Republicans, Democrats ready to race to fill open House seat


When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.

Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.

Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.

HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.
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Henrico Extension to offer free lawn, gardening workshops


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. Each program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and requires registration.

The Spring Weed Control workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The program will focus on building a healthy turf and controlling crabgrass and weeds. > Read more.

James River Assoc. accepting applications for ‘floating classroom’ trip


The James River Association is accepting applications for the Seventh Annual James River Expedition, “a floating classroom” through which students paddle down the 340-mile length of the James River. High school students within the James River watershed are encouraged to apply before the Friday, March 10 deadline.

Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to go on one of three week-long trips that collectively travel the length of the James River over the summer. During the expedition, beginning June 25, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, kayaks and bateaux rafts. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Jan. 9-15


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3 Millstone Road – $75,995, 1,132 SF (built in 1962), from Deborah S. and Rebecca F. Smiley to Ronald M. and Margaret Turlinski.
9317 Electra Court – $85,000, 1,173 SF (built in 1969), from Barbara A. Gilchrist to 3TAC Homebuyers LLC.
9311 Howze Road – $110,000, 2,010 SF (built in 978), from Linda F. Vail to Primed to Sell VA LLC.
10 North Fern Avenue – $124,950, 1,040 SF (built in 1973), from Oakleigh Properties LLC to Rebecca J. Salmon.
136 Bridge Street – $125,910, 1,272 SF (built in 1987), from Troy L. Barrett, Sr. and Shandra D. Barrett to Housing and Urban Development.
12306 Sir James Court – $130,000, 1,091 SF (built in 1983), from Kelli Diana Shonts to Miranda T. Booker.
1608 Varina Station Court – $131,543, 1,806 SF (built in 1995), from David M. Diggs to Veterans Affairs.
215 South Gaskins Road – $150,000, 3,849 SF (built in 2016), from George and Siham Oley to Timothy Wilson Andre Boykin and Reba Oley.
4507 Gaines Road – $150,000, 1,680 SF (built in 1961), from Matthew A Turlinksi Est. to Rachel Leah Imburg and William X. Beverly. > Read more.

Henrico Police charge man with murder


Henrico Police have charged a 23-year-old county man with second-degree murder in connection with a Jan. 27 Glen Allen homicide.

Jamare Maurice Jones is charged with the murder of George Quarles Jones, Jr., 61, in what police are calling a domestic incident. They have not disclosed how the two men are related.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., Jan. 27, Henrico Police and Fire responded for a shooting in 4600 block of Francistown Road, where they located the elder Jones suffering from a gunshot wound. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seek new, used books and magazines


Do you have books or magazines at home or at work that you're done with? Henrico County Public Schools might be interested in them.

As part of its intense focus on literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. HCPS is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages.

HCPS middle and high schools are embracing a mix of schoolwide and individual reading goals during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” > Read more.

Libbie Mill Library earns LEED Silver rating for environmentally friendly design


Henrico County’s Libbie Mill Library has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally friendly design and construction.

Libbie Mill becomes the 13th Henrico government or school building to earn LEED certification since 2011. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized standard for excellence in green building.

The library, which opened in October 2015, qualified for the Silver rating — the third highest — based on meeting design and construction requirements in a variety of categories: sustainable site; water efficiency; energy efficiency; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees


All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and two of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2017.

Board members received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon, General Government Steering Committee; > Read more.

House panel OKs bills targeting opioid crisis


A House committee has approved seven bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in Virginia. The legislation would limit the prescription of medications containing opioids, establish guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain and make opioid overdose reversal drugs more easily available.

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the proposals and sent them to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

On an average day, three Virginians die of a drug overdose, according to State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine. In November, she and Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. > Read more.

McAuliffe boasts Virginia employment records


RICHMOND – After giving a report at a meeting of the National Governors Association this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he is proud of how well Virginia is doing economically.

“I just gave the State of the State, and I almost feel bad for those other 49 governors. I don’t know what they do every day because we live in the greatest state in the greatest nation on Earth,” McAuliffe said at the Virginia Municipal League Day at the Capitol.

Virginia has reached its highest level of employment in history, with more than 4.2 million workers in the commonwealth, McAuliffe said. > Read more.

Steward School, SMV to host world-record-setting aviator


Aviator Barrington Irving, who set a world record as the first African American and youngest person to fly around the world solo, will visit the Science Museum of Virginia Feb. 8 to share his tale of inspiration with area students and families. Parents, children and others from the Richmond community are invited to join school children from the Boys & Girls Clubs, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, The Steward School, Chesterfield County and to hear Irving’s tale of flying around the world solo in a plane he built himself.

Following his flight, Irving founded a mentorship program, Experience Aviation, which educates and empowers students in science, technologyengineering and mathematics. For his accomplishments, he is the winner of National Geographic’s 2012 Emerging Explorer Award and the NASA SEMAAA Trailblazer Award, and was acknowledged by a Congressional Resolution. > Read more.

Teacher nominations sought for REB Awards


The Community Foundation's annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence are open for nominations, and students, parents, community membersschool staff and administrators (except for the school principal) are invited to help recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools.

Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by theiinspiring classroom performance. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and mepeers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students. > Read more.

First 3 school renovation bond projects advance


The first three Henrico school renovation projects scheduled to be funded with 2016 bond referendum money are moving closer to construction.

The Henrico School Board Jan. 12 approved design plans for major renovation projects at Tuckahoe Middle School and Pemberton Elementary School as well as one that will provide an eight-classroom addition and other smaller enhancements at Glen Allen Elementary School. > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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