About 8,000 residents remain without power; storm to cost county several million dollars
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor Government
JUNE 20, 11:10 A.M. – As cleanup from last week's powerful storms continues throughout Henrico County today, Dominion Virginia Power crews are working to restore the remaining 8,000 Henrico customers who were without power as of 11 a.m. Most of those customers are in very localized pockets scattered throughout the county.
But even though the storm is long gone, Henrico officials are cautioning county residents to be careful in its aftermath. Citizens should stay away from downed power lines – even those that are not energized – because Dominion may send test charges through the lines to pinpoint outage locations, energizing them briefly. Restoration of power may occasional prompt fires in homes, and the re-energization of power lines could spark small fires if trees or other debris come in contact with them.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/22/2014 Government
Two Henrico citizens are among the 30 members of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's new Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, whose membership was announced Sept. 22.
Henrico residents Jean A. Cheek (a registered nurse and forensic nurse examiner at Virginia Commonwealth University) and Nancy Oglesby (Deputy Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney) were named to the task force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring and will hold quarterly meetings to focus on finding common solutions to building safer, more educated college communities in Virginia.
The appointees include a variety of experts in the field of sexual assault from law enforcement to educators, forensic nurses, Title IX coordinators, advocates, and others.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/19/2014 Government
Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.
Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/12/2014 Government
Henrico County captured $783.6 million in spending by domestic travelers during 2013, the most of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth most in Virginia, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.
Tourist spending in Henrico increased by 5 percent for the second consecutive year — well above Virginia’s increase of 1.4 percent. Similarly, the state’s top four destinations for tourist spending — the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach — saw their expenditure totals increase by less than 2 percent or decrease slightly, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/04/2014 Government
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct two workshops in September to help residents use environmentally responsible methods to grow attractive, healthy lawns this fall.
A “Do it Yourself: Lawn-Care workshop” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The cost is $6 per participant.
The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.
The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.
“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis.
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 09/01/2014 Government
Democrat Jack Trammell declared his candidacy for the Seventh District Congressional seat in May and earned the Democratic Party nomination for the seat June 8. At the time, most assumed that he stood no chance of winning a victory in the highly Republican district against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. That evening however, Trammell’s colleague, fellow Randolph Macon College professor Dave Brat, upset Cantor in the Republican primary for the seat. Trammell’s campaign instantly gained credibility, as he was now facing an equally unknown opponent with a similar background and budget.
In July, Brat spoke with the Citizen about his historic victory over Cantor and his vision for the Seventh District. In August, the Citizen's Ryan McKinnon sat down with Trammell to hear his perspective:
Henrico Citizen: I’m sure it was crazy accepting the nomination and thinking you were going to be going up against Eric Cantor, but then finding out you were going against your coworker. Tell me what that was like.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/01/2014 Government
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a community meeting Monday, Sept. 8 about upcoming Civil War battle reenactments to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. Officials with the Division of Recreation and Parks will discuss plans for the reenactments and related festivities, which will include living history exhibits and Civil War-era music, food and games.
Plans for the demolition of Fairfield Commons Mall (to make way for a Walmart and other shops); the construction of a new shopping center featuring Wegmans grocery store and Cabelas outdoor store in Short Pump; and the expansion of a home-brew shop in Lakeside to include a new microbrewery all earned approval from the Henrico Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting.
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