Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too.
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‘It’s such a blessing’

Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First.
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A decade of local flavor

Lakeside Farmers’ Market celebrates its 10th year

Peter and Sharon Francisco have been married and lived in Lakeside for more than 40 years, but this year they’re celebrating another type of milestone: the 10th year of business for the Lakeside Farmers’ Market, which they own and operate.

On a hot and humid ‘Lakeside Day’ morning, with bubbles floating through the air and a water wheel tinkling in the background, they recounted the story of the farmers’ market and how they’ve tried to make a difference in the community.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced the sale of two class A office buildings located within Innsbrook Office Park in Glen Allen. 4240 Cox Road is a 38,676 square foot two-story corporate headquarters building built in 2000. 4300 Cox Road is a 69,620 square foot three-story office building built in 1989. Lightfoot Road Hospitality, LLC purchased the office buildings from Banks Richmond Limited Partnership for $6,247,500 as an investment.
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Henrico Fire receives $50k in federal funding


Henrico County Division of Fire will receive just more than $50,000 to use for training firefighters, as part of a $1.05-million dollar funding program announced July 7 by Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

Three other fire departments in the state will receive the other funds. The money is being provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistant to Firefighters Grant program.
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A heart for service


Teens from Catholic Heart Workcamp gathered in June with children from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen in front of a shed painted by the teens during their week volunteering at the preschool (above).
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Armed and ready

7-year-old receives new prosthetic device

Two Henrico parents were able to provide their daughter with a new prosthetic arm last week, thanks to the work of ECPI University of Richmond/Innsbrook students and staff.

ECPI instructor Dr. Negar Ghochaghi recently formed a local “Enabling the Future” chapter at the school – a network of volunteers who use 3-D printers to collaborate on and design innovative prosthetics and assistive devices throughout the world.

When the family of seven-year-old Lydia H. (last name withheld at the family's request) learned about the chapter, they e-mailed Ghochaghi and her team to learn more. A match was made.
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Summer shooters


Action in the Steward School Boys Basketball Summer League heated up during games June 29.
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All-star baseball, softball teams advance to state, regional tournaments


Eight Henrico youth baseball and softball all-star teams recently won district titles to advance to state championship tournaments.
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Fairly tempting

Midtown State Fair returns this month

If you've been hankering to cruise bountiful displays of produce and pies, or to laugh at wacky contests like chicken impersonating and pickle-face making – and you don't feel like waiting months for the state fair in September – you're in luck.

The Midtown State Fair returns to Libbie Mill July 16 and features all of the above and more, amid the cozy surroundings of Midtown's brick
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Lidl to open 2 Henrico stores July 27

JULY 6, 3:10 P.M. – Lidl US will open four Richmond-area grocery stores – including two in Henrico County – July 27, company officials announced today. The Henrico stores, at 12151 West Broad Street in Short Pump and 5110 South Laburnum Avenue in Eastern Henrico – will open at 8 a.m. that day, following ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 7:40 a.m.

The new Richmond-area stores are among Lidl’s first locations in the country. The other two local stores opening that day are located at 11701 Iron Bridge Road in Chester and 1311 Mall Drive in North Chesterfield. (Another Henrico store is nearing completion at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Hermitage Road.)
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Police release sketch of Cheswick Park assault suspect


Henrico Police have released a sketch of the suspect who they say attacked a woman in Cheswick Park June 24.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 20 to 30 years old and approximately 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 9 in height, weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray or bluish Captain America t-shirt, dark shorts, pink slippers and white socks. The sketch is pictured.
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Henrico County property transactions, June 19-25


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

8011 Langley Dr. – $125,000, 984 SF (built in 1954), from Daniel Hicks to Peyton Burchell.

7507 Comet Rd. – $192,350, 1,420 SF (built in 1957), from Daniel P. Barry to Marc Austin Highfill.

8004 Heavenly Valley Dr. – $203,000, 2,120 SF (built in 2007), from Daniel T. Romero to Dominic and Latoria Taylor.
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Henrico man dies in West End crash

A 48-year-old Henrico man died when the car he was driving crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of West Broad Street and John Rolfe Parkway early July 4.

Darrus T. Baker was driving westbound in an Infinity G35 at approximately 12:05 a.m. when his car struck a GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle that was attempting to turn left from southbound John Rolfe Parkway onto eastbound West Broad Street, according to Henrico Police.
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