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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest two in connection with West End robbery


Henrico County Police Feb. 6 arrested two men in connection with a commercial robbery that occurred Feb. 4 in the 6000 block of West Broad Street.

Police arrested and charged Berkley Cleaves Wade, 51, of the 7400 block of Somoa Drive in Henrico, with one count of robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They also arrested and charged Tracy Jerome Crisp, 50, with possession of cocaine relating to the robbery. > Read more.

Countdown’s on for the next state song


The curtain is closing on the General Assembly’s chance to select a new state song for Virginia this legislative session.

At the start of the session, three tunes were proposed as Virginia’s official song. But the bills that would designate a new state song are languishing in committees, and if they’re not acted on by Tuesday, they’re dead for this session.

The General Assembly has been holding auditions for a new state song since “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was retired in 1997 for its racist lyrics. > Read more.

Assembly bypasses Richmond airport parking dispute


A legislative subcommittee has shelved a bill that would have limited how much Richmond International Airport could charge ground transportation providers such as Park ’N Go.

House Bill 1889, introduced by Delegate Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, stated that “Any charges on ground transportation providers imposed by the governing body of Richmond International Airport: 1. Shall be assessed in the same manner as charges imposed on other providers of ground transportation; and 2. Shall not be based on the gross receipts of the ground transportation provider.”

One of the bill’s chief proponents had been Park ’N Go, a business that offers parking and shuttle service to and from the Richmond airport. Park ’N Go has a long-standing dispute with the airport. > Read more.

Free tax-preparation service underway at sites in Henrico, metro region

Families and individuals who earned less than $53,000 last year can receive free assistance with their 2014 income tax returns at locations in Henrico County and throughout the metropolitan region.

Metrocash, a coalition of local nonprofit, business and government organizations, is hosting 12 sites, including two in Henrico. IRS-certified tax preparers and other volunteers will help qualifying taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state returns at Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 9; and Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 7-March 14. A complete list of sites and their operating hours is available at metrocash.org. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Volunteers needed for annual river cleanup at Osborne Park

The 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup will take place at multiple sites among several river localities on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will spend the morning sprucing up the river and several tributary streams by picking up trash.

In addition to volunteers who clean along shoreline areas and trails, boaters also play a crucial role. Paddlers and power-boaters are able to collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that’s difficult to reach by foot. Much of the trash collected is the result of litter that is carried by rain runoff along roadside ditches to streams, and eventually to the James River. > 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

Groove spot

Bar Louie’s atmosphere impresses
There are not many places I know where friends of rock, funk, and soul music can enjoy life music, dance, and have fun in a pleasant bar setting without fear of permanent ear damage.

So I was happily surprised to find all of these enticing ingredients of a great time out when I visited Bar Louie at Short Pump Town Center on a Saturday night. In the spacious bar/restaurant I found myself surrounded by the well-tuned sounds presented by The Groove Motive, a local band, and a cheerful crowd of funk lovers of all ages dancing the night away. > Read more.

Which direction is up?

Boy band documentary knows, plays to its audience
A nervous, giddy feeling lingers in the air before the start of “One Direction: This is Us.” It doesn’t come as a surprise in a theater crammed full of young women (and more than a few hapless parents).

But those nervous giggles and whispers vanish the moment the opening titles of “This is Us” begin to roll. The theater is stone silent, but only for a moment – a One Direction member darts onscreen for a scant few frames, and the theater explodes with shrieks of hysterical glee. > Read more.

Three new restaurants coming to Willow Lawn

A Northern Virginia-based bar chain has tapped the Richmond market for its newest location.

American Tap Room, a restaurant and craft beer chain, plans to open its fifth location in Willow Lawn in October or early November. The restaurant will serve American fare, touts almost 60 beers on its menu and will have seating for 270. > Read more.

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