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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.

Tractor trailer accident creates traffic problems

An Indiana man was charged with reckless driving early this morning when the tractor trailer he was driving crashed on the exit ramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 295 northbound in Henrico County (Exit 84B).

The driver, 31-year-old Mike L. Hylton, Jr., was trapped inside the vehicle for nearly 90 minutes following the 3:30 a.m. crash, according to Virginia State Police. He was wearing his safety belt and was transported to VCU Medical Center by ambulance with serious but non-life threatening injuries. > Read more.

Business in brief


BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Holiday Food Drive is currently underway. The food drive will benefit local Feeding America food banks and help ensure those in need receive well-balanced and nutritious meals this holiday season. The public can donate nonperishable, non-glass food items through Dec. 12. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Henrico is located at 1320 Starling Dr. in the county’s west end. Members and nonmembers are welcome to donate items. Nonmembers can visit the Member Services desk to receive a free 60-day trial membership. For more information on BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, visit BJ’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub > Read more.

Six veterans earn Congressional medals

Six distinguished veterans from the 7th U.S. Congressional District – including one Henrico resident – received the 2011 Congressional Veteran Commendation from U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor last month during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The CVC was created in 2002 to honor local veterans and preserve their testimonies of service and sacrifice for future generations. > Read more.

Vithoulkas named deputy county manager

Henrico County Finance Director John A. Vithoulkas has been appointed as a deputy county manager for administration, effective Dec. 17. Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett made the announcement Nov. 28.

Vithoulkas, who currently also currently serves as special economic advisor to the county manager, will succeed Leon T. Johnson, who is retiring after more than 16 years in the position. > Read more.

Short Pump mall suspends cell-phone tracking program

Short Pump Town Center and another shopping mall in California have stopped tracking shoppers' cell phone signals temporarily, following a request from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York. CNNMoney was first to report the announcement.

Short Pump Town Center and the Promenade Temecula in southern California (both Forest City Enterprises properties) began tracking the cell phone signals of shoppers on Black Friday in an attempt to cull information about their habits. Though the tracking was done anonymously, it raised concerns among some shoppers and other observers who felt it still was a violation of privacy. > 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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