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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State inmates overcrowding Henrico’s two jails, costing county taxpayers $6.5 million annually
One-fourth of the inmates in Henrico’s jail are under extended temporary custody from the state, costing county taxpayers an estimated $6.5 million per year.

The state reimburses seven times less than what Henrico officials say it costs to house the inmates, and the sheriff’s department will have to repay the state under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to balance the budget shortfall. County officials worry the problem is likely to get worse following the closing of Powhatan correctional facility.

The county jail, designed to house offenders up to the date of their trial or sentencing and for no longer than one year, is functioning instead partially as a state prison.
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Melting Pot to donate to Children’s Hospital through Jan. 31

Through the end of January, in honor of The Melting Pot of Richmond’s 20th year in business, it will make a $20 donation to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU from the sale of each special three-course anniversary package.

The period began Jan. 11 and will continue through Jan. 31 with a Daddy-Daughter Date Day, during which the restaurant, located in Gayton Crossing in Henrico's Far West End, will be open early (from noon to 4 p.m.). Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (804) 741-3120).
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Adams announces she will seek Farfield School Board seat

Community advocate Tara Adams has announced that she will seek the Fairfield District School Board seat in November's election. The seat is currently held by Lamont Bagby, who intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 74th District seat in the House of Delegates this June. Bagby has not announced whether he would seek a third term on the School Board should he fail to earn that nomination.

The entire School Board will be up for election in November, along with the Board of Supervisors.
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Henrico seeks public input on community development priorities

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will hold a series of public hearings to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years.

The meetings will be held:

• Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue;

• Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive;

• Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.
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GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.
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Henrico Fire conducting 3-day training exercise at Westminster Canterbury

Henrico Fire officials are conducting a comprehensive three-day training exercise this week (Jan. 12-14) at the Westminster Canterbury Richmond continuing care retirement community in northern Henrico.

Though many fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are converging upon the site, there is no actual emergency. WCR is the home of nearly 900 residents and employs 700 people.

The exercise involves many fire units from throughout the county. The training will last all day each of those days to engage three shifts of firefighters.
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For Sandston group, Africans, a net gain

Church members travel to Ghana to provide ‘More than Nets’
Members of the Sandston Baptist Church with Ghana Baptist Convention members.

Five Members of Sandston Baptist Church recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa to distribute chemically treated mosquito nets to the tribes of people in Yendi through the program More than Nets, a nonprofit that works in conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the Ghana Baptist Convention to reduce malaria.

Linda Shobe, 63 and a lifelong member of the church, said that the October trip was the most rewarding and spiritual experience she has had.

“I have wanted to do a mission trip to Africa since I was a young girl, and now I can say that I went,” she said.
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Three vying for 74th seat in special election

Charles City Democrat Kevin J. Sullivan and Henrico Republican Matt D. Walton will compete in a special election for the 74th District House of Delegates seat Jan. 13, and they’ll be joined by the man who resigned the seat late last year – Joe Morrissey, a Democrat who is running as an independent while serving a six-month jail term.

The winner will be sworn in the following day, when the General Assembly returns to session, and will serve the final year of a two-year term.

The somewhat strange scene was set when Morrissey entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (not admitting guilt but admitting that there was enough evidence to convict him) after his relationship with a then-17-year-old girl who worked for him was questioned.
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Credit union collects more than 4,000 pounds of food for FeedMore

With the help of the community and local businesses, Entrust Financial Credit Union collected 4,027 pounds of food for FeedMore as part of its “Pack the Christmas Pod” effort during four weeks last month.

The “Pack the Christmas Pod” event supported the efforts of FeedMore, Central Virginia’s hunger-relief leader, by encouraging the greater Richmond community to fight hunger by working together. More than 20 local businesses partnered together and packed non-perishable food items into Entrust Financial Credit Union’s 12-foot storage unit.
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HCPS hosting job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Jan. 13 to seek full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road.

“We need people who love children and who want flexible schedules to drive our students to and from school on a full-time basis or when our full-time drivers are not available,” said Mary Alderson of HCPS Human Resources.
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Business in brief


Henricus Historical Park has announced that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation to assist in the execution of SOL- and STEM-aligned, multi-curricular programming for students enrolled in the After School Program for Richmond City Public Schools for grades K-5. Social studies, history and science programs provided by educators at Henricus will focus on Colonial and Virginia Indian life in 17th-century Virginia. Education programs offered by Henricus Historical Park include: History Kids (English and Virginia Indian); Mapping the James River; Math and Mapping the James River; and 17th-Century Sciences. One-hour programs designed for 35 students will feature hands-on learning techniques, individual engagement and team work. Each program offers a fun and interactive way to learn about Colonial and Virginia Indian history. Outreach education programs at Henricus are designed to bring the museum experience to a school setting. For more information, call 748-1611.
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Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press after being sentenced to two years in prison. (Photo by Michael Melkonian/Capital News Service)
By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

At a packed hearing at the federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced McDonnell, 60, to two years in prison followed by two on probation.

McDonnell will be incarcerated at a federal facility in Petersburg at the request of his defense team. The Federal Bureau of Prisons must determine by Feb. 9 where McDonnell will carry out his sentence.
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