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Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers.

Three Henrico veterans honored

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (at right, standing, third from right) presented the 2012 Congressional Veteran Commendation to eight local residents, including three from Henrico, during a Veterans Day ceremony at Clover Hill High School.

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Walter George (standing, fourth from right), Capt. Donald Bloomquist (standing, second from right) and Sgt. James “Jimmy” Ray (standing, far right) of Henrico received the commendation from Cantor.

County pitches meals tax to legislators

Henrico County officials made their pitch for a 4-percent meals tax to the county’s General Assembly delegation last week, telling the group that the proposed tax was their last resort to create revenue and close an $18-million shortfall in next year’s budget before raising real estate taxes, cutting services or laying off employees.

Henrico lacks the authority to implement such a tax on its own, so officials want the General Assembly to grant it that authority, with the provision that the county’s Board of Supervisors must unanimously support it.

Nominations sought for Community Champions, Outstanding Youth awards

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition are seeking nominations for the 2012 Community Champions and Outstanding Youth Awards.

The Community Champions Award salutes adult volunteers and professionals for work to build a healthy community for young people through a variety of prevention and education programs. Previous honorees have worked to reduce risk factors for youth and helped them develop skills to become productive citizens.

Henrico to celebrate rehabilitation, sale of home on Fayette Avenue

A rehabilitated home at 629 Fayette Ave. will be sold this month to a first-time homebuyer following an extensive improvement project guided by Henrico County.

Representatives of the Henrico Department of Community Revitalization, Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., Better Housing Coalition and others will gather at the home on Thursday, Nov. 15 to celebrate its transformation.

Volunteers sought for ACT-NOW safety program

Henrico County Police Division is seeking volunteers to patrol Henrico shopping centers during the busy holiday shopping season as part of the ACT-NOW (Awareness of Crime Today – Neighbors On Watch) program, which is designed to help curb crime. Volunteers will work under the direction of an officer and will be trained prior to the patrol.

Volunteers may choose which featured shopping center they would like to patrol each weekend beginning Nov. 24. Each patrol will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Henrico voters face long lines at precincts

UPDATED: 2:30 P.M. – Voting in Henrico County – viewed as one of several key swing counties in the nation in today's presidential election – was brisk this morning and early afternoon, with longer than normal lines reported countywide and many voters waiting an hour or more to cast their ballots.

But despite the crowds, Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley told the Citizen that he doesn't expect voter turnout today to exceed the county's 79.8 percent turnout rate in the 2008 presidential election.

County likely to donate to 2015 cycling event

Henrico County officials are proposing that the county contribute direct and indirect funding and support totaling no more than $1.4 million to Richmond 2015, the organization that will host the nine-day UCI World Road Cycling Championships in the Greater Richmond region in three years.

That's the same amount requested of the county by Richmond 2015 officials in September, although they sought the total amount in cash donations spread evenly over the next three years.

Nov. 9 fuel assistance application deadline nears

Applications for Fuel Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are being accepted now through Friday, Nov. 9. Henrico families and individuals must apply through the county's department of social services.

“With cooler temperatures predicted this winter, many Virginians will be facing higher heating costs,” said VDSS Commissioner Martin D. Brown.

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