Henrico County VA

RIC sets all-time record for April passenger count


Richmond International Airport had a record-breaking April. The airport reported that its total passenger count last month of 300,491 surpassed the previous record for April of 298,209, set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.”

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago. > Read more.

Fox, raccoon test positive for rabies


A fox killed by Henrico Animal Protection officers in Glen Allen and a raccoon found dead in Varina on Monday both tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Animal Protection officers responded to the 1500 block of Gabriel Court (near the Creeks at Virginia Center shopping center) May 25 at approximately 9 a.m. for a call about the fox acting strangely. Officers attempted to capture the animal, which was under the deck of a residence, but they instead killed it after it tried to attack them. The fox's remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and positive rabies results came back May 26.

No human or animal exposures were reported in the case. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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Community

Imagination Richmond brings family fun to Willow Lawn Saturday

Looking for a fun, family-oriented festival to attend this weekend? Imagination Richmond might be for you. The event will be held at The Shops at Willow Lawn May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, now in its fourth year, began when Willow Lawn Marketing Manager Sarah North felt there was a need in the region for a family-friendly community event at which children could enjoy and explore their imagination through music, art, dance and other children activities. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


What do cotton candy, funnel cakes, shrimp, fish and Mediterranean food all have in common? Put your swimsuit diet on hold and find out this weekend in Henrico! If you're feeling guilty after all that deliciousness, the Wellesley 5K Fun Run on Saturday can help you shed some pounds. Click here for more! > Read more.

Campaign provides diapers to low-income families

Capital Diaper Bank and Anthem HealthKeepers are holding a diaper drive through June 2. The “Diaper Change” campaign focuses on providing diapers to low-income families in central Virginia.

Diapers are a necessary part of day-to-day life for young children and their families but providing them is not always easy. A healthy change of diapers costs nearly $100 each month and one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. Diapers are not typically covered by social service programs.

Babies in low-income households often spend an entire day in a single diaper creating many health problems, including skin disease and staph infections. A baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for prolonged periods of time may also be at a greater risk for child abuse. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame to open at Westwood Club

The Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame will open Oct. 19 at the Westwood Club in Henrico County.

The hall of fame was established by the Richmond Tennis Association in 1990, and its first class included Arthur Ashe Sr., Arthur Ashe Jr., Dorothy Chewning, Samuel Woods, Louis Einwick, Fidelity Bankers Life Insurance Co. and Crestar Bank. Later inductees included Massie Valentine, John Packett, Hugh Waters III, Davenport & Company and the Westwood Club, among many others.
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