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PHOTOS: VUU Panthers Shred the Dragons of VUL

The Panthers started their season with a massive 71-0 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg.

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Official VUU Game Summary

How close was the battle for Virginia Union’s starting quarterback job?

Jahkari Grant and Christian Reid vied so vehemently for the spot that the competition carried through the entirety of fall camp. In fact, the Panthers’ coaching staff didn’t officially declare the starter until earlier this week, just a couple of days before their season opener.

It was a tough decision, coach Alvin Parker said. But Grant, in the end, made just a few more plays in VUU practices to separate himself.

“It meant a lot,” Grant said, of winning the spot. “But I can credit [Reid] to that, too, because he pushed me to be the best player that I can be.”

And so it was Grant who directed the Panthers’ offense in their debut on Thursday at Hovey Field against Virginia University of Lynchburg, over Reid — his roommate and friend.

Their efforts paired with a voracious defensive showing, and VUU stomped its way to a 77-0 victory over VUL, in front of 4,760.

“The biggest thing, we wanted to get a lot of guys a chance to play [Thursday night],” Parker said. “And I think we did. I think we made it all the way down to the threes and the fours. But we knew during camp we had a good amount of depth. And we knew that, no matter who we put in, we can get some results.

“So we were happy to see that.”

The Panthers (1-0) racked up 487 yards of total offense. They held the Dragons (0-1), members of the National Christian College Athletic Association, to 203 total yards.

The playmaking ability within the Panthers’ offense runs deep. Grant, who began his career at Rhode Island, showed off his arm — most notably when he hit Keyon Dickens (J.R. Tucker) over the top for a 51-yard gain that set up Byers’ first touchdown run. Byers showed off his agile quickness and his strength — a second-quarter touchdown reception he had came after he powered through a tackle attempt right after the catch. Jiles showed off his athletic ability at 6-3, hurdling a VUL defender to add to his yards after the catch on a 29-yard gain early in the second quarter.

And the list could go on.

“We got too much depth for anybody to even compete with us,” said Byers, who also said he was playing with a passion in the aftermath of the passing of his sister on Sunday. Her funeral was Thursday.

Reid, who began his career at Charleston Southern, replaced Grant in the third quarter and had a 5-yard touchdown pass of his own, to Ricky Key, Jr. (Westside), early in the fourth quarter.

VUU also had three special teams touchdowns: a blocked field goal returned 70 yards by Ephraim Moore to close the first half, a Larry Hackey 70-yard kickoff return to open the second half and a blocked punt that was fell on in the end zone by R.J. Rountree almost midway through the third quarter.

On defense, the Panthers played with a swarming intensity, that yielded eight total sacks. Defensive end Armonii Burden, a preseason all-CIAA pick, was in on 1.5 sacks and led VUU with six total tackles.

“I just really appreciated how they didn’t let up,” Grant said of the defense. “Like they were just all gas, no brakes, the whole game.”

Even after a shutout recorded in the manner of Thursday’s, Parker walked away feeling the Panthers have a few things to work on — namely penalties, of which VUU had nine for a loss of 104 yards.

That’s all the more pertinent considering what’s next, too. The Panthers travel to face Valdosta State on Sept. 10, the No. 2-ranked team in D2Football.com’s preseason poll and last season’s national runner-up.

But, after Thursday’s statement, next Saturday figures to be an apt test for a VUU team that is teeming with talent.

“We’re excited to go down there and take on the challenge,” Grant said. “We just got to get better every day and go down there and just play our game.”

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Fox Elementary PTA Christmas Tree Sale is Live

Is it too early to talk about Christmas trees?

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Posted by the Fan District Association.

The beloved Fox Elementary PTA Christmas Tree Sale is live!!!

Just like last year, the sale will be PREORDER only. No trees will be sold on the day of pick up. Please consider supporting the Fox PTA and buying a beautiful Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, or wreath. Proceeds allow the PTA to continue its mission of supporting Fox teachers, students, and families.

Please go to https://app.memberhub.gives/foxtrees to order.

Trees and wreaths can be picked up at Clark Springs Elementary on Friday, December 2 from 3:15-6:00 pm or Saturday, December 3 from 9:00-10:00 am. On Friday, December 2, we will also host a community event with playground fun, hot chocolate, holiday music, Fox merchandise (perfect gifts!), and crafts. Remember the Christmas tree shortage last year? Order yours today.

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Weekend Radar: Richmond Folk Festival, Carnival of 5 Fires, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mending Walls Bike Tour and Brunch

After a dreary week the weather is perfect for a Richmond Folk Festival and I’ve even picked a few other things for you to do this weekend.

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Richmond Folk Festival at Brown’s Island & Tredegar
October 7-9th

I’m very tempted to stop the list right here. This is hands down the best festival in all of Richmond and arguably Virginia. Three days of free music (make sure you donate so it can stay free), cultural events, beer, and food. I’ll be there for every hour and I think you should be as well. I even helpfully created a Top 5 Must See Acts.

The Richmond Folk Festival will return in the fall, live and in person, to celebrate its 18th anniversary the weekend of October 7-9, 2022. The festival has become one of Virginia’s largest, drawing fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food. Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival promises, as always, to return with a culturally diverse and impressive program.

The free, three-day event is presented by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Virginia Humanities, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Carnival of 5 Fires at Gallery 5
October 7th

Gallery 5 is getting into the fall spirit and it’s always a good time.

The Embalmers return to Gallery 5 for one of our favorite events of the year, Carnival of 5 Fires!!! Come help us kick off spooky season!!!


The Rocky Horror Show at Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre
Shows throughout October including tonight October 7th

Let’s all do the time warp again. If I need to say more you need to do some research and get back to me.

With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” salutes the science fiction and horror “B movies” of the Golden Age of film.
A newly engaged couple gets caught in a storm and winds up (by accident?) at the home of a mad scientist, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, who is throwing a party to unveil his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror.

The musical opened in 1973 in London and played for over seven years, winning critical and audience acclaim in the process. It is probably best-known for its film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in 1975 and became a midnight-show cult classic for multiple generations of movie-goers all over the globe.

Playing the central role of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is Durron Marquis Tyre, who recently starred in RTP’s productions of “Falsettos” and “Sugar in Our Wounds.” Newlyweds Brad and Janet are played by August Hundley and Nora Ogunleye, with Frank’s attendants Riff Raff, Columbia and Magenta played by Elle Meerovich, Madison Cox and Kasey Britt. Frank’s creation, Rocky Horror, is played by Wayne Parker, the mysterious Eddie (as well as Brad and Janet’s mentor Dr. Scott) by Travis Williams, and Jim Morgan (who played Frank ‘N’ Furter in RTP’s previous production) as the Narrator who holds the evening together. The Phantoms and Transylvanians are played by Mara Barrett, Robert Gallant, Rachel Garmon-Williams and DeVon Mosby.

RTP’s production is directed by Chelsea Burke. Music direction is by Ben Shaver and choreography is by Kate Belleman. Scenic Design is by Frank Foster, Costume Design by Sheila Russ, Lighting Design by Michael Jarett, and Sound Design by Joey Luck. Projections Design is by Lucian Restivo, Props Design by Tim Moehring, Hair and MakeUp Design by Joel Furtick and Intimacy Choreography by Stephanie Tippi Hart. Saskia Price is the Assistant Stage Manager and Lauren Langston is the Production Stage Manager.

For the safety of the performers, our patrons, and the staff, masks are required to be worn inside the venue – completely covering the nose and mouth — anytime you are not actively eating and drinking. Patrons are asked to please bring a mask that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the evening.


Mending Walls | Bike Tour + Brunch
Throughout October and November with the next on October 8th

Ride a bike and learn about some of the amazing murals in Richmond and the message they represent.

In Richmond, VA public art is one of the city’s biggest assets in the downtown area. As a city with one of the largest collections of public art in the United states we now have the unique opportunity to use public art as a tool to bring empathy and connect at a time when we need it the most.

In the midst of a global pandemic in 2020 America was faced with another brutal killing of a black man at the hands of the police, which set off an uprising that has filled our streets with voices of objection, to the systemic racism here in America. With some of our feelings and demands now physically on Richmond City walls through tags, these expressions leave and mark a space for questions and conversations to happen. These actions inspired the artist Hamilton Glass to start the Mending Walls project.

Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods like Jackson Ward and Brookland Park. These and other neighborhoods we tour are steeped in culture and history but also the new home to murals in the Mending Walls project.

This tour highlights the stories of trailblazers, residents, and organizations behind or continuing the legacy within these communities. This one of a kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly.
Ride, see Richmond, have fun….and of course have brunch!

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Richmond Police identify 83-year-old victim struck and killed by vehicle outside Libbie Market

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

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From Richmond Police:

The Richmond Police Crash Team has identified the individual who died after being injured in a collision in a parking lot on Libbie Avenue as John Busch, 83, of Richmond.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Libbie Avenue, in the parking lot of Libbie Market, for the report of a person struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found a male, Busch, down and injured in the parking lot of a business after having been struck by a vehicle in the lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene and interviewed the driver and witnesses. The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have not placed charges at this time.

Anyone with further information about this collision is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Sergeant D. Cuffley at (804) 646-3135.

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