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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.

Menchie’s opening at White Oak Village Jan. 4

Menchie’s, an international frozen yogurt shop, will open its second Henrico location Jan. 4 at The Shops at White Oak Village.

The location will host a seven-day grand opening event, offering specials and giveaways each day through Friday, Jan. 10 at the location, 4501 South Laburnum Ave., Suite 510.

“We chose to open a Menchie’s because of the brand’s commitment to its mission, vision, values and community service,” said franchisee Jodie Brendlinger. “Menchie's is a family friendly place that provides their guests with a smiley experience and we can‘t wait to share this with the Richmond community.” > Read more.

Imagine that

Henrico students win awards in D.I. competition in China

Two Henrico County high school seniors teamed up to win awards in the Destination Imagination Beijing Invitational recently after competing together since third grade in the educational program.

Deep Run High School’s Gabby Levet and Douglas Freeman High School’s Charlie Bonner won first place among international teams in the National Geographic Challenge as well as second place at the high school level in the improvisation challenges. Destination Imagination is designed to offer challenges to competitors that encourage their interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) while celebrating creativity. > Read more.

Corny but true

Curles Neck Farm sets world harvest record
A Henrico County farm broke the 12-year-old Iowa record of 442 bushels of corn per acre with 454.98 bushels, nearly three times the average 160 bushels nationally.

On Dec. 20, the NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) declared the yield an all-time high and world record. Because farm land is shrinking each year, it is crucial to get as much yield as possible from each acre, and Virginia’s corn yield as of November was estimated at 150 bushels per acre – up five bushels per acre from the previous forecast. > Read more.

Henrico official named to state mental health task force

Mike O'Connor, the executive director of Henrico's Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services, is one of 37 members appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the newly-created Virginia Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.

Yesterday, McDonnell announced the members, who include leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals and individuals receiving mental health services and their families. > Read more.

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Community

Safe Harbor launches new website Dec. 7

Safe Harbor will celebrate the launch of its new website and social media on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St. A percentage of sales will benefit Safe Harbor. > 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.

Holiday festival at Willow Lawn Dec. 3

The Shops at Willow Lawn will host its holiday festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree, Peter McCory and Jonathan the Juggler will perform on the Main Stage. Barksdale Theatre's Snowbear will also make a special appearance.

There will also be train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, free photos with Santa in a photo booth, face painting, balloon art, crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

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

First Lady of Virginia to serve as honorary chair for Cure by Design

The American Cancer Society has selected the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Cure by Design Survivor Fashion Show.

Taking place on Sept. 24 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, Cure by Design is an event in which the Richmond fashion, design and retail communities join forces to benefit the American Cancer Society. The main event of the evening is a fashion show featuring designer fashions from fashion designers and local retailers modeled by cancer survivors of all ages. > 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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