School briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

The Pocahontas Hawks started the school year off with a bang. Our first marking period was filled with great records from sports teams, awesome assemblies, and even a dodgeball tournament. All of these were excellent ways to start our journey into learning for the 2012-13 school year.

The football team had a great season. It made it to the district championships, losing a heartbreaker to Fairfield, 12-6. The Hawks struggled, but they fought back and almost made a comeback. Their overall record was 5-2.

On Nov. 9, Pocahontas hosted an assembly to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Two faculty members who are veterans gave very touching speeches about their life in the military. The band, orchestra and chorus performances were outstanding. The students and faculty at Pocahontas would like to thank all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom and rights.

Hawkball had an amazing turnout. Many students and teachers participated in the fun dodgeball tournament. The winning team was called Hawk Squad and was made up of all eighth-grade boys from Pocahontas. They were Tommy Hongcharti, Jovan Hughes, Malik Deloatch, Hakeem Gaines, Wesley Dugger and Patrick Hailey.

So far, our school year has been great. Much has happened, but there is still plenty to anticipate. As Hawks we are always excited to see what comes next, but we all know that we will never stop learning, in and out of the classroom.
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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 Cook & Book Club at Varina Library will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Demo Kitchen. The club will explore food and food preparation, as well as the many books with food topics. Today’s topic is “Crepes are an International Delight.” Explore the world of crepes and other things French with Monique of Monique's Crepes. Don't miss out on the many books from French cookery to French romance. Registration is required. For details, call 501-1980 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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