Pig Pickin' and Politickin'

The brainchild of new chamber president and CEO Annette Medlin, the event gathered dozens of movers and shakers from across Waynesboro, Augusta County and Staunton and brought them together for an after-hours barbecue to meet with one another and members of the broader community.
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Connecting Businesses

WEYERS CAVE — Business people gathered at the Valley Business Summit to network and discuss future business goals in the state. The 5th annual Valley Business Summit was held at Blue Ridge Community College.

The day started with a business resource fair. Local organizations such as the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Valley Career & Technical Center, Valley Workforce and more set up booths.

John Downey, president of BRCC, opened the ceremony by describing the event as an opportunity to make connections. A moment of silence was held for the weekend’s events in Charlottesville and those who lost their lives.

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Vector Industries seeks legislative help in boosting employment

WAYNESBORO — Vector Industries employs 85 people with intellectual and other disabilities, but the workload at the Waynesboro nonprofit has increased recently, and the need for more workers has risen along with it.

Vector, which has been in operation since 1969, provides packaging and assembling services for companies such as Nelson County’s Devils Backbone. Vector CEO Chrissy Johnston candidly says “we need people. Our phone rings with work.”

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From War to Education and Rehabilitation

FISHERSVILLE — A highway marker was dedicated July 21 to honor the memory of a generation who answered the call of duty in time of war and then transformed into a community focused on education and rehabilitation when the war was won.

“We’re just obviously thrilled that we were able to get the marker and get it in place,” said Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who sponsored the highway marker. He added that “it’s amazing when you know the history of this place.”

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Dickie Bell, Community Dedicate Marker Recognizing Woodrow Wilson General Hospital

Delegate Dickie Bell and members of the community gathered Friday to dedicate a historical marker memorializing the Woodrow Wilson General Hospital.

Delegate Bell worked with Robert Ham and Augusta County Historical Society Board Member Nancy Sorrells to apply for this marker through the Department of Historical Resources. The marker was approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources at its meeting on Thursday, March 16 and installed earlier this week.  The marker sits on the campus of the Wilson Rehab and Workforce Rehabilitation center, directly across from the Valley Career and Technical Center.

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Gillespie vows to tackle small business-woes.

WAYNESBORO  — Taxation and regulations — and their impact on small businesses — dominated a meeting at Stablecraft Brewing Thursday night that featured Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie and two local General Assembly members.

Joining Gillespie were Dels. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, and Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Sex Offender Bill

STAUNTON (WSLS 10) – Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will help keep sex offenders away from schools and parks.

The bill expands restrictions, that keep violators from being within a certain proximity of children to offenders from outside Virginia.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Sex Offender Bill Patroned by Dickie Bell

Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed 20th District Republican Delegate Dickie Bell’s bill that will help keep sex offenders out of communities.

Bell's bill expands restrictions that keep violators from being within a certain proximity of children to offenders from outside Virginia.

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Bell aims for fifth term in House of Delegates

STAUNTON - Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, will once again vie for election to the House of Delegates as the Republican nominee for District 20, which spans both Staunton and Waynesboro cities, as well as portions of Augusta, Highland and Nelson Counties.

“I’m honored, of course, to be nominated again," he said. "I always act first of all with my district constituents at heart, I try to serve them first."

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Bell selected to keep Virginia House seat for Republicans

STAUNTON, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Incumbent Delegate Dickie Bell is the Republican nominee for the 20th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

According to a release from the Republican Legislative District Committee for the district, the deadline has passed for the pre-filing requirement for the nominating convention and only one candidate properly filed.

Read More - Bell selected to keep Virginia House seat for Republicans - Newsplex

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