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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

14 Henrico schools receive ‘Active RVA’ designation


Fourteen Henrico County schools have been named 2015 Active RVA Fit Schools in recognition of their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by healthy-lifestyle nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community. > Read more.

HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.

Woman wins $4M lottery prize in Henrico

You might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on Feb. 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’” > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The new year is off to a great start! Catch a movie at Twin Hickory Library or Henrico Theatre, laugh at the Funny Bone or enjoy a classical or country concert – all events taking place this weekend in Henrico! For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico residents have a variety of performances to choose from this weekend: The Rinard Family at Henrico Theatre, The Hot Seats at Ashland Coffee and Tea and shows at Mystery Dinner Playhouse, Swift Creek Mill Theatre and Children’s Theatre of Virginia. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Knitters unite at Cedarfield

The “Knitters of Cedarfield” made their annual donation of handmade caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 3 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 130 knitted caps to be used by needy families. Among the Christmas Mothers on hand to accept the donation and thank the knitters were Mitty Sledd (1975), Sue Trimmer (1998), Bonnie Abernathy (2011), and Terry Brady (2012). The presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, courtesy of the Greater Richmond Chorus. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s a great weekend to have fun and support several local charities. Turning a tragedy into a fundraiser, the Hockey Fights Hunger Campaign will present Jeremy’s Game at SkateNational Plus in Short Pump. The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday. And let the canines in your family in on the fun too! Dogtopia West End will hold a charity dog wash on Sunday to benefit Paws With A Cause. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

From many, one voice

Members of the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir with conductor Jo-Anne Van Der Vat-Chromy perform at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen during a jazz concert of the One Voice Chorus.

The concert, entitled “A Little Jazz’ll Do Ya !” entertained the audience with “cool contemporary and classic jazz favorites (including J. Hendricks, G. Gershwin, A. Jobim and R. Rogers). It was a joint performance of the One Voice Chorus, the Russell Wilson Jazz Combo and the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir. > Read more.

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