Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Governor signs law allowing Uber, Lyft to operate


After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in Virginia after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that sets licensing procedures and standards for drivers.

“I am proud to sign this legislation, which supports innovation in our transportation system while also protecting the safety of citizens across the commonwealth. Virginia is leading the way on attracting and supporting innovative companies in every sector of our economy,” McAuliffe said Tuesday.

The signing of House Bill 1662 and Senate Bill 1025 formalizes an interim agreement that the governor and Attorney General Mark Herring reached with the taxi-like companies last summer.
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Business in brief


At the 2015 NASCAR Marketing and Communications Summit, the Richmond International Raceway marketing team was presented with the 2014 Track Marketing Team of the Year by NASCAR. RIR developed a three-year strategy to retain first-time fans, re-engage lapsed fans and drive loyalty among avid and casual fans while also revitalizing the track brand. From TV to radio, direct marketing and social media, RIR worked to ensure that all marketing campaign elements were consistent. Coupled with this program is a steady effort to further enhance ticket value to create a thrilling, memorable and unparalleled race-day experience. The RIR team successfully executed popular and creative fan-focused platforms in 2014, that required coordination across many industry stakeholders. Two of these programs were the inaugural Track Takeover in April and Post-Race Party in September, which debuted to resounding successes. Both events gave fans unique access to the facility and NASCAR’s stars as a part of their race ticket.
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Henrico County man caught trying to bring gun on airplane

A Henrico County man was arrested after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 15, when the TSA officers detected a gun along with dozens of rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag.

TSA officers detected the .22 caliber semi-automatic gun loaded with six rounds in the Sandston, Virginia, resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. TSA officers also detected an additional magazine loaded with six more rounds and a pill case with 48 more bullets inside of it, all in the traveler’s carry-on bag.
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Lakewood exhibit features residents’ art


One hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibit hosted by Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Feb. 6 at the Robinson Gallery at Lakewood, a continuing care retirement community in western Henrico County.

The exhibit featured works by two residents of Lakewood: woodcarver Margaret Leith and photographer Bill Draper (pictured).

Leith has been carving wood for nearly 15 years. An engineering design draftsperson in her career, she always loved architecture and wood.
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Virginia still deciding if women are equal


In 1972, when Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and asked states to ratify it, “The Godfather” was No. 1 at the box office, people talked on rotary telephones and women made up about one-third of the U.S. workforce.

Today, “The Godfather” I, II and III are quotable classics, people surf the Internet with their smartphones and almost half of American workers are women. And Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA.

The ERA would put in the U.S. Constitution a guarantee that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The proposed amendment was never added because it was not ratified by the requisite 38 states.
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VDOE nominates Steward for national award


The Steward School is one of four schools nominated by Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for 2015 national Green Ribbon School awards, a U.S. Department of Education program recognizing energy efficient and environmentally friendly schools that promote environmental awareness, community engagement and student wellness.

Steward was nominated for its instruction and cross-curricular activities that incorporate wellness, sustainability, watershed experiences, ecology, engineering and biomimicry. The school’s community outreach includes presentations featuring leading authors on ecology and nature.
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Few women hold seats in Va. legislature


After winning her seat for the first time in the Virginia General Assembly, Del. Jennifer McClellan was asked to give a speech on the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade. After initially agreeing to speak about it, McClellan changed her mind and declined. She decided it was important for her first speech as a delegate to be about an issue that was not stereotyped as a “women’s issue” such as abortion.

Instead, her first speech was about payday lending.

McClellan, D-Henrico, said she wanted to prove that women were capable of discussing other pressing matters than what are considered “women’s issues,” in fact, she said she has tried to make every issue a women’s issue since taking office.
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Bill would help taxpayers, Habitat for Humanity


Delinquent property owners could settle their tax bills by donating their property to Habitat for Humanity or a similar nonprofit, under legislation moving through the General Assembly.

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has pushed for the measure (HB 2173), which won unanimously approval from the House of Delegates last week.

Known as the Habitat Bill, it would enable delinquent taxpayers to exchange their property for the taxes they owe, explained the legislation’s sponsor, Del. Robert Orrock Sr., R-Thornburg.
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Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees

All five members of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and three deputy county managers will serve on steering and operational committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) in 2015.

Members of the Board of Supervisors received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Education Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee (vice chair) and Resolutions Committee;

• Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;
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Senate may increase vehicle registration fee


The Senate is considering a bill that would impose an additional vehicle registration fee in Virginia and use the money to fund the State Police.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-4 last week in favor of the measure, which would establish a new fee of $1.25 this July, on top of the standard cost of registering a motor vehicle. The bill is now before the full Senate and must pass by Tuesday night or else it is dead for this legislative session.

Under Senate Bill 754, the additional fee would increase by $1.25 each year until 2024, when it would be capped at $12.50. The resulting revenue would go into a newly created account called the Public Safety Trust Fund and allocated to the Department of State Police.
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Bill to ‘ban the box’ on job forms fails


A bill to remove the requirement to indicate a criminal record on government employment applications died in a House subcommittee Wednesday.

SB 1017 passed the Senate last week on a 21-17 vote but was killed on its first stop in the House of Delegates. The “ban the box” bill, introduced by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, would have removed the box from applications that prospective employees must check if they have been convicted of a crime. It would have applied only to state agencies.

The measure was considered Wednesday by the Civil Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee. It died on a non-recorded voice vote to “gently” lay the bill on the table.
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Business in brief


Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location in Varina, at 2536 New Market Road, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. The store will provide the first 50 adult shoppers with a $10 Dollar General gift card, while the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways. Dollar General stores offer a selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. Dollar General stores typically employ approximately six to 10 people.
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