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Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes. > Read more.

Accreditation woes for HCPS

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.

Goodwill, Thalhimer partner to help job-seekers ‘Suit Up’

Goodwill and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are partnering for their inaugural professional clothing drive, a program called SUIT UP.

Through the program, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s corporate headquarters at 11100 West Broad Street in Short Pump will be collecting gently-used business clothing for the next five weeks. An external dropbox is on location, and local residents are encouraged to make donations.

The partnership between Goodwill, which has helped people in Central Virginia with job-training, support and opportunities for more than 90 years, and Thalhimer, which has operated in the market for more than 100 years, was a natural fit, officials with both companies said. > Read more.

Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher. > Read more.

Henrico’s Saint Mary’s School to celebrate Constitution Day

The students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s Catholic School will gather at the school’s flagpole to begin the daylong celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17. The annual event features lessons on the Constitution prior to the celebration in each class, a flagpole ceremony with all students attending and participating, a parent reception following the ceremony and special lunch treats for the students. > Read more.

Tourist spending in Henrico climbs to $783.6 million

Henrico County captured $783.6 million in spending by domestic travelers during 2013, the most of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth most in Virginia, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.

Tourist spending in Henrico increased by 5 percent for the second consecutive year — well above Virginia’s increase of 1.4 percent. Similarly, the state’s top four destinations for tourist spending — the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach — saw their expenditure totals increase by less than 2 percent or decrease slightly, according to the U.S. Travel Association. > Read more.

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Community

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive to benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

On May 10, Central Virginians will have an opportunity to fight hunger in their community by taking part in the 22nd edition of the National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC, ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive.

In early May, more than 250,000 food drive donation bags will be delivered by letter carriers to homes throughout the Richmond metro area. The public is then asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them near their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday, May 10. On this date, their letter carrier will pick up their donation and deliver it to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, where the items will be sorted and then redistributed through FeedMore’s partner agency network. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

Weekend Top 10


Learn something new this weekend! Study the art of origami or discover some new southern slow cooker recipes. Find a career that makes you happy or learn how to relieve stress. And did you know that one donation of blood can help support up to three patients’ lives? For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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