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Exit First International recently announced that The Marc Austin Highfill Team of Exit First Realty in Glen Allen, has been ranked fourth out of more than 40,000 Exit Realty Agents worldwide for closed sales in 2012. The team was ranked first out of 500 Exit First agents in Virginia for total sales volume and listings in 2012. In addition, Richmond Association of Realtors named The Marc Austin Highfill Team in the top 10 for sales and listings among all real estate brokerages in the Richmond area.

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Entrepreneurs Scott Wagner and Gil Grattan have launched their newest project, MosquitoGO, an innovative new approach in the growing exterior pest control market. The company will primarily serve residential customers, though it will also offer services geared towards businesses and special events. MosquitoGO’s offerings include barrier sprays, natural alternative mosquito treatments and tick control protocols aimed at controlling pest populations around homes. For more information, visit http://www.gomosquitogo.com.

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Richmond area resident Matt Whitely, customer service manager at Allegra in Richmond, recently was recognized with a Gold Milestone Award by the Allegra Network franchise system for his outstanding sales achievement in 2012. This annual award is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service. Allegra in Richmond is a full-service marketing communications provider.

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Les Davis, a native and resident of Richmond, and his wife Claudia have opened the only TCBY self-service frozen yogurt franchise in Henrico at 9468 W. Broad St. They chose to open the store primarily because it is an established brand and also because their location is a storefront on West Broad Street. The Davises used BoeFly for their start-up SBA loan. The Davises have an entrepreneurial background; before retiring in the early 2000s, they sold the company they founded, Focus Packaging, which produced packaging for products such as Irish Spring soap and Crest and Colgate toothpaste.

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Virginia Interventional Psychiatry, Richmond’s first outpatient TMS therapy treatment center for depression, opened in Glen Allen this month. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for depression of patients who have not found relief from antidepressants, are unable to or do not want to take typical antidepressants. Rather than electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS therapy has very little side effects; the patient remains awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. For more information, call 464-8471 or visit http://www.viptms.com.

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Costen Floors, located in western Henrico, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in the flooring business. A family-run business, it was founded in 1948 as Costen Lumber Company by Ralph L. Costen, Sr. Now serving at the head of the reins is Ralph (Tripp) L. Costen, III, while Ralph L. Costen, Jr. presides as CEO. The company will be celebrating their 65-year history with various sales throughout 2013.
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will conclude its 16th season with Robin and Linda Williams at 8 p.m. For more than four decades, the Williams’ have made it their mission to perform the music they love – a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Tickets are $20 to $25; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com. Full text

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