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20 years after Gaston’s rains, Henrico celebrates start of work to revive Lake Overton

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Project will bring new dam, environmental improvements, public access

Richard Flanagan can’t wait to see Lake Overton vibrant once again, with fishing and other recreation, as it was before Hurricane Gaston’s remnants brought pounding rain in 2004.

“I know it was 11 inches per two hours, because that’s what I dumped out of my basement,” said Flanagan, president of the Three Fountains North Civic Association.

The storm damaged the lake’s earthen dam so severely that the water level had to be lowered to ensure safety. As a result, the lake’s footprint shrunk from about 7.5 acres to about 4.3 acres.

Today, Flanagan and other residents joined Henrico County officials in celebrating the start of a project that will revive the lake to about 5.4 acres and deliver a new dam and a host of environmental improvements. It also will clear the way to provide public access to the lake by extending a trail from nearby Three Lakes Park.

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Henrico property owners to save on flood insurance due to new certification

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Henrico County property owners will be able to save on flood insurance costs beginning in October with the county's participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS). The county is entering the system with a rating of Class 5* — one of the highest in the state and the highest ever obtained by a municipality in its first year under the current program requirements, according to FEMA. Continue reading Henrico property owners to save on flood insurance due to new certification

Henrico Board of Supervisors approves proposed budget for fiscal 2024-25

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Plan retains 85-cent real estate rate, supports RECAP program, doubles BPOL exemption, advances bond projects, reinvests in education, safety, employees

UPDATE: The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously April 9 to adopt the county’s proposed budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. The approved budget added $4.5 million to create a reserve fund for Henrico County Public Schools to expand planning periods at elementary schools and $89,500 to fund a community health worker position. It also adjusted funding for several nondepartmental agencies.

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Henrico CARES signals ‘call to action’ to strengthen youth mental health services

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Plan focuses on service access, coordination, navigation in schools, community

With children and teenagers struggling more than ever with depression, sadness and hopelessness, Henrico County and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are implementing a plan to strengthen access to high-quality mental health services by making them more available in schools and expanding efforts focused on prevention, support, and early and intensive intervention.

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Cheswick Park – Henrico’s first park – reopens with improved trails, playground, restroom facilities, other amenities

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Henrico County’s oldest park has a fresh, modern look – and Fran Shinholser couldn’t be happier.

On Wednesday, she and her daughter, Janis Kouche, headed to Cheswick Park for their daily walk and ended up joining county officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its recent renovation and reopening.

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Henrico earns $1.4 million grant to create EV charging station network

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Federal funds will help develop stations for public use at seven county facilities

Henrico County will install electric vehicle charging stations at seven locations, including at libraries, parks and recreation facilities and government centers, after being awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to promote clean energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

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New Board of Supervisors taps veterans Nelson, Schmitt for leadership posts

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Embrace the moment, Nelson urges, citing county’s fiscal strength, sustainability efforts

The veteran supervisors were elected by unanimous votes during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday. Joining Nelson and Schmitt on the dais are newly elected Supervisors Roscoe D. Cooper III, of the Fairfield District; Misty D. Whitehead, of the Three Chopt District; and Jody K. Rogish, of the Tuckahoe District.

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Scholarship fund established to honor retiring Supervisors Thornton, O’Bannon

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2 HCPS seniors who embody the supervisors’ values will be recognized each year

Henrico County, with the nonprofit Henrico Education Foundation and a host of donors, has established a scholarship fund to honor trailblazing Supervisors Frank J. Thornton and Patricia S. O’Bannon, who will conclude 28 years of service when their terms end Dec. 31.

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Oaths administered to incoming supervisors, School Board members, constitutional officers, Henricopolis directors

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The members of Henrico County’s next Board of Supervisors and School Board as well as its constitutional officers and Henricopolis directors have been sworn in to begin serving their terms on Jan. 1.

“Welcome, we all look forward to working with you and seeing you succeed as a group,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said at the conclusion of the Henrico County 2024 Investiture, which was held Dec. 15 at the Henrico Sports & Events Center.

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‘Welcome to Showtime’: Community celebrates new Sports & Events Center

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Hundreds of residents, supporters and community members packed the entrance and lobby of the Henrico Sports & Events Center to celebrate the opening of the massive facility that will host games, tournaments, graduations and other events. 

The 185,000-square-foot venue began hosting tournaments and other events in late October, but officials reserved the formal dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Community Celebration event, which was held Dec. 4 and welcomed in the public with music, games and giveaways.

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2023 Henrico State of the County celebrates accomplishments, community in new sports arena

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For its annual State of the County address, Henrico traded its usual, formal setting in a hotel ballroom for the county’s shiny, new sports arena.

It enlisted the talents of the Henrico High School marching band and handed out thundersticks and other noisemakers to give the gathering a hint of a major sporting event.

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South Station represents permanent home, ‘sound investment’ for Police

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For nearly 20 years, the Henrico County Police Division has based its southeastern units in leased space on Eastpark Court, near North Airport Drive and Interstate 64.

But by early 2025, the Fair Oaks Station will give way to a permanent South Station, which also will include training facilities for the county’s emergency communications and division’s K-9 unit.

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From ‘great lighting’ to ‘new arena smell,’ Henrico Sports & Events Center shines for A-10 Media Day

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Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said she was impressed by the clean, fresh aroma when she stepped inside the new Henrico Sports & Events Center.

It’s almost like when you say, a new car smell. Well, this is a new arena smell, and it’s really nice, McGlade said Thursday in an interview with ESPN’s Angel Gray at the conference’s Media Day event.

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Henrico’s 2022- 2023 Annual Report is now available

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Henrico's Annual Report provides the most comprehensive overview of the county's accomplishments, projects and initiatives for fiscal year 2022-23.

These pages provide a window into what we have done – and what we are doing – as we strive to become the best community in which to live, work, play and visit, County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said.

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Tourist spending in Henrico exceeds $1.7 billion in 2022

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County poised for continued growth with Sports & Events Center opening in fall

Visitors spent more than $1.7 billion in Henrico during 2022. That's the highest total of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth highest in Virginia, according to an annual study for the Virginia Tourism Corp.

Henrico’s total includes sales of $406 million on food and beverage, $226 million on lodging, $165 million on retail, $167 million on recreation and about $754 million on transportation. Overall, spending by tourists and other visitors to Henrico jumped by 27.2% from 2021.

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Henrico RECAP program would lock in real estate tax bills of qualifying owners

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Tax relief program for seniors, disabled homeowners would build on REAP Program

Henrico County is proposing a tax relief program that would cap the real estate tax bills of qualifying homeowners who are older or disabled, helping to mitigate the higher costs associated with rising property values.

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With opioid settlement grants, Henrico seeks ‘treatment for the moms’, ‘prevention for the kids’ 

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County enhances programs to address damage caused by opioid epidemic

With the first wave of grants from the national opioid settlement, Henrico County is strengthening its programs and services for individuals working to recover from substance use disorder, particularly mothers and their children.

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Pedestrian improvements to greet students as new school year begins Monday

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Henrico County has prepared for a safe start to the school year by adding crosswalks, signs with flashing lights and other pedestrian improvements near several schools.

By Tuckahoe Elementary School, crews recently built additional sections of sidewalk with ADA ramps along Forest Avenue as well as a crosswalk with a 6-foot-by-12-foot pedestrian refuge island at Forest and Silverspring Drive.

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