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Riggs named Henrico Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Tricia Riggs, director of the USO Center at Richmond International Airport, as the 2014 Henrico Community Leader of the Year.

Riggs became director of the center in December 2010 – the same year it opened – just in time for “Exodus,” an annual period when several thousand troops come through RIC after being granted a leave period from training for the holidays. Her work has not stopped since and has only expanded to establish the USO Center at RIC as the go-to resource for invaluable services for military families in Henrico County and Greater Richmond. > Read more.

Brain games

Sixteen students from Henrico County middle schools enjoyed the experience of performing “brain surgery” Aug. 9 using realistic Jell-O molds, with colorful and occasionally messy results.

The brain dissection was among the exercises topping off a week of Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Explorers Camp at St. Mary’s Hospital, which also included lessons in CPR and first aid, starting IVs, handling medical equipment, performing lab tests, and casting stuffed animals. > Read more.

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions receives grant from Capital One

Henrico-based ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (CCCS) has received a grant from Capital One, Inc. to support its mission of consumer health through financial education. ClearPoint will utilize the $304,250 to provide support for the delivery of consumer education through the provision of its one-on-one credit, budget and debt management counseling sessions. Sessions will be provided to clients across ClearPoint's national footprint, which includes 40 branch offices in 12 states and the availability of telephone counseling nationwide. > Read more.

Varina meetings to highlight meals tax referendum

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a series of Community Conversations meetings in September to provide information on Henrico County's upcoming meals tax referendum.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Rd.; 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd.; and 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. > Read more.

Kroger to set up grocery store on site at RIR

Fans looking to stock up on tailgating items this weekend at Richmond International Raceway can visit a new, on-site Kroger store for their race day needs.

Kroger is setting up a temporary "store" in Parking Lot D Friday and Saturday at RIR from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The list of items available for purchase include hot dogs and hamburgers, Coca-Cola products, Gatorade, bagged ice, charcoal grills and other tailgating staples. > 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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