. A freeze warning was in effect overnight. The overnight low in Martinsville last night was 30 degrees. It’s expected to be 32 tonight and 30 again Sunday night. The rest of the week through Friday should be above freezing between 36 and 41. No rain is in the forecast until Thursday night. Highs through Thursday will be 55 to 64.
Don’t forget to change your clocks back an hour tonight as Daylight Saving time officially comes to an end. The clocks roll back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. This means that you’ll get an extra hour of sleep and it will get dark an hour early. Fire officials also recommend that people replace batteries in their smoke detectors. Daylight Saving time will return March 8, 2020.
Week 10 for highschool football is in the books. Tunstall beat Martinsville 12-7, Franklin County downed William Fleming 21-14, Patrick County defeated Halifax County 27-7, and Magna Vista beat GW Danville 28-14.
Two men have been indicted on charges that one of them urinated on food product at Monogram Foods in Martinsville while the other made a video that was used in an attempt to extort money from the company. According to the Martinsville Bulletin, Maurice V. Howard and Devin Jamar Stockton, employees of the janitorial company that services Monogram’s plant, were indicted Aug. 8 for tampering with consumer products, conspiracy to tamper with consumer products and extortion.
Patrick County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2967 County Line Road in Patrick Springs about 10 a.m. Friday. Firefighters found a fire originating from the rear of residence. A second tanker truck was brought in to supply additional water. There was no apparent exterior damage. The amount of interior damage is unknown at this time. (Martinsville Bulletin)
An automobile crashed into the building that houses Hometown Beauty Salon in Fieldale on Friday morning, damaging the building and sending the driver to the hospital. Shortly after 10 the car struck the right front corner of the salon at 4222 Carver Road, partially collapsing the roof. The woman driving the car was taken to Sovah-Martinsville by the Fieldale Rescue Squad, but her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The occupants of the salon escaped without injury. The Virginia State Police are investigating, and no other details were available. (Martinsville Bulletin)
The preliminary hearing for the Pittsylvania County man accused of murdering three family members has been postponed for two months to allow for additional mental evaluations. Matthew Thomas Bernard is now scheduled to appear in court on January 16, 2020.