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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.

Meals tax expected to begin May 1

Henrico County officials hope to implement the county's new meals tax by May 1, 2014, pending Board of Supervisors approval of a new ordinance outlining the tax. Voters authorized the tax in a Nov. 5 vote. The Citizen first reported the May 1 date on Nov. 6.

The board is expected to receive a proposed ordinance establishing the parameters for what purchases would be taxed and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico resident Angelia Shay, an agent with New York Life’s Richmond General Office, has been named president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS). WIFS is the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry. As president, she oversees the mission of this organization of 1,000 members and 24 local chapters. Shay joined New York Life in 1994 and in 2007 was named the Agent of the Year by New York Life’s Richmond General Office – the first woman in the Richmond General Office of New York Life to receive this sales achievement award. > Read more.

A love affair with nature

Lewis Ginter’s GardenFest of Lights showcases months of planning, effort by staff and volunteers
In the basement of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden year-round, veteran volunteers work amongst tables of dried flowers, acorns, forms, leaves and other natural fixtures to prepare for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, an annual event that combines the beauty of nature with lighting throughout the Garden.

The winter celebration is a team and community effort, with more than 200 volunteers from all across Virginia who coordinate and work closely with staff members, especially horticulturist and leader of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights team Shannon Smith and Operations Coordinator Justin Brown. > Read more.

Henrico awaits recount instructions in AG race

Mark Herring (left)
and Mark Obenshain
UPDATED: NOV. 27, 1:15 P.M. – The closest statewide election in the history of Virginia politics is headed for a recount, and Henrico County officials are preparing to play their part.

The State Board of Elections Nov. 25 certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the election, by a mere 165 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain – about seven one-thousands of one percent among the more than 2.2 million votes cast.

Today, Obenshain petitioned the Richmond Circuit Court for a recount, beginning a process that last was utilized in Virginia eight years ago in another race for attorney general. In that election, Democrat Creigh Deeds petitioned for a recount after losing to Republican Bob McDonnell by 323 votes, but the recount concluded that McDonnell had actually won by 360 votes.
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Community

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.

Scarecrow festival arrives in Lakeside

Scarecrows (like this one at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market) are popping up throughout Lakeside this month, as part of the Lakeside Business Association’s second annual scarecrow festival. Participating businesses and organizations in the region will display their themed scarecrows all month and collect donations of food for the LAMB’s Basket food bank and pet food for the Richmond SPCA. Citizens can vote for their favorite scarecrows at http://www.LakesideAvenue.net > Read more.

‘Snagadate’ Heart Association fundraiser planned Oct. 13

The third-annual "Snagadate," a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at Aloft Richmond West's xyz bar in Glen Allen, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Former NBC12 news anchor Gene Cox will host the event, and heart-disease survivor Andy Hrabovsky, a professional auctioneer, will preside over live bidding for themed date packages donated by local and regional businesses. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

Art walking, without the chill

Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.

At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

See how Henrico food establishments fared during their most recent Virginia Department of Health inspections. > Read more.

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