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When first-time parents Jerrod Foley and Madison McDaniel took their two-month-old Jaidyn to the cardiologist after her checkup, they expected to hear that the heart murmur doctors had previously detected was a common defect that she would grow out of, but what they were told was much different.

After discussion began more than a month ago regarding the Madison County Animal Shelter and its services to the city of Richmond, the Richmond Commission resumed the conversation once again entertaining the idea of operating its own animal shelter in city limits.

After 16 years serving on the Richmond City Commission, Robert Blythe was named Richmond's mayor elect. Voters made the decision by a margin of 661 votes with Blythe having 4,661 to challenger Jim Newby's 4,000.

The Richmond City Commission race looks a bit different this year with only one incumbent seeking re-election, and three other current commissioners seeking election in other offices.