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Hancock Fabrics to host grand opening event for White Oak store

Fabric retailer Hancock Fabrics will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Henrico County Aug. 2.

The store is located at The Shops At White Oak Village on Laburnum Avenue at I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Hancock Fabrics’ new format stores are designed with new fixtures to maximize the selection of fabric and sewing notions while providing a more comfortable shopping experience, according to company officials. > Read more.

Concealed weapons amendment goes to governor

A bill providing retired employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles an exemption from being required to obtain a concealed weapon permit was unanimously passed by the House of Delegates this week and now awaits Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature.

Senate Bill 279, introduced by Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, would amend Section 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia to allow retired employees of the DMV’s Law Enforcement Division the same concealed weapons permit exemptions enjoyed by Virginia State Police, Capitol Police, and local law enforcement retirees. > Read more.

Whistle-blower protection advances in Senate

Whistle-blower protection moved forward this week after a Senate committee voted 36 to 1 in favor of House Bill 728, which would make it illegal to terminate an employee for reasons related to that person’s exposure of waste, fraud or abuse.

“Intimidation and threats are a problem when it comes to quashing the willingness of a public employee to look after the taxpayers,” said Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, who introduced three bills on this topic—House Bills 728, 731 and 739. “So I think going forward, my intent is to correct a defect in the law because under current law it's not clear what a court does when there is a 'mixed motive' for the dismissal of an employee.” > Read more.

HCPS art students win regional awards

Students in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are kicking off “Youth Art Month” in March with stellar performances in the Scholastic Art Awards regional competition. HCPS students won 316 awards in the competition, eclipsing the division’s 2012-13 total of 169. Henrico students had more awards than any other school system in the region, which includes 60 Virginia counties and cities.

Two HCPS students – both from Henrico High School – were nominees for the Gold Key American Visions award for best in show. > Read more.

Short Pump Town Center adds 15 new stores

Short Pump Town Center this week announced the addition of 15 new retailers and restaurants and a multimillion-dollar renovation. During the next six to nine months, shoppers will see the new stores, which will fill more than 62,000 square feet of space:

• American Eagle Outfitters/aerie
• Athleta (now open)
• Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
• Free People > Read more.

Legislation seeks local stormwater program opt-out

A stormwater management bill that incorporates three other bills and would allow some localities to opt-out of implementing local stormwater runoff management programs passed the House with a 93 to one vote.

House Bill 1173 would require the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a Virginia Stormwater Management Program for a locality that chooses not to implement a local program and does not have a municipal separate storm-sewer system (MS4), which exists in densely-populated urban areas. > Read more.

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Community

Stepping Up

A child watches bubbles rise at the fifth annual Step Up for Down Syndrome event at Short Pump Town Center Oct. 8. The event raised funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
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Weekend Top 10

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.

Milestones

John Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie and Randy Hutcheson; Graham Jones, son of The Rev. and Mrs. Gary D. Jones; and Warren Snead, III, son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, were recently inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Order of the Gowsnmen is a unique student government body among U.S. colleges and universities. Since 1875 the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South. The wearing of the gown is both a sign of academic achievement and a promise to continue the ideals and traditions of the university. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.

MAR. 2
Bourbon Street Grill, 10101 Brook Road – No violations reported.
Brazil Rio, 1412 Starling Drive – One critical violation reported (several spray bottles of liquid in kitchen observed with no identification labeling) and three non-critical violations reported. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.

FEB. 15
Bojangles, 11 South Laburnum Avenue – Two critical violations reported (open cup of soda observed at biscuit station, biscuit maker with gum; cook observed washing his hands, then failing to use a paper towel to dry) and no non-critical violations reported.
China Panda, 8970 Quioccasin Road – No violations reported. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

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