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Land Lovers, Clean Businesses honored

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee selected the winners of its 2015 Land Lover and Clean Business Awards, which honors one residential and one business property in each of the county's five magisterial districts that are beautifully landscaped and maintained.

State, Ancestry.com complete Virginia’s vital records digitization


A two-year collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com has resulted in the complete digitization of Virginia's vital records. More than 16 million records have been digitized and indexed, with scanned images of the original public documents available online through Ancestry.com. (In Virginia, death, marriage and divorce data become "public" information 25 years after the event and birth data 100 years after.)

Access to the indexed information on the records is available free of charge through VDH’s Division of Vital Records’ and the Library of Virginia’s websites.

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.

Three vie for Republican nomination in Commonwealth’s Attorney race


Three Republicans whose legal backgrounds run the gamut of experiences in the field will compete in a June 9 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Shannon Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 3 general election for Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Henrico Circuit, General District and Juvenile courts.

Shannon Dillon, a former judge advocate general (JAG) prosecutor in the U.S. Navy who has had a private defense practice for the past
seven years; Jeff Everhart, a defense attorney for his entire 33-year legal career; and Tony Pham, the general counsel for Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and former assistant prosecutor for the City of Richmond, are seeking the party’s nomination.

New candidates file for School Board, sheriff, clerk of court positions


Three new candidates have announced their plans to seek Henrico government seats in this November’s election.

In the Nov. 3 general election, James Layne will challenge incumbent Republican Sheriff Mike Wade; Tinesha Jackson will face the winner of a June 9 Republican primary (between Heidi Barshinger and Sherry Fones); and Ralph Hodge will challenge incumbent John Montgomery for the Varina District seat on the School Board.

Previously, two independents – Brian Taylor and John Dantzler – filed paperwork to challenge Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton in the November election.

Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less.

Henrico sheriff hires laid-off Petersburg deputies


Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.

The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade.

Forums draws candidates for 12th Senate, 74th House seats



A joint forum May 12 for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th District House of Delegates seat and Republicans seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat drew six of the seven candidates and a crowd of nearly 100 people to St. Peter Baptist Church in Glen Allen.

Memorial Day holiday to delay CVWMA recycling collections


CVWMA residential recycling and trash collections will be delayed one day the week of May 25-29 in observance of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). No collections will be made on Monday; thus all collections during this week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday.

This holiday schedule change affects Red Week recyclers in Henrico County, Goochland County, Ashland and the cities of Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond.

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