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McDonald’s operator wins national award

Freda Thornton, a local McDonald’s franchisee who owns five Henrico and Richmond locations, recently received the Ronald Award, the highest regional award that a franchisee can receive. Thornton is pictured, second from right, with (from left) Bianca Olivas, vice president and general manager of the company's Baltimore Washington region; Rodney Henry, Thornton’s son and local McDonald’s franchisee; and Doug Jubic, QSC vice president of the Baltimore Washington region).

The award is given to just one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide and is designed to honor a franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community. > Read more.

VIPs for a day

Wayman Swanson and his son, Nicholas, were among the “VIPs” who gathered at Shula's Steak House in Short Pump Nov. 5 for a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the restaurant chain.

Included in the festivities were opportunities to view a “25 Years of Shula's” commemorative video featuring the restaurant's founder, the legendary Baltimore Colts’ and Miami Dolphins’ coach Don Shula, and to hold a replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy that is presented to the NFL’s Super Bowl champion each year. > Read more.
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GRTC seeks advisory group members


GRTC Transit System is starting a volunteer advisory group, the GRTC Transit System Advisory Group (TAG) to make recommendations for solutions to problems that are identified.

Members of the public are invited to apply for one of 10 spots in the group, which will meet four times a year. In addition to three at-large members, two members will be selected from Henrico, along with two from Richmond, two from Chesterfield and one from Petersburg. > Read more.

Police seek new person of interest in Food Lion shooting

UPDATE: JUL. 16, 5:02 P.M. – Henrico Police are seeking a new person of interest in connection with the shooting of a security guard at a Food Lion store in northern Henrico earlier this week. Police released a surveillance image of a black male (pictured) who was in the store and said that they want to contact him. > Read more.

Brat raises $400k in 40 days

UPDATE: JUL. 15, 3:29 P.M. – Republican candidate for Congress Dave Brat announced today that his campaign has raised nearly $400,000 in a 40-day period that ended June 30, with most of the money coming from 4,673 individual donors.

Of the actual $399,660 raised from May 22 to the end of the reporting period June 30, $363,560 – or 91 percent – came from those individuals. The figures are part of the candidate's quarterly finance report due today at the Federal Election Commission.

The majority of all 4,684 donors were small dollar contributors. 4402 donated $200 or less, while 271 contributors donated more than $200. Political committees, party committees, and PACs accounted for 11 contributions totaling $36,100. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in eyeglass thefts

Henrico Police are seeking a man who allegedly stole several hundred dollars worth of designer eyeglass frames from a Henrico business during the past several weeks.

The man is a black male with a bald head, approximately 5 foot 9 and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt. He is alleged to have stolen the frames between June 23 and July 9 from an eye care business in the 400 block of Westhampton Station near the Huguenot Bridge, where Virginia Eye Institute is located. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

High Heel Dash for breast cancer in Innsbrook Saturday

Women – and men – are invited to kick up their high-heeled stilettos, pumps and platforms and race to find a cure during Richmond’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Innsbrook.

Hosted by the Central Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the High Heel Dash participants will sprint 50 yards in their heels of choice. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest and “best dressed” racers. Race participation is open to the public for a $10 entry fee. Registration is available online at http://www.komencentralva.org or on the day of the race beginning at 3 p.m. Teams and creative costumes are encouraged. There is no admission for spectators. > Read more.

All Henrico Reads book discussions start Thursday

Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” has been selected as the 2012 author for All Henrico Reads. Book discussions will be held at several libraries beginning March 8 at Tuckahoe Library. The discussions lead up to the AHR main event on April 5 when Stein will discuss the book and sign copies. > Read more.

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Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Art in Action exhibition and auction Jan. 18 to benefit Henrico CASA

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host its seventh annual benefit art exhibition and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.

Proceeds from the Art in Action event will support Henrico CASA’s efforts to serve abused and neglected children in the county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system. CASA trains volunteers to serve as child advocates in court. Last year, volunteers served 398 local children, donating nearly 20,000 hours to their cases. > Read more.

Numb and number

The Schezuan flavors of Peter Chang China Café prove that some like it hot
The popularity of Peter Chang China Café has spread like wildfire, leaving customers’ mouths ablaze and tongues without feeling – but that’s the point of Schezuan food: the hotter the better.

Unless you don’t like spicy food, that is. Fortunately, there are other options on the menu for folks like us.

Tucked tightly in the same strip mall in Short Pump as Wal-Mart and Domino’s Pizza, the restaurant has a huge following in response to its famous chef and namesake, Peter Chang, former chef for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. > Read more.

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