After privately interviewing three candidates Tuesday night, Martinsville City Council appointed Andrew Hall to the Martinsville School Board. Hall is one of Martinsville’s deputy commonwealth’s attorneys. The other candidates interviewed were James Hyler and Patrick Wright. Hall will fill the unexpired term of Lawrence Mitchell that continues through June 30, 2018. Mitchell, a former vice chairman of the school board, recently resigned, citing irreconcilable differences with board Chairwoman Joan Montgomery and other board members saying he thought the relationship between the council and the board is too political.
Kathy Rogers is resigning at Executive Director of the Piedmont Arts effective October 26th, leaving the position she has held since 2010 for a job with Mental Health America of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rogers will be the new director there. The museum’s board of directors will meet in the coming days to discuss the next steps as they look for a new director.
FedEx plans to add 800 seasonal positions in Greensboro, according to a news release from the company. These local openings include package handlers and other support positions. The majority of these workers will be added as seasonal package handlers at FedEx Ground facilities, but there will be other opportunities during the holiday season and throughout the year, according to the company. FedEx expects to add more than 50,000 seasonal positions throughout its network to help with holiday packages. Hiring for the Greensboro positions is ongoing and will continue as needed. Applicants can go to groundwarehousejobs.fedex.com for more information. Last year more than one-third of the package handlers hired at FedEx Ground facilities retained employment with the company at the conclusion of the holiday season.
Maria was finally racing east over the Atlantic on Thursday, giving the United States a rest from the constant threat of tropical weather for more than a month. No injuries have been reported on the U.S. mainland from Maria, which lashed North Carolina’s fragile Outer Banks with high water and waves, washing over the only highway connecting Hatteras Island to the mainland. Maria moved slowly Monday and Tuesday before accelerating out to sea late Wednesday and weakening to a tropical storm early Thursday. Its tropical storm-force winds extended for as much as 240 miles from the center, churning up the surf on both sides of the fragile islands. On Thursday as Maria moved further offshore, Officials began reopening the islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke to visitors after more than 10,000 tourists were evacuated Monday. Full ferry service to Ocracoke, reachable only by boat or airplane, was to resume by 1 p.m. Hatteras Island also planned to reopen Highway 12, the main road link to the mainland, by 1 p.m.
The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 7 General Election are quickly approaching for Virginia residents. Oct. 16 is the last day to register to change an address in writing or in person. Absentee voters have until Oct. 31 to submit a ballot application by mail. The last day to vote absentee in person is Nov. 4. Voters still must present a form of photo ID prior to voting. Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s licenses, veteran’s cards, U.S. passports and government-issued photo ID cards.
A 78-year-old man was found dead under a lawn mower in the Hardy area of Franklin County Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office said. A passerby on Truman Hill Road noticed the man just before 8 p.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. Phillip Young said. The person flagged down another driver to help get the mower off the man. Young said the body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke to determine if the man’s death was brought on by a medical condition or was related to the lawn mower.
Officials are warning boaters on Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake to be aware of lower water levels. AEP says this is because of lack of rainfall. Officials say while the adjusted level of the lakes is down less than two feet from full pond, people should be aware levels may be lowered even more and expose unsuspecting boaters during periods of power generation and when water passes through dams.