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Candidates for G.A. seats to appear at May 12 forum

Democratic candidates for the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat and Republican candidates for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat are expected to appear at the Henrico County Candidates Town Hall Forum, hosted jointly by the Henrico County NAACP Branch and Henrico Minsters Conference Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Both parties will hold primary elections June 9 to select their party nominees. Announced candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 74th District – a seat vacated by Democrat Joe Morrissey earlier this year – are Fairfield District School Board member Lamont Bagby, former Richmond mayor Leonidas B. Young II and Stephen Adkins. > Read more.

Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.
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Robbery suspects sought

Henrico Police are seeking two men who approached a woman at a Bank of America ATM and demanded money from her during an early morning robbery March 23.

At about 12:05 a.m. that day, the woman was depositing money to the ATM in the 8000 block of Villa Park Drive in northern Henrico when the two suspects approached her, demanding money. One displayed a handgun. The victim threw her deposit and drove off, unharmed. The armed suspect picked up the cash, and both suspects fled on foot. > Read more.

National PAL conference draws young leaders to Henrico

More than 250 youth from across the country, joined by police and civilian chaperones, attended the Region 6 National PAL Youth Leadership Conference March 22-24 at the Marriott Richmond West Hotel. Hosted by Henrico Police Athletic League, the conference welcomed representatives of 33 different Police Athletic Leagues from as far away as California and centered around the theme, “Empowering Youth For A Better Tomorrow.”

In addition to breakout sessions designed to teach leadership skills, the conference included social activities such as a pool party, cookout, and a trip to G Force Go Karts. > Read more.

Wheel big money

Gov. Bob McDonnell was among the prominent visitors to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Bloemendaal House March 28 as he joined Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, Dominion Resources chief executive Tom Farrell, and Richmond 2015 CEO Wilson Flohr in making a milestone announcement about the funding of Richmond 2015. Corporate partners with the non-profit corporation overseeing the city’s hosting of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships have raised more than $11 million, reaching the halfway mark in their fundraising goal to stage the international cycling competition. > Read more.

Students ‘try on’ careers at Gayton E.S.

Gayton Elementary School fourth and fifth graders had the opportunity to visit with representatives of approximately 80 different occupations March 22 as GES celebrated its biannual career day.

Among the students who enjoyed trying on handcuffs at the Hermitage Technical Center criminal justice program booth were Shea Gunter (center) and friends Aiden Ginn (left) and Sarah Hastings. > Read more.

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Your trees, please

With a nod to Arbor Day, Citizen seeks photos, descriptions of significant Henrico trees

Do you have a favorite tree in Henrico?

Do you know of a tree with an interesting story?

Do you live near an especially large, old, or otherwise unusual tree – or do you pass by one that has always intrigued you?

Arbor Day 2015 (April 24) was last week, and though the Citizen has published stories about a few special trees over the years (see sidebar) we know that our readers can lead us to more. > Read more.

Henrico’s most famous tree

Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.

It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. > Read more.

ARC event raises $75k for ICDS program

The Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on April 11 netted $75,165 to benefit its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program.

About 350 guests sampled fine West Coast wines and craft beer from Midnight Brewery at Richmond Raceway Complex's Torque Club, along with food from local eateries. Carytown Cupcakes provided dessert. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10

In the mood for some spring shopping? Eastern Henrico FISH will hold their semi-annual yard sale this weekend – funds raised assist at-risk families in Eastern Henrico County. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will hold a spring plant sale which is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Put on your detective hat and find out “whodunnit” at the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer,” presented by the Henrico Theatre Company May 1-17. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

It’s that time of year – charity races are popping up everywhere! On Saturday, St. Joseph’s Villa will be the site of the sixth annual CASA Superhero Run and the fifth annual Richmond Free to Breathe Run/Walk will be held in Innsbrook. Also in Innsbrook, the 2015 Richmond Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis will take place on Sunday. If you’re more into relaxation than exercise, check out Wine for Cure’s Dogwood Wine Festival or the Troubadours Community Theatre Group’s production of “West Side Story” at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

There are several fun events this weekend taking place outside including the third annual Virginia Firefighter Games at Short Pump Town Center; Twin Hickory Park’s “April Showers: A Celebration of Spring” event; the Young Life Richmond West 5k in Innsbrook; and the Gold Festival on Broad which benefits Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. Fingers crossed for no rain! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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