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Barshinger, Fones seek Republican Clerk of Court nomination


Two former coworkers in the Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office are competing for the Republican nomination to seek the position of Henrico clerk of court in November.

Heidi Barshinger, who spent more than a decade as a prosecutor in the office and has 25 years of prosecutorial experience, and Sherry Fones, who has worked in the office for 17 years, will square off in the June 9 Republican primary election. The winner will face another county employee, Tinesha Jackson (a paralegal in the Henrico County Attorney’s office) in the general election Nov. 3.

The clerk of court, who manages court orders, subpoenas and pleadings for the Circuit Court, in addition to overseeing county land records and vital records, is elected for an eight-year term. Current clerk Yvonne Smith is retiring from the position after three terms.

Henrico Fire receives $8k donation

BB&T Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company recently awarded an $8,000 grant to the Henrico Division of Fire to fund fire prevention materials and nozzles to help improve community and firefighter safety. The grant will fund the purchase of two new oscillating nozzles, which allow firefighters to apply a large supply of water where needed, without the need to continually operate the nozzles. The division also will use the funds to purchase printed fire prevention materials to be distributed at events throughout the community.

Henrico awaits recount instructions in AG race

Mark Herring (left)
and Mark Obenshain
UPDATED: NOV. 27, 1:15 P.M. – The closest statewide election in the history of Virginia politics is headed for a recount, and Henrico County officials are preparing to play their part.

The State Board of Elections Nov. 25 certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the election, by a mere 165 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain – about seven one-thousands of one percent among the more than 2.2 million votes cast.

Today, Obenshain petitioned the Richmond Circuit Court for a recount, beginning a process that last was utilized in Virginia eight years ago in another race for attorney general. In that election, Democrat Creigh Deeds petitioned for a recount after losing to Republican Bob McDonnell by 323 votes, but the recount concluded that McDonnell had actually won by 360 votes.

Henrico County Public Library earns ‘Star Library’ designation

Henrico County Public Library earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.

HCPL received a Star Library honor for the first time and was among six library systems in Virginia and 263 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2013.

Libbie Mill library plans unveiled as development takes shape

The churn of bulldozers and dump trucks has been evident since July on the site of what will become a powerhouse mixed-use development in Henrico's Near West End. Earlier this month, county officials got their first look at the plans for a state-of-the-art library that is expected to open there in less than two years.

Upon buildout within the next decade or so, the 80-acre Libbie Mill community (situated at the corner of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road) is expected to house 994 for-sale units and 1,096 apartments and more than 200,000 square feet of office, commercial and community space.

Henrico County Police launch Pinterest account

The Henrico County Division of Police is now on Pinterest.

“Connecting with citizens through a variety of social media is important as many people are expanding their personal and professional use of social media,” said Henrico County Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton.

Pinterest allows the Division to develop themed pages of various interests like a virtual bulletin board.

Paint power

Volunteers with Henrico County's "Operation Paintbrush" painted the home of Terri Sheppard on Westbourne Drive earlier this month as part of the program, which offers its services to homeowners who need meet certain criteria. Pictured (left to right) are Mallory Horne, Terri Sheppard, Peter Diaz, Melody Moadab, Marcus Squires, Samira Squires, Layne Mitchell, Kenny Trinh, Cassandra Mason, Matthew Giffen and Jeremy Jackson.

Library seeks book donations for Christmas Mother

The Henrico County Library system is seeking book donations to provide to the Henrico Christmas Mother, whose season starts Dec. 4.

All Henrico libraries have donation boxes, where visitors can donate new or gently used children’s and teen books. All books that are in good shape will be accepted. The Henrico Christmas Mother Program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need assistance during the holiday season, including low-income families, adults with disabilities and the elderly.

Water main break closes two lanes of Brook Road, near Athens Avenue

Two northbound lanes of Brook Road near Athens Avenue will be closed while crews repair a broken water main.

The left northbound lane of Brook will remain open. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities expects to complete the repairs and reopen the right and center northbound lanes of Brook by 5 p.m. Water service to customers is not disrupted.

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