County holds investiture ceremony


Newly elected Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor takes the oath of office during Henrico County's investiture ceremony Dec. 14 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, while new Varina Superivsor Tyrone Nelson (left), Tuckahoe Supervisor Pat O'Bannon (center) and Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele look on. Circuit Court Judge Catherine Hammond administered the oath.


Henrico County held is investiture ceremony Dec. 14 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, officially ushering in a new era on the Board of Supervisors and in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office while welcoming a new member to the School Board.

Officials swore in all 10 elected members of the county's School Board and Board of Supervisors, as well as Sheriff Mike Wade and newly elected Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor, during the hourlong ceremony before an audience of county and state officials, friends and family members.

Democrats Taylor (who won a three-way race to against two more prominent candidates last month to claim the Commonwealth's Attorney's seat) and Tyrone Nelson (who defeated 20-year incumbent Jim Donati to win the Varina District Supervisor's seat) joined Beverly Cocke, who defeated two fellow challengers to win the Brookland District School Board seat as the only newcomers in office.

Taylor's win was surprising given her late entry into the race – on the last filing day in August – while Nelson's marked the first time in 16 years a new member would join the Board of Supervisors. The board had been the longest conseuctively serving board in state history, and its other four members were re-elected without opposition.
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Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

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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Henrico-based Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care will host a lecture by Marjorie Thompson at 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave. Noted author of “Soul Feast,” Thompson will speak on “Grounded in Compassion: Fostering Spiritual Practice in an Age of Terror and Twitter.” A Q&A with Thompson and a reception will follow. This 50th Anniversary event is free and open to the public. For details, call 282-8332 or visit http://www.vipcare.org or Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care on Facebook. Full text

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