Henry County could soon close as many as five public schools.
At a work session held yesterday afternoon, the school board voted to move forward with plan two.
That option would save the school system nearly one point four million dollars a year.
Administrators believe that could help offset a budget shortfall that has grown to nearly two and half million dollars in the last two years.
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((SHARON DODSON/HENRY CO. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: WE'RE OUT OF MONEY TO OPERATE A QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM AND THE BOARD HAD TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO ENSURE THE YOUNGSTERS IN HENRY COUNTY DON'T HAVE AN EDUCATION COMPROMISED BY ECONOMICS.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. Superintendent of Schools]
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Option two would close four elementary schools and one middle school.
It would also reduce the number of high schools from four to two with Laurel Park and Fieldale Collinsville slated to become middle schools.
Residents will get to voice their opinion at a public hearing scheduled for Monday July 14th.
It takes place at Fieldale Collinsville High School from four until seven.
American Electric Power says it knows it can't please everyone, but its new shoreline management plan strikes a fair balance.
The plan will control how the shorelines along Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake are developed.
The first draft is available on the internet and at several locations around the lake.
It grandfathers in existing docks and structures, but imposes new guidelines for future ones.
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((STAN SMITH/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE ASSOCIATION: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE SOME MORE PRECISE REGULATION FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.))
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((JOHN WHITE/DEVELOPER: ANYTHING THAT NEGATES WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS IMPACTING THE TAX DOLLARS OF CITIZENS IN BOTH COUNTIES. ))
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A-E-P says the plan tries to balance needs at the lake for recreation, development and preserving the environment.
The power company will take public feedback until August 15th.
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You can check the plan out by going to our website at wdbj7.com and clicking on Websites in the News.
Two Army National Guard Soldiers from Franklin County are the latest troops from our area hurt in Iraq.
21- year- old Lindsey Perdue of Rocky Mount injured his arm in an accident about ten days ago.
His parents were told their son was sent to a military hospital in Germany, but they've been unable to talk to doctors about his condition.
Wes Heims, of Wirtz, was injured Tuesday in a separate incident.
The Perdue's say Heims was hurt in an explosion when his Hum-Vee was attacked.
Both men are juniors at Emory and Henry College and are members of the 10-32nd Transportation Company.
A former P-O-W from Virginia has a whole new take on Independence Day.
David Williams says he now appreciates his freedom in a way most people can't imagine.
Williams was a prisoner of war in Iraq for three weeks.
The Apache helicopter crewman got a hero's welcome yesterday at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, where he graduated in 1991.
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((DAVID WILLIAMS/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: IT FEELS REALLY GOOD TO BE HOME, IT REALLY DOES. I LOVE TO SEE EVERYONE'S SMILING FACE AND TO SEE AMERICANS IN GENERAL TO BE ABLE TO SHAKE EVERYONE'S HAND. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT'S LIKE HAVING YOUR FREEDOM TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU. THAT'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED.))
[SUPER=01-David Williams/Former Prisoner of War]
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After he was rescued, Williams asked his commanding officers to send him back to Iraq to help finish the job.
They said no.
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A Bedford County company has earned a new Defense Department contract.
Yesterday, Barr Laboratories dedicated a new 20-thousand square foot manufacturing facility where it will make the adenovirus (ADD-ih-no-virus) vaccine for the U-S military.
Defense officials say their new recruits lose valuable training time every year to the flu-like illness.
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((WILLIAM HOWELL/U. S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT: AND IF WE TAKE THEM OUT OF THAT LINE, THAT LITTLE BIT OF TRAINING THEY GET IN THE THREE MONTH WINDOW BEFORE THEY GO INTO THEIR UNIT AND GO TO WAR AS WE JUST SAW WITH THE MARINES AND THE REST, THEN WE REALLY ARE HURTING THEM IN PREPARING THEM FOR THEIR FUTURE. SO WE NEED TO KEEP THEM ONLINE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.))
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The contract is worth about 35-million dollars over the next six years.
Barr hopes to win F-D-A approval for the vaccine by 2007.
The expansion could also add at least a dozen new jobs at the facility.
The Roanoke City School Board says it did not intend for Resource Officer Butch Lewis to be re-assigned when it sent a letter to the Police Chief.
Yesterday, School board Chair Gloria Manns sent the chief a second letter stating some members of the board believe the officer's return would be an asset to the school.
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((GLORIA MANNS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THERE WERE BOARD MEMBERS WHO FELT THEY WERE IN SUPPORT OF OFFICER LEWIS BEING RETURNED TO PATRICK HENRY BUT THE BOARD DID NOT FEEL AS A WHOLE THAT WE COULD MAKE THAT STATEMENT. IT WAS SIMPLY TO CLARIFY THAT WE IN NO WAY OR HAD ANY INTENTIONS OF HAVING ANY INFLUENCE OVER A DECISION FOR A PERSONNEL MATTER FOR THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/Roanoke City School Board Chairman;]
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Officer Lewis worked at Patrick Henry for ten years, but was recently re-assigned after he discussed concerns about school safety with a newspaper reporter.
Lewis' attorney, Gary Lumsden, says his client has been offered a position as a resource officer at William Fleming High School, but would ultimately like to return to P-H.
Lumsden says he thinks yesterday's letter from the school board was the right move and reflects the sentiment of the community.
Both Lumsden and Manns say they hope the issue can be resolved soon.
Developers of a Roanoke housing development are breaking ground on multiple levels.
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The Village at Tinker Creek is in the beginning stages of construction.
Eventually this 60-acre parcel in the northeast part of the city will boast 170-homes, a park, a pond and a community center.
But developers say their most impressive selling point is that the neighborhood will be the first in the world to be fully connected by the web.
The service starts with a Tinker Creek homepage.
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((BLAIR GODSEY/COMMONWEALTH BUILDERS: THEN THERE WILL BE YOUR INDIVIDUAL HOME PAGE THAT WILL ALLOW YOU ACCESS TO E-MAIL, ADDRESS BOOKS, CALENDARS, AS WELL AS YOUR HOME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WHICH IS YOUR THERMOSTAT CONTROLS, APPLIANCE MANAGEMENT, CAMERA MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS YOUR SECURITY MANAGEMENT.))
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[OUT Q=as well as your security management.]
Godsey expects to launch the service in the next few months.
He hopes to eventually include appliances in the gadgets homeowners can control from the internet.
The technology is being provided by IBM.