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Brat’s surprising rise to prominence ‘fun but exhausting’

Republican nominee discusses religion, family, the role of bipartisanship and campaign fundraising in extensive interview
In June, Henrico County was the epicenter of a political shakeup that grabbed international headlines when Henrico resident Dave Brat made history by upsetting Henrico's Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader, in a Republican primary election for the Seventh District House seat.

Brat became the story of the week. Analysts heatedly debated whether his victory was a portent of the future, when establishment leaders could be knocked off by grassroots candidates operating on a fraction of their budget, or whether Brat had simply found his opponent’s weak spot (immigration) and ridden that all the way to victory. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed the Credit Union Service Center in the 5000 block of Nine Mile Road just before 10 a.m. Jan. 23. The suspect verbally demanded money from the teller and indicated he had a weapon. No weapon was displayed and there were no injuries. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, weighing between 130 pounds and 145 pounds. He was wearing a red and gray sweatshirt, with a dark colored hooded shirt underneath, blue jeans, black shoes and had material partially covering his face. > Read more.

HCPS district-wide spelling bee rescheduled for Jan. 29

Because of the threat of inclement weather, Henrico County Public Schools will postpone its district-wide spelling bee until Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The contest will still be held at Hungary Creek Middle School. The event had been scheduled for tonight.

One winner from each of the 45 elementary schools and one winner from each of the 12 middle schools will compete, and HCPS-TV will be there to stream the event live. You can watch from your computer by going to the HCPS website at henrico.k12.va.us. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions Jan. 1-7


101 East Laburnum Avenue – $25,000, 768 SF (built in 1946), from Larry Smith to 39 Forever LLC
8002 Patterson Avenue – $30,000, 0 SF, from JT Via and CV Allred to Gregory J. Spicer
2101 Glenthorne Road – $50,000, 1,296 SF (built in 1957), from Darryl E. and Terri Ransome to Instant Construction LLC
2317 Lourdes Road – $60,000, 1,652 SF (built in 1966), from Gray Henderson to Barney L. and Kimberly C. Henderson
3804 Ronnie Avenue – $66,000, 1,044 SF (built in 1954), from James F. Smith, Jr. to Ndeye Fatou Diop
3100 Wallaby Trace, #712 – $74,700, 1,065 SF (built in 1993), from Housing and Urban Development to Short Pump Investments LLC > Read more.

Positive reflections

Mirror Mode helps shape girls into successful young women

In 2009, Aljanette Hall struggled like many Americans. She found herself out of a job after many years working in the real estate business. The time off afforded her the opportunity to live out her true passion - shaping young girls into successful women-to-be who know their value.

“Going through the downside of the economy, I knew just how it was,” she says about feeling singled out and in need of information. She had been mentoring through her church on a volunteer basis, but saw the need to grow her outreach throughout greater Richmond. > Read more.

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Community

‘Adventure Series’ to begin Friday

An image from Mountainfilm
The County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will present its annual Adventure Series in March, featuring slide presentations and speakers celebrating the outdoors. The first two presentations will include speakers discussing their own adventures, and the series will conclude with some short films on mountain culture.

The Adventure Series is free for all ages and takes place on March 2, 16 and 23. Locations vary and are listed below, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. > Read more.

Discussion series on Henrico’s heritage continues Feb. 25

The fourth installment in a community-discussion series on Henrico County’s heritage will focus on free blacks during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dialogues IV program, titled “The Forgotten Minority: Free Blacks in Henrico County,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Lauranett Lee, curator of African-American history at the Virginia Historical Society, will moderate the program, which will feature four panelists giving scholarly presentations to encourage conversation with audience members. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Legend of the Poinsettia’ returns to Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

The Latin Ballet of Virginia's Legend of the Poinsettia will return to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for performances Jan. 5-8.

The Legend of the Poinsettia is based upon a Mexican legend and traditional story in the Latin American holiday season about a pure hearted girl who discovers the true spirit of giving.
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Benefit Sol-stache celebrates solstice, facial hair

The fourth annual Winter Sol-Stache will take place Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad St. A fundraiser for prostate-cancer research, the event celebrates facial hair in addition to the winter solstice, and awards mug trophies for mustache categories that include the chevron, walrus, handlebar, horseshoe, Zappa, pencil, and the combination of English, Dali and Fu Manchu. The event will also include mustache-themed games such as "Pin the 'Stache on Selleck." Fake moustaches are also allowed to participate. > 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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