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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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Virginia lawmakers eye new laws on drones


As the federal government establishes national guidelines for commercial drones, the General Assembly is considering whether and how to restrict drones in Virginia.

At the start of the legislative session, five bills regarding drones had been submitted – two affecting hobbyists and the others affecting government agencies.

House Bill 2017, proposed by Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Senate Bill 937, proposed by Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, sought to allow local governments to ban individuals from flying drones under 55 pounds. However, both measures are dead for this session. > Read more.

House kills bill to legalize selling switchblades


Any Virginians using this week’s snow days to start planning a “Warriors”-style gang – complete with throwing stars and switchblades – must now put the jean jacket back in the closet and go back to the drawing board.

On Wednesday, the House of Delegates reversed itself and killed a controversial but virally popular bill – SB 1130, which would have repealed the state’s ban on the sale of (or possession with intent to sell) novelty handheld weapons including brass knuckles, “oriental darts” and blackjacks.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa, originally passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday by a vote of 56-42 and appeared to be on its way to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. > Read more.

Governor signs law allowing Uber, Lyft to operate


After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in Virginia after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that sets licensing procedures and standards for drivers.

“I am proud to sign this legislation, which supports innovation in our transportation system while also protecting the safety of citizens across the commonwealth. Virginia is leading the way on attracting and supporting innovative companies in every sector of our economy,” McAuliffe said Tuesday.

The signing of House Bill 1662 and Senate Bill 1025 formalizes an interim agreement that the governor and Attorney General Mark Herring reached with the taxi-like companies last summer. > Read more.

Assembly blocks access to handgun permits


It is now up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.

The House of Delegates gave final approval Tuesday to the measure, Senate Bill 948. The vote was 66-33, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it. SB 948 now advances to McAuliffe for consideration.

If signed into law, states like Maryland would not have access to concealed weapon permit data from the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Maryland does not recognize concealed handgun permits issued by Virginia. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of beers, Irish ensemble Danú and head shaving for charity! If you’re not feeling the luck of the Irish, you can still take in some musical entertainment with the Russian National Ballet or Soundworks Chorus, or join your furry friends at Paws in the Park at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

DRMD hopes to hit million-dollar mark

Deep Run High School’s 2013 Marathon Dance, a student-run function that aims to raise money for organizations around the community, will be held March 15-16 in the school’s gymnasium. In its seven-year history, the dance has raised more than $863,000, and this year the students’ goal is to break the $1 million mark. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Cultural performances abound this weekend in Henrico: Minds in Motion, Capitol Opera, Black Grace, One Voice Chorus and a special dance performance at the Hindu Center of Virginia. And despite the snow earlier this week, the weekend weather is going to be sunny and warm! Spend Saturday outside for a good cause – the Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk is in Innsbrook! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Learn something new this weekend! Study the art of origami or discover some new southern slow cooker recipes. Find a career that makes you happy or learn how to relieve stress. And did you know that one donation of blood can help support up to three patients’ lives? For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces 2014 Tabby award winners

The Joshua Plant, which made its world premiere at CAT Theatre in January, took top honors at CAT’s 2014 Tabby Awards, held July 20. Written by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci, The Joshua Plant was the winner of CAT's 50th Anniversary Original Play contest and was chosen from dozens of entries. The Joshua Plant began as a 10-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writer's series. > Read more.

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

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