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O’Bannon to serve on Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee

Henrico County Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been designated to serve on the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee.

The committee works to define and implement the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan, which guides efforts to promote compatibility among communication systems used by public safety agencies at the local, regional and state levels.

Tayari Jones named ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

Jones’ novel, Silver Sparrow, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Jones was born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Jones also is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Henrico 4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The sale features Virginia-grown produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and prices are:

• Winesap and York apples, $19 per half-bushel, which equates to about 80 cents per pound;

• Raw peanuts, with recipes, $11 per 2-pound sack;

• Salted or unsalted deluxe cocktail peanuts, $14 per 2-pound sack;

MADD dinner honors law enforcement officers


Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored 35 active and retired law enforcement officers Sept. 29 at a regional law enforcement awards dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump. The officers, who hailed from localities ranging from Ashland to Emporia, were recognized for their efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving, both through prevention programs with youth and enforcement of laws related to impaired driving.

Henrico native participates in 2014 Warrior Games


U.S. Army Sgt. Monica Southall of Henrico, a member of the Army team, throws a discus during practice at Fort Carson, Colo., for the 2014 Warrior Games, Sept. 23. More the 200 service members and veterans participated in the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event during which wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic events.

2 Henrico citizens named to Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

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.

Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

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.

Tourist spending in Henrico climbs to $783.6 million

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.

Henrico Extension to offer lawn-care workshops

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.

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