Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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All hands on deck

3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office.
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Redheads


Mark Gordon, CEO of Bon Secours' Memorial Regional Medical Center, and nurses from the Mother Infant Unit at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital hold newborn babies in the St. Mary’s nursery Feb. 3. All newborns in the nursery wore red baby caps that day to to commemorate National Wear Red Day and to kick off American Heart Month. American Heart Association volunteers knitted the caps by hand.
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Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest


The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine.
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield becomes title sponsor of Innsbrook 5k event


FEB. 14 –Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will become the title sponsor of the Anthem Corporate Run, an annual 5k corporate run/walk in Innsbrook, the company and Sports Backers announced today. This year's event will be held June 8 in the Innsbrook Office Park. The event features hundreds of corporate teams and is designed as an opportunity for employers to promote the message of employee health and wellness in a team-building environment that also promotes networking.

“One of our goals is to help our clients understand the benefits of physical activity for their employees, and events like the Anthem Corporate Run are a great way to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for companies across the Richmond region and for Anthem associates,” said C. Burke King, Anthem president.
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VHBG hosts first pinewood derby


Science plays a critical role in racing all types of cars – and some local students learned that firsthand recently.

Students at John G. Wood, a nonprofit alternative school located on the campus of Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, applied science to cars they made using pine wood in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) class, then raced the cars to demonstrate the principals of motion.

In all, 16 cars – carefully crafted for speed and looks – competed. Cars could not exceed a five-ounce weight limit; any added weight could not hang over the front or rear of the car; and all cars had to use the wheels, axles and block given.
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VanValkenburg to seek 72nd District seat


Democrat Schuyler VanValkenburg recently announced his intention to seek the party nomination for the 72nd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. VanValkenburg is a government and civics teacher at Glen Allen High School and has worked in the school system for 12 years. He is a University of Richmond graduate.

The 72nd District seat has been held by Republican Jimmie Massie since 2008.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Atlantic Outreach Group – leased 4,655 SF at 2421 Westwood Ave.; The Crazy Greek – leased 3,300 SF at 5905 W. Broad St.; U-Haul & CC Computers – leased 1,119 SF in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7101 Staples Mill Rd.; Integrated Systems Development Corp. – renewed its lease of 3,137 SF in Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.; and Legacy Navigator – leased 2,280 SF at 2421 Westwood Ave.
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Senate passes bill to defund Planned Parenthood


The Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill to curtail funding for Planned Parenthood and other health centers that perform abortions.

The Senate voted 20-19 along party lines in favor of HB 2264, sponsored by Del. Benjamin Cline, R-Amherst.

The bill states that the Virginia Department of Health “shall not enter into a contract with, or make a grant to, any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where non-federally qualified abortions are performed.”
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Henrico Schools seeking children for 2017-18 preschool program


Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting families for inclusion in its preschool program for the 2017-18 school year.

The preschool program is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2017. The program is funded by Head Start and Title I funds; by the Virginia Preschool Initiative; and by the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus program.

The application process starts Feb. 13. To apply, parents or guardians must pick up an application packet at their area elementary school and submit a pre-application online.
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Henrico berry plant sale benefits 4-H youth program


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $8.

Order forms are available from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, and any location of the Henrico County Public Library.
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Board selects Hinson to fill interim role as Brookland supervisor

Party politics came into play Feb. 14 when the Board of Supervisors discussed filling the vacancy left by deceased Chairman and Brookland District representative Dick Glover, who died Feb. 2 at age 82.

The four board members appointed former Deputy County Manager Harvey Hinson, 74, to temporarily fill Glover’s former seat, then bickered a bit while deciding when to hold a special election for the seat. Hinson must be sworn in by a judge and will take office Feb. 28.

“To sit in [Glover’s] seat, that vacant seat, is very emotional for me,” Hinson said. “But I am totally dedicated to this county.”
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