Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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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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Families testify for medical marijuana


Haley Smith, 14, suffers from a rare disorder called Dravet syndrome, similar to epilepsy. In the middle of a hearing being conducted by the Senate Committee for Education and Health, she suffered a mild seizure in her sleep. Her mother, Lisa Smith, stroked the girl’s forehead until it stopped.

Minutes later, Smith addressed legislators: “This is normal for me. This is Haley for me.” Smith went on to ask senators to provide relief to Haley and other Virginians suffering from various diseases -- by approving a law authorizing the medical use of marijuana.
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Law would let Dominion hike electric bills


Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers’ electric bills, if the General Assembly passes a bill before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The legislation would require Dominion to maintain its base rate for eight years beginning in 2013 – when the state last reviewed the company’s rates – until 2020. While the base rate would stay the same, the company would retain the authority to increase fuel surcharges and other “riders” that are added to customers’ utility bills.
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O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.”
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Police seek suspect in murder

Henrico Police are seeking the person or persons who murdered a Henrico man on Jan. 16.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. that day, Police responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Howard Road On Friday, January 16, 2014, at approximately 8:50 PM, Henrico Police responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Howard Road, just off East Laburnum Avenue between Harvie Road and Mechanicsville Turnpike.
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Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a suspect who they believe has robbed two restaurants in northern Henrico this month.

On Jan. 9 at approximately 6:20 a.m., the suspect entered a restaurant in the 8200 block of Brook Road, approached an employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied, and then the suspect approached the manager in the office and again demanded money. The suspect exited the business and fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 in height, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black latex glove on his left hand and was armed with a revolver.
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Brothers finish first and second in Henrico Spelling Bee


The Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee crowned a familiar champion this week, and he defeated someone pretty familiar to him.

Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, who won the bee last year and went on to finish eighth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C, claimed the title again this year by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, a fourth-grader at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Shreyas Muthusamy misspelled the word “irreconcilable,” which allowed his brother to win the be by correctly spelling the word “jurimetrician,” meaning a person who applies scientific methods to legal matters.
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2015 General Assembly Q&A

State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 45-day session of the General Assembly, during which they’re expected to make ethics reform a key issue, on the heels of former governor Bob McDonnell’s recent conviction and sentencing on corruption charges. Other issues expected to earn attention: daycare and SOL reform, Medicaid expansion and possible changes to legislative redistricting.

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2015 session. The answers of those who responded appear below.
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Troop produces 6 Eagle Scouts

Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.

The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.

“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.”
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Business in brief


Gumenick Properties moved its headquarters this month to Libbie Mill-Midtown, a new 80-acre, mixed-use community being developed by the company. Libbie Mill-Midtown is under construction between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road near Libbie Avenue. The community is the largest revitalization project in the history of Henrico County. Gumenick Properties will become the second organization operating from office spaces at Libbie Mill-Midtown. The first group to open an office there was the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, a regional, private health legacy foundation. The foundation moved in during autumn 2014. When complete, the community is projected to have 994 homes for sale and 1,096 apartments. Libbie Mill-Midtown also will have a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space. The neighborhood is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete.
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A dream remembered

Dr. Arthur Roots of Richmond (at right) sings a capella during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration at Highland Springs United Methodist Church Jan. 19. The event also featured Henrico native and actor Tony Cosby giving his impassioned version of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and a performance by the seventh-grade chorus from Fairfield Middle School.
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Longtime RIR fire chief honored by NASCAR

Longtime Richmond International Raceway Fire Chief Donald “Doc” Jernigan, recently received NASCAR's Excellence in Track Services Award at the body's annual summit for safety, security and track services personnel. Jernigan was one of five officials from NASCAR's national, touring, IMSA and weekly series events to earn the award.

“Doc is dedicated to this cause and is a true leader who is highly regarded within the Richmond organization and industry as well,” said David Hoots, the managing event director for NASCAR Race Services.
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Lawmakers seeks to restrict drones

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including two that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.

Bills proposed by Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, would allow local governments to ban individuals from flying drones under 55 pounds. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration allows hobbyists to fly such model aircraft as long as they follow safety guidelines.
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