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Henrico resident RaShawn Smith-Bolar, owner and operator of Oh Just Us Girls, recently was named 2017 Virginia Mobile Boutique of the Year by The Boutique Hub. More than 400,000 votes were cast. The Boutique Awards recognize independent boutique retail owners in the fashion industry across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Categories include Storefront Boutique of the Year, Online Boutique of the Year, Children’s Boutique of the Year, Mobile Boutique of the Year, and State or Country Overall Boutique of the Year. Oh Just Us Girls launched in July 2015 and offers affordable apparel and accessories for the trendsetting woman on the go.
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West End apartment fire injures 1


SEPT. 25, 10:30 A.M. – A West End apartment fire injured one person Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the third floor of the Chase Gayton apartment complex in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, near the intersection of Gaskins Road and Quioccasin Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 24.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Sept. 25, 2017


Crime stoppers needs your help to solve a double homicide that occurred in the City of Richmond in June of this year.

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to several calls for random gunfire in the 3600 block of Decatur Street. They arrived and found the victims, two males, Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells. The victims were outside on the ground lying near each other. Both victims had received fatal gunshot wounds.
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HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” said Josh Davis, HCPS director of pupil transportation.
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Henrico Library’s Summer Reading Club Begins

Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult you probably enjoy cracking open a good book every now and then.

This summer, the Henrico County Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to do just that by participating in the annual Summer Reading Club, which began June 1.

Library cardholders can sign up online to log the reading that they do between June 1 and Aug. 31.
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Henrico recognizes ‘legacy’ businesses

Vittorio Capocelli’s brother, Mario, began suffering from kidney failure in 1965. Mario needed a kidney transplant, but one of the best transplant doctors at the time, Dr. David Hume, was located in Richmond – approximately 4,500 miles from their home in Rome, Italy.

Vittorio and his family decided to pack up and travel to Richmond so that Mario could be treated by Hume, who had helped perform the very first kidney transplant in 1954 at Peter Ben Brigham Hospital.
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Muthusamy finishes in top 6 at Scripps National Spelling Bee

JUNE 1, 10:30 P.M. – Henrico's Tejas Muthusamy finished in the top six of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Thursday night, falling just short of winning the event during his fourth consecutive – and final – appearance.

Muthusamy was eliminated in Round 12 when he spelled the word "saussurite" incorrectly. Earlier, he had correctly spelled filipendulous, buffoonery, chryselephantine, badinage, bucatini, ampongue, xanthochroism.
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Law updates vision screenings in schools

If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.

The law is the result of House Bill 1408, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, will take effect July 1.
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How to snag a free doughnut this Friday

Henrico doughnut shops offering deals for National Donut Day
National Doughnut Day (June 2) is approaching at the end of this week, and there are at least six places in Henrico County where you can snag a free doughnut.

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Country Style and Sugar Shack locations all will offer deals to celebrate the day.
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Muthusamy makes final attempt at national spelling title

Unlike most champion competitors, Tejas Muthusamy is staring retirement in the face as an eighth-grader. This week, the 14-year-old Moody Middle School student is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the final time, after amassing shelves of spelling ribbons and trophies in his HCPS career. The Scripps contest is open to students in eighth-grade or below.
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Henrico PAL to host camp with former NBA, WNBA players June 3

The Henrico Police Athletic League will host its first free basketball clinic with the NBA Retired Players Association/Junior NBA June 3 for boys and girls ages 10-16. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Avenue.

Johnny Newman, retired NBA player and board president of the Police Athletic League will be in attendance along with about seven other retired players from both the NBA and WNBA.
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Henrico’s ‘NASA @ My Library’ program begins this summer

A new partnership with NASA will begin this summer at all Henrico County public libraries.

Each library will receive resources from the NASA @ My Library program, although the Central, Eastern Henrico, Libbie Mill and Varina libraries will receive more, since they are more equipped to deal with large scale programs. The program is designed to make it easier for Henrico residents in low-income areas to access STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and learning opportunities.
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5 Henrico students finalists in scholar-athlete scholarship program

Five out of 20 finalists chosen for the Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Scholarship are Henrico County Public high school students. The student finalists will be honored at the 26th annual Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Hotel.

The program is awarding more than $65,000 in college scholarships to the 20 student athletes as well as awards to the male and female HCA Virginia Sports Medicine Comeback Athletes of Year and Williams Mullen Team of the Year awards.
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Rabid fox bites woman in Northern Henrico

A fox that bit a woman on her leg May 26 in northern Henrico has tested positive for rabies.

The incident occurred near Richmond International Raceway, in the 3800 block of Vawter Avenue. The woman was bitten in a yard, and Henrico Police located the fox in a nearby yard. Animal Protection officials took the fox and submitted it to the state lab for testing.
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In need or a scam? Henrico video sparks debate about panhandlers

A video of a woman seeking handouts at an intersection in Henrico County has sparked a national debate over whether panhandlers’ pleas for help can be trusted.

In the Facebook Live video, two men accused Micha Dominguez, 40, of falsely portraying herself as disabled and homeless. The video, titled “Fake Homeless Woman,” has received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. Many people have posted comments accusing Dominguez of scamming potential donors.

“She’s playing on people’s emotions and getting money under false pretenses!” one woman wrote on Facebook.
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