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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!’”

After-school program offers new support for autistic kids

After his continuous behavioral issues at school and a lack of understanding about his autism, Henrico resident Robin Davis didn’t know where to turn to help her son, Matthew, 13. Sounds, smells and sights were overwhelming for him, other kids were making fun of him, teachers were frustrated, and so was Davis.

“If I forced him to go to school, he would’ve ended up in the juvenile system because his anxiety is so bad,” Davis said. “I needed to protect him and give him the best shot possible. Most people just don’t know how to work with kids with autism and they require a lot of time, patience and understanding, but school is too rushed.”

Faith, family and football


Derrick “Skip” Hopkins spent the past four years as a defensive tackle for the Virginia Tech Hokies, concluding his career during the team’s Sun Bowl loss Dec. 31 to UCLA, but football has not been his only achievement.

His football career began at age five when he played offense and defense for the Glen Lea Lions in Henrico. He continued to play defensive tackle and offensive guard while at Fairfield Middle School and focused his attention on defensive tackle at Highland Springs High School.

High school is where Derrick became “Skip.”

“My brother [Antoine] was already playing on the team and everyone called him ‘Hop,’ so my coach started calling me ‘Skip’ and it stuck,” said Hopkins.

Kindred spirits

Years after raising five children with her husband, Georgianna Faulk figured that her parenting days were over. But that changed when the couple gained custody of two of their grandsons nearly seven years ago.

The boys, then 4 and 5, were removed from their parents’ home because of abusive conditions there. (Neither parent is allowed to have contact with the boys until the children turn 19.)

Imagine that


Two Henrico County high school seniors teamed up to win awards in the Destination Imagination Beijing Invitational recently after competing together since third grade in the educational program.

Deep Run High School’s Gabby Levet and Douglas Freeman High School’s Charlie Bonner won first place among international teams in the National Geographic Challenge as well as second place at the high school level in the improvisation challenges. Destination Imagination is designed to offer challenges to competitors that encourage their interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) while celebrating creativity.

Lovern & Friends donates $18k to LINC

LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer recently received a donation of $18,655 from the Lovern & Friends charity organization. The money was raised at the Lovern & Friends golf tournament in October. LINC Executive Director Denise Kranich received the check from golf chairs Mike Lovern, Kent Scearce and Justin Steil last month.

Lovern & Friends began as an informal day of golf among friends to honor Michael Lovern, before he underwent his second operation to remove a tumor from his spinal cord.

Navy shooters win first-annual contest

Left to right, Kevin Beam, Jamie Galanti, George Nyfeler, Paul Galanti

As a warm-up for this year's Dec. 14 Army-Navy game, local alumni of the two service academies held the first annual Army-Navy Shootout at Colonial Shooting Academy earlier this month.

Navy was the victor at the inaugural shooting contest, with the three leading shooters combining for a score of 1109 over Army's score of 1025. Sandy Sanders led the winning trio for Navy with a score of 379, including 18 bulls-eyes. George Nyfeler led the Army shooters with a score of 394 and 27 bulls-eyes.

Ramped up

Capital One volunteers help project:HOMES complete a ramp for a client.
Peturla, 48, has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and after being forced onto disability at her job with the Henrico County Police Department because of multiple accidents and difficulty walking and moving, her unwavering optimism began to shake. She knew something had to change in her daily routine.

“Something that had come easy wasn’t coming easy anymore,” she said. “I really needed a ramp. I was having problems getting up and down the steps for about a year and a half.”

Desperately in need of a ramp and an electric wheelchair, Peturla turned to project:HOMES, a group that works to improve the lives and living conditions of low income seniors, disabled residents and qualified homeowners in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes.

Upcoming holidays will delay some CVWMA collections

CVWMA curbside recycling collection will be delayed one day Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 1-3, because there will be no collections on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Red Week curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in collections Dec. 25-27. Blue Week curbside recyclers will have one-day delay in collections Jan. 1-3. Curbside recyclers should place bins or carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day after their regularly scheduled day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday.

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