Henrico County News
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 09/23/2014 History
Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.
Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.
NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Government
UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.
County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.
Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2014 Public Safety
An 86-year-old Varina woman died Saturday at VCU Medical Center from injuries she suffered when the car in which she was a passenger ran a stop sign at the intersection of Seven Hills Boulevard and Miller Road and struck two other vehicles.
Mildred L. Grady, of the 7000 block of Turner Road in Varina, was a passenger in a Ford Focus, which was being driven by a 55-year-old woman from Marathon, Fla. at about 1:05 p.m. April 25. The car was traveling north on Miller Road, nearing the intersection with Seven Hills Boulevard, when it ran the stop sign and collided with a GMC Sierra that was heading east on Seven Hills Boulevard. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Education
UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.
Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.
Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given. > Read more.
Bargain hunting in western Henrico got a whole lot easier once the sisters were born.
The Thrifty Sisters, that is.
Founded in Dec. 2012 to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP), who operate a home for the elderly on Michaels Road, the thrift store – located at 8911 Patterson Avenue – has far exceeded expectations.
For the shop’s initial year, organizers set a goal of donating $10,000 to help the Sisters in their mission at St. Joseph’s Home. But in only 15 months of operation, the store’s proceeds resulted in donations of $50,000 – and board members are scrambling to expand their storage and retail space to help the resale outlet grow. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/28/2014 Property transactions
2209 Manlyn Road – $19,000, 1,456 SF (built in 1957), from Joseph E. and A.M.B. Amatisto to Kristyn B. Brockwell.
427 Newbridge Terrace – $36,000, 1,057 SF (built in 1986), from Paladin Fund II LLC to Wayne Blake and Alan Puryear.
8400 Hungary Road – $50,000 (vacant site), from My Le Cao and BIch T. Mong Hang.
3206 Chesham Street – $59,000, 688 SF (built in 1948), from Woodrow W. Smith to Eillis T. Ferguson.
2007 Delrio Drive – $60,000, 1,154 SF (built in 1957), from Catherine and Josephine C. Postell to Wayne B. Lewis.
2203 McDonald Road – $90,500, 1,981 SF (built in 1949), from Michelle G. Rafaly and D.G. Gauman, Jr. to Daniel L. Chandler.
4612 Hilbrook Avenue – $108,000, 1,090 SF (built in 1977), from Douglas R. and Charlotte R. Sheppard to Melissa Annette Martin. > Read more.
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The Kinder Morgan Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls in Henrico. The money will fund the Vocational-Educational Partnership Program at the John G. Wood alternative school at the home, which is designed to fill the gap between classroom knowledge, job training and real life experiences that employers demand. > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/05/2012
Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.
Photos by Patty Kruszewski and Wayne Miller for the Henrico Citizen 12/15/2011
Andrew Tilghman, age 9, was one of several family members of "Make-a-Wish kids" who got a special treat Dec. 2 at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant in West Broad Village, with the help of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. Globetrotters Firefly Fisher (pictured above, with Andrew), Slick Willie Shaw, and the legendary Curly Neal hosted a pre-Christmas Parade party at which five children (including Andrew's sister) enjoyed food, drinks and free game cards with their families. > Read more.
The fourth annual Winter Sol-Stache will take place Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad St. A fundraiser for prostate-cancer research, the event celebrates facial hair in addition to the winter solstice, and awards mug trophies for mustache categories that include the chevron, walrus, handlebar, horseshoe, Zappa, pencil, and the combination of English, Dali and Fu Manchu. The event will also include mustache-themed games such as "Pin the 'Stache on Selleck." Fake moustaches are also allowed to participate. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
CounterACT Drama Ministries, in partnership with the James River Home School Foundation, will present the CandleLight Players’ Christmas Dessert Theater on Monday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Chamberlayne Baptist Church, 215 Wilkinson Rd. “Tangled in the Tinsel” is a collection of comedy sketches that covers every aspect of the holiday season. “The Journal” is a one-act mystery about two book store owners who find a mysterious journal during the Christmas rush. > Read more.
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