Local Headlines for Monday, 9-18-17

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Weather:

Not a lot of change today weatherwise with the region remaining within a weakness between building high pressure to the southwest and the Bermuda ridge to the east of Jose. As the system creeps north we could get some isolated showers – otherwise, partly to mostly sunny all week and into the weekend. Highs in the low 80’s and lows in the low 60’s.

Hydrant Flushing in the City:

Over the next few weeks, if you live in Martinsville, the water coming out of your faucet might be a different color than normal. Employees of the city’s fire and water resources departments will start flushing fire hydrants this week to clear the sediment from the lines and to make sure they are working. Flushing will occur between 4 AM and 5 PM. Dingy water can be expected if flushing is being done near you. You’re cautioned to avoid washing clothes until the water clears.

Eye Site in Collinsville totally destroyed:

Fire crews have contained the fire at the Eye Site in Collinsville. The fire was reported at 2:55 PM Sunday. When crews arrived they found light smoke coming from the roof, but when the attic was opened, the fire quickly took the building. The building was closed at the time. No word on what may have caused the fire.

Gas Prices dropping:

Gas prices are decreasing after the double hit to the United States by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. AAA Mid-Atlantic officials say the pipelines and refineries have mostly reopened and have returned to full operation. Prices are not expected to drop as fast as they went up. The national average Sunday was $2.63, down 3 cents in the past week, but 48 cents higher than this time last year. $2.45 is the lowest price reported this morning in Martinsville and Henry County and can be had at the Sun store, A L Philpott Hwy & Carver Rd, the Valero, A L Philpott Hwy & Dogwood Dr, 58 Market, A L Philpott Hwy & Gallagher Dr, Liberty Street Market, 1012 Liberty St & Longview St, and the CITGO, 1015 Liberty St & Longview St, according to gassbuddy.com

Brush Fire in Danville:

The Danville Fire Department responded to a brush fire Sunday morning on Barringer Drive. Fire units found a very large brush pile burning, unattended. The size of the pile and the remote location made any efforts to extinguish the fire impracticable. The fire is contained and is being monitored to ensure that it will not spread any further. The 911 center has been receiving multiple calls from citizens reporting smoky conditions. The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the fire and anyone that may have information is urged to call Crime Stoppers.

Education and Training Key to Martinsville’s Future:

The only way for Henry County and the surrounding area to grow and develop is through better education and training. According to an article in Sunday’s edition of the Martinsville Bulletin, That was the main point in the 337-page economic development plan created by the GO Virginia Region 3 coalition, a group that includes business leaders from Martinsville and Danville, as well as Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Lunenberg, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte and Amelia counties. The plan, which was released at the beginning of September, states that better-educated workers are needed to fill the positions available now, with the training needed in manufacturing and other areas. Also, the report cautioned that local leaders across the region need to work better together on joint projects.