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Godwin High School graduate Megan Love was named one of two Walmart Gymnasts of the Week for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Love, the Specialist of the Week, started her college career with a first place finish on balance beam with a 9.40 and a second place finish on vault with a 9.40 for which she earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference specialist of the week honors. She helped lead the Warhawks to a win in the season-opening triangular with UW-Stout and Gustavus Adolphus.


Robert Edward Bell, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Bell is a cadet seeking a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Heather Hawthorne Brougham, formerly with ABC and sales and catering at the Berkeley and Jefferson Hotels, is now an administrative assistant at the Republic National Distributing Company (Spirits Division) at 2203 Tomlyn St.


Warren Snead, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the advent 2012 term at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625. Snead is the son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr.


Junior Josh Setliff, of Richmond, has been named a distinguished scholar for the fall 2012 term at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. To be named a distinguished scholar, students must have a 90 or above in all grades.


Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 or higher academic average.


Marine Corps Pfc. Anthony N. Holmes, son of Janice and Luther Holmes of Henrico, and Marine Corps Pvt. Austin W. Walton, son of Teresa M. and stepson of Joseph Fischetti of Henrico, have earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Holmes and Walton 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, they 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. Holmes and Walton are 2012 graduates of Varina High School.


Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a senior majoring in English and communication studies.


Erin Grace Wettstone, of Glen Allen, has been selected to serve as a messenger in the Senate of Virginia during the 2013 session of the General Assembly. Jordan Harris, of Henrico, is serving as a page for the Virginia House of Delegates. Pages and messengers assist Senators and Delegates while maintaining their educational work. Students must be 13 or 14 years of age at the time of election or appointment. Wettstone and Harris will serve until the session adjourns Feb. 23.


Ann-Katherine Coleman Vath, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s academic honor list for the fall 2012 semester at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To be eligible for the dean’s academic honor list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.7.


Kailee Andrews, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed James A. Rothrock, of Glen Allen, to the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Rothrock is the commissioner for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.


Charnelle Smith and Angela Simmons-Cason, of Richmond, recently were named to the honor’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. To be eligible for the honor’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Britney Sweeden, of Glen Allen, was named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Mary Baldwin. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74.

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center

The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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