Stonewalled: Smith continues to offer help
Last November, Richard Smith and his wife, Monique, installed the largest US flag in the state on their property off Interstate 95 as a way to honor current and retired members of the military and law enforcement. Smith said he offered $100,000 of stone aggregate (crushed concrete) to the... Read more
Caleb’s Corner: Primary day is upon us
The June 11 primary election is Tuesday. Since Virginia has “open” primaries, most voters in Chesterfield County will be able to vote for at least one race, depending on where they live. Senate District 16 voters will most likely choose their next senator on June 11, since no Republican... Read more
Editor gives his take on local politics
The times, they are a changin’, and no more so than in politics. A new redistricting map drawn by a court-appointed special master will result in five Republican state House seats becoming “lean Democrat” and one becoming “swing,” and one Democrat seat becoming “swing,” unless the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more
Caleb’s Corner: 2018 was good, will 2019 be better?
With the first month of the new year in full swing, I decided to take some time and reflect on 2018 and the new year. 2018 was a good year overall. The economy kept humming along, and we had more money in our pockets, thanks to federal income tax... Read more
Caleb’s Corner: Will supervisors support Miles’ criminal justice reform efforts?
By Caleb M. Soptelean, editor/reporter  Chesterfield voted for criminal justice reform, barely. Scott Miles overcame a Republican registration advantage in the county and pulled off an upset in the commonwealth attorney’s race, but he did it at the same time that Abigail Spanberger was winning the District 7 portion... Read more
Caleb’s Corner: Colorado visit provides mountain respite
      ABOVE: Caleb M. Soptelean, editor; Baby mountain goat on Mount Evans. The mountains are calling, and I must go. With those words, the naturalist John Muir described my situation recently. Since I was named after the Old Testament character Caleb – who said, “Give me this... Read more
Cincinnati, NW Montana are editor’s vacation spots
A three-day visit to Northwest Montana last week provided me with some respite from Eastern U.S. humidity. I left Tuesday, July 3, and flew to Ohio to visit a friend and watch a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. It had been a while since I had taken in a Reds... Read more
Twenty years goes by like a flash of lightning that sends your dog jumping into your lap. Linda and I, who started the Village News twenty years ago, have worked toward a deadline every week since August 20, 1998. Linda and I have decided to retire. We will be... Read more
Thank you, Kiwanis, for our welcome home Dear Editor: I want to publicly express my thanks to Dr. Joe Hillier and the Kiwanis Club of Chester for their Welcome Home Vietnam War Era Celebration Event held at the Chesterfield County fairgrounds on October 4. It was a very public... Read more
To the Editor, Southern Chesterfield County could one day be home to a facility engaged in heavy manufacturing. Residents learned this significant development not from our county leaders, but from the governor announcing the exciting news as a done deal. Six similar industrial properties dot the Commonwealth, and four... Read more