School Board addresses in-school child care, support for teachers and students

With news that three nonprofit organizations will use as many as 16 or 17 Henrico County schools as locations for full-day child care service during the first nine weeks of the school year – while students are learning virtually – some in the community have asked how that differs from just sending students back to school full time. It’s a […]

Obituary – Dr. Edward Bliley Beirne Jr.

Beirne, Dr. Edward Bliley Jr., died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9, 2020. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Gearhart Beirne; his sister, Doris Beirne Sarvay; his children, Marcena Beirne Myhrberg, Roxanna Beirne Pappas, and Lucas Edward Beirne; and his five grandchildren. Ed was born on February 28, 1940, to Effie Maxie and Edward Bliley […]

Obituary – Margaret Cleta Horn

Margaret Cleta “Peggy” Horn, of Henrico, born February 1963 in Lausanne Switzerland, died Monday August 10, 2020. She was the youngest child of Harold and Joan Hammann; and is survived by her husband, Jimmy Horn; and children, Halley Gragnani (Reed), and Matt Horn,; grandchild and light of her life, Emilia Margaret Gragnani; sisters, Marielle Larson (Donald), Sheila Reed (Martin); and […]

Obituary – Natalie S. Mentzel

MENTZEL, Natalie S., 19, of Glen Allen, became an angel on August 6, 2020. She is survived by her mother, Gennifer L. Barker; her uncle, Joey Barker; grandparents, Ricky and Lynn Disse and Julian Barker Jr.; her great-grandparents, Julian and Rose Barker; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be forever loved and missed. Ceremony will be […]

Obituary – Dr. Thomas Orville Layman

Dr. Thomas Orville Layman, DDS, 96, of Henrico, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020. He lived an extraordinary life. Tom was born to Fred & Clementine Layman March 19, 1924 in Richmond, VA. He spent summers with his grandparents in Fincastle, VA learning about farming and living a purposeful life. He went to John Marshall High School, serving as a […]

Obituary – Phyllis A. Taylor

Phyllis A. Taylor, 74, of Highland Springs, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Patricia Bolton, Raymond Perkins, George Newby; grandchildren, Ralph, Jessica, Cierra, Crystal, Raymond, Travis; and nine great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. […]

School Board hears reopening details, extends Cashwell’s contract

The Henrico School Board discussed learning plans for the coming school year, approved several policy changes affecting students and extended Superintendent Amy Cashwell’s contract during its Aug. 13 work session. Board members unanimously voted to extend Cashwell’s contract for two years, through June of 2024. “I know that in no superintendent’s handbook. . . is there a pandemic chapter,” Tuckahoe […]


Henrico’s moving COVID positivity rate approaches 8%

Henrico’s 7-day COVID-19 positivity percentage continues to rise, reaching 7.9% Aug. 10, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Forty-three new cases reported Friday increased Henrico’s total number of confirmed cases above the 4,000 mark, to 4,042. Three new hospitalizations also were reported in Henrico Friday. Overall, a total of 6.1% of the 66,345 PCR tests conducted of Henrico citizens […]

How do Metro Richmond leaders use social media?

As election season nears, much attention has been focused upon social media platforms and the role they play in how people worldwide consume news and information – and upon what responsibility those platforms have, if any, to fact-check the information posted and shared by their users. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, along with the CEOs of […]

Henrico Crime Report – Aug. 14, 2020

(A sampling of reported incidents and arrests that occurred Aug. 7-13 appears below) 4300 block of Delmont Street – Police arrested and charged a citizen with driving under the influence and other criminal violations at an automobile accident Aug. 7 at 5:45 a.m. W. Broad Street at Tom Leonard Drive – Police arrested and charged a citizen with kidnapping, non-aggravated […]