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Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes. > Read more.

Henrico native participates in 2014 Warrior Games


U.S. Army Sgt. Monica Southall of Henrico, a member of the Army team, throws a discus during practice at Fort Carson, Colo., for the 2014 Warrior Games, Sept. 23. More the 200 service members and veterans participated in the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event during which wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic events. > Read more.

Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’

The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, director of the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen, at the 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Awards Reception Oct. 21.

"Miss Dorothy" was named one of five recipients of this year's History Makers award, which honors citizens and organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. Other honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II.

Gallimore will be honored in the "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" category for her success in transforming the abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to educate the families of African Americans working in the coal mines, into a preschool for children from low-income backgrounds. > Read more.

Shots from the past

Henrico commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights

More than 1,000 reenactors – and thousands more spectators – filled Runnymede in Varina today for the first day of a two-day commemoration of the Battle of New Market Heights, which took place Sept. 29-30, 1864.

The battle was a significant one because it marked the first time black soldiers had been empowered by the Union to play a significant role, and they responded by helping deliver a victory. Fourteen of the 18 Medals of Honor awarded to black soldiers during the war were given for efforts at New Market Heights.

The battle was another nail in the coffin of the Confederacy, which would surrender the following April to end the war.
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3 Henrico schools receive school security equipment grants

Three Henrico public schools were among more than 370 statewide to receive grants for security equipment from the state yesterday.

Henrico will receive a total of $72,880 for the equipment, to be purchased for Glen Lea, Highland Springs and Varina elementary schools.

In total, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced $6 million in funding for school security equipment at 373 schools and other facilities in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs. > Read more.

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Community

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Temperatures are getting cooler and this weekend is a great time to spend outdoors! Relive the Battle of New Market Heights as the County of Henrico commemorates the 150th anniversary Sept. 27-28. Get a little exercise while supporting a good cause at the Short Pump Mile & Express Run and Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Or “Party on the Avenues” at a unique street festival at the Libbie/Grove/Patterson corridor. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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