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Plans to demolish church rectory have some upset
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By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Some members of a local church are upset over its plans to demolish a historic structure on its property in uptown Martinsville.

According to city officials, Christ Episcopal Church is seeking permission from the Martinsville Architectural Review Board to tear down its former rectory (pastor’s residence) at 325 E. Church St.

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County wreck kills one
Single vehicle struck tree in Bassett

A Bassett man died following a Saturday night vehicle crash that occurred after police backed off a pursuit in Henry County, according to news releases from the Virginia State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

A a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, allegedly operated by Ernest Brian Brodie, 42, of 120 Spruce Pine Lane, Bassett, was being pursued by Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies after an attempted traffic stop, the releases stated.

The vehicle was traveling southbound on Blackberry Road in Bassett, about a half-mile south of Virginia 780 when deputies backed off the pursuit, the state police release stated. A short time later, both releases added, deputies found the vehicle had run off the right side of the road and struck a tree around 9:45 p.m.

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Festivities to include education walk
NCI building grand opening set for Sept. 12

A walk designed to highlight the importance of receiving a good education will be part of festivities that the New College Institute (NCI) is planning for the grand opening of its new building in uptown Martinsville.

Most events will be free to the public, said Debbie Lewis, development officer for the New College Foundation, NCI’s private fundraising arm.

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Going higher and higher
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Deeanna Tinsley of Martinsville pushes her nephew Akorea Nibblett, 3, also of Martinsville, on a swing at Clift Street Mini Playground recently. Today will be a mostly sunny and hot Labor Day, with a slight chance of rain. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

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Islamic State risk is flagged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

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