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Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

Recipe for disaster

First annual firefighter cook-off promotes hurricane preparedness efforts

Take three firefighters, assisted by three colleagues.

Add liberal doses of Spam, sausage sticks, canned tomatoes and chicken, pineapple and peaches; toss dough for a pizza; sprinkle with coconut, Craisins and pecans.

Heat three grills, allow 30 minutes, and what have you got?

If you were a judge at the first annual "Best Firehouse Cook" competition, the result was three mighty good meals. > Read more.

Golden goal

Henrico girl wins trip to World Cup in Brazil

On eight-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott’s Disney princess calendar, there is a big red "X" marked on July 9 – the day she and her mother, Jamie Williams, will embark upon a five-day trip to Brazil for the World Cup to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kaylie-Jade, a second-grader at Ratcliffe Elementary in Eastern Henrico, is one of only 25 kids throughout the country who won a trip to Brazil through the McDonald’s Player Escort Program.

“I will get to walk with a professional soccer player on the field – I am so excited,” Kaylie-Jade said. “I can’t believe it, I really can’t.” > Read more.

HCPS to stream graduations online

Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center this week. The stream can be accessed at http://www.henrico.k12.va.us or at each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and rebroadcast later.

HCPS Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo galleries daily, which can be viewed by clicking on the home page “graduation” link. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing and download later from the division’s website. > Read more.

National bowling tourney rolling into Short Pump

US champion to be crowned in wheelchair event
More than 60 competitors of all ages and skill levels from throughout the nation will gather in Short Pump June 9-14 to show that their abilities – not their disabilities – guide their lives.

They’ll be competing in the 53rd Annual American Wheelchair National Bowling Tournament at Bowl America in Short Pump. Among them will be 55-year-old Henrico resident Jerry Mills, who has been bowling for more than 20 years and who claimed the 2004 national championship in Oklahoma. Mills considers that title one of his proudest moments. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


It’s the last weekend before Halloween but we’ve gathered a batch of pumpkin-free events in Henrico: Walk “Out of the Darkness” at Deep Run Park, enjoy the Latin Ballet’s performance of “Volver” and start your holiday shopping super early at the Craftsmen’s Classic at RRC. And there’s an event for our four-legged readers as well – FETCH a Cure’s Mutt Strutt on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Elko Community Center to celebrate re-opening Oct. 27

Henrico County will dedicate Elko Community Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27 at 6216 White Oak Rd. in Sandston.

This event, which is open to the public, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, games, exhibits, classic cars, food and music by Churchyard Grass. > Read more.

VHBG to offer ‘trunk-or-treating’ event

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will host its first "trunk-or-treat" Halloween tailgating event on its Henrico campus on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will invite children to fetch Halloween candy from the backs of vehicles gathered in the campus parking lot. Dozens of cars and SUVs will sport fun decorations and themes to entertain children, such as movies, sports and camping. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A faithful West End friend

Since October 1990, The Tavern has been as faithful to its clientele as “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. On a lazy Saturday afternoon recently, repeat customers cozied up to the bar to watch football on one of three flat-screen TVs. Without fail, the staff knew their names and orders without asking.

Native Richmonders know The Tavern, although it is hidden in a little shopping center at the corner of Patterson and Three Chopt. From the minute you walk in, you’re greeted with a warm smile in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The wooden booths, hardwood floors and large bar give it a true tavern feel. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

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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