Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest

The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine.

Taylor, Wade, Barshinger claim election victories

UPDATE: NOV. 3, 9:50 P.M. – Election night was a good night to be an incumbent in Henrico County.

All incumbents who sought election retained their seats in the Nov. 3 races, led by Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor, who defeated Republican challenger Tony Pham by a wider-than-expected margin (56 percent to 43 percent) in perhaps the most contested race in the county.

"I promise you all that I will continue to work, every day, to keep our community safe and secure and to keep those crime rates going down," Taylor said in a statement after the election. "I promise to keep working smart – to do everything I can to make sure criminals are behind bars, that those suffering from addiction get treatment, that juveniles have the opportunity to get on the right track and those with mental illness get the help they need."

Twin Hickory Library to host book sale

Twin Hickory Library will host a book sale Nov. 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A large variety of books will be available at bargain prices. Children's books will be sold on Nov. 7 only. Sales will benefit the Friends of Twin Hickory Library.

Tuckahoe town meeting Nov. 16 to explain Henrico’s new fire-protection rating

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will hold a town meeting Monday, Nov. 16 to discuss Henrico County’s new superior rating for fire protection.

Officials with the Division of Fire will explain how the Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office could help to reduce the insurance premiums of homeowners and businesses.

Election 2015 – Henrico candidates Q&A

Earlier this month, the Henrico Citizen invited each candidate for Henrico Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth's Attorney and Clerk of Court to respond to several questions. The responses of those who have participated appear here.

Election 2015 - state candidates Q&A

Earlier this month, the Henrico Citizen invited each candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate whose districts include portions of Henrico to respond to several questions. The responses of those who have participated appear below.

Libbie Mill Library to open Oct. 30

The new Libbie Mill Library, located at 2100 Libbie Lake East St. (near the intersection of Staples Mill and Bethlehem roads), will officially open to the public on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. But citizens can get a preview of the library Oct. 29, during a community celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For details, visit or call 290-9000.

Marriage, death, divorce certificates now available at DMV centers

Virginia death, marriage and divorce certificates are now available at all DMV customer service centers and DMV 2 Go mobile customer service centers, as an expansion of the partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)’s Division of Vital Records.

In the partnership’s first phase, birth certificates became available at DMV customer service centers in March 2014. Since then, DMV has issued more than 180,000 birth certificates, and the partnership was recognized with a Governor’s Technology Award presented at the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond last year.

Several key seats up for grabs in Nov. 3 election

Henrico voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to cast their ballots in a number of local and state elections, including several key races that could change the shape of local leadership.

All 10 seats on the Board of Supervisors and School Board are up for election, and five are contested. Perhaps the most notable race is taking place in the Three Chopt District, where three men are vying to replace longtime Republican Supervisor Dave Kaechele, who is retiring after 36 years and nine terms on the board.

Kaechele’s choice to replace himself on the board, Planning Commission member Tommy Branin (also a Republican) is opposed by Democrat Bob Shippee, recently retired from an analytical role with Capital One, and independent Eric Rohnacher, a financial advisor.

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