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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Health Department confirmed 9 new cases in the region yesterday. 7 new cases in Henry County, 1 new case in Martinsville and 1 new case in Franklin County.

A look at the numbers… the number of cases in Virginia is 47,856, up from 46,905. North Carolina is at 30,777, up from 27,673. There are 152 in Henry County, 102 cases in Rockingham County, 58 cases in Danville, 45 in Pittsylvania County, 39 in the city of Martinsville, 37 in Franklin County, and 22 in Patrick County. Nationwide we are at 1,890,083, up from 1,826,517. 1 in 173 people in the U.S. have been confirmed as having the virus.

In 2019, the Smith River Sports Complex held an organized event on all but two weekends of the year. It hosted 33,000 people from 21 states. The complex was forced to shut down March 31 because of COVID-19. 21 events have been canceled, including eight events that would have brought in an estimated 15,000 out-of-town people. Officials estimate the complex has lost $40,000 in rent, another $15,000 from concessions and about $15,000 from donations.

The Martinsville City Council spent most of its time listening to wish lists at Tuesday’s budget work session. Council met with department heads and constitutional officials in council chambers to hear appeals for capital requests that City Manager Leon Towarnicki previously said were needed, but the city was unable to fund.

Electric Director Durwin Joyce petitioned council for a 2.5% power-cost adjustment increase. If approved, a customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) would see an increase in their monthly bill from $125.50 to $128.64. Council Member Danny Turner said he would be voting against it and Mayor Lawson asked the City Manager to present a revised budget for council to consider tonight without the increase.

Director of Water Resources Mike Kahle told the council that bids for a $2 million repair project at the Beaver Creek Reservoir will open on June 12 and after a 60-day review period, contracts will be awarded in early August. Council is including a $1.50 per-customer increase in water rates to pay for the repairs.

Telecommunications Director Mike Scaffidi said his department contributed $270,000 to the city’s revenue last year and expects $180,000 in additional revenue this year.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Today. A few of these may become strong to severe with damaging winds the main threat. We will stay south of a front into Saturday as it stalls across the mid-Atlantic/Ohio Valley. Another front will finally push through Saturday with less humid air arriving Sunday. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms today, otherwise mostly sunny with a high of 88. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight with a low of 66. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday, otherwise mostly sunny with a high of 86.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a person was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the Virgil Goode Highway Wednesday. Investigators say the shooting was not related to a peaceful protest that took place earlier in the day in Rocky Mount. No information on the condition of the victim was available but police said there is no threat to the public. The shooting remains under investigation.