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Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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Missing Henrico woman found safe

UPDATE: JUL. 9, 2:40 P.M. - A missing Henrico County woman is safe in Newark, N.J., Henrico Police said this afternoon. Nineteen-year-old Fatoumata Coulibaly went to the Newark Police station shortly after 1 p.m. today after learning that she had been reported as missing and told officers to let Henrico authorities know that she was safe and had left her Henrico townhome voluntarily. Henrico Police last night had termed her disappearance "suspicious" because her townhome near Parham Doctors' Hospital was found insecure.
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Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch. > Read more.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Three Chopt School Board member won't appear on November ballot
Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August. > Read more.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president. > Read more.

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Community

Discussion series on Henrico’s heritage continues Feb. 25

The fourth installment in a community-discussion series on Henrico County’s heritage will focus on free blacks during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dialogues IV program, titled “The Forgotten Minority: Free Blacks in Henrico County,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Lauranett Lee, curator of African-American history at the Virginia Historical Society, will moderate the program, which will feature four panelists giving scholarly presentations to encourage conversation with audience members. > 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.

Achievement gap strategy session at Varina H.S. Feb. 27

Varina High School PTSA will host an achievement gap strategy session in the school’s library on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The program “Be a Part of the Solution and Not the Problem” will discuss the work Henrico County Public Schools began in January. Varina High School is experiencing an achievement gap when compared to Deep Run High School. The informative session will candidly discuss solutions that will move the students toward excellence. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

Bag some fun, support LINC at Snagajob event

It's in the Bag, LINC's 7th annual live and silent handbag auction, will be held Feb. 7 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the new Snagajob headquarters in Innsbrook.

In addition to featuring more than 150 hand-crafted and designer bags – including evening clutches, Keen hiking pack, a golf bag, bags made from keyboard keys, the "Madmen" portable briefcase bar, hand crocheted bags, and designer Brighton, Coach and Louisbuton bags – this year's event will also provide craft beer tasting by Starr Hill Brewery, a “man” table with gift items for men, music, and food. > 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.

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