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Newly discovered Civil War photos show Henrico battlefield


Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.

Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.

Final public meeting set for Route 5 corridor study

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) will hold a public meeting Sept. 29 to present two transportation concepts for the Route 5 corridor from 7th Street in downtown Richmond to S. Laburnum Avenue in eastern Henrico County. The meeting will take place in the Virginia Department of Transportation; Central Office Auditorium at 1221 E. Broad Street in Richmond.

Participants will have an opportunity to hear a brief presentation, review details about the conceptual alternatives, and provide feedback and suggestions. Open house discussion with the study team will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and a brief presentation will take place at 6:30. > Read more.

Civil War weekend planned in Henrico

The Civil War is returning to Henrico later this month.

As part of its 400th anniversary, Henrico County will host a series of free events Sept. 23-25 designed to spotlight the county’s role in the war and educate citizens through real-life interactions. > Read more.

Police seek suspect who robbed Laburnum Ave. Applebee’s

Henrico Police officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed the Applebee's restaurant at 4306 S. Laburnum Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 18.

At approximately 3:20 a.m. that morning, the manager of Applebee's closed the business and was walking to his vehicle when he was confronted by a black male with a revolver. The suspect led the manger back into the business and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled out of the rear of the business towards the rear of the shopping center. > Read more.

Lee letter comes home to Dabbs House

Sam McKelvey with the Lee letter
In his very first week as full-time site manager of the Dabbs House Museum, Sam McKelvey hit the jackpot.

A California resident, Dr. Paul Whyte, had called last January after reading about the museum in Civil War Traveler magazine. He was planning a visit to the Dabbs House and wanted some information about other Richmond-area attractions.

Part way through the conversation, Whyte mentioned casually that he owned a letter written by General Robert E. Lee during the time that Dabbs House served as Lee's Civil War headquarters. > Read more.

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Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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