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BREAKING NEWS: Man dies in lawn mower accident
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A local man died Friday afternoon when the lawn mower he was using went over an embankment and he became trapped beneath it, according to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

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Panel OKs funds
Tobacco commission approves grants for NCI, PHCC
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission on Thursday approved two grants that will benefit the New College Institute (NCI) and Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC).

The meeting, which included the full 31-member commission, took place at NCI at 30 Franklin St. in Martinsville.

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Despite losing his mother, Joyce finds way to excel

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Looking at Vershawn Joyce, many people may think he’s a typical 18-year-old who’s graduating this spring and looking forward to starting his first year of college at a university. He is — but he’s also a teenager who’s faced devastating tragedy and worked to overcome profound obstacles.

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BHS, MVHS among top 50 Va. high schools
U.S. News and World Report does rankings
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Bassett and Magna Vista High schools were awarded national silver medals in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 best public high school rankings. Both schools were ranked in the top 50 of Virginia’s 327 public high schools.

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Enrollment drop doesn't alarm NCI
Single program behind most of the change
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

New College Institute (NCI) officials are not overly concerned about a sharp drop in the number of students in programs that provide college credits.

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Public safety chief named
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Matthew Tatum will become Henry County’s new director of public safety on June 1.

Tatum, who currently is the county’s deputy director of public safety and emergency medical services coordinator, will replace Rodney Howell, who is retiring.

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Rooster Walk 7 opens in Axton
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The seventh annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival opened Thursday at Pop’s Farm in Axton.

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Local high school graduations today and Saturday
By TIM COX - Bulletin Staff Writer

The three public high schools in Martinsville and Henry County, along with Carlisle School, will hold graduation ceremonies today and Saturday.

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