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Henrico sets public hearings for redistricting

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on the county’s 2011 magisterial district reapportionment plan at its regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 26 in the Government Center Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Road.

At the April 12 public hearing, the board will consider the draft redistricting plan that adjusts the county’s magisterial district boundaries and makes related changes to precincts and polling places. The board will consider ordinances to adopt the redistricting plan and changes to precincts and polling places at the April 26 public hearing. Once adopted, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Federal and state law requires localities to reapportion the representation in the governing body among the magisterial districts every 10 years. The 2010 U.S. Census counted 306,935 residents in Henrico, with Three Chopt District comprising the largest population at 72,035; the ideal population per district would be 61,387 residents. The draft plan proposes district boundaries that shift a total of 8,808 residents from Three Chopt to the Tuckahoe and Brookland districts, while boundaries for the Fairfield and Varina districts would remain unchanged. The proposed plan would affect eight voting precincts of 93 countywide.

The draft plan, ordinances, maps and other information are available online at http://www.henricoredistricting.com and in the Planning Department and County Manager’s Office at the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Comments and questions may be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 501-4427.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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