WHEE News File

Updated Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023


The Reidsville Police Department has arrested a man from Tijuana, Mexico on drug trafficking charges. 20-year-old Alexander Rafael Carmona Morales was arrested after eight pounds of methamphetamine laced with fentanyl was seized from Morales. Morales has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, selling methamphetamine, and delivering methamphetamine. Morales received $1,000,000.00 secured bond and is currently being held at Rockingham County Jail with a court date of December 14.

The Caswell County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left a Danville man dead. Joshua White, 26, was killed Saturday morning, December 2, in Pelham. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

A cold front crosses the region today, bringing an end to rain and snow showers except for the highest mountains. Otherwise, winds will gust up to 20 to 30 mph today before diminishing tonight. Much colder air filters in today and tonight. Temperatures rebound slowly Thursday through Saturday with dry weather. Rain chances increase once again Saturday night through Sunday night, with snow showers possible for the mountains Monday.

FBI Director Christopher Wray shared some unsettling news with the Senate Judiciary Committee today/Tuesday, leaving the committee chair – Senator Lindsey Graham – concerned. Wray was on Capitol Hill to appeal for the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows his team of agents to track communications deemed a threat – without a warrant. Here’s ABC Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas:

Are you having a tough time sleeping? Experts say it may be time to try a sleep divorce. ABC s Alex Stone reports…

A national group that advocates for traffic safety has renewed its push for automated cameras as a means of catching speeders, red-light runners and school-zone violators. ABC s Jim Rayn says the devices have all but vanished from the landscape in many communities:


High school basketball scores:
Dan River 49, Bassett 48
McMichael 66, Magna Vista 58
Chatham 61, Patrick County 51

High school basketball schedule:
Franklin County at Magna Vista, 7 p.m., Wednesday
Patrick County at Chatham, 7 p.m., Wednesday
Dan River at Martinsville, 7 p.m., Thursday
William Byrd at Bassett, 7 p.m., Thursday

College basketball scores:
Connecticut 87, UNC 76
UVA 77, North Carolina Central 47
Virginia Tech 75, Louisville 68

College basketball schedule:
Valparaiso at Virginia Tech, 12 p.m., Saturday
Kentucky at UNC, 5:30 p.m., Saturday (12/16)
Northeastern at UVA, 6 p.m., Saturday (12/16)


Albert Stevenson Canty, 64, of Martinsville, died Saturday, Nov. 25. The Memorial Service will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at Wright Funeral Service, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Jesse Leon Carter, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 29. Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. with a home-going service at 11 a.m. at Hairston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Carter Family Cemetery. A viewing will be held Friday, Dec. 8, from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ronda Lee Cook, 61, of Ridgeway, died Monday, Nov. 27. The funeral will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Wright Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Fair Haven Memorial Park.

Evelyn Stone Deal, 94, of Martinsville, died Sunday, Dec. 3. Visitation will be held at Norris Funeral Services from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. A graveside service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Burial Park. Norris Funeral Services is in charge.

John Junior Fuller, 86, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, Nov. 29. The memorial service will be Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 PM at Wright Funeral Service. Visitation will be thirty minutes prior to service.

Minnie Alice Turner Hylton, 90, died Monday, Dec. 4. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Norris Funeral Services. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.

Gwendolyn Turner Reid, 74, of Martinsville, died Thursday, Nov. 30. The funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Mount Olive East Christian Church. Burial will follow at Mount Olive East Christian Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Wright Funeral Service is in charge.

Jessie Wells Stacey, 62, of Collinsville, died Thursday, Nov. 30. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. at Mercy Crossing Church of God. Wright Funeral Service is in charge.

Timothy E. Tolbert, 59, of Bassett, died Sunday, Dec. 3. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Bassett Funeral Service from 6-8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, at noon at the Old Spoon Creek Cemetery in Critz.



Community meal: 5-6 p.m., Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, corner John Redd & Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville; call 276-647-8150 by 3:30 to reserve meal.

SPCA Martinsville-Henry County Wellness Clinic: noon-3 p.m.

Henry County School Board: 5:30 p.m. meeting in the Summerlin Room of the Henry County Administration Building followed by a closed session.


Henry County School Board monthly meeting: 5:30 p.m., followed by closed session; 1st floor, Summerlin Room, County Administration Building, Collinsville.

Bob Ross Painting Class: 9:30 a.m., Piedmont Arts; learn Bob Ross’s famous painting technique with certified instructor Naomi Hodge-Muse; students should bring a roll of paper towels, all other supplies provided; advanced registration required; December’s painting will be Covered Bridge; tickets are $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers; tickets can be purchased online or by calling the museum.

Holidays Around the World with Bright Star Touring Theatre, based in Asheville, NC: 6 p.m., Reynolds Homestead in Critz. $8 for adults and $4 for children and may be purchased at https://reynoldshomestead.vt.edu/upcoming-events/victorian-christmas.html. Before the performance, the historic home will be open for docent-guided tours beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Health Sciences Career Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Patrick & Henry Community College, Frith Hall, room 129; students and community; for information, JC Hazelwood at 276-656-5483 or jhazelwood@patrickhenry.edu or Regina Warren at 276-656-0209 or cwarren@patrickhenry.edu

Music Night: 5 p.m., gates open; band 6:15 p.m., The Country Boys, will play in Alumni Hall; admission is a $5 CASH donation; Spencer Penn Centre.

A Night at the Museum with Santa: 5 to 7:30 p.m., Virginia Museum of natural history; attendance is free, but registration is required at vmnh.net.


Book sale: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.;The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will host a book sale in the basement of the main branch, 310 E. Church St., Martinsville, open to the public; ALL paperback books are .50¢ & ALL hardback books are $1, unless otherwise marked. All proceeds go back into the library system; Next sale: Feb. 3.

Breakfast with Santa: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Martinsville Health and Rehab, 1607 Spruce St., Martinsville. Enjoy breakfast on us and get your photo taken with Santa.

Yoga in the Galleries: 10:30 a.m., Piedmont Arts; enjoy a relaxing yoga session with instructor Ally Snead; bring your own mat and equipment; class is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers; instructor should be paid directly, cash only please.

Dinner and a movie with Santa: 5 p.m., dinner, crafts, hot cocoa, and a movie, plus photos with Santa will be included in this special holiday event; pre-registration is required; $20/members and $25/non-members, Spencer Penn Centre; call 276-957-5757.

Sneezy: 8 p.m., The TAD Space; Liv Sloan and the Die Hards opening; for tickets VisitMartinsville.com calendar.


Barn Quilt class: noon-4 p.m.; Spencer Penn Centre; all supplies are provided; class will be filled on a first paid first served basis. Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, Dec. 1.

Victorian Christmas Open House: 1-4 p.m., Reynolds Homestead in Critz. This event is free and open to the public and will offer guided tours of the beautifully decorated home, crafts, holiday music, and photos with Santa.

Martinsville Handbell Ensemble 2023 Christmas Concert: 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 146 East Church St.; free admission.


Smith River Singers 2023 Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., Galilean House of Worship, 5078 A.L. Philpott Hwy; featuring Brass 5 of Roanoke; free admission.


Chix with Sticks: 10:30 a.m., Piedmont Arts; knitters are invited to work together in the Piedmont Arts classroom on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month; sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating; bring your own supplies; advanced registration required; free to members, $5 for nonmembers who will pay at the door.

Senior Studio: 1 p.m.; Piedmont Arts; Seniors are invited to craft and create together; sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating artwork; bring your own supplies; free to members; $5 for non-members.