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Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

$40 million investment announced
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.

Stratford University holds dedication

Stratford University hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony April 6 at its new Richmond campus, located on W. Broad Street in Short Pump. Nearly 150 guests from legislative offices and local businesses gathered with Stratford officials for the occasion, including Patrice Lewis, outreach representative for the Office of Senator Mark R. Warner, and Tim Grimes with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

ASK and receive

Jonathan Pilch had never had a sick day in his life.

So in January 2008, when he began to act grumpy and out-of-sorts, his mother – who had observed similar behavior in her two older sons – assumed the two-year-old was getting his molars.

When several days went by and Jonathan was still too listless to play, Pam Pilch suspected something more serious was wrong. But nothing could have prepared her for the response when she took Jonathan to the doctor.

Eastbound I-64 closures delayed to Wednesday

Lane closures on a section of eastbound Interstate 64 previously scheduled to begin Monday night have been delayed to Wednesday, April 27. The closures, which are needed to allow the installation of steel girders for bridge construction related to the North Gayton Road Extension Project, also are scheduled for Thursday, April 28.

Gayton Library closing for renovations April 23

The Gayton Branch of the Henrico County Public Libraries, located at 10600 Gayton Road, will close for renovation work at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and will reopen sometime in 2012.

The renovation project was funded through the county's 2005 bond referendum.

McDonnell launches teacher pay initiative

Bob McDonnell
Teachers at nine Henrico public schools may be eligible to receive $5,000 performance-pay bonuses, as part of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's "Opportunity to learn" education initiative, which he officially launched today.

The initiative offers 57 school districts in Virginia the opportunity to provide the incentives to new or current teachers at schools within their districts that are hard to staff.

‘Beauties’ raise bucks at ‘Cancer Is A Drag’ event

If only for a few hours, cancer was vanquished by laughter the evening of April 2.

But vanquished it was at the American Legion hall in Varina, as a bevy of 13 male beauties competed to raise funds for the American Cancer Society -- and honor the memory of the late Shelby Layne Bowery.

Flaunting names like “Scarlett,” “Jezzabelle,” “Showgirl Pearl,” and “Waynonna Juggs,” contestants sashayed down the aisle, bumping and grinding to various musical themes -- and stopping at nothing to coax another dollar in tips out of onlookers.

Varina town meeting April 18 to feature General Assembly representatives

Varina residents will have the opportunity to meet their representatives in the Virginia General Assembly at the next town meeting of Varina District Supervisor Jim Donati. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 18 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

Rolfe principal wins REB Award

Andrew Armstrong, principal at Rolfe Middle School, has been named the R.E.B. Distinguished Educational Leadership Award winner for Henrico County. Armstrong is one of four principals in the metro Richmond area selected to receive the annual award. Jodie Brinkmann, principal of Echo Lake Elementary, was named runner-up.

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