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Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards.

O’Bannon reappointed to VACo board of directors

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been appointed to serve an additional two-year term on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

O’Bannon, who also is serving as chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors in 2014, was reappointed to represent VACo’s Region 3 during the association’s annual conference Nov. 9-11. O’Bannon, one of three representatives for Region 3, has served on the VACo board since 2008.

VACo’s board consists of a six-member executive committee, 24 elected officials representing 13 regions of the state and three past presidents. The number of directors in each region is based on population.

Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road.

Stowe honored with Procurement Xcelerator Award from Virginia General Services

Cecelia H. Stowe, purchasing manager for Henrico County, earned an inaugural Procurement Xcelerator Award from the Virginia Department of General Services in recognition of her career accomplishments in public procurement.

Stowe received the Career Achievement Award on Nov. 17 at the 2014 Public Procurement Forum in Hampton and was recognized by the Henrico Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Purchases and Supply presented Procurement Xcelerator Awards to eight procurement professionals and agencies.

Voluntary water restrictions may be implemented soon

Voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented soon as the result of lower-than-normal water levels in the James River. Officials from Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and the City of Richmond today issued a "ready alert" to local residents, indicating that they may call for such measures to help address the situation.

The James River requires higher water levels in November to coincide with the normal start of the fall fish migratory season. A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second and are being watched closely. It also means that voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reaches 1,700 cfs.

Henrico County Public Library receives second Star Library honor

For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) 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 was the only system in Virginia to receive a five-star rating, which is the highest class. It earned a four-star rating in 2013. HCPL was among four library systems in Virginia and 258 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2014.

Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008.

County hosts preparedness exercise

Henrico County first-responders dressed up on Halloween, but not in search of candy. Officials from the county's Health Department, divisions of Fire and Police and the Sheriff's Office joined to conduct an exercise to practice plans for handling diseases of public health threat.

As part of the drill scenario, first-responders dressed in personal protective equipment to handle a "patient" who reported having flu-like symptoms after having traveled to Ebola-affected portions of West Africa. Officials practiced how they would respond in the event such a scenario does occur, attending to the “patient” and transporting him to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Henrico Board of Supervisors moved meeting back to Nov. 12

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, instead of Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The board will shift its first meeting this month in recognition of the Tuesday holiday.

12 new CASA volunteers sworn in

Twelve new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) were sworn in by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Rondelle D. Herman Oct. 8.

Herman told the new volunteers she depends on CASA to provide her the necessary information that helps in making the critical decisions in the lives of children. Appointed by the presiding judge, a CASA gathers information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances.

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