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Board approves Walmart, Wegmans, microbrewery

Plans for the demolition of Fairfield Commons Mall (to make way for a Walmart and other shops); the construction of a new shopping center featuring Wegmans grocery store and Cabelas outdoor store in Short Pump; and the expansion of a home-brew shop in Lakeside to include a new microbrewery all earned approval from the Henrico Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting.

Poplar Spring Road to be closed at railroad tracks July 30

Poplar Spring Road in Eastern Henrico County will be closed at the railroad tracks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 while CSX makes improvements to the crossing.

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

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.

County dedicates Twin Hickory Park

Citizens of Henrico now have a new recreational opportunity, after county officials cut the ribbon on Twin Hickory Park – a new 48-acre park near Deep Run High School – July 12.

Funding for the $3 million complex was part of a 2005 bond referendum dedicated to school, library, and park projects throughout Henrico County, which was the result of input from citizens, residents and civic associations.

County to host anti-smoking meetings this month

The Henrico County Health Department will hold four meetings in July to explain the public health risks associated with smoking and provide information on how smokers can quit the habit.

The meetings will be held 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road; Wednesday, July 23 at the Varina Branch Library, 2001 Library Road; Wednesday, July 30 at the Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road; and Thursday, July 31 at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Brat raises $400k in 40 days

UPDATE: JUL. 15, 3:29 P.M. – Republican candidate for Congress Dave Brat announced today that his campaign has raised nearly $400,000 in a 40-day period that ended June 30, with most of the money coming from 4,673 individual donors.

Of the actual $399,660 raised from May 22 to the end of the reporting period June 30, $363,560 – or 91 percent – came from those individuals. The figures are part of the candidate's quarterly finance report due today at the Federal Election Commission.

The majority of all 4,684 donors were small dollar contributors. 4402 donated $200 or less, while 271 contributors donated more than $200. Political committees, party committees, and PACs accounted for 11 contributions totaling $36,100.

KHB honors Landlovers, Clean Businesses

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee last month honored the 10 recipients of its annual awards program that recognizes residential and business properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The Henrico Board of Supervisors recognized the recipients of the 2014 Land Lover and Clean Business awards during its June 24 meeting. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties.

Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services.

New water, sewer rates take effect today

Henrico County water and sewer customers will experience a slight rate increase beginning today, as the county's new fiscal year begins.

The bi-monthly service charges for water will rise from $2.73 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) to $2.87, while the bi-monthly charges for sewer will increase from $2.90 per CCF to $3.04.

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