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Police search for suspects in attempted theft at CarMax dealership

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police are asking for help in searching for suspects who allegedly tried to steal several cars from a CarMax dealership on Monday. Police say five individuals tried to steal several cars from the dealership by shooting at the padlock. Anyone with information is asked to...

Four people shot near Richmond’s Carolina Express

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police officers say four people, including a juvenile, were shot outside the Carolina Express in the city’s northside Monday night. Authorities responded to Meadowbridge Road just after 9:30 p.m. to investigate gunfire. They found a woman who had been shot. She was taken to a nearby hospital.

Carytown’s Sweet, Sticky Thing

This year, the Carytown Watermelon Festival falls on Aug. 14, which also happens to be the birthday of a former merchant who assisted in starting the event. “How about that? I’ve invited 100,000 people to my birthday party,” Jo Anne Draucker says. The festival grew out of...

Richmond police defend predictive policing program

Richmond police say their foray into predictive policing — dubbed Operation Red Ball — has led to 179 arrests and the seizure of 276 guns.What's happening: The operation targets "people who have shot other people, people who have been shot or shot at and people who will shoot other people," Maj. Ronnie Armstead told leaders of Richmond's public housing authority last month, according a meeting recording obtained by Axios.The remarks were first reported by VPM News.Why it matters: The project has raised eyebrows among civil rights groups, who say predictive policing programs often lead to racial profiling.Meanwhile, the police department...

Virginia’s teacher shortage is fueling big spending on recruitment and retention

Since mid-July, teacher shortages have dominated discussions among Virginia’s local school boards. In a meeting last week, Spotsylvania County Superintendent Kelly Guempel described the division’s staffing needs as “severe,” with 114 vacant teaching positions a week before the start of the school year. A few days earlier, Fairfax County Superintendent Michelle Reid informed parents the […] The post Virginia’s teacher shortage is fueling big spending on recruitment and retention appeared first on Virginia Mercury.

2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) held its award ceremony for the 2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Aug. 8, 2022, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek. Several Richmond-area breweries entered and walked away with awards. “It’s fitting that on the 10th anniversary of SB604, the Virginia Craft...

Richmond restaurant news: a coffee park and new Carytown fine dining

Here's this week's heaping serving of local restaurant news. Botanya Restaurant, a new concept from the one of the folks behind Kabana, Sonora, Nama and Switch restaurants — is in the works in Carytown in the former Jimmy John's spot. The fine dining spot will offer craft cocktails and is expected to open in late September. Ironclad Coffee Roasters has opened ​​Ironclad National Park at its Shockoe Bottom location. The coffee shop acquired the little plot of land next to its cafe earlier this year and turned it into a community space for customer coffee sipping. Three Richmond spots — Redemption BBQ, ZZQ and Ronnie's — were named among the 10 best places in Virginia for barbecue. Three Notch'd RVA Collab House — the Scott's Addition brewery — expanded into two vacant storefronts to create a full-service restaurant, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Suzy Sno, the sno-ball concept from the owner of Ruby Scoop, moved from Jackson Ward to the former Sweet 95 space by Kitchen 64 and The Diamond, Richmond Magazine reports. Hang Space, the vegan cafe in Chesterfield, closed last week.
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Food Insecurity May Be Closer Than You Think

Even in apparently affluent areas, some older adults lack reliable access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food. My teenage son and I volunteered together for a local Meals on Wheels program in the summer of 2020, when COVID had caused an uptick in the need for home meal delivery services and a decrease in volunteers.

Carbon dioxide shortage brewing up trouble for breweries in central Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s probably the last thing you think about when it’s poured into an ice-cold glass, but it’s worth more than gold for breweries. “Beer would not be anywhere near as much fun without that little fizz to it, and so yeah, it’s pretty darn important,” David Gott, with Legend Brewing Co., said.