Henrico County VA

Woman wins $4M lottery prize in Henrico

You might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on Feb. 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’”

A place for single moms

Eight years ago, Kimberly Braine-Tillem packed all of her things into her car, traveled across the country with three children and a dog, and started a new life as a single mom of three in Richmond. During the trip, she empathized with women like herself who needed support as single parents.

“I was given a vision to create a place where single women could go for help, education and blessings,” she says.

While traveling for five days with a five, eight, and nine-year-old, she developed the full concept for a nonprofit that would provide supportive services for single women and their children—The Sophie House.

Cyclist suffers close call, breaks neck during ‘Moonlight Ride’

A grateful cyclist is home recuperating and counting her lucky stars after a scary encounter with a vehicle that came all too close to ending in crippling injury.

Debbie Watts (pictured, far right), 53, was discharged Aug. 19 from VCU Medical Center, two days after the accident occurred at the intersection of Monument and Libbie avenues. She was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae in her neck, and will need to wear a cervical collar for at least six weeks.

Local Girl Scouts to make history at Nationwide race Friday

The Royal Service Unit Girl Scout members will recite the pledge of allegiance during the pre-race ceremonies Friday night at the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. It will be the first time in NASCAR history that Girl Scouts have been present during the pre-race ceremonies.

RIR’s Pit Stop exhibit opens at CMoR Short Pump Sept. 4

Richmond International Raceway’s Pit Stop exhibit will relocate on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from the Children’s Museum of Richmond Central location to the museum’s Short Pump venue, located at 2200 Old Brick Rd.

Richmond International Raceway, through RIR Cares, the track’s donor-advised fund at The NASCAR Foundation, partnered with the Children’s Museum of Richmond on the interactive display that teaches kids and adults all about the country’s most popular racing series.

Free legal services available Sept. 11 to Henrico seniors

Many older adults need help to address legal needs and Senior Connections and Williams Mullen will partner again this year to provide life planning documents (wills, durable powers of attorney and advance medical directives) for seniors residing in Henrico County and the City of Richmond Sept. 11

Senior Law Day” is a service offered at no cost and open to older adults and persons with disabilities. Confidential legal assistance is provided by attorneys who volunteer their time.

A breath of ‘Fresh Air’

The barrage of hot weather continues its assault on Virginia, but for some, the fresh air of Henrico is making it a haven for children visiting from inner city New York.

On July 29, 13 New York City children arrived at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond as part of The Fresh Air Fund, a program that sends thousands of New York City children to spend one or two weeks with host families up and down the east coast.

Last week, many of the local families were holding signs welcoming their new guests.

Service for Tom J. McGranahan, Sr. to be held Aug. 26

Friends and family will remember Tom J. McGranahan, Sr., who died in May at the age of 82, with a memorial service Aug. 26 at the VA Rep Children’s Theater at Willow Lawn. McGranahan served as facilities manager of the Willow Lawn theater for nearly 17 years, since its construction and opening in 1996.

Henrico author pens children’s book

Henrico author Sara St. Onge’s children’s book, Leroy’s Tiger Tale, recently was released by RoseDog Books.

The book tells the story of a tiger in the jungle who finds it hard to make friends because he is judged by the way he looks and sounds. But one brave tiger does a good deed, which gives him the attention he earned.

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