Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children.

Candidate’s signs tout primary election that isn’t happening

MAY 8, 10:50 A.M – Signs have popped up throughout the Fairfield District recently encouraging voters to cast their ballots in an election that isn't actually happening.

John Dantzler has announced his intention to seek the Fairfield District seat on the county's Board of Supervisors, which is currently held by Democrat Frank Thornton. In his initial filing with the county's registrar, Dantzler indicated that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination. And signs that he has erected in the district encourage voters to cast their ballots for him in a June 9 party primary, though they do not mention any party affiliation.

There's just one problem: that election will not take place.

Candidates for G.A. seats to appear at May 12 forum

Democratic candidates for the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat and Republican candidates for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat are expected to appear at the Henrico County Candidates Town Hall Forum, hosted jointly by the Henrico County NAACP Branch and Henrico Minsters Conference Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Both parties will hold primary elections June 9 to select their party nominees. Announced candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 74th District – a seat vacated by Democrat Joe Morrissey earlier this year – are Fairfield District School Board member Lamont Bagby, former Richmond mayor Leonidas B. Young II and Stephen Adkins.

Federal grant will expand preschool program

Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge

More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community.

Student Government Day puts high school students in charge

Henrico County will give 108 high school students a firsthand look at its government and school operations during the 58th annual Student Government Day, April 21-22.

Students from the county’s nine high schools will shadow elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, schools superintendent, constitutional officers and judges, to better understand their roles and responsibilities.

Student Government Day will begin with an investiture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the auditorium of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.

Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.

Henrico supervisors to hold April 14 hearing on proposed budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 14 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The general fund, which supports the operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and Henrico County Public Schools, would total $785.8 million.

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