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Ruritans honor Varina students


The Varina Ruritan Club annually sponsors an environmental poster and essay contest for Varina Elementary School students each March. The club recently invited winners of this year's contest and their families to attend its monthly meeting, at which the students were honored and recognized.

Pictured are the winning students and Varina Elementary School Assistant Principal Terry Larkin. > Read more.

Henrico man wins $1M in Va. Lottery


Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. When Charles Bibbs discovered he’d matched the first five numbers in the April 21 Mega
Millions drawing, he figured he’d won $250,000, and he was excited about it.

“I had to look at the ticket 20 or 30 times,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

It turns out the Henrico man was wrong. He hadn’t won $250,000. His ticket was actually worth $1 million. > Read more.
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McAuliffe sets the stage for General Assembly


Gov. Terry McAuliffe called on Virginia legislators Wednesday to address the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses and to make it easier for some undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges and universities.

McAuliffe laid out those goals in his State of the Commonwealth speech to a joint session of the General Assembly, which kicked off its 2015 session earlier in the day.

McAuliffe, who is beginning his second year as Virginia’s chief executive, wants the assembly over the next six weeks to pass several measures concerning education. > Read more.

Business in brief


University of Richmond and Secure Futures, a solar energy developer based in Staunton, Va., have reached an agreement to install solar panels on the roof of UR’s Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. Once complete, the 204-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array will allow the university to have the capacity to generate more than 226,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, potentially offsetting the emission of more than 344,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to the average annual electricity use of 21.5 American homes, or the annual electricity needs for one campus residence hall. Installation is expected to begin in July 2015, and the panels will begin generating electricity for the university before students arrive back to campus for the 2015 school year. A PPA, or Power Purchase Agreement, is a critical financial instrument for solar energy development. Under the arrangement, Secure Futures will install, maintain and own the solar array – and its associated tax benefits – and will sell the electricity generated by the array to the University of Richmond at a set rate over a 20-year period. > Read more.

Panel rejects bill to expand hate crimes law


A Senate committee on Wednesday defeated a bill to include sexual orientation and gender identification in the state’s definition of hate crimes.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 7-6 against Senate Bill 799, which was sponsored by Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington. All six Democrats on the committee supported the measure; all seven Republican committee members opposed it.

SB 799 would have expanded the definition of “hate crime” to include offenses committed against a person because of sexual orientation or gender identification. It would have required law enforcement agencies to report such crimes to State Police. > Read more.

‘Public service is a privilege,’ House Speaker says

As the Virginia House of Delegates convened Wednesday for the General Assembly’s 2015 session, House Speaker William Howell welcomed newly elected delegates, set out the chamber’s goals and reminded legislators of their position as public servants.

“It is said quite often – public service is a privilege. None of us are entitled to the seats we hold in this body,” said Howell, a Republican from Fredericksburg.

He told lawmakers to live up to the standards expected by their constituents. > Read more.

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Community

‘Gimme 5’ at Glen Allen H.S. to benefit CATS Foundation

Students from Glen Allen High School will attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most simultaneous high-fives on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

Prior to the attempt, a yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals can purchase space for $10. Tables will not be provided. There will also be entertainment, a Jaguar car display and activities and games such as a football toss, cornhole, prize wheel, home run derby and more.

Admission to the yard sale is free. The cost to participate in the world record attempt is a $5 donation to the CATS Foundation. A $15 “Gimme 5” ticket will include a donation, as well as a meal from Nader’s and five activity tickets. > Read more.

‘East-west’ fundraisers for Isaac to include ice show, yard sale

Friends and family of one-year-old Isaac Corbett ("New Life for Joy Boy," 3/15/12 Citizen) will hold a fundraising blitz May 5 in Henrico that will include a yard sale at Rocketts Landing followed by an ice show at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump.

The yard sale at Rocketts Landing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 5 in the Cedar Works parking lot at the corner of Route 5 & Orleans Street. Organizers are looking for donated items to sell (donate by May 2; details below), as well as shoppers and buyers at the sale, which will benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity that helps children and young adults who need or have had a lifesaving transplant.

Although the Corbett family has lived in Durham, N.C. since October (while Isaac undergoes treatment at Duke University Medical Center) their home is in the Rocketts Landing community. Isaac was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder only days before his first birthday, and has undergone more than 60 x-rays, seven surgeries, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend is dedicated to all the Young Citizens out there! Grab an adult and get healthy at the YMCA, unleash your inner superhero and sample some delicious Indian food. Parents, you can help support children at St. Joseph’s Villa’s Bluegrass Ball! For more family-friendly events, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Is your child obsessed with trucks? Or police cars, ambulances, bulldozers or tractor trailers? Then you need to attend the popular Touch a Truck event tomorrow at RIR, sponsored by the Junior League of Richmond. If you’re interested in hearing some music this weekend, check out Debra Wagoner’s portrayal of Patsy Cline, folk singer Sarah McQuaid or the classic film “Singin’ in the Rain.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Stratford University hosts International Food and Culture Festival Oct. 5

The Henrico campus of Stratford University will host a Food and Culture Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature food from around the world, three culinary competitions, cultural entertainment and more.

Stratford has partnered with ClearChannel radio to present the Richmond Best Chefs Competition, where local budding chefs have the opportunity to compete for scholarship prizes. Radio personalities from Q94, XL102 and 106.5 The Beat will be competing against each other in a Best Radio Chef Competition. > Read more.

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