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Brat’s surprising rise to prominence ‘fun but exhausting’

Republican nominee discusses religion, family, the role of bipartisanship and campaign fundraising in extensive interview
In June, Henrico County was the epicenter of a political shakeup that grabbed international headlines when Henrico resident Dave Brat made history by upsetting Henrico's Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader, in a Republican primary election for the Seventh District House seat.

Brat became the story of the week. Analysts heatedly debated whether his victory was a portent of the future, when establishment leaders could be knocked off by grassroots candidates operating on a fraction of their budget, or whether Brat had simply found his opponent’s weak spot (immigration) and ridden that all the way to victory.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, March 1 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 10-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, April 2 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Kindred spirits

Years after raising five children with her husband, Georgianna Faulk figured that her parenting days were over. But that changed when the couple gained custody of two of their grandsons nearly seven years ago.

The boys, then 4 and 5, were removed from their parents’ home because of abusive conditions there. (Neither parent is allowed to have contact with the boys until the children turn 19.)

Henrico official named to state mental health task force

Mike O'Connor, the executive director of Henrico's Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services, is one of 37 members appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the newly-created Virginia Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.

Yesterday, McDonnell announced the members, who include leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals and individuals receiving mental health services and their families.

Henrico to accept Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 to Jan. 12

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Thursday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 12.

The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only.

New stormwater regulations could prove costly


Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.

Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency.

New ‘Va. is for Lovers’ plate unveiled

Governor Bob McDonnell recently unveiled the new “Virginia is for Lovers” license plate, which will become the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) standard-issue plate beginning in March 2014. The new plate design will replace the plain blue and white plates which have been the standard for the past couple of decades.

“In 2007, we honored on Virginia plates the anniversary of the founding of America at Jamestown,” McDonnell said.

Virginia native Lee Smith, named 2014 ‘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 award-winning author Lee Smith on April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060, as part of its annual "All Henrico Reads" program.

Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, along with some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Governor-elect vows ethics reforms

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.

McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.

The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

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