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Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road.

‘Making Kids Count’ award honors Gallaghers


When David and Grace Gallagher found plans for a 5k in their daughter Cameron’s room soon after she died, they knew what they had to do.

What they didn’t realize, at the time, was just how long they might be doing it.

Sixteen-year-old Cameron, who collapsed due to an undiagnosed heart condition shortly after completing a half-marathon, had suffered for years from severe depression and anxiety. But because she was always smiling and kept her difficulties to herself, many that knew her had no idea of her struggles.

WWII vet honored as part of exhibit


Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen poses next to a photograph of himself as part of a new exhibit of photo portraits of 14 veterans of World War II that was unveiled Oct. 5 at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The photos of Campen, 95, and the other veterans were originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in August and were taken by photographer Dean Hoffmeyer, using a vintage 4x5 format Speed Graphic film camera – the type used by many photographers during the 1940s.

Henrico store sells $150k Va. Lottery ticket


You might call it a late-night premonition. Susan Trainham was getting ready for bed when she said something just told her to go to the store and buy a Lottery ticket. So that’s exactly what she did.

Despite the late hour, she went to Friend’s Mart at 6308 Horsepen Road in Henrico and bought a ticket. When she won $20, she decided to use it to buy a few more tickets. The first one she scratched won $10. The next ticket won $150,000.

“I’m very excited,” she said as she claimed her prize. “This is a blessing and there’s no way to describe it.”

Stitching an American story


This Is One Really Incredible 99 Year Old.

Those words appear on a pillow in the center of Ersell Brinser’s bed. At the foot of the bed, you’ll find a pile of four folded blankets, all designed as American flags and crocheted by Brinser. Crocheting is how she spends her time when she isn’t watching Dr. Phil or Oprah.

Although she crochets many blankets with different color schemes, Brinser’s most popular design is the American flag. She recently presented a flag to Henrico County, her home for the majority of her life. She received a certificate of appreciation – and a personal visit – from County Manager John Vithoulkas.

Henrico man wins $1M in Va. Lottery


Bernard Wyatt of Henrico may be the master of understatement. When asked how it felt to discover he’d won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Cash Blast game, he said, “It was a nice surprise.”

He didn’t set out to win the prize, though. In fact, what brought him to Horizon Food Store at 6141 Charles City Road in Henrico was not Lottery tickets, but the chicken.

“They make some of the best fried chicken in Eastern Henrico County,” he said.

Richmond National Battlefield Park seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

Volunteers from throughout the nation – including several groups at Richmond National Battlefield Park – will visit and help to improve their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests Saturday, Sept. 26 – and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year, more than 175,000 Americans participated at more than 2,100 sites, and included groups such as the Student Conservation Association, Outdoor Nation, The Corps Network, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA.

Henrico prepares for UCI cycling races

Competitors in the UCI championships train on Lakeside Avenue Friday morning.
The UCI Road World Championships, which will take place in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties Sept. 19-27, will result in temporary road closures in Henrico County for races on Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20; and Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The first two days of racing – Saturday's practice runs and Sunday's men's and women's team time trials – will begin in Lakeside at Lewist Ginter Botanical Garden and travel through a wide portion of Varina as well.

Rayvon Owen, HHS students to star in Friday opening ceremonies

Thirty Center for the Arts students from Henrico H.S. will serve as flag bearers in the opening processional for the UCI Road World Championships opening ceremonies Sept. 18.

In addition, Henrico H.S. alumnus and “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen will sing the National Anthem and “Believe” at the ceremonies, which will include state, federal and local elected officials, in addition to UCI President Brian Cookson.

The celebration, which will kick off a nine-day international cycling event beginning the next day, will also feature a concert by the Richmond Symphony and a parade of flags representing each participating country.

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