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Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices.

Police arrest Glen Allen HS student

UPDATE: JAN. 10, 12:45 P.M. – Henrico County Police have arrested the 16-year-old male who prompted Tuesday’s lockdown at Glen Allen High School and charged him with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property. He has been placed into juvenile detention and faces a court date later this month. If convicted could serve a minimum of one year in jail or pay a fine of as much as $2,500.

The 16-year-old allegedly made a threat toward a male juvenile acquaintance, according to police.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon. Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution.

Glen Allen High School lockdown lifted

UPDATE: 2:22 P.M. – The lockdown at Glen Allen High School has ended. School dismissal will occur at its normal time.

UPDATE: 2:07 P.M. – Henrico Police have taken into custody the juvenile male they had sought in connection with the situation at Glen Allen High School, Police spokeswoman Linda Toney said. The suspect was not on the school's campus. Police are not releasing any additional information about the juvenile at this time. The school remains on lockdown.

UPDATE: 1:54 P.M. – Glen Allen High School is on lockdown as Henrico Police officers seek a male suspect in connection with a suspicious situation reported at the school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. Officers locked the school down and were guarding the entrance to the school at Staples Mill Road while a SWAT team and other officials searched the premises and exterior of the building.

"School administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon," Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a release shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported. The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe."

Martin’s to close Gayton Crossing store by Oct. 26

Martin's Food Markets today announced that it will close its Gayton Crossing store at 9782 Gayton Road on or before Oct. 26.

The announcement perhaps signals a victory of sorts for Kroger, which also operates a store at Gayton Crossing. The two stores sit almost back to back in the center.

The Martin's store was not meeting the company's sales goals, Giant/Martin's President Rick Herring said in a press release.

“This difficult decision comes out of our ongoing and continual assessment of our stores,” Herring said. "Our Gayton Crossing location
has not achieved performance goals after several years of operation. We thank and deeply appreciate the dedicated service of our associates at the Gayton Crossing store.”

Region’s recycling rate increases

The regional recycling rate of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) has exceeded 55 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. That means that an estimated 57.4 percent of the waste generated in the Richmond region during 2012 was recycled and kept out of area landfills. The figure represents a slight increase from CVWMA’s rate of 56.6 percent for 2011.

CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of its waste each year.

Southern Women’s Show

Thousands of visitors attended the three-day Southern Women’s Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex April 19-21. The annual event included fashion shows, food samples and demonstrations and a number of vendors selling unique products. Catherine Giudici, the fiancee of ABC’s “The Bachelor” Sean Lowe, made an appearance during the final day of the show, signing autographs and speaking to attendees.

CASA Superhero Run

The fourth annual CASA Superhero 5K Race and Kids’ Run April 27 at St. Joseph’s Villa event raised money for the Henrico County and Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Youth commission targets ‘family fragmentation’

The Virginia Commission on Youth gathered at the Capitol this month to discuss how to prevent the “fragmentation of families” by encouraging parents to stay together in raising their children in Richmond and across the commonwealth.

The commission met to revise a document called the “Collection of Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Adolescents,” which addresses mental health, parental training, social welfare services and other issues. Every two years, the panel updates the collection, which was first published in 2002.

Housing market shows upward trend

Housing sales are picking up in Henrico County, as they are across the greater Richmond real estate market, according to a Long & Foster market report.

Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland and Hanover counties, in addition to the City of Richmond, experienced positive trends in home sales and median sale price compared to October of last year, while inventory continued to tighten throughout the entire Richmond region.

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