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•P3 Local teens awarded $1,000 scholarships for leadership.

•P5 Flexibility of transportation pays off in travels.

•P7 The family that runs together … Meet the Hunnicutt family

•P10 Richmond Sharehouse reaches its million meal mark for 2010

•P11 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Trike-A-Thon

Nobody loses in school funding battle OVERBY VERONICA GARABELLI AND ALLI ATAYEE


Capital News Service


t’s not often in politics that everybody comes out a winner. But once in a while, it happens. Such was the case in the fight over a freeze on Virginia’s Local Composite Index (LCI), which determines how much local taxpayers should contribute toward public education and how much should come from the state. The formula, which is recalculated every other year, assigns each school division a score, such as “.7824” or “.5346,” based on the locality’s adjusted gross income, taxable retail sales and its property tax base. The lower a school division’s LCI score, the more money it gets from the state and vice versa. Because of the plummeting real estate market and other economic factors, the LCI scores for many school divisions across Virginia were about to change for the coming year. The scores for 31 school divisions, notably in Northern Virginia, dropped. Fairfax’s LCI went from .7650 in 2008-10 to .7126 in 2010-12; Loudoun’s fell from

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.6708 to .5854 and Prince William’s dipped from .4437 to .4036. That means they would get more money from the state. But the scores for 97 school divisions rose. The LCI score for Virginia Beach jumped from .3704 in 200810 to .4060 in 2010-12. The score for Highland County schools increased from .6774 to .7846. That means they would get less money from the state. In December, then-Gov. Tim Kaine proposed freezing LCI P4

Universities, colleges may underreport sexual assaults BY MEGHAN SPELLMAN AND CHRISTIAN WRIGHT Capital News Service

In 2008, George Mason University in Fairfax reported 11 rapes. Virginia Tech reported four rapes. And Virginia Commonwealth University reported three rapes, on the Monroe Park campus, and five at the Medical College of Virginia. Many officials believe sexual assaults are grossly underreported by colleges and universities. Schools must report statistics for such crimes every year under a federal law called the “Clery Act.” The legislation was prompted by the rape and murder of a Lehigh University freshman in 1986. It requires schools to annually publish a variety of data – notably about crime. The law is intended to inform current and prospective students about crime on campus. Some universities use their Clery Act data as a public relations tool. For example, VCU touted itself as “the safest school in Virginia,” after the latest Clery data was published. But many say Clery’s data is flawed. “Clery is highly political,” says Tammy McKeown, coordinator of the VCU program called S.A.V.E.S – Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services. CLERY P1

Midlo resident receives Longwood’s highest honor Courtesy of Kent Booty on behalf of Longwood University

Barry J. Case of Midlothian has received Longwood University’s highest honor. Case, a former rector of the Longwood Board of Visitors and leader of the recently concluded presidential search process, was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. The award, given only five times previously since its creation in 2000, was conferred by Longwood President Patricia Cormier at commencement May 8. “This is a very special award, given only to those who served the university at the highest level,” said Dr. Cormier before presenting the award, which consists of a medallion and a resolution. “It is different from all other awards in that it is intended to be the highest honor that this institution can confer on individuals, who are not employees of the university and yet who embody the timeless ideals of the Longwood Citizen Leader.” Recipients of the award “…must have rendered extraordinary service to the university by contributing significantly to the well-being, growth and development of the university and the lo-


Midlothian resident Barry Case, right, with Longwood President Patricia Cormier.

cal community; contributing significantly to the university achieving its mission; giving tirelessly of themselves in providing extraordinary service to the institution; and consistently demonstrating the qualities of the Longwood Citizen Leader.” The resolution notes that Case, who has served Longwood “with distinction and honor for 15 years” and “despite not being a Longwood graduate, has come to love Longwood and is among its greatest cheerleaders. His leadership both through his service on Longwood boards and through the recent search process has been

extraordinary.” Case chaired the Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee from May 2009 until it announced Dr. Cormier’s successor on March 2, 2010. He served on the Board of Visitors, from 2001 to 2009, and was rector from 2003 to 2005. Now that his tenure is over, on the Board of Visitors, he has returned to the Corporate Advisory Board of the College of Business & Economics, where he previously served from 1995 to 2001. Case worked for Philip Morris Companies Inc., from 1974 to 1994, the last 14 years in Richmond as vice presi-

dent of human resources. Among his many voluntary activities, he is a member of the board of the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation and also is involved with the Virginia Opera, Midlothian YMCA, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield County, and the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. He is a Philadelphia native and a Widener University graduate. “Barry and Donna Case have been fantastic supporters of the university in so many ways,” said Craig Rogers, Longwood’s vice president for university advancement.

Local color guard to participate this summer with the award-winning Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps BY ELIZABETH FARINA

Some graduates may envision spending a lazy day pool side with friends in between shifts of the part-time job during the summer. Others may be scrambling with last-minute academic arrangements for the fall. And then there are two that are looking forward to practicing with 150 of their fellow Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps members. Caitlin “Lin” Daffron, a 2009 James River High School graduate, and Powhatan High School senior Heather Coley are ready for the extreme road trip. The two color guard members will be heading this weekend to Denison University in Ohio for a four-week training session. There they will learn the technical aspects of the Bluecoats seasonal show. It will mean mastering the 11-minute routines that are choreographed with flags, rifles, and sabers during 14-hour practice sessions. “Basically, it gives a visual point of view and helps tell the story of what the show is about,” Coley said. “It’s another way of connecting with the audience.” The Bluecoats, a nationally award-winning band, is in its 36 year. It is comprised of brass,


Heather Coley, left, and Caitlin 'Lin' Daffron will be spending their summer with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps traveling and performing across the nation.

percussion and color guard. The group competes in over 30 performances throughout the country. The closest concert to Richmond will be in Washington, D.C. in June. “It’s a very precise team activity. There is no shining star. Everyone looks the same if you sample from person to person. It’s tough and it takes a lot of practice,” Daffron said. Participating demands commit-

ment of time, money, and the ability to sleep in a sleeping bag on a gym floor in between shows. Daffron has been a teacher’s assistant at Powhatan High School three days a week since November and has sought out sponsorships when possible. Each of her paychecks has gone towards investing BLUECOATS P5

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Dominion District Tennis PHOTO BY SARA PAGE

Midlothian’s Christine Abbott returns a volley during the Dominion District Girls’ Tennis Tournament singles final on Friday against Cosby’s Anjelica Esteves. Abbott won in two sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Story on page 7.


Birgitta Herrmann of Germany and recent GEB graduate Rhonda.

Courtesy of Michelle Brier on behalf of Guiding Eyes for the Blind The Seth Harrison Family volunteer puppy raisers, for “Guiding Eyes for the Blind,” is celebrating their puppy’s graduation as a full-fledged guide dog. Rhonda, a black Labrador Retriever, became a member of the Harrison Family at 8-weeks-old and is now fully trained to be part of a Guiding Eyes team. Seth, Rhonda’s primary raiser, wrote, “I had read a book of stories about people's experiences with dogs that are bred and raised by Guiding Eyes for the Blind and was inspired to look into the puppy raising program.” The Guiding Eyes Puppy Raising Program is comprised of more than 400 puppy raisers from Maine to North Carolina. As Lee Nordin, Director of Guiding Eyes’ Canine Development, says, “These caring, dedicated people are the ‘heart and soul’ of the Guiding Eyes program. Puppy raisers nurture the young

pups and familiarize them with everyday situations.” According to Nordin, they establish the loving human bond that is the foundation for the puppies’ future role in a guide dog team. The raisers are provided the necessary training & support from a volunteer Region Coordinator. After approximately a year-and-a-half, puppy raisers return the dogs to Guiding Eyes for evaluation. Dogs that pass their tests begin formal training with Guiding Eyes guide dog instructors. After four-to-six months of rigorous training, the dogs are fully prepared to assist their future blind partner in traveling safely and more confidently. Living in the Harrison home, Rhonda was provided with many different opportunities for socialization, including purposeful excursions to shopping malls, train stations and restaurants. It takes a



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QUESTION OF Military-style program for teens saved from budget ax THE WEEK BY ALLI ATAYEE Capital News Service

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"Machu Picchu – just to say I was there. However, this summer we’re looking forward to a quick visit camping with friends at the lake."

Funding for a military-style program for troubled teens has been saved thanks to a state budget amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell. In early spring, the General Assembly voted to cut more than $1.9 million for the Commonwealth ChalleNGe, a Virginia National Guard program for teens who have dropped out of high school or are close to doing so. The 22-week program is held throughout the year at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. The mission of the Commonwealth ChalleNGe is to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth, by providing the values, skills, education and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens. The camp has graduated more than 3,000 students, many of whom have either decided to continue their education, seek full-time employment or embarked upon a military career. According to Lt. Col. Larry Apel, the program’s deputy director, the proposed state budget cut would have been disasterous in terms of human potential. “We would have had to close our doors this year,” he said. The program is free to all accepted cadets. Under a cooperative agree-

For more information, on the Commonwealth ChalleNGe program, please visit If you’re interested in applying, the next course starts in July. ment, the state pays 40 percent of the costs and the federal government, 60 percent. The federal government matches funding from the state, so the General Assembly’s action would have meant less federal money, too. “We knew that we were going to be able to graduate the current class. They graduate in the third week of June,” Apel said. But he added, “Once we did the number crunching and saw the impact of all the funds, we would not be able to operate beginning July 1 with a new class.” The course is an intense intellectual and physical challenge that evaluates and trains cadets in accordance to the program’s eight core components: academic excellence; life-coping skills, job skills, health and hygiene, responsible citizenship, service to the community, leadership and followership, and

physical fitness. After completing the Commonwealth ChalleNGe, cadets pursue one of three paths. “They can either go back to school, get a job, or join the military – active or the Guard,” Apel proudly said. “We’ve given them core values to take on one of those things at graduation.” The camp also helps students develop their resume writing skills, skillfully complete job applications and explore higher education. McDonnell, who previously lived in Virginia Beach, recognized the importance of the program when he amended the state budget to restore funding for the Commonwealth ChalleNGe. “I have been an ardent supporter of Commonwealth ChalleNGe since its start and am pleased to be able to restore funding for this vital program,” the Governor said. “With the money restored to Commonwealth ChalleNGe, hundreds more at-risk students will be given the opportunity of a better future.” Apel said he is relieved that the program will continue next semester. “We’re extremely gratefully that the governor is a big supporter of the program and that we get to continue helping great teens.”

CRIME REPORT All data below is based on the publicly available Chesterfield County Police Department daily arrest and crime releases, which are reported according to Federal Incident Based Reporting rules.

23112 May 13 12600 block of Bailey Bridge Rd. Two locked vehicles were entered and property was stolen. 13200 block of Hull Street Rd. Suspect approached the teller, pulled a handgun and pointed it at the teller as he demanded money. Upon receiving the money, the suspect walked out.

23113 May 12 3000 block of Robious Crossing Dr. Victim’s mailbox was blown up by an unknown suspect. Remnants, of what appeared to be fireworks, were found amongst the remains of the mailbox.

23114 May 10

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of times, if we’re not notified immedi“Clery has to be supported from ately after the fact, we send them an ethe top down,” says McKeown. “If mail and offer our services because we those crime numbers are high, they don’t want to push them. If they say (parents) might not send their student no at any point, then we back off, but here. So it’s in every university’s best if they want our help, then we’re more interest to keep those numbers low.” than happy to do that for them.” Underreporting can happen for From there, Deford said victims various reasons. Suppose, for exdecide whether to take legal action. If ample, a rape occurs at an apartment criminal charges are filed, one of the complex close to campus that mainly victim/witness specialists will accomhouses and advertises to college pany the victim to court. students. If a rape took place at that Deford contends that instances location, for example, it would be con- of sexual violence are not reported, sidered an off-campus crime – and so as those who wish to help them heal it wouldn’t be included in the school’s would hope. statistics. “I don’t think it’s (rape) reported Another concern, about the Clery as much as it really happens,” laments Act, has to do with how local police Deford. “There’s probably a large data is reported. While local police population that we’re unaware of will contact the campus, about sexual that we don’t help. I would say it at assaults that involve college students, least happens a couple of times a year, the Clery Act often omits these inciand we’ll be notified of something dents. if it does, but I don’t know the exact Even though the crimes may not statistics.” get reported, universities still deal with Sexual assault victims also inadversuch cases. tently cloud the Clery Act data, when VCU Police Officer James Dethey don’t press charges against their ford said the university has specially assailant. trained victim/witness coordinators “We have laws that aren’t perfect,” who work with the VCU Wellness McKeown said. “In most of the cases Center. It offers students counseling that I have where people file an official and community groups are available police report, they never make it to the to aid sexual assault victims. Victims courtroom.” are offered these resources, as well as But McKeown contends there are literature to help them decided what reasons why victims choose not to steps to take next to get help and speak out. closure. “Number one, it could be that “If Richmond (Police Department) they’re just trying to put their life back notifies us that one of our students together. Sexual assault is a trauma, has been involved in a sexual assault and people react as if they’ve been case, usually one of us will respond to through a trauma,” said McKeown. the scene as well,” Deford said. “A lot “A lot of times people are just try-

ing to get their lives back together.” McKeown also said some victims feel people won’t believe them or take, what is perceived as a “crime of shame,” seriously – or that they’ll be blamed. Retaliation, by their attacker, is also a growing fear. McKeown and others at VCU are trying to change the social stigmas associated with being a rape victim – to prevent victims from blaming themselves. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, VCU holds sexual assault awareness events. Among them, the “Clothesline Project” and “Take Back the Night.” “Historically, women face anxiety of walking the streets at night, and that is why ‘Take Back the Night’ first began,” said Jenny Walters of S.A.V.E.S. “Over the last 30 years in the United States, ‘Take Back the Night’ has returned its focus to eliminating sexual violence in all forms.” On April 8 students, faculty and other concerned supporters from the community gathered in the VCU Student Commons to raise awareness about sexual assault, which occurs both on and off campus. They also offered support for rape victims, encouraging them to break the glass ceiling of their silence. To view or analyze the crime data, for a college or university, please visit the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool website created by the U.S. Department of Education at ope.

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200 block of Heaths Way Rd. Unknown suspect(s) put mulch inside of an exterior dryer vent on the building and lit it in an attempt to start a fire.

23120 May 13 22100 block of Pear Orchard Rd. Victim observed the suspect leave his residence with property.

23235 May 12 10300 block of Midlothian Tk. Unknown suspect entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk at the register. The suspect then fled from the store.

May 11 8200 block of Midlothian Tk. Unknown suspect(s) made entry to a shed and small room in the back of the business. Paint was poured on the back steps of the business. 2000 block of Timbers Hill Rd. Two unlocked vehicles were entered and property was reported stolen.

23236 May 13 800 block of Fahey Cr. Attempted forcible entry, into the residence, through an air conditioning unit. The screen on the front door was also cut. 10300 block of Reams Rd. Victim died at the location, as a result of a domesticrelated shooting. The male shot the female and then himself.

23832 May 12 9400 block of Iron Bridge Rd. Victim had just entered her car when an unknown suspect struck her and took a deposit bag from her hand. The suspect then fled on foot from the area.




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Jessica Wert, of James River High School in Midlothian (center), accepted her Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship from Ken Dye, regional director of government and community affairs for Comcast (left) and Fred Graffam, regional senior vice president for Comcast (right), during a special event at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. In addition to her scholarship, Wert was among 10 students who were also awarded Netbook computers. Comcast awarded $66,000 in scholarships to 56 high school seniors statewide. Seven of the 56 were Chesterfield County students.

Comcast awards Virginia high school seniors with $66,000 in scholarships Among this year’s educational options and scholarship recipients, from opportunities to reach their The Comcast FoundaChesterfield County schools, full potential,” said Secretary tion, which was established are:: Benjamin Holland of Robinson. “We applaud in 1999 to provide charitable Chesterfield; Stewart Ball Comcast for its commitsupport to its local comChester of L.C. Bird High ment to education and for munities and to empower School; Jeysel Garcia of Ches- supporting students across and enrich lives, has awarded terfield Community High our state as they embark $1,000 scholarships to 56 School; Dontae Thorne of upon the next phase of their Virginia high school seniors Matoaca High School;Stacey academic journeys. through its annual Leaders Lariviere of Midlothian High “Comcast is dedicated to and Achievers® Scholarship School; Brittany Matthews of promoting youth leadership Program. The program, one Manchester High School; and development in our local of the Comcast Foundation’s Jessica Wert of James River communities,” said Graffam. signature community invest- High School. “We are proud to recognize ment programs, recognizes “I am proud to help these students for their outstudents’ leadership skills, Comcast honor these bright standing achievements and academic achievement and young students for their aca- we wish them all the best for commitment to community demic and civic leadership,” the future.” service. said First Lady McDonnell. The Comcast Leaders Fred Graffam, regional “Through this scholarship and Achievers Scholarship senior vice president for program, Comcast is makProgram provides one-time, Comcast, joined Virginia ing a sound investment in $1,000 scholarships to stuSecretary of Education Gethe state of Virginia and its dents who strive to achieve rard Robinson in recognizing future leaders.” their potential, and who are the students at a special event “The Commonwealth catalysts for positive change held at the Executive Manof Virginia is committed to in their communities. Full sion in Richmond last Thurs- ensuring students of all back- article online at midlothianday. First Lady of Virginia grounds are provided quality Maureen McDonnell warmly welcomed students and their family to the special event. Comcast also awarded Kassandra Hoffmeister, of William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, and We have 1000’s of hanging Sigourney Bailey, of Open baskets, perennials, potted plants High School in Richmond, and annuals grown on our farm. an additional $5,000 Comcast Founder’s Scholarship Where quality begins (no “s”), instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder from the roots up! and Chairman Emeritus of Hours: Comcast Corporation. Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 6 pm Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

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Struggling for answers BY ELIZABETH FARINA

Last Thursday, an estranged boyfriend shot and killed a 27-year-old mother of two young children in front of her family’s home before turning the gun on himself. The shooter later died at the hospital. It was an act of senseless violence that leaves many struggling for an answer to the many questions that are left behind for the living. Since the murder of one of my own family members, in a similar domestic violence situation over 15 years ago, I can say those answers will never be revealed. The only comfort left is that the child, who witnessed the murder, is now a healthy and happy teen preparing for his prom in a small town in New York. The love my aunt and uncle poured out to their grandchild has been exemplary. They found a professional counselor to help the family work through the grief and anger and turned to extended family, friends and their community of faith for love and support. It was a difficult road with many unforeseen issues and yet, we grew into a strong family. May the families, that have been forever changed through such horrific events that happened, be enveloped with compassion and find the support they need to heal. Of course, everyone is different and everyone holds different beliefs. Last Thursday night, several miles away from the crime scene, a completely different scene unfolded. At the synagogue on Huguenot Road, a peaceful and refreshingly open dialogue among three faiths occurred. It was the third in an annual series of interfaith discussions about the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith. The topic discussed was the difference among scripture – the Bible, the Torah and the Koran. The topic wasn’t about whose scripture was right or wrong. It was focused on how scripture, from all three holy books, can be interpreted in a variety of ways based on a person’s perspective. The three religious leaders also highlighted the danger of scripture being taken out of context and used for adverse purposes, which unfortunately has happened in all religions for a millennium or two. The session then broke into different discussion groups. We explored thought-provoking questions like, “Who is the scripture addressed to?” and “Is it addressed to the people or to a special group of people, who profess to understand the scripture?” Samina Abdullah came to the conclusion that the scripture – the words of God – are addressed to the individual and He has hardwired us -programmed us-- to understand and believe his word. We need to teach our children to be accountable and responsible, that is something we all understand. I am accountable and responsible for my actions. “I should be able to interpret it [scripture] and take full responsibility for what I decide, and that sounds like heresy in all religions,” said Samina Abdullah to the group. (conversation online at If one truly contemplated the fact that three world religions, represented by their local spiritual leaders, were able to meet as friends to openly and peacefully discuss the differences among each other’s faith, then one may pray that such possibilities for peace also have the power to generate a pandemic of peace.

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Do you want the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Chesterfield County youths? The Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development Department needs youths and adults to serve on the Youth Services Citizen Board. Board members attend monthly meetings and help plan programs throughout the year, including Bandfest and the Community Youth Forum. The board is made up of adult representatives from each magisterial district, and rising juniors and seniors from each high school. The following seats are available: Bermuda District – 2 adults Clover Hill District – 1 adult Chesterfield Community – rising junior and senior Cosby – rising junior Manchester – rising junior and senior Meadowbrook – rising junior and senior Monacan – rising junior To download an application, visit the Youth Planning and Development page at Click on “Youth Services Citizen Board.” Applications must be mailed to: Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development, Attn. Youth Services Citizen Board, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28. For details, call 804-796-7100.

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Students, administrators and elected officials held a ribboncutting ceremony on Friday, May 14, for a home completely built by Chesterfield Technical Center students. The school is located on Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. More than 200 students worked on the house, located at 19300 Church Rd., Petersburg in the Matoaca Magisterial District. The students learned skills in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, HVAC and landscaping over a two-year period completing the project. The building will become a COURTESY PHOTO home for adult consumers of (left to right) Chesterfield Technical Center Executive Principal J. Michael Rose, Matoaca the county’s Mental Health School Board Representative U. Omarh Rahah, Ms. Durfee, Mr. Stegmaier, School Support Services Department. Superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome are joined by students that worked on the project.

LCI from P1 the LCI scores at their 200810 levels. He said he wanted to protect the 97 school divisions that otherwise would suffer decreases in state funding. After Bob McDonnell became governor in January, legislators and local officials from Northern Virginia urged him to reverse the LCI freeze proposed by Kaine. They said it would be unfair to change the school funding rules at a time when Northern Virginia finally would benefit from the LCI formula. Officials in other parts of Virginia said the commonwealth should do what benefited the most school divisions. Dr. James Merrill, superintendent for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said he understood the predicament Northern Virginia and the rest of the state faced. Virginia Beach would have been one of the big losers in the commonwealth if the LCI had been allowed to fluctuate for 2010-12. “We all have to represent our own kids in our own communities,” Merrill said. “We are all doing our own jobs. We respected what each other were trying to do, even though we were geographically different.” On Jan. 22, McDonnell’s office told Capital News

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Service he was planning on upholding the school funding freeze. In early February, however, he decided to lift the freeze and use the 2010-12 LCI scores. Merrill said the sudden change of plans meant Virginia Beach had to scramble to urge legislators to keep the LCI freeze. Kathy O’Hara, Virginia Beach’s assistant superintendent for media and communications, said the school division would lose $15 million if the LCI were allowed to fluctuate for next year. Virginia Beach had already designed a school budget based on the assumption that the LCI would be frozen – and officials said they had no time to adjust to such a large cut in school funding. Virginia Beach and 92 other school divisions sent a letter to the governor on Feb. 18 outlining why the LCI should be kept frozen. “Among those 93 districts negatively affected are some of the most fiscally stressed in the commonwealth of Virginia,” the letter stated. “They include many urban and rural districts with high concentrations of poor and at-risk children.” McDonnell acknowledged that the LCI formula is not perfect. But he said it shouldn’t be changed simply because, in any one year,

known as “Still’s Syndrome,” a form of strep throat. Birgitta spiked a high fever, which ultimately caused her to progressively lose her eyesight. She was totally blind by the age of 11. Growing up, Birgitta attended a variety of schools. She received an undergraduate degree in human nutrition from Michigan State University. Birgitta went on to receive a Masters degree from the

some school divisions would lose money while others would gain. “The Local Composite Index must be applied to all localities, at all times, in the same objective and fair manner by which it has always been utilized,” McDonnell said. “Ensuring that we have a fair formula that is implemented without regard to temporary or political considerations is the best means by which to appropriate education funding in the commonwealth.” Ultimately, state legislators and the governor decided to soften the blow for school divisions that would lose state funding under the LCI scores for 2010-12. Lawmakers agreed not to cut any division’s funding for the coming year. For 2011-12, school divisions would have to absorb only 50 percent of the funding cuts dictated by the LCI changes. That would give local schools time to fill the budget gap by generating additional local revenue (such as raising property taxes) or cutting spending. Bill Bosher, former state superintendent of public instruction and former superintendent for Chesterfield and Henrico public schools, said this year’s resolution to the LCI is a short-term one.

University of Illinois. She currently teaches nutrition and biology to adolescents in Germany. She enjoys teaching, volunteering and singing in a gospel choir. Birgitta learned about Guiding Eyes for the Blind in 1998 from a friend, who was partnered with a Guiding Eyes dog. She researched the school and enjoyed a long, productive partnership with her first guide, whose name was Bonnie.

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“You are not likely to see the formula changed,” said Bosher, now a professor of public policy and education at Virginia Commonwealth University. “You are likely to see it applied – which means everybody now has a couple of years to prepare to work within their means.” The “hold harmless” strategy being implemented for 2010-11 is better than nothing, said Maury Brown, a spokesman for the Albemarle County Public Schools, near Charlottesville. But it still creates a problem for funding salaries for 2011-12. “You can’t spend the same way you would spend recurring funding,” Brown said. “Trying to pay for salaries (when) you only have money for one year creates a cliff.” The LCI score for the Albemarle district rose from .6232 in 2008-10 to .6872 for 2010-12. The district stood to lose more than $5 million if the state did not cushion the impact. Brown says it’s hard to predict how schools will handle the LCI when it’s recalculated for 2012-14. “The hope is that in two years, things will begin to correct themselves as the economy begins to improve. But that’s all very speculative.”

Birgitta is confident that she and Guiding Eyes Rhonda will build an equally special bond. “Rhonda is so smart, intuitive, playful and attentive,” said Herrmann proudly. “A guide dog provides a second dimension that a cane cannot give you and that is love.”

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One recent morning, after weeks of research, planning and internet searching, we took off for Nashville, TN. A pre-planned, two-night stay in Abingdon, Va., was to set the mood for nearly a weeklong visit to the “Country Music Capital” of the world. Abingdon is a quaint small town in the far southwestern part of Virginia, best known for the Barter Theater and the Martha Washington Inn. We had (omit “located and”) made reservations at the River Garden Bed and Breakfast, a cozy, three-room accommodation, just north of town and on the bank of the Holston River. Our rustic room was literally 20 feet from a swiftly flowing river, swollen by recent rains. Without television or phones, we derived our entertainment from the birds, wildlife and sounds of the river –all from the wooden rocking chairs on the porch outside our room. Our host, Paula, provided us with tips on the area, interesting conversation, homemade cookies (omit “in the afternoon) and a gourmet breakfasteach morning. “Always Patsy Kline” was playing at the Barter and we were able to obtain front row balcony seats for the production. The Barter has quite a history, dating back to the 1930’s when Robert Porterfield started the theater as a small niche in this great country for the theatrical artists who, during the Depression, were living on a shoestring and a prayer. Local farmers bartered their products for tickets – which accounts for its name. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Porterfield back in the 60’s and he was truly a giant of a man, not only in size, but in the pleasing manner in which he greeted all visitors. As the announcer mentioned, at the beginning of the production, Porterfield always said to the crowd, “If you like the show – tell your friends. If you didn’t – keep your mouth shut.” Adhering to his long standing admonishment, as he looked down from the theater in the sky, let me just say that the show was great. (omit “Indeed”) But I did get punched a couple of times for softly singing the familiar tunes and tapping my feet to the beat. And on a person


note directed to Robert Porterfield -- the Barter Theater is alive and well and you can be proud of what you started. After receiving a phone message at the B&B, from our daughter in Atlanta, we became aware of the devastating floods in Nashville. Having not read a newspaper or watched any television, we were completely oblivious to the destruction taking place around our destination. A search for other alternatives got underway. This brings out a point that was the original reason for our considering a driving vacation this year. Air travel has become so hectic and stressed with all the body searches, volcanic eruptions, delays and cancellations, it just made sense to use our car and see some of the sights that are nearby. We didn’t know this factoid at the time, but driving also gave us another benefit – flexibility. After a few minutes of online searching, a mutual agreement was reached. Instead of heading southwest on I-81, we would head northeast toward Lexington, Va. Although we did not know it at the time, we had uncovered one of the gems of tourist accommodations in Virginia. To our delight, rooms were available. A call on the cell phone and we were all set. Almost due west of Lexington, at the end of “Lonesome Dove Trail,” a mile-long paved drive, nestled in the

verdant green of the Appalachians is the House Mountain Inn. This nine room resort sits on a portion of 1,888 acres that is being protected and preserved from development. Built about six years ago, the aroma of fresh pine wood still permeates the entire building. It could possibly best be described as a “Montana style lodge”. The Irvine family owns and operates the entire business. And it appears the entire staff is related, from Jamie (who is the General Manager) to Ann, who is an exceptional chef (and a cousin). Overnight stays include a bouniful breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese and an exquisite dinner. If you are one that likes to live like the celebrities, you can do it here. While on location, for the movie “War of the Worlds,” Tom Cruise spent several nights at this inn. Besides living like the rich and famous, you can also do some fishing (catch and release), hiking (omit comma) or horseback riding. While at House Mountain Inn, we did meet one couple who were “just getting away” and spending several nights. Strange as it may seem, their hometown was none other than Lexington. Lexington is quite a historic small city. Of course, there is the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. Both of these institutions have a considerable history and beauty as well. V.M.I. is noted

for its participation in the Battle of New Market, during the Civil War. On its campus is a statue by Moses Ezekiel entitled, “Virginia Mourning Her Dead.” Its intent is to display Virginia’s grief over the loss of the cadets at that battle. On the grounds of W & L is the Lee Chapel, which contains the earthly remains of Robert E. Lee and a recumbent statue of the great General by Edward Valentine. Just outside the chapel is a marker noting the resting place of Lee’s beloved war horse, “Traveller.” An easy way to see the main sights of Lexington is to take a carriage ride through the town, which takes you past the home of Stonewall Jackson and the cemetery in which he is buried. A docent at the Jackson House made note of the fact that some say the cemetery is the “little brother of Hollywood Cemetery”. Whether you have an interest in natural beauty, sculpture, history or most anything else, Lexington most likely has something that will definitely pique your interest or curiosity. No trip to the valley of Virginia would be complete without a brief ride on the

Blue Ridge Parkway. For us, it was easy to access at Buena Vista and provided some spectacular views. One in particular was at Ravens Roost Overlook. It’s there that Virginia pines hold onto its rocky outcrop. And, as you gaze past its gnarled limbs, you can appreciate the beautiful valley below. It was somehow reminiscent of the frequently photographed tree in Monterey, California; only these majestic trees seem to have more character. When we returned to Chesterfield County, just a few days ahead of our original schedule, we unpacked our clean clothes (omit comma) and took the unspent dollars out of our wallets in anticipation of another vacation. And our minds turned to the serious events in Nashville that had modified our plans. While we were enjoying our time, fortunes were washed down the drain and precious lives were lost. We know that Nashville will rebuild and life will go on; and one day, hopefully soon, we will make it to the “Capital of Country Music” again, to delight in that particular part of American culture.

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THURSDAY, MAY 20 Village Bank and Vending Services of Richmond cordially invite local business members to attend its monthly Coffee Networking event. These monthly get-togethers are held in the Community Room of Village Bank’s Watkins Centre headquarters which is located at the intersection of 288 and Route 60. The festivities begin at 8:30 am. Posh, located at 13823 Village Place Dr # B, Midlothian, is pleased to have Sally Fretwell of Sally Fretwell Paints speak about “The Power of Color”. Sally will be at the store from 9:30 until 11 am on Thursday, May 20. She will be discussing no VOC paints, color selection from a woman’s perspective, answering questions and signing her books. Call (804) 794-0333 to reserve a space, as seating is limited. Five-time Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band Clover Hill High School Band is proud to announce its Annual Spring Concert on at 7 p.m. in the CHHS Auditorium. This gala concert will feature an alumni band and current band members, performing the world premiere of “The Cavalier,” a concert march written by Todd Milam, 1983 Clover Hill Band alumni. The concert will be the last performance for the Clover Hill High School Band “On the Hill.” Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door.

MAY 21, 22, AND 23 Huguenot United Methodist Church, located at 10661 Duryea Dr. just off Old Gun Road near Huguenot Road, presents “The Old Faith, Hope, and Charity” a two-act comedy dinner theater and dessert matinee. The play was written by Pat Cook. Theater tickets are $15. If you miss the reservation deadline (May 18), tickets for the play only may be purchased at the door. On Sunday a dessert-only matinee show starts at 2 p.m. The matinee is $10. Tickets can be purchased and reserved by calling (804) 272-6820.


The Fourth Annual Concert of The Titan Band will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Cosby Theater in Cosby High School, located at 14300 Fox Club Parkway. This show is a Hollywood-styled production that promises to be a memorable evening for the entire Cosby community. A celebrity guest master of ceremonies, 2 professional soloists, and the bands patriotic finale will make this a special evening. Tickets are available the week of the show and go for $5 a seat. Chalkley Elementary Presents The 2nd Annual “Pops on the Lawn” from 6-8 p.m. The Outdoor Pops Concert will be featuring: Hollywood Brass Band, The Hands and Pans Steel Drum Ensemble and The Manchester High School Lancer Band. This is a free concert open to the public. Bring out your blankets or lawn chairs to the Chalkley Elementary Field at 3301 Turner Rd., Chesterfield.

SATURDAY, MAY 22 Watch as your favorite farm animals come to life in a hilarious rendition of Old McDonald’s farm with the Awesome AG Show with Magician Mike Klee from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at Clover Hill Library, located at 6701 Deer Run Dr., Midlothian and from 2-3 p.m. at Midlothian Library, located at 521 Coalfield Rd., Midlothian. This program is recommended for elementary-aged-school children. Registration is required and begins on May 8. Please register online at or by calling (804) 318-8668 or (804) 794-7907.

SUNDAY, MAY 23 3-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend Bethia United Methodist Church’s Community Open House to celebrate its new S.E.E.D Hall (Social, Evangelical, Education, Dining) with a Community Open House. The public is invited to enjoy the new facility and talk with representatives of the many programs, ministries, events and organizations within the church. Children will have fun at the numerous games, inflatables and activities being offered. Everyone will enjoy the old-fashioned Cake Walk, the many musical programs throughout the event and the refreshments (while they last). Bethia United Methodist Church, 10700 Winterpock Rd. 23832 (804) 739-3459.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 The orchestra of Lloyd C. Bird High School will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m., in the school auditorium, 10301 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield. The theme of the event is Giving the Gift of Music. Tickets to the concert cost $15 at the door or $13 in advance. Tickets are available by calling (804)768-6110. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the ChesterfieldColonial Heights Christmas Mother. The event

begins at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a silent auction in the commons area. The concert will feature Brian Morton as conductor and Diane Walker of Fox News as guest host.

THURSDAY, MAY 27 The Virginia Center on Aging administers several training and collaborative initiatives that address domestic violence in later life and elder abuse. These include a training project for criminal justice professionals and service providers on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and is funded by the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. On Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Lucy Corr Village multi-purpose room, located at 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd., Chesterfield, Paula Kupstas, the Project Director for VCoA’s Elder Abuse Grant Programs, will talk about the project’s goals, share a brief segment of the training, and discuss the importance of collaboration in our elder abuse and domestic violence in later life initiatives. For reservations or more information, call (804) 768-7878.



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unners turned out in droves despite the heat for Saturday’s James River Scramble – part of the Dominion Riverrock activities in downtown Richmond – and among the familiar faces was an entire family from Midlothian. The Hunnicutt family – parents Sally and Mike and sons Nathan and Patrick – spend a lot of their spare time running local races together. Among the races they’ve done are the Turkey Trot 5K, the Monument Avenue 10K, the Frost Bite 15K and the Whistlestop 5K. And if they’re not all running at a particular race, the others are providing race support as volunteers, which is how all four family members ended up at the Riverrock. Mike and Patrick ran both the Mud Run and the James River Scramble together while Sally volunteered on the course. Nathan had been scheduled to run the Mud

Dr. Vic's Sports Notes 'Turf toe' can be painful Question: My son plays soccer and has developed severe soreness and swelling near the ball of his foot. So far we have treated it with ice after practices and games, but another parent suggested he might have “turf toe.” What is turf toe? What are the symptoms? What treatments are usually recommended? Answer: Turf toe occurs with a sudden hyperextension of the big toe where it connects to the foot. Hyperextension means that it bends severely (i.e. toe pointing up). This injury causes the ligaments under the toe to stretch which causes pain. So when you say your son’s pain is near the ball of the foot that could certainly be turf toe, providing it’s under the big toe and not across the entire ball of the foot. The condition is very common with running sports, such as football or soccer particularly when played on a hard surface like artificial turf. It can however also occur on grass or other surfaces. Depending upon the severity of symptoms the treatment can vary from putting a firm steel or carbon plate in the shoe to immobilizing it completely in a boot or cast. If you select the firm plate, it can be placed just along the inner part of the foot from the heel to end of big toe. The purpose of the plate is to prevent the toe from bending during walking and running. The biggest problem, however, is that many athletes find it difficult to run if their big toe does not bend. In order to make a definitive diagnosis, your son should see a sports medicine specialist for a complete examination and x-ray. Although not as common there are two small bones under the big toe called “sesmoids” that can fracture. Even if this occurs the treatment is basically the same as for turf toe. Vic Goradia, MD Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Specialist Go Orthopedics

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Run with his father and brother but fell ill before the race. Still the weekend provided many fond memories for all family members. “Since I was volunteering, I was standing out on the trail and I saw them come up towards me [in the Mud Run], and they were still running together. It was about two-and-a-half miles in I guess and [Patrick] had the biggest smile on his face. He was so happy and excited and then they went by and they got in the river and when they got back up he was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it again!’ He was so happy,” Sally said. Patrick says his favorite races are trail runs while Nathan prefers shorter races. Sally and Mike are both marathon and distance runners though their paces are different and they rarely run together during a race. But running has still become the family tie. If Mike is running a marathon – he’s done both Boston and Philadelphia – Sally may run a half RUNNERS P8

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The Hunnicutt family may not run the same lenghts or paces but they can still run together. From left is Sally, Nathan, Patrick and Mike Hunnicutt.

Consistency keys Abbott title repeat the win as she drew close to the net to get a short shot by During a week that lent Abbott then placed a well-hit inconsistency to playing ball near the baseline which conditions for the Dominforced a long, defensive hit to ion District girls’ singles go long. and doubles tournament, With just a 3-2 advantage, staying consistent during the Abbott got her serve going matches proved key for com- and took the next game petitors. And it was consisbehind an ace and a classic tency that gave Midlothian’s slam. Christine Abbott her second “I wanted to be consisconsecutive singles champitent,” Abbott said. “I tried to onship. hit the ball deeper because I Abbott won in two know on short balls she’s just straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0, going to put them away.” over Cosby’s Anjelica Esteves Down 4-0 in the second to defend her No. 1 seed. set, Esteves appeared to find The tournament started an advantage. She got Abbott on Tuesday under cool skies running with a nice hit to the and then was disrupted left side of the court and a by rain. Matches resumed finish inside the right corner Wednesday on a drastiof the baseline. cally more humid day. But “We’re always running [in Thursday’s matches were practice],” Abbott said. “Our halted again by storms and coach makes sure we get to rain. By Friday, competitors the track and [with] stuff were back in the heat and I did in the off season, I’m humidity of a central Virginia ready to do this, and I’ll have summer, and players had to do it for the next couple of to find consistency in their weeks.” game despite the disruptions. Esteves pulled the fifth Abbott appeared to have game to deuce four times betrouble with her serve early hind similar plays, but Abbott on. After spending an extra took advantage of unforced minute hitting serves before errors to get the win. match introductions, Abbott Esteves and Abbott were double faulted on her first set to see each other again in serve but quickly shook it the district doubles final. off, winning four consecutive Abbott and partner points for the early lead. Lauren Baxter played James Esteves got her own game River’s Katherine Stafford going, pulling even in the and Alexa Rennie in one of fifth game. She picked up two doubles semifinals on


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Cosby's Anjelica Esteves returns a shot during the singles Dominion District title match against Midlothian's Christine Abbott. The two met for a second time in the doubles final earlier this week.

Friday. The teams battled in the first set with Midlothian taking a 1-0 lead on a 7-5 score line. Abbott and Baxter picked up some key serves in the second set, winning 6-1. Esteves and partner Lau-

ren Denuel defeated Clover Hill’s Michelle Lee and Erin Luhmann 6-2, and 6-4 to set up another meeting between Esteves and Abbott in the doubles final. Esteves and Denual are ranked first in the district while Abbott and

Baxter are ranked second. “It’s going to be a really hard match,” Abbott said. A final score was not available by press time. Full Dominion District singles and doubles tournament scores online.

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Midlothian's Ryan Hamner, right, finds an opening in the Deep Run defense. The Wildcats went on a scoring flurry in the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to win 11-5 in the Richmond Area Lacrosse League tournament championships.

In just its second season as a team, the Midlothian varsity club lacrosse team has established itself as a dominant force in the Richmond Area Lacrosse League. The team finished the 2010 season as the regular season champions with a 13-0 record in the RALL and a 15-2 record overall. Two of the teams’ closest scores came against Deep Run – 11-5 and 12-10 – so it was no surprise that the two went head to head again for the RALL tournament championship held at James River High School on Saturday. A momentum shift at the end of the first half and beginning of the second gave the Wildcats the boost they needed in an 11-5 win. Down 2-0 with 11:25 left in the second quarter, Midlothian’s Derek Via cut the Wildcat lead in half with a quick score. The tally gave the Trojans a boost and the team continued to control play, forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout to gather the troops midway through the quarter. Midlothian took advantage of the short break. They came out with the tying score as Kyle Swan scooted down the field on a fast-break and finished the play in the midst of three defenders. “The key for us was to do the same things that we have LACROSSE P8


8 || MAY 20, 2010 RUNNERS from P7 marathon while Nathan and Patrick run a 5K or 8K race and then gather at the finish line to cheer him on. “The highlight last year was Patrick ran the last [two] miles of the Philadelphia marathon with me,� Mike recalled. “That was the dumbest thing I think I’ve ever done,� Patrick added with a laugh. “I ran the 8K in 45 minutes and then I immediately ran out, jumped the fence and ran up to [Aunt] Polly’s house to get water and then ran back out and when I ran back down, I cramped up and just fell and sat on the ground for most of the race.� Though they enjoy the adventures out of town, the Hunnicutts keep coming back to the local events. On Saturday, they were preparing for the James River Scramble where Mike and Patrick were going to run and Sally and Nathan were preparing to volunteer. On Sunday, Mike, Patrick and Nathan were volunteering on the course of the Carytown 10K while Sally ran. They say the fact that there’s so much that they can do together in town gives them a lot of time together. “To put in a plug for Sports Backers, they’re a tremendous asset to the Richmond area,� Mike said.

“We were just saying today and last night how neat it is that Richmond ‌ we’re a small city, but it has all these things going on that are outdoor, fun activities and taking advantage of the river and the running down there,â€? Sally added. As lifelong runners, Mike and Sally picked up running consistently after their children were born. They started with the local races and found groups to train with. As Patrick and Nathan grew, their parents took them to races and eventually began taking them on training runs on the various courses in the area and helping them to get involved with the races. The family is now picking up biking together as well. Mike and Patrick have done some mountain biking together and Sally, most recently, participated in the National Duathlon Festival. “It’s just to go out and have fun,â€? Mike said. “The whole thing, whether it’s biking or whatever, just getting out there and participating is the main thing and trying to have fun while you do it. It’s much more special when you can do it with other members of your family ‌ It just adds a whole lot to it. Being able to run with [Patrick] or any of these guys is just a great thing.â€?





The Richmond Shock and Weaver Athletic Association JV lacrosse teams played a game in honor of Robbie Drescher on Saturday, May 8. Drescher, who played in the Richmond Shock organization, was left paralyzed after an operation to repair a hemangioma late last year. Both organizations made donations, collected donations at the game and sent all proceeds from concession sales to the Drescher family to help with on-going expenses. In addition, the referees for the day's game donated their time, which allowed additional funds to be set aside for the cause.



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Wildcats while Adam Borgogelli made seven for the Trojans. Earlier in the week, Midlothian knocked off Hanover 13-1 in the quarterfinal match and Douglas Freem 8-5 in the semifinal match. The team plays one final tournament in Williamsburg this weekend. “The outlook for the Midlo program is a good one,� Barnard said. “We will have 19 returning players from this season’s outstanding squad in 2011, so we fully expect to challenge anyone on our schedule next year.� In addition to celebrating a successful end to the season, both teams honored fallen University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love before and during Saturday’s game. Midlothian will retire its No. 1 jersey – Love’s jersey number at UVA – in her honor.

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LACROSSE from P7 done well all season: control the face-off, stingy defense, and ball control offense,� Midlothian head coach Greg Barnard said. Deep Run’s scoring run started with five minutes left in the game. A ball on the ground, in the crease, landed near the stick of Clay Putney. After unsuccessful attempts to scoop the ball up, Putney wound up and took a golf swing. The shot ended its travels in the net for a 3-2 advantage for the Wildcats. Deep Run added two goals in the final minute – one on two man-down penalties for the Trojans and the other on an

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There was electricity in the air tonight at Southside Speedway as lightning flashed along the backstretch and Rookie Modified driver Greg Fernandez shot out of the starting gate to lead the beginning laps of the second 50-lap Modified twin. With five laps remaining, race fans were expecting a fight to the finish between race leaders Mike Rudy, Michael Johnson and Thomas Stinson. But in the end rain, which had threatened the area into the evening, finally won as showers fell down on the track forcing officials to call the race and award Rudy the win. Kyle Wood came home in fourth with Chris Johnson rounding out the top five. In the first Modified twin Thomas Stinson wasted little time marching his way from his 6th place starting position to a clear victory. David Kerns took home top honors in the U-Car main event, holding off Mike Chapman for his first win of the season. Daniel Thomas finished third with Charlie Simons and Frank Silva rounding out the top five. Grand Stock points leader, Tommy Tatum increased his points lead after picking up the win. Mark Simpson finished in second with Bryan Myslivy placing third. Shawn Hopkins and Donnie Newman were fourth and fifth, respectively. In the CHAMP Kart division, Buzz Moore collected his first win of 2010 with Mark Klater coming in second. Mitch Bartholomew, David Emory and Derek McCauley rounded out the top five. Racing action kicks off next Friday night, May 21 with the first driver “Meet and Greet” of the season. Fans that arrive early can walk out onto the track and the cars and stars of the toughest short track in the south. Racing will include Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and CHAMP Karts. For updates and more on final results and point standings visit

The Chesterfield County Sheriff ’s Office and Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to host the Motorcycle Poker Run 2010 on Saturday, May 22. The run will depart and return to South Richmond Harley Davidson (10011 Hull Street Rd.). The fee is $10 per hand. Check-in and registration will begin at 9 a.m., and riders will depart between 9 and 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Lt. Ned Morris at (804) 751-4416 or or Mark Pinney at (804) 748-1992 or pinneym@ All funds raised will support Special Olympics Virginia.

Local cheerleaders finalists for National Cheerleader of the Year Courtesy of Cheryl Turner

Five local cheerleaders – Katie Armstrong and Peyton Larus of Midlothian High School and Taylor Poe, Amanda Rosswog and Katelyn Turner of Cosby High School – were named as finalists for the 2010 National Cheerleader of the Year scholarship competition. The national selection committee, a group of spirit industry coaches, state association leaders and cheerleading experts, made the announcement March 29. Preliminary scores are derived from an application process, which includes a resume, letters of endorsement, official transcript of grades, a talent video and an interview. The finalists will now travel to Fayetteville, N.C., May 21-23 to compete for $4,500 of scholarship money and to attend the 2010 National Cheer Conference. This will provide the finalists the opportunity to interact with the top college coaches in the country, recruiting cheerleaders for their programs, as well as learn current trends in choreography, safety and leadership.


Richard Smith of Chesterfield Community was one of 15 players selected to the Richmond TimesDispatch All-Metro Boys’ Basketball Team for 2009-10. Smith, a second team choice, was the only sophomore honored. Pictured from left are Richard Smith, Sr., Mike O’Toole, All Metro Banquet Master of Ceremonies, Richard Smith Jr., and Toby Campbell, Chesterfield Community head basketball coach.


National Cheerleader of the Year finalists are, from left, Peyton Larus and Katie Armstrong of Midlothian High School and Amanda Rosswog, Katelyn Turner and Taylor Poe of Cosby High School.

Titans face off in doubles, singles finals the match went to three sets for a decision. Moorhead took Cosby freshman Brett the Dominion District singles Moorhead and junior Tyler title with a 2-1 win over Carey. Carey are one and two on the After three hours of play, boys’ varsity tennis team for a one could almost hear the reason. mournful whistle of the main Carey, who won the Dotheme from “The Good, the minion District singles title Bad and the Ugly” playing his freshman and sophomore somewhere in the distance as years, entered the season as the the pair set up for the deciding early favorite to win the title set. Moorhead, his light blue again. shirt visibly darkened and Moorhead, an up-andsticking to his back, awaited comer from the local tennis the serve from Carey, who kept scene, quickly established him- a towel nearby to wipe the self in the district and on the sweat from his forehead. team and became part of an Carey got ahead early unstoppable doubles duo with behind his serves and his wide Carey during the season. shots. But Moorhead found a So it was no surprise when way to keep a good top spin the two walked onto the court on his returns and got three on Saturday, facing each other consecutive games and the in the district singles’ final, lead at 4-2. nor was it surprising that each Carey picked up the next point became a battle and that game behind his serve to keep


the match close. away with four consecutive The next game proved points in the next game. indicative of the match. The The first set of the day set two went point for point with the tone. Moorhead took a 7-6 Moorhead diving to get to a decision after a 7-4 tiebreaker long shot. He lost his hat in the game. Carey, however, never shot and his backhand volley trailed in the second set and fell within easy range for Carey, took a 6-3 decision to force the who slammed the ball home third set. to pull ahead. Moorhead came The pair shook off any noback tion that though Photo Gallery ONLINE playing and each other the for the figame nal added went to deuce. Moorhead pressure. picked up the winning point “We play together all the on a long shot that fell just time, so there wasn’t any presinside the baseline. sure. It was fun,” Moorhead Needing just one more point to take the match, Moorhead fell behind in the next game before coming back to tie it at 30-30. Cary put it away on an ace and a long return. Moorhead put the match

said. In the doubles final Carey and Moorhead came back on the same side to take on Cosby senior Dominic Bullano and junior Bryan Sanders. Carey and Bullano were two-time Dominion District doubles champions, so one would have the opportunity to three-peat. “They can go as long as they would like,” Sanders joked before the match. “We have full energy. We’ll come out full blast and take it to them.” Carey and Moorhead, despite playing each other for nearly four hours, were not prepared to end their unde-

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Richmond Sharehouse reaches its million meal mark for 2010 global hunger relief was a significant event for the newly opened Richmond Sharehouse On Saturday, May 15, the church famfor Stop Hunger Now. Saturday, May 15th ily at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church marked the 1 millionth meal packaged for gathered again to address the issue of hunger. school feeding programs and disaster relief Even with a shaky economy and members from the Richmond area for the year 2010. facing financial instability, the event organiz- Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger ers prayed that they could reach their goal relief organization which opened it's Richof $12,500 to pack 50,000 meals. And the mond Sharehouse in 2009. For more inforchurch rallied in a big way to collect just mation about how organizing a meal packing under $15,000! event with your group, contact Dominic The completion of 55,124 meals for Alexander at (928)499-7222.

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Future Harvard University student Bryan Kauder and Midlothian High School teacher Sue Robertson each receive state honors from the Classical Association of Virginia.

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Monacan High School juniors, Siwei Li (right) a native of Changsha, Hunan Province, China, and Wen Chiu of Taipei, Taiwan, are students in the International Student Exchange program. They attended Monacan’s junior/senior prom recently held at the Holiday Inn Select Koger Center. The traditional rite of spring for most U.S. students was their first formal occasion.


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2009 750 4x4i Ultimate Cycle 8321 Midlothian Tpk RICHMOND, VA 23235 Tel 804.330.4800 www.UlitmateCycle.NET


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