Henrico County VA

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.

Henrico earns 2 VACo awards

Henrico County won awards from the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for programs that promote a safe learning environment within Henrico County Public Schools and document more than 40,000 historical artifacts maintained by the Division of Recreation and Parks.

Henrico was one of 10 counties to receive a 2013 Achievement Award from VACo in recognition of a model local government program. Henrico and Orange County each received two awards, the most of any county.

Eastern Henrico health center on target for opening

A brand new health center is coming for the citizens of eastern Henrico.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its July 23 meeting to award a $4.1 million construction contract to Sandston-based Evans Construction Inc. Construction of the facility will begin in December, a representative for the contractor said, and the 13,250-square-foot center is expected to open in October of next year.

Police promote 30, plan to open third station

Henrico County Police officials are planning a third police station in the northern portion of the county and are making a number of personnel promotions, in part to prepare for the new station through a reorganization of the division.

Police Chief Doug Middleton announced the promotions of 30 officials Aug. 8; each will take effect Sept 7.

Henrico Police currently work out of two stations – one just off Parham Road and one just off North Airport Drive.

County to offer rabies vaccinations Aug. 17

The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the Western Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road, on the first level of the parking deck next to the Administration Building.

The shots cost $10 (cash only) and include a rabies tag and certificate of inoculation. Cats must be in carriers.

County to pick up storm debris through Aug. 26

Henrico County will provide residents with a limited, free curbside pickup of downed trees, limbs and other yard debris left by the severe thunderstorm on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The special collection will begin Monday, Aug. 12 and conclude Monday, Aug. 26. Residents are asked to place tree debris at the edge of the road, but without blocking ditches or gutters.

The collection will focus on the Laurel area — where storm damage was heaviest — specifically the area bounded by the CSX railroad to the west, East Parham Road to the south, Woodman Road to the east and Mountain Road to the north.

Henrico Fire earns regional awards

Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance (ODEMSA) recently recognized the Henrico County Division of Fire with two awards. The division was named "Outstanding EMS Agency 2013" and "Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator" for the efforts of Monique Dixon of the Henrico Human Resources and Professional Development section.

Henrico earns 17 NACo awards

Henrico County departments and agencies earned 17 Achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), and two Best in Category honors for programs focusing on crime involving local hotels and the international problem of human trafficking.

The awards were presented July 21 during the 2013 NACo annual conference in Fort Worth, Tex. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs in a variety of service areas, including children and youth, administration, parks and recreation, health and human services.

DMV, VDH partner to expand access to vital records

Thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the DMV will be permitted to issue birth certificates at its customer service centers beginning March 1. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, DMV will be authorized to issue certified copies of all death, marriage, and divorce records. The partnership stems from Senator Steve Newman’s (R-Lynchburg) vital records bill passed during the 2013 General Assembly session.

The partnership was formally announced this month by Newman, State Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Romero and DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb during an event at the Lynchburg DMV Customer Service Center.

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