FREE Health & Safety Fair Sponsored by Forest Lions Club

The second annual FREE, Forest Lions Club Health and Safety Fair, will be held Nov. 1 at Jefferson Forest High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The expanded fair has more than 25 health care providers and is for all generations – children, adults and geriatric adults. In addition to free admission, there will be door prizes and refreshments.
JF High School is located at 1 Cavalier Circle, Forest, VA  24551 and has plenty of parking. Free screenings and activities include:
•     FREE vision screening for children
•     FREE hearing screening
•     FREE blood sugar testing- 1 hour fast recommended
•     Diabetes Counseling
•     FREE Child ID
•     Cholesterol Testing – 12 hour fast recommended: Fee $18
•     Fire safety for the home
•     Explore the Forest Fire Department Fire Truck
•     Child and Infant health and safety
•     Health and safety for the older adult
•     Senior Support for Medication Safety
•     FREE Oral /Dental screenings
•     FREE heart health education and blood pressure screenings
•     Child literacy information (Gus the Literacy Bus)
•     Centra Health Mammogram Van- Limited to 15 Mammograms (requires appointment and insurance card)
•     Chiropractic care- back/neck health and chair massages
•     FREE adult eye screening and testing for Macular Degeneration
•     “Safe Surfin’ Foundation-Internet Safety for children and adults
•     Please bring one non-perishable food item for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

•     For more information, visit http://www.forestlionsclub.org/  Questions, email the Forest L

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Happy Birthday Amherst County Public Library!

Please join the Amherst County Public Library for a celebration of 50 years of service to the community.  Come to the Amherst location, 382 South Main Street, Amherst, Virginia, Saturday November 1st from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy music by Susan Greenbaum, meet Sandra Treadway, Librarian of Virginia, refreshments will be served.  The library will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. that day.

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State regulators propose changes in long-term care insurance

STATE-NEWSState regulators are proposing revisions to the rules governing long-term care insurance in Virginia. It pays for long-term care that other insurance does not cover after a certain amount of time, including Medicare, things like assisted living, nursing home and Alzheimer’s care. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, such insurance has been subject to significant hikes in policy costs.

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Former neighbor of Jesse Matthew Jr. reacts to Hannah Graham case

Jesse Matthew  (Photo: Charlottesville PD)

Jesse Matthew
(Photo: Charlottesville PD)

10 years ago Jesse Matthew Jr., the man accused of abducting Hannah Graham, lived off of Ponderosa Trail in Albemarle County. Cliff Hunt was neighbors with Matthew and his mother, and he says the two moved to the county because Matthew’s mother wanted her son to grow up in a good environment and keep away from gang activity. Hunt says hearing Matthew’s involvement in the case was hard to believe. Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. He also faces charges from a 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax. He is being held in jail without bond.

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Affordable housing conference set in Norfolk

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Nearly 800 Virginia affordable housing advocates, providers and policymakers are expected to attend an annual conference in Norfolk. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development says the three-day 2014 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference begins Wednesday at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Gov. Terry McAuliffe will speak at a housing awards luncheon on Thursday. The conference also will feature sessions on state and federal policy issues and a keynote address by David Stevens, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Ethics commission set to meet today

STATE-NEWSA new state ethics commission is set to meet for the first time today. Governor McAuliffe created the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government .. in the wake of Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction. The commission is charged with recommending changes to state ethics laws and policies for public officials. It has ten members .. co-chaired by former Congressman Rick Boucher and former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

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Virginia examines death row isolation policy

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court. Experts say that if the court upholds a ruling in favor of condemned inmate Alfredo Prieto, prisoners in other death penalty states could be encouraged to file similar challenges.  U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria ruled last year that solitary confinement on death row is so onerous that the Virginia Department of Corrections must assess its necessity on a case-by-case basis. She said failure to do so is a violation of due process. The state argues in its appeal that courts should defer to the judgment of prison officials on safety issues. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday.

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Authorities: Remains belong to Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Authorities say remains found Oct. 18 in a rural area are that of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Graham disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains were found about 12 miles from campus. The man Graham was last seen with, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. The remains were discovered roughly 6 miles from where the body of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found after she vanished in 2009. Police have said forensic evidence connects Matthew to Harrington’s killing, which in turn is linked by DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in northern Virginia. Matthew has been charged in that case as well.

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Rail safety task force meets in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The Governor’s Rail Safety and Security Task Force is meeting today Norfolk. The task force was formed after a 17-car derailment in Lynchburg in April. Three cars carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota plunged into the James River and one caught fire, prompting a brief evacuation of parts of downtown. Nobody was injured. A meeting of the task force has been scheduled for Friday at the Virginia Port Authority’s headquarters. The task force includes state agency officials and subject matter experts. The governor’s office says members of the task force will be responsible for making recommendations to enhance Virginia’s ability to protect lives, property and the environment along the state’s rail lines.

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Appalachian Power proposes Va. efficiency programs

AEP-LOGORICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Appalachian Power is proposing ways for its Virginia customers to reduce energy usage and demand. The utility on Friday filed a request with the State Corporation Commission seeking approval for four residential programs and two for commercial and industrial customers. The residential programs would provide home assessments and incentives for long-term energy reduction; provide free pickup and cash incentives for removing second refrigerators or freezers from the power grid; give incentives if new manufactured housing is built to efficiency standards; and offer retail rebates and markdowns for high-efficiency lighting and appliances.  A financial incentive for commercial and industrial users would tie to specific results from installing high-efficiency lighting and heating and cooling equipment. Another would provide rebates for certain larger energy conservation projects. Appalachian Power has about 500,000 Virginia customers.

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