Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time.
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Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.
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Man struck and killed in western Henrico hit-and-run

A 24-year-old man died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in western Henrico April 23.

The victim, Emmanuel Isaiah DeJesus, was found lying on the side of the roadway at about 10:25 p.m., April 23 near Patterson Avenue and Palace Way. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community.
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Business in brief


Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs and BBQ, a West End restaurant that closed in 2011, is trying to make a comeback through a Go Fund Me account. Known for his Virginia State Championship smoked wings and peanut butter pie, owner Carey Friedman is hoping to raise enough start-up capital to re-open the company’s “Hog Wagon,” a fully-operational and mobile food truck. Donations can be made at http://gofundme.com/qgveqs. Grandpa Eddie’s opened in 2005 in Goochland County but moved to their location on Three Chopt Road in September 2007.
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Steward School named Green Ribbon School by US Dept. of Education

The Steward School was one of four schools in Virginia and one of 58 schools in the United States named a Green Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Nine colleges and universities also were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.
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Mega Millions ticket bought in Henrico County wins $1M

Somewhere there is a ticket from the April 21 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million. It was purchased at 7-Eleven, 5200 Williamsburg Road in Henrico County.

The winning numbers for the drawing were 31-33-35-41-69 and the Mega Ball number was 11. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. Had the ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won the jackpot.
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Varina community meeting planned for Sunday

In light of Varina HS fight, Nelson to host 'village conversation'
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Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson will host a "village conversation" at Varina High School on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. The cafeteria was the site of a student brawl Monday that caused the school to be placed on lockdown. Cell phone video from the incident spread quickly on social media and caused concern among the community.

Nelson's meeting is designed to engage community members in a "solution-oriented discussion about children and parenting." The meeting is open to the public.
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World of Wool


A sunny spring day was the perfect opportunity for Meadow Farm visitors to learn about sheep and wool and to witness the methods used to process the fiber through hands-on activities. At four separate "stations," visitors watched as sheep were herded by dogs, then sheared with scissors and machines to remove their wool, which then was weaved and spun on site by members of Clotho's Spinning Guild.

Pictured at top, Guild member Mary Frances Mays demonstrates the spinning process from wool sheared off the sheep.
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Citizen earns 3 Va. Press Association awards


The Henrico Citizen earned three awards for news content in the 2014 Virginia Press Association News Contest. Awards were presented during the VPA's annual conference Saturday in Roanoke.

The Citizen earned two second-place awards and one third-place award in its division, which includes all non-daily newspapers in the state with circulations of 10,000 per issue or more.

The Citizen placed second in the front page design category for a collection of three front pages (May 1, Oct. 2 and Sept. 4) and second in the "best website" category.
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HCPS ARTS Festival planned Apr. 25-26


Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its second year with a weekend of music, drama and fine art. The Henrico ARTS festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held April 25 and 26 at Hermitage High School.

The festival will feature two days of diverse musical performances, interactive stations, displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

There also will be a Saturday talent showcase performance of “Henrico’s Rising Stars” at 4:30 p.m., after the rest of the festival closes for the day.
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Watchdog group blasts Assembly’s ‘murky practices’


Transparency Virginia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan legislative watchdog group, released a report Tuesday highlighting “murky practices” and “disturbing” findings from the 2015 General Assembly session with regard to unrecorded votes and short notices for committee meetings.

The principal author of the report, Megan Rhyne of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said the system is devised for insiders and “the short sessions and the rapid-fire scheduling of committee meetings undermine participation by and accountability to the citizens of Virginia.”

Transparency Virginia formed in December to study legislative practices in three areas: advanced notice of committee meetings, consideration of bills and recorded votes on bills.
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Student Government Day puts high school students in charge


Henrico County will give 108 high school students a firsthand look at its government and school operations during the 58th annual Student Government Day, April 21-22.

Students from the county’s nine high schools will shadow elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, schools superintendent, constitutional officers and judges, to better understand their roles and responsibilities.

Student Government Day will begin with an investiture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the auditorium of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.
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McGeorge Toyota to offer $15,000 safe driving scholarship


McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia have partnered to offer a $15,000 scholarship in an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted and save lives.

Statistics show that 80 percent of traffic crashes in Virginia are caused by distracted driving,

The Saving Lives, Supporting Futures Scholarship program was developed earlier this year after members of McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia began discussing ways to increase awareness of a problem that causes more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.
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YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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