Citizen Staff Reports 01/16/2017 Education
Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.
The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.
School Board votes to create new ‘academy’ at Highland Springs ES
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 01/17/2017 Henrico Schools
It was, perhaps, fitting that days before the nation paused to honor the life of a man known in part for his powerful dream (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), the Henrico County School Board voted to approve a program whose design could help some of the county's most at-risk students realize their own dreams.
The board Jan. 12 unanimously approved a five-year, $2.16-million agreement with An Achievable Dream Certified Academies, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Newport News that will begin operating its acclaimed educational program at Highland Springs Elementary School this fall.
The aim of the program is simple: to engage the most vulnerable students – whose family situations, economic levels or discipline issues might otherwise prevent them from achieving academically. > Read more.
By Jessica Nolte and Jessica Samuels, Capital News Service 01/17/2017 General Assembly
Unified by their desire to preserve safety, but divided on ways to do so, both sides of the Virginia gun debate rallied on Capitol Square on Monday.
“Hello deplorables. Are you ready to take back the Commonwealth of Virginia?” Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for governor, asked as members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League rallied in the morning.
Stewart cautioned the crowd that while it is possible to lose a battle and win the war, that means it is also possible to win the battle and lose the war. He said they won the battle for the presidency with Trump’s 2016 election.
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Citizen Staff Reports 08/08/2016 Henrico Crime
One person was injured during a kitchen fire in Henrico's West End Aug. 7. Henrico Fire units arrived to the scene of the fire, in the 40 block of Starling Drive in the Gateway Apartments, at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday to find smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story apartment unit.
All occupants were out of the apartment by the time fire units arrived, just three minutes after the call. As the result of their quick action, the fire was contained to the apartment of origin and did not spread to other occupancies. The occupants of the affected apartment will be displaced for an undetermined period of time. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/08/2016 Henrico Government
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging Virginia residents to be on the lookout for a destructive beetle.
The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been spotted in Virginia, but it has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, among others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People also can help the effort by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/08/2016 Henrico Government
As part of a migration to a new voice over IP phone system, all Henrico County Public Libraries now have new phone numbers.
The new numbers are:
• Fairfield Area Library – 501-1930
• Gayton Branch Library – 501-1960
• Glen Allen Branch Library – 501-1950 > Read more.
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St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.
Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.
Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the E. Bruce Heilman Dining Center at the University of Richmond. Each meeting features breakfast and an interesting speaker. For details, call Pete Sizemore at 288-0999. Full text