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Zaxby’s recently announced its multi-unit development agreement with Hoozax Foods, Inc. to open 32 Zaxby’s restaurants in the Norfolk and Richmond areas within the next seven years. The partnership will make Hoozax Foods, Inc. one of Zaxby’s largest franchisees. A southeast favorite for chicken fingers and buffalo wings, Zaxby’s features a quick-casual format providing services and amenities that fall somewhere between fast food and a sit-down restaurant. The chain operates more than 550 locations in 12 states; there are currently three locations in Virginia - Roanoke, Salem and Williamsburg. Of the 32, 15 restaurants are planned for Richmond.

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Peter Trauernicht has joined Gavin Law Offices, PLC, located in western Henrico. Trauernicht graduated earlier this year from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he focused on intellectual property. He received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2009. Trauernicht will assist with Gavin Law Offices’ newly formed Enterprise Division.

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For the first time in the last three quarters, CEOs in central Virginia feel pessimistic about projected sales, capital spending and employment growth, according to the 2nd quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Top executives of small and mid-sized companies participating in the survey anticipate slow growth during the next six months, with only 50 percent saying they would increase staff, down from 58.1 percent last quarter. The results show that 14.4 percent of CEOs now expect decreased sales during the next two quarters, 4.3 percent more than last quarter. The Virginia Council of CEOs and University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business jointly conduct the quarterly survey; responses from 90 business owners and CEOs in central Virginia were collected.

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Glen Allen based Mead & Hunt, Inc. recently acquired Barnard Dunkelberg & Company, a firm with offices in Tulsa and Denver. Both companies provide aviation planning and environmental services. Combined, the two firms employ about 450 employees from more than 20 offices in 15 states.

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John B. Catlett has been elected incoming chairman of the St. Joseph’s Villa Board of Trustees. Catlett, a shareholder at the law firm Sands Anderson, PC, is a long-time trustee of the Villa and has served as chairman of the development committee and as an active member of the Golf Tournament Committee. As chairman, Catlett will be responsible for leading St. Joseph’s Villa in the implementation of its new strategic plan, now that renovations of the historic 82 acre campus are complete. He succeeds John C. Gentry as chairman. His term will begin July 1.

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Barbara Dyke, an executive assistant at Capitol Financial Solutions in Henrico, recently was recognized for 15 years of service and for her passionate volunteerism with Moss on the James, an organization focused on assisting charities and fostering an appreciation of the art of P. Buckley Moss. Currently serving as president of Moss on the James, Dyke is focusing on expanding missions and growing the membership. The organization has supported existing programs including the Massey Cancer Center, Noah’s Children, The Riverside School and the Ronald McDonald House.

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Jim Debiec, vice president of operations and asset management for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has announced his retirement effective July 6 after 22 years with the not-for-profit wholesale electric generation-and-transmission provider. Debiec began his cooperative career in 1978. He joined ODEC in 1990 as project engineer for the Clover Power Station in Halifax, Va., and in 1999, Debiec became director of power production responsible for the oversight of both Clover and North Anna Power Stations and the design and construction of ODEC’s Rock Springs, Louisa, and Marsh Run Combustion Turbine generating stations. He has worked out of ODEC headquarters in Glen Allen for the past 13 years.
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Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.

Walk, ceremony to observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week

In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 2-8), and to honor victims of crime in Henrico County and raise awareness about crime victims' rights and issues, Henrico County Victim/Witness will hold a commemorative ceremony and informative walk April 5. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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