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Law in Society essay contest deadline nears


Virginia high school students who enjoy analytical writing about trending legal issues may enter the Virginia State Bar’s 25th annual essay contest, which awards almost $7,000 in prize money each year.

The Feb. 10 deadline for the annual Law in Society essay contest is rapidly approaching. The first-place winner will receive $2,300, and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place) and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools. > Read more.

HCPS Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.

Poll finds support for workforce training


Most Virginians said they are willing to pay more in taxes to keep programs for workforce training and development at their current levels, according to a statewide poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The survey, conducted by the VCU’s Center for Public Policy, said 58 percent of adults statewide felt that way. That view was more prevalent among Democrats, among people who don’t have children in the public schools, and among Virginians 65 and older.

“Economic development and workforce development are important topics nationally as well as statewide, and they will certainly be at the forefront of this year’s General Assembly session,” said John Accordino, interim dean of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which oversees the center. > Read more.
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Authors will discuss bullying during Hermitage HS visit

Hermitage High School will kick off a yearlong discussion on bullying using the books of two authors as a catalyst. On Friday morning, the student body will hear writers Erin Jade Lange and Meg Medina talk about themes of bullying, connecting and acceptance in their acclaimed young-adult novels. The Hermitage event is called Books Beat Bullies, and coincides with anti-bullying month.

Medina is a Henrico County resident whose daughter graduated from Hermitage in 2010. Lange is a journalist and writer who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

The authors will also hold writers’ workshops, a book signing and question-and-answer sessions. > Read more.

Chesterfield man cited after bringing gun to Richmond airport

A Chesterfield County man was cited and issued a summons by airport police on a state weapons charge Oct. 13 after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped him from bringing a loaded gun past the security checkpoint at the Richmond International Airport (RIC).

TSA officers detected the 9 mm caliber firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds in the resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun and extra magazine inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. > Read more.

Henrico HS football team making an impact on and off the field


Before their Oct. 3 win over Atlee, the Henrico Warriors hadn’t allowed a touchdown all season. And while the football team has been exceptional at reading opposing offenses in 2014, it's sharing great reads with Henrico County elementary students.

Through a program called “Reading Warriors," Henrico High School teams and clubs visit elementary school classrooms, where they share books with younger students.

“These students are our leaders, and they need to be visible and involved,” said Jeffrey Millner, assistant principal at HHS. “We’re also branding Henrico High School as a premier school. > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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