Henrico County VA

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.”

County road improvements planned

In the coming months and years, Henrico County officials are planning a number of projects to improve local roads and infrastructure.

Four major projects are currently in the design phase: Creighton Road; Charles City Road adjacent to the airport; Dabbs House Road from Nine Mile to Kings Ridge roads; and Sadler Road from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Forest Road. The projected start dates for these projects range from 2013 for Sadler Road to 2016 for Phase I of Dabbs House Road.

Keep Henrico Beautiful honors residential, business properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners of its annual awards that recognize residential and commercial properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The 2013 Land Lover and Clean Business awards were presented to the 10 winners during the June 25 Henrico Board of Supervisors meeting. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties.

Henrico appoints Neal as director of General Services

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of John H. Neal, Jr. as director of the Department of General Services, effective June 29.

Neal has been the assistant director of General Services since joining Henrico general government in March 2012. He will succeed Christopher L. Winstead, who left the position in May.

County seeks foster parents

The Henrico County Department of Social Services will hold a meeting Thursday, July 11 for individuals and couples who may be interested in providing foster care to county youth.

Henrico has a significant need for foster parents, with 98 children placed in foster care as of April 30, according to Social Services. A total of 53 children entered care during the past year.

Awards honor emergency responders

They were young and old, big and small, but the individuals presented with awards at the Henrico Division of Fire recognition ceremony May 23 had one characteristic in common: modesty.

“If you were to ask them if they did anything,” Henrico Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell said of those being honored at the Henrico County Government Center, “they would just say they were doing their job.”

State agencies work to protect streams

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles about Henrico streams.

In all the excitement and celebration about the opening of the newly rebuilt Huguenot Bridge, it was easy to overlook the flurry of activity a dozen yards below.

As barricades, orange barrels, and yellow-vested Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) employees slowly receded from the bridge surface the day after its May 28 opening, and traffic flowed without hindrance for the first time since 2010, a different team of VDOT workers clustered beneath the underside of the bridge to plant an assortment of young trees.

A second chance

Four men and women completed their journeys from the thrall of addiction to a new life May 31 as they graduated from the Henrico County Adult Drug Court.

The graduates had endured years of enslavement to the effects of drugs or alcohol and the many consequences of their addictions, including unemployment, repeated arrests and estrangement from family and friends.

Read for a chance to win an iPad mini and more at HCPL

Henrico County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club launched on June 3. All ages from pre-readers and up are welcome to sign up with their library card online or at their local library. All who sign up get a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Icedream cone. And all participants who finish their reading goal are entered into a grand prize drawing for iPad minis and gift cards to Jumpology Trampoline Arena or local restaurants. Visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/src to sign up or for more details about prizes and how the club works.

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