By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 09/01/2014 Government
Democrat Jack Trammell declared his candidacy for the Seventh District Congressional seat in May and earned the Democratic Party nomination for the seat June 8. At the time, most assumed that he stood no chance of winning a victory in the highly Republican district against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. That evening however, Trammell’s colleague, fellow Randolph Macon College professor Dave Brat, upset Cantor in the Republican primary for the seat. Trammell’s campaign instantly gained credibility, as he was now facing an equally unknown opponent with a similar background and budget.
In July, Brat spoke with the Citizen about his historic victory over Cantor and his vision for the Seventh District. In August, the Citizen's Ryan McKinnon sat down with Trammell to hear his perspective:
Henrico Citizen: I’m sure it was crazy accepting the nomination and thinking you were going to be going up against Eric Cantor, but then finding out you were going against your coworker. Tell me what that was like. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 01/09/2014 Henrico Schools
UPDATE: JAN. 9, 5 P.M. – To hear Henrico School Board members tell it, their decision to name Patrick Kinlaw the county's new superintendent was one of the easiest they've ever had to make.
The board unanimously appointed Kinlaw, Henrico's deputy superintendent, to the position today during a work session at the New Bridge Learning Center; his contract begins tomorrow and runs through June 30, 2016. The Citizen was first to report Kinlaw's hiring.
Announcement of the move brought three standing ovations and excited cheering and applause from a packed board room at New Bridge, where Henrico principals and other school system officials had gathered to hear it. > Read more.
Police take 'distraught' male student into custody
UPDATE: 2:22 P.M. – The lockdown at Glen Allen High School has ended. School dismissal will occur at its normal time.
UPDATE: 2:07 P.M. – Henrico Police have taken into custody the juvenile male they had sought in connection with the situation at Glen Allen High School, Police spokeswoman Linda Toney said. The suspect was not on the school's campus. Police are not releasing any additional information about the juvenile at this time. The school remains on lockdown.
UPDATE: 1:54 P.M. – Glen Allen High School is on lockdown as Henrico Police officers seek a male suspect in connection with a suspicious situation reported at the school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. Officers locked the school down and were guarding the entrance to the school at Staples Mill Road while a SWAT team and other officials searched the premises and exterior of the building.
"School administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon," Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a release shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported. The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe." > Read more.
Henrico Police officials arrested and charged a 42-year-old restaurant manager with taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and sexual object penetration, after receiving information that a 17-year-old male working for him had been assaulted.
Carlos Alberto Ojeda-Aquino, of the 4800 block of Monument Avenue, was arrested Jan. 6 following a police investigation. > Read more.
Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a convenience store/gas station in the 8900 block of West Broad Street Jan. 5. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, the man entered the store, approached the cashier, displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. There were no injuries.
The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, in his early 40s, wearing a gray hooded jacket with blue stripes down the sleeves, gray knit cap and dark colored pants. > 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.
The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.
Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.
Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.
At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.
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