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Bagby falls short in 74th District primary

Kevin Sullivan wins Democratic nomination, will compete in Jan. 13 special election
Lamont Bagby
DEC. 23, 11 A.M. – Henrico County School Board member Lamont Bagby fell several votes short in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to seek the 74th District House of Delegates seat in a Jan. 13 special election.

Bagby lost by eight votes – 24 to 16 – in a firehouse primary to Charles City resident Kevin Sullivan, a former International Brotherhood of Teamsters political coordinator. Former 74th District representative Floyd Miles finished third.

Only about 100 Democrats in the district (which spans portions of Henrico and Richmond and all of Charles City County) were eligible to vote – those who are active members of the Democratic committees in one of the three localities – and only a few more than 40 turned out. > Read more.

Short Pump Town Center completes enhancements

Short Pump Town Center has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that took place during the past several months.

The center has added landscaping, walkways lit with hanging lanterns, new gathering spaces withseating under heated pavilions, fountains, a new pedestrian bridge spanning the main plaza, additional covered bridges, updated restrooms, a centrally located glass elevator, a new children's play village in the food court and an outdoor play area in the main plaza, in addition to a fireplace. > Read more.
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Business in brief


The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has announced the appointment of Julie Adams-Buchanan as its new executive director. For the past six years, Adams-Buchanan has served as the Center’s coordinator of volunteer services, interviewing prospective clients and overseeing the hundreds of volunteers who provide transportation and other help for seniors. In addition to her experience with The Shepherd’s Center, Adams-Buchanan has coordinated services in the business office of a senior living facility and has served as an office manager for a family construction firm. She becomes the fifth executive director of the Shepherd’s Center, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She succeeds Linda Frank who served in the position for ten years before moving to Radford to pursue other interests. > Read more.

A great nephew’s quest

Cussons descendant searches for clues to Glen Allen print house
A neighbor “across the pond” in the United Kingdom has spent years looking for clues to his Henrico heritage -- and he is hoping that county residents can help him in his search.

In May of 2013, Len Jolley visited Henrico County to learn more about his great, great, great uncle by marriage, Capt. John Cussons.

If the name rings a bell, that’s because Cussons features prominently in Henrico history books, and is cited in the county library’s “Notable Henricoans” database. > Read more.

Top to Bottom

Becky Hammond, head brewmaster at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Short Pump Town Center, shows off one of the ten craft beers she is brewing in-house at the newly opened pub. In addition to serving Rock Bottom signature beers and standards, Hammond also prepares some of her own recipes for the restaurant, including a Citra Pale Ale, Cascade Hop Amber Ale and Sweet Nut Brown.

Hammond previously served in Nashville as brew assistant to Brad Mortensen, who got his start at Legend Brewing in Richmond.

With the June 2 opening of Rock Bottom, and the 2013 opening of Strangeways Brewing on Dabney Road, the county now boasts two breweries with unique, brewed-only-in-Henrico products. > Read more.

Proposed CARE bus reservation changes put on hold

GRTC officials have decided to shelve several proposed changes to the way disabled and elderly riders make reservations for the system's CARE and CARE Plus bus transportation services, following concerns expressed by members of the public and staff members.

Henrico County supervisors also had voiced concerns about the proposal during a work session last week. A revised proposal could be introduced by late summer, according to GRTC Chief of Transit Operations Tim Barham.

CARE service is federally mandated transportation designed to serve areas within three-quarters of a mile to either side of existing fixed-route bus service. In Henrico, CARE Plus offers door-to-door service anywhere in the county seven days a week to disabled and elderly residents who live farther from bus routes or who need to travel during the times CARE buses do not operate (between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weeknights and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends). > 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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > 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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