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Newly discovered Civil War photos show Henrico battlefield


Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.

Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.

Cantor holds education roundtable In Henrico


U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) Mar. 31 toured Henrico Public Schools’ Engineering Specialty Center and Highland Springs Technical Center and then participated in a roundtable with counselors, graduates and private sector partners to discuss how career and technical training programs prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“At a time when many people in our communities are chronically unemployed and college graduates face mounting debt, career and technical education programs are more important than ever," Cantor said. "I was pleased to see the work that the Henrico County Public Schools are doing to provide parents and students with more choices and opportunities starting in high school. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 3-9


5100 Monument Avenue, # 405 – $78,500, 470 SF (built in 1961), from Howard F., Debra A. and Molly Beth Duke to Tammy and David Kane.
5618 Crenshaw Road, #813 – $107,707, 885 SF (built in 1963), from Yaushadia C. Wilson to Housing and Urban Development.
2210 Brandonview Avenue – $113,466, 1,008 SF (built in 1978), from Michael J. Kelly to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue – $130,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1994), from Robert C. French to Brandon L. McKinney.
8944 Osborne Turnpike – $146,999, 1,200 SF (built in 1991), from Stephen T. Pearson to Federal National Mortgage Association. > Read more.

Murder charges filed in February crash that killed 2

UPDATE: MAR. 31, 3 P.M. - Henrico Police have charged the driver in a fatal February accident in Sandston with two counts of felony murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of hit and run in connection with the incident.

Andrew Taylor Walters faces the new charges in connection with the deaths of Jessica Gallmeyer and Amanda Irby, sisters who were passengers in the car Walters was driving Feb. 3 when he crashed it into the water near White Oak Road and East Williamsburg Road after attempting to flee from police.

Irby, 15, and Gallmeyer, 27, were rescued from the water, but Irby died in the hospital Feb. 5 and Gallmeyer died the following day, both from their injuries. > Read more.

Contraception rights activists rally outside Supreme Court

Women’s choice advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court this past Tuesday in support of the Affordable Care Act birth-control benefit as the oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius were heard.

Despite the frigid temperatures and precipitation, representatives of NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and other volunteers from across the state and the country shared the message: birth control is not my boss’ business. > Read more.

‘Beyond Barbie’ designed to empower women

Although Susan Singer’s life has handed her challenges, she was always able to prevail and find strength through art, which has inspired Beyond Barbie, Singer’s unique series at Crossroads Art Center that begins March 28. The series will feature performances and discussions from diverse, passionate females; it aims to instill the same strength and empowerment in other women.

Singer began the series in 2011 in conjunction with her art show Not Barbie, a series of paintings of female nudes of every size, shape, age and race to provoke society to expand its definition of beauty. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter hosts fall plant sale

Grace Harrison of the Henrico Master Gardeners' Association demonstrates vermi composting to a visitor during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's fall plant sale Sept. 17.
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Entertainment

Kenya Safari Acrobats to perform at CACGA

The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

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

Art walking, without the chill

Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.

At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.

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