The Henry County School system was forced to make more budget cuts after the closing of Pilowtex.
Yesterday, the school board made more than four hundred thousand dollars in cuts to make up for lost revenue to the county.
This is on top of one and half million dollars in cuts that were already made.
The lastest include reducing field trip spending, the amount of rental classroom space and making changes in personnel.
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((SHARON DODSON/HENRY CO. SUPERINTENDENT;WE WERE ABLE TO GENERATE SOME SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS BY NOT FILLING POSITIONS AND DOING TRANSFERS.))
((J. KELLY CECIL/HENRY CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER; YOU CAN'T KEEP CUTTING WITHOUT COMPROMISING BUT WE'RE STILL GOING TO SOL ACCREDITED AND OUR STUDENTS ARE STILL GOING TO GET A GREAT EDUCATION IN HENRY COUNTY.))
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[SUPER=01-J. Kelly Cecil/Henry Co. School Board Member; :10]
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Officials say the latest round of cuts will not affect the county's school consolidation plan.
Former Henry County administrator Sid Clower will be released from prison next month ... but he may not have heard the last from investigators.
The Virginia Department of Corrections says he'll leave the Rustburg Correctional Unit September second for an appearance in FEDERAL court. His name is not on the court calendar, yet.
Federal investigators have been looking into Clower's embezzlement of more than 800-thousand dollars in county money.
He could still be indicted for failure to pay taxes on it.
Clower has spent just over one year in prison, since pleading guilty to embezzlement last June.
Once he's released, he's supposed to spend 90 days in a Chatham halfway house, followed by 20 years of supervised probation.
With the recall election in California putting the heat on Governor Gray Davis, Virginia's governor is left with a new appreciation of the commonwealth's laws.
Davis and Governor Mark Warner are both Democrats.
And both oversee states with major budget problems.
But there is a difference.
Virginia does not ALLOW voters to recall governors.
Warner says that is a good thing.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER RECALL EFFORTS NINE OR TEN MONTHS AFTER AN ELECTION WAS JUST HELD, I'M NOT SURE THAT'S THE KIND OF APPROACH TO TAKE IN VIRGINIA. I'M NOT SURE THEY HAVE THAT APPROACH ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. I THINK PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IN CALIFORNIA POLITICS IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIZARRE FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T LIVE IN CALIFORNIA.))
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LOCAL officials may not be so fortunate.
A few JURISDICTIONS in the state DO permit recalls.
Bedford-area businesses are being reminded to be extra careful when it comes to completing sales transactions and approving loan applications.
The people making the purchase may not be who they claim to be.
The warning follows the arrest of 46-year-old Norman Lynwood Haley of Powhatan.
Police say Haley used a false name and social security number to secure loans to buy 120-thousand dollars worth of vehicles from a local car dealership.
Haley was arrested Tuesday and charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses and making false statements to obtain credit.
The arrest of three Virginia men suspected of using the Internet to solicit juveniles for sex has Bedford County authorities worried that on-line criminals are getting too technologically advanced.
One of the suspects.. 29-year-old Evan Scott Leisersohm (LEE-sir-sohm) of Springfield.. allegedly was communicating with undercover cops using a cellphone with Internet access.
Police didn't realize it until he gave his location.. about a half mile away from where they were set up.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: CONCEIVABLY THEY COULD BE SITTING AT THE SCENE WHERE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO MEET AND IF THEYRE COMMUNICATING WITH THE UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AND THE UNDERCOVER OFFICERS ARE NOT AWARE THAT THIS POTENTIAL EXISTS THEN CERTAINLY THEY COULD GIVE AWAY THEIR HAND FAIRLY EARLY ON IN THE GAME.))
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Brown says this is the first time a suspect has used a portable Internet device to contact them.
The 13-year-old girl Leisersohm (Lee- sir- sohm) thought he was talking to was actually an undercover investigator.
According to a new report, the water supply in the Roanoke Valley will need to be expanded in order to avoid future droughts.
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The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission believes the water deficit could be as high as 10 millions gallons a day within the next twenty years.
One official believes it's time to start preparing for the future.
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((PAM KENEL/BLACK & VEATCH PROJECT MANAGER:
WATER IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL NOT JUST OUT IN THE DEVELOPING AREAS BUT ITS DEFINITELY JUST AS CRITICAL IN THE METROPOLITAN AREAS OF ROANOKE PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE OBSERVES FROM THE RECENT DROUGHT.))
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The report offers various solutions to the water problem.
One option is connecting Carvins Cove and the Spring Hollow Reservoir to increase water supplies.
The projected cost could be more than 100 million dollars.
It's only August, but one company in Southside is already preparing to hire Christmas help.
K-B Toys plans to immediately hire 75 seasonal customer service specialists to answer phone calls and e-mail during the holiday shopping season.
The company will hold a job fair this Saturday from nine until two at its distribution center on Route 29 in Blairs.
K-B toys also plans to hire an additional 13-hundred holiday workers in September.
The Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation is taking a NEW road.
After twelve years on the job, Kay Strickland is leaving her post to take a position at Hollins University.
During her tenure, the museum quadrupled in size and now owns its facility and property along Norfolk Avenue.
Strickland also oversaw 2 million dollars worth of capital improvements.
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((KAY STRICKLAND/MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THIS IS A WONDERFUL FACILITY AND I'VE BEEN HERE FOR AWHILE AND WE'VE DONE A LOT HERE. I THINK THE MUSEUM IS POSITIONED WELL, IT'S FUTURE IS VERY PROMISING. I'M VERY EXCITED FOR THE MUSEUM BUT I THINK A NEW OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF AND IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON.))
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The museum's Board of Directors will soon launch a search for a new Executive Director.
Strickland's last day will be August 15th and then the museum staff will take over day to day operations.
The owners have reduced the price, and at 795- thousand dollars they say it's a bargain.
Thorn Hill is a national historic landmark located just outside Lexington.
Built in 1792, it is noted for its Georgian architecture, and interior detail.
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((ANNE MASON TAYLOR: I ALWAYS SAY IT'S THE MOST PRECIOUS PLACE I'VE EVER LIVED, MUCH LESS OWNED FOR A PERIOD. IT NOT ONLY IS PEACEFUL IT HAS ONLY BEEN OWNED BY FOUR FAMILIES IN THE LAST 211 YEARS. SO IT'S PURE, THE WAY IT WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT IN THE 18TH CENTURY.))
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The home is significant not only for its architecture, but for its former owners who served in the American Revolution and the Civil War.
Now on the market, Thorn Hill will be open to the public on Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4.
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