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Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue.

Henrico 4-H to host plant sale


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $7. Order forms are available online at henrico.us/extension and from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive and at any location of the Henrico County Public Library. To receive a form by fax, call (804) 501-5160.

All orders received by Thursday, March 10 will be filled.

Henrico, Habitat for Humanity to offer free home-repair workshop March 5

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will offer a free workshop Saturday, Mar. 5 to help residents improve their home’s landscaping and curb appeal.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Harvie Elementary School, 3401 Harvie Road. Experts will explain how attractive landscaping can enhance a home and neighborhood. They also will provide design tips for landscaping that will be sustainable year to year and will discourage crime. The session will include exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments.

Henrico supervisors consider taxicab ordinance adjustments

FEB. 25, 11:50 A.M. – Faced with the possible dissolution of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board, officials from the four largest Metro Richmond localities are considering changes to their individual taxi ordinances to grant cab companies greater freedom from regulation, making it easier for them to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft.

In Henrico, the county's Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night to discuss potential changes to the county's ordinance, proposed by the Henrico Division of Police. Those changes would lessen regulatory issues for taxicab drivers – most notably by reducing the current yearly permit renewal process to just once every three years.

New library earns acclaim


With the opening of the new Libbie Mill Library this past fall, Henrico County achieved a significant extension to its unofficial "green corridor" along Staples Mill Road.

More than 50 members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Greater Virginia group gathered at Libbie Mill Jan. 28 to get a close-up view of the library's environmentally-friendly features, which the county will highlight as it seeks the council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification status. To name a few, those include exterior terra cotta shades, renewable materials, daylight harvesting features, low-flow water fixtures, and water-efficient landscaping with no irrigation.

Henrico to hold Feb. 29 public hearing on community development needs

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will conduct a public hearing Monday, Feb. 29 to seek input from residents on housing and other community development needs.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St. Residents, particularly those with low- or moderate incomes or living in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, are encouraged to share their opinions on Henrico’s community development needs, including housing, neighborhood enhancements and expansion of economic opportunities.

Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees


All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and three of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2016.

Members of the board received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee (vice chair) and Resolutions Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;

Henricopolis SWCD honors its stars at Assemblage


A century or so ago, Henrico County was known as the Dairy County of Virginia, and one of the largest dairy operations was centered at the Dorey family's barn in Varina.

On Jan. 7, the barn – now the site of the Dorey Park Recreation Center – was transformed into an art gallery, and its rafters hung with colorful student art work depicting nature scenes.

Hughes to lead Henrico Community Corrections

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Gary A. Hughes as director of Community Corrections, effective Feb. 22.

Hughes currently serves as the local program supervisor for Community Corrections Services for Chesterfield County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and has more than 17 years of experience in community corrections, probation and court services in Maricopa County, Ariz. and Chesterfield.

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