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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.
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Police: No wrongdoing in case of suspicious man at RF&P Park

UPDATE: SEPT. 6, 2:08 P.M. – Henrico Police have concluded that there was no wrongdoing in the case of a suspicious man at RF&P Park who had reportedly approached several young girls one night earlier this week.

Police identified the individual and conducted "a significant number of interviews," they said, including interviewing the man in question.

"After reviewing all of the facts associated with this case, it has been unfounded," police said in a statement today. > Read more.

State Police seek 2 female suspects in credit card theft

UPDATE: Sept. 5, 12:50 P.M. – Virginia State Police are investigating a credit card theft that occurred in Henrico County and are asking the public’s assistance to identify two females caught on surveillance using the victim’s credit card.

On Aug. 30, Trooper A.L. Ruffin received a report of cash and credit cards stolen from an elderly female and later used at several local retailers.

The victim, a Hanover County resident, reported she had stopped at a business in the 11000 block of Brook Road in Henrico when she was approached by a man and a woman. > Read more.

A real barn-burner

Donna Dean breathes new life into classic country show

Deeply rooted in the music history of Richmond, local performer and Sandston native Donna Dean, widow of Jimmy Dean, is reviving the Old Dominion Barn Dance. One of the oldest country music traditions, the show encompasses wholesome, live bluegrass and country entertainment and will premiere on Feb. 21 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

From 1946-1957 The Old Dominion Barn Dance was the place to be on a Saturday night in Richmond. The country music radio show was broadcast over WRVA and was hosted by Mary Workman, known as “Sunshine Sue.” The show gave local performers a place to become stars, created a venue for national performers to shine, and popularized performers such as Andy Griffith, Grandpa Jones, Jimmy Dean, The Carter family, and more. > Read more.

Henrico middle school earns $100k fitness center


Henrico's Fairfield Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia awarded new $100,000 fitness centers through the National Champion Schools campaign. The announcement was made Thursday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Chairman Jake Steinfield.

Fairfield, Huntington Middle School in Newport News and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk each will receive a state-of-the-art PositivelyTM Fitness Center, as the result of their demonstration of new and innovative ways to promote student physical activity and wellness. The new centers will be dedicated this fall with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each school. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Allen & Allen seeking Hometown Heroes nominations

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen recently announced that it is seeking nominations for its annual Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor the firm's centennial anniversary, is designed to applaud local hometown heroes that give back to their community on a daily basis.

"The annual Hometown Heroes award is Allen and Allen's way of celebrating Virginians doing good things for others. Our firm was founded on service and we gain tremendous motivation from those in the community around us, the real heroes," said Douglas A. Barry, president.

Nominations will be accepted through May 25 at http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes Fift.y winners will be announced in late June. Finalists will be honored at a series of award events taking place in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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Halligan’s unique atmosphere creates fun ‘hot’ spot

Isn’t it a nice feature of Henrico County that we have “theme” restaurants like those in bigger cities right here in West Broad Village and that everything is for real? The Halligan Bar & Grill is all about fighting fires – quench your thirst and hunger, see and touch the real equipment of fire and rescue services, including a real historic fire engine truck, and mingle with real firefighters.

The Halligan is a true and honest theme restaurant named after the claw-and-blade bar used by fire and rescue services around the world. Independent restaurant owner Shawn Gregory used to be a firefighter himself and has parked a real fire engine right in the main restaurant. His father, also a firefighter, used to ride that very truck when on duty at Henrico Fire Station No. 3 years ago. > 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.

‘Monsters U’ proves itself as family gem


Anyone who has seen "Animal House," "Revenge of the Nerds," or any of the countless retreads and spoofs they spawned will surely find something familiar in "Monsters University." Pixar's latest comes from the very same mold, but has been cast in brighter, cuter colors. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, the green-and-blue leads of 2001's "Monsters, Inc." (Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively) are freshmen at the titular university and face the typical trials and tribulations one would find in any college comedy. Arrogant fraternity jocks, a tough-as-nails dean and a campus-wide scare-off must all be overcome if Mike and Sully are to become the best of friends and blossom into the heroes we know from the original film. > Read more.

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