Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Bank of America Operations Center sold for $38M


The Bank of America Operations Center on Villa Park Drive in Northern Henrico has a new owner.

Longships Capital, Homeward Angel, and Prudent Richmond acquired the property for $38 million. The 46-acre corporate campus consists of five buildings totaling more than 700,000 square feet of space. The buildings were constructed between 1985 and 2008 and are generally interconnected. The campus includes corporate offices, open work areas, a café and fitness facility as well as multiple raised floor data halls and a standalone enterprise data center.
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Eastern Henrico fire damages home; no one hurt


A mid-day fire in Eastern Henrico County damaged a home but did not result in any injuries.

The fire was reported at about 12:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of Yeadon Road, near the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Harvie Road. Firefighters arrived within six minutes and quickly determined that no one was home. Smoke and fire were visible from several windows, and a portion of the yard also was on fire.
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The write stuff

Budding novelists flourish in group

Like most procrastinating writers, thirty-nine-year-old Dalfonzo Williams had been mulling stories in his head for years. “I’ve always been interested in [writing] since I was a kid, but I just never followed up on it,” he said.

But last April after becoming a member of The Agile Writers, he’s almost finished with the first draft of his novel, “Sugar Spring”, a murder mystery about the kind of trouble that can happen when a guy’s ex-girlfriend walks back into his life. “I went there and pretty much have been working on it ever since,” Williams said.
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Supervisors critical of Assembly’s ‘micromanaging’

The state’s meddling in local affairs seemed an ongoing theme at Tuesday night’s Henrico Board of Supervisors work session.

“(State legislators) are looking for something to do, so they want to be local government officials,” said Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia O’Bannon, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Such gripes arose during Legislative Liaison Mike Schnurman’s presentation to the board.
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Virginia woman cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A Chesterfield County woman was cited on state weapons charges after she was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 20 when TSA officers detected a .40-caliber handgun loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber of the gun.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the woman, a resident of Chester.

Travelers are responsible for the belongings that they bring to a security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to people is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
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McAuliffe vows to veto anti-abortion bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke Jan. 19 in support of legislation proposed by members of the Women’s Health Care Caucus and vowed to veto bills he believes would endanger women’s reproductive rights. McAuliffe said legislators should learn from controversies in North Carolina following the passage of what he called “socially divisive bills.” McAuliffe said he told the General Assembly not to send him these types of bills because they have no chance of becoming law.

“I have sent a strong message already. They have an abortion bill, a 20-week abortion bill, that was signed on by, I think, eight members of the General Assembly. I have made it very clear I will veto it. That bill has zero chance of becoming law in the commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said.
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Varina meeting Jan. 26 to highlight public safety efforts in Sandston


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss public safety efforts in the Sandston area.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave. Nelson will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Police Division for a discussion of its public safety efforts and how residents can help.
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Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;
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Nominees sought for Community Leader of the Year Award


The Henrico Business Council will be accepting nominations for its Community Leader of the Year Award from now until February 3.

The council seeks nominees who show unwavering support for Henrico County and the business community through their involvement with Henrico; demonstrate dedication to the betterment and/or growth of Henrico County; exhibit enthusiasm for Henrico County; and have made a difference in the community.
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Living on minimum wage


Athena Jones is the first person her clients see at the start of the day. She gets them out of bed, changes their clothes and makes them breakfast. Her workday consists of providing emotional and physical support, assisting clients with bathing and bathroom visits, and helping them be as independent as possible.

As a home-care worker, this is Jones’ job. She does it for minimum wage – $7.25 an hour.

An advocate for people who struggle to live on minimum wage, Jones traveled from Portsmouth to Richmond this week to speak to legislators about bills to raise the state minimum wage above the federally mandated rate. She said a raise would help her save money and give back to her community.
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Broadband legislation draws criticism


A Republican lawmaker on Thursday defended her broadband-access bill from critics who say it favors established internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon while limiting competition from other companies and local governments. Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, said HB 2108 actually seeks to “expand the availability of broadband to Virginians who do not currently have it.”

The bill, titled the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act,” has garnered sharp criticism from advocates of rural broadband expansion. Byron said a Roanoke Times editorial criticizing the bill has spurred death threats against her.
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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, March 4 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, April 5 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
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