Henrico County property transactions, July 10-16


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3714 Pemberton Ave.- $105,000, 720 SF (built in 1957), from William F. Patton Jr. to Jessica Garcia.

510 Besler Ln.- $121,000, 964 SF (built in 1986), from Joseph and Coral P. Bolden to Taneen Marlow.

3502 Westcliffe Ave.- $140,000, 1,564 SF (built in 1947), from Benny H. Wilson Jr. to Benjamin A. Nyannor.
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FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country.
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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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HOPE organization opens water company location at VCC mall


The HOPE Organization recently opened a new retail store at Virginia Center Commons mall.

HOPE, which stands for Helping Our People Eat, was founded by Ollie Harvey (pictured) in 1999 and its mission is to provide for families in need throughout the Richmond and Henrico community.

The non-profit organization has been fulfilling that mission through an array of services including food and clothing for families in need. Harvey also has night care, through which she keeps kids for free while their parents work.
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HCPS to live-stream graduations next week


Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed through the system's home page at http://henricoschools.us or at each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be replayed later in June on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38). The stream can be accessed on any desktop computer or on mobile devices.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums daily on the division’s Facebook page, http://facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later at the division’s website.
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Law requires mental health training for school counselors


More than 20 percent of children in the U.S. have or have had depression or other serious mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Soon, school counselors in Virginia will be in a better position to help identify students with such problems. Beginning July 1, a new state law will require school counselors to receive more training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress.

“Mental health can get better with intervention. Without identifying it, it will only get worse,” said Dr. Donna Dockery, the director of clinical practice in the counseling and special education department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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VHBG to offer ‘first aid’ programs about youth mental health

Agency also introduces new look
JUNE 7, 1:15 P.M. – The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will begin hosting educational forums about youth mental health first aid, VHBG President Claiborne Mason announced at a press conference today.

The agency has scheduled three mental health forums throughout the summer, which are free to the public.
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Henrico Athlete of the Month – June 2017

Adrian Albanil, Henrico High School
Adrian Albanil, a Henrico high school senior, is the glue of the school's unified track and field team. Amber Key tells his story.
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Henrico launches website to combat heroin, opioid use

With help from students at two of its high schools, Henrico County has developed a website to call attention to the dangers of heroin and opioid use and to highlight resources available to individuals in recovery.

The Henrico Heroin Task Force launched http://bouncebackhc.com to provide a clearinghouse of information about an epidemic that is plaguing Henrico and other communities across Virginia and the United States. Nationally, the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids — including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin — has now surpassed deaths from automobile accidents, said Leslie Martin Stephen, program manager for Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services.
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Henrico teacher wins Lottery’s ‘Thank a Teacher’ campaign

Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s “Thank a Teacher” campaign, but Sarah Stultz of Ruby Carver Elementary School in Henrico received that and a lot more.

Stultz won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Her name was drawn from nearly 5,000 teachers who entered their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On June 6, Virginia Lottery officials surprised her at the school with the good news. The fifth-grade teacher now has a choice of taking a beach-lovers, mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.
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Second rabies case in Henrico reported

Henrico Police have confirmed the second case of rabies in Henrico County.

A raccoon that was fighting with a cat inside a Glen Allen home June 1 tested positive for the disease, police announced today.
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Brat, McEachin highlight importance of bipartisanship

Though they come from different sides of the aisle, two Virginia congressmen came together for a moderated discussion on entrepreneurship and economic growth. U.S. Reps. Dave Brat, a Republican from Glen Allen, and A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Richmond, highlighted the importance of bipartisan cooperation in moving Virginia and the nation forward.

While Brat and McEachin disagreed over issues such as health care, they found common ground in supporting broadband service in rural areas and deregulation that will stimulate business growth.
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Preschool director retires after 45 years

After 45 years with the Trinity Preschool at Trinity UMC, Carole Smith (pictured) retired from the directorship at the end of May.

Church members marked the occasion May 21 with a reception and a commemorative plaque placed on the outer classroom wall, alongside two plaques honoring previous long-time directors.
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Deep Run grad to play for Team USA in D-3 volleyball tour

A collegiate volleyball player from Henrico has been selected to compete for the United States in a tournament in Brazil.

Christian Taylor, a graduate of Deep Run High School who currently plays for Division 3 Eastern Mennonite, has been selected to compete on the USA D-3 Men’s Volleyball Team in the Brazil Tour 2017. Taylor, a setter, has been playing volleyball for seven years.

He started his volleyball career after his neighbors encouraged him to try out. In eighth grade, he made the team but saw no playing time. During his freshman year, he tried out for the Deep Run High School JV team and made the team, but only played a little.
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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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