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Bagby falls short in 74th District primary

Kevin Sullivan wins Democratic nomination, will compete in Jan. 13 special election
Lamont Bagby
DEC. 23, 11 A.M. – Henrico County School Board member Lamont Bagby fell several votes short in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to seek the 74th District House of Delegates seat in a Jan. 13 special election.

Bagby lost by eight votes – 24 to 16 – in a firehouse primary to Charles City resident Kevin Sullivan, a former International Brotherhood of Teamsters political coordinator. Former 74th District representative Floyd Miles finished third.

Only about 100 Democrats in the district (which spans portions of Henrico and Richmond and all of Charles City County) were eligible to vote – those who are active members of the Democratic committees in one of the three localities – and only a few more than 40 turned out. > Read more.

Short Pump Town Center completes enhancements

Short Pump Town Center has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that took place during the past several months.

The center has added landscaping, walkways lit with hanging lanterns, new gathering spaces withseating under heated pavilions, fountains, a new pedestrian bridge spanning the main plaza, additional covered bridges, updated restrooms, a centrally located glass elevator, a new children's play village in the food court and an outdoor play area in the main plaza, in addition to a fireplace. > Read more.
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Hermitage student wins Congressional Art Competition

Hermitage High School student Melanie Scearce (pictured above) this month won the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor. Scearce’s piece, entitled “Caroline,” was rated the best among the 89 entries by a panel of professional judges and 7th Congressional District residents, who cast ballots online.

Scearce’s portrait will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning pieces by all high school students across the country. The online People’s Choice Award winner was Sophie Smith of Hermitage High School. > Read more.

Dean of Henrico

Sculptor Paul DiPasquale and Donna Meade, the widow of the late musician Jimmy Dean, May 11 helped to unveil a newly commissioned bronze statue of Dean at the Richmond Marriott. The event preceded the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, which benefitted Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield. DiPasquale created the sculpture for the Jimmy Dean Museum, to be opened at Wayland Baptist University in Dean’s hometown of Plainview, Tex. Dean and Meade lived together in Varina for 20 years until Dean’s death in June 2010. > Read more.

Business in brief


Capitol Granite will have its grand opening for its Glen Allen showroom, located at 9663 West Broad Street, on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to special prices for granite countertops, customers can also enter for a chance to win a free vanity up to 61 inches in size, and three winners will win a granite cutting board. The showroom will be open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to p.m. and Memorial Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. > Read more.

Advocates for change

New program making big impact in schools

Nidia Chajon knows what it’s like to arrive in the United States from a foreign country, uncertain about what lies ahead. When she came to the U.S. from Guatemala two decades ago, there was no one to advocate for her and help ease the transition to a new culture, new surroundings and a new language.

In short, she didn’t have a Nidia Chajon. Fortunately, the families of Holladay Elementary School do.

Today, Chajon is one of 21 family advocates working in Henrico County’s Title I elementary schools and preschool programs;. (Title I schools are those whose percentage of students on free or reduced lunch plans exceeds a certain threshold.) > Read more.

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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

‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > 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.

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.

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