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Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

Bells will be ringing…


School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.

The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus. > Read more.

‘Theirs by the sword’


Next month, Henrico could play host to as many as 1,000 reenactors and 5,000 tourists and spectators from across the country, as history buffs and heritage-seekers visit Henrico for one of the most highly anticipated commemorations of the Civil War sesquicentennial. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights, reenactors will stage a re-creation of the historic conflict, complete with presentations by historians and accompanied by educational programs and live concerts of period music.

Among the spectators sure to be looking on with more than casual interest is James S. "Jimmy" Price, author of a book about the battle published in 2011, and a former employee of Henrico Recreation and Parks. > Read more.

Trammell: ‘I represent a broader bandwidth of people’

Democrat Jack Trammell declared his candidacy for the Seventh District Congressional seat in May and earned the Democratic Party nomination for the seat June 8. At the time, most assumed that he stood no chance of winning a victory in the highly Republican district against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. That evening however, Trammell’s colleague, fellow Randolph Macon College professor Dave Brat, upset Cantor in the Republican primary for the seat. Trammell’s campaign instantly gained credibility, as he was now facing an equally unknown opponent with a similar background and budget.

In July, Brat spoke with the Citizen about his historic victory over Cantor and his vision for the Seventh District. In August, the Citizen's Ryan McKinnon sat down with Trammell to hear his perspective:

Henrico Citizen: I’m sure it was crazy accepting the nomination and thinking you were going to be going up against Eric Cantor, but then finding out you were going against your coworker. Tell me what that was like. > Read more.

Let’s go racin’

On Sept. 6, Henrico County will play host to one of the most pivotal races of the NASCAR season: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The behemoth that is a NASCAR race – drivers arriving in helicopters, pit crews in tractor trailers, fans in RVs and media in droves – will descend upon Henrico for 48 hours, beginning Sept. 5 with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.

For the uninitiated fans – the ones who every year are bothered by the traffic and the noise and don’t understand why people get so excited about “guys driving in circles" – here are five reasons to take a closer look at the race in our backyard: > Read more.

Seventh District U.S. House Race – David Brat vs. Jack Trammell

In November, voters in the western portion of Henrico County will help elect a new member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia's Seventh District. The seat is up for grabs after longtime incumbent and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in shocking fashion to Republican opponent David Brat in a party primary election earlier this year.

Brat, a Randolph Macon College professor, will compete in the general election against Democrat Jack Trammell – also a professor at the Ashland college. > Read more.

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Community

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

Playing with fire

‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.

Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.

Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.

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