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Missing Henrico woman found safe

UPDATE: JUL. 9, 2:40 P.M. - A missing Henrico County woman is safe in Newark, N.J., Henrico Police said this afternoon. Nineteen-year-old Fatoumata Coulibaly went to the Newark Police station shortly after 1 p.m. today after learning that she had been reported as missing and told officers to let Henrico authorities know that she was safe and had left her Henrico townhome voluntarily. Henrico Police last night had termed her disappearance "suspicious" because her townhome near Parham Doctors' Hospital was found insecure.
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New banners raised in Highland Springs

Along the streets in Eastern Henrico’s Highland Springs, bright banners can be seen on telephone poles, reminiscent of the ones that first were hung 20 years ago in an effort to liven the area. The banners are restoring pride and are part of a community’s answer to revitalization.

Peggy Reid, a longtime resident and member of the Highland Springs Garden Club, believed that the banners should be brought back to life after years of weathering. Reid approached Mark Romers, president of the Eastern Henrico Business Association, with a $500 check that sparked the project.

“I thought it was a great idea and something that the community would be behind,” said Romers. “We had similar ornamental street lights and signs, but over the years they became tattered and worn. It was about time.”

Highland Springs has been around since the 1890s and began as a streetcar suburb of Richmond on the Seven Pines Railway Company’s electric street railway. > Read more.

Bigger stage fits Tejas well

When Tejas Muthusamy was in first grade, he decided he wanted to be on ESPN. The Henrico County student, who just completed fifth grade, accomplished that goal last month when he competed in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Glen Allen resident and Rivers Edge Elementary School student was the youngest competitor in the final round, advancing to the final 12 participants among a total of 281.

Muthusamy ignored the lights, cameras and crowds as he survived seven rounds of competition, correctly spelling “waterzooi,” “Brigadoon,” “commorients,” “exsiccosis” and “gematria” along the way. > Read more.

Business in brief


Innsbrook based Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners has announced the acquisition of the 242-room Richmond Marriott West hotel in Glen Allen. CommonWealth Lodging, an affiliate of Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, has entered into a franchise agreement with Marriott International to manage the full-service hotel and oversee a comprehensive, multi-million dollar renovation. New features will include Marriott’s Greatroom lobby concept and re-invented guest rooms. The hotel will remain open during the planned renovations, which are scheduled to begin in the fall and be complete by summer 2015. The executive team at CommonWealth Lodging will welcome input on the scope of the renovation from key customers of Richmond Marriott West including Capital One, Markel, Altria, Wells Fargo and the University of Richmond, among others. > Read more.

The Class of 2027

Preschoolers from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen (at right, from left, D.J. Starling and Yuliana Rodriguez) varied in expression from solemnity to pride and happiness at June 5 graduation ceremonies for the four-year-old class. The 18 graduates will advance to kindergarten in the fall. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $200k in lottery

LaJune Brown didn’t get much sleep the night before she claimed her prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. The Henrico woman woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, so she decided to check her tickets. That’s when she discovered she had two tickets that matched all five winning numbers in the June 3 Cash 5 night drawing.

Those two tickets each won the game’s $100,000 top prize, for a total of $200,000. She bought both tickets at Quik Stop, 3200 Darbytown Road in Henrico.

The winning numbers were 5-8-12-20-29. She selected her numbers from important family dates. > Read more.

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Community

Squirrels, RIR to host golf tournament in Henrico

The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are teaming to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic at The Dominion Club in Wyndham June 2. The charity golf event strengthens the partnership between the organizations and will equally benefit the charity arms of both, Richmond International Raceway Cares and Flying Squirrels Charities.

The event was named because the common denominator between the two organizations is competitors turning left during competition. (Drivers turn left at “America’s Premier Short Track,” and base runners turn left as they round the bases at The Diamond.) > Read more.

AARP to provide free tax assistance

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.

“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.

Tuckahoe Kiwanis donates to Tuckahoe YMCA

The Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe recently donated $7,000 to the Tuckahoe Family YMCA. The money was raised during the club’s ninth annual golf tournament last year.

The Tuckahoe YMCA will use the money to help continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The bear necessities

Disney movie connects viewers with nature
There’s a long and storied history between the Disney world and the bear world. You’ve got The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh. Br’er Bear and Brother Bear. In short, a lot of bears.

But all those previous animals were sketched out by animators, who could cheerily omit the less family-friendly aspects of our ursine counterparts – sharp claws, pointy teeth and the occasional tendency to eat something while it’s still alive.

Bears, the latest documentary from Disney’s nature film label, Disneynature, has no such option. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Some local businesses are celebrating their openings this weekend: Golfsmith and the Apple Store in Short Pump and McDonalds on Mechanicsville Turnpike. Other fun places to spend money include a charity wedding gown sale, Lavender Fields Herb Farm and the Central Virginia Wine Festival. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

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