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Varina teen competes for Snow Queen title

Varina teen Unity Bowling is one of three finalists for the 2016 Snow Queen title at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Finalists can apply during their junior year of high school and are selected based on their previous and current service to the community, grades and ability to serve as needed during the coming year.

Crime novelist builds on Henrico experiences

A fondness for writing crime stories has led Mary Burton to interview investigators, attend workshops on autopsies and criminal behavior and alter her personal safety habits.

What's more, it has inspired countless baking sessions in her Henrico County kitchen. A graduate of Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and Richmond FBI Citizens Academy, Burton goes to great lengths to research her plots, flesh out her characters and ensure authenticity in her novels.

Celebrating trailblazers

As one of the eight original shires of Virginia dating back centuries, Henrico County has had an illustrious history. But sometimes overlooked are the numerous contributions made by Henrico’s African- American community. Not anymore.

To observe the county’s 400th anniversary, Black History Month and the achievements of Henrico residents, Henrico’s Department of Recreation and Parks will present “African-American History of Henrico County in Music and Stories” at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

It’s all a blur

Scouts from Glen Allen Cub Scout Pack 736 joined their friends from neighboring packs to hold the annual Pinewood Derby Jan. 29 at Dominion Chevrolet in Short Pump.

The overall winners were: first place – Noah Crone with his car "White Lightning;" second place – Michael Traylor with his car "Arrow of White;" and third place – Samuel Blankenship with his car "Flaming Snake."

Hunting for History



The Deep Run Recreation Center drew more than 800 visitors Jan. 29 as Henrico County hosted a "Hunt for Henrico History," the first in a series of public events commemorating the county's founding in 1611.

Life, one breath at a time

At age 28, Chad Southward has already wiped out two pairs of lungs, survived two catastrophic illnesses, and endured two life-saving surgeries with lengthy recoveries.

And he’s got the medical bills to show for it.

What’s more, he’s been cheated out of the newfound career he loves – one that might have helped him pay off some of those bills.

But you won’t hear him complaining. Southward is grateful for every breath.

Race nut

Leonard Tengco, first-place winner of the costume contest at the 2010 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, visited Maggiano’s in Short Pump Jan. 5 to help promote the 2011 race.

Tengco said his costume, “Squirrel Chasing a Nut,” was inspired by his experiences with the squirrels that overran his roof and yard when he was living in the Fan.

Teen wins national video contest

A budding filmmaker from Henrico has earned a trip to Los Angeles this summer, thanks to a passion for mountain biking, a talent for video production, a chance online discovery – and a bone-jarring bike crash provided by a friend.

Seventeen-year-old Boyd Chambliss beat out entrants from around the country to take top honors in the Quench X X-Treme Sports Video Contest with his submission of a mountain bike jump performed by his neighbor, Ian Rowland.

Lakeside woman wins Publishers Clearing House prize

It was just another day at work for Lakeside resident Donna Guziejka Friday – until the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol showed up.

Then, she got the surprise of her life: a check for $10,000.

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