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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 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 Monday, Oct. 17 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Aug. 19, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer.

Library dedicated as symbol of ‘new Varina’

JUNE 1, 10:40 P.M. – Even without the late afternoon sun, which splashed its rays across nearby wheat fields, passing cyclists and hundreds of anxious citizens, this was bound to be a bright day in Varina.

Henrico County officials joined more than 2,000 spectators to dedicate the new $28.1-million Varina Area Library, a long-anticipated facility whose arrival was met with lots of smiles and nearly as much awe.

“Tonight, we celebrate a library and a facility that is an example of the new Varina – of what is possible within great communities,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told the crowd during the dedication ceremony.

Henrico PAL awards scholarship


Kyla Lord-Barrett, a senior at Highland Springs H.S. and the current vice president of the Henrico Police Athletic League's (PAL) Youth Leadership Council, was awarded the first-ever YLC Scholarship at the May 18 PAL board meeting.

Lord-Barrett started with Henrico PAL as a participant in the after-school program and summer camp more than six years ago and has come full circle, now serving in the after-school program and summer camp as a youth counselor. She will attend the New York Culinary Institute in the fall.

2 Henrico students win Congressional Art Awards

Two Henrico students earned recognition in the Congressional Art Awards ceremony, held at Capital One in Goochland earlier this month.

From nearly 70 entries, judges chose Hermitage High School student Caitlyn Le’s work “Still Life” as the first-place winner. Henrico High School student Katie Hennessee won an honorable mention for her work entitled ‘Deep Web.’

Vithoulkas outlines $419.8M bond referendum proposal

UPDATE: MAY 24, 6:05 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight outlined the details of his proposed $419.8-million bond referendum to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session.

In addition to 12 school projects totaling $272.6 million, which Vithoulkas outlined in March, the Nov. 8 referendum would provide $147.2 million for 14 additional projects:

Full speed ahead


Henrico County officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman and Varina District member Tyrone Nelson, gathered May 14 at Dorey Park to cut the ribbon dedicating a new connector trail between the park and the Virginia Capital Trail. The dedication was part of Henrico In Motion, a six-hour event that also featured cycling demonstrations and events, Civil War living history exhibits, vendors, performances by Richmond Ballet's Minds In Motion youth performers and others.

The connector trail cost $130,000 – 80 percent of which was funded through a federal transportation grant. The county also erected a trailhead monument on the connector, above the lake at Dorey Park, featuring designs created by Henrico County Public Schools students.

Henrico, state brace for possible influx of Zika virus cases


With 15 cases already reported statewide – including three in Central Virginia – officials from Henrico County and Virginia are anticipating a potential uptick of Zika virus infections heading into the summer months.

Although states like Florida and Louisiana are at the most risk because of climatic factors, all states on the southeastern seaboard face potential Zika outbreaks in the coming months. Virginia’s mosquito season is May 1-Oct. 31, and the two known vectors of Zika – Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever mosquito) and the Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) – both are present in Virginia.

Lost in time

On the site that one day will tell the history of Henrico County under a single roof, a small wooden hut serves as an unofficial welcome center for guests.

“And over there is the restroom,” says Henry Nelson, chuckling as he points to a single portable toilet across the parking lot.

Nelson, clad in a signature black cowboy hat and black leather jacket, surveys the landscape on an overcast morning here, at Four Mile Creek Park in Varina, with eyes that can see into the future, thanks to a vision of the past.

For 40 years, Nelson has led the push for Henrico County to fund and build a history center – a facility that would recount the county’s 405-year story to citizens and tourists alike.

Railroad improvements to close sections of Charles City, Miller roads May 24-25

Work to improve the CSX railroad in eastern Henrico County will close a portion of Charles City Road on Tuesday, May 24 and a stretch of Miller Road on Wednesday, May 25.

CSX Transportation expects each closure, which will include the railroad crossing, to last from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On May 24, motorists on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of Monahan Road, Darbytown Road and South Laburnum Avenue.

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