Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers - 2017

The Henrico Citizen's seventh-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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Henrico Police arrest, charge two with teen’s murder

Henrico Police have arrested and charged two women with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man found in a wooded area April 2 near Airport Drive.

Denise Monique Gay, 48, of Henrico and Latoya Shantice Gay, 21, of Richmond both are incarcerated in the Henrico County jail.
They are charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old Martre Lamonte Coles, of Henrico, whose body was found near the 6200 block of Gorman Road.
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Baker students to be shifted to other schools temporarily

MAR. 20, 5:31 P.M. – Students at Varina's Baker Elementary – which is closed following a fire Sunday – will be moved to other schools temporarily while repair work is completed at Baker, school system officials announced today.

The school was closed today and will be closed Tuesday, but beginning Wednesday pre-K students and those in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Baker students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road in Varina. And students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road.
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Board selects Hinson to fill interim role as Brookland supervisor

Party politics came into play Feb. 14 when the Board of Supervisors discussed filling the vacancy left by deceased Chairman and Brookland District representative Dick Glover, who died Feb. 2 at age 82.

The four board members appointed former Deputy County Manager Harvey Hinson, 74, to temporarily fill Glover’s former seat, then bickered a bit while deciding when to hold a special election for the seat. Hinson must be sworn in by a judge and will take office Feb. 28.

“To sit in [Glover’s] seat, that vacant seat, is very emotional for me,” Hinson said. “But I am totally dedicated to this county.”
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Supervisors critical of Assembly’s ‘micromanaging’

The state’s meddling in local affairs seemed an ongoing theme at Tuesday night’s Henrico Board of Supervisors work session.

“(State legislators) are looking for something to do, so they want to be local government officials,” said Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia O’Bannon, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Such gripes arose during Legislative Liaison Mike Schnurman’s presentation to the board.
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Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;
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Glen Allen ES teacher to appear on Wheel of Fortune Jan. 23

Page Almond has an addiction, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

It reared its head as early as second grade, when her teacher gave the class a free writing assignment and she chose to write about. . . the rules to her favorite TV game show, Wheel of Fortune.

A confessed "Wheel watcher," Almond has tuned in religiously since childhood.

"That shows what a nerd I am," she said with a laugh at the childhood memory, "but I've always loved the show and it's always been a dream of mine to be on the show."

Or, perhaps more appropriately: it always had been a dream.
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Former Three Chopt District supervisor Kaechele dies


JAN. 20, 9:25 A.M. – Former Three Chopt District Supervisor David A. Kaechele – who served nine terms and nearly four decades on the Henrico Board of Supervisors, overseeing a time of significant growth in his district – has died. He was 85.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced Kaechele's death in a countywide e-mail this morning. Kaechele retired from the board at the conclusion of his ninth term in 2015. David A. Kaechele Elementary School in the Three Chopt District bears his name.

All Henrico County flags will fly at half-staff in Kaechele's honor through Jan. 27, Vithoulkas said. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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Germany-based manufacturer to open Henrico facility

Company to locate in Byrd Corporate Park in Eastern Henrico
UPDATE: JAN. 4, 11:05 A.M. – A German-based manufacturer will open a warehouse in Eastern Henrico and could ultimately hire 60 employees, Greater Richmond Partnership officials announced today.

iMPREG Group, one of the world’s leading providers of liner systems for trenchless pipe rehabilitation, will open the facility in the Byrd Corporate Park near on Byrd Industrial Drive, near Laburnum Avenue. A second phase of operation, which would include manufacturing, is expected to increase the location's employee total to 60 as part of a $5.4 million expansion.
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Police arrest and charge Henrico man with murdering his wife

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 45-year-old county man with second degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old wife early this morning in the 3900 block of Orion Court in Eastern Henrico.

Police responded to a residence at about 12:15 a.m., where they found the victim, Katrina M. Banks, dead from a gunshot wound. Police charged her husband, Alvin Eugene Banks, with her murder and also with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Alvin Banks is being held in the Henrico County Jail.
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Henrico Schools seeks budget input for FY 2017-18

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from interested members of the public on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 HCPS budget.

As is customary, the school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal then will be made public in January. An extensive public review process will follow that is expected to last through April.
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Virginia Values Veterans program reaches 20,000 hires

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Values Veterans Program-certified employers have hired 20,000 veterans throughout Virginia since 2012. The V3 program reached the 20,000 hired veterans benchmark more than 400 days ahead of schedule. Speaking at the Dominion Charity Classic’s V3 Hiring Event, McAuliffe thanked the more than 700 Virginia employers who have joined the V3 Program and have committed to making veterans an integral part of their workforce.
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