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Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl? > Read more.

Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event. > Read more.

New Staples Mill Kroger opens

A new Kroger Marketplace store opened at Staples Mill Road and Hungary Springs Road in western Henrico earlier this month. The store is the second such "super-sized" version Kroger has opened in the Richmond region. It features a number of locally grown and produced foods and other items and offers a health clinic, jewelry store, Starbuck's kiosk, clothing and housewares, among other items. The store also features a gas station. It employs 425 people. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, March 17-23


606 E. Washington Street – $100,000, 1,717 SF (built in 1980), from Evelyn P. Cruce to trustees of the Howard E. and Juanita L. McGhee Revocable Trust.
5500 Seminary Avenue – $110,700, 1,432 SF (built in 1973), from Housing and Urban Development to Torry Fife.
2305 Norman Avenue – $130,000, 1,623 SF (built in 1941), from P&G Associates to Terry L. and Lisa G. Depew.
10948 Greenaire Place – $136,000, 1,220 SF (built in 1984), from Stephanie C. McGrath to Scott N. Basil.
8441 Buffin Road – $150,000, 1,580 SF (built in 2011), from Kia L. Postell to Victor Manuel and Annia Margarita Flores. > Read more.

Tourist spending increases


Tourism dollars continue to flow into Henrico County at an appreciable rate, according to the most recent county statistics on the matter – and a blast of history later this year could add to that total.

Travel expenditures in Henrico were $746.5 million – the fifth-highest in the state – in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Henrico trailed only Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, according to data compiled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The VTC’s figures for 2013 won’t be available until later this fall. > Read more.

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Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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