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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.

Registration ends Nov. 22 for Henrico PAL Christmas Break Camp

Registration ends Nov. 22 for the 1st annual Henrico PAL Christmas Break Camp, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27-30 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The camp, intended for children ages 6-13, will provide Henrico County youth with a safe environment while participating in a wide variety of educational, athletic and recreational activities. Opportunities include a soccer clinic, basketball clinic, roller-skating, educational museum tours and more. > Read more.

Valentine Richmond History Center to offer free viewing of Henrico exhibit Sunday

Area residents can take a free tour of a photo exhibit depicting Henrico history when the Valentine Richmond History Center hosts “Henrico County Day” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the center, 1015 E. Clay Street.

The Valentine Richmond History Center is offering free admission and light refreshments in honor of Henrico’s 400th anniversary. The event is open to the public.

“Into Focus: Henrico County through the Camera” features photos tracing cultural and architectural changes in the county from the 19th century to present. > Read more.

New Va. Department of Taxation website designed to help customers

The Virginia Department of Taxation introduced a new website this week designed to give taxpayers a quicker, more intuitive path to the information they need.

The site – http://www.tax.virginia.gov – features a menu-based design that guides users to what they need with a minimum of mouse clicks. Forms have been organized in a more navigable layout with additional information about each one. Improvements have been made to the search function, and important announcements and other information are now featured in a large slideshow in the center of the home page. > Read more.

Business in brief


All active, retired or former U.S. military veterans will receive a free lunch in celebration of Veteran’s Day at Texas Roadhouse outside Virginia Center Commons Mall. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, veterans can choose one of 10 entrees, including a six ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee. Proof of service including military or VA card or discharge papers is required to participate. Free meal offer is for military personnel only; spouses or other family members are not included. For details, visit http://www.texasroadhouse.com > Read more.

Average weekly wages rise in Henrico

The average weekly wage in Henrico County rose 6.3 percent from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011 – the steepest increase among Virginia’s 12 largest counties.

Among Virginia localities with at least 75,000 workers, Virginia Beach City ranked second in the rate of wage growth at 5.8 percent, followed by Richmond City at 4.9 percent. > 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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