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Combustbooks?

Combustbooks?

Dylan Archer, writer

October 9, 2019

Monday, September 30th, all MHS students were called out of their 5th-period class and told to report to their homeroom. Students soon found out there was a safety concern regarding the new Chromebooks. A student's Chromebook battery overheated causing it to catch fire. Most computers have lithium-ion...

Amazon On Fire

Amazon On Fire

Ken Casey, Writer

October 4, 2019

Throughout this year, the beloved Amazon Rain Forest has continued to degrade because of several fires that have blown up. Though only getting attention during August, the fires started in January. Two-point two million acres burned down this year taking away 20% of the world’s oxygen supply with it....

Trump Looks to Ban Vaping

Trump Looks to Ban Vaping

Savannah Baugh, writer

September 12, 2019

Throughout MHS and countless other high schools across the country, vaping has become an epidemic that is now very difficult to extinguish. Schools like ours nationwide have made extensive efforts in an attempt to combat this fairly new and dangerous trend amongst teenagers.  Because of the increasing severity of this i...

Fentanyl Deaths Rise More Than 1000% in the Past Six Years

Fentanyl Deaths Rise More Than 1000% in the Past Six Years

Dylan Archer, Writer

September 10, 2019

Within the past decade, the extremely potent opioid fentanyl has increasingly played a part in fatal overdoses in the United States. According to a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, Fentanyl-related overdose deaths have grown by more than 1000 percent from 2011 to 2016. Fatal fentanyl...

Operation Football Sunrise!

Operation Football Sunrise!

Ken Casey, Writer

September 5, 2019

With football season underway, Channel 13 News will be visiting Martinsville High School on September 6th, 2019, for their weekly Operation Football Sunrise. Students will meet on the football field at 5 A.M. along with the marching band, cheerleaders and JV football players. The event will be broadcast on ...

Blackface Controversy

Blackface Controversy

Savannah Baugh, Writer

May 9, 2019

Recently, the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, has been under fire for photos that have resurfaced of him with his face painted black from a 1984 medical school yearbook. In the photos, he seemed to be mocking African-Americans by having black face paint on, with fellow medical students surrounding hi...

Ebola on the Rise

Ebola on the Rise

Becca Clark, Writer

May 9, 2019

It’s back, bloody, and mobile. Ebola is on the rise and spreading fast. However, there’s hope for humanity: a potential cure that comes in two waves. The first option is to prevent Ebola, and the second is to attack the virus once it has begun. Both are new options that the outbreak from 2014-201...

The Memory of Luke Perry

The Memory of Luke Perry

Ken Casey, Writer

April 5, 2019

Television actor Luke Perry sadly passed away on Monday, March 5th, 2019. At only 52 years old, Perry suffered from a stroke on Friday, March 1st, 2019. He was surrounded by friends and family the day of his passing. Best known for his roles of Fred Andrews on the CW Riverdale and Dylan Mckay on B...

Breaking Out of Isolation

Breaking Out of Isolation

Makayla Capilla, Writer

April 4, 2019

North Korea is a small country above South Korea and next to China. It is one of the most isolated countries in the world; no one knows what goes on inside except for its citizens. Each year, there is an increasing number of North Korean defectors - people who flee the country in hopes of a better li...

History Repeats Itself

History Repeats Itself

Alexa Shrake, Writer

April 4, 2019

In a frenzied fight for freedom, many people have died and lost their family members while reaching for an almost seemingly impossible dream. Thousands die each year in an attempt to cross the border into the United States. Most recently, in December 2018, a caravan of migrants attempted to cross t...

The Tragic Case Of Sylvia Likens

The Tragic Case Of Sylvia Likens

Alice Pickering, Writer

April 4, 2019

In January of 1949, Sylvia Likens was born, making her the third child of five to her carnival working parents. The family was poor, her parents had a rocky marriage, and her younger sister, Jenny, had polio. Despite this, Sylvia was happy and would often make money ironing or babysitting for family frien...

Pesky Pest Problem

Pesky Pest Problem

Becca Clark, Writer

March 21, 2019

There’s a plague spreading over Indiana. It swarms the state with small, red bodies and six little legs, but their size does not make them an unworthy opponent of the state. These little pests are bed bugs, and once they’ve moved in, they won’t be easily persuaded to leave. According to the ...

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