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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.’

Fairfield meeting April 4 to discuss General Assembly session, senior citizens advocate


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, April 4 to discuss the 2016 General Assembly session’s impact on Henrico County and the work of the county’s advocate for senior citizens.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Wade, McEachin to seek 4th District seat in Congress


Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade and Virginia Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) have announced their intentions to seek the newly-redrawn 4th District seat in the U.S. Congress.

Wade will seek the Republican nomination and McEachin the Democratic nomination for the position, which is being vacated by Republican Randy Forbes, who will seek election in the 2nd District, which Republican Scott Rigell will vacate.

The 4th District was realigned by a three-judge panel in January, following a decision by the panel in 2012 that state legislators had included too many African-Americans in the 3rd District (which includes Eastern Henrico), thereby reducing their numbers in other nearby districts. It redrew both districts to address the issue.

Road to recovery


Jerit Norville sits at a gray table in a gray room, ready to talk about his past. His face is tough yet friendly and tells the story of a young man trapped in a despicable place trying desperately to get out. Exhaustion defines his demeanor, stemming from both a long day at work and a 14-year ride of small, temporary ups and deep, lasting downs.

Will he ever live a normal life again? During a seemingly unbreakable cycle of heroine addiction and larceny charges, Norville (pictured) hasn’t spent longer than one year at a time outside of the Henrico County jail system since he was 19. He’s 33 now, and this time is his time, he’s sure of it.

He’s scheduled to restart his life in July. He’s currently on work release, spending five days a week as a pilot repairman for CHEP recycling.

Virginia prisoners will be eligible for college credit classes


Virginia will become the only state in the nation to offer state prisoners college credit for five career and technical education courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 17.

ACE CREDIT recommendations enable learners to submit an ACE transcript for completed courses to higher education institutions for evaluation as potential transfer credit in a degree program, much as they would from a traditional institution of higher learning. Decisions about acceptance of credit are made by individual colleges and universities.

Registration for Henrico Citizens Academy opens March 21

Henrico residents can get a firsthand look at county operations and services at the 2016 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May. Registration opens at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Monday, March 21.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from April 21 to May 26. The academy is open to 35 residents and participants must be 18 or older.

Scott announces annual Third Congressional District Art Competition


Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, who represents Virginia's Third Congressional District, this week announced the beginning of the annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the district, which includes portions of eastern and northern Henrico. Entries are due Apr. 22.

An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. In the past, over 200 Members of Congress have participated in the program.

Acceptable entries may include, but are not limited to, paintings, drawings, and photography. The first place winner will receive a scholarship and travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a Congressional Reception in honor of all the winners from around the nation.

Henrico revamps tourism website, launches new app


With thousands of youth soccer players and families set to converge on the metro region this weekend for the start of the 2016 Jefferson Cup, Henrico County has rolled out an updated tourism website and a new app for mobile devices to help visitors plan where to sleep, eat, shop and spend their time during their stay in the county.

VisitHenrico.com, which initially launched three years ago, has been redesigned to be simpler, more visual and more informative for users, said Dawn Miller, tourism supervisor for Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks. The Visit Henrico County app, built to help visitors navigate county roads and reach their destination, is free and available at iTunes iTunes and Google Play app stores.

“Henrico is far more than meets the eye,” Miller said. “The site now offers a broader view of the visitor experience within the county — whether they’re here for a sports tournament, historical tour or business meeting.”

Virginia tornado drill scheduled March 22


The Feb. 24 severe storm system that spawned eight tornadoes, caused five deaths and inflicted damage to more than 400 structures in Virginia provided a stark reminder that tornadoes occur in Virginia.

On Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 9:45 a.m., the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will hold a statewide tornado drill, which is an annual effort to prepare citizens for tornado emergencies and test public warning systems.

“Two weeks ago, many areas of the state were under a tornado warning, and some had to quickly get themselves, their families and co-workers to safety,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern.

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