Bipartisan support behind bills to curb distracted driving


For Roxanne Gabel and Tabitha Clark, advocating for “hands-free driving” in Virginia is about more than statistics; it’s a family memorial effort. In November 2017, Gabel’s 21-year-old daughter, Lakin Ashlyn, was killed in a traffic accident when she was using Snapchat on her phone while driving, Clark, the young woman’s cousin, said at a Wednesday press conference held by the […]

Panel OKs bill to restrict tethering animals


A House committee Wednesday advanced a bill requiring Virginians who tether dogs outside to give the animals more room to move. It was one of three animal welfare bills the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources sent to the full House of Delegates for consideration. All three measures were sponsored by Del. Robert Orrock, R-Caroline. Last year, Orrock […]

Senate panel kills bill designating Election Day as a holiday


A Senate bill to designate Election Day as a state holiday in Virginia is dead for this legislative session. On a 5-7 vote Monday, the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology defeated SB 1291, which also would have removed Lee- Jackson Day as a state holiday so that the number of holidays would stay the same. Sen. Louise Lucas, […]

Irish company expanding with second Henrico facility

Anord Mardix (USA), Inc., a leading global producer of power distribution and protection equipment, will invest $907,500 to establish its second manufacturing facility in Henrico County. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and company officials announced the expansion earlier today. The investment will allow the company to augment production of power infrastructure components to its North American data center clients, supporting new […]

Moody Middle School eighth-grader wins Henrico spelling bee

Vishnoy Vadakkancheri defeated competitors from across Henrico County Jan. 15 to become Henrico Schools’ 2019 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School eighth-grader won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “domiciliated,” a word meaning “establishing residence.” The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent Henrico […]

Tuckahoe Town Meeting Jan. 24 to guide homeowners on various concerns

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will host a Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 to guide residents on a variety of homeowner concerns, such as unclogging a sewer pipe, clearing a ditch or advancing a home-improvement project. The meeting is designed to help residents understand which department of Henrico County they can call for help. The meeting will […]

Fairfield meeting Jan. 23 to discuss Henrico County Public Schools

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23 to discuss Henrico County Public Schools and its programs. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Thornton will be joined by several HCPS representatives, including Monica Manns, director of equity and diversity; Pamela Bell, director […]

Legislators introduce journalist protections


Two delegates, both former journalists, introduced legislation Monday to protect student journalists from censorship and shield reporters from having to disclose confidential sources. Dels. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, and Danica Roem, D-Prince William, urged the General Assembly to pass such legislation. “Journalism matters. Facts matter,” Roem said. “We have to get this right.” Sponsored by Roem, House Bill 2250 — introduced […]