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BREAKING NEWS: Ground broken at business park
Commonwealth Crossing under development

State political leaders gathered in Henry County on Thursday for a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony at Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre.

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman dies in accident

A Ridgeway woman was pronounced dead at the scene of an auto accident Wednesday, according to a news release from the Virginia State Police.

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CORRECTION: Farmers market to open April 26
In uptown Martinsville

Locally grown crops, baked goods and artisan items will be for sale at the Uptown Farmers Market when it holds its grand opening from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, rain or shine.

The date of the opening was incorrect in today's Bulletin. April 26 is the correct date.

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Cotton told to adjust budget
School board wants to find funds for coaches’ stipends
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton has been tasked with finding an additional $30,000 in an already tight school budget to partially restore coaches’ stipends.

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Capital needs pile up
Budget plan includes $2.1M for city projects

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Problems could arise for the city if capital projects are postponed for too long, according to Martinsville City Manager Leon Towarnicki.

For example, Towarnicki said, heavily driven city vehicles such as police cars must be replaced often. If they wear out before they are replaced, they have to be parked, and police officers and other city workers might not be able to respond to emergencies and requests for services as quickly, he said.

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NSBE robotics team excels in national competition
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By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Martinsville-Henry County National Society of Black Engineers Junior Chapter’s robotics team recently placed sixth in a national competition.

The team competed at the NSBE National Convention, held March 26-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., said chapter adviser Helen Howell.

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After-prom hits high gear at speedway

Horsepower and Goodyear Eagle tires were replaced by music, games and all-night laughter in the infield of Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night.

The infield was transformed into “The Stars Are Out In Central Park” for Martinsville High School’s after-prom party. Nearly 200 teenagers enjoyed music, dancing, games and prizes from midnight to 5 a.m.

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Taking a break
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Vultures are seen perched on fence posts recently at Martin Stables in Dyers Store. According to About.com, vultures are social creatures that often feed, fly and roost in large flocks.

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