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Henrico man dies in Dinwiddie crash

A 31-year-old Henrico County man died when the 1995 GMC tractor trailer he was driving ran off Route 460 in Dinwiddie County and overturned shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 24. The man, Melvin Johnson, died at the scene. A female passenger in the truck was transported by helicopter to MCV with life-threatening injuries. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt, according to Virginia State Police. > Read more.

Urban Farmhouse opens Rocketts location


Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe, a popular local chain of cafes and coffehouses, has expanded into Henrico, with the opening of a location at Rocketts Landing.

The new location, at 4821 Old Main Street, is the company's sixth in the region and first in the county. A seventh location is planned for the Linden Row Inn in downtown Richmond. > Read more.

Cross Grain Brewhouse to open at RIC this week


The new Cross Grain Brewhouse restaurant and bar will open at Richmond International Airport this week. The location will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. The restaurant, operated by Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, will feature a menu with house-made items and a focus on local craft beers. > Read more.
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Substitute discrepancies evident at middle, high school levels, too

Eastern, Northern Henrico schools account for 82 percent of ‘fail-to-fill’ occurrences
Eastern and Northern Henrico middle and high schools failed to fill substitute teacher positions more than once a day on average during the past two school years, according to data provided to the Henrico Citizen by Henrico County Public Schools at the newspaper's request.

The data shows that Eastern and Northern Henrico secondary schools – like their elementary school counterparts – have a disproportionately difficult time filling substitute teacher positions, when compared to schools in the West End.

More than 80 percent of the 4,525 failed attempts to fill substitute teacher positions at Henrico middle and high schools during the past two years occurred at the 10 such schools in Eastern and Northern Henrico. The rest took place at 13 West End schools. > Read more.

Fighting crime with fun


Dozens of communities and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County celebrated National Night Out Aug. 2, taking the time to enjoy food, fellowship and take a stand against crime. Richmond International Raceway hosted an event for surrounding neighborhoods, which included games and activities, smiles from members of the Virginia Clown Alley #3 (top), face painting by Sandra 'Strawberry' Winstead (second from top) and remarks from Henrico Police Chief Hum Cardounel (below, flanked by State Senator Donald McEachin and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam.) > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Metro Diner – leased 3,500 SF at Short Pump Shoppes at 11525 W. Broad St.; UFC Gym – leased 11,455 SF at Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; Marcellus Wright Cox Architects, P.C. – renewed its lease of 3,000 SF in Shrader Commons at 7818 Shrader Rd.; and Johnson, Gasink & Baxter – leased 1,687 SF in Westerre Commons Condos at 3741-B Westerre Pkwy. > Read more.

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Community

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
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