Henrico County VA

Board of Supervisors candidates discuss development, millennials at forum

Discussion of economic development, traffic concerns, millennials, smart growth, redevelopment, school system improvements and regional cooperation took center stage during a forum for Henrico Board of Supervisors candidates Sept. 28 at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.

Eight of the nine candidates for the board discussed their plans for office and answered questions during the two-hour forum, hosted by the Henrico Business Council. The event drew nearly 100 people.

Redevelopment is a hot topic in the county's aging regions – the Brookland, Fairfield and Tuckahoe districts specifically – and candidates offered different ideas about how they'd seek to re-energize pockets within those districts. > Read more.

Pham leads in most recent fundraising efforts

Republican Tommy Branin (Three Chopt District) and Democrat Danny Plaugher (Brookland District) raised the most money of any candidates seeking a position on the Henrico Board of Supervisors during the most recent reporting period, which included July and August. Reports were due Sept. 15.

Branin reported $13,380 in contributions, with $7,500 coming in a single donation from Wilton Properties, Inc, while Plaugher reported raising $8,907.24 spread out across 110 total contributions. Branin is competing with Democrat Robert Shippee and independent Eric Rohnacher, who raised a combined $4,875 during the most recent period.. Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is running against incumbent Republican Dick Glover, whoraised $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Flag Stop Car Wash. > Read more.

HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities

Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs; > Read more.

In the garden

Planting perennials

Fall is the time to plant perennials including herbs. Because some favorites like basil and parsley are annuals planted in the spring, it’s easy to forget that many herbs can be planted in the fall and enjoyed until Thanksgiving, or if the weather is mild like last year, all winter long. And herbs can always be planted in pots and brought inside.

“Now is a very good time to get perennial herbs in the ground,” says Nicole Schermerhorn, co-owner of A Thyme to Plant at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. “It’s cool enough that you want to be outside working in your garden, but still warm enough for the herbs.” > Read more.

16-year-old charged in second robbery

The same 16-year-old male arrested Sept. 23 in connection with a robbery on West Broad Street in Short Pump that day has now been charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump Sept. 20.

Henrico Police announced today that the juvenile, from Richmond, was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, two counts of possession of a firearm as a minor and two counts of sexual battery, all relating to the incident in the SkateNation parking lot.

That incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Two women were approached by the assailant, who displayed a gun, touched both women inappropriately and stole several items from them. > Read more.

Singing lieutenant’s legacy lives on

Beth Sholom award honors employee, resident ‘idol’
In his last 12 years of life, Art Heller coped with a debilitating stroke, a move from his lifelong home in New Jersey, and the stress of adjusting to serious health limitations and life in an assisted living facility and new town.

But he didn’t simply meet the challenge gracefully, say those who knew him. He excelled at his new life, won over an entire community of residents and employees in his new home, and went on to become an icon of the community who is still revered today. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

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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