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Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director. > Read more.

Business in brief


U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guide has ranked University of Richmond as the 23rd “Best Value” among national liberal arts colleges. Overall, Richmond ranked 30th on the National Liberal Arts College ranking. Richmond is among only one percent of colleges and universities offering both need-blind admission – it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay when making admission decisions – and pledging to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of admitted students. The university consistently ranks as a top-tier liberal arts college and a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, SmartMoney magazine, Forbes.com and other leading college guides. > Read more.

NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website. > Read more.

Highland Springs HS wins Keep Virginia Beautiful grant

Highland Springs High School was one of 30 winners in the Keep Virginia Beautiful "30 Grants in 30 Days" contest, KVB announced Sept. 16.

KVB will feature one grant winner per day on its website (http://www.keepvirginiabeautiful.org) through Oct. 14.

Highland Springs won a $500 grant in the Beautification category.

The grants range from $500 to $1,000 apiece in three categories: Litter Prevention, Recycling and Community Beautification. They are being awarded to 30 different groups, schools and organizations throughout Virginia. > Read more.

Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown. > Read more.

Accreditation woes for HCPS

Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

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Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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