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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.

School Board makes new appointments

The Henrico County School Board recently appointed Paul Carper as director of construction and maintenance. Carper comes to HCPS from Hanover County Public Schools, where he served as director for construction, planning and building services since 2003. He also previously served in Henrico as a construction manager and capital projects coordinator. In his new position, Carper’s responsibilities will include a $43 million budget, the school system’s Capital Improvement Plan, as well as all aspects involved in maintaining 6.9 million square feet of building space.

The board also named Thomas Woodward as director of instructional technology; Judith Christoper as educational specialist for elementary science; Katie Grootegoed as educational specialist for instructional technology; and Kim Dupreas as interventionist. > Read more.

Police promote 5

Five Henrico Police officials recently were promoted to new positions, effective July 13.

Major Fred E. Bolling was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Criminal Investigations and Special Services Bureau.

Major James B. Fitzgerald was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Patrol and Animal Protection Bureau.
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AAA Mid-Atlantic launches ‘Smart Driver Challenge’ web quiz

When is it ok to go through a yellow light? What are you supposed to do when an emergency vehicle passes you with sirens blaring? Why is it bad to tailgate, other than annoying your fellow drivers?

How would you score if you had to take your written driver’s test today? The AAA Mid-Atlantic Smart Driver Challenge will help you find out just how much know and whether you need to refresh your skills. > Read more.

Bon Secours training center opens in Richmond

Leaders from the state of Virginia, City of Richmond and Bon Secours Virginia Health System gathered July 8 with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, along with community partners and quests, to celebrate the opening of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, the new home of the Redskins summer training camp.

The $10 million Training Center (pictured) includes two full-sized natural grass fields, a natural grass drill field, spectator areas, locker rooms and a high-tech training room.
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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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