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County holds investiture ceremony

Newly elected officials join incumbents in office

Newly elected Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor takes the oath of office during Henrico County's investiture ceremony Dec. 14 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, while new Varina Superivsor Tyrone Nelson (left), Tuckahoe Supervisor Pat O'Bannon (center) and Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele look on. Circuit Court Judge Catherine Hammond administered the oath.


Henrico County held is investiture ceremony Dec. 14 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, officially ushering in a new era on the Board of Supervisors and in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office while welcoming a new member to the School Board.

Officials swore in all 10 elected members of the county's School Board and Board of Supervisors, as well as Sheriff Mike Wade and newly elected Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor, during the hourlong ceremony before an audience of county and state officials, friends and family members.

Democrats Taylor (who won a three-way race to against two more prominent candidates last month to claim the Commonwealth's Attorney's seat) and Tyrone Nelson (who defeated 20-year incumbent Jim Donati to win the Varina District Supervisor's seat) joined Beverly Cocke, who defeated two fellow challengers to win the Brookland District School Board seat as the only newcomers in office.

Taylor's win was surprising given her late entry into the race – on the last filing day in August – while Nelson's marked the first time in 16 years a new member would join the Board of Supervisors. The board had been the longest conseuctively serving board in state history, and its other four members were re-elected without opposition.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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