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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Virginia Department of Transportation has announced that this summer they will begin to widen U.S. 58 where it passes over Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County, a $300 million deal to expand 7.4 miles of the highway from two lanes to four. This work, which is expected to continue through spring 2026, would cover the section of road from
just north of Stuart to just east of Cloudbreak Road.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new coronavirus restriction guidelines. Fully vaccinated people can celebrate Easter safely without a mask, according to health experts. In a series of tweets, the public health agency wrote those who are fully vaccinated can get together with others who are also fully vaccinated despite a rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide.

A resident of an apartment building that was the scene of two fires in as many days is in the Martinsville City Jail without bond after being charged with three counts of arson. Samone Natalie Pacheco, 20, of Windsor Lane in Martinsville has been charged with arson of a dwelling and two counts of arson of personal property, Martinsville Police Deputy Chief Rob Fincher confirmed Saturday afternoon. Friday night firefighters returned to the apartment building at the corner of Indian Trail and Windsor Lane in Martinsville to battle a fire that one resident said had been set intentionally. Martinsville firefighters had extinguished a blaze in that building of eight apartments about 24 hours earlier. On Friday Anderson said the damage from the first fire was estimated to be over $35,000.

Bassett bested Magna Vista in the last football game of the regular season. The final: Bengals 56, Warriors 55.

The 11th annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K ran on Saturday morning. Both races will start at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Uptown Martinsville. In the Half, Greg Dean finished first with a time of 1:20, Cayden Dalton was second, Marshall Love – third and Glen McGuire – fourth all at 1:23 and Joshua Anderson rounded out the top five at 1:25. In the 5K, Cian Bell was the winner at 16:17 followed by Bryan Swan at 16:57. RJ Scott finished third at 19:27 and Luis Hernandez Ewan and Benjamin Stafford finished in the top five.

Birthday for Henry County’s Laura McDaniel this year brought an unusually welcome present: $777,777. She and her husband Travis went to dinner, then stopped at a Danville store to buy Virginia Lottery Scratchers. One of those tickets ended up winning the big prize. This is the fourth and final top prize-winning ticket in Lucky 7s Multiplier (game #1997), according to lottery officials, which means the game is being closed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 734,400.

There have been no new deaths due to COVID-19 reported in Martinsville and Henry County since yesterday. Five new cases have been reported, four in Henry County and one in Martinsville. In total, 195 have died due to the virus, 121 in Henry County and 74 in Martinsville.

Here’s what’s happening in the weather: High pressure will cover the Tennessee Valley and southeast United States today leading to dry weather and warmer temperatures. A low pressure system will cross the central United States Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the region by Thursday. This will result in widespread showers and a few thunderstorms Thursday and Friday.

In the forecast: Sunny today with a high of 73. Clear tonight with a low of 42. Sunny on Monday with a high of 75.