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The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights.

A jolly good time

Thousands of shoppers – including the Alfaro family (pictured with Santa Claus) enjoyed Lakeside’s tenth-annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 14-15. Shops along the avenue stayed open late Friday night and offered food and discounts to shoppers who were getting a head-start on their holiday purchases.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery.

Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event.

Henrico’s population surpasses 316,000

The population of Henrico County grew by an estimated 3.3 percent between the April 1, 2010 US Census and July 1, 2013, according to an estimate released this week by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group of UVA.

Henrico's estimated population of 316,973 was up from its 2010 total of 306,935. It remains the sixth-largest locality in Virginia, according to the Cooper Center, trailing Fairfax County, the City of Virginia Beach, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Chesterfield County.

Police arrest Glen Allen HS student

UPDATE: JAN. 10, 12:45 P.M. – Henrico County Police have arrested the 16-year-old male who prompted Tuesday’s lockdown at Glen Allen High School and charged him with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property. He has been placed into juvenile detention and faces a court date later this month. If convicted could serve a minimum of one year in jail or pay a fine of as much as $2,500.

The 16-year-old allegedly made a threat toward a male juvenile acquaintance, according to police.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon. Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution.

Glen Allen High School lockdown lifted

UPDATE: 2:22 P.M. – The lockdown at Glen Allen High School has ended. School dismissal will occur at its normal time.

UPDATE: 2:07 P.M. – Henrico Police have taken into custody the juvenile male they had sought in connection with the situation at Glen Allen High School, Police spokeswoman Linda Toney said. The suspect was not on the school's campus. Police are not releasing any additional information about the juvenile at this time. The school remains on lockdown.

UPDATE: 1:54 P.M. – Glen Allen High School is on lockdown as Henrico Police officers seek a male suspect in connection with a suspicious situation reported at the school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. Officers locked the school down and were guarding the entrance to the school at Staples Mill Road while a SWAT team and other officials searched the premises and exterior of the building.

"School administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon," Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a release shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported. The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe."

Martin’s to close Gayton Crossing store by Oct. 26

Martin's Food Markets today announced that it will close its Gayton Crossing store at 9782 Gayton Road on or before Oct. 26.

The announcement perhaps signals a victory of sorts for Kroger, which also operates a store at Gayton Crossing. The two stores sit almost back to back in the center.

The Martin's store was not meeting the company's sales goals, Giant/Martin's President Rick Herring said in a press release.

“This difficult decision comes out of our ongoing and continual assessment of our stores,” Herring said. "Our Gayton Crossing location
has not achieved performance goals after several years of operation. We thank and deeply appreciate the dedicated service of our associates at the Gayton Crossing store.”

Region’s recycling rate increases

The regional recycling rate of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) has exceeded 55 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. That means that an estimated 57.4 percent of the waste generated in the Richmond region during 2012 was recycled and kept out of area landfills. The figure represents a slight increase from CVWMA’s rate of 56.6 percent for 2011.

CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of its waste each year.

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