Recent News Releases

Feb. 21, 2017

CONTACT: Kristina Yager, Extension Agent, Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160

Extension opens registration for Henrico Junior 4-H summer camp

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun accepting registrations for the 2017 Henrico Junior 4-H Camp, which will be held July 10-14 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.

The residential camp is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14, and it provides a fun learning environment to make friends and to discover the outdoors through such activities as swimming, archery, sailing, canoeing, forestry, marine science, riflery, fishing and crafts. The camp’s theme for 2017 is “4-H Grows Here!”

Early registration is encouraged because space is limited and many classes fill quickly. The camp’s $265 cost includes a T-shirt, lodging, meals, programs, instructional class materials and transportation by chartered bus. Scholarship assistance may be available. Registration forms are available at and may be submitted by mail.

Extension also will provide an opportunity Friday, March 10 for campers and their families to register in person and to ask questions. The Registration Day event will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center occupies 16 acres of woods and open spaces along the James River. Amenities include air-conditioned lodges and cabins, archery and rifle ranges, a swimming pool, a floating dock, a ropes course and an amphitheater.

Accredited by the American Camp Association, the camp is supervised by adult and teen counselors and a staff that includes lifeguards, recreational leaders, a dietician and a medical attendant. Parent volunteers are needed. For information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to

Feb. 14, 2017

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Clerk, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Henrico board appoints Hinson as interim supervisor for Brookland

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors tonight unanimously appointed Harvey L. Hinson, a retired deputy county manager for Henrico, to serve as interim supervisor for the Brookland District, following the death of longtime representative Richard W. Glover.

Hinson, 74, served as Henrico’s deputy county manager for community development from 1992 until his retirement in 2007. He began his career in Henrico in 1961 as a part-time engineer’s aide and later served as the assistant director of the Department of Planning. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has represented Henrico on the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2014.

Hinson will serve until Brookland voters elect a supervisor to complete Mr. Glover’s term, which extends through Dec. 31, 2019. The Board of Supervisors agreed tonight to have that election take place as part of the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Hinson and his wife, Brenda, have six adult children. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a charter member of the Henrico North Rotary Club and a 2001 inductee in the Central Virginia American Softball Association Hall of Fame. He also is a wildlife and landscape painter and a supporter of Needle’s Eye Ministries Inc.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors elected Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon to serve as its chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton to serve as its vice chairman in 2017. The board in January had tapped Mr. Glover and O’Bannon to serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

The board also made new appointments to committees on which Mr. Glover had served. The board added Thornton to the Board of Social Services and O’Bannon to the Capital Region Workforce Partnership Consortium of Chief Local Elected Officials.

Mr. Glover, who died Feb. 2 at age 82, had begun his 29th year of service as Brookland’s supervisor. He was the board’s longest-serving active member.

Feb. 14, 2017

CONTACT: Kendra J.K. Young, Senior Extension Agent, Henrico County 4-H Youth Development
PHONE: (804) 501-5160

Henrico berry plant sale benefits 4-H youth program

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $8.

Order forms are available from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, and any location of the Henrico County Public Library. They also are available at To receive a form by fax, call (804) 501-5160.

All orders received by Thursday, March 9 will be filled. Those received later will be filled while supplies last.

Plants will be distributed from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Center, 2175 Mountain Road.

The berry plant sale is a fundraiser for 4-H Youth Development, a volunteer-led program that provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth to develop confidence, leadership and other life skills.

Feb. 8, 2017

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Clerk, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Fairfield meeting Feb. 20 to feature Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe, Henricopolis

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Feb. 20 to highlight the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and the Henricopolis program.

Thornton will be joined by Chief Terry Price who will discuss the history of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and a representative of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District who will highlight the program’s efforts to promote natural resource conservation. The meeting also will provide an overview of events celebrating February as Black History Month.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. For information, call (804) 501-4208.

Feb. 8, 2017

CONTACT: Ed Olsen, Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160

Henrico Extension to offer class on sustainable landscaping

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a five-week class on how to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes that minimize impacts on the environment.

The Landscape for Life class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday from March 14 through April 11 in the demonstration kitchen at the Henrico Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The cost to register is $75 per person or $100 for a two-person household. Fees are due by Monday, Feb. 27. Participants must be able to attend all five sessions as each lesson will build on material covered the previous week.

The class will provide tips for gardening at a variety of locations, including multiacre farms, city or suburban lots and common areas at a condominium complex. Participants will learn how to use native plants, soils and the climate to create sustainable gardens and landscapes that can help protect the environment and critical wildlife habitat.

For information, call (804) 501-5160.

Feb. 7, 2017

CONTACT: Lt. Shawn M. Sears, Animal Protection Unit, Henrico County Police Division
PHONE: (804) 727-8801

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 18

The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10 for a one-year license and $15 for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements.

For information, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801.

Feb. 6, 2017

CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
PHONE: (804) 501-4386

Funeral for longtime Supervisor Richard W. Glover set for Feb. 7
Procession will include tour of Brookland, with tributes at RF&P Park, government center

The funeral for longtime Henrico County Supervisor Richard W. Glover will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Road. An interment will follow at Westhampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson Ave.

In a show of appreciation for Mr. Glover’s more than 30 years of service to Henrico and its residents, the funeral procession will make a final tour through the Brookland District, with public tributes planned at RF&P Park, 3400 Mountain Road; and the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association (GAYAA) is organizing “the final lap” tribute at RF&P Park. The procession will pass slowly through the park about 9:15 a.m. — as Mr. Glover was known to do as part of his daily routine as Brookland supervisor.

Henrico youth, families, coaches and other guests are encouraged to wear GAYAA hats and jerseys as well as carry banners and signs in appreciation of Mr. Glover. All guests are asked to arrive at the park by 9 a.m. Henrico County Public Schools will excuse the absences of students who present notes saying they participated in the gathering for Mr. Glover. For information, go to

Henrico government employees similarly will pay their respects to Mr. Glover by standing along Prince Henry Drive as the procession passes through the Henrico Government Center around 9:20 a.m.

The procession will begin at Mr. Glover’s home in the CrossRidge community at 9 a.m. and will take the following route before arriving at Grove Avenue Baptist Church:

  • From CrossRidge, left on Staples Mill Road, right on Mountain Road;
  • Left into RF&P Park, with a pass by the ball fields;
  • Left on Mountain, with a pass by the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen;
  • Right on Woodman, with a pass by Henrico’s western maintenance facility;
  • Right on East Parham;
  • Left on Prince Henry, with a pass by the government center and courts building; and
  • Right on Hungary Springs Road, left on Parham and left on Ridge Road to Grove Avenue Baptist Church.

Mr. Glover died Feb. 2 at his home in Glen Allen. He was 82 and had begun his 29th year as Brookland supervisor. He was the Board of Supervisors’ longest-serving active member and was selected unanimously by his colleagues last month to preside as chairman in 2017. He also served on Henrico’s Planning Commission from 1984 to 1986.

Feb. 6, 2017

CONTACT: Laura S. Totty, Executive Director, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
PHONE: (804) 727-8585

Henrico to present community summit on heroin, opioid epidemic
FBI Director James B. Comey to be keynote speaker at March 1 event

Henrico County and its Heroin Task Force will present a community summit Wednesday, March 1 on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, which are growing at alarming rates locally, throughout Virginia and across the United States.

FBI Director James B. Comey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to or call (804) 727-8574.

Comey, who was appointed FBI director in 2013, has long ties to central Virginia. He’s a former resident of Henrico and a graduate of the College of William & Mary. He served from 1996 to 2001 as the managing assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The summit is part of a comprehensive effort in Henrico to address the public threat posed by heroin and opioids. These potent, highly addictive drugs, which include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are threatening every community and segment of society, regardless of age or income.

The number of fatal opioid overdoses continues to rise sharply across the region, state and country. In Henrico alone, the opioid overdose deaths increased from 24 in 2013 to 37 in 2015. The county recorded 36 opioid overdose deaths during the first nine months of 2016, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The summit will offer information from local community service providers and include a showing of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict.” The 45-minute documentary, released last year by the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, provides explicit, first-person accounts of people who have either abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. The video’s title refers to the cycle of addiction and users’ pursuit of the so-called “ultimate” high.

The video presentation will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Henrico’s Police Chief Humberto “Hum” Cardounel Jr., Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell, Sheriff Michael L. Wade, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon L. Taylor and Adam S. Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, as well as others on the front lines of the heroin and opioid crisis.

The Henrico Heroin Task Force was established in May 2016 by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas to work with the community and treatment providers to develop a coordinated, comprehensive response to the epidemic. The task force includes Cardounel; McDowell; Wade; Taylor; Dr. Susan Fischer Davis, director of the Henrico Health Department; Laura S. Totty, director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services; Beth Teigen, assistant superintendent for instruction for Henrico County Public Schools; Circuit Judge John Marshall; and T. Miller VanFossen Jr., of Community Corrections. The group’s efforts are focused on increasing public awareness to prevent opioid use as well as enhancing treatment, communication and support from first-responders and other medical personnel through the justice system.

Feb. 3, 2017

CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
PHONE: (804) 501-4386

Henrico mourns Brookland Supervisor Richard W. Glover upon his death

Henrico County is honoring the memory and service of longtime Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, who died Thursday evening at his home in Glen Allen at the age of 82.

Mr. Glover had begun his 29th year of service as Brookland’s supervisor. He was the Board of Supervisors’ longest-serving active member and was selected unanimously by his colleagues last month to preside as chairman in 2017.

In appreciation for Mr. Glover’s service, County Manager John A. Vithoulkas ordered the Henrico flag to remain at half-staff at all county facilities through sunset Friday, Feb. 10.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I report to you the passing of Mr. Richard W. Glover, who served as the Brookland District Supervisor for 29 years,” Vithoulkas said this morning in an email to county employees. “Mr. Glover had a passion for our County, the Brookland District, all things planning and zoning, and youth athletics. He was driven by his faith and his commitment to his family. He demanded much from us, and we are all better public servants because of him.”

Mr. Glover’s passing came about two weeks after the death of longtime Supervisor David A. Kaechele, who served the Three Chopt District from 1980 through 2015.

“This has obviously been a difficult time for all of us,” Vithoulkas added, “but in the days and weeks ahead, please think of our recent losses and take the opportunity to do something good within our community. Do this from your heart — do it for Dick and Dave.”

Mr. Glover was a native of Victoria and a veteran of the U.S. Navy who attended Virginia Commonwealth University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He joined the Board of Supervisors in January 1988 after having served on Henrico’s Planning Commission from 1984 to 1986.

He was recognized for his expansive knowledge of Henrico and attention to details of the county budget. Among the many projects he championed were the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, the Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park and Greenwood Park, which is under development.

Mr. Glover’s résumé includes six appointments as chairman and four as vice chairman of Henrico’s board. He also held positions on many national, statewide and regional governmental organizations, including the National Association of Counties’ Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee, the Virginia Association of Counties’ Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. He also served on the county’s Board of Social Services.

Mr. Glover was a lifetime member of the Hermitage High School Band and Auxiliary Boosters and the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association and Hall of Fame. His survivors include his wife, Joan Sadler Glover; sons Gerald W. Glover and R. Joseph Glover; daughters Donna G. Parrish and Karen G. Glasco; and 11 grandchildren.

Feb. 1, 2017

CONTACT: Ed Olsen,Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160

Henrico Extension to offer free lawn, gardening workshops

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. Each program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and requires registration.

The Spring Weed Control workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The program will focus on building a healthy turf and controlling crabgrass and weeds.

The Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden workshop will be held Tuesday, March 21 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The class will discuss how to plan, plant and harvest a vegetable garden.

The Planning and Planting the Perennial Flower Garden workshop will be held Tuesday, April 4 at the Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway. The session will focus on laying out a garden, selecting plants and seeds, and strategies for growing flowers that return each spring with little maintenance.

The Make Your Lawn a SMART Lawn workshop will be held Thursday, April 20 at the Belmont Recreation Center. The program will discuss how to build a healthy, attractive lawn while protecting the environment.

To register for any of the programs, call (804) 501-5160.

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