A Rockingham County Middle School student has died after being struck by an SUV while trick-or-treating Friday night. Noah Chambers was 11. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says no charges have been filed against the driver, who was not speeding or impaired.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 5. Polls open at 6 AM and close at 7 PM. Virginia’s 20th District in the Senate covers all of Martinsville and Henry County. Republican incumbent Bill Stanley and Independent Sherman Witcher are running. The 14 Virginia House District covers part of Henry County. Republican Incumbent Danny Marshall and Democrat Eric Stamps are vying for the job. The 16th Virginia House District covers Martinsville and part of Henry County. Republican incumbent Les Adams and Libertarian Dustin Evans will be on the ballot. The Henry County Sheriff’s Race includes incumbent Lane Perry, John Cassell, and Jerry Farmer. The at-large seat on the Henry County School Board is contested by two newcomers – Shelira Morrison and Cherie Whitlow. Joe Devault is not seeking re-election. Other seats in Martinsville and Henry County are uncontested.

Bedford and Franklin counties have become hotspots for a deadly virus attacking deer, which can be a cause for alarm in Henry and Patrick, too. According to an article in today’s Martinsville Bulletin, it’s called hemorrhagic disease, it strikes each year but is hitting harder this year because the recent drought. The DGIF keeps reports of people calling in sick deer. They have received more than 100 reports from Franklin and Bedford counties. Hemorrhagic disease is caused by a virus. It is transmitted from
deer to deer by biting gnats.

A few clouds today with a high near 59, becoming clear tonight with a low of 39. Sunny and clear Tuesday through Wednesday night. Clouds Thursday through Friday night with a chance of rain Thursday night. Sun returns Saturday and Sunday. A high of 64 on Tuesday and a low of 26 Friday night.

The Martinsville Public Works Department on Monday will start its annual leaf collection, when employees remove and dispose of leaves that have fallen into public streets, and assist homeowners with leaf disposal. Leaves that accumulate on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Martinsville City Code prohibits blowing or raking leaves into the public street, drainage structures or onto public property or rights- of-way. City Code also prohibits burning leaves in public streets/rights-of-way. To assist property owners the city will collect their leaves provided they are placed in plastic bags no larger than 56-gallon capacity and placed at the back of the curb. Leaf collection will be Mondays through Fridays through December.

The VISAA State Quarterfinals for Boy’s Soccer will include No. 7 Carlisle facing off against No. 2 Covenant this afternoon at 3 PM. In the Region 3D playoffs – Northside plays at Bassett and in the Region 2C playoffs – Dan River plays at Patrick County. Both matches get underway at 6 PM.