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Henrico resident RaShawn Smith-Bolar, owner and operator of Oh Just Us Girls, recently was named 2017 Virginia Mobile Boutique of the Year by The Boutique Hub. More than 400,000 votes were cast. The Boutique Awards recognize independent boutique retail owners in the fashion industry across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Categories include Storefront Boutique of the Year, Online Boutique of the Year, Children’s Boutique of the Year, Mobile Boutique of the Year, and State or Country Overall Boutique of the Year. Oh Just Us Girls launched in July 2015 and offers affordable apparel and accessories for the trendsetting woman on the go.
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West End apartment fire injures 1


SEPT. 25, 10:30 A.M. – A West End apartment fire injured one person Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the third floor of the Chase Gayton apartment complex in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, near the intersection of Gaskins Road and Quioccasin Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 24.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Sept. 25, 2017


Crime stoppers needs your help to solve a double homicide that occurred in the City of Richmond in June of this year.

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to several calls for random gunfire in the 3600 block of Decatur Street. They arrived and found the victims, two males, Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells. The victims were outside on the ground lying near each other. Both victims had received fatal gunshot wounds.
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Elephant Auto to add 1,173 jobs in Henrico

UPDATE: JUNE 9, 9:30 A.M. – Henrico-based Elephant Auto Insurance will add more than 1,110 jobs in the county as part of a $2 million expansion of its location here, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and company officials announced today.

Elephant, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Admiral Group plc, is one of the fastest growing auto insurance companies in the U.S. It arrived in Henrico in 2009 and opened with 40 employees, grew to about 300 employees by early 2014 and then completed a move into the former Circuit City headquarters building on Mayland Drive in the West End earlier this year.
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Fields of gold

Farming has a rich history in Henrico, but an uncertain future

As the summer begins, corn, wheat, soybeans, herbs and fruit are growing throughout Henrico County.

Despite surrounding three sides of Richmond and being the fifth most populous county in the state, Henrico is still home to 117 farms and 12,891 acres of farmland. County residents and leaders have been debating the role of farms in Henrico for the past 50 years. While few will dispute the beauty of historic Tree Hill Farm or Varina Farm, there is a wide spectrum of opinions as to what role farms should play in the future of the county.

Nowhere else in the county is farmland as expansive as in the eastern district of Varina.
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Plaugher to challenge Glover in Brookland District


Longtime Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover, a Republican, will face competition from a Democrat this November as he tries to win his eighth term on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

Daniel Plaugher, 33, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, earned the Democratic Party nomination in late April and filed his formal candidacy paperwork last month.

Plaugher decided to run in part because of his concerns about the district's aging infrastructure, the fact that some schools in the district have not achieved full state accreditation and his desire to make the district more appealing to younger residents.
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Fairfield meeting June 15 to highlight emergency preparedness, resources for seniors


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, June 15 to discuss emergency preparedness and issues related to the growing number of older residents in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Anna McRay, deputy coordinator for emergency management in the Henrico Division of Fire, and Thelma Bland Watson, executive director of Senior Connections, will join Thornton for the discussion and will answer questions. McRay will explain what Henrico is doing to prepare for an emergency and what residents can do for themselves. Watson will highlight resources that are available to older adults and the Age Wave Coalition.
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Varina District meeting June 15 to address state of Henrico County Public Schools


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson and the Eastern Henrico Business Association will hold a Community Conversations meeting Monday, June 15 to discuss the state of Henrico County Public Schools.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road.

Varina District School Board representative John W. Montgomery Jr. and Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw will join Nelson for the discussion of school system trends, initiatives and issues.
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Richmond Montessori School holds graduation ceremony


Seven students graduated from eighth grade at Richmond Montessori School last week, during a ceremony in the school's Lynn C. Humphreys Performing Arts Center. The students (pictured, from left) are Kiera Megan Wibberly (who will attend The Center for Education and Human Development at Glen Allen High School in the fall); Joshua Gregory Pei (Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School); Zoe Marisa Orr (Douglas S. Freeman High School); Blair Lee Hinckle (Trinity Episcopal School); Adrienne Michelle Eaheart (The Center for Information Technology at Deep Run High School); Gabrielle Rae Davenport (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology); and Jackson Tyler Trent Burkey (The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill High School).
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Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2015 Summer Food Service Program, which is administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed July 2, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Schools already will be closed on July 3, as part of the summer schedule.)

Meals will be provided free of charge to children enrolled in HCPS or Department of Recreation and Parks summer programs.
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Democrat Repp to seek 12th District Va. Senate seat

The winner of Tuesday's hotly contested Republican Party primary for the right to seek the 12th District Virginia Senate seat will compete with Democratic nominee Deborah MacArthur Repp in the Nov. 3 general election.

Repp, 66 and the president and CEO of Henrico-based geriatric nursing care management practice Mature Options, earned the party's nomination during a caucus June 3. She described herself as a lifelong Democrat who would work to support the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia; roll back government involvement in women's reproductive health; institute a living wage standard in Virginia; support alternative energy production and conservation measures; and eliminate or significantly reduce the business, professional and occupational (BPOL) tax on Virginia businesses.
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Police arrest and charge man in exposure cases

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Henrico man in connection with several incidents of public exposure that occurred between April 1 and June 1 at Short Pump Town Center.

Police and mall security officials received multiple reports of a white male exposing himself during that time period. He was described as having a goatee and driving a silver Toyota sedan. Police detectives identified Charles Paul Engle, 37, of the 7800 block of Ketelby Road, as a suspect and charged him June 5 with one count of obscene sexual display and three counts of indecent exposure.
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HCPS to host job fair June 15


The Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources Department will host a job fair Monday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission Resource Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road in Henrico. The school system is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Pupil Transportation, Custodial Services and School Nutrition Services departments will attend to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

“We’re looking for full-time employees who love children,” said Mary Alderson, HCPS human resources specialist.
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3 vie for Democratic nomination for 74th District Va. House seat

Stephen Adkins, Lamont Bagby and Leonidas Young II will compete June 9 for the Democratic nomination to see the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Bagby and Young responded to the Citizen's candidate questionnaire, and their answers appear below. Responses from Adkins will appear here if they become available.
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4 seeking Republican nomination for 12th District Senate seat

Siobhan Dunnavant, Vince Haley, Bill Janis and Ed Whitlock are competing for the Republican nomination to run for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Each responded to the Citizen's candidate questionnaire, and their answers appear below.
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