Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.
The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”
Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.
Twenty Virginia babies born on May 29 have been awarded college savings accounts as part of an initiative known as 529 College Savings Day. Evan Keith Collins, son of George Keith Collins of Glen Allen, won the Virginia529 account at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital – Forest. > Read more.
Drug Court graduates celebrate new lives
By Ben Panko, Special to the Citizen 06/10/2013 Henrico Government
Four men and women completed their journeys from the thrall of addiction to a new life May 31 as they graduated from the Henrico County Adult Drug Court.
The graduates had endured years of enslavement to the effects of drugs or alcohol and the many consequences of their addictions, including unemployment, repeated arrests and estrangement from family and friends. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/09/2013 Henrico Schools
Henrico County Public Schools will provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at the Siegel Center June 11-13. The stream can be accessed through the system's website, http://www.henrico.k12.va.us Gradu.ations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38). > Read more.
By Andrew Stoddard, Special to the Citizen 06/07/2013 Henrico Schools
At the beginning of the school year, Tiffany Graves’ fourth-grade class at Colonial Trail Elementary School in Glen Allen embarked upon an ambitious series of service projects to benefit both its local community and the world.
The students accomplished a lot in just one year, and they celebrated their achievements by getting out of class for a Community Service and Adoption Ceremony in the school library on May 29. > Read more.
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Hundreds of youngsters and teens sprinted through Short Pump Oct. 1 during the C&F Bank and Lite98 Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, the region’s largest timed youth road race. The event took place behind Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports
Community volunteer Bonnie L. Abernathy has been named the 2011 Henrico Christmas Mother and already is at work with hundreds of schools, businesses, civic organizations, church groups and individuals to help Henrico citizens experience the the holiday season. > Read more.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its fifth annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Short Pump Town Center. The event, previously known as The Buddy Walk, features a 5K run/walk and a free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome. > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
Varina native and Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson will appear on an episode of CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” that will air March 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Robinson, a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, taped his appearance on the show last week. He was invited to appear on the series after producers of the show learned from an interview that he was a longtime fan. > Read more.
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