Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation Awards 27 Scholarships

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce recently recognized outstanding high school senior students from public and private schools in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County at its annual Academic Achievers Reception held at the Robert Plecker Workforce Center on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

Twenty-seven of these students applied and were awarded scholarships.  It was the largest number handed out in the sixteen year history of the program!

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Monument at Woodrow Wilson Hospital Dedicated to Local Military History

FISHERSVILLE — A monument now stands to memorialize a part of Augusta County’s history that is disappearing as fast as the generation which created that history.

Community members gathered at noon Monday near Valley Career and Technical Center to remember soldiers who were treated at Woodrow Wilson General Hospital during World War II.

“It’s the sacrifice of all those people that allows us to enjoy the freedoms of today,” Guest speaker Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell said. He added that he believes the public has begun to take our freedoms for granted, and that is why Memorial Day was chosen as the day to dedicate a monument for an institution that was a part of the community.

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Governor, Lawmakers Celebrate rehab center's new project

FISHERSVILLE-Governor Terry McAuliffe stood in front of the crowd at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Monday morning, wanting to honor achievements.

Students, families and staff celebrated the first graduates of a new, innovative job training program, a collaboration of WWRC and CVS Health.

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McAuliffe vetoes Bell's virtual schools bill

The legislation, sponsored by Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, would have set up a full-time virtual school network that would have been available to as many as 5,000 Virginia K-12 students starting in 2018-19.

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Governor still undecided on virtual schools bill

WAYNESBORO-The Virginia House and Senate both approved Del. Dickie Bell's virtual schools bill, but it still hasn't become law. The reason is that Gov. Terry McAuliffe hasn't made a decision if he plans to veto the bill or sign it into law.

Speaking to the News Virginian on Thursday, the governor's spokesman said McAuliffe is expected to take action on the bill by next week at the latest.

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Bell meets with governor regarding virtual school bill

Delegate Dickie Bell emerged with optimism following a 20-minute meeting Thursday morning with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Education Anne Holton on the delegate's virtual school legislation.

"He (the governor) said he supports virtual education,'' Bell said. Bell must now wait to see if McAuliffe signs the amended legislation coming out of a House-Senate conference committee this weekend. The bill passed the Senate 23-17 earlier in the week, but changes made in that chamber created the need for a conference committee.

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Bell's virtual schools bill passes General Assembly

Since he took office in 2010, Del. Dickie Bell has worked to make virtual education an option across Virginia.

On Monday, legislation to expand the current pilot program of 100 high school students in virtual education to 5,000 K-12 students across Virginia, passed the state Senate.

The Senate vote was 23-17, and Bell said the legislation must clear a conference committee before heading to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature.

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Virtual Education Legislation in Virginia House of Delegates

The Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation to establish a statewide virtual school to provide full-time virtual school programs here in Virginia. This legislation, patroned by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), passed the House on February 16 with a vote of 58-40-1.

This legislation will establish the Virginia Virtual School, which is for full-time virtual only. Students who attend this school will be subject to the same Standards of Quality, including SOLs and standards of accreditation, of any other brick and mortar school. Special education services for students needing it can also be received through the school. Most importantly, this bill allows any student in Virginia to enroll in the School should their parents choose, and gives the parents the flexibility to choose any approved multi-division online provider.

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House 20 Rings Loud for Bell

Del. Richard “Dickie” P. Bell soundly defended his seat against Libertarian challenger Will Hammer, Tuesday.

Bell, R-Staunton, won 75 percent of the vote to Hammer’s almost 24 percent, according to unofficial results from the Department of Elections. Bell has served since 2010 after defeating Erik D. Curren, a Democrat, in 2009 when neither was an incumbent.

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Bell gets 75 percent of the vote en route to win

STAUNTON-Voters made it clear on Tuesday night they wanted Dickie Bell back in Richmond. Bell was re-elected to his fourth term in the House of Delegates, collecting 75 percent of the vote in his contest against Will Hammer.

“I’m honored and thrilled with the victory,” Bell said.

Bell, 69, lives in Staunton, and received his education from Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and Old Dominion University. He served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corp from 1967 to 1973. Before entering politics, Bell was a high school special education teacher and coach. He and his wife, Anne, have two children.

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