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VMNH exhibit brings Chesapeake Bay inland
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By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, is the focus of the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit.

“Living on the Water” opens Saturday, coinciding with a day-long festival of the same title, and will run through next July 26.

The “Living on the Water Festival” will feature sandcastle building contests, a dunking booth and water-related games, relay races and crafts.

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Early release eyed for some drug felons

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted recently that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, voted unanimously July 18 to retroactively apply that change to prisoners now behind bars.

More than 46,000 inmates, including many who have already served a decade or longer in prison, would be eligible to seek early release under the commission’s decision.

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Brothers slain in Axton: Police keep focus on ‘follow-up’

With two men behind bars in connection with the June slayings of two brothers in Axton, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is focused on continuing its investigation and preparing the cases for court, Sheriff Lane Perry said Thursday.

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‘Hairspray’ on at TheatreWorks
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Max Hall performs as Corny Collins on Thursday in the Black Box Theatre during the opening night of TheatreWorks’ spirited musical “Hairspray.” TheatreWorks Community Players will perform the show at 7 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. July 31; 7 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9; and 2 p.m. Aug. 10. (Contributed photo)

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Trout Unlimited river cleanup held Saturday
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Smith River Trout Unlimited (SRTU) held its annual Smith River cleanup on Saturday.

About a dozen SRTU members as well as volunteers and lovers of the river from as far as Fredericksburg assembled at the base of Philpott Dam for the cleanup. They cleaned the river downstream of the dam to the bottom of the large field behind a mirror factory. The area included the road which runs along the river and all obvious fishing trails going down to the water.

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Digging for a diamond
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Residents had the opportunity Thursday evening to dig for a real diamond at Hooker Field. The ring was buried on the field, and people took to the dirt with plastic shovels after the Martinsville Mustangs took on the High Point-Thomasville HiToms. Melissa Elgin of Martinsville found the diamond.

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