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The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.”

Feeling handcuffed

One-fourth of the inmates in Henrico’s jail are under extended temporary custody from the state, costing county taxpayers an estimated $6.5 million per year.

The state reimburses seven times less than what Henrico officials say it costs to house the inmates, and the sheriff’s department will have to repay the state under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to balance the budget shortfall. County officials worry the problem is likely to get worse following the closing of Powhatan correctional facility.

The county jail, designed to house offenders up to the date of their trial or sentencing and for no longer than one year, is functioning instead partially as a state prison.

Henrico seeks public input on community development priorities

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will hold a series of public hearings to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years.

The meetings will be held:

• Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue;

• Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive;

• Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.

GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.

Fairfield meeting Jan. 21 to highlight work of boards, commissions

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21 to spotlight the work of Henrico County’s boards and commissions.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press after being sentenced to two years in prison. (Photo by Michael Melkonian/Capital News Service)
By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

At a packed hearing at the federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced McDonnell, 60, to two years in prison followed by two on probation.

McDonnell will be incarcerated at a federal facility in Petersburg at the request of his defense team. The Federal Bureau of Prisons must determine by Feb. 9 where McDonnell will carry out his sentence.

Henrico residents urged leniency for McDonnell


UPDATE: JAN. 6, 3 P.M. – Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who today sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison, received 443 letters from across the country on McDonnell’s behalf, including several from Henrico.

The letter writers included Patricia O’Bannon, who chairs the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.

Tougher driving laws for seniors take effect

Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers - including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific in-person renewal procedures - took effect Jan. 1 in Virginia.

A new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80. It also shortens the license renewal cycle for drivers 75 and older from every eight years to every five years.

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