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Small fire extinguished at Mondelez factory

Henrico Fire units quickly extinguished a structure fire at the Mondelez (Nabisco) factory in Varina Jan. 20. The factory manufactures Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, Ritz and Wheat Thins crackers and Premium saltines.

The fire was reported at 8:10 p.m., and first-arriving units reported fire from the roof of the facility. Inside the factory, fire crews found fire in an oven on the second floor and a vent stack leading to the roof. Crews continued to the roof and found fire in the roof structure around the vent stack. > Read more.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.” > Read more.
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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.

Steward School gives interim head of school permanent title

UPDATE: NOV. 21, 2:15 P.M. – The Steward School today named Interim Head of School Dan Frank as the new head of school.

The Steward Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee conducted a national search but determined that the best candidate for the job was the one who already held it. The board and committee unanimously supported Frank's appointment.

“We are absolutely confident that we have selected the candidate who best fits the needs of our school community," Board Chair Maria Brent Jones said. "Dan is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation and community, as well as a deep understanding of Steward, to this leadership role.”
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Four Henrico firefighters earn Valor Awards


Four Henrico County firefighters were recognized at this year's Silver Anniversary celebration of the Valor Awards, an annual event celebrating the courage of the Richmond area's first responders.

Held Nov. 7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association and honored law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel from around the region for their brave and selfless acts.

Lt. Michael Jason Carneal received a Bronze Valor Award for his actions the night of July 22. While off duty, Lt. Carneal was leaving his home at approximately 5:45 a.m. when he noticed a neighbor knocking and screaming at the door of another neighbor’s house. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


There are some great performances taking place this weekend in Henrico: Le Hot Club, the Shanghai Quartet, fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman and the fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam. And don’t forget Fido! The Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo is on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebrations, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering Orchids Galore and a chocolate workshop. You can also take your Valentine to a show at Henrico Theatre – Gaye Adegbalola performs Friday and Theatre IV presents “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Seeing red

It was a red-out in the nurseries of Bon Secours hospitals Feb. 1, as all the babies were dressed in red knit caps and blankets as part of National Wear Red Day to kick off American Heart Month. At right, St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni Ardabell holds one of the newborns at that hospital. Each of the knit caps worn by the infants was knitted by Bon Secours volunteers. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Hardball, the hard way

‘Million Dollar Arm’ inspires with true story of Indian pitchers

Million Dollar Arm is your traditional sports flick. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re curious, have access to Google, or follow baseball to some degree, you may know Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. In 2008, they were victorious on the Indian reality series Million Dollar Arm and won the opportunity to train for a shot in the major leagues.

But Million Dollar Arm isn’t so much the story of Dinesh and Rinku as it is J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), the scout who first came up with the idea to take baseball (or, at least, a baseball-themed reality show) to Southern Asia. Because this is a Disney pic, and that is the typical Disney sports formula. Consider Miracle and Remember the Titans, two incredible athletic stories that were less about the athletes, and more about the coaches – played by Kurt Russell and Denzel Washington, respectively. But that’s not such a bad thing, because Million Dollar Arm benefits from the endless charm of Mad Men star Hamm. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Men’s Chorus will end their season with “The Music of Elton John” – tomorrow at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There are concerts this weekend for bluegrass and Mozart fans too! An organization that really needs fans is the Special Olympics – you can volunteer to cheer at their summer games, taking place this weekend at the University of Richmond and other local venues. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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