U.S. House appropriations package includes $2.5M for two Henrico projects

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Achievable Dream Academy at Highland Springs ES would receive $1.5M, Henrico detox and recovery center $1M

The Achievable Dream Academy program at Highland Springs Elementary School ($1.5 million) and the county’s planned detox and recovery center ($1 million) would receive funding if the U.S. Senate and President Joe Biden ultimately endorse the appropriations package passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposed funding allocations were submitted by Henrico representatives Donald McEachin (VA-4th District) and […]

Henrico Education Association: ‘We demand a mask requirement’

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The Henrico Education Association Thursday denounced the Henrico County Public Schools’ new mask policy for the 2021-2022 school year, which makes mask-wearing optional in schools.  “If you have read the new CDC guidelines side-by-side with the new HCPS mask policy, you would agree that the latter is woefully inadequate,” wrote Patrick Miller, president of the HEA. “The health and safety […]


First-time unemployment filings in Henrico remain relatively stable for ninth straight week

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Initial unemployment filings in Henrico during the most recent reporting week remained relatively stable for the ninth consecutive week, according to data from the Virginia Employment Commission. A total of 123 people filed first-time claims in Henrico during the week of July 18-24. The weekly number has remained between 117 and 162 each week during the past two months or […]

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Henrico supervisors approve contracts for additions to Deep Run Park, roof for Jail West

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Henrico’s Board of Supervisors July 27 approved several contracts, including one for two projects at Deep Run Park. Supervisors awarded a $1.5-million contract to Athens Building Corp. for the projects – a 2,719-square-foot addition to the rear of the Deep Run Recreation Center for a new fitness center and an 850-square-foot restroom building near the cricket field and bicycle pump […]

Restaurant Watch

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JULY 14 Red Lobster, 4415 S. Laburnum Avenue – The following violations were reported during a routine inspection: facility could not provide a parasite destruction letter from salmon distributor; scoops for the seasoned breader, fish batter and pico de gallo do not have handles; observed ice buildup on ice cream freezer and in walk-in freezer; latch on low boy reach-in […]

Ukrainian artist’s ‘dream’ on display at Cultural Arts Center

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To Svetlana Sevostyanchik, an ideal world would be one without borders. The artist, who hails from Ukraine, is displaying her new pieces at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from July 15 until Sept. 12. The exhibition features three periods of Sevostyanchik’s artistic life and include an array of abstract paintings, collages and a Guardian Angel series. Titled “I […]

Amtrak service could expand to 30 trains a day in Henrico by 2030

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Amtrak will move forward with the initial phases of its plan to allow for hourly service along the corridor between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine said during a virtual town hall earlier this month. “Our vision really is to create four tracks, from Richmond to D.C., separating passenger and freight, and allowing us all to […]

Henrico News Minute – July 29, 2021

Henrico’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is at nearly a three-month high; Henrico Schools, parents of former Short Pump M.S. football player settle lawsuit; River Road is closed in western Henrico through Saturday; air cargo at Richmond International Airport spiked last year; Varina District School Board member Alicia Atkins plans a town hall meeting next month; three Henrico homes […]