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Newly discovered Civil War photos show Henrico battlefield


Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.

Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.

County to consider selling surplus land

Henrico County officials have conducted an extensive review of all county-owned properties and are recommending the sale of five small parcels as the first step in a plan to eliminate surplus sites.

County Manager John Vithoulkas has sought to shed excess county-owned land since he took over as county manager last January.

Selling excess property would return it to the county's base of taxable land and relieve the county from maintenance costs at the same time, Deputy County Manager Tim Foster told the Board of Supervisors during a Feb. 11 work session. > Read more.

Bank donates $40k

Henrico-based Franklin Federal Savings Bank recently introduced a new initiative called “Pillars of Our Community,” through which it will donate $40,000 annually to local nonprofits. Each of the bank’s eight locations will donate $5,000 to the charity of its choosing, provide volunteer support to the organization and distribute the organization’s literature for a full year. > Read more.

HCPS mentoring program named Virginia’s best

Henrico County Public Schools’ “Henrico HEROES” program has received the Virginia Outstanding Mentoring Program Award for 2014 by Virginia Mentoring Partnership. The judges called the program “an outstanding model of success for school-based mentoring.”

Henrico HEROES (Helpers Engaged in Reaching Our Evolving Students) administers 27 mentoring groups in the county’s middle schools, high schools and nontraditional programs. In 2013, Henrico HEROES reached 680 students with the support of 579 trained mentors. Data showed that those students, who had been deemed at-risk, showed improvements in attendance, behavior and grades. > Read more.

Police seek fraud suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a woman who opened credit card accounts using false information at several western Henrico retail stores Dec. 12. The woman, described as a white female in her early 20s, between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 7 in height and weighing 105-125 pounds with blonde or light brown hair.

After opening the accounts, she proceeded to purchase several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise from each store. > Read more.

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Community

Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > 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.

Keep Virginia Beautiful and Retail Merchants Assoc. host recycling event Nov. 15

Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Retail Merchants Association will host a recycling event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the RMA building, 5101 Monument Ave. near Willow Lawn.

Residents and businesses can bring up to one pickup truck full of electronics. The following electronic items will be accepted: cell phones, computers and monitors, computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse, speakers, etc.), DVD players, alarm clocks, fax machines, home and office phones, printers, stereos, televisions and VCRs. Residents can also bring aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass bottles, glass jars and plastic bags to have recycled. > 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.

Opera begins a new LOV affair in Henrico County

LOV – Lyric Opera Virginia – has a home in Henrico County for its inaugural season.

The new company was formed earlier this year by Maestro Peter Mark, founder and artistic director of Virginia Opera for 36 years (Mark left that company last season).

Grand opera, a Broadway favorite and a Jewel Box production of an operatic classic will delight diehard opera fans and, organizers hope, attract new fans in the new venues. > 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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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Marc Broussard, with special guests Mingo Fishtrap and Andy Suzuki, at 7:30 p.m. at Alice Jepson Theatre.… Full text

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