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Slaying trial underway
Shooting preceded fatal car accident
By AMANDA ALDERMAN - Bulletin Staff Writer

Jurors will continue to hear evidence today about whether a man who is accused of shooting another man 10 times outside a Figsboro mobile home is guilty of murder or was acting in self-defense.

Lamont Anthony Woods, 23, of 164 Niblett Drive in Figsboro, faces first-degree murder and related charges in the death of Lamar Shonta Ward, who was 19 when he died on April 28, 2012. Minutes after Ward was shot outside Woods’ mobile home, he and three others were involved in an auto accident on Figsboro Road as the driver tried to rush Ward to Memorial Hospital. No one survived.

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Virginia State Police: Break in case found
Matthew arrest led to ‘forensic link’ in Harrington case

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RICHMOND (AP) — A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they have “a significant break” in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the campus five years ago, police said Monday, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before.

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Knox: EDC should do more to market lots
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) could do more to market two local industrial properties, according to a city official.

Assistant City Manager Wayne Knox said the EDC is not marketing either the Rives Road Industrial Site or Clearview Business Park, both of which are in the city, as much as the Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek and Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, both of which are larger properties in the county.

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New pocket park completed uptown
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The city of Martinsville has finished developing a second “pocket park” on Fayette Street uptown. The park has surfaces of brick and grass, and it has benches where people can sit and relax. The park is just up the street from another small park where a mural depicting a scene from a past June German Ball recently was unveiled. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

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Officials react to local test alternatives

The state Board of Education recently approved guidelines for locally developed assessments that will replace five discontinued Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this year.

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Ricky Dodson memorial picnic set for Saturday
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By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

A picnic will be held Saturday at the Philpott Dam picnic grounds to remember the life of the late Ricky Eugene Dodson.

The picnic will be held from 2-4 p.m. Guests are asked to bring picnic lunches.

Dodson, 53, and his friend Vicky Harbour Purdy, also 53, went missing on Oct. 3 of last year.

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