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Community policing effort takes new form
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Martinsville Police Department will begin the launch of a new community policing effort on Monday that involves assigning patrol officers to specific neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) program will begin with one officer assigned to work in one community. In ensuing weeks, other officers will be assigned to more neighborhoods.

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Spooky and safe
Local police give tips for a harmless Halloween

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The Martinsville Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office want trick-or-treaters to have a safe and happy Halloween on Friday.

Parents and children may consider organizing or attending a Halloween costume party or haunted house in their neighborhood. Many churches are having Halloween festivities for families and the community.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will have extra officers on duty on Halloween night, Capt. Rik Vaughn said.

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McCraw: Experience is an asset
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By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

John McCraw believes he has learned how to relate to many different types of people as a result of spending more than 40 years as an educator.

Now retired, McCraw, one of five candidates vying for two Martinsville City Council seats up for grabs on Tuesday, said he believes those experiences will help him effectively serve city residents if he is elected.

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Fiscal responsibility is key, says Sarvis
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

“Open-minded and Open for Business” is more than a campaign slogan for Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat.

The phrase seems to resonate with voters aged 18 to 35, according to a poll conducted by Christopher Newport University, and with Sarvis, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in Tuesday’s election. Republican Ed Gillespie also is vying for the seat.

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Official: Ebola plan in works for the area
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

State and local health officials are working on a plan to handle Ebola — if anyone with the disease, or suspected of having it, comes to the area.

The plan will be much like ones already in place to handle other infectious diseases, West Piedmont Health District Director Dr. Jody Hershey told the Martinsville City Council on Tuesday.

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School board takes no action on Bible issue
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Martinsville School Board met with legal counsel in a closed session Wednesday to discuss “actual or probable litigation, or other specific legal matters” stemming from the board’s denial of a local pastor’s request to distribute Bibles in city schools.

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