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Henrico resident RaShawn Smith-Bolar, owner and operator of Oh Just Us Girls, recently was named 2017 Virginia Mobile Boutique of the Year by The Boutique Hub. More than 400,000 votes were cast. The Boutique Awards recognize independent boutique retail owners in the fashion industry across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Categories include Storefront Boutique of the Year, Online Boutique of the Year, Children’s Boutique of the Year, Mobile Boutique of the Year, and State or Country Overall Boutique of the Year. Oh Just Us Girls launched in July 2015 and offers affordable apparel and accessories for the trendsetting woman on the go.
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West End apartment fire injures 1


SEPT. 25, 10:30 A.M. – A West End apartment fire injured one person Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the third floor of the Chase Gayton apartment complex in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, near the intersection of Gaskins Road and Quioccasin Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 24.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Sept. 25, 2017


Crime stoppers needs your help to solve a double homicide that occurred in the City of Richmond in June of this year.

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to several calls for random gunfire in the 3600 block of Decatur Street. They arrived and found the victims, two males, Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells. The victims were outside on the ground lying near each other. Both victims had received fatal gunshot wounds.
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Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced recently the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The documents provide a framework for area schools to adhere to a recommended program plan with Junior Achievement, focusing on JA Finance Park, a middle and high school program focused on personal finance and career readiness. Under the agreements, schools are encouraged to increase their participation each year over the next three years. The JA Finance Park program teaches students how to create a family budget and live within their means. It consists of thirteen in-class lessons and culminates in a visit to the Capital One/JA Finance Park facility where students become adults for a day – making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 4,700 Central Virginia students participated in the program. With the memoranda in place, the number of participating students is expected to more than double by 2018.
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McAuliffe declares September as Preparedness Month in Virginia


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and is encouraging business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies.

“September has historically been the most active time of the year for hurricanes in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a human-caused emergency like terrorism, individuals, families and businesses that take the time to prepare are more resilient in the long run than those who failed to plan.”
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Buggin’ out


Fans of Volkswagen were in Bug heaven last month at Bugstock, which hosted a gathering of the iconic VW Beetle, Bus and other classic vehicles at Henrico's Twin Hickory Park. The Aug. 23 event featured vehicles from Richmond Region AACA and Central Virginia Vintage VW club members.
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Police arrest woman in connection with early-morning arson


SEPT. 1, 11:08 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old Crozier woman in connection with an arson at a business on Three Chopt Road this morning.

At 2:59 a.m. this morning, Henrico Police and Fire received a call for service from a commercial alarm in The Balance and Ear Center building at 10200 Three Chopt Road. Arriving officers observed smoke coming from the building and fire on the interior. While checking the property, officers located a window through which entry was made into the building.
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Businesses collect, donate sports equipment


Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected nearly 1,000 pieces of sports equipment thanks to donations from the public, as well as from staff members and community partners, during the third annual AdvanceItUp! community initiative in June. AIU is designed to help combat childhood obesity in the metro Richmond community by increasing recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment.

The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from Fit4Kids, helped organize and clean the collected equipment before distribution.
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Henrico community rallies around local family after house fire


The beauty of tragedy is that it often brings with it the opportunity for an inspiring recovery. The Henrico community recently embodied that opportunity.

Tragedy struck a Henrico family when a fire scorched its home, leaving it with nothing. One of the family members is a teenage boy who was ready to embark on his college journey at James Madison University, but those plans seemingly went up in smoke with the fire.

Despite losing everything, that teenager has gone to James Madison, all thanks to a community effort to gather resources and raise money for the family. (Family members requested that their names not be used in this article.)
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Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 3-9


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

6809 Glenwood Street – $110,000, 1,172 SF (built in 1928), from Beth A. Stephenson to Erin Cave.
5 Battery Street – $117,750, 1,398 SF (built in 1948), from David P. Gulick III and N. E. Gulick to Lichele Jameitrice White.
1908 Parlow Drive – $124,000, 1,440 SF (built in 1952), from JPM Development LLC to Tracy C. Lahocki.
6412 Fitzhugh Avenue – $130,000, 720 SF (built in 1950), from Paul A. and Caryn M. Caruso to Michael John Foster.
9458 Tracey Lynee Circle – $140,000, 1,280 SF (built in 1988), from Michael A. Posey to Manuel E. Blanco-Valverde and C. V. Blanco.
53 DeHaven Drive – $154,750 – $154,750, 1,216 SF (built in 1978), from Martha Louise B. Rogers Trustees to Debra B. Pegram.
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Henrico School Board appoints Greene to Fairfield seat


The Henrico School Board last night filled the vacant Fairfield District seat by appointing Pierre L. Greene to the position. He was sworn in this morning at the Henrico Circuit Court.

Greene is a pastor and the managing director of Light Tower Wealth Strategies, a financial services company. The board chose him over four other finalists – Tavorise K. Marks; Lillian H. Mayo; Tramaine Moultrie-Robinson; and Marlene H. Sherlock. It had interviewed the five applicants in a closed session Aug. 13 and then heard comments from the public about them Aug. 20.
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On the trail of history

Local students create path at Civil War site

Cameron Hopkins did not grow up in a typical neighborhood.

Sure, it may have seemed like an everyday community at times, but the ground beneath his feet was too significant to call “normal.”

Hopkins, a rising senior at Varina High School, spent his childhood at home in the Fort Harrison section of Richmond National Battlefield Park, a national park commemorating Richmond’s copious Civil War history.
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School Board extends Kinlaw’s contract 2 years


UPDATE: AUG. 27, 8 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board tonight extended by two years the contract of Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw. His new contract runs through June 2018.

“We’re pleased to be building on positive momentum,” said School Board Chair John Montgomery, who represents the Varina District. “Further proof will be when accreditation information is released in September and we continue the upward trend. Our work, however, is not complete. Dr. Kinlaw has assembled a strong team, and the Board is confident that academic growth will continue under his leadership."
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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 26 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Sept. 11, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer.
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Henrico Schools holding job fair to recruit bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers.

HCPS will host a job fair Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

“We need people who love children and who want flexible schedules to drive our students to and from school on a full-time basis or when our full-time drivers are not available,” said Mary Alderson of HCPS Human Resources.
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