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The Have It Your Way Foundation recently announced it has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to a total of 1,258 deserving students nationwide as part of the 11th annual Burger King Scholars Program. Among the winners were 3 students from Henrico: Sage Janulis and Taylor Elliott, of Freeman High School, and Nikita Bhojani, of Henrico High School. Each received a $1,000 scholarship award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, as well as grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. Created in memory of Burger King co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING® Scholars Program has awarded a total of 15,070 scholarships, representing $15.4 million in awards since the program’s inception in 2000.
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Navy Seamen Jameel A. Harris, a 2010 graduate of Henrico High School, and Brittney C. Cheatham, granddaughter of Elizabeth F. Cheatham of Glen Allen, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Harris and Cheatham completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, physical fitness and shipboard and aircraft safety.
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice – Sergeant Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department, and Terone B. Green, executive director of the Virginia Alliance; Board for Barbers and Cosmetology – Daniella Tsamouras, owner of Spa 310; Board of Dentistry (citizen seat) – Myra Howard, agent/intern with State Farm Insurance; Child Day Care Council – Terrie E. Tusing, family educator at Commonwealth Parenting; Fair Housing Board – Linda G. Broady-Myers, retired; Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees – David Botkins, director of media relations for Dominion Virginia Power; and Virginia Workforce Council – Mark A. Herzog, executive director of Virginia Biotechnology Association, and J.E. “Tony” Rigali, lead organizer for Virginia Pipe Trades Association.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Senior Connections will once again sponsor Senior Party in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. There will be health screenings, vendors, carnival games, entertainment and music. For ages 50+. Admission is free. For details, call 652-1408 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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