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The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.
For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices. > Read more.
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.
Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.
The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Public Safety
Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.
“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.” > Read more.
Embattled lawmaker wins special election despite serving jail time
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor
UPDATE: Jan. 13, 9:15 P.M. – Embattled – and imprisoned – former Delegate Joe Morrissey tonight won back the 74th District House of Delegates seat that he resigned late last year, defeating Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton in a special election that was necessitated by his resignation.
Morrissey earned 42 percent of the vote, to Sullivan’s 33 percent and Walton’s 24 percent. Slightly more than 6,700 of the 53,000 registered voters turned out for the special election. The district encompasses a wide swath of northern and eastern Henrico, all of Charles City County and a portion of Richmond.
For now, the win means that Morrissey will serve the final year of the two-year term and be sworn in Wednesday morning when the General Assembly convenes in Richmond. But Virginia Republicans and Democrats have vowed to do whatever they can to remove him from office, following his conviction last month on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. > Read more.
State inmates overcrowding Henrico’s two jails, costing county taxpayers $6.5 million annually
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 01/13/2015 Henrico Government
One-fourth of the inmates in Henrico’s jail are under extended temporary custody from the state, costing county taxpayers an estimated $6.5 million per year.
The state reimburses seven times less than what Henrico officials say it costs to house the inmates, and the sheriff’s department will have to repay the state under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to balance the budget shortfall. County officials worry the problem is likely to get worse following the closing of Powhatan correctional facility.
The county jail, designed to house offenders up to the date of their trial or sentencing and for no longer than one year, is functioning instead partially as a state prison. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2015 Henrico Business
Through the end of January, in honor of The Melting Pot of Richmond’s 20th year in business, it will make a $20 donation to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU from the sale of each special three-course anniversary package.
The period began Jan. 11 and will continue through Jan. 31 with a Daddy-Daughter Date Day, during which the restaurant, located in Gayton Crossing in Henrico's Far West End, will be open early (from noon to 4 p.m.). Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (804) 741-3120). > Read more.
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Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.
The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.
FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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