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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 supervisors elect Thornton chairman, Nelson vice chairman for 2015

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson vice chairman for 2015.

Their election marks the first time that African-Americans will hold both leadership posts on Henrico's Board of Supervisors.

Thornton is beginning his fourth service as board chairman, a position he held most recently in 2011. He first was elected to represent Fairfield in 1995 and currently is serving his fifth term on the county's board. Thornton, who served as vice chairman last year, succeeds Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O'Bannon as chairman. > Read more.

Families testify for medical marijuana


Haley Smith, 14, suffers from a rare disorder called Dravet syndrome, similar to epilepsy. In the middle of a hearing being conducted by the Senate Committee for Education and Health, she suffered a mild seizure in her sleep. Her mother, Lisa Smith, stroked the girl’s forehead until it stopped.

Minutes later, Smith addressed legislators: “This is normal for me. This is Haley for me.” Smith went on to ask senators to provide relief to Haley and other Virginians suffering from various diseases -- by approving a law authorizing the medical use of marijuana. > Read more.

Law would let Dominion hike electric bills


Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers’ electric bills, if the General Assembly passes a bill before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The legislation would require Dominion to maintain its base rate for eight years beginning in 2013 – when the state last reviewed the company’s rates – until 2020. While the base rate would stay the same, the company would retain the authority to increase fuel surcharges and other “riders” that are added to customers’ utility bills. > Read more.

Health secretary urges Medicaid expansion


Virginia’s secretary of health and human services, William A. Hazel, wants legislators to put aside their political differences and ensure that every resident of the commonwealth has access to affordable health care.

Hazel is urging the General Assembly to expand Medicaid, the health coverage program for low-income people, as states are encouraged to do under the federal Affordable Care Act. Hazel made his case again in a recent talk to students at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Although the Affordable Care Act made it easier and cheaper for many people to buy health insurance, Hazel said coverage gaps still exist. > 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.

Capping the season in tune

The "Knitters of Cedarfield" made their annual donation of knitted caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 5 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 110 caps to be used by needy families.

The gift presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, performed by members of the Greater Richmond Chorus, who chose Cedarfield resident Russell Johnston as the impromptu subject of their affections during a "Santa Baby" number. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

A Toast to pub fare

Unique flavor combinations attract fans at Near West End gastropub
Toast’s billing as a gastropub intrigued me almost as much as its “New American” menu, so I enjoyed reading up on the expression’s origins. As it turns out, some pub owners in London coined the term in 1991, as part of an effort to introduce more refinement to the menu. It wasn’t long before the British restaurant-pub hybrids caught on in the States, spawning a new genre and even a spin-off: the gastrolounge, which emphasizes wine and spirits over beer selection. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center offers art experiences for PAL participants

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Henrico Police Athletic League now are offering children who participate in PAL the opportunity to receive free art experiences through the Art Matters program.

Henrico PAL reaches more than 1,500 at-risk children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 each year through educational, athletic and social programs while creating a positive relationship between police officers and youth. Through Art Matters, the CACGA and PAL are working together to expand PAL programming to include art, music and theatre classes and summer camps. > Read more.

Delivering a message

Actor Chelsey Moss (right) of the Theatre IV on Tour production of Hugs and Kisses performs during a recent dress rehearsal of the musical. The play, seen each year by more than 50,000 Virginia students in kindergarten through fifth grade, is designed to serve as a child sexual abuse prevention program by illustrating to children the concepts of “good touch, bad touch and secret touch” in a sensitive fashion. The musical will visit Crestview Elementary School March 14. > Read more.

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