Henrico County VA

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.

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.

Henrico Extension accepting participants in SMART Lawns program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun accepting participants in its SMART Lawns program, which provides soil analysis and customized plans to help individuals grow attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 enrollment fee, specially trained Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition.

New marker commemorates Battle of New Market Heights

It was a bleak autumn for the Confederacy. As the army of U.S. Gen. Ulysses Grant sieged Petersburg in an attempt to cut off supplies to Richmond, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s defenses around the capital were stretched thin. Grant planned a surprise attack to draw Confederate forces away from the vital railroads.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 1864, troops led by U.S. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler crossed the James River and attacked the Confederate defenses near Four Mile Creek. Two days of fighting and more than 5,000 casualties later, the Battle of New Market Heights became part of Henrico County’s long history.

County road improvements planned

In the coming months and years, Henrico County officials are planning a number of projects to improve local roads and infrastructure.

Four major projects are currently in the design phase: Creighton Road; Charles City Road adjacent to the airport; Dabbs House Road from Nine Mile to Kings Ridge roads; and Sadler Road from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Forest Road. The projected start dates for these projects range from 2013 for Sadler Road to 2016 for Phase I of Dabbs House Road.

Keep Henrico Beautiful honors residential, business properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners of its annual awards that recognize residential and commercial properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The 2013 Land Lover and Clean Business awards were presented to the 10 winners during the June 25 Henrico Board of Supervisors meeting. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties.

Henrico appoints Neal as director of General Services

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of John H. Neal, Jr. as director of the Department of General Services, effective June 29.

Neal has been the assistant director of General Services since joining Henrico general government in March 2012. He will succeed Christopher L. Winstead, who left the position in May.

County seeks foster parents

The Henrico County Department of Social Services will hold a meeting Thursday, July 11 for individuals and couples who may be interested in providing foster care to county youth.

Henrico has a significant need for foster parents, with 98 children placed in foster care as of April 30, according to Social Services. A total of 53 children entered care during the past year.

Awards honor emergency responders

They were young and old, big and small, but the individuals presented with awards at the Henrico Division of Fire recognition ceremony May 23 had one characteristic in common: modesty.

“If you were to ask them if they did anything,” Henrico Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell said of those being honored at the Henrico County Government Center, “they would just say they were doing their job.”

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