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McDonnell trial: Ex-CEO takes stand as key witness

RICHMOND — Curing his wife’s thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.

Those were topics of testimony Wednesday from Jonnie Williams, the government’s key witness who took center stage under the cloak of immunity in the corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Prosecutors say the McDonnells took more than $165,000 in secret gifts, cash and loans in exchange for promoting Star Scientific Inc., a company Williams headed until he stepped down under the cloud of a securities investigation and shareholder lawsuits.

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After early frost, Patrick peach growers optimistic

By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Staff Writer

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Patrick County peach growers are hoping their late-season peaches will make up for losses in the earlier season crop.

Travis Bunn, a Patrick County extension agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, said a cold snap around the Easter holiday virtually eliminated the early-season peach varieties grown in the area.

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PHCC pulls out of Franklin County site
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Franklin News-Post

Patrick Henry Community College is turning over its services in Franklin County to Virginia Western Community College.

The presidents of both colleges made the announcement Wednesday at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.

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City falls in jobless rankings

Martinsville’s jobless rate declined in June and dropped to the second-highest rate in Virginia, while Henry County’s rate increased slightly, according to data released Wednesday by the Virginia Employment Commission.

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‘Idea Blitz’ sparks suggestions
Young adults brainstorm to improve area
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By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Many people locally would feel more connected to the community if they were aware of activities in which they could get involved, young adults who took part in a forum on Wednesday surmised.

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