unveiling of the monument; Plans on two new colleges; First day of fall!

RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – 🍂 Happy first day of fall! ??

Hot and humid

Autumn begins at 3:20 p.m.! Hot and humid. Cloudy with possible showers in the morning. Highest risk of rain west of I-95.

A strong cold front brings showers anytime and even a few thunderstorms this evening and overnight.

A strong isolated storm cannot be ruled out with gusty winds. Top to bottom 80s.

Miss Henrico Teen

Henrico police are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl.

Police said Meghan Simmons left Fairlake Lane 5000 block early Tuesday afternoon. Officers were called at 2:15 p.m. after a short time and Simmons had not returned.

Henrico police are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl.(Police Henri)

Simmons was last seen in the woods near Echo Lake Park and wearing a black tank top and white pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 804-501-5000.

Monument of emancipation and freedom

A new monument will be unveiled Wednesday at Brown’s Island.

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument was commissioned by the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission. It features two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a newly freed man, woman and child from slavery.

The monument will be unveiled on Wednesday.
The monument will be unveiled on Wednesday.(Virginia General Assembly MLK Memorial Commission website)

On the pedestal there will be the names, images and stories of 10 people whose lives and contributions represent the struggle for freedom before and after emancipation.

Names include Mary Elizabeth Bowser, William Harvey Carney, Gabriel, Dred Scott, Nat Turner, Rosa Dixon Bowser, John Mercer Langston, John Mitchell, Jr., Lucy Simms, and Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker.

Marcus Alert Forum

The Richmond Human Rights Commission is organizing virtual forums to answer questions about the ‘Marcus Alert System’ which will be implemented in December.

The Marcus Alert is a statewide system focused on providing better services to people experiencing mental health crises.

Two community forums will be organized to discuss the Marcus Alert system
Two community forums will be organized to discuss the Marcus Alert system(Pixabay)

The first community forum will be held today from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Go to https://zoom.us/j/93318489757 or call 1-646-558-8656 and enter webinar ID 933 1848 9757 to attend the meeting.

J&J Booster Shot

State health officials feel encouraged by the latest results from the Johnson & Johnson booster injection study, which shows increased protection against COVID-19.

The study shows that this protection against moderate to severe forms of the virus increases to 94% when the booster is given two months after their first injection. Antibody levels also increased four to six times more than those seen by researchers after the single injection.


Their results also revealed that the booster provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies when given six months after the first shot.

Johnson & Johnson says it has provided the available data to the FDA and plans to report its findings to other regulatory bodies, including the World Health Organization and national immunization technical advisory groups.

New colleges in Chesterfield

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors plans to build two new schools a year ahead of schedule. The goal is to reduce overcrowding in Falling Creek and Tomahawk Creek middle schools.

One would replace Falling Creek with a larger, more modern building, while the other would be built on county property in Upper Magnolia Green, near Route 360.

(Chesterfield County Public Schools)

The school board met earlier this month to discuss the issuance of $ 130 million bonds for the construction of the two schools.

The board will hear from the public on the proposed bond issue at its September 22 meeting.

Wrong number on the ballot

Registered voters in Chesterfield who have requested a mail ballot are encouraged to disregard a telephone number listed on the ballot instructions.

According to the County of Chesterfield, the phone number listed as the County Registrar General’s office is incorrect. New instructions with the correct telephone number will be mailed to voters who have requested a postal ballot.

Chesterfield County
Chesterfield County(Chesterfield County)

The mail-in ballot is not affected and can be returned using the envelope provided. It can also be dropped off in person at the Registrar’s office during early voting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 9848 Lori Road in Chesterfield.

Those who need help or have questions about their mail ballot should call 804-748-1471 instead of the number listed in the instructions.

New playground at the children’s museum

A brand new playground at the Richmond Children’s Museum will be unveiled.

Volunteers from CarMax, the museum and KABOOM! began construction of the playground in the museum’s backyard on September 20.

Richmond Children's Museum logo
Richmond Children’s Museum logo(Richmond Children’s Museum)

The inauguration ceremony will take place on September 22 at 4 p.m.

Governor Northam and First Lady Northam are planning to attend.

Final thought

Stay close to whatever makes you happy to be alive – Hafez

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