Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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United they run

Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

3 new shops coming to Willow Lawn

Three new tenants are coming to The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

Lucky Foot and Pigtails & Crewcuts have signed agreements to locate at Willow Lawn, and the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will open there Aug. 3. All three will be located in the same building that houses American Tap Room and Zoës Kitchen.

Lucky Foot is expanding from its current location in Midlothian to offer personalized service to runners and walkers in the Richmond metro area. In addition to shoes and running supplies, the store offers a full body motion analysis and helps runners prevent injury and keep their exercise regimens simple and fun. > Read more.

Business in brief


The “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” a leading college guidebook, has selected the University of Richmond for its 2015 edition of more than 300 “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Richmond made two special lists this year for having “unusual strength” in business and international studies. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guidebook selects colleges based primarily on academic quality. It includes information about each college’s academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities. > Read more.

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. > Read more.

Living history

Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VMI graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Brat’s surprising rise to prominence ‘fun but exhausting’

Republican nominee discusses religion, family, the role of bipartisanship and campaign fundraising in extensive interview
In June, Henrico County was the epicenter of a political shakeup that grabbed international headlines when Henrico resident Dave Brat made history by upsetting Henrico's Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader, in a Republican primary election for the Seventh District House seat.

Brat became the story of the week. Analysts heatedly debated whether his victory was a portent of the future, when establishment leaders could be knocked off by grassroots candidates operating on a fraction of their budget, or whether Brat had simply found his opponent’s weak spot (immigration) and ridden that all the way to victory. > Read more.

County dedicates Twin Hickory Park

Citizens of Henrico now have a new recreational opportunity, after county officials cut the ribbon on Twin Hickory Park – a new 48-acre park near Deep Run High School – July 12.

Funding for the $3 million complex was part of a 2005 bond referendum dedicated to school, library, and park projects throughout Henrico County, which was the result of input from citizens, residents and civic associations. > Read more.

Holman student has All-Star experience

A Holman Middle School student had an All-Star experience to remember in Minneapolis this week.

Nicholas Noonan competed in the 11-12 year-old division of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition, which was held at Target Field on the day before the MLB All-Star Game. The competition is a baseball skills challenge open to children nationwide.

Of more than 625,000 players in 4,000 preliminary competitions, only 12 baseball and 12 softball players earned the right to compete in the final round in Minneapolis. Noonan was one of two finalists from Virginia. > Read more.

County to host anti-smoking meetings this month

The Henrico County Health Department will hold four meetings in July to explain the public health risks associated with smoking and provide information on how smokers can quit the habit.

The meetings will be held 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road; Wednesday, July 23 at the Varina Branch Library, 2001 Library Road; Wednesday, July 30 at the Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road; and Thursday, July 31 at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public. > Read more.

Police seek new person of interest in Food Lion shooting

UPDATE: JUL. 16, 5:02 P.M. – Henrico Police are seeking a new person of interest in connection with the shooting of a security guard at a Food Lion store in northern Henrico earlier this week. Police released a surveillance image of a black male (pictured) who was in the store and said that they want to contact him. > Read more.

Brat raises $400k in 40 days

UPDATE: JUL. 15, 3:29 P.M. – Republican candidate for Congress Dave Brat announced today that his campaign has raised nearly $400,000 in a 40-day period that ended June 30, with most of the money coming from 4,673 individual donors.

Of the actual $399,660 raised from May 22 to the end of the reporting period June 30, $363,560 – or 91 percent – came from those individuals. The figures are part of the candidate's quarterly finance report due today at the Federal Election Commission.

The majority of all 4,684 donors were small dollar contributors. 4402 donated $200 or less, while 271 contributors donated more than $200. Political committees, party committees, and PACs accounted for 11 contributions totaling $36,100. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in eyeglass thefts

Henrico Police are seeking a man who allegedly stole several hundred dollars worth of designer eyeglass frames from a Henrico business during the past several weeks.

The man is a black male with a bald head, approximately 5 foot 9 and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt. He is alleged to have stolen the frames between June 23 and July 9 from an eye care business in the 400 block of Westhampton Station near the Huguenot Bridge, where Virginia Eye Institute is located. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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