Local Virginia News


 

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    ~Community health centers provide more health care choices for veterans who live too far or wait too long to be seen at VA facilities ~

    PETERSBURG – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia veterans who face barriers to accessing the Veterans Administration (VA) health system will have more options for care through new provider agreements between the VA and community health centers.  The Governor made today’s announcement while speaking at the Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center in Petersburg.

    Accelerating veterans’ access to care is a key component of the Governor’s A Healthy Virginia plan.  Through the recently passed Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or who would otherwise have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment can now be seen at a participating community health center.  The legislation provides $10 billion over three years to the VA to pay private providers to care for eligible veterans.

    Virginia is the first state in the nation to develop provider agreements between Federally Qualified Health Centers and the VA through the Veterans Choice Program.  To date, four Federally Qualified Health Centers, with 22 sites of care have signed up to provide health services to eligible veterans.  These sites are located on the Eastern Shore, New Canton, Louisa, Charles City, Aylett, Prince George, Alberta, Charlotte Court House, Fredericksburg, Victoria, Amelia, Emporia, Dinwiddie, Ferrum, Floyd and Laurel Fork.

    “We are getting results for Virginia’s veterans,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As soon as the Veterans Choice Act became law, we began working with the VA to explore how to fully leverage the new funding and enable Virginia’s veterans to get faster access to care.  I hosted the first-ever Governor’s Summit on Expanding Health Care Access for Virginia Veterans and brought together top leaders from the VA with hospitals and community health centers to seek solutions.  Now, less than three months later, there are 22 new access points for veterans across the Commonwealth.”

    “Community health centers are pleased to partner with the Veterans Health Administration to provide medical care to our Virginia veterans,” said Neal Graham, chief executive officer of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. “They have stood ready for us; we stand ready for them.”

    “I applaud the Veterans Administration for moving so quickly after Governor McAuliffe’s Summit to facilitate these new partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers in Virginia,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel. “Now, through the Choice Program, veterans in many rural areas of the state can receive quality care right in their own community.”

    “We need to work closely with the VA to ensure that all our veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve in a timely manner,” said Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey. “This is exactly the type of partnership I hope to see even more of going forward. I am especially pleased that there are five new sites of care available on the Eastern Shore for veterans who face transportation issues and other barriers.”

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    Dinwiddie  County- One person was injured Thursday afternoon (January 22) in a single vehicle crash in Dinwiddie County.  The crash occurred at 4:00 p.m. on Route 460 east bound two miles west of Courthouse Road.

    Virginia State Police Trooper C. E. Christopher investigated the crash.

    A 2013 Ford Fiesta was travelling east on Route 460, when it ran off the road left and struck a guard rail.

    The driver of the 2013 Ford, James M. Langford, 71, Hopewell, Va., was transported via Med-Flight to MCV hospital with serious injuries.

    The crash remains under investigation.

     

     

    ###

     

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    Area students are playing it smart. Farmville’s Benchmark Community Bank has announced the launch of the SmartStart Community Commitment Scholarship, with three 1-thousand dollar scholarships being offered to area high school seniors. The scholarships are available to any teen who is a resident of Prince Edward, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Brunswick, Mecklenburg or Halifax counties. You can get more information on line at BCBonline.com.
    -0-
    mcb

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    The fate of Longwood University’s athletic funding is in jeopardy. If Virginia state House Republican majority leader Kirk Cox’s bill is passed during the Virginia General Assembly 2015 legislative session, it could leave a dent in Longwood, and other schools, budget. House bill 1897, which aims to reduce student fees used to fund non educational events, specifically athletics, was unanimously approved, Monday by the House Appropriations Committee, and is heading to the House floor later this week. According to the bill, schools will have five years to incrementally reduce the amount of fees they derive from students, as updates at therountundaonline.com indicate.
    -0-
    mcb

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    Farmville Police are still looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed the Comfort Inn on South Main Street earlier this month. An employee reported being held up by a hooded gunman at the business on January 3, according to posts on therotundaonline.com. The suspect was described as a black male, 5’ 7” tall, with some facial hair, wearing a black jump suit, with a black hoodie. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Farmville Police Department.
    -0-
    mcb

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    (therotundaonline.com) – An electrical cord is being blamed for sparking a massive fire at a Farmville trailer park last week. The Farmville Volunteer Fire Department, and two other Departments, responded to the blaze, Thursday (1/15) in the Eastgate Trailer Park on Landon St., which the owner says was caused when one of the drop-cords on an electric heater started burning, and the bed caught fire, as updated at therotundaonline.com. Three people were in the house at the time of the fire, but no burn injuries were reported.
    -0-
    mcb

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    At the Farmville Town Council meeting this week, Vice Mayor A.D. “Chuckie” Reid updated Council on the continuing process to hire a new police chief for Farmville. The number of candidates for the position has been narrowed to five. Acting Farmville Police Chief Andy Ellington introduced two new officers to the Farmville Police Force. Robert Allen Cox spent 29 years with the Virginia State Police. He has certifications in Narcotics and Diversion, which incorporates pharmaceutical drugs and arson and bomb detection. He is also certified in gang detection. The other new officer is Timothy Holtz from Chase City. Officer Holtz served seven years with the Chase City Police Department.

  • Friday January 23rd, 2015

    The Appomattox County School Board will hold a public hearing next week on the proposed budget for 2015. The meeting will be held on Thursday at the Board of Supervisors meeting room. It’s located in the Central Virginia Community branch on Confederate Boulevard. The public hearing will begin at 5 pm. Citizens comments will be limited to five minutes each.

  • Thursday January 22nd, 2015

    A logger working in Blackstone was hit in the head. According to updates posted online at courier-record.com, a man was struck in the head by a falling tree in a wooded area between 460 and the Rt. 606 entrance ramp in Blackstone last Thursday afternoon. The victim, who reportedly is from South Carolina, was flown to VCU Medical center in Richmond with what was described as a serious head injury.
    -0-
    mcb

  • Thursday January 22nd, 2015

    A Farmville bank is offering scholarships for area teens. Benchmark Community Bank has announced the launch of the SmartStart Community Commitment Scholarship. They hope to make the scholarship an annual event with the number of awards and amounts to be determined year to year. For the inaugural year, three 1-thousand dollar scholarships will be offered to area high school seniors. The scholarships are available to any teen who is a resident of Prince Edward, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Brunswick, Mecklenburg or Halifax counties. You can get more information on line at BCBonline.com

WFLO is powered by WordPress and FREEmium Theme.
developed by Dariusz Siedlecki and brought to you by FreebiesDock.com