Thinking Outside the School Yard

Step aside Bob McDonnell, you and your tax-hiking, burden-shifting transportation-funding package. Make way for Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who has introduced what may prove to be the most audacious piece of legislation of the 2013 General Assembly session — a bill to create a state virtual school organized as a free-standing statewide school division. Among other virtues, his proposal won’t raise taxes!

Under HB 1555, the state would establish the Virginia State Virtual School “in order to provide full-time online educational programs and services to school-age persons in the Commonwealth.” The school division would be subject to the requirements of the Standards of Quality and would be required to submit an annual report to the General Assembly, although contracts with online providers would be exempt from state public procurement laws.

 

Read More: Thinking Outside the School Yard -Bacon's Rebellion

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Delegates Bell, Cline, and Landes to Host Joint Town Hall

DELEGATES BELL, CLINE, AND LANDES TO HOLD JOINT TOWN HALL MEETING

 

STAUNTON, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today he will be joining Delegates Cline and Landes to host a joint Town Hall event.

      The joint town hall meeting will take place at 7:00 pm at Guy K. Stump Elementary School in Stuarts Draft on Wednesday, January 2.

      The Town Hall meeting is open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. The legislators will provide an overview of the 2013 Session and will take questions and comments from those in attendance.  You can contact Delegate Bell’s office with any questions. 

      Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Nelson Counties, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

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Legislative Breakfast Focuses on education, transportation and "fiscal cliff"

STAUNTON -- While much of the  discussion at Wednesday's Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast focused on the bread and butter issues of education and transportation, the fiscal cliff in Washington was never far away.

"The uncertainty hangs over us like a cloud," said Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, to members of the chamber at The Legacy at North Augusta. "There is no denying it. We are a little bit hamstrung. Hopefully there will be a resolution."

Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, said whatever happens in Washington impacts what happens in Richmond, and what happens in Richmond impacts localities across Virginia.

 

Read More: Legislative Breakfast Focuses on Education, Transportation, and "Fiscal Cliff" -The News Virginian

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McDonnell Budget Amendments Target K-12 Education, Transportation

Budget amendments outlined by Gov. Bob McDonnell for 2012-14 on Monday offer millions more in money for K-12 education, transportation and relief for local governments from the aid to commonwealth they have paid annually.

While all local officials and legislators interviewed on Monday think the priorities McDonnell is offering are the right ones, they wonder if the final budgeting will play out as the governor has proposed.

Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, was in Richmond for the announcement of the McDonnell amendments that include redirecting $48.1 million in sales tax revenue to transportation and $58.8 million to fund the state portion of a 2 percent raise for SOQ-funded teachers

Read More -McDonnell Budget Amendments Target K-12 Education, Transportation - The News Virginian

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Area Legislators Concerned About Filling One Judicial Vacancy

The Augusta County Bar Association has endorsed individual candidates for pending circuit and district court vacancies in the 25th Circuit and 25th District, but area state legislators wonder if the district court vacancy will be filled by the General Assembly next year.

On Nov. 15, the Augusta County Bar Association recommended two preferred candidates.



Staunton attorney C.J. Steuart Thomas, III, was recommended by the bar for the circuit court judgeship being vacated by retiring 25th Circuit Judge Humes Franklin at the end of the year.

The Augusta County Bar Association also recommended Staunton attorney Tate Love to replace William Heatwole. Heatwole is retiring from the 25th District at the end of the year.

 

Read More: Area Legislators Concerned About Filling One Judicial Vacancy - THe News Virginian

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Waynesboro Industrial Site Rebirth Officially Kicked Off

The rebirth of Waynesboro’s former Mohawk Industries plant was officially kicked off Wednesday with a ribbon cutting involving several dignitaries.

Now known as Delphine Enterprise Center, the hope is that the 464,000-square-foot facility will become home to manufacturers and distributors, said Rebecca Polan, a president of corporate communications and real estate for Allied Logistics.

Delphine Enterprise Management, a real estate holding company operated by Allied Logistics, announced purchase of the building last month.

Read More: Waynesboro Industrial Site Rebirth Officially Kicked Off - The News Virginian

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Mary Baldwin College Breaks Ground For New Health Sciences Campus

A dream of Mary Baldwin College became reality Thursday as the institution broke ground on the future site of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences off Goose Creek Road.

The 52,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in two years. The college’s doctor of physical therapy and doctor of occupational therapy programs will start in 2014. A master of physician assistant studies program will begin in 2015.

But, for now, grading work is taking place on the 30-acre site.

Read More-Mary Baldwin College Breaks Ground for New Health Sciences Campus - The News Virginian

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Join Delegate Bell for Barbeque and Bluegrass!

Delegate Dickie Bell

With invited guests

Lt. Governor and Mrs. Bill Bolling

Governor and Mrs. George Allen

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Congressman Robert Hurt

Congressman Morgan Griffith

Senator Mark Obenshain

 invite you to join them for an evening of

Bluegrass & Barbeque

Friday, October 5th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson

213 RollingThunder Lane

Staunton,Virginia 24401

 

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Anne Bell at 540-448-4617 or by email at mrsrbellcoach@comcast.net

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Yes, I will join Delegate Bell for Bluegrass & BBQ Oct. 5th at the following level

$1,000 Platinum Level

$500 Gold Level

               $250 Silver Level               

 $100 Bronze Level

 $40 per person to attend

 

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

 

Please make checks payable to “Bell for Delegate” 

2620 Eston Drive, Staunton, VA  24401

 

Name (s): ___________________________________________________________________

Company Name: _____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Phone: ________________ Fax: _________________ Email: _________________________

Occupation: ________________________ Employer: _______________________________

 

         
   
   

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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Bell: Boost Kids Mental Health

STAUNTON — Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell on Thursday expressed frustrations with trying to convince many of his legislative colleagues and political leaders to make funding for children’s mental health a higher priority.

“It’s tough because we have an administration that is sympathetic to the needs” of children and adults with mental illness, said Bell, R-Staunton, at a legislative forum hosted by Valley Community Services Board and Mental Health America of Augusta.

“It’s hard when (leaders) are sympathetic, but they’re not willing to fund it ....

“It’s always the cost. It’s always about money,” Bell said. “We never talk about the real needs of children with mental health issues. What’s the cost to society if we don’t find the money?”

Read More: Bell: Boost Kids' Mental Health - The News Leader

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