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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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group


Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes:
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Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application.
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Henrico students attend FCCLA leadership conference


Students from Brookland Middle School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership training conference in Virginia Beach. Attendees participated in a weekend of workshops and sessions about leadership through FCCLA. Along with nearly 1,200 other advisers and members, Brookland Middle School’s FCCLA chapter advisers, Amanda Lauritzen and Cherise Cobb, accompanied eight members to the conference April 17-19. Brookland Middle School was one of four schools from Henrico County that attended the conference and the only middle school.
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‘Project Plant It!’ visits Glen Allen ES


Glen Allen Elementary School third-graders enjoyed an interactive "Tree Trivia" assembly hosted April 21 by Dominion Resources and Power UP!, an entertainment company that partners with Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to teach students about trees and the environment.

Ranger Spruce Sassafras led students in a game-show style competition during which teams teams tested their knowledge of tree trivia.

More than 44,000 elementary students in six states, including elementary students in Henrico County Public Schools and other school systems throughout metro Richmond, are participating in Project Plant It! this spring.
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Candidates for G.A. seats to appear at May 12 forum


Democratic candidates for the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat and Republican candidates for the 12th District Virginia Senate seat are expected to appear at the Henrico County Candidates Town Hall Forum, hosted jointly by the Henrico County NAACP Branch and Henrico Minsters Conference Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Both parties will hold primary elections June 9 to select their party nominees. Announced candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 74th District – a seat vacated by Democrat Joe Morrissey earlier this year – are Fairfield District School Board member Lamont Bagby, former Richmond mayor Leonidas B. Young II and Stephen Adkins.
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Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.
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Police charge man following mobile meth lab bust

UPDATE: APR. 30, 10:40 P.M. – Henrico Police have charged a 53-year-old Montpelier man with one count of providing false information to law enforcement in connection with a mobile methamphetamine lab that was discovered in Glen Allen Thursday.

The man, James Kent Booth of the 15300 block of Mountain Road in Montpelier, also will face an additional charge related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said. That charge is pending.
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Guns trigger debate at General Assembly


In Virginia, as in most states, you can get a gun without ever having fired one.

A push for new gun laws was one of the hot topics of the General Assembly’s 2015 session. Both the gun lobby and gun control advocates sought legislation regarding firearms.

Second Amendment groups wanted to loosen the laws – to allow, for example, concealed handgun permit holders to carry loaded shotguns or rifles in their vehicles. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed that bill.

Gun control groups wanted to restrict access to firearms. They backed bills to prohibit letting children under 5 fire a gun, and to reinstate Virginia’s prohibition on buying more than one handgun a month. Those bills died in a legislative subcommittee on unrecorded votes.
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Guns used in most suicides in U.S., Va.


In 2012, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve shot himself in the head at a shooting range in Colonial Heights after renting a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson. The sound of gunshots at shooting ranges is pervasive. But the sound of suicide is becoming more common than anyone would hope for. And it is happening all over the country.

“Every day in the United States, 22 veterans succumb to suicide – losing their personal battle to invisible wounds of war,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said in a news release earlier this year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States – not far behind kidney disease and influenza and pneumonia.
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Business in brief


First Tennessee Bank has moved to its new 6,000 square foot Virginia headquarters at Reynolds Crossing and opened for business on April 27. Located just off West Broad Street in Henrico County, the new building is adjacent to the Westin Hotel. A First Tennessee Bank ATM machine is located on Forest Avenue. The bank has about 170 bank locations in and around Tennessee, and expanded in additional markets, including Richmond seven years ago. The bank offers a full suite of banking services with a focus on wealth management, commercial banking, private banking and commercial real estate. First Tennessee Bank also added a new banker, Lisa Streat, on April 20 as senior vice president of Private Wealth Services. A Virginia banker with more than 20 years of experience, she has served on the board of CultureWorks for almost four years.
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Freeman HS team places third nationally in Constitutional competition


A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.

“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.
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Federal grant will expand preschool program


Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
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