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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.

HCPS assistant principal named to national “20 to Watch” list

Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Jennifer Maddux recently was named to the national “20 to Watch” list of prominent education technology leaders by the National School Board Association (NSBA). The annual award goes to educators who “inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions” and increase efficiency, according to the NSBA.

The organization said Maddux has “brought life and energy” to Byrd. The judges cited her experience as an instructional technology resource teacher, which equipped her to create a suite of online resources and coach teachers in creating engaging, student-centered instruction. > Read more.

HCA opens ‘Center for Emotional Growth’ at Parham Doctors’ Hospital

HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital opened its new Center for Emotional Growth Tuesday, a center designed to provide inpatient behavioral health care for patients with acute emotional health stressors and symptoms that can't be safely and adequately addressed on an outpatient basis.

“Emotional wellness is an essential part of a person’s overall health and well-being,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “We are proud to offer this new program, which will provide more patients with comprehensive, individualized care when they need it most.” > Read more.

Budget proposal includes pay raise

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.

So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.

Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service. > Read more.

Starting over


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others. > Read more.

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Community

Donations needed for ‘Saxon Shoes for the Needy’ program

Over the next two weeks Saxon Shoes will wrap up their 2012 Saxon Shoes for the Needy program. Donated shoes will benefit deserving area families through the programs of The Salvation Army ARC, 2601 Hermitage Rd. All participating individuals, organizations and families must bring their shoe donations to Saxon's Short Pump Town Center location, 11800 W. Broad St., by Dec. 24. For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com > Read more.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Center opens at VCC Dec. 13

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Salvation Army of Central Virginia will begin the distribution of toys, clothing, coats, bikes, books and other items to those in need this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center is located at Virginia Center Commons in the former Dillard’s, 10101 Brook Rd. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. to mark the Christmas Center’s grand opening. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Henrico through the lens

Valentine exhibit explores county's history in photographs

Photographs that span more than a century and help tell the stories of everyday life in Henrico County during that span are on display as part of a new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center downtown.

"Into Focus: Henrico County through the Camera" – a collaborative exhibit with Henrico County featuring about 50 photographs of the county from as far back as 1899 – opened Oct. 13 and will continue through March. Photos in the exhibit document each of the county's five magisterial districts and are arranged by district, curator Meg Hughes said. The exhibit is designed to celebrate Henrico's 400th anniversary this year. > Read more.

Richmond Quilter’s Guild tri-annual show at Richmond International Raceway

The Richmond Quilter’s Guild will present its tri-annual show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Over 300 quilts will be on display plus raffle quilts, demonstrations, vendors and door prizes. > Read more.

Latin Ballet Presents “El Dia de los Muertos” Festival at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen


The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present a weekend of Hispanic heritage at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. El Dia de los Muertos Festival, a family-focused event, will be held Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Day of the Dead” is a celebration of one of the most traditional Mexican festivities and embraces the cycle of life. There will be music, arts and crafts, food, vendors, dancing, art exhibits and more. > Read more.

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