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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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Travelers can enroll in TSA PreCheck at Richmond International Airport

A temporary enrollment site for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program will be open inside the Richmond International Airport terminal during the last two weeks in October for individuals who sign up in advance to enroll in the TSA's expedited screening program. The in-person appointment typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Enrollment in TSA PreCheck enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to participate in the expedited screening program that allows air travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer's Capital Markets Group has represented HM Real Estate Holding, LLC in the sale of a 15,220 square foot retail strip center located at 7601 W. Broad Street in Henrico. The property was purchased as an investment by C. Richmond Properties, LLC and was 100% leased at the time of acquisition. The purchase price was $1,900,000. Catharine Spangler and Bruce Bigger of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > Read more.

MADD dinner honors law enforcement officers


Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored 35 active and retired law enforcement officers Sept. 29 at a regional law enforcement awards dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump. The officers, who hailed from localities ranging from Ashland to Emporia, were recognized for their efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving, both through prevention programs with youth and enforcement of laws related to impaired driving. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes. > Read more.

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Community

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets. > Read more.

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Hear it first’ at Cultural Arts Center

Creaky footsteps in an old attic, the desperate rattling of a locked doorknob and a bloodcurdling scream.

These archetypal haunted house sounds are just a few of the audio makings of On The Air Radio Players that will feature in its production “You Heard It Here First!” at 7:30 p.m. on June 4 and 5 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

With cooler temperatures now upon us, it’s a great weekend to run for a cause! Marathons supporting autism, fighting blindness and helping area youth are all taking place in Henrico. Another good cause to support – Hilliard House, who is hosting Harvesting the Grape tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

‘Epic’ doesn’t live up to its name

Messages may be too intense for younger viewers
There's an odd paradox lying within "Epic." The basic elements of the story are clearly aimed at a very young audience. A forest is watched over by a benevolent queen (Beyonce Knowles) and an army of tiny soldiers called Leafmen, who protect it from equally minuscule goblin-like creatures called Boggans. When the balance of power is shifted, our plucky heroine M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) is accidentally shrunk down to Leafman size and must work with all manner of forest critters to restore the natural order. > Read more.

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