Washington and Lee University student Emma C. Callaghan is a recipient of a 2018 Johnson Opportunity Grant. She is one of 50 W&L students who will either work within the United States or travel to another country. The grants are designed to help students in their future careers and fields of study. Funded as part of the Johnson Program in […]

Northam announces ‘Build Virginia’ to enhance workforce development system

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam this week announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the state with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades. The effort initially will focus on helping job-seekers and employers in Virginia’s shipbuilding industry but ultimately will include resources related to other growing industries, including construction and advanced manufacturing. “Build […]

Soles4Souls donates shoes to refugees

In honor of World Refugee Day this past Wednesday, non-profit Soles4Souls and ReEstablish Richmond distributed 100 pairs of new shoes to refugees in need June 23 during an event at the Tuckahoe YMCA. ReEstablish Richmond works to help refugees become self-sufficient and settle into the Metro Richmond region while maintaining ties to their home cultures. Soles4Souls helps create sustainable jobs […]

GRASP awards “2+2” scholarships to Henrico students

GRASP, a Virginia College Access non-profit organization, recently awarded 286 scholarships to students at Virginia high schools – including 42 from Henrico County. GRASP awarded 134 “2+2” scholarships for students at GRASP-served schools, including the following students from Henrico: Mony Keo of Deep Run H.S.; Francisco Gaytan, Geovanna Ribeiro, Kirsten Blankenship, Rachael Carr and Jonatan Gonzalez from Freeman H.S.; Joshua […]

After loss, miracles and joy

Local writer finds happiness after tragedy

As Heather Carlson-Jaquez composed a sermon for her church’s Laity Sunday, she thought at first of typical occasions that fit the theme of joy – the births of her children, for example, and when she had met her husband. But the sermon that she eventually gave at Willis United Methodist Church centered around an entirely different definition of joy – […]

Cocke to seek Republican nomination for Brookland supervisor’s seat

Two-term Brookland District School Board member Bev Cocke will seek the Republican Party nomination for the Brookland seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors, she announced today. The party is expected to select a candidate during a caucus sometime in August. A special election for the seat is expected to be held Nov. 6. Current Brookland Supervisor Courtney Lynch, a […]