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Member News April

The Academy of Fine Arts received a pledge that will push its campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre past the $3 million mark.

AREVA Inc. announce the renewal of the company’s sponsorship of the 2014-2015 Explore Engineering program at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va., with a contribution of $15,000. This is the second consecutive year that AREVA is sponsoring the program as part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outreach. The Explore Engineering program provides college immersion opportunities for high school girls while introducing the benefits of an education and career in engineering. The AREVA sponsorship will support three Explore Engineering sessions, a weeklong summer camp, and two weekend “mini-camps” will be held.   These team-based sessions are structured to emphasize creativity, problem solving and engineering design principles. So far, more than 275 high school girls from across the country — many of them from the Lynchburg, Va., area — have attended one or more of the camps.

Centra Medical Group is pleased to announce that Plastic Surgery Associates has joined their network of primary care providers, and medical and surgical specialists.

The Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center, has accepted the invitation to join the Southern Living Hotel Collection, (www.Southern Chosen by the editors at Southern Living and by invitation only, the Collection is a prestigious group of extraordinary properties which meet the criteria of memorable experiences, impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and the finest amenities. Members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are vetted according to the same criteria that the Southern Living editors use to determine editorial coverage. The Collection is by invitation only.

The News & Advance has hired Mark Laskowski as general manager and regional advertising director. Laskowski has 37 years experience with daily and weekly community newspapers, including 15 years at Virginia and North Carolina and South Carolina newspapers.

Member News for March

American National Bankshares Inc. received the second annual 2013 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks. American National also received the 2012 award, the first year that it was established

The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced that its subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. was awarded two new contracts for fuel and materials services totaling up to approximately $302 mil-lion from the U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Laboratory Field Office

Lynch’s Landing Foundation has launched a new grant competition called “INOV8: Driving Business in Downtown Lynchburg.” INOV8 is a small business competition in which three businesses will receive a $10,000 grant to start or expand operations in downtown Lynchburg. Eligible activities for grant support will include expansion programs, transition support from online to home-based businesses and second locations in downtown Lynchburg for businesses currently located outside of the city’s Central Business District. Businesses must register to participate by April 15, 2014. Contact Lynch’s Landing for more information.

MontVue Capital Management, a private, independent wealth management and financial planning firm in Central Virginia is celebrating its 15th anniversary. In 1999, MontVue was founded by Sarah Burnett and Anne Scruggs, who continue to lead the company today. The firm manages over $90 million for high-net-worth individuals, businesses, and endowments. They are marking the occasion with the launch of a new website,, and are holding several celebratory events throughout the year.

U.S. Cellular has named Dana Dorcas, director of sales for the Southeast Region Business Channel in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg announced the winners of U.S. Cellular’s Black History Month Art contest at a special ceremony at the club located at 1101 Madison Street in Lynchburg March 14. The contest was designed to honor influential African-Americans and inspire students’ creativity and knowledge of these heroes. 

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lynchburg were invited to select an influential African-American and develop his or her likeness into an original 8.5 x 11 portrait using any art medium. The top 10 finalists’ entries were on display at area U.S. Cellular stores where the public voted for their favorites during the month of February:

The winners were:
First Place – TyQuante Simms, age 17, who won a $500 gift card for his portrait of Jackie Robinson.
Second Place – Erika Britton, age 10, who won a $200 gift card for a portrait of Stevie Wonder.
Third Place – Alexis Ayala, age 13, who won a $150 gift card for a portrait of Rosa Parks.

Member News for February

AREVA presented the Central Virginia Governor's School of Science and Technology (CVGS) with a $10,000 donation to their Foundation's Opportunities Endowment as a part of its National Engineers Week celebration. The endowment funds support student research opportunities and educational trips during the year.

AREVA Engineer Dr. John Jones Receives Lynchburg Joint Engineers Council's "Engineer of the Year" Award

Bank of the James recently announced the promotions of the following employees:
Angie Eagle has been named Vice President, Accounting. Mike Kirkpatrick has been promoted to Vice President. Terra Gilbert has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. Jenny Reynolds has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. Fallon Berryman has been promoted to Officer and Assistant Branch Manager at the bank's Main Street office. Frances Bryant has been named Officer and Personal Banker. Cameron Boyd has been promoted to Audit Officer. Lauren Jahnke has been named Accounting Officer for Bank of the James. Rich Stallings has been promoted to Officer and Loan Administrator.

Centra Mental Health Services is opening a new autism diagnostic center located at Bridges Treatment Center on Leesville Road in Lynchburg. The center is directed by Jitendra Annapareddy, MD, child psychiatrist, who joined Centra last year.

Centra's orthopaedic total hip and total knee replacement programs have received reaccreditation from The Joint Commission.

Centra joins STAR Programs across the country to help decrease the gap between the evidence-based need for cancer rehabilitation and the delivery of these services to survivors. STAR Programs in almost every state are joining forces to reach out to both cancer survivors in need of rehabilitation services, and the healthcare professionals who treat them. This is being done through an exciting new campaign called Strength in Numbers ( in order to provide education on the benefits of cancer rehabilitation. This campaign brings together hundreds of oncology and rehabilitation healthcare professionals throughout the U.S. who will be working together to change cancer rehabilitation care delivery.

The Lynchburg Community Action Group Inc., a local nonprofit, is offering a "Financial Fitness" program to help people learn how to budget, avoid credit traps, manage bank accounts, develop a savings plan, and achieve their financial goals.

Griffin Pipe Products Co. is under new majority ownership. U.S. Pipe and Foundry Co., based in Birmingham, Ala., announced it has acquired a majority interest in Griffin Pipe. Both companies work primarily in the water and wastewater industries. Griffin Pipe manufactures ductile iron pipes and fittings. The change will allow the companies to expand its products and services.

U.S. Cellular has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg for a Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these influencers. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg members researched African-American role models and their important contributions to society and then created and submitted original 8.5 x 11 portraits representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day. The top 10 finalists' entries, chosen by a panel from the Boys & Girls Club, are displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores, where the public is invited to view and vote on the artwork now through Feb. 28. The top three artists - as determined by the number of votes - will receive prizes: $500 for first place, $200 for second and $150 for third place and recognition at an upcoming U.S. Cellular event held at the Boys & Girls Club. Make sure you cast your vote!

Wiley|Wilson was named the Pinnacle Award winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies/Virginia for engineering excellence in the design of the Naval Research Laboratory, Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (NRL-LASR).

Member News for January

American National Bank and Trust Company announced that S. Cabell Dudley has been named Executive Vice President & Market President for the Central Region, which includes Lynchburg, Bedford and Lovingston. Margo Foust, of Lynchburg, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations & Process Improvement.

Centra's Lynchburg General Hospital has received the ACC Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTGTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award. Lynchburg General is one of 199 hospitals nationwide to receive the Platinum Award for achieving the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

Centra Dedicates Cancer Recovery Bell that was donated by Sandra and Larry Brookshier, to help those completing treatment celebrate the promise of recovery. When bell chimes echo through the center and city, patients and staff take a moment to congratulate someone's milestone.

Central Virginia Community College's Board of Directors unanimously approved funding for a new transportation program that allows anyone with a current CVCC identification card to ride a Greater Lynchburg Transit Company fixed-route bus for free.

Genworth Financial Inc., the Henrico County-based insurance giant, hired Lori Evangel to be chief risk officer.

Hanwha Azdel, a plastic manufacturer will create 33 new jobs in Lynchburg after announcing plans to invest $21.3 million in its Enterprise Drive facility.

Horizon Behavioral Health's Hudson House has been named a National Minority Mental Health Awareness 2013 Virginia Media Contest Winner.

Lynchburg College announced to offer a Doctor of Physician Assistant Medicine degree by the summer of 2015. The program is being created in response to the growing need for trained physician assistants both locally and nationally.

Lynch's Landing annual report noted that Downtown Lynchburg has more than tripled its number of businesses in the past 10 years and is unveiling new dwellings at a rapid clip.

U.S. Cellular celebrates opening of new interactive, digital, high-concept store at its 3901 Old Forest Rd. Bldg. G. Ste. 702 near The Fresh Market.

Member News December

AREVA and the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America have developed a program to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in Lynchburg, Va.

Centra neurosurgeon Dilan Ellegala, M.D., and Centra cardiovascular surgeon David Frantz, M.D., recently teamed for a groundbreaking surgery at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. Dr. Ellegala, director of the Centra Neuroscience Institute, performed a left craniotomy to clip a 2.5-cm aneurysm after Dr. Frantz completed a cardiac standstill to slow the blood flow and reduce the "giant" aneurysm. The nine-hour surgery paired Centra neuroscience and cardiovascular teams for the procedure. Dr. Ellegala said. "This is a procedure that is done in only a handful of operating rooms in the world."

Centra's Clinical Pastoral Education program has received accreditation from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, INC. (ACPE) Following a site review this summer, Centra has received a ten year accreditation with no notations. The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a professional association committed to advancing experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy and laypersons of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions.

First National Bank added Christina Campbell to its mortgage team. Campbell has more than 14 years of experience working in the mortgage field. She will be located in the bank's Forest office.

Kroger stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portion of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, have put up Salvation Army Angel Trees to raise money for holiday dinners for children and their families, a new donation effort this year

Sands Anderson PC announced that 28 lawyers were listed among Virginia Business 2013 Virginia Legal Elite list. The names are W. Ashley Burgess – Business Law, L. Lee Byrd – Civil Litigation, Stefan M. Calos - Business Law, John B. Catlett, Jr. - Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, M. Ann Neil Cosby - Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative, C. Michael DeCamps - Labor/Employment, Robert B. "Chip" Delano, Jr. - Appellate Law, C. Thomas Ebel - Business Law, Karen S. Elliott - Labor/Employment, Benjamin W. Emerson - Real Estate/Land Use, Jeffrey H. Geiger - Intellectual Property, Colleen M. Gentile - Health Law, Terrence L. Graves - Alternative Dispute Resolution, William A. Gray - Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights, Elizabeth L. Gunn - Young Lawyer (under 40), Margaret F. Hardy - Legal Services/Pro Bono, David W. Hearn - Civil Litigation, Phyllis C. Katz* - Legal Services/Pro Bono, Bradford A. King - Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative, Joel M. McCray - Health Law, Bruce L. Mertens - Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, Brian R. Pitney - Business Law, J. Jonathan Schraub - Civil Litigation, Cullen D. Seltzer - Civil Litigation, Henry C. Spalding, III –Construction, Roy M. Terry, Jr. - Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights, William N. Watkins – Construction, Douglas A. Winegardner - Alternative Dispute Resolution. *Phyllis Katz received a special profile recognizing her contributions in the Legal Services/Pro Bono category.

The Wiley|Wilson-designed NRL Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) was named a Grand Prize award winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC Virginia) in the organization's annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). EEA entries represent the most innovative and impactful engineering projects that were completed by Virginia engineering firms over the past year.

Member News November

American Red Cross network is responding to the emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this effort. American Red Cross has a specific designation on its fund-raising page on where people can make a donation to our Typhoon Appeal. American Red Cross is also helping tornado victims in the Midwest.

AREVA employees in Lynchburg raised $222,000 as part of the company’s annual Directed Giving Campaign, surpassing the original goal of $215,000.The donations were contributed to a variety of local organization and charities, according to a release from the company.

AREVA volunteers and family members worked to frame and raise all four exterior walls of the “Engineers Build” Habitat for Humanity home on Rockbridge Street in Lynchburg. AREVA and Appalachian Power teamed up this year with matching $10,000 in seed donations and are challenging area engineering and technical companies to join as co-sponsors of the project.

Babcock and Wilcox is looking for investors to purchase the majority share in its mPower program, which aims to develop, license and sell small modular reactors.

Foster Fuels was recognized by the Defense Logistics Agency for its contribution to Superstorm Sandy response efforts. Foster Fuels mobilized 340 fuel trucks and dispensed over 4 million gallons of fuel to emergency responders and other critical personnel after the storm.

Horizon Behavioral Health, in partnership with Lynchburg City Schools, hosted Dr. T. Scott Garrett, Delegate of the 23rd District of Virginia who talkedto students at Heritage High School about the Too Good for Drugs and Violence program.

Liberty University tunnels are moving into place under railroad tracks. The tunnelsl could provide some traffic relief, eliminating U-turns by cars trying to reach the campus from heavily congested Wards Road.

Lynchburg City Schools added the YMCA's Black Achievers program to the list of Partners in Education.

Member News October
Centra Mental Health Services announced that Namita Dhiman, M.D., child & adolescent psychiatrist, has joined their staff. She will see patients at Centra Medical Group Piedmont Psychiatric Center and the child psychiatric unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Bowen Jewelry Company, held its 50th annual estate sale that included a bracelet from Elizabeth Taylor, as well as fine estates and precious jewelry from Laykin et Cie, a California-based jeweler.


Jersey Mike's raised $7,820 for Wheels on the James during its grand opening of its second location in Lynchburg


LSI celebrated 50 years of 'manufacturing with a mission"


United Way of Central Virginia's annual October food drive is back this year — with a musical twist. Thirteen school bands are spearheading drives within their schools, in keeping with the theme of "Band Together to Stop Hunger." On Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. the United Way of Central Virginia will distribute the food and the Brookville Middle School band will play while agencies pick up their donations

Member News September 2013

Bank of the James announced the appointment of two new members to the bank's Lynchburg Advisory Board. Joining this board are Joseph D. Aboid and Randall J. Trost.

BOTJ Investment Services, a division of Bank of the James, recently announced the hiring of Kenneth L. Harvey, who will serve as Senior Vice President.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg is expanding to a second location, through a partnership with Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and The Family Alliance. Staff members started registration Tuesday for the new DeWitt Clubhouse on the spacious Presbyterian Homes campus on Linden Avenue near VES Road in north Lynchburg.

Centra announced that James W. Wright, M.D. has been named the sixteenth recipient of Lynchburg Academy of Medicine's prestigious William H. Barney Distinguished Service award.

Centra announced recepients of the Virginia Nurses Foundation Leadership Excellence Awards:
- Patti McCue, Sc.D., RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Senior VP/CNO - Nurse Administrator Category.
- Tiffany Kidd, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-P, CNIV, Pediatric Nursing - Staff Nurse Category.
- Johanna Derrenbacker, MSN, RN, Director, Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning –
- Linda Jenkins, MSN,RN-BC, ACNS-BC; Manager of Professional Nursing Practice - Nurse Researcher Category.
- Ruth Syre, MSN, RN, FCN; Congregational Health Coordinator - Lifetime Nursing Category

Centra received approval from the Virginia State Health Commissioner Cynthia Romera, M.D. to proceed with placement of a 64-slice CT scanner in its Gretna Medical Center. Centra's application for a required Certificate of Public Need was approved by the state, but that decision was challenged by Danville Regional Medical Center in November 2012, requiring both parties to participate in an Informal Fact Finding Conference before a hearing officer in February 2013. In upholding the state's original decision, the commissioner cited strong written community support for the project and improved geographic access for a predominantly rural area

Fresh Market opened it doors on September 11 with over 24,600 square feet of "culinary delights," according to a release from the company, including a bakery, full-service meat counter, wide selection of ready-to-serve entrees, fresh seafood, more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses and a produce department stocked with more than 400 items.

Genworth Financial Inc. has completed the sale of its wealth management business for about $412.5 million, which will help it pay off debt.

Liberty University's credit rating rose this week after Moody's reported that the college had $728 million in total financial resources in fiscal 2012 and a $295 million increase in cash and investments in fiscal 2013.

Lynchburg Sheltered Industries Inc. recently announced its 2013-2014 Board of Directors. Members serving on the 2013-2014 will include: Randy Nexsen, chairperson; Jim Richards, vice chairperson; Sharon Saunders, secretary; Jonathan Tyree, treasurer; James Bennett; Christine Smith; Lin Beasley; Judy Dudley; Jessie Seiferth and Toni Minor.

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will partner with the Alzheimer's Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, to offer Arts Fusion, a program that provides opportunities for persons in the early stages of Alzheimer's and related dementias, along with their caregivers, to participate in docent-led discussions of works of art. Each session is designed to provide a welcoming space to talk about the artworks on view within a small group.

Member News August 2013

American National Bank and Trust Company
announced appointments for the Virginia Advisory Board, which is comprised of 21 outstanding community leaders from across the bank's four Virginia regions, including Danville-Pittsylvania County, Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston.
The Virginia Advisory Board serves the bank as a core group of community liaisons who provide feedback on bank strategies and advice on the relevance of various products and services.

Virginia Advisory Board:
Kim Adkins; Mayor, City of Martinsville; President, KEA Consulting Services; Martinsville
Jay E. Barker, President, JEB International Tobacco Company, Danville
James E. Barkhouser, President, Barkhouser Motors Inc., Danville
J. Brian Burton, President, J. E. Burton Construction Company, South Boston
Thomas C. Capps, President, Capps Shoe Company Inc., Lynchburg                   
Timothy J. Clark, Operations Officer, Blair Construction Inc., Gretna
James D. Coleman, Jr., President, Rives Brown Realty, Martinsville          
Eric Deaton, Chief Executive Officer, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville            
Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, President, Averett University, Danville
Harold E. Green, Jr., President, Distinct Impressions Inc., Halifax
Wanda B. Jeffress, Owner, Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston 
Brian J. Kelleher, Vice President, Atlantic Precision Resource Inc., Lynchburg                                     
Chris A. Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer, Halifax Regional Hospital, South Boston                   
Chris F. Mohr, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ameristaff Inc., Martinsville                          
Laurie S. Moran, President, Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce,
Pittsylvania County
Dr. James K. Mueleck, Dentist, Martinsville             
Grady W. Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, Martinsville     
Thomas S. Stump, President & Chief Executive Officer, First Piedmont Corporation, Chatham
Michael A. Thornton, President, Progress Printing, Lynchburg
William C. Vaughn, Vice President, J & R Management Inc., Martinsville               
Lewis E. Wall, Jr., President, Davenport Energy, Chatham 

AREVA CEO Mike Rencheck  and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell officially unveiled  the governor's new STEM Academy, XLR8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the AREVA Technology Center. XLR8 launches this fall at the AREVA Technology Center at Central Virginia Community College. The Region 2000 Technology Council partnered with Areva, Babcock & Wilcox and several other businesses and industries to sponsor the academy.

AREVA and Appalachian Power challenges Lynchburg's engineering and technical companies to join them as co-sponsors of an "Engineers' Build" for the Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity (GLHFH).  The GLHFH is reaching out to area businesses to raise the funds needed to build their 282nd house for a family of four on Rockbridge Avenue. The project needs $60,000 to begin construction.  Currently about $25,000 has been pledged. 

Centra Lynchburg General Hospital has successfully attained its recertification as an Acute Heart Attack Center and its Primary Stroke Center recertification by The Joint Commission.

Centra  Medical Group's Piedmont Psychiatric Center has hired Lakshman Gandham, M.D., child & adolescent psychiatrist.

The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company signed an option to buy 12.4 acres off Odd Fellows Road in the First Lynchburg Industrial Park for its new headquarters. The purchase price is $500,000, officials said, which will be paid for with a mix of federal, state and local money. The option expires after three months, but officials don't anticipate any problems closing the sale.

Horizon Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Leigh Farmer as the agency's new Communication Coordinator.

Sands Anderson PC announced that a record-high 21 lawyers from the firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC).

Three of the 21 Sands Anderson attorneys have been named the Best Lawyers' 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in their respective disciplines:

  • L. Lee Byrd, Richmond Litigation–Municipal "Lawyer of the Year";
  • Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., Richmond Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"; and
  •  J. Jonathan Schraub, Washington, DC, Legal Malpractice Law– Defendants "Lawyer of the Year."

Sands Anderson attorneys listed in the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in America and their areas of practice are: 

1.      Stephen E. Baril, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-Trusts & Estates and Professional Malpractice Law;
2.      L. Lee Byrd, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Trusts & Estates, Litigation-Municipal;
3.      C. Michael DeCamps, Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment;
4.      Robert B. Delano, Jr., Appellate Practice, Insurance Law and Litigation-ERISA;
5.      C. Thomas Ebel, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law;
6.      Karen S. Elliott, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management;
7.      Benjamin W. Emerson, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law;
8.      Terrance L. Graves, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Transportation Law;
9.      Phyllis C. Katz, Employee Benefits Law-ERISA;
10.  Bradford A. King, Education Law;
11.  Michael T. Marr, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants;
12.  Bruce L. Mertens, Trusts and Estates;
13.  Albert M. Orgain IV, Insurance Law and Transportation Law;
14.  Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., Corporate Law and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants;
15.  M. Pierce Rucker, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants;
16.  J. Jonathan Schraub, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants;
17.  Cullen D. Seltzer, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs;
18.  Daniel M. Siegel, Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law;
19.  Roy M. Terry, Jr., Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law;
20.  William N. Watkins, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Construction and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; and
21.  Carlyle R. Wimbish III, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants.

StarTek is looking to hire 300 additional employees by December. Most of the available positions are customer services representatives, according to a release from the company.


Member News July 2013

The Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center is proud to announce that the Centra Palliative Care team has successfully achieved Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.

Database Computer Systems, Inc. is celebrating 30 years in the IT professional services business.

Kroger to buy regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion

nTelos Wireless has begun offering home phone service using its high-speed Frawg wireless network.

The News & Advance and have announced Alton Brown, as new publisher.

Virginia Episcopal School Headmaster G. Thomas Battle Jr. was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. He has been named treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee and will serve on the Executive Committee for a two-year term that began on July 1.

Wiley|Wilson President and COO Tim Groover, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, is a 2013 inductee into the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's (CEE) Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Virginia Tech.

Sands Anderson PC has 17 attorneys listed among the "Top Attorneys in Virginia and West Virginia" according to the recent edition of Super Lawyers® Magazine, published June 2013, and another four were named to the "Rising Stars 2013" list.

2013 Super Lawyers

  •  In Appellate, Robert B. "Chip" Delano, Jr. was listed.
  •  In the Aviation practice, Albert M. Orgain IV was the only Virginia lawyer listed.
  •  In Business/Corporate, Brian R. Pitney was listed.
  •  In Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, William A. Gray and Roy M. Terry were listed.
  • In Business Litigation, Stephen E. Baril, L. Lee Byrd and Jeffrey H. Geiger were listed.
  • In Employment & Labor, C. Michael DeCamps and Karen S. Elliott were listed.
  •  In Civil Litigation Defense, Cullen D. Seltzer and William N. Watkins were listed.
  •  In Estate Planning & Probate, Bruce L. Mertens was listed.
  • In Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Margaret H. Hardy, M. Pierce Rucker and Carlyle R. Wimbish, III, were listed.
  •  In Professional Liability: Defense, Douglas P. Rucker, Jr., and J. Jonathan Schraub were listed.
  •  In Transportation/Maritime, Terrence R. Graves was listed.

2013 Super Lawyers -Rising Stars

  •  In Professional Liability: Defense, Andrew Biondi was listed.
  •  In Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, W. Ashley Burgess and Elizabeth L. Gunn were listed.
  •  In Healthcare, Michelle L. Warden was listed.

Member News June 2013

The American Red Cross continues to assist people in Oklahoma while launching responses in multiple states after tornadoes, flooding, fires and other disasters. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

The Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College, in collaboration with Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board, and the Virginia Employment Commission have launched "Wisdom at Work: Resources for the 50+ Job Seeker". The program is free and starts in June and will meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. The program helps older job seekers understand and navigate the new job market and overcome job search challenges associated with finding employment. For more information contact Denise Scruggs, Director, Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College, (434) 544-8456,

Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, was purchased for $8.7 billion by Canadian drugmaker, Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business.

Centra has completed work on its $3 million Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning. The center is located on the lower level of The Plaza shopping center and is one of the most comprehensive virtual healthcare learning facility in Virginia.

Craddock Terry Event Hotel & Event Center now offers complimentary luxury shuttle service to and from the Lynchburg Regional Airport and also the Amtrak station. 

Liberty University
has started work on inserting a pair of vehicle tunnels under the railroad tracks between the Liberty University campus and Wards Road in Lynchburg and should be completed before the end of September.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ: SHEN) was named the 2013 Technology Company of the Year by the Region 2000 Technology Council at its annual conference in Lynchburg, VA. Shentel is a local provider of phone, TV and high-speed Internet in much of the Region 2000 area which includes the counties of Campbell, Bedford, Appomattox and Amherst. 

The Homestead in Hot Springs, is being purchased by Omni Hotels & Resorts that is owned by KSL Capital Partners LLC.

The News & Advance's
parent firm BH Media Group buys The Roanoke Times. Terry Jamerson, vice president of BH Media Group and current publisher of The News & Advance, has been named publisher of The Roanoke Times, effective immediately. Debbie Meade, president and publisher of The Times, is retiring. BH Media named Tony Stophel, The News & Advance's circulation and production manager, as interim publisher.

Member News May 2013

The Babcock & Wilcox Company has secured a $366 million contract from the U.S. Naval Reactors Program.

The Babcock & Wilcox Company's chief operating officer, Mary Pay Salomone will retire, effective June 30.

The Babcock and Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group
, headquartered in Lynchburg, has named Ted Dalheim Vice President, Finance and Group Controller.

Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James, announced  Bianca K. Allison as Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer. 

Centra was awarded a three-star rating for the fourth time by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Centra, therefore continues to be among the nation's highest possible tier of hospitals providing heart surgery. 

Centra announced the promotions of Beth Bankston, Carl Cline and Wren Roberts at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. Bankston has been promoted to vice president of orthopaedics and neurosciences. Cline has been promoted to service line director for neurosciences. Roberts has been promoted to managing director for support services.

Centra Southside Community Hospital names William Bass, Jr. as vice president and CEO by its board of directors.

Lynchburg Jersey Mike's manager Ashley Diamond, appeared on Food Network's "Giving You the Business".

The Lynchburg Regional Airport air traffic control tower will remain open through at least Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year with the help of federal money.

ABC 13 WSET's parent company Allbritton Communications Co., considers exploring and evaluating potential strategic alternatives, which may result in the possible sale of the company.