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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Police seek help identifying skeletal remains


Henrico Police officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the person whose remains were found April 7 by an employee of Republic Services on the company's property in Eastern Henrico.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the remains to be that of a white male, 45 to 67 years of age [at the time of death] and approximately 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-7 in height.
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Henrico County property transactions, May 1-7


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

9012 Michaux Lane- $118,010, 1,192 SF (built in 1957), from Garrett R. and Kathy Hughes to Zachoro LLC.
3213 Stony Valley Drive- $200,000, 2,103 SF (built in 2005), from Karon H. Scott to Rodney W. Shepherd.
950 Wheelwood Way- $250,000, 3,108 SF (built in 2000), from Larry Sr. and Peggy Cary to Terrell Harris.
5520 Abbott Circle- $315,000, 1,845 SF (built in 1999), from Carlos and Kendra Villasana to Bryan J. and Brittany N. McCarter.
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Collegiate wins Green Schools Award


The U.S. Green Building Council Greater Virginia Community (USGBC Greater Virginia) recently held its sixth-annual Connect the Dots for Green Schools Challenge Awards at The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab, and a Henrico County school won one of five awards for implementing an environmental stewardship program.

Collegiate Lower School students won the Merit Award, embodying principles of responsible citizenship and advocacy with a food waste-composting program in the school.
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Volunteers needed for Malvern Hill anniversary


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking volunteers for the weekend of July 1 and 2, when it will partner with the National Park Service and the American Civil War Museum to mark the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Malvern Hill.

Events will include demonstrations of the Confederate Infantry advance as well as the firing of Union artillery, in addition to ranger-guided tours of the battlefield and a talk by Doug Crenshaw.
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Political parties at odds over voter ID laws


Voter identification laws are a hot issue in Virginia and across the country. Republicans say such laws combat voter fraud, which they insist is widespread. Democrats say the laws discourage voting by minority and elderly citizens who may be less likely to have a photo ID.

The debate has played out in Virginia, where Republicans control the General Assembly and a Democrat is governor, with few signs of a compromise.
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Henrico Recreation and Parks to host summer job fair May 18


Henrico Recreation and Parks will host a summer job fair on Thursday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway.

The agency is hiring for a variety of camp jobs that involve no nights or weekends. New hires will spend the summer leading kids in games, arts and crafts, sports, nature activities and more. Positions include recreation instructors and coordinators.
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Women in Law Enforcement information session to be held May 18


Henrico County Division of Police will hold a Women in Law Enforcement orientation program May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road.

The event, which is geared towards women interested in careers in police or dispatch, will begin promptly at 6 with a presentation outlining opportunities, the application process, qualifications, benefits, academy, and field training.
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School Board modifies one redistricting option, schedules June 8 input session


The Henrico School Board last week decided to replace one middle school redistricting option with a modified version and scheduled a new community input session for June 8. The board is expected to make a final decision on the middle school redistricting changes at its monthly meeting on June 22.

Any final plan adopted by the board would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.
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Virginia celebrating ‘Bike to Work Week’ this week


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is encouraging Virginians to participate in Bike to Work Week all week (May 15-19). The initiative is supported and recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Bike to Work week encourages people to utilize biking as an alternative to driving alone to work.

“Bike to Work Week is an initiative for commuters to explore other travel options rather than congested roadways. It is also a great way to help ease commuter stress,” said Jennifer Mitchell, DRPT director.
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Henrico Police to host annual memorial service May 16


The Henrico County Police Division will host its annual police memorial service May 16 to honor members who died in the line of duty. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Police Memorial Park, at the Henrico County Western Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road. The public is invited to attend.
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Business in brief


AAA Mid-Atlantic has opened a new AAA Car Care Insurance Travel Center at the intersection of Broad Street and Glenside at 7009 W. Broad St. The new location joins the auto club’s four other Virginia locations (Midlothian, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Fairfax) and replaces the previous Willow Lawn location. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Glenside Car Care Insurance Travel Center offers car care services to members and non-members, although AAA members will enjoy a lower price with a discount on repair labor.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: May 15, 2017


Crime Stoppers wants to know if you can identify the suspect that Richmond Police say is believed to have broken into a business along the Jefferson Davis corridor last month.

Several items were taken during a breaking and entering in the 4600 Block of Jefferson Davis Highway.
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