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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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Business in brief


Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc., an affiliate of McKesson Corporation, a leading healthcare services and information technology company, will invest more than $10 million in capital expense to expand its divisional headquarters operation in Henrico County, creating 225 new jobs. The company will relocate its headquarters facility to 168,500 square feet of the Deep Run III building, which was recently purchased and renovated by Markel|Eagle Partners. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Henrico County Economic Development Authority and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henrico County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. > Read more.

Tribal rhythm

This young dancer was one of many who participated in the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition and Pow-Wow at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico Nov. 15-16. The event also included a number of other activities and demonstrations. > Read more.

Free Agents Marketing wins IMPACT award

Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing won the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 IMPACT Award in the Small Business category, besting TrueTimber Tree Service and Unboxed Technology.

The awards recognize small and large companies for their impacts on the region’s economy, through innovation in their industries, community involvement and improving the lives of their employees.

From 2009 to 2013, Free Agents, through client expenditures, reinvested more than $34 million dollars into the greater Richmond region. In 2013, the agency sought services from more than 350 local vendors. > Read more.

Henrico HS closed again Friday

UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.

School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.

"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email. > Read more.

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Community

Holiday festival at Willow Lawn Dec. 3

The Shops at Willow Lawn will host its holiday festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree, Peter McCory and Jonathan the Juggler will perform on the Main Stage. Barksdale Theatre's Snowbear will also make a special appearance.

There will also be train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, free photos with Santa in a photo booth, face painting, balloon art, crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. > Read more.

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Numb and number

The Schezuan flavors of Peter Chang China Café prove that some like it hot
The popularity of Peter Chang China Café has spread like wildfire, leaving customers’ mouths ablaze and tongues without feeling – but that’s the point of Schezuan food: the hotter the better.

Unless you don’t like spicy food, that is. Fortunately, there are other options on the menu for folks like us.

Tucked tightly in the same strip mall in Short Pump as Wal-Mart and Domino’s Pizza, the restaurant has a huge following in response to its famous chef and namesake, Peter Chang, former chef for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. > 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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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