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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.

Lottery has produced billions for schools

The Virginia Lottery was created after a statewide vote in 1987, making the Old Dominion the 29th state to establish a government-operated lottery.

Today, 44 states have lotteries – including Wyoming, which joined the club in March. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also have lotteries.

Virginia Lottery hits its own jackpot

Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers started selling tickets.

During the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Virginia Lottery’s ticket sales totaled $1.6 billion. That was an increase of $136 million, or 9 percent, from 2011.

New Lakeside signs unveiled

Henrico County unveiled two new Lakeside Avenue signs last month – one near Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the other near the city-county line near Spring Park.

The signs, which are designed to welcome visitors to the Lakeside corridor, were funded through Community Development Block Grant money and designed with input from the Lakeside Business Association.

Varina library plans unveiled

Community concerts. A farmers’ market. Nature trails and wetlands exploration for children.

Not exactly what comes to mind when you think about visiting the library? Schematic designs for new Varina Area Library may cause you to think again.

Brook Road corridor sign unveiled

Henrico County officials unveiled a new sign welcoming travelers to the Brook Road corridor in northern Henrico during a ceremony April 11. The sign, erected near the Brook Run shopping center and the Henrico-Richmond line, is the latest result of a community effort to revitalize the corridor. Funding of $25,000 for the sign was donated by the developer of The Atlantic at Brook Run senior apartments nearby.

“This sign is intended to promote tourism and the rich history of this corridor,” County Manager John Vithoulkas told those assembled at the dedication.

High school students oversee Henrico operations on Student Government Day


About 100 high school students from Henrico County traded their classroom lectures for a close look at the county’s general government and public schools administrations Thursday during the 56th annual Student Government Day.

The program paired juniors and seniors from nine high schools with various elected and appointed officials, including members of the board of supervisors and school board, county manager, superintendent, department directors and judges.

CASA seeks volunteers

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Henrico CASA will conduct a free, 10-session training program for volunteers, beginning Saturday, April 20. The sessions will conclude with a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, May 15. All classes will be held at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Varina meeting April 11 to preview new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, April 11 to provide an update on plans for the Varina Area Library.

Henrico County has purchased a 22-acre site on New Market Road for the 40,000-square-foot library, which will be built to replace the 5,600-square-foot Varina Branch Library on Library Road. That library opened in 1970 and was expanded in 1992.

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