Henrico home sales continue on strong pace


The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer.
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UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown.
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New law lets schools help diabetic students

Virginia students afflicted by diabetes may receive additional support in schools thanks to a new state law.

Senate Bill 1116, which takes effect July 1, will allow school nurses to help diabetic students reinsert the tube that connects their insulin pump to their body if it becomes dislodged at school.

“This bill is for kids who need help inserting or reinserting their insulin pump,” said Devon Cabot, legislative aide for Sen. Jeremy McPike, who proposed the measure.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: June 5, 2017

It’s been nearly six months since a senseless act left one woman dead and a family looking for answers. Crime Stoppers still needs your help to solve the Murder of 57-year-old Karon Williams.

On Jan. 15, police were called to the 3100 block of Cliff Avenue for what was initially an in-progress burglary. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Karon E. Williams, 57, of the 3100 block of Cliff Avenue, with an apparent gunshot wound.
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Robinson’s ‘dream come true’ takes shape in Varina

Nonprofit showcases plans for learning center at old Varina Library site
Henrico County officials announced plans to rename Library Road to Michael Robinson Way, in honor of the founder of Excel to Excellence, at an event on Thursday celebrating the start of the group’s renovations of the former Varina Branch Library.

Excel to Excellence, a youth-oriented nonprofit, also unveiled sketches of the planned “learning center” at the event that drew more than 70 students, county officials, school staff and community members.
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HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” said Josh Davis, HCPS director of pupil transportation.
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Henrico Library’s Summer Reading Club Begins

Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult you probably enjoy cracking open a good book every now and then.

This summer, the Henrico County Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to do just that by participating in the annual Summer Reading Club, which began June 1.

Library cardholders can sign up online to log the reading that they do between June 1 and Aug. 31.
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Henrico recognizes ‘legacy’ businesses

Vittorio Capocelli’s brother, Mario, began suffering from kidney failure in 1965. Mario needed a kidney transplant, but one of the best transplant doctors at the time, Dr. David Hume, was located in Richmond – approximately 4,500 miles from their home in Rome, Italy.

Vittorio and his family decided to pack up and travel to Richmond so that Mario could be treated by Hume, who had helped perform the very first kidney transplant in 1954 at Peter Ben Brigham Hospital.
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Muthusamy finishes in top 6 at Scripps National Spelling Bee

JUNE 1, 10:30 P.M. – Henrico's Tejas Muthusamy finished in the top six of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Thursday night, falling just short of winning the event during his fourth consecutive – and final – appearance.

Muthusamy was eliminated in Round 12 when he spelled the word "saussurite" incorrectly. Earlier, he had correctly spelled filipendulous, buffoonery, chryselephantine, badinage, bucatini, ampongue, xanthochroism.
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Law updates vision screenings in schools

If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.

The law is the result of House Bill 1408, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, will take effect July 1.
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How to snag a free doughnut this Friday

Henrico doughnut shops offering deals for National Donut Day
National Doughnut Day (June 2) is approaching at the end of this week, and there are at least six places in Henrico County where you can snag a free doughnut.

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Country Style and Sugar Shack locations all will offer deals to celebrate the day.
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Muthusamy makes final attempt at national spelling title

Unlike most champion competitors, Tejas Muthusamy is staring retirement in the face as an eighth-grader. This week, the 14-year-old Moody Middle School student is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the final time, after amassing shelves of spelling ribbons and trophies in his HCPS career. The Scripps contest is open to students in eighth-grade or below.
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Henrico PAL to host camp with former NBA, WNBA players June 3

The Henrico Police Athletic League will host its first free basketball clinic with the NBA Retired Players Association/Junior NBA June 3 for boys and girls ages 10-16. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Avenue.

Johnny Newman, retired NBA player and board president of the Police Athletic League will be in attendance along with about seven other retired players from both the NBA and WNBA.
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Henrico’s ‘NASA @ My Library’ program begins this summer

A new partnership with NASA will begin this summer at all Henrico County public libraries.

Each library will receive resources from the NASA @ My Library program, although the Central, Eastern Henrico, Libbie Mill and Varina libraries will receive more, since they are more equipped to deal with large scale programs. The program is designed to make it easier for Henrico residents in low-income areas to access STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and learning opportunities.
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