James River Juvenile Detention Center to graduate its largest class

James River Juvenile Detention Center will celebrate its largest class of high school graduates June 27, as 13 residents receive their high school diploma or GED certificate.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the detention center, 3650 Beaumont Road in Powhatan County. The graduates will mark their academic milestone by walking across a stage in a cap and gown before an audience of family members. A reception will follow.
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Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.
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‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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Rich with memories

Sandston Founders Club members reminisce about early years

A relentless rain may have dampened the turnout, but it failed to dampen enthusiasm as members of the Sandston Founders Club came together April 22 for their 13th annual meeting.

About 50 members and guests gathered at the Sandston Memorial Recreation Center to pore over old photos, discuss historical and preservation projects, catch up on each other’s news – and, of course, reminisce.
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Polarization over guns leads to surge in legislation


The 2016 presidential election was one of the most polarizing election cycles in recent memory, as people on both sides of the aisle expressed distaste for the opposing party’s candidate and hot-button issues rose to the front of the United States’ collective political mind.

With tragedies like the Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub and San Bernardino shootings littering the past several years, firearms generated particularly strong emotions.
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IR Engraving to expand operations in Henrico


IR Engraving, a leader in designing and building engraved rolls and plates, gravure rolls and custom machinery, will invest $850,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Henrico County to meet increased demand, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the company announced May 10. The project also will create 22 new jobs.

“We are excited at the opportunities available since we acquired the business from Standex last summer, returning the company to its privately-held roots,” said IR Engraving President Matthew Pursel.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 24-30


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

5405 Chamberlayne Road – $135,000, 2,240 SF (built in 1942) Carl Waybright to Jamal Bakari.
7012 Ravenscraig Crescent – $135,400 (vacant suite), from Ross Run LLC to Eastwood Homes of Richmond LLC.
203 North Juniper Avenue – $140,000, 954 SF, from Bruce W. Taylor, Sr., to Tameka S. Valentine.
9904 Whitney Circle – $158,500, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Yu Fang and Canfang Zhai and Jian Yu to Huong T. Nguyen and Man H. Vu.
7504 Patterson Avenue – $164,325, 1,476 SF (built in 1948), from Dennis Edward Adams to Taimour Zeidan.
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Lewis Ginter to offer rare peek inside Bloemendaal


The upcoming three-day weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will feature a number of event and exhibitions, including an opportunity to visit the historic Bloemendaal House.

On Friday, May 12 (National Public Gardens Day), there will be free tours (included with regular Garden admission) of historic Bloemendaal House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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5 Henrico students honored with National Merit Scholarships


National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and five Henrico students were among the recipients.

The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, the Scholars were judged on academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.
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Second-annual denim drive at Regency Square raises more than $7k for Henrico schools


Goodwill of Central Virginia and Regency Square partnered for their second-annual denim drive this spring to benefit Henrico County Public Schools.

Each school competed within their elementary, middle and high school divisions as they vied for a piece of over $7,000 in prize money. Students were not the only ones contributing to the drive; various PTAs, clubs and community groups donated items to help their favorite school win.

All donated denim items counted toward the grand total, including jeans, shorts, skirts, shirts and jackets.
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Virginia ABC stores register record profits

Eastern Henrico location among 10 top-grossing stores statewide

It’s Saturday night, and it’s busy at the Oxbridge Square ABC store on Hull Street Road. Alone and in groups, shoppers are picking up libations for the evening.

For some customers, this is a once-in-a-blue-moon trip; for others, it’s a regular occurrence. Nadia Goldman says she goes about once a month, while Nicole Booth says she goes every weekend for herself and others.

“My purpose is to party and to get ripped,” Booth said.
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Resource Workforce Center to celebrate grand opening in Chesterfield


The Capital Region Workforce Partnership and the Capital Region Workforce Development Board will celebrate the new location of the partnership's workforce center in Chesterfield County with a grand opening and open house Friday, May 19.

The Chesterfield Resource Workforce Center has relocated to 304 Turner Road, off Midlothian Turnpike, west of Chippenham Parkway.
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Little ‘feets,’ big fun

Special Olympics event showcases inclusiveness

On a balmy Friday morning, Wendy Napier sat in a pop-up lawn chair on the Douglas S. Freeman High School football field with a juice box in hand and a smile on her face as she watched her son, Justin, participate in a standing long-jump competition.

For many parents, the chance to see a child perform in sporting events is a common occurrence. For Napier, watching her intellectually disabled 8-year-old son compete with his peers is a rarity. That’s why she was so excited on that Friday morning, the day of the Little Feet Meet.
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Henrico Athlete of the Month - May 2017

Mike Woodhouse


Mike Woodhouse, who trains at 11:11 Bodybuilding on Williamsbrg Road in Eastern Henrico, became a champion bodybuilder through hard work and intense focus. Amber Key tells his story.
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Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers for 2017-18 school year


As the school year comes to an end, Henrico County Public Schools are looking for applicants for bus drivers for next year.

The school system is seeking applicants to train for the position, said Josh Davis, director of pupil transportation for HCPS.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” Davis said. “This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for the school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”
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