Centra’s new emergency and community access is looking to lower emergency room visits by improving access to health care services for the underinsured. Sources say, the Lynchburg Fire Department has been implementing a similar initiative for about two years. The Multi-Disciplinary Response Team is comprised of ten members from different government and social services departments. Centra is now working with MDRT to created their own Critical Access team; and will be hiring two Care Navigators to work with the most frequent ER visitors. Media outlets report, Centra will also send a mobile medical van around to communities.
(AP) Some Virginia Democrats have expressed concern over Governor McAuliffe’s pick for chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. It’s because Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has not declared support for same-sex marriage. Leaders in the party’s gay and lesbian community suggest that picking Jones would signal that the state party is “retreating” on the issue, weeks after a federal judge ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
State, local and district officials are encouraging high school students in the Lynchburg region to participate in the House App Contest. This spring marks the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math –or-(STEM) Academic Competition, which was established by Members of the House of Representatives just last year. The competition allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The deadline for submission is midnight on Wednesday, April 30. To review the rules and guidelines, visit http://studentappchallenge.house.gov
According to preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture… Virginia farmers benefited from a boost in their products’ market value between 2007 and 2012. Farms across the state saw dramatic increases in both the market value of production and the average value of products sold per farm according to the of the Department of Agriculture. Virginia also showed a reversal in the loss of farm land with a gain of 3% in properties. Officials say while farm land has increased, the number of farms has decreased, meaning that farms are growing larger. Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry; in 2012, the value of agriculture products sold totaled nearly $395- billion dollars.
It’s full speed ahead as the proposed water pipeline from Smith Mountain Lake to Forest moves forward into the next stage…but officials and residents are saying not so fast! Lake businesses and residents are expressing a variety of concerns about the pending water pipeline… such impact on the lake itself, in particular the potential environmental strain from draining the lake water levels. But, it is the requirement issued by the Bedford Regional Water Authority for mandatory hook-up to the waterline, if properties do not meet exemption condition, which has become a bone of contention. Other residents have been critical of the project and fear it could have negative economic consequences; while still more criticize the project’s cost to Bedford County taxpayers. The Bedford Board of Supervisors last week gave the green light by voting in favor of transferring 69 acres of land to the BRWA for the purpose of building the proposed water pipeline.
(Salem Va) A joint late-February phone poll conducted in part by Roanoke College shows Hillary Clinton would win a race for the president against Republicans Chris Christie, Rand Paul or Paul Ryan, at least in the states of Virginia, New Jersey and New York where the poll was taken. A majority in each state supports raising the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour…and legalizing medical marijuana in all 50 states. Respondents also want to see the Keystone oil pipeline approved, approve of same sex marriage and a national gun registry.
A Lynchburg man has been indicted on charges of robbing a 12th Street convenience store in November. 49 year old, Timothy Ray Henshaw is charged with two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of unlawfully wearing a mask and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Authorities say Henshaw entered the Fast Mart with a covered object that appeared to be a gun, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. A trial is set for April 23.
The Campbell County Board of Supervisors is expected to review the capital improvement plan at this evening’s meeting. A majority of the plan is allotted for public safety and law enforcement capital purchases. The plan is based on priorities adopted by the board last month; and includes projects such as building a new animal control building and public safety building. A final version of the plan is set for a vote at the April 1 meeting and will be included in the upcoming budget, which will be presented to the supervisors during the April 15 work session. Visit, www.co.campbell.va.us for more information.
Beginning next week and continuing for approximately four months, Taylor Street in Lynchburg will be closed to two-way traffic from Fifth Street to Park Avenue to accommodate utility construction. One-way traffic will be permitted from Fifth Street to Park Avenue with the west bound lane closed for construction. Traffic will be one-way for emergency vehicles as well. Traffic entering the Department of Water Resources’ facility will need to enter from Fifth Street and exit via Park Avenue. For more information, visit: www.lynchburgva.gov
Due to yesterday’s winter-storm, the case against a Lovingston woman charged with murder will be put off one more day. 58 year old, Linda Campbell Blackwell faces the charge in connection to the August 2009 death of James Shelton Sr. in a house fire. She faces more charges in two other house fires that took place on the same property in Nelson County in February of 2012 and again last May. Prosecutors say Blackwell intentionally set the fires and obtained money by false pretenses. The jury trial was slated to start today but will begin at 9:30 tomorrow morning.