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Richmond Third District Councilman Chris Hilbert expected not to seek reelection

One of the longest-serving members of Richmond City Council may be calling it quits and is expected to make an announcement this evening.

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From the Richmond Free Press:

One of the longest serving members on Richmond City Council plans to call it quits and not seek re-election, the Free Press has learned.

City Council Vice President Chris A. Hilbert privately has told people that this will be his final year on the governing body.

At least four people already have begun organizing to run for the 3rd District seat he has held since 2005.

While Mr. Hilbert has not issued any public statement, the Free Press has been told he plans to announce his decision to his council colleagues when he receives his 15-year pin at an upcoming council meeting, possibly on Monday, Jan. 13.

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Moody Middle School seventh-grader captures Henrico Schools’ divisionwide spelling title

Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion.

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Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader won in Round 8 by correctly spelling “breviary,” a book of daily prayers, hymns, and psalms.

The contest features spelling champions from 46 HCPS elementary schools and 12 middle schools, and determines who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Weston Kasberger was runner-up.

Among the words Nanduru spelled to win the title were “schadenfreude,” “tritium” and “kielbasa.”

With Nanduru’s win, Moody retains the spelling title and Henrico Schools’ spelling trophy. Last year’s champion, Vishnoy Vadakkancheri, was also a Moody student. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made.

Nanduru will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 21 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

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Photos: Pet Expo

Over 50 exhibitors and more dogs than you could wave a stick at attended the 20th Annual Pet Expo this past Saturday.

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Enjoy free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through January 19th

Explore the January blooms – both indoors and out – at Lewis Ginter for free until January 19th.

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There is plenty to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in January, as the warm and cozy conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers, and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are even more treasured because they are unexpected.

Garden admission is free through January 19th, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Garden Café and Robins Tea House are closed during this time, but the rest of the property remains open.

See Lewis Ginter’s January blooms page for other highlights of winter interest and blooms.

See the Lewis Ginter website for more information.

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