Henrico County VA

Board of Supervisors candidates discuss development, millennials at forum

Discussion of economic development, traffic concerns, millennials, smart growth, redevelopment, school system improvements and regional cooperation took center stage during a forum for Henrico Board of Supervisors candidates Sept. 28 at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.

Eight of the nine candidates for the board discussed their plans for office and answered questions during the two-hour forum, hosted by the Henrico Business Council. The event drew nearly 100 people.

Redevelopment is a hot topic in the county's aging regions – the Brookland, Fairfield and Tuckahoe districts specifically – and candidates offered different ideas about how they'd seek to re-energize pockets within those districts. > Read more.

Pham leads in most recent fundraising efforts

Republican Tommy Branin (Three Chopt District) and Democrat Danny Plaugher (Brookland District) raised the most money of any candidates seeking a position on the Henrico Board of Supervisors during the most recent reporting period, which included July and August. Reports were due Sept. 15.

Branin reported $13,380 in contributions, with $7,500 coming in a single donation from Wilton Properties, Inc, while Plaugher reported raising $8,907.24 spread out across 110 total contributions. Branin is competing with Democrat Robert Shippee and independent Eric Rohnacher, who raised a combined $4,875 during the most recent period.. Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is running against incumbent Republican Dick Glover, whoraised $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Flag Stop Car Wash. > Read more.

HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities

Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs; > Read more.

Henrico Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum scheduled Sept. 28

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber will host candidates for the Henrico County Board of Supervisors at a Candidate Forum on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parham Campus of Reynolds Community College, 1651 East Parham Road, in the Workforce Development and Conference Center. All qualified and filed candidates were invited. The following candidates have indicated they are able to participate and plan to attend:

Brookland District – Dick Glover and Danny Plaugher

Fairfield District – John Dantzler and Frank J. Thornton > Read more.

Business in brief

The Henrico County Economic Development Authority (EDA), an organization dedicated to encouraging the positive growth of Henrico businesses and communities, is hosting the CATALYST Business Workshop for the second straight year. This Henrico Strong 2015 event is designed for local executives interested in growing their business. The half-day workshop will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Reynolds Community College (Parham Road Campus). Andrew Rose, president and CEO of compare.com, will kick off the event with a discussion on how business owners can capitalize on evolving markets. Topics will cover open-book management, digital marketing, motivating employees, business leadership, labor and employment law issues, building a sustainable business and more. The day will conclude with CEO Ignite Talks, in which five CEOs will speak for five minutes each on what it takes to make a business boom. The cost for the event is $25. Space is limited to 100 participants. > Read more.

Traffic patterns to shift near RIR this weekend

Drivers should use caution as NASCAR races return

Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Sept. 10-12 to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Saturday before and after the race from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > 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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