Area House members ask for federal help in improving I-81

WAYNESBORO — Three area members of the Virginia House of Delegates have joined 13 of their colleagues to ask Virginia's congressional delegation for help in improving Interstate 81.

The letter from 16 House members — including Dels. Steve Landes, Dickie Bell and Ben Cline — was sent Thursday to several Virginia congressional members. The letter went to Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith and Barbara Comstock.

The delegates say in their letter that I-81 needs to be safer and less congested. The interstate now carries 42 percent of Virginia's truck traffic. The letter also addresses projects that could help. A VDOT study has identified 41 projects along I-81.

Read More - Area House Members ask for Federal Help in Improving I-81-The News Virginian

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Bell offers bill that could boost WHS renovation by millions

WAYNESBORO — Funding for the renovation of Waynesboro High School could receive a boost of as much as $10 million under a public school grant bill submitted by House District 20 Del. Dickie Bell.

The General Assembly legislation would establish the Public School Capital Grant Program. The program would allow school divisions in communities under high fiscal stress to apply to the Virginia Public Building Authority for grants of up to $10 million. The grants would be competitive and would require a local match.

Read More - Bell Offers Bill that could Boost WHS Renovation by Millions - The News Virginian

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Delegates Get Committee Assignments

Bell, R-Staunton, said it would be a "privilege to work with Chairman (Steve) Landes to lead this committee." Bell is a retired educator and has sponsored several education pieces of legislation.
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Bell Keeps House District 20 Seat

Incumbent Del. Dickie Bell, a Staunton Republican, was re-elected to his fifth term in House District 20 Tuesday night.

The district includes Staunton, Waynesboro and a portion of Augusta County.

Overall, Bell received nearly 55 percent of votes Tuesday versus Democrat Michele Edwards’ 43 percent. Libertarian Will Hammer got nearly 3 percent of the vote.

Read More - Bell Keeps House District 20 Seat - The News Virginian

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Area House Members Endorse Challenger in Supervisors' Race

Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who represents District 20 in the House of Delegates, Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, of the 25th District, and 24th District Del. Ben Cline all endorsed Carter's candidacy for the seat.

Read More - Area House Members Endorse Challenger in Supervisors' Race - The News Virginian

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Candidates Discuss Opioid Addiction, Medical Marijuana

WEYERS CAVE — Virginia’s opioid crisis, the possible expansion of medical marijuana use and resources available to community services boards were some of the issues area candidates for the House of Delegates discussed Thursday night at Blue Ridge Community College.

Eight candidates for four delegate seats took part in a forum at Blue Ridge’s Plecker Center.

The forum was part of the two-day Community Criminal Justice Days program at Blue Ridge. The event, hosted by the Institute for Reform & Solutions of Staunton, was designed to share information and solutions concerning the problems and challenges associated with criminal justice and incarceration.

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At VSDB It's "Welcome to the Real World!"

STAUNTON — New apartments at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind will help students learn how to live independently and have a smooth transition after graduation.

Five independent living apartments are now available at Price Hall — a building that used to house dorm rooms.

A weeklong independent living course gives students a hands-on approach to their new homes. Students learn to live on their own, pay bills, clean, grocery shop and more. They will be in the apartments for eight weeks.

Read More - At VSDB It's "Welcome to the Real World!" - The News Virginian

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District 20 Virginia House of Delegate Candidate Forum Announced

Staunton, VA – The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has announced they will host a candidate forum for the upcoming election of Virginia’s 20th District Delegate. The forum will be filmed and broadcast on WVPT and be available on the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library website ( as well as through various social media outlets including Facebook and YouTube. Each candidate will be filmed separately but will be asked the same questions by the interviewer.

This forum was created to give the citizens of the 20th District for the Virginia House of Delegates the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. The questions cover a broad range of issues that are important to voters in the 20th District and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Read More - District 20 Virginia House of Delegates Candidate Forum Announced -NBC 29 

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Area Legislators Ask State for I-81 Relief

WEYERS CAVE -- The message to VDOT staff and Virginia’s secretary of transportation was simple Tuesday from Shenandoah Valley General Assembly members: let’s work together on easing the clogged and dangerous Interstate 81.

A Commonwealth Transportation Board open house at Blue Ridge Community College featured Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne and VDOT leadership.

They heard that it’s time to come up with both short and long-term answers to an interstate that now carries 42 percent of the truck traffic in Virginia.

Read More - Area Legislators Ask State for I-81 Relief - News Virginian

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Join Us for an Evening of Barbecue and Bluegrass

 Join Delegate Bell for his Annual BBQ and Bluegrass

with John Adams, Republican candidate for Attorney General


BBQ by Mrs. Rowe’s

 Thursday, October 5, 2017

6:00 -8:00 pm


 Shenandoah Harley Davidson

213 Rolling Thunder Lane

Staunton, Virginia 24401

 Please RSVP to 540-255-8778 or by email at

Yes, I will attend the annual Bell’s BBQ and Bluegrass at the following level:

         _____$1000 Platinum Level       
_____$500 Gold Level        _____$250 Silver Level

_____$100 Friend                     _____$25 Individual 


Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $_______ to show my support!

Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”

2620 Eston Drive Staunton, VA 24401


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Political Contributions are not tax-deductible. Paid for by Bell for Delegate. Corporate Contributions are accepted. State law requires employer and occupation information for contributions over $100 in a calendar year.

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