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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.

Starting over

Bhutanese brothers landed in Henrico after winding journey

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others. > Read more.

Henrico County student wins regional spelling bee

Fifth-grader will compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee in May
Fifth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the 40th Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Saturday. Muthusamy, of Rivers Edge Elementary, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-29 at National Harbor near Washington DC.

Muthusamy, 11, was one of the youngest participants in the regional contest, which includes students in grades 5-8.

To win, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “brigand,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band.” > Read more.

Crime down slightly in Henrico in 2013

Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.

The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”

Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Godwin to host ‘Race to Nowhere’ film, panel discussion Nov. 17

Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Godwin High School. A 30-minute discussion session will be held following the film, featuring a panel that includes a student, faculty member, principal, school board member, and college admissions director. > Read more.

From longhouses to schoolhouses: Henrico’s history on display

Q: What legendary couple resided at the site of the present-day Varina Farm in the early 1600s?

A: Of course you know that. Everyone has heard the legend of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

But there is a lot more to Henrico history. The county is wrapping up a year-long celebration of its 400th anniversary with a look at both everyday life and major events.

Out of the Wilderness: The History of Henrico County, a small but comprehensive exhibit at Meadow Farm Museum’s orientation center, highlights some of the people, places and events that contributed to the county’s vibrant past. > Read more.

Virginia Randolph Education Center to host open house on Nov. 9

Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), which provides educational services to students with special needs, will hold an open house to showcase new materials and equipment on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. VREC received a special education grant that allowed them to renovate parts of their facility and invest in new and innovative learning tools for special needs children. > Read more.

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