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Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards.

KHB honors Landlovers, Clean Businesses

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee last month honored the 10 recipients of its annual awards program that recognizes residential and business properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The Henrico Board of Supervisors recognized the recipients of the 2014 Land Lover and Clean Business awards during its June 24 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 wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services.

New water, sewer rates take effect today

Henrico County water and sewer customers will experience a slight rate increase beginning today, as the county's new fiscal year begins.

The bi-monthly service charges for water will rise from $2.73 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) to $2.87, while the bi-monthly charges for sewer will increase from $2.90 per CCF to $3.04.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 6 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Brat stuns Cantor in Republican primary

David Brat (left) and Eric Cantor
UPDATE: JUNE 10, 9:38 P.M. - In a political surprise that almost no one saw coming, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Henrico has lost in a Seventh District Republican primary to political newcomer David Brat, a Randolph-Macon professor of economics and Glen Allen resident. With all but one of the district’s 243 precincts reporting at 9:20 p.m., Brat held a commanding lead, 55 percent to 45 percent.

Proposed CARE bus reservation changes put on hold

GRTC officials have decided to shelve several proposed changes to the way disabled and elderly riders make reservations for the system's CARE and CARE Plus bus transportation services, following concerns expressed by members of the public and staff members.

Henrico County supervisors also had voiced concerns about the proposal during a work session last week. A revised proposal could be introduced by late summer, according to GRTC Chief of Transit Operations Tim Barham.

CARE service is federally mandated transportation designed to serve areas within three-quarters of a mile to either side of existing fixed-route bus service. In Henrico, CARE Plus offers door-to-door service anywhere in the county seven days a week to disabled and elderly residents who live farther from bus routes or who need to travel during the times CARE buses do not operate (between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weeknights and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends).

‘A glimmer of hope’

Just looking at the numbers, it would be easy to assume that the Henrico Department of Social Services’ February report implies a drastic improvement in Henrico County’s economy.

The number of new applications for temporary assistance was down when compared to the same month last year. The same also was true for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and fuel assistance program.

Likewise, the number of cases receiving SNAP assistance decreased slightly, and the number of children receiving temporary assistance decreased by almost 11 percent.

Hermitage student wins Congressional Art Competition

Hermitage High School student Melanie Scearce (pictured above) this month won the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor. Scearce’s piece, entitled “Caroline,” was rated the best among the 89 entries by a panel of professional judges and 7th Congressional District residents, who cast ballots online.

Scearce’s portrait will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning pieces by all high school students across the country. The online People’s Choice Award winner was Sophie Smith of Hermitage High School.

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