Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22.
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Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers.
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Open enrollment for health insurance marketplace ends Jan. 31

Approximately six million people have signed up for the health insurance marketplace in the states that use healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31.

The marketplace also saw 2.4 million new consumers sign up for coverage; in Virginia nearly 376,000 had signed up as of Dec. 19.
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Bills would ban disputed ‘conversion therapy’


With confidence and high spirits, Democratic lawmakers and gay rights advocates on Monday kicked off their third consecutive year of fighting for an end to conversion therapy for minors in Virginia.

The controversial treatment, also known as reparative therapy, is aimed at turning homosexuals into heterosexuals and is based on the view that homosexuality is a mental disorder. Conversion therapy is also performed on those questioning their gender identity.
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HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 19


Spelling champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will compete Jan. 19 to determine a winner in the 2016 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School. HCPS-TV will stream the event live online at henricoschools.us beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year, Tejas Muthusamy of Moody Middle School repeated as champion by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, in the finals. In both 2014 and 2015, Muthusamy eventually advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where he finished in the top 10 both years.
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Nelson elected Board of Supervisors chairman


The Henrico County Board of Supervisors began a new four-year term Tuesday by voting unanimously to elect Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson as chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover as vice chairman for 2016.

The appointment is Nelson’s first service as chairman since he became the board’s Varina District representative in 2012. He served as vice chairman in 2015.

In remarks to his colleagues, Nelson said he was humbled and honored to serve and pledged to work cooperatively with them and the county’s staff.
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2 lawmakers propose offering driver’s licenses to immigrants

Two legislators from Northern Virginia want the state to provide driver’s licenses to qualified immigrants living in the commonwealth.

Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and newly elected Sen. Scott Surovell of Mount Vernon – both Democrats – said their proposals would make driving in Virginia safer.

The lawmakers said that if immigrants can obtain a government-issued identification card or driver’s license, it will benefit not only immigrants but also Virginia’s economic growth.
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Women’s rights activists unveil legislative agenda

Women’s right advocates on Tuesday called for legislation they said would improve women’s health and safety, economic opportunities and electoral participation.

Introducing its agenda for the General Assembly’s 2016 session, the Women’s Equality Coalition advocated repealing the ban on abortion coverage in the state’s health insurance exchange.

“The current ban on insurance coverage for abortion discriminates against women who work for small businesses and working families who simply can’t afford insurance on their own,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.
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Legislative showdown looms over guns

The political battle over guns in Virginia is shifting to the state Capitol as the General Assembly convenes Wednesday for its 2016 session.

The state’s leading Democrats fired the latest shots: In October, Gov. Terry McAuliffe banned weapons from state buildings. Then last month, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that the commonwealth would no longer recognize concealed handgun permits issued by 25 states that he said do not meet Virginia’s standards.
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Police charge Richmond man in Henrico murder, seek another suspect

Steven E. Parson
JAN. 14, 9:56 A.M. – Henrico Police have charged a 31-year-old Richmond man with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with a murder Jan. 13 in Eastern Henrico.

Steven Emanuel Parson faces the charges in connection with the death of 20-year-old Dejon Jermaine Wagstaff of 20, who was found suffering from gunshot wounds at 1:20 p.m. Jan. 13 in the 2700 block of Byron Street, near the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Laburnum Avenue. He died at VCU Medical Center a short time later.
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McAuliffe emphasizes cooperation with lawmakers

Governor outlines goals in state of the commonwealth address
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is urging the General Assembly to join him in a bipartisan effort to create jobs in the commonwealth.

“If we work together during the next 60 days, we can expand economic opportunities for everyone in the Commonwealth,” McAuliffe said in his State of the Commonwealth Address on the first night of the 2016 legislative session. “We will show that we in Virginia don’t back down from a challenge.”

With the relationship between the Democratic governor and the Republican-led General Assembly as contentious as ever, McAuliffe touted economic growth and investment across all sectors.
McAuliffe just returned from a trip to Cuba, where he brokered a trade deal. (In the middle of Wednesday night’s speech, he gave Republican House Speaker William Howell of Stafford a Cuban cigar.) The governor also noted other international trade agreements, such as Virginia apples being sold to India and poultry being shipped to Oman.
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Legislative session begins with media ousting

The Virginia General Assembly opened Wednesday, introducing 18 novice legislators, squabbling briefly across party lines and cou
The Virginia General Assembly opened Wednesday, introducing 18 novice legislators, squabbling briefly across party lines and courting a fight with the media.

Curiously, the press tables located on the Senate floor as recently as Tuesday afternoon were no longer available for use by the press. According to published reports, Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment, R-James City County, made the decision to relegate the press to the upper balcony.

“You’ll get used to this refrain during this session: I have no comment,” Norment told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Police charge man with murdering his grandmother

Ricardo Green
Henrico Police have charged a county man with murdering his 81-year-old grandmother Dec. 29.

Police arrested 46-year-old Ricardo Green shortly after the victim, Berth Bernice Pannell, was murdered, when Richmond Police found him driving her car. At the time, he was charged with auto theft, eluding and driving after being declared a habitual offender. On Jan. 6, police added the charge of first degree murder.
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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Feb. 20 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, March 23 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
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