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Kenzie Ferguson, of Glen Allen, is among the 114 Marymount University undergraduate students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and are included in the 2013 edition of “Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Students are selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Ferguson is majoring in fashion merchandising.

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Philip Rutledge, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Medicine – Dr. Siobhan S. Dunnavant, of Henrico, physician with OB-GYN Associates; and University of Virginia Board of Visitors – William H. Goodwin, Jr., of Richmond.

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Sophomore John Harrison Vance, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Justin T. Beck, son of Andrea R. and Douglas M. Beck, of Sandston, has earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Beck spent 13 weeks training on subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Beck is a 2009 graduate of Varina High School.

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James Jewell, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. Beck is majoring in history.

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Haley C. Chapel, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 GPA. Chapel is majoring in theatre arts.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College: Michael Stephen Adams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Adams, Sr.; Connor James Crowley, son of Joseph A. and Leslie Crowley; Peter Wayne Dooley, son of Jerry and Susan Dooley; Scott M. Foster, son of Lisa P. Blake and John M. Foster; John Donald Lloyd, son of Muldrow D. Lloyd; Thomas Watkins Mountcastle, son of Quincy Dudley and Tom Mountcastle; Richard Michael Pantele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele; and Dalton M. Renick, son of Mark and Janice Renick. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum 3.3 grade point average.

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Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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Chelsea Tyler, of Henrico, is a member of the 2012-13 Randolph College women’s basketball team. Tyler, a 5'5 sophomore guard, has played 12 games this season. She leads the team with 26 steals, averages 6.1 points, and is shooting 34.6 percent outside of the arc. The WildCats are currently 3-9 overall, and 1-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Richard Low, of Hamilton Beach Products in Glen Allen, has been elected to serve as vice president of the Incentive Marketing Association board.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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Virginia resident Wes Dodd will sign copies of his book “Saving Faith” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Short Pump, 11640 W. Broad St. For details,… Full text

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