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‘World’s Largest Truck Convoy’ to travel through Henrico Saturday

The Virginia State Police will participate in the fifth-annual "World’s Largest Truck Convoy" for Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 10. The convoy will start at 10 a.m. from Meadow Event Park in Doswell and end at 11:30 a.m. back at the park.

Motorists are advised to expect delays from the Meadow Event Park along Route 30 to Interstate 95 southbound between Doswell and Exit 84B, and along Interstate 295 northbound to Interstate 64 eastbound to Bryan Park and Interstate 95 northbound, ending at the Meadow Event Park. > Read more.

Governor proclaims Oct. 15 Earthquake ShakeOut Day

Approximately 800,000 Virginians have signed up for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multistate earthquake drill set for Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. To encourage participation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed the date Earthquake ShakeOut Day.

The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is open to everyone: individuals, families, businesses, organizations and schools; coordinating partners include the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). To register, and for information about how to conduct a drill, visit http://readyVirginia.gov or http://shakeout.org/southeast. Drills can be held at any time within two weeks of Oct. 15. > Read more.

Academy at Virginia Randolph to celebrate school’s centennial Oct. 17

The Academy at Virginia Randolph will celebrate its centennial Oct. 17, marking a century since the Henrico County school was dedicated in honor of the pioneering educator.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. It will feature a presentation from a historian with an interest in Randolph, and remarks from a representative of the Capitol Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for a women’s monument on the Virginia capitol
grounds. The monument will include Randolph as one of 12 featured women from Virginia history. The celebration will also have music, food, drinks and games. Each of the school’s trade instructors will have a booth with information and activities about the field they teach. > Read more.

Henrico School Board to consider modifying student holiday because of cycling event

More than 450,000 spectators are expected in the Richmond area from Sept. 19-27 for the UCI Road World Championships, and cycling crowds may give Henrico County students an extra morning off. The Henrico School Board will consider converting a Sept. 23 half-day student holiday into a full student holiday. The Board will discuss the measure at its 1 p.m. Aug. 13 work session.

Visitors from all over the world will be filling local roads that week, making it a challenge to keep school bus routes on schedule in some parts of the county. The Wednesday half-day student holiday had already been scheduled to allow for staff planning and development time, and falls during the bike race by happenstance. > Read more.

Pedal power

Lakeside creates ‘bike-friendly’ district

More than 20 businesses in Lakeside have joined to participate in a new "Bike Friendly Saturdays" initiative by offering discounts, free merchandise and other promotions for anyone who rides a bike to their shops.

The program is the first business biking district in the Richmond region.

From a business perspective, shop owners believe that people riding bikes are more likely to stop at stores and spend more while shopping. The program is a partnership and collaboration between the Lakeside Business Association, Bike/Walk RVA and the businesses. > Read more.

Could Squirrels find new nest in Henrico?

Could the Richmond Flying Squirrels one day call Henrico County home?

The long answer: It's complicated.

The short answer: Yes.

The Squirrels, Richmond's Double-A Eastern League minor league baseball team, are once again looking for a place to nest, after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' plan to build a stadium in Shockoe Bottom failed to gain traction during the past two years.

Last month, Jones announced that the city, along with Henrico and Chesterfield counties, would work with the Squirrels and Eastern League officials to help the team find a site for a new stadium. His only caveat: that site won't be on the Boulevard, because he and city officials view the area around the Squirrels' current home (the Diamond) as being too valuable for a stadium. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

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