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Reason For Concern: Local health officials say "normal" blood pressure could put you at risk

What is high blood pressure? It’s changed somewhat, local health officials explain. The new clinical U.S. blood pressure guidelines say that 130/80 and above is defined as being high, rather than the previous definition of 140/90 mm or above.

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-07-22 04:00:00

For Danville gangs, crimes are part of initiation to show loyalty, commitment

Gangs use coercion, social media and personal connections to draw young recruits in — as young as 11-years-old, but typically in their teens and 20s, Sgt. David E. Whitley of the Danville Police Department said.

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-07-22 00:59:00

$1.35 million worth of marijuana seized in Henry County growing operations, authorities say

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with Virginia State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted a multi-day marijuana eradication operation.Authorities found 450 mature marijuana plants in the Stanleytown area of Henry County, as well as an additional small quantity of marijuana


Sheriff's office finds more than 400 marijuana plants growing near Stanleytown

The plants were discovered in outdoor growing operations, with an estimated street value of approximately $1,350,000.


Koplen: This is the Danville I Know

The week before last, Moore, a journalist from New York, visited Danville and wrote about our misery here (“Left for dead in Danville: How globalism is killing working class America,” ). Although his piece told much of the story about our area’s demise, Moore completely missed the positive aspects o

GODANRIVER.COM - 2018-07-22 08:00:00

Mickey Snow gets no prison time with plea deal in teen prostitution case

Snow, 78, pleaded guilty to one count of aid and abetting a prostitute who is a minor Thursday morning in Rockingham County Superior Court.


New park opens up for Danville nature lovers

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Listen up hikers! There's a new hiking park on the Southside.

WSET - 2018-07-21 17:26:52

Rockingham Co. DA: 'Wrongs' By Craig Blitzer Limited Prosecution in Mickey Snow Case

Snow, the Eden man accused of paying to have sex with minors, accepted a plea deal Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one charge of Aiding and Abetting for his role in a prostitution case involving teen girls.


Police: Suspect wanted after robbing woman outside Danville shop

She said a shot, chubby man, approximately 30-years-old, with a beard and diamond earring in his left ear approached her and demanded money.


Martinsville house fire blamed on unattended cooking

MARTINSVILLE, Va.- Unattended cooking is being blamed for a house fire in Martinsville according to the city's fire chief.The fire happened around 10 p.m. Monday at 315 Red Oak Street.The residents and several pets got out safely, but the fire chief said one cat died in the fire.The home is a total


Shuttered five years ago, Woodrow Wilson Elementary readies to reopen

Sandra Andrews, chief academic officer with the school system, told board members there will be eight fourth-grade classes and seven fifth-grade classes at Woodrow Wilson this year.

GODANRIVER.COM - 2018-07-20 23:37:00

Police looking for robbery suspect

The robbery happened after a female employee of Carniceria 2 Toros, at 215 Westover Drive, closed up the store at 9:15 p.m., police report.


Southwest Virginia high school retires 'Dixie' as fight song

ROANOKE, Va.- As summer draws to a close for the students ofPatrick Henry High School, principal Andrew Hockett has announced that the school's fight song, 'Dixie,' will be replaced.


Building Blocks: One year in, company looks to 'Finish 1st'

R.J. Ferguson, owner/operator of Finish 1st Motorsports & Mini-Golf in Laurel Park, is shown at the course with his son, Ryder.Paul Collins


Man still on the loose after robbing Danville woman

Ana described him as a very dark skinned man, about 30-years-old, with a black long beard, a diamond earring in his left ear, and of thicker build.


Eden mom charged after allegedly leaving kids, 8 and 2, in hot car in Walmart parking lot

Around 7:50 p.m. on Monday, officers responded to Walmart at 304 East Arbor Lane in reference to two minor children, ages 8 and 2, left unattended in a vehicle by their mother, according to a police news release.


Indictments handed down in Axton murder case

Twenty-three-year-old Jake Andrew Lewis and 19-year-old Dylan Alan Day, both of Reidsville, North Carolina, and Landon Chase Handy, 18, of Liberty, North Carolina, were each indicted on charges of first-degree murder, use of firearm in the commission of robbery and robbery with a deadly weapon. Lewi


Man who drove wrong way on University Parkway dies of injuries after 4-vehicle wreck

A 69-year-old Rural Hall man who drove the wrong way on University Parkway, causing a four-vehicle wreck, has died from injuries he sustained in the wreck.


Authorities searching for person in Galts Mill Road area of Amherst County

An Amherst County Public Safety official confirmed there is an ongoing search for an individual in the Galts Mill Road of Madison Heights.Virginia State Police also are involved, said Amherst County Public Safety EMS Capt. Jared Scott.


Organization asking for donations to assist victims of Martinsville apartment fire

For the time being while the building is being repaired, Piedmont has provided their clients with temporary housing, food and clothing.