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School Board votes to create new ‘academy’ at Highland Springs ES

It was, perhaps, fitting that days before the nation paused to honor the life of a man known in part for his powerful dream (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), the Henrico County School Board voted to approve a program whose design could help some of the county's most at-risk students realize their own dreams.

The board Jan. 12 unanimously approved a five-year, $2.16-million agreement with An Achievable Dream Certified Academies, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Newport News that will begin operating its acclaimed educational program at Highland Springs Elementary School this fall.

The aim of the program is simple: to engage the most vulnerable students – whose family situations, economic levels or discipline issues might otherwise prevent them from achieving academically. > Read more.

Capitol is site of dueling gun allies


Unified by their desire to preserve safety, but divided on ways to do so, both sides of the Virginia gun debate rallied on Capitol Square on Monday.

“Hello deplorables. Are you ready to take back the Commonwealth of Virginia?” Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for governor, asked as members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League rallied in the morning.

Stewart cautioned the crowd that while it is possible to lose a battle and win the war, that means it is also possible to win the battle and lose the war. He said they won the battle for the presidency with Trump’s 2016 election.
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Law in Society essay contest deadline nears


Virginia high school students who enjoy analytical writing about trending legal issues may enter the Virginia State Bar’s 25th annual essay contest, which awards almost $7,000 in prize money each year.

The Feb. 10 deadline for the annual Law in Society essay contest is rapidly approaching. The first-place winner will receive $2,300, and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place) and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools. > Read more.
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Henrico elementary schools failed to fill substitute teacher spots more than 2,400 times in past 2 years
Fair Oaks Elementary School failed to find substitute teachers 166 times during the 2015-16 school year – the most among Henrico elementary schools.
When a teacher calls in sick or misses a day for another reason, schools rely on substitute teachers to fill in. But what happens when substitutes aren’t available – or aren’t willing to report to certain schools?

It's a question that even Henrico County Public Schools officials can't completely answer – even though the scenario has occurred more than 2,400 times at Henrico elementary schools during the past two school years.

Data provided by Henrico County Public Schools to the Citizen at the newspaper’s request paints a striking contrast between how often substitute positions went unfilled at schools in Eastern Henrico when compared to those in the West End. > Read more.

Bondurant appointed as Henrico General District Court judge


Thomas O. Bondurant Jr. has been appointed to the Henrico County General District Court, effective Sept. 1.

Henrico’s Circuit judges selected Bondurant to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Mary B. Malveaux to the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

A member of the Virginia State Bar since 1974, Bondurant has practiced law in civil and criminal trial and appellate courts in all state and federal jurisdictions. His work has included family, criminal, real estate and personal injury cases. > Read more.

Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


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.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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