FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country.
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Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too.
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‘It’s such a blessing’

Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Second rabies case in Henrico reported

Henrico Police have confirmed the second case of rabies in Henrico County.

A raccoon that was fighting with a cat inside a Glen Allen home June 1 tested positive for the disease, police announced today.
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Brat, McEachin highlight importance of bipartisanship

Though they come from different sides of the aisle, two Virginia congressmen came together for a moderated discussion on entrepreneurship and economic growth. U.S. Reps. Dave Brat, a Republican from Glen Allen, and A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Richmond, highlighted the importance of bipartisan cooperation in moving Virginia and the nation forward.

While Brat and McEachin disagreed over issues such as health care, they found common ground in supporting broadband service in rural areas and deregulation that will stimulate business growth.
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Preschool director retires after 45 years

After 45 years with the Trinity Preschool at Trinity UMC, Carole Smith (pictured) retired from the directorship at the end of May.

Church members marked the occasion May 21 with a reception and a commemorative plaque placed on the outer classroom wall, alongside two plaques honoring previous long-time directors.
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Deep Run grad to play for Team USA in D-3 volleyball tour

A collegiate volleyball player from Henrico has been selected to compete for the United States in a tournament in Brazil.

Christian Taylor, a graduate of Deep Run High School who currently plays for Division 3 Eastern Mennonite, has been selected to compete on the USA D-3 Men’s Volleyball Team in the Brazil Tour 2017. Taylor, a setter, has been playing volleyball for seven years.

He started his volleyball career after his neighbors encouraged him to try out. In eighth grade, he made the team but saw no playing time. During his freshman year, he tried out for the Deep Run High School JV team and made the team, but only played a little.
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New law lets schools help diabetic students

Virginia students afflicted by diabetes may receive additional support in schools thanks to a new state law.

Senate Bill 1116, which takes effect July 1, will allow school nurses to help diabetic students reinsert the tube that connects their insulin pump to their body if it becomes dislodged at school.

“This bill is for kids who need help inserting or reinserting their insulin pump,” said Devon Cabot, legislative aide for Sen. Jeremy McPike, who proposed the measure.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: June 5, 2017

It’s been nearly six months since a senseless act left one woman dead and a family looking for answers. Crime Stoppers still needs your help to solve the Murder of 57-year-old Karon Williams.

On Jan. 15, police were called to the 3100 block of Cliff Avenue for what was initially an in-progress burglary. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Karon E. Williams, 57, of the 3100 block of Cliff Avenue, with an apparent gunshot wound.
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Robinson’s ‘dream come true’ takes shape in Varina

Nonprofit showcases plans for learning center at old Varina Library site
Henrico County officials announced plans to rename Library Road to Michael Robinson Way, in honor of the founder of Excel to Excellence, at an event on Thursday celebrating the start of the group’s renovations of the former Varina Branch Library.

Excel to Excellence, a youth-oriented nonprofit, also unveiled sketches of the planned “learning center” at the event that drew more than 70 students, county officials, school staff and community members.
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HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” said Josh Davis, HCPS director of pupil transportation.
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Henrico Library’s Summer Reading Club Begins

Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult you probably enjoy cracking open a good book every now and then.

This summer, the Henrico County Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to do just that by participating in the annual Summer Reading Club, which began June 1.

Library cardholders can sign up online to log the reading that they do between June 1 and Aug. 31.
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Henrico recognizes ‘legacy’ businesses

Vittorio Capocelli’s brother, Mario, began suffering from kidney failure in 1965. Mario needed a kidney transplant, but one of the best transplant doctors at the time, Dr. David Hume, was located in Richmond – approximately 4,500 miles from their home in Rome, Italy.

Vittorio and his family decided to pack up and travel to Richmond so that Mario could be treated by Hume, who had helped perform the very first kidney transplant in 1954 at Peter Ben Brigham Hospital.
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Muthusamy finishes in top 6 at Scripps National Spelling Bee

JUNE 1, 10:30 P.M. – Henrico's Tejas Muthusamy finished in the top six of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Thursday night, falling just short of winning the event during his fourth consecutive – and final – appearance.

Muthusamy was eliminated in Round 12 when he spelled the word "saussurite" incorrectly. Earlier, he had correctly spelled filipendulous, buffoonery, chryselephantine, badinage, bucatini, ampongue, xanthochroism.
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Law updates vision screenings in schools

If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.

The law is the result of House Bill 1408, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, will take effect July 1.
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