Of those vaccinated in Henrico, less than 13% known to be Black or Latino

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The 2 groups account for nearly half of Henrico’s COVID-19 cases, more than half its hospitalizations; hole in reporting means exact vaccination data isn’t available

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Henrico’s new COVID-19 case count jumps dramatically Friday

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A day after reporting just 91 new COVID-19 cases – its lowest this year – Henrico County reported 233 new cases Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The county’s seven-day moving average of daily new cases is 144. Henrico also reported four new virus-related deaths, a slight increase from previous days, and one new hospitalization, according to the […]

Obituary – Harold Francis Riopelle

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Riopelle, Harold Francis, 87, of Richmond, Virginia, died peacefully Thursday, January 28, 2021, in the company of his children. Rip was the son of the late Edith and Hugh Riopelle, of Ottawa, Canada. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Alice O. Riopelle; and his son, Stephen P. Riopelle. He is survived by his children and […]

Obituary – Doug H. Macomber

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Doug H. Macomber, 82, of Henrico, Va., passed away into the arms of Jesus on January 28, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Phyllis Macomber of Winnetka, Illinois; and brothers, Dane and Donald Jr. He is survived by his wife, Carole; brother, Bruce; stepbrother, Jim Holbrook; children, Marcia and Scott (Karen); grandchildren, Anya, Nick and […]

Obituary – Lucille Click Smith

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Lucille Click Smith, 92, of Henrico, passed away on February 2, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Smith; parents, Ola and Russell Click; sisters, Dorothy Younce, Evelyn Baer; brothers, Stuart Click, Gary Click. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Smith (Glen Allen), Sandy Smith (Deland, FL); grandsons, Taylor Shive (Kimber) of Salisbury, NC, Corbin […]

Obituary – Mary Eunice Farmer

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Mary Eunice Farmer, 80, of Sandston passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. She retired from Suntrust Bank and was a member of Highland Springs Church of the Nazarene. She loved quilting, getting together with her family and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Elma Peck; her husband, James […]

Obituary – Harvey Wayne Dodson

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Dodson, Harvey Wayne, age 71, of Henrico, VA, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of January 29, 2021 after a courageous four month battle with advanced cancer. Christina S.H. (Ko) Dodson, his loving wife, was by his side to the end. He was born on December 24, 1949 in South Boston, VA and was the son of the […]

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Henrico’s December unemployment rate held steady

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First-time claims in the county drop slightly during the most recent reporting week

Henrico’s unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged from November to December last year, according to new data from the VEC. The county finished both months with an unemployment rate of 4.7%. Henrico’s workforce shrank just slightly – by 157 people, to 176,683 – from November to December, the data showed. The number of people employed in the county also shrank slightly, […]

Industrial building catches fire in Varina

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Henrico Firefighters battled a fire at an industrial building in Varina Feb. 4, shortly before 10:30 p.m. It happened in the 5700 block of Eastport Boulevard, near Charles City Road and Laburnum Avenue. The automatic fire sprinkler system had activated and the building was evacuated. Fire crews saw smoke coming from the building when they arrived, located the fire by […]

Water main break closes some lanes on Brook Road

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Southbound lanes on Brook Road between Ridge Road and Lakeside Avenue in Henrico’s Northside are closed for emergency repairs Friday because of a water main break break in the area. The northbound left lane also is closed in the area. Until work is complete, southbound drivers should use one of two possible detour routes: • Wilkinson Road east to Chamberlayne […]