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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.

Henrico students named winners in national Scholastic Art & Writing competition

Ten students from Henrico County Public Schools have won honors for their artwork in the 2014 national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Ellie Braun of Henrico High School was one of only 16 students nationwide to receive a Gold Medal Portfolio award for her portfolio, “Closet Queens.” The award includes a $10,000 scholarship. Braun won multiple awards, as did Deep Run High School’s Alex Turner. Virginia winners are showcased online at vmfa.museum/learn. > Read more.

Powhatan offensive enacted at Henricus


The history of the early settlements at the James River came to life when Opechancanough’s offensive of 1622 was enacted recently at the Henricus Historical Park.

Attacks by Powhatan Indians had killed more than 300 men, women and children, representing a quarter of the total population, among the early settlers along the James River and in the Williamsburg area in March 1622. In the weeks after the “massacre,” the Powhatan Confederacy Indians, led by chief Opechancanough, continued their coordinated campaign against the settlers, who had to be evacuated from their farms and settlements to the fortified Jamestown settlement. > Read more.

Cantor holds education roundtable In Henrico


U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) Mar. 31 toured Henrico Public Schools’ Engineering Specialty Center and Highland Springs Technical Center and then participated in a roundtable with counselors, graduates and private sector partners to discuss how career and technical training programs prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“At a time when many people in our communities are chronically unemployed and college graduates face mounting debt, career and technical education programs are more important than ever," Cantor said. "I was pleased to see the work that the Henrico County Public Schools are doing to provide parents and students with more choices and opportunities starting in high school. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 3-9


5100 Monument Avenue, # 405 – $78,500, 470 SF (built in 1961), from Howard F., Debra A. and Molly Beth Duke to Tammy and David Kane.
5618 Crenshaw Road, #813 – $107,707, 885 SF (built in 1963), from Yaushadia C. Wilson to Housing and Urban Development.
2210 Brandonview Avenue – $113,466, 1,008 SF (built in 1978), from Michael J. Kelly to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue – $130,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1994), from Robert C. French to Brandon L. McKinney.
8944 Osborne Turnpike – $146,999, 1,200 SF (built in 1991), from Stephen T. Pearson to Federal National Mortgage Association. > Read more.

Murder charges filed in February crash that killed 2

UPDATE: MAR. 31, 3 P.M. - Henrico Police have charged the driver in a fatal February accident in Sandston with two counts of felony murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of hit and run in connection with the incident.

Andrew Taylor Walters faces the new charges in connection with the deaths of Jessica Gallmeyer and Amanda Irby, sisters who were passengers in the car Walters was driving Feb. 3 when he crashed it into the water near White Oak Road and East Williamsburg Road after attempting to flee from police.

Irby, 15, and Gallmeyer, 27, were rescued from the water, but Irby died in the hospital Feb. 5 and Gallmeyer died the following day, both from their injuries. > Read more.

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Community

Strikers, Kickers form partnership

The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.

Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.

Gettin’ piggy with it at Henricus

Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.

Marathon spirit

Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Artists on display

Emerging professional dancers of the "We Are Artists" project perform “Interference” together with teacher and choreographer Blake Roeder during a Jan. 18 event at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The project gives emerging professional young dancers from the Richmond region area an opportunity to learn from, collaborate and perform with accomplished professional dancers. Founding siblings Roeder and Autumn Proctor are professional dancers, choreographers and dance teachers and expose the project participants to the innovative methods of movement creation they have learned and used in New York, Montreal and Berlin. > Read more.

‘Cooking with love’

India K’Raja stands the test of time in the West End
Although I’m a Henrico native, I’d never ventured into India K’Raja, Henrico’s first Indian restaurant.

It’s easy to find in the shops at Tuckernuck Drive and Broad Street, across from David’s Bridal. It’s even easier to smell. As we walked from the parking lot, Indian spices and music drew us in from the sidewalk. I was giddy as I entered the restaurant; I love Indian food.

I immediately noticed the casual nature of the restaurant and easy-going, friendly staff. It has been around for 18 years without much updating to furniture. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Happy Valentine’s Day! Let the kids – and you – have a night out at Romp n’ Roll West End. On Saturday, family activities include Arena Racing USA and Family Fun Day at Henricus Historical Park. Also on Saturday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church will be the site of REAP’s Heart to Heart Artisan Showcase and Silent Auction. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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