Henrico Extension to offer free seminars on weed control March 6-8

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will kick off its annual lawn-care seminar series March 6-8 with a program on weed control.

The sessions, which are part of the SMARTLawn series, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as follows: Tuesday, March 6, at the Sandston Branch Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Road; Wednesday, March 7, at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive; and Thursday, March 8, Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road. Each session will include the same presentation.

A Henrico Extension staff member or master gardener will answer questions and discuss such topics as the use of herbicides and application of products to control weeds before and after they appear. Participants are encouraged to bring plant samples for identification and discussion.

The SMARTLawn seminar series will continue in April, August and September with other programs designed to help residents improve their lawns naturally, without relying on artificial pesticides.

The seminars are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to register in advance by calling Henrico Extension at 501-5160. For more information, go to http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension.
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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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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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