Carilion Clinic distributes 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine
ROANOKE, Va. – Carilion Clinic is hitting another major milestone in the battle against COVID-19. On Wednesday, the health system helped administer its 100,000th dose of the vaccine and 98-year-old June Rutherfoord was the lucky recipient. Rutherfoord, a former nurse, said she’s thankful for the scientists who made it possible to get the vaccine. “Well I’m very thankful we have wonderful scientists who work out all these things to control the evil that’s in the world, thank you all,” Rutherfoord said. Vaccine distribution is expected to pick up at the Berglund Center and other sites across the region through the rest of the week.
Congressman Ben Cline tours vaccination site at Berglund Center
ROANOKE, Va – As COVID-19 vaccine supply increases across the Roanoke Valley, Congressman Ben Cline paid a visit to one of the largest vaccination sites in the region. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people get vaccinated here at the Berglund Center almost every day. “We’ve got folks from all over the community working together to make sure that everybody wants to get vaccinated,” Cline said. The Republican congressman spent Wednesday afternoon looking at operations and thanking volunteers for their time. Cline says the choice to get vaccinated is still personal, but he hopes to act as an example because it will help reopen the economy and protect the community.
Congressmen urge Gov. Northam to allow more fans at high school sports games
Ralph Northam recently loosened COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor high school sporting events, some Virginia Congressmen feel they’re still too restrictive. He also pushed for Northam to follow CDC’s 6-foot distancing guidelines instead of 10 feet that’s currently in Executive Order 72. AdThe order currently allows outdoor high school sports to have 30% of the occupancy load or a maximum of 250 spectators per field. “Governor Northam’s decision to require 10-foot distancing and allow no more than 250 fans at an outdoor stadium that potentially holds thousands is insufficient. Earlier this week northside high school had to suspend all activities after members of the football program tested positive.
Special Olympics Virginia athletes share their stories with lawmakers
RICHMOND, Va. – Some of Virginia’s most notable athletes took a virtual trip to the Capitol Wednesday morning. Special Olympics Virginia representatives talked with state lawmakers about why their organization deserves funding. The speakers included Matt Crowder, a Special Olympian from Roanoke who spoke with Rep. Ben Cline. Crowder believes the organization has changed his life and will continue to do the same for others in his position. “It’s taught me to be responsible, it’s taught me how to be part of a team,” Crowder said.
Protesters against Rep. Ben Cline march to his Roanoke office
ROANOKE, Va. – A Southwest Virginia congressman’s vote against the Electoral College results Wednesday inspired a small group of Roanoke protesters to demonstrate against him. A gathering of about 20 people marched from Elmwood Park to Rep. Ben Cline’s Roanoke office Thursday morning. The group planned to talk to people at his office, but were unable to do so. Demonstrators said the protest came together spontaneously after watching the vote and the siege at the U.S. Capitol. “I’m furious,” said Brienne Nida, who traveled down from Botetourt County for the demonstration.
Virginia lawmakers discuss ceremonial Electoral College count
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to show support for President Trump one day before Congress certifies the Electoral College results. What is usually a ceremonial counting of the votes, that each state has already certified, is drawing nationwide attention because some Republicans plan to object. [Rep. Ben Cline says he’ll object the Electoral College certification process]Meanwhile, Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner plans to certify the votes and said the count could take a while. “It does seem that there’s evidence of fraud, there’s evidence that laws were not followed in accordance with the state legislators who make those laws in those respectful states,” said Good. Warner said he expects the majority of Republicans to certify the 306 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kalama Harris.
Rep. Ben Cline says he’ll object the Electoral College certification process
Congressman Ben Cline announced Tuesday that he will support objections to the Electoral College certification process on Wednesday. Cline, who represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, joins other congressmen planning to reject Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. In addition, the state Legislatures have enacted laws with detailed election rules and procedures by which voters are to choose their presidential electors. Our founders set up a system of, by, and for the people that placed the state Legislatures at its very heart, and that heart still beats strongly today. Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, which contains all of Amherst County, Augusta County, Bath County, Botetourt County, Highland County, Page County, Rockbridge Couty, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and parts of Bedford and Roanoke counties.
What’s News Today: Christmas Parade, honoring graduates
Roanoke City Council holds a public hearing about the City Plan 2040. Lynchburg’s Future of Education Task Force Steering Committee meets today. The Rich Creek Fire Department holds a drive-through Christmas Parade tonight. You can watch the parade from your home or front yard as it drives throughout the town. The City of Danville will honor the first graduates in the Project Rebuild program.
Republicans get majority vote in Bath, Highland
MONTEREY and WARM SPRINGS — The presidential election remains undecided as The Recorder goes to press this week, with millions of votes nationwide yet to be counted. But in Bath and Highland counties, all unofficial results point to a solid win for the Republican tickets — Donald Trump and Mike Pence for president and vice president; Daniel Gade for U.S. Senator; and incumbent Ben Cline for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 6. In Virginia overall, however, the major metropolita...therecorderonline.com
WATCH: Rep. Ben Cline gives speech after projected 6th congressional district win
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Rep. Ben Cline is projected to continue serving Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in Washington. Ben Cline projected to win reelection in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District Rep. Ben Cline speaks to a crowd at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg about his projected win. Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Tuesday, November 3, 2020Cline was at Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg to speak to a crowd about his projected win. [Ben Cline projected to win reelection in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, according to NBC News]He was first elected to Congress back in 2018.
Ben Cline projected to win reelection in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, according to NBC News
ROANOKE, Va. – Rep. Ben Cline is projected to continue serving Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in Washington. The incumbent Republican lawmaker is expected to defeat his Democratic opponent Nicholas Betts. The 6th District covers Roanoke and Lynchburg and goes up Interstate 81 from Roanoke to Front Royal and also includes Lynchburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg. Use the picker below:Find Race ResultsThe Rockbridge County native was first elected to Congress back in 2018 where he defeated his Democratic opponent by nearly 20 percentage points. [Rep. Ben Cline hoping for a second term to represent Virginians in Congress]Below is our full interview with Webb ahead of Election Day:
Results by locality for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District race between Cline and Betts
Republican Ben Cline is being challenged for his Congressional seat by Democrat Nicholas Betts in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Interested in the results of other races? Use the picker:Find Race ResultsBelow is how each city and county in the 6th District voted this race:Get the latest Virginia Election news here
Results for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District race between Nicholas Betts and Ben Cline
Republican Ben Cline is being challenged for his Congressional seat by Democrat Nicholas Betts in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Click here if you’d like to see a county-by-county breakdown of the votes in this raceInterested in the results of other races? Use the picker below:Find Race ResultsGet the latest Virginia Election news here
Virginia lawmakers react to Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to Supreme Court
ROANOKE, Va. – After a late night, controversial vote of 52-48 in the Senate, Amy Coney Barrett has officially been sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. The confirmation of Barrett is not only a topic of debate at the Capitol but across the Commonwealth as well. It was the closest vote in decades and experts believe this will be the most conservative court since World War II. Monday night, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine voted against Barrett’s confirmation and said Republicans broke their promise by proceeding with it. I am ecstatic that a principled, female conservative now sits on the High Court, and I wish Justice Barrett the best of luck on this new endeavor.”
Newcomer Nicholas Betts looking to upset Ben Cline in the 6th District
LEXINGTON, Va. – Nicholas Betts is a political outsider, but he believes that perspective makes him the perfect person to represent Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. The Democrat is running to unseat incumbent Rep. Ben Cline in the district that extends up Interstate 81 from Roanoke to Front Royal. Betts faces a steep challenge in the 6th District as voters haven’t elected a Democrat since 1990, when the late Jim Olin won his fifth term in Congress. Despite the obstacles, Betts believes he has what it takes to unite both the urban and rural areas within district. “Bridging that gap is just getting out, doing the work, and listening to what people have to say," Betts said.
Rep. Ben Cline hoping for a second term to represent Virginians in Congress
ROANOKE, Va. – Rep. Ben Cline wants two more years to represent Roanoke, Lynchburg, and the rest of Virginia’s 6th district in Congress. Cline even served as a member of Goodlatte’s legislative staff in 1994 and ultimately serving as the congressman’s chief of staff. “It’s making sure we can get a vaccine, making sure we save lives, and getting the economy moving again,” Cline said. He also hopes to get federal funding for the improvement of Interstate 81, which runs through the majority of the 6th district. Cline said those politics have disillusioned some of the voters in the district he talked with, but he hopes to set a bipartisan example with a second term.
Roanoke Valley Republicans ‘Back the Blue’ at rally in support of police
ROANOKE, Va. – Dozens of people gathered in Roanoke on Tuesday for a “Back the Blue” rally. Two Republican Roanoke City Council candidates, Peg McGuire and Maynard Keller, teamed up with Virginia Republican Senate candidate Daniel Gade and Congressman Ben Cline to show their support for local law enforcement. The event was held outside SafeSide Tactical where speakers talked about the importance of supporting police officers, not defunding them. This event comes as the General Assembly holds a special session in Richmond focusing on police reform. There was also a voter registration booth at the event.
Lexington City Council unanimously agrees to rename Stonewall Jackson Cemetery
During a Thursday night meeting, the Lexington City Council voted unanimously, 6-0, to change the name of Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. I suppose they’ll rename it something like ‘Lexington Cemetery: Now with Surprise Inside!' On April 1, 1949, the cemetery was conveyed to the city by the Lexington Presbyterian Church, according to City Manager Jim Halasz. On May 5 of that year, the council approved an ordinance accepting the conveyance, trust and naming the cemetery as the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. The city council, which met until 1:30 a.m. Friday said it will now take online input from city residents for possible new names.
Del. Sam Rasoul calling for federal government to replenish state, federal unemployment funds
ROANOKE, Va. – A state delegate is calling on the federal government to take action ahead of the federal and state unemployment funds running out of money. Sam Rasoul, who represents Virginia’s 11th District, which covers part of the city of Roanoke, believes the federal government should put hundreds of billions of dollars into the funds. Otherwise, businesses will see a huge increase in their unemployment tax in order to replenish them. He said the state is paying about $90 million in unemployment claims a week as of Monday because of the coronavirus. On Monday, 10 News also reached out to Congressman Ben Cline for comment but he was unavailable.
Here’s what local lawmakers are saying after President Trump’s acquittal
ROANOKE, Va. – The U.S. Senate acquitted President Trump on the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress on Wednesday, as expected. Local lawmakers are reacting and releasing statements in response to the impeachment trial and President Trump’s acquittal:Ben Cline (R), U.S. Congressman representing Virginia’s 9th district“The Senate has finally ended an ordeal that never should have started. “President Trump was rightfully acquitted. Congressman representing Virginia’s 5th districtCongressman Denver Riggleman Releases Statement on the acquittal of @realDonaldTrump: pic.twitter.com/h28Lp2FVQX — Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) February 5, 2020Mark Warner (D), U.S.
What's News Today: November 6, 2019
Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. The Chamber of Commerce of Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County will hold its annual meeting today. The reconfiguration would reduce the number of travel lanes from four to two, while adding two bike lanes. There's a ribbon cutting today for the Villa Heights Recreation Center. Part of Eighth Street in Lynchburg will close today from Taylor Street to Wise Street.
Congressmen Riggleman and Cline host town hall in Bedford
BEDFORD, Va. - Republican Congressmen Denver Riggleman and Ben Cline hosted a joint town hall in Bedford Wednesday night. A crowd of more than 100 people filled the room at Central Virginia Community College in Bedford Wednesday for the event. Cline of the 6th District and Riggleman of the 5th District split the county. "Voters in this area are not as concerned about impeachment as they are concerned about, infrastructure, drugs and crime and immigration," Cline said. As questions continue about President Donald Trump's actions with foreign governments, both Republicans said they continue to back the President.
Congressmen Denver Riggleman, Ben Cline holding joint town hall in Bedford
BEDFORD, Va. - Constituents are invited to talk with their representatives about the issues facing Virginians. Two freshman Republican congressmen, Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman will be at Central Virginia Community College in Bedford on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1633 Venture Boulevard in Bedford. The registration website states that those who live in Bedford County will have first priority to ask questions. Those planning to attend are asked to register, click the above link, and bring identification to the event. There will be limited overflow seating for those who are unable to obtain a ticket.
10 News Political Analyst, local lawmakers react to Ukraine call, impeachment and more
Even though the overwhelming majority of voters oppose impeachment, 100% of Virginia's Democrat Congressional Representatives have signed on to the socialist squads latest litmus test." Senator for Virginia, tweeted this, among other tweets:Bottom line: The Trump-Zelensky transcript is very damning. Congressman representing Virginia's 9th district, released this statement:My statement on President Trump and Ukraine: pic.twitter.com/t54npIzfBR Morgan Griffith (@RepMGriffith) September 25, 2019Ben Cline, U.S. Congressman representing Virginia's 6th district, released this statement:"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has caved to those on the far-left of her party who are demanding an official impeachment inquiry. It is my hope that we can put aside these political games and work toward addressing the important issues facing the American people."
What you need to know about Virginia's 6th District House race
“It resonates with people.”She said she will she will represent the people of the 6th District and not simply follow the leaders of the Democratic Party. “I'm the conservative with a record of success down in Richmond fighting the fights on behalf of the people of the 6th District,” he said. He says he will take to Washington the values of the 6th District: faith, family, community and hard work. JobsCline has a pro-business view, while Lewis believes solving issues in health care can be the spark the 6th District needs. “6th District schools are best when the decisions are made in the 6th District,” Cline said.