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OrthoVirginia will acquire magnetic resonance imaging technology at its Henrico Parham location, one of its busiest offices of the 11 sites it has in central Virginia. Up to this point, OrthoVirginia performed MRI procedures on its single mobile unit at its Johnston-Willis and Farmville locations. The practice has been referring out to other MRI service providers two-thirds of its patients who require an MRI scan. OrthoVirginia received approval for its Certificate of Public Need application with the Virginia Department of Health. The new MRI facility is expected to cost $2.2 million. It should be fully operational by early 2016. > Read more.

Bagby establishes district office


Newly elected 74th District Virginia Delegate Lamont Bagby has established his district office, through which constituents may contact him. Bagby's district encompasses portions of northern and eastern Henrico County, all of Charles City County and two precincts in Richmond. Bagby won a special election earlier this month, easily defeating independent David Lambert, to serve the remainder of former Delegate Joe Morrissey's term, which runs through this year. Bagby and Lambert will face off again in the general election in November for the right to serve a two-year term beginning in January. > Read more.

West End office complex sold


A Massachusetts based real estate company has purchased a West End office complex for $12.75 million.

Select Income REITof Newton, Mass., bought Parham Place I, II and III on East Parham Road from South Carolina-based JEDD, which had bought the first two phases of the complex for $7.6 million in July 2008. > Read more.
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Elephant Auto to add 1,173 jobs in Henrico

UPDATE: JUNE 9, 9:30 A.M. – Henrico-based Elephant Auto Insurance will add more than 1,110 jobs in the county as part of a $2 million expansion of its location here, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and company officials announced today.

Elephant, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Admiral Group plc, is one of the fastest growing auto insurance companies in the U.S. It arrived in Henrico in 2009 and opened with 40 employees, grew to about 300 employees by early 2014 and then completed a move into the former Circuit City headquarters building on Mayland Drive in the West End earlier this year. > Read more.

Fields of gold

Farming has a rich history in Henrico, but an uncertain future

As the summer begins, corn, wheat, soybeans, herbs and fruit are growing throughout Henrico County.

Despite surrounding three sides of Richmond and being the fifth most populous county in the state, Henrico is still home to 117 farms and 12,891 acres of farmland. County residents and leaders have been debating the role of farms in Henrico for the past 50 years. While few will dispute the beauty of historic Tree Hill Farm or Varina Farm, there is a wide spectrum of opinions as to what role farms should play in the future of the county.

Nowhere else in the county is farmland as expansive as in the eastern district of Varina. > Read more.

Plaugher to challenge Glover in Brookland District


Longtime Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover, a Republican, will face competition from a Democrat this November as he tries to win his eighth term on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

Daniel Plaugher, 33, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, earned the Democratic Party nomination in late April and filed his formal candidacy paperwork last month.

Plaugher decided to run in part because of his concerns about the district's aging infrastructure, the fact that some schools in the district have not achieved full state accreditation and his desire to make the district more appealing to younger residents. > Read more.

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Community

10th annual Filipino Festival coming in August


The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.

Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.

CMoR reopens at new Short Pump site

The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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