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Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl? > Read more.

Legislators revisit mental health services

A proposed joint subcommittee stands at the center of a clearly defined focus on mental health services in Virginia less than two months after tragedy shook the state capital.

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-25, whose son was treated for bipolar tendencies before ultimately stabbing his father and killing himself, is the chief patron of Senate Joint Resolution 47, which seeks to establish a nine-person subcommittee to study the mental health services in the commonwealth. > Read more.

McAuliffe renews campaign promises at inauguration


Tight security and steady rain Saturday did not dampen the spirit or the campaign promises of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as he became Virginia’s 72nd governor.

McAuliffe, who has never held elected office, won this past November’s nationally watched election against conservative, Tea Party-endorsed Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli. McAuliffe succeeds Republican Bob McDonnell as governor. > Read more.

13-year-old Wilder MS student charged with possession of gun at school

UPDATE: JAN. 14, 10:45 A.M. – A 13-year-old male student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a class 6 felony, after being taken into police custody yesterday at the school. Charges were placed yesterday afternoon, Henrico Police said, and the juvenile was placed into Juvenile Detention yesterday. A court date is set for later this month.

A police investigation into how the student obtained the weapon continues. > Read more.

Police arrest Glen Allen HS student

Student who prompted Tuesday's lockdown charged with threatening another juvenile
UPDATE: JAN. 10, 12:45 P.M. – Henrico County Police have arrested the 16-year-old male who prompted Tuesday’s lockdown at Glen Allen High School and charged him with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property. He has been placed into juvenile detention and faces a court date later this month. If convicted could serve a minimum of one year in jail or pay a fine of as much as $2,500.

The 16-year-old allegedly made a threat toward a male juvenile acquaintance, according to police.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon. Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. > Read more.

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Community

VHBG to offer ‘trunk-or-treating’ event

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will host its first "trunk-or-treat" Halloween tailgating event on its Henrico campus on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will invite children to fetch Halloween candy from the backs of vehicles gathered in the campus parking lot. Dozens of cars and SUVs will sport fun decorations and themes to entertain children, such as movies, sports and camping. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’ve been meaning to get a flu shot this season, Oak Hall Baptist Church is holding a clinic on Saturday. Other health-related events in Henrico this weekend include the Richmond Heart Walk in Innsbrook and health screenings conducted by the National Kidney Foundation. And don’t forget to check out the local theater scene! Click here to see all our top picks! > Read more.

Christmas Mother program kicks off

Christmas Mothers hailing from as far back as 1976 (Thelma Moore) gathered at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Oct. 15 (at right) for the annual coffee hosted by The Henrico Christmas Mother Council. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Oklahoma tornado victims to benefit from Innsbrook concert

The Innsbrook Foundation will present a special concert June 19 at the Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion to raise funds benefiting the victims of the Moore and Shawnee communities of Oklahoma.

The Innsbrook After Hours RVA Cares event will feature five bands and a family festival in recognition of the many families devastated by the Oklahoma tornadoes on May 20, which killed 23 people, injured 377 others, and left destroyed and damaged homes affecting 33,000 residents. > Read more.

Food trucks arrive in the West End

West End residents no longer have to pick between fighting the summer mall crowds for a quick bite or breaking the bank to eat at a fine-dining spot because one Richmond group is bringing both to them.

RVA Street Foodies, the organization behind the outdoor food truck courts at the Virginia Historical Society and Hardywood Brewery, debuted its new Henrico food truck court at All Saints Episcopal Church on River Road May 22. > 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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