Most full-time government, school employees would qualify for salary increase
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.
So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.
Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service. > Read more.
As a warm-up for this year's Dec. 14 Army-Navy game, local alumni of the two service academies held the first annual Army-Navy Shootout at Colonial Shooting Academy earlier this month.
Navy was the victor at the inaugural shooting contest, with the three leading shooters combining for a score of 1109 over Army's score of 1025. Sandy Sanders led the winning trio for Navy with a score of 379, including 18 bulls-eyes. George Nyfeler led the Army shooters with a score of 394 and 27 bulls-eyes. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/26/2013 Henrico Schools
Collegiate School’s Board of Trustees recently selected Stephen D. Hickman, a long-time independent school leader, to serve as its next Head of School, beginning July 1.
Hickman is currently Head of Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Ark., where during his five-year tenure, the grades PreK-12 college preparatory school has experienced growth in numerous areas, including enrollment/retention, student achievement, athletics, fine arts, faculty/staff development, technology, global awareness and financial sustainability. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
For the sixth year in a row, women of the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) have collected holiday shoe boxes filled with donated items as a way to give parents some “tools” to improve the quality of care they provide their children.
The 1,566 shoeboxes, containing practical and educational toys for infants and young children, were stuffed, sorted and wrapped by women from WLI (pictured with gifts is Heather Turbyne-Pollard of United Way) and will be distributed to the families by United-Way-funded partner agencies, including Family Lifeline, YWCA Richmond, Southside Child Development Center, FRIENDS Association for Children, William Byrd Community House and Quin Rivers. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Government
Governor Bob McDonnell recently unveiled the new “Virginia is for Lovers” license plate, which will become the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) standard-issue plate beginning in March 2014. The new plate design will replace the plain blue and white plates which have been the standard for the past couple of decades.
“In 2007, we honored on Virginia plates the anniversary of the founding of America at Jamestown,” McDonnell said. > Read more.
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Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.