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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.

Short Pump Middle School ranked No. 23 middle school in the US

Short Pump Middle School this week was ranked as the 23rd-best middle school in the United States, by TheBestSchools.org. Short Pump also was the highest-rated Virginia middle school by the organization, which ranked the top 50 middle schools nationwide.

TheBestSchools.org selected Short Pump based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has opened a new Glen Allen store, located at 11367 Nuckols Rd. in the Town Center at Twin Hickory. The store measures 1,600 square feet, carries approximately 1,018 items and will employ seven people. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The next closest ABC store is at 3406 Pump Rd. in Short Pump Crossing. ABC has opened 80 stores in the last 10 years and plans to open 20 more in the next five years. Currently 98 percent of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store. > Read more.

Heroes among us

Superhero Run raises money for Henrico and Chesterfield CASA
Nearly 600 people (from 5 months to 80 years in age) participated in the fifth-annual Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates’ Superhero 5K Race, Kids’ Run and Family Fun event April 26 at St. Joseph’s Villa, including apprentice-like versions of Superman and Spiderman and a host of adult heroes. The event raised money for both CASA organizations, which work to advocate on behalf of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. (Click to view a photo slideshow.) > Read more.

County monitoring water supply after oil spill in Lynchburg

No local impact exepcted, officials say
UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.

County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.

Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily. > Read more.

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Community

Adriana Trigiani named 2013 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd., as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

The featured title – Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife – will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.

Native colors on display

Native American performers displayed their colors during the 21st annual Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show at The Showplace in Henrico Nov. 9-11. The event featured more than 200 dancers, singers, drummers and artisans representing more than 100 tribes. It opened with a parade of nations in honor of November, Native American month. Attendees also had the opportunity to dine on Native American foods, such as buffalo stew and Indian tacos. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Drum roll, please…the holiday season has begun! Celebrate Santa’s arrival this weekend at Short Pump Town Center and The Shops at Willow Lawn. Why does the Count from Sesame Street love the number eight? A new book will tell you Sunday at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Henrico man to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ Monday

Henrico resident Gus Iurillo will appear as a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! on Monday, Oct. 28, on WRIC-TV Channel 8 at 7:30 p.m. Iurillo is a franchisee of the Entrepreneur's Source, a company that advises people about alternative career options in franchising and business ownership. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re not looking for any tricks or treats this weekend, Henrico has several fun concerts to see at the Henrico Theatre, Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the University of Richmond. CAT Theatre will also open its 2013-14 season tonight with the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Classic love, with a teen-lit slant

Romeo & Juliet introduces “pop Shakespeare” to a younger generation
The intentions of Romeo and Juliet are noble ones. It means to condense Shakespeare down into a simple, easily identifiable package, to create a re-telling that’s more in line with teen romance than classic literature.

Douglas Booth, as Romeo, squints into the camera as though he’s just stepped out of a cologne ad. Hailee Steinfeld, as Juliet, scribbles away in her diary to the tune of twinkling piano ballads. By no means is it an intelligent or novel Shakespeare adaptation, but it’s not meant to be. It’s a stepping-stone for those who need an extra boost into the words of the Bard. > Read more.

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