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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.

Business in brief


Bob Hudson, senior sales manager at Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, was one of four people recently honored by the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Hudson earned the Associate Member Award of Excellence, which is presented to an outstanding supplier to the association industry who has been nominated by peers in recognition of leadership and achievement. > Read more.

McDonnell visits Godwin High

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Mills Godwin High School Dec. 12 as a part of School and Campus Safety Week in Virginia to deliver remarks to an audience of 1,700 students, teachers and administrators. McDonnell proclaimed Dec. 13 as a day of mourning statewide, in recognition of the 20 children and six teachers who were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Dec. 14.

McDonnell was joined at the event by Secretary of Public Safety Bryan Rhode, Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi, Principal Beth Armbruster and other school and Henrico officials. > Read more.

Every breath matters

Support group helps lung disease patients
Thirteen years ago, Russell Glover couldn’t breathe. Out of nowhere, what felt like a punch to the stomach led him to the hospital. After a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), he was left with a life expectancy of three years.

“I wasn’t happy with that,” said Glover, then in his 50s and full of life. He learned that his lungs were scarring and thickening over time, making it hard to breathe. The term idiopathic means that the cause of the disease is unknown, and unfortunately there aren’t any cures, either. > Read more.

Governor-elect vows ethics reforms

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.

McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.

The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. > Read more.

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Community

New community calendar system provides centralized location for events

The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB), CultureWorks and local cultural attractions recently launched a new community calendar system that offers event organizers one centralized location where they can list their events online for publication. Likewise, media outlets now have the ability to collect event information from a single source and include it in their calendars. > 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.

UR chef carves pumpkins for White House event

University of Richmond executive chef Glenn Pruden helped create a spooky graveyard of pumpkin skeletons, headstones, bony hands and vultures on the White House lawn Saturday.

Pruden worked on a team of carvers that included the winners of Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge and $50,000 carving competition. James Parker of Veggy Art in Chantilly organized the White House team and invited Pruden to participate.

Parker recently trained university dining services employees in the art of carving fruits and vegetables and is the current Food Network Fruit Sculpture Challenge champion. Pruden said he was the “new guy” on the team, although he has been carving for many years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ seeks deserving Central Virginia families

The producers of the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are seeking nominations of local families who are deserving of home makeovers or new homes.

“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” said Supervising Casting Producer Adam Drucker. "We're looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up. > Read more.

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