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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder. > Read more.

Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations


The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

Both the House and Senate rejected changes that the Democratic governor proposed to legislation regarding when law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to use a drone. McAuliffe’s amendments drew opposition from members of both parties.

SB 1301, introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and HB 2125, sponsored by Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, originally said that government agencies would need a search warrant to use drones for “law enforcement” activities. > Read more.
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Law would let Dominion hike electric bills


Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers’ electric bills, if the General Assembly passes a bill before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The legislation would require Dominion to maintain its base rate for eight years beginning in 2013 – when the state last reviewed the company’s rates – until 2020. While the base rate would stay the same, the company would retain the authority to increase fuel surcharges and other “riders” that are added to customers’ utility bills. > Read more.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.” > Read more.

Police seek suspect in murder

Henrico Police are seeking the person or persons who murdered a Henrico man on Jan. 16.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. that day, Police responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Howard Road On Friday, January 16, 2014, at approximately 8:50 PM, Henrico Police responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of Howard Road, just off East Laburnum Avenue between Harvie Road and Mechanicsville Turnpike. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a suspect who they believe has robbed two restaurants in northern Henrico this month.

On Jan. 9 at approximately 6:20 a.m., the suspect entered a restaurant in the 8200 block of Brook Road, approached an employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied, and then the suspect approached the manager in the office and again demanded money. The suspect exited the business and fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 in height, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black latex glove on his left hand and was armed with a revolver. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the holiday season through several concerts in Henrico this weekend: The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Ranier Trio all perform. Theatre performances this weekend are at HATTheatre and the Gayton Kirk. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

‘Golden trowel’ for Lewis Ginter

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.

Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Barbecue finds a home

Buz & Ned’s impresses in West End location
For about two years, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue has been open at the corner of West Broad and Parham, and it’s my fault for not going sooner. If you haven’t made the trip, shame on you.

As I finally walked in at noon on a Monday, I put aside many years of deep Fuddruckers-laced nostalgia from my childhood, and the smell of all kinds of barbecue greeted us.

There is much to see; nothing is overlooked when it comes to decor. > Read more.

‘Classical Fever’ strikes Henrico

Last month, world-renowned conductor and speaker Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presented a free concert to more than 400 people at St. Michael Catholic Church. He joined the Symphony Musicians of Richmond and American Federation of Musicians Local 123 for the charity event benefiting United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

Zander conducted “Classical Fever,” a unique performance for those without classical music in their lives. It aims to help people discover personal connections to the art and have a deep artistic experience. > Read more.

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