Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22.
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Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics.
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Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves.
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Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives.
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Henrico to receive Homeland Security grant awards


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate more than $6.1 million through various federal grant programs to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. The funds will be administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments.
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Equality groups to host House of Delegates candidate forum Oct. 24


Four equality organizations are partnering to host a Virginia House of Delegates candidate forum in Henrico Oct. 24.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Ridge Elementary School, preceded at 5:45 p.m. by a "Meet the Candidate" session.
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Varina Library wins award for architecture


Varina Area Library was one of 16 projects honored recently by AIA Virginia, a Society of the American Institute of Architects.

Designed by BCWH of Richmond, the library won an Architecture Merit Award in the Architecture category.
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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 16 for next month’s election


Virginia voters have until Monday, Oct. 16 to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Departmenof Elections website at http://elections.virginia.gov. To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver's licenses.
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Henrico seeks input on transit

Citizens may weigh in on short-, long-term future of bus service

Should public transit service in Henrico be designed primarily to serve the people most likely to use it?

Or should it be available to a broad geographic portion of the county, even if many of those areas don't produce many riders?
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Henrico ranks 5th statewide in tourism

Visitors spent $879.6M in the county in 2016

Tourist spending in Henrico County by domestic travelers increased by 3.2 percent in 2016 to $879.6 million, according to a study released earlier this month by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

That total was the fifth-highest amount in the state, keeping Henrico in the same spot it occupied in 2015, behind only Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach. Statewide, tourist spending rose 3.3 percent last year.
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Henrico to host Community Day Oct. 7


Henrico County will host its annual Community Day Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road.

Henrico citizens and others will have an opportunity to peruse county agencies’ static displays, discover job opportunities, observe police and fire demonstrations, talk with county officials and experience tours of the jail facility and courthouse displays.
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Henrico County Police Division earns traffic safety awards

The Henrico County Police Division recently received three awards recognizing its efforts in promoting traffic safety within Henrico County during 2016. The awards were presented during the Virginia Chiefs of Police Conference earlier this month in Virginia Beach.

The awards were part of the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge, a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe.
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McAuliffe recognizes businesses for hiring veterans


SEPT. 28, 5:30 P.M. – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Thursday recognized businesses for their ongoing commitment to creating employment opportunities for Virginia’s military veterans at the 2017 Virginia Workforce Conference, hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation. More than 700 businesses, state and local government agencies and educational institutions, certified under the Virginia Values Veterans Program, have hired 26,852 veterans since the program’s inception in 2012.
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Henrico officials to serve on NACo committees


The National Association of Counties (NACo) has appointed nine Henrico County officials to the organization’s committees for 2017-18. Members of the Henrico Board of Supervisors received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon – Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee (vice chair); Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board (vice chair); Information Technology Standing Committee; International Economic Development Task Force; Resilient Counties Advisory Board (vice chair); and Large Urban County Caucus Steering Committee;
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Henrico 4-H sale of peanuts, honey underway; orders due Oct. 27


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling Virginia peanuts and honey to benefit local 4-H youth programs.

Peanuts come in a 2-pound sack and are available raw with recipes, for $10, or in salted or unsalted cocktail varieties, for $15. A 1-pound jar of honey costs $10.
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