Godwin student wins in statewide STEM essay contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced recently that Morgan Logsdon of Mills E. Godwin High School was one of five statewide winners of the sixth-annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.

The Council on Women established the contest to award scholarships to high school junior and senior young women who plan to pursue STEM careers at institutions of higher education.
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Varina meeting May 2 to address opioid crisis in Henrico


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Tuesday, May 2 to discuss the opioid epidemic in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Nelson will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and members of the Henrico Heroin Task Force for a discussion of heroin and opioid abuse and ways to prevent it.
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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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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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Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations


The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

Both the House and Senate rejected changes that the Democratic governor proposed to legislation regarding when law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to use a drone. McAuliffe’s amendments drew opposition from members of both parties.

SB 1301, introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and HB 2125, sponsored by Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, originally said that government agencies would need a search warrant to use drones for “law enforcement” activities.
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School plant sales planned


Two Henrico schools will hold spring plant sales in the coming weeks.

The sale at the Academy at Virginia Randolph April 23-24 will offer a large selection of annuals and perennials for sun and shade, as well as a selection of tomatoes and peppers. Only checks and cash will be accepted. Four-packs and six-packs of plants will cost $2 and $3; four-inch pots of mixed flowers and herbs $2 apiece; 4.5-inch pots of mixed flowers and perennials $4 apiece; geraniums $3 each; hanging baskets $8 each; 12-inch pots of herbs $12 apiece; and four-inch pots of tomatoes and peppers $2 each.

Virginia Randolph is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.
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Sheltering Arms to open new outpatient therapy center in West End


On April 20, Sheltering Arms will welcome patients to its newest outpatient rehabilitation center. Located in the Reynolds Crossing complex in Henrico, this will be Sheltering Arms’ largest outpatient facility, primarily serving the rehabilitation needs of patients with orthopedic conditions which may include sports injuries, arthritis, joint injuries, and back pain. The center will also provide services for women’s health issues, such as urinary incontinence.

Programs at the 18,500 square-foot facility will include physical therapy, rehabilitation physician services, medical psychology and a specialized industrial rehabilitation program focused on helping injured workers return to the job safely and effectively.
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Henrico Humane Society’s 17th annual Pet Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors will be onsite selling pet-related products and services – from obedience trainers to healthy food options and novelty items. A full day of activities is scheduled including a pet parade, puppy races, dog contests, training/trick/agility demonstrations, an agility course, dog adoptions, and a silent auction. Richmond TV personality from WTVR 6 Greg McQuade is scheduled to emcee. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children 2-12 and free for pets. All proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society. For details, visit http://www.henricohumane.org. Full text

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