Commence the protest

College commencements across Richmond began in dramatic fashion over the weekend, as graduates drew attention to problems with their schools, their leaders and their treatment of students.

City Council approves Diamond District project, lawsuit follows

Richmond City Council made a big swing in determining the future of the city, with members unanimously approving a new redevelopment project in the Diamond District during a special meeting last Wednesday afternoon. Outside of Council Chambers, the reaction was ...

Va. lawmakers pass bipartisan budget leaving tax policy unchanged

After months of partisan combat over different priorities, Virginia lawmakers approved a bipartisan budget deal Monday with no major tax changes, funding boosts for education and mental health and salary increases for teachers and state employees.

Council members host honorary street naming ceremonies

Richmond City Council members plan to honor two esteemed citizens this week with honorary street namings.

Council, mayor approve first City collective bargaining agreements

On Monday, Richmond City Council approved a series of collective bargaining agreements with several key unions.

Richmond Folk Festival announces first artists

The Richmond Folk Festival returns to Brown’s Island September 27-29, celebrating its 20th anniversary. The initial lineup of artists for the 2024 Richmond Folk Festival includes go-go band Trouble Funk, jazz artist Lonnie Holley, bluegrass group Junior Sisk Band, among ...

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues

For the week of Saturday, May 11, confirmed hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Virginia dropped 90.4% from the previous week. Three deaths associated with COVID-19 were reported statewide for the week ending Saturday, May 11. COVID-19 wastewater levels in Central ...

HCPS announces new chief of equity, diversity and opportunity

After the search for a new leader of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity, Henrico County Public Schools has appointed Tiffany Lewis, an education specialist from within the same office.

2 VSU mothers graduate alongside their children at commencement

At Virginia State University, the tradition of academic pursuit across generations is a tangible reality. The Spring 2024 Commencement witnessed a significant milestone as two families celebrated graduating together.

Mural by MLK Middle School students to be unveiled at park

For the past five weeks, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School students have collaborated on a nature-inspired mural in Jefferson Park as part of an after-school program. The completed mural will be presented 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the ...

PH “Cruz” Sherman announces bid for 8th District School Board seat

PH “Cruz” Sherman officially entered the race for the 8th District School Board seat, currently held by Dawn Page. Mr. Sherman filed his Declaration of Candidacy with the Richmond City Office of Election on Wednesday, May 8. Page announced that ...

Virginia’s skill game debate could stretch into the summer

After finishing work on almost everything else taken up during the 2024 session, the Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Glenn Youngkin have decided to keep talking about skill games.

Degrees of Excitement

Virginia Union University’s undergraduates walk in and later turn their tassels symbolizing their transition from candidate to graduate during the 125th commencement exercises Saturday, May 11, the University’s campus.

School Board’s Dawn Page not running for re-election; board considers training

In a statement sent to the Free Press, the Richmond School Board’s 8th District representative Dawn Page announced that she will not run for re-election.

Anti-war protests take to the streets, courts after encampment

For the second Monday in a row, Richmond stirred with activity from anti-war, pro-Palestenian protesters, who marched down the city’s busy streets in what was the latest development since the encampment at Virginia Commonwealth University ended.