State high school seniors prefer Va. Tech, survey says

Virginia Tech is the most popular college choice of Virginia high school seniors, according to a survey by MyCollegeOptions.org.

The survey found that 29 percent of seniors in Virginia named Virginia Tech University a top college choice, compared with 19 percent who named the University of Virginia a top choice.

More than 25,000 Virginia seniors reported their choices to the website. Overall, more than 51,000 Virginia students currently participate in the MyCollegeOptions.org college planning program.

"This year's competitions between universities are not only settled on the football field, the basketball court and other sporting venues – they begin much sooner for students and families across the country," said Ryan Munce, vice president of My College Options. "As early as eighth grade, students are planning and preparing to attend the college or university that is best for them. All institutions of higher education try to stand apart from their competition in the hearts and minds of their future freshman classes,"

The top five overall most declared colleges for the Virginia high school class of 2011, according to the survey, are:

1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 28.9 percent

2. The University of Virginia - 19.2 percent

3. James Madison University - 15.1 percent

4. Old Dominion University - 11.6 percent

5. The University of North Carolina - 10.6 percent.
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Henrico Public Library wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation grant


The Henrico County Public Library system recently won the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's Library Grant Award, which provides funding, materials and programming from VBCF to help educate citizens about breast cancer.

The grant is given to select libraries in Virginia that apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer. > Read more.

Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26


Pet supplies and accessories retailer Pet Valu will open at 5304 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen Saturday, Aug. 26.

The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

State issues warning about purebred puppy scam


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day


Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors


The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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Country music star Lorrie Morgan will perform at 8 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. Morgan has sold over eight million records including 14 Top 10 hits, 12 recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She made her debut at age 13 at The Grand Ole Opry, one of the youngest to do so. She also became one of the youngest musicians to become a lifetime member of the Opry – at the age of 24. Tickets are $55.99 in advance and $60.99 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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