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Vithoulkas outlines $419.8M bond referendum proposal

UPDATE: MAY 24, 6:05 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight outlined the details of his proposed $419.8-million bond referendum to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session.

In addition to 12 school projects totaling $272.6 million, which Vithoulkas outlined in March, the Nov. 8 referendum would provide $147.2 million for 14 additional projects:
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Quioccasin M.S. new nickname to be ‘Griffins’

Henrico County’s newly renamed middle school will draw inspiration from a former school resource officer, as well as lions and eagles. Students at Harry F. Byrd Middle School – which will become Quioccasin Middle School July 1 – have voted to replace the school’s “Senators” nickname with “Griffins.”

The name first was proposed by students as a way to commemorate Neil Griffin, the school’s popular former school resource officer, who died earlier this year. The mythical griffin has the body of a lion, and the head, wings and talons of an eagle. > Read more.

Henrico Humane Society gets funding boost from pet store

Pet Valu, a national chain of pet stores with a location in Short Pump, donated $3,500 to the Henrico Humane Society after a months-long fundraising effort.

This donation comes as part of a national push by the Pet Valu chain to raise money for a number of animal shelters across to region. In total, the chain raised more than $124,000 nationally, benefiting 19 different animal rescue and humane societies. > Read more.
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Nominations sought for REB Awards

Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking nominations for the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Four principals, one from each metro-area school division (Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond), will be selected to receive $7,500 cash grants to the principal and an additional $7,500 for school projects chosen by the principal. > Read more.

Voters approve meals tax

UPDATED: NOV. 6, 12:02 P.M. – In a reversal of a similar vote eight years ago, Henrico voters Nov. 5 narrowly approved the implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which county officials intend to use as a dedicated revenue source for the school system.

The vote – 51.8 percent in favor, 48.1 percent opposed – was as close as most observers expected it to be, decided by a difference of just 2,891 votes among the 100,003 ballots cast.

"This vote is a vote for the standards that we have established for our local school system," County Manager John Vithoulkas told the Citizen. "It speaks to the credibility that the county has established over many, many years. There's a lot of cynicism that is out there in the community with other levels of government."

The vote broke down along geographic lines, with the county's three westernmost magisterial districts (Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Brookland) voting against the tax by slim margins – and the two easternmost districts (Fairfield and Varina) voting in favor of it. The vote seemed to turn in the Fairfield District, where 61 percent of voters supported it by a margin of nearly 4,000 votes. > Read more.

County may seek voluntary water conservation measures soon

Henrico County's Department of Public Utilities is notifying customers that voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented within the next few days.

A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second, and voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reach 1,700 cfs. As of Nov. 6, the current 14 day average for the natural river flow level is 1,803 cfs. > Read more.

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19th Annual Asian American Celebration planned May 21

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will hold its 19th Annual Asian American Celebration on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. in Richmond, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Our Heritage," in recognition of May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage month, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1992. > Read more.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor

The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center. > Read more.

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