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Members of the Glen Allen High School Marching Band perform at Glen Allen High School Oct. 16 as part of the annual Henrico County Public Schools Band Showcase.
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

‘Recovery’ high school aims to rehabilitate, educate

Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs).
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Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program.
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Here’s a bill beer-drinkers might celebrate


Do you have an expensive bottle of wine you’ve been holding onto – one that you’d love to uncork at your favorite restaurant on a special occasion? What about a special case of beer or cider?

In 2011, the General Assembly passed a law allowing Virginians to bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant and have it uncorked to be served with their meal, usually for a fee at the restaurateur’s discretion. Now legislators are considering a bill to expand the corkage law to beer and cider.
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General Assembly Q&A

Henrico delegates, senators discuss 2016 session

State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 60-day session of the General Assembly, during which they will work to craft a two-year budget and are expected to address a handful of prominent topics, including charter schools, higher education, health care, gun control and economic development, among others.

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2016 session. The answers of those who responded appear below.
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Pins to fall, awareness to rise at ‘Strike Out Cancer’ event


As many as 20 teams of students, teachers and administrators from Douglas Freeman and Mills Godwin high schools will gather this month to engage in some friendly mayhem: mowing down thousands of bowling pins for a cause.

Co-sponsored by the Student Council Associations at the schools, the "Strike Out Cancer" event will raise funds for the non-profit Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2). The organization was founded in 2012 by Melinda Conklin after her husband, Rich, died the year before of colorectal cancer – at the young age of 43.
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O’Bannon’s bill would double fines for texting while driving


Next time Virginians text and drive, it might cost more than just a data plan.

Henrico Del. John O’Bannon (R-73rd District) has proposed a bill that would double the fines for texting while driving from $125 to $250 for a first offense and from $250 to $500 for a subsequent offense.

O’Bannon did not hesitate when asked why he decided to introduce the bill, HB 73.
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High school students construct ramps for local residents


Fourteen students from Stephanie Welles’ Relevance Rising seminar at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (MLWGS) and six members of Paige Hawkins' RAMPS Club at MLWGS completed installation on two handicap access ramps in December, providing a safe entrance for residents of Nine Mile Road who live with health and mobility issues.

Welles has taken her RR seminar to Guatemala for the past three years for an interdisciplinary field experience providing services to the village of Tzunanà community library, while RAMPS Club helps to build accessibility ramps for those without the means to afford it themselves.
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Three puppies rescued from garage fire


Henrico Firefighters rescued three puppies from a garage fire in the Lakeside area Monday.

Fire units responded to the 100 block of Greencourt Road, near Glenside Drive and Staples Mill Road, after the report of smoke coming from a garage at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 25. Smoke was coming from inside the detached garage, and crews found a small fire inside. As they began to clear the smoke, they noticed a small puppy in a pen near the door and took it to EMTs for treatment with a special pet oxygen mask. They then discovered two additional puppies both of which were having difficulty breathing.
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Republicans decry Virginia as ‘Soviet Union of health care’


A group of Virginia lawmakers called for legislation to reform Virginia’s “monopolistic” and “inefficient” health care system. “With the Affordable Health Care act taking place several years ago, we’re hearing outcries from people about the high deductibles and the out-of-pocket costs,” Del. Kathy Byron, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Labor, said during a press conference Wednesday.

“And although we have our hands tied as to being able to do much with the federal legislation, there are things we can do on a state level to have policy in place that creates competition and choice for the patients of Virginia that will ultimately result in lower costs for them,” said Byron, R-Lynchburg.
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Mixed views about bills to increase alcohol sales


Virginia restaurant owners have mixed perspectives on legislation that would allow their establishments to sell more alcoholic beverages.

Two Republican lawmakers from Virginia Beach – Sen. Bill DeSteph and Del. Scott Taylor – have proposed changing the 20-year-old requirement that restaurants and caterers with liquor licenses limit their alcohol sales to 55 percent of their total revenue. This means that under the current law, a little less than half of all sales in restaurants must come from food. Wine and beer sales are not considered in this ratio.
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Muthusamy earns three-peat as spelling champ


Moody Middle School seventh-grader Tejas Muthusamy claimed a three-peat as the Henrico County Public Schools' districtwide spelling bee champion earlier this week, correctly spelling "malihini" and "Samaritan" to win the title and again advance to the regional spelling bee. Each of the past two years, Muthusamy also won that event and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where he finished seventh overall last year and eighth overall in 2014 – events that included nearly 300 competitors each from throughout the nation.
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Senate panel OKs bill legalizing fireworks sales


Despite concerns about fire safety, a Senate committee has recommended approval of a bill to legalize the sale of fireworks in Virginia.

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted 8-5 in favor of the legislation proposed by one of its members, Sen. Thomas Garrett, R-Hadensville. He said the bill could generate millions of dollars in sales taxes on a product he says is used illegally throughout the state anyway.
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Henrico Fire officials rescue dog from icy lake


Henrico Fire officials rescued a dog that was stuck on an icy pond in the West End Thursday morning.

Officials responded to the 4800 block of Saddleridge Court shortly after 10 a.m., Jan. 21, after the dog had wandered out onto the ice but was unable to get back by himself. The Henrico Search and Rescue Dive Team assisted, and using an inflatable boat, rope and leash, retrieved the dog and brought it back to shore. The entire incident was resolved in 30 minutes.
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Business in brief


Virginia Credit Union recently provided financial education sessions to Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia (GSCV) in grades K-10 to help them earn financial literacy badges. Approximately 300 Girl Scouts participated in age-appropriate lessons at several locations in Richmond and Fredericksburg. After practicing budgeting and learning about opportunity cost, savings, and careers, the Girl Scouts earned two financial literacy badges. Financial literacy is a key component of the Girl Scout Product Sale Program, which promotes leadership development and helps girls cultivate skills in goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. This is the third year of the partnership between Virginia Credit Union and Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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