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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.

Hot air balloon was carrying 2 UR women’s basketball coaches

UPDATE: May 12, 6:01 P.M. – The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis have released statements through the University of Richmond about the women who died in Friday's hot air balloon crash in Caroline County.

Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller. > Read more.

Citizen wins 12 awards from VPA, VPW

The Henrico Citizen recently earned 12 awards from the Virginia Press Association and Virginia Press Women.

Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won 10 awards in the Virginia Press Women 2014 communications contest, including four first-place awards for entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Awards were announced at the VPW spring conference awards luncheon, held April 5 at The Moton Museum in Farmville.

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Specialty Articles category, with stories in the sports and reviews categories. > Read more.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program. > Read more.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery. > Read more.

Refugees arrived in pursuit of ‘a romantic life’


Editor’s Note: This is the third and final article in a series about Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

“It was like a dream. I was very scared,” said Hem Bhattarai, one of the many Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees now living in Henrico County, recalling the overwhelming nature of arriving in America from a refugee camp in Nepal. “I had never traveled in a plane before, and I had never seen a country like this.”

The Bhattarai family’s arrival at Richmond International Airport was the final step of a journey that began in 1991. For all of the drama that journey contained, this last leg was an anticlimactic affair as they walked off the plane and into the malaise of an empty airport late at night. > Read more.

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Community

Lakeside to host ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’


Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10, providing local shoppers with a signature kick-off event. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Election Day is fast approaching and the Henrico Theatre is showing the movie "The Candidate" to commemorate. If you’re looking to celebrate the end of robo-calls and political ads, the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, Shady Grove Coffeehouse and University of Richmond are all offering fun diversions this weekend. For more weekend ideas, click here! > Read more.

‘Scouting for Food’ drive to benefit FeedMore

An estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts recently traveled through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door-to-door, the first stage of the annual “Scouting for Food” effort, now in its 25th year. The public is asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them in front of their houses on Saturday, Nov. 3 when Scouts will again canvass neighborhoods to gather the food donations. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s an exciting weekend in Henrico! The eastern part of the county is offering a workshop on optical toys of the 1800s; the Heritage Bluegrass Band; and Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival. Residents in western Henrico can visit the historic Deep Run School House or enjoy the festivities at Short Pump Town Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Cloudy, with a chance of laughter

Sequel doesn’t lack for food puns, constant energy or active imagination
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a film about food puns. Of course, it may have the trappings of story, characters and few key themes.

But these elements are just a means to an end, and that end is a jungle crawling with hippotatomuses, watermelophants and fruit cockatiels. It’s a bundle of boundless energy, intent on overstuffing every frame. > Read more.

A celtic family reunion

In its second year under new management, Scottish-Irish festival promises food, dancing, fun
The Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games will return to Richmond Raceway Complex for a two-day event Oct. 19-20 that promises to showcase bagpipes, kilts, dancing, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish-Irish food.

Stokes McCune, the organizer of the festival, said the celebration is about family and heritage, noting his own Scottish-Irish lineage that traces back to the 1700s in Richmond. > Read more.

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