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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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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Senate approval sends ‘Tebow Bill’ to McAuliffe


The Virginia Senate narrowly approved a bill Monday that would allow home-schooled students across the commonwealth to play high school sports.

HB 1578, commonly known as the “Tebow Bill,” would eliminate a statewide ban prohibiting home-schooled students from participating in high school athletics and other interscholastic activities.

The Senate voted 22-18 in favor of the measure. Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis of Accomac joined the 21 Republican senators in voting for the bill, which had been approved by the House last month.
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UVA student from Henrico helps call attention to need for sexual assault education


When one of her friends was sexually assaulted her second semester at the University of Virginia, Hannah Shadowen, a UVA student and Henrico County native, said she knew she had to do something.

“I supported her through that, and it was really hard, but I was like I need to be more informed, and I want to change this, so this doesn’t happen here,” Shadowen said.

Shadowen joined One Less, an all female-identifying, gender non-conforming sexual assault prevention group run by UVA students. Through her participation in One Less, Shadowen has visited other organizations on campus to discuss healthy relationships, sexual violence, the meaning of consent, intimate partner violence, and survivor support.
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Fairfield meeting Feb. 20 to feature Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe, Henricopolis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Feb. 20 to highlight the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and the Henricopolis program.

Thornton will be joined by Chief Terry Price who will discuss the history of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and a representative of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District who will highlight the program’s efforts to promote natural resource conservation. The meeting also will provide an overview of events celebrating February as Black History Month.
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Henrico Extension to offer class on sustainable landscaping


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a five-week class on how to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes that minimize impacts on the environment.

The Landscape for Life class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday from March 14 through April 11 in the demonstration kitchen at the Henrico Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The cost to register is $75 per person or $100 for a two-person household.
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Senate approves criminal penalties for female genital mutilation


The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill that would criminalize the act of female genital mutilation by categorizing it as a class one misdemeanor.

The bill was originally proposed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, but was later incorporated into bill SB1060, introduced by Sen. Dick Black, R-Leesburg.

“It is estimated that over 200 million females around the world have undergone some form of FGM,” Dunnavant said. “Our state is listed as one where women and girls are at the highest risk of being victims. These statistics are alarming, and I think something needs to be done to address this issue here in the Commonwealth.”
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School Board adopts final calendar for 2017-18 school year


At its Feb. 9 work session, the Henrico School Board adopted a final calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The adoption came after weeks of feedback from families, teachers and staff members about a number of calendar draft proposals.

Some highlights of the 2017-18 school year calendar:

• Classes begin: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
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Protesters ‘grill with #Bratworst’ outside congressman’s office

FEB. 11, 5:23 P.M. – The feud between U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who represents a swath of Central Virginia in Congress, and his female constituents escalated Saturday afternoon when nearly 100 Planned Parenthood advocates demonstrated outside his Glen Allen office today.

The demonstrators stood across from Brat’s office at the corner of Broad Street and Cox Road in Glen Allen to protest what they see as the Republican representative’s lack of communication with his constituency.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood – for which Brat has pledged to cut off federal funding – held up signs toward the approaching traffic, eliciting honks from drivers passing by.
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Democrat Jeff Bourne elected to Virginia House


Jeff Bourne, a member of the Richmond School Board, easily won a special election Tuesday for the Virginia House of Delegates. Bourne, the Democratic nominee in the race, will represent the 71st House District, which includes parts of Richmond and Henrico County.

With all precincts reporting, Bourne received 3,708 votes, almost 90 percent of the ballots cast. The second-place candidate, Libertarian John W. Barclay, got about 7 percent. Regie Ford, an independent candidate, received about 3 percent.

Bourne fill the seat vacated by a fellow Democrat, Jennifer McClellan, who was elected to the state Senate last month.
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Henrico to present community summit on heroin, opioid epidemic

FBI Director James B. Comey to be keynote speaker at March 1 event

Henrico County and its Heroin Task Force will present a community summit Wednesday, March 1 on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, which are growing at alarming rates locally, throughout Virginia and across the United States.

FBI Director James B. Comey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to HeroinOpioidCommunitySummit.eventbrite.com or call (804) 727-8574.

Comey, who was appointed FBI director in 2013, has long ties to central Virginia.
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Henrico County Public Schools seeks public input on ‘STEAM’ integration


Henrico County Public Schools has embarked on the process of transforming its middle schools and is soliciting comments from the public. HCPS will hold two simultaneous public input sessions next Wednesday night to gather feedback from the public about integrating STEAM curricula – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – into the division’s middle schools. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at:

• John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road;
• Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road
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Business in brief


Three Henrico hotels and one of the county's newest restaurants recently received ratings among the AAA's highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Among the Henrico properties receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating were Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, and The Westin Richmond. Shagbark, a new restaurant in Libbie Mill, was also awarded the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating. In all, 22 hotels and 15 restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia earned AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings, which recognize establishments that are considered among the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. Four Diamond hotels and restaurants account for less than four percent (3.9 percent) of the nearly 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants.
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