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Reforms proposed for tobacco commission

RICHMOND (AP) — Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a powerful Republican lawmaker are teaming up to propose tighter grant-making rules for the embattled Virginia tobacco commission.

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Bassett man charged in catalytic converter thefts
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A Bassett man is being held without bond in connection with thefts of catalytic converters that were removed from motor vehicles.

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Snow on the way?
Not likely, says meteorologist
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Little frozen precipitation is expected locally out of a weather system that will arrive today, but another system anticipated to arrive late Sunday night could bring more, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Most of the precipitation expected today will be rain.

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Woman wanted on shoplifting charge
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The Martinsville Police Department has an outstanding warrant against a woman who is wanted in connection with the theft of teeth-whitening strips last month at the CVS Pharmacy on Church Street.

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Fire destroys vacant Bassett home

The cause of a house fire in the Bassett area Thursday night is being investigated, according to Bassett Fire Department Chief Junior Lynch.

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YMCA plans to add room to Collinsville facility
Grant funding makes project possible

By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

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Thanks to a recent grant, big changes are coming to the Collinsville YMCA.

According to Martinsville/Henry County YMCA Assistant Director Becky Forestier, the Hughes Memorial Foundation, a charitable nonprofit based in Danville, recently awarded the Collinsville YMCA a grant for $125,000 to add a 1,400-square-foot multi-purpose room to the facility on John Redd Boulevard.

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BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Schools let out early

Patrick County Schools are dismissing early today because of the possibility of inclement weather. Their dismissal times will range from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

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Hearing held on school budget
Lone speaker: Step, salary increases are needed
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The lone person who spoke during a public hearing Thursday on the Henry County Schools’ budget said some educators at various levels of the pay scale have cited the need for a salary step increase.

Henry County Education Association representative Joshua Bocock addressed the Henry County School Board, which held the hearing to receive input on fiscal 2015-2016 (FY 2016) budget priorities. The board also held a budget work session.

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State police seeking information related to December fatality

The Virginia State Police is asking for the public’s help to identify a vehicle officers are seeking as they investigate a fatal hit-and-run last month in Henry County.

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Impact of eBay cuts not known

eBay Inc. is planning to cut 2,400 jobs globally, but it is not clear whether the cuts will affect eBay’s Martinsville Fulfillment Center at 229 Hollie Drive.

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Rockwell enters seventh year as manager at Philpott
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By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Maintain. The. Status. Quo.

Those words, when used together in a sentence, tend to raise Craig “Rocky” Rockwell’s anxiety level precipitously.

“It drives me crazy,” said Rockwell, laughing.

At 58, Rockwell is entering his seventh year as operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philpott Lake.

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