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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.

Student spotlight - Godwin H.S.

Whether it is long or short, at the end of the week, the one day everyone looks forward to is Friday. To keep your Fridays from becoming bland and routine, one thing you can do it head down to Carytown and play some good old Carytown Scavenger Hunt. But what is Carytown Bingo? > Read more.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

It’s a freezing morning – my breath making a thicker fog than the exhaust from a pickup truck, as I slowly make my way to my fourth period. Winter: It comes once a year. Some people love it, some people don’t. Winter is tougher for the students of Henrico County – specifically the students at Henrico, J.R. Tucker and Varina high schools.

All three are “campus style” schools – meaning you walk outside between buildings, to your classes. Both Henrico and J.R Tucker were built in 1962, which explains why both sites are extremely similar. Varina was built in 1963. > Read more.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

As I stroll down the hallways of Henrico High I notice so many styles and cultures making their intended statement. Looking to my left, I see a girl with a funky hair cut that screams rebel loud and proud, accompanied by a pair of leather pants and a big vintage sweater suggesting she’s trendy, yet sensible.

Turning my head, I catch a glimpse of a boy wearing a cardigan and a button up with a belt. These are just a few of the thousands of trends set every day. Immediately after meeting someone, we form a three-second snap judgment.
> Read more.

County proposes sale of Best Plaza complex

UPDATE: Dec. 10, 6:35 P.M. – Henrico County officials are proposing that the county sell a prominent 93-acre site adjacent to I-95 that it purchased for $6.2 million just two years ago.

County Manager John Vithoulkas is recommending the sale of Best Plaza, which sits at the interchange of Parham Road and I-95 in northern Henrico.

When the county bought the property in December 2011, officials envisioned it as the future home for many of Henrico's key governmental agencies, which would relocate from the western government center on Parham Road and allow the courts complex to undergo a much-needed expansion there. > Read more.

County asks state to share VRS liabilities

Henrico County officials aren't making any formal requests this year to the county's General Assembly delegation, but informally they're encouraging the Henrico delegation to support an accounting change that could help preserve the county's sterling triple AAA bond rating.

The issue involves the pension payments made into the Virginia Retirement System for Henrico teachers by the county and state. The state and each Virginia locality share the funding responsibility for the VRS, which makes retirement payments to eligible former teachers and other retired state and local employees. > Read more.

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Community

Safe Harbor launches new website Dec. 7

Safe Harbor will celebrate the launch of its new website and social media on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St. A percentage of sales will benefit Safe Harbor. > Read more.

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.

Holiday festival at Willow Lawn Dec. 3

The Shops at Willow Lawn will host its holiday festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree, Peter McCory and Jonathan the Juggler will perform on the Main Stage. Barksdale Theatre's Snowbear will also make a special appearance.

There will also be train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, free photos with Santa in a photo booth, face painting, balloon art, crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

2011 Virginia Winery Guide available

The 2011 Virginia Winery Guide, produced by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, is now available to the public. The guide includes information about all 190 wineries in the state, as well as a detailed driving map of the state and wineries. The listings include the location, hours, directions and contact information for each winery. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Kenya Safari Acrobats to perform at CACGA

The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.

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