Henrico has AAA bond rating reaffirmed
County becomes first in the nation to earn such reaffirmation
Henrico County general obligation bonds, totaling $73.5 million, have been reaffirmed as AAA by Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s, the nation’s leading debt-rating agencies.
Henrico becomes the first locality in the nation to have its debt reaffirmed as AAA — the highest rating available for a governmental entity — by the three agencies since the historic Standard and Poor’s downgrade of U. S. government debt on Aug. 5.
The rating is particularly meaningful in light of the nation’s recent downgrade, Henrico County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett said.
“Due to the Board of Supervisors’ adherence to its long-established financial guidelines, Henrico’s fiscal health has remained strong, even in challenging economic times,” Hazelett said.
Henrico’s Finance Director John A. Vithoulkas said the reaffirmation is a result of the county’s anticipated bond sale, which is expected within two weeks.
Henrico County initially received a bond rating of AAA from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s in 1977, becoming one of the first counties in the nation to receive the highest bond rating. In 1998, the newest agency — Fitch — also awarded the county the AAA bond rating. Henrico has maintained these ratings, allowing the county to obtain funds for infrastructure improvements under terms that have been extremely favorable for its residents.
Read more about Henrico's triple-AAA bond rating status in this Citizen article: http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/news/article/financial_status_has_paid_big_dividends_for_county_7623
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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