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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March. > Read more.

Henrico transportation projects funded

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) earlier this month selected eight Henrico transportation projects to receive federal funding during the next six years.

Henrico’s transportation projects are just one part of a series of statewide projects that will receive over $140 million in federal funds during that time. In total, the Henrico projects are estimated to receive $24.2 million of that money between Fiscal Years 2015 and 2020.

The projects include:

• improvements to Dabbs House Road, from Nine Mile Road to Creighton Road;

• improvements to Sadler Road, from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Grove Road; > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee raises $26,000

A team from Magellan Health Services (at right) won the annual Henrico Education Foundation Corporate Spelling Bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “glissade,” a verb meaning “to move along smoothly and effortlessly.”

HEF holds the event each year to raise money for instructional grants, scholarships and other programs in Henrico County Public Schools. Ten teams competed at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center April 9 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the foundation through team sponsorships and sales of raffle tickets for prizes such as vacations, gift cards and a 55-inch TV. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden earns national, state honors

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently finished second in USA Today’s 10Best Public Gardens contest. Twenty gardens nationwide were nominated, including some of the most stunning green spaces across North America.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite garden during March, and the top 10 were announced April 2.

“This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!” said Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor at USA Today. “America loves its gardens more than any of us knew.” > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


If you’ve been meaning to get a flu shot this season, Oak Hall Baptist Church is holding a clinic on Saturday. Other health-related events in Henrico this weekend include the Richmond Heart Walk in Innsbrook and health screenings conducted by the National Kidney Foundation. And don’t forget to check out the local theater scene! Click here to see all our top picks! > Read more.

Christmas Mother program kicks off

Christmas Mothers hailing from as far back as 1976 (Thelma Moore) gathered at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Oct. 15 (at right) for the annual coffee hosted by The Henrico Christmas Mother Council. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $10k home energy makeover contest

Princess Banks of Henrico is the winner of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's $10,000 Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, officials announced Oct. 15. Banks and her husband, along with their nine-year-old daughter, will receive energy updates to their home by mid-November, including a new heating and cooling system, added insulation and duct sealing.

“The grand prize is going to a family who will see a vast improvement in their home’s energy performance,” said Bill Greenleaf, executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. “As we promised, this family won once and they will save forever.” > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre celebrates 50 years

The CAT Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary last month, as patrons, actors and crew members gathered at Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club in Mechanicsville for a fund-raising auction that included memories, tributes and live entertainment.

“CAT Theatre is a wonderful theatre tradition here in Richmond that blends old friends and new,” said Board President H. Lynn Smith, “And we have an exciting season lined up to begin our next 50 years.” > Read more.

Breaking the chain

Chuy’s proves it’s possible to have many locations but retain unique feel

If you’ve driven through Short Pump in the past six months, there’s not a chance you’ve missed Chuy’s, the big and bold Tex-Mex restaurant in West Broad Village. From the outside, the brightly painted 8,000 square foot building gives a foretaste of what’s inside: eclectic decor, a fun menu, and from my experience, a lot of noise. The restaurant is a chain of 40 in the nation, but it’s the first of its kind in Virginia.

We were fortunate to arrive at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday, the perfect time for happy hour. From 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, there are drink specials, but what’s really special is the free nacho bar served out of a giant car hood. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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