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Food stamps buck trend
Number of children on aid down locally but up nationwide

The number of children in Henry County and Martinsville on food stamps has dropped in the past year despite an increase nationwide.

Numbers released by the Census Bureau on Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that about 16 million children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. That equates to 1 in 5 children nationwide.

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RTI job fair draws 87

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

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Eighty-seven job-seekers attended RTI International Metals Inc.’s job fair Thursday at Patrick Henry Community College.

The company has positions open for forge utility operators, electrical maintenance technicians and mechanical maintenance technicians, according to an event flier.

Currently, three to four full-time positions are open, but more positions may be added, said Glenn Wood, RTI human resources manager. The local plant currently has 29 employees, he added.

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Trade show booths going
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Advice to businesses and organizations that want to take part in Fast Track 2015 but have not yet committed: Speak now or forever hold your peace.

“Only a handful” of booth spaces — perhaps seven or eight — remain available, said Amanda Witt, president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual trade show.

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Sandy Level eyes community center
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By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

A meeting concerning a grassroots effort to establish a Sandy Level community center focusing on youths is scheduled Monday.

The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 7470 Axton Road.

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Obama calls for surge in federal spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

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