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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets.
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First Capital Bank’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ benefits thousands of Central Virginia students


First Capital Bank wrapped up its eighth-annual "Stuff the Bus" event in August, with donations benefiting 3,000 students at 19 schools and organizations in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Supplies will also be replenished for students later in the school year.

Each August, First Capital Bank coordinates with Walmarts, local vendors and schools in the Richmond area to put on their Stuff the Bus event. With a big, yellow school bus in tow, First Capital Bank employees volunteer outside of local Walmarts around the Richmond area each Saturday, collecting thousands of donated school supplies to help students in need. First Capital Bank also partnered with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, collecting donations throughout the month of July, as well as at a Flying Squirrels game in August.
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Board of Supervisors candidates discuss development, millennials at forum


Discussion of economic development, traffic concerns, millennials, smart growth, redevelopment, school system improvements and regional cooperation took center stage during a forum for Henrico Board of Supervisors candidates Sept. 28 at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.

Eight of the nine candidates for the board discussed their plans for office and answered questions during the two-hour forum, hosted by the Henrico Business Council. The event drew nearly 100 people.

Redevelopment is a hot topic in the county's aging regions – the Brookland, Fairfield and Tuckahoe districts specifically – and candidates offered different ideas about how they'd seek to re-energize pockets within those districts.
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Pham leads in most recent fundraising efforts


Republican Tommy Branin (Three Chopt District) and Democrat Danny Plaugher (Brookland District) raised the most money of any candidates seeking a position on the Henrico Board of Supervisors during the most recent reporting period, which included July and August. Reports were due Sept. 15.

Branin reported $13,380 in contributions, with $7,500 coming in a single donation from Wilton Properties, Inc, while Plaugher reported raising $8,907.24 spread out across 110 total contributions. Branin is competing with Democrat Robert Shippee and independent Eric Rohnacher, who raised a combined $4,875 during the most recent period.. Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is running against incumbent Republican Dick Glover, whoraised $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Flag Stop Car Wash.
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HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities


Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs;
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Henrico receives HUD funding to increase access to housing


U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced recently that Henrico County will be one of seven Virginia localities and organizations to receive a portion of nearly $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help local governments fight housing discrimination, improve economic conditions and increase access to affordable housing.

Henrico will receive $1,575,820 from HUD’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $599,842 from the HOME program, and $139,425 from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The CDBG program provides grants to state and local governments to help provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
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Regency Square partners with local artists and students


SEPT. 29, 12:30 P.M. – In celebration of Regency Square’s 40th year, the shopping center has scheduled four art projects planned to bring a feeling of celebration and vibrancy to the mall. The first art exhibition will feature local artists Matt Lively and Hamilton Glass in collaboration with students within Douglas Freeman High School’s art department. Together they will construct a mural inside the shopping center near the JCPenney wing on the first floor. Regency Square is donating paint, brushes, canvas and all other materials needed to complete the mural. The art supplies will be presented to the school tomorrow.

The two local muralists will work with more than 200 ninth- through twelfth-grade students and three art teachers.
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UK-based Detectamet chooses Henrico for North American operations


A United Kingdom-based designer and manufacturer has selected Henrico County as the location for its first international facility.

Detectamet, a designer and manufacturer of metal and x-ray detectable plastic products, recently opened its facility in Eastern Henrico. The company plans to hire 15 employees and invest $1 million in the 14,000-square-foot operation.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Detectamet to Henrico and its growing international corporate community,” said Frank J. Thornton, chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.
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Virginia Randolph students will walk the walk


Students at Henrico’s Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center will be taking their test scores and grades for a walk.

The two-school campus will drive home the aerobic-academic message with its second “Walk at School” event Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll even have a DJ to keep them moving.

The public is invited to attend to encourage the walkers with words, a high five, a fist bump or a token from your business or organization
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Deep Run HS students win category in 2015 Virginia ‘Datathon’


Students from Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology won the Virtual Challenge category in the Virginia 2015 Datathon Challenge. The new statewide technology competition involves teams of students, government employees and regional computer coding groups. The Deep Run students worked on their entry over the summer, and were declared category winners Sept. 3.

The contest is the brainchild of state officials, and is an attempt to make Virginia’s government more efficient, transparent and responsive by making better use of data. Participants create apps and other technology tools and compete in one of four categories: Universities; Virtual; State and Local Government; and Community. In the Governor’s Commonwealth Cup, a competition pitting the Datathon category winners, the Deep Run “Data Wizards” won the People’s Choice Award and received a standing ovation.
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Richmond man caught trying to bring loaded gun through TSA checkpoint


A Richmond man was arrested on a state weapons charge after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Sept. 27 when the TSA officers detected a loaded handgun in one of the man’s carry-on bags.

TSA officers detected the handgun, a .380 caliber semi-automatic, loaded with 13 rounds including one in the chamber, in the man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.
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Greene to seek Fairfield School Board seat as write-in candidate

Decision met with disapproval by some board members
SEPT. 25, 12:50 P.M. – Less than a month after he was appointed by the Henrico School Board to serve the final four months of former Fairfield District member Lamont Bagby's term, Pierre Greene announced that he will seek the seat on a permanent basis through a write-in campaign during the Nov. 3 election.

Greene's decision was met with disapproval by some School Board members, since they specifically had sought to choose a representative who would not seek the seat permanently.

Members did not want to give the advantage of incumbency to any candidate. None of the three candidates on the November ballot – Tara Adams, Roscoe Cooper, III or Marcus Martin – applied for the temporary position.
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Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 31 to Sept. 6


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

4913 Wall Avenue – $91,790, 1,314 SF (built in 1961), from Linda S. Trimmer et ale to Ariel Lopez Morales.
1034 Oakland Road – $110,000, 995 SF (built in 1953), from Jeffrey K. Bowman to Anthony Witcher.
1514 Cross Keys Court – $120,000, 1,162 SF (built in 1977), from Mary Jane Harris to Schylar T. Evans.
2200 North Parham Road – $127,000, 2,089 SF (built in 1933), from Thomas J. Keats to Carltonia Holdings LLC.
4000 Battersea Court – $148,000, 1,484 SF (built in 2002), from US Bank Trust NA to Jejwan M. Parnell.
3100 Barrington Road – $157,870, 1,440 SF (built in 2015), from Monarch Land LLC to Sherod Nicholas Hampton.
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