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New role for old building

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SURRY — Surry County will soon debut a new visitors center in the former Clerk of Courts building. 

The 651 square foot brick building built in 1835 is undergoing an overhaul to make room for the county’s first visitors center. 

The work includes replacing the roof and adding 144-square feet for restrooms and a kitchenette, said construction manager Brian Camden with Alpha Corporation.

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Town may decide fate of historic house's future

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To “mothball” Pierceville and its outbuildings would cost an estimated $72,814.

The work would include several steps, the largest portion of which would be weatherproofing the house for $29,5000, according to Frazier Associates. 

Whether the Smithfield Town Council is willingly to pay that much is yet to be seen. 

The Town Council’s public buildings and welfare committee was set to discuss Pierceville’s fate at its meeting Tuesday afternoon. 

The details of that discussion were not available by press time. 

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Less work will mean shipyard layoffs

By Allison Williams

Staff writer

Newport News Shipbuilding expects to lay off more than 1,500 employees over the next 18 months, beginning with about 500 workers this fall.

"Laying off employees is the last step taken after exhausting other options including cost-cutting," said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin, in a July 20 letter and memorandum issued to all employees.

“We do not know the extent of the reductions, but in 2015, it will be more than 500 people. In 2016, it will likely be more than 1,000 people.”

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Hildebrand posts bond on larceny charges

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Former School Board Chairman Kent Hildebrand was released on a $25,000 secured bond after a hearing Thursday afternoon.

Hildebrand, 62, of Carrollton, is accused of stealing $206,000 from 80-year-old Carol Jackson, a resident of Red Oaks Mobile Home Park where Hildebrand worked as manager.

 

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