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Baker students to be shifted to other schools temporarily

MAR. 20, 5:31 P.M. – Students at Varina's Baker Elementary – which is closed following a fire Sunday – will be moved to other schools temporarily while repair work is completed at Baker, school system officials announced today.

The school was closed today and will be closed Tuesday, but beginning Wednesday pre-K students and those in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Baker students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road in Varina. And students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road.

Board selects Hinson to fill interim role as Brookland supervisor

Party politics came into play Feb. 14 when the Board of Supervisors discussed filling the vacancy left by deceased Chairman and Brookland District representative Dick Glover, who died Feb. 2 at age 82.

The four board members appointed former Deputy County Manager Harvey Hinson, 74, to temporarily fill Glover’s former seat, then bickered a bit while deciding when to hold a special election for the seat. Hinson must be sworn in by a judge and will take office Feb. 28.

“To sit in [Glover’s] seat, that vacant seat, is very emotional for me,” Hinson said. “But I am totally dedicated to this county.”

Hinson appointed interim Brookland Supervisor

FEB. 14 – The Henrico Board of Supervisors tonight appointed former deputy county manager Harvey Hinson to fill the Brookland District seat on an interim basis until a special election is held later this year. Hinson will replace Dick Glover, the longtime Brookland supervisor who died Feb. 2 at the age of 82. Glover was beginning his 30th year on the board.

Hinson retired as a deputy county manager in 2007, following a career with the county that spanned four decades, beginning with a stint as a part-time engineer's aide. He later served as the assistant director of planning before becoming a deputy county manager.

Brookland District Supervisor Glover dies at 82

align="right">FEB. 2, 7:34 P.M. –Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dick Glover has died, following a medical emergency earlier today, the Citizen has learned. He was 82.

Glover was the longest-serving current member of the board and just last month was named its chairman for the sixth time in his 29-year tenure. He was serving the second year of his eighth term as the board's representative from the Brookland District.

Supervisors critical of Assembly’s ‘micromanaging’

The state’s meddling in local affairs seemed an ongoing theme at Tuesday night’s Henrico Board of Supervisors work session.

“(State legislators) are looking for something to do, so they want to be local government officials,” said Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia O’Bannon, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Such gripes arose during Legislative Liaison Mike Schnurman’s presentation to the board.

Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;

Glen Allen ES teacher to appear on Wheel of Fortune Jan. 23

Page Almond has an addiction, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

It reared its head as early as second grade, when her teacher gave the class a free writing assignment and she chose to write about. . . the rules to her favorite TV game show, Wheel of Fortune.

A confessed "Wheel watcher," Almond has tuned in religiously since childhood.

"That shows what a nerd I am," she said with a laugh at the childhood memory, "but I've always loved the show and it's always been a dream of mine to be on the show."

Or, perhaps more appropriately: it always had been a dream.

Former Three Chopt District supervisor Kaechele dies


JAN. 20, 9:25 A.M. – Former Three Chopt District Supervisor David A. Kaechele – who served nine terms and nearly four decades on the Henrico Board of Supervisors, overseeing a time of significant growth in his district – has died. He was 85.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced Kaechele's death in a countywide e-mail this morning. Kaechele retired from the board at the conclusion of his ninth term in 2015. David A. Kaechele Elementary School in the Three Chopt District bears his name.

All Henrico County flags will fly at half-staff in Kaechele's honor through Jan. 27, Vithoulkas said. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Germany-based manufacturer to open Henrico facility

UPDATE: JAN. 4, 11:05 A.M. – A German-based manufacturer will open a warehouse in Eastern Henrico and could ultimately hire 60 employees, Greater Richmond Partnership officials announced today.

iMPREG Group, one of the world’s leading providers of liner systems for trenchless pipe rehabilitation, will open the facility in the Byrd Corporate Park near on Byrd Industrial Drive, near Laburnum Avenue. A second phase of operation, which would include manufacturing, is expected to increase the location's employee total to 60 as part of a $5.4 million expansion.

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