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When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.
Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.
Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/28/2017 Education
Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.
The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.
By Julie Rothey, Capital News Service 03/28/2017 Government
Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.
President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/15/2016 Henrico Business
Dominion Virginia Power is temporarily freezing plans for a new substation in Varina, following months of consideration and public debate about the facility's proposed site.
The company is withdrawing a request it filed in June 2015 that seeks the Henrico Planning Commission's endorsement of the site – at 7000 Osborne Turnpike – as "substantially in accord" with the county's Comprehensive Plan. Such a designation would be necessary in order for the substation's construction.
Withdrawal of the request move was necessary in order to allow the company additional time to resolve issues related to the proposal, Dominion officials wrote in a Nov. 2 statement. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/15/2016 Henrico Government
Six-term Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71st District) announced Nov. 14 that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat, which opened when Ninth District Senator Donald McEachin (a Henrico Democrat) won election to Congress Nov. 8.
Another Democratic delegate who briefly considered seeking the Ninth District seat, Lamont Bagby (74th District), announced later that day that he would instead remain in the House of Delegates.
McClellan and Bagby, two prominent local Democrats whose districts overlap portions of the heavily Democratic Ninth District, were viewed as the two favorites to replace McEachin there. > Read more.
The Henrico Police Division is seeking help identifying three suspects who are wanted in connection with the theft of eyeglass frames from several Henrico stores in recent weeks.
The suspects (pictured) are two males and one female. One male is described as being six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, while the other is described as being about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 180 pounds. The female is described as being about 5-foot-5. All three are described as Hispanic and speaking both English and Spanish. > Read more.
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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.
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.
Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.
The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will visit the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area in southern Chesterfield at 10 a.m. The area consists of 87 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River with 1.5 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk. Anyone with an interest in the native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. The trip may be canceled if there is heavy rain. For details, including carpool information, contact Trip Leader Richard Moss at 748-2940 or 380-7262. Full text