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McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10.

Voters to determine fate of bond referendum


The most important votes cast in Henrico County next week likely won't be for president.

Instead, they'll be the ones that determine the fate of Henrico's first bond referendum in 11 years – a $419.8-million plan that would fund 26 infrastructure projects countywide.

Among the projects slated for completion with the money:

• construction of new high school technical centers in Eastern Henrico and at Glen Allen High School;

• renovation projects at J.R. Tucker High School, Tuckahoe Middle School and Adams, Chamberlayne, Crestview, Pemberton, Seven Pines and Skipwith elementary schools;

Virginia Values Veterans program reaches 20,000 hires

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Values Veterans Program-certified employers have hired 20,000 veterans throughout Virginia since 2012. The V3 program reached the 20,000 hired veterans benchmark more than 400 days ahead of schedule. Speaking at the Dominion Charity Classic’s V3 Hiring Event, McAuliffe thanked the more than 700 Virginia employers who have joined the V3 Program and have committed to making veterans an integral part of their workforce.

Deadlines for absentee voting near


The deadlines for absentee voting in the Nov. 8 election are nearing. The last day for the receipt of absentee ballot applications by mail and fax in Henrico County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Applications should be faxed to the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-5081.

The last day to vote absentee in person at the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, polls in Henrico will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Henrico to offer free workshop Nov. 5 on minor home repairs


The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will present a free workshop Saturday, Nov. 5 to show residents how to make minor home repairs.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the former Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road. Exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and refreshments will be included.

Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers


Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 28


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Participants will work alongside other gardening enthusiasts to learn about lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance, fruit and vegetable gardens, flowers, pest management, tree pruning and other topics. After completing 50 hours of classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public.

Henrico officials to serve on NACo committees


The National Association of Counties (NACo) has appointed nine Henrico County officials to the organization’s policy-making committees for 2016-17.

Members of the Henrico Board of Supervisors received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee;

• Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Human Services and Education Steering Committee;

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