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Tourist spending in Henrico climbs to $783.6 million

Henrico County captured $783.6 million in spending by domestic travelers during 2013, the most of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth most in Virginia, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.

Tourist spending in Henrico increased by 5 percent for the second consecutive year — well above Virginia’s increase of 1.4 percent. Similarly, the state’s top four destinations for tourist spending — the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach — saw their expenditure totals increase by less than 2 percent or decrease slightly, according to the U.S. Travel Association. > Read more.

Finding peace of mind, just in time

Mental health clinicians, police officers work to handle mental health cases effectively, compassionately

Suzanne Throckmorton turned on the phones at 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:05 a.m., the first call came in. A suicidal man on the other end was pleading for help.

So began another day at the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) building.

The Glen Allen center is the county’s base of operations for connecting with and serving the mentally ill in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent. Here clinicians man phones 24 hours a day, devise plans for people in crisis situations and coordinate with police and hospitals to get patients the help they need.

Recent changes to the law, however, and a 10-percent case load increase have ramped up expectations placed on the clinicians at HAMHDS. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 18-24


734 Huntsman Road – $55,000 (vacant site), from Anderson Mill LLC to NVR Inc.
10038 Purcell Road – $82,950, 1,200 SF (built in 1971), from Willa M. Robinson to Bank of America NA.
10567 Mountain Gate Way – $96,075, 1,040 SF (built in 2005), from Rafaqat Ali to Michael Solodar.
20 North Rose Avenue – $101,904, 1,312 SF (built in 2006), from Sonya M. and J. Cameron Austin to US Bank Trust NA.
2016 Turtle Creek Drive #6 – $105,958, 1,120 SF (built in 1985), from Carmen McCoy to Alton and Linda B. and Catherine L. Buie.
1321 Grapevine Road – $108,000, 1,200 SF (built in 1984), from Treasa B. and Stephen C. Garrett to Bank of New York Mellon. > Read more.

Police: No wrongdoing in case of suspicious man at RF&P Park

UPDATE: SEPT. 6, 2:08 P.M. – Henrico Police have concluded that there was no wrongdoing in the case of a suspicious man at RF&P Park who had reportedly approached several young girls one night earlier this week.

Police identified the individual and conducted "a significant number of interviews," they said, including interviewing the man in question.

"After reviewing all of the facts associated with this case, it has been unfounded," police said in a statement today. > Read more.

State Police seek 2 female suspects in credit card theft

UPDATE: Sept. 5, 12:50 P.M. – Virginia State Police are investigating a credit card theft that occurred in Henrico County and are asking the public’s assistance to identify two females caught on surveillance using the victim’s credit card.

On Aug. 30, Trooper A.L. Ruffin received a report of cash and credit cards stolen from an elderly female and later used at several local retailers.

The victim, a Hanover County resident, reported she had stopped at a business in the 11000 block of Brook Road in Henrico when she was approached by a man and a woman. > Read more.

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Community

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

Ninth-annual Filipino Festival scheduled Aug. 8-9

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the ninth-annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9.

Attendees will enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine, entertainment and exhibits from local and regional Filipino talent, vendors, hands-on crafts and games for the kids and more. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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Entertainment

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center seeks artists, designs for holiday displays

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is seeking artists, crafters, and creative groups for three opportunities allowing creative thinkers and doers to design and display imaginative holiday decorations.

The center is seeking designs for:

• Illumination 2014 – A Festival of Trees: Artists can celebrate the holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree filled with decorations to suit any unique or traditional theme. Past trees exhibited have included Buzz Lightyear; HEROES; Santa tree; Musicology; and many others. > Read more.

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