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Plans for mall aired
Liberty Fair to become outdoor shopping center
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By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Liberty Fair Mall will be transformed from an enclosed shopping mall to one with stores that open to the outside rather than an interior hall, its owner announced Monday.

Architectural plans are being developed, said Coles Hull, a marketing analyst for the Hull Storey Gibson Companies. Therefore, she said, she had no details of what the mall eventually will look like.

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PSA holds rates


The proposed fiscal 2015 Henry County Public Service Authority (PSA) budget includes no rate increase for customers.

PSA General Manager Tim Hall presented the proposed budget to the PSA Board of Directors on Monday. It totals $12,326,536, which includes $4,099,880 in capital projects and debt payments, according to a PSA news release and the budget summary.

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Funds not yet marked
Proposed city rate hike funds needed, official says
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The estimated $400,000 that Martinsville’s planned water/sewer rate hikes would generate in the coming fiscal year is not allocated for anything specific, but the city needs the extra revenue, according to an official.

“We wouldn’t raise rates just for the heck of it,” said Finance Director Linda Conover.

Water/sewer rates are slated to go up by 11.2 percent under the city’s proposed budget for fiscal 2015, which will start July 1. Customers using the minimum billed amount of 4,000 gallons of each per month would see their water bills increase from $22.31 to $24.10 and their sewer bills increase from $20.64 to $23.65. That would be a total increase of $4.80 monthly.

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Female welding students thriving at PHCC
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In a career largely populated by men, some women might think twice about signing up. But three women enrolled in the welding program at Patrick Henry Community College said they didn’t have any second thoughts about their intended careers.

“My grandpa is a welder, my dad is a welder and my brother is a welder. I’ve been around it my whole life,” said Alexandria Divinie, who will finish the welding program this summer. “They’re really proud of what I’m doing.”

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Students urged to see past disabilities
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Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2014 Kanika Davis and several other current and former Ms. Wheelchair state or regional title-holders on Friday delivered messages of hope, perseverance and acceptance at Patrick Henry Elementary School.

Davis lives in Lynchburg and is employed as a transition counselor with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, according to a news release. She received a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University.

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