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Bridge Named For Trooper Hines Dedicated

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Virginia legislators, state and local law enforcement, the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Transportation, family and friends gathered Monday, July 14, 2014, in Lexington to dedicate a portion of Interstate 81 in memory of slain Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines. During the 2014 General Assembly session, Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored legislation to designate the I-81 bridge over the Maury River in Rockbridge County - the Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridge.

Hines, 48, was shot and killed at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 20, 1989, during the course of a traffic stop in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the I-64 interchange in Rockbridge County. Hines’ line-of-duty death occurred during an eight-hour rampage that started in Shenandoah County when Dennis W. Eaton, 32, of Mount Jackson, Va., killed a neighbor and a male friend of Eaton’s girlfriend. Following those shootings, Eaton stole his neighbor’s car and was traveling along I-81 when Hines initiated the traffic stop. After shooting Hines, Eaton and his girlfriend fled the scene. They were later spotted by a Salem police officer. A high-speed pursuit ensued and ended when Eaton crashed into a series of utility poles. Immediately following the crash, Eaton shot and killed his girlfriend, exchanged gunfire with the Salem police officers, and then wounded himself. Eaton was finally taken into custody.Hines-DedicationHines Bridge dedication Hines FamilyHines Memorial Bridge dedication CreighHines Bridge dedication unveiling

Health Center Continues Help With Health Insurance Needs

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During the initial enrollment period, counselors at the Rockbridge Area Health Center assisted over 350 people apply for health insurance through the Federal Marketplace insurance exchange (

While the open enrollment period ended in March, certified application counselors (CACs) continue to be available to assist people who successfully enrolled in a health insurance plan. Volunteer CACs can answer questions concerning insurance benefits and qualified health plans. CACs can also assist enrolled individuals to register changes in circumstances with the Federal Marketplace.

There are some changes that can qualify an individual for a special enrollment period: gaining or losing job-based health coverage, change in income, moving to another area, pregnancy or change in marital status to name a few.

The volunteer CACs will be available to assist in navigating the Federal Marketplace and provide information about available insurance options.

From now until July 1 there is a special enrollment period for individuals currently enrolled in a COBRA program.

There is also a special focus on college students who recently graduated. If a graduate loses coverage under the parent’s health plan or one provided through their college, CACs can assist with applying for a Marketplace plan.

Individuals who do not have minimal essential coverage or qualify for an exemption may be subject to a fee when they file 2014 Federal Income tax next year.

Trained volunteers are available to assist anyone in need of help. Call the Rockbridge Area Health Center at 464-8700 to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for this type of assistance appointment.

The Rockbridge Area Health Center is a United Way agency.

Small Business Seminars Planned For Area

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 A series of workshops entitled “Business Smarts - Lexington” will start in May for business owners and managers and leaders of nonprofit organizations.

The series of six workshops is sponsored by Virginia Small Business Development Center – Shenandoah Valley, Main Street Lexington, the Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The workshops will be held the third Friday of every month from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the boardroom of CornerStone Bank in Lexington. The cost is $10 per session.

The sessions are as follows:

“Business Life-Cycle Stages,” May 16;

“What, If Anything, Is Special About Your Business?” June 20;

“Getting The Most Value Out Of Your Accountant,” July 18;

“Having The Right Employees Who Do Right By Your Business,” Aug. 15.

“What Will Your Business Be Worth When You Want Out?” Sept. 19;

“Business Storytelling Is The ‘New Marketing,’” Oct. 17.

For more information, visit Register by calling the Shenandoah Valley SBDC at (540) 568-3227 or by visiting