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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.

Close-out auction at Rocketts landing generates $7.3M in sales


A May 20 close-out auction of 29 remaining residences at Rocketts Landing generated $7.3 million in sales in 45 minutes, according to Rocketts Landing developer The WVS Companies. The one- and two-bedroom units ranged in price from $150,000 to $476,000. They were among the last remaining units in Phase 1 of development at the site.

“The goal of the auction at Rocketts Landing was to close out Phase I of the development by creating an opportunity for the market to speak and set the prices,” said Jason Vickers-Smith, president of The WVS Companies. > Read more.

5K race to fulfill Cameron Gallagher’s dream

The impact of a Douglas Freeman High School student who died earlier this year after running a half-marathon will live on through a new race whose details will be announced later this week.

The Speak Up 5K race will honor the life and legacy of 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher, who died after finishing the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach March 16. Officials with the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Fund will sponsor a Speak Up 5K kickoff event May 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Brown's Island in Richmond to share details about the race. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, May 5-11


6457 Miller Road – $101,500, 988 SF (built in 1933), from Donald L. and Lisa D. Adkins to Sauer Properties Inc.
1531 Americana Drive – $102,500, 1,245 SF (built in 1975), from Laura Denise Parker to Primestar Fund I LP.
1505 Farley Terrace – $105,000, 1,560 SF (built in 1993), from Nationstar Mortgage LLC to Lease Buy Own LLC.
2706 Ellerbee Road – $129,000, 1,300 SF (built in 1959), from Michael A. Carter to Kory Clayton.
4801 Adair Avenue – $130,000, 1,000 SF (built in 1955), from Brad S. Dalton to Jeffrey M. Hiter.
6077 Old LaFrance Road – $131,000, 1,808 SF (built in 1930), from Raymond Deutz to Jacob T. and Maria C. Philpott. > Read more.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families

The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer experiences to children from low-income communities in New York City each summer, is seeking local families who are willing to host a child this summer.

Host families in 13 states, from Virginia to Maine, help provide the children with new experiences in settings they may not otherwise be able to visit. Fresh Air children experience simple pleasures like running barefoot through the grass, swimming in a cool lake and gazing at star-filled skies. > Read more.

‘A glimmer of hope’

Just looking at the numbers, it would be easy to assume that the Henrico Department of Social Services’ February report implies a drastic improvement in Henrico County’s economy.

The number of new applications for temporary assistance was down when compared to the same month last year. The same also was true for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and fuel assistance program.

Likewise, the number of cases receiving SNAP assistance decreased slightly, and the number of children receiving temporary assistance decreased by almost 11 percent. > Read more.

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Community

Rec and Parks registration planned

Henrico County Division of Recreation & Parks will host its Winter/Spring 2013 Program Registration on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Rd., and the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Look for your "At Your Leisure" program guide in the mail or at any Henrico County Public Library. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond has three events this weekend: the Mark Morris Dance Group, NT Live and “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare.” It’s also opening weekend for CAT Theatre’s “The 13th of Paris.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, a film playing at the Byrd Theatre on Saturday may be just for you. Also taking place this weekend: several Henrico libraries are offering family-friendly events and the Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “Legend of the Poinsettia” at CACGA. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

The many moods of Christmas

Black Nativity isn’t a classic, but it’s got spirit
A Christmas movie is a unique thing. Between the months of July and November, it all but ceases to exist. (Who among us would gather up the family for A Christmas Carol during a smoldering July heat?) Yet for one brief month, it swells with importance.

A good Christmas movie is tradition. It’s to be watched with devotion every year until each nook, cranny and line of dialogue is all but memorized – worn-in yet still as comforting as ever.

What Black Nativity offers is Christmas tradition without the tradition – a healthy dose of holiday spirit that lacks the draw to ever see it more than once.
> Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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