Chesterfield has new state trooper: Thacker previously was in the Marine Corps
Chester resident Jaleel Clayton Thacker is on patrol in Chesterfield County as a newly sworn Virginia State Trooper. On Feb. 15, Thacker graduated with 79 other new state troopers after completing 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation,... Read more
A hotel is a commercial establishment that provides short-term, paid lodging with meals and other services for travelers and tourists. Or so we thought. Last Sunday night, a fire ripped through a hotel in Chesterfield. The fire sent four people to the hospital and displaced 34 occupants. Three of... Read more
Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I had some overnight business to attend to, and on my way back I stopped at a McDonald’s to pick up some breakfast for the long drive home. I went in and got in line behind a young... Read more
As I read a gut-wrenching Facebook post from the wife of Lt. Brad Clark, the firefighter who lost his life on I-295, I can only say that little has changed. The #MoveOver campaign – created to get the word out about moving over when you see police vehicles –... Read more

Dogpound mornings

Dogpound March 19, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Have you adjusted to Daylight Saving Time yet? I have, but I do not like it. Just before the change, I was actually able to see the start of the sunrise. Now it is just pitch black again.... Read more
In regard to your story in last week’s issue, “Tannerite explosions rattle community,” characterizing Tannerite as a fuel is only correct if you are talking about it to fire off a rocket. Note that the chemistry given for the components is backward: The ammonium nitrate and ammonium perchlorate are... Read more
Dear Abishag: Damon writes second book about Biblical women
Roberta M. Damon, an 84-year-old Chester resident, recently debuted her second book in a series, “Dear Abishag: Letters to Little Known Women of the Bible.” The book, which was released in December, is a sequel to Damon’s first book: “Dear Mrs. Noah: Letters to Unnamed Women of the Bible.”... Read more
Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was just thinking, Saint Paddy’s Day is this weekend, Sunday, March 17, and in today’s world my old Irish buttons will probably not work. For example, “Kiss me I am Irish” would be a no-no, and so... Read more
When we learned to color, we were taught to color inside the lines. When we learned to write, we were taught to stay within the lines on the page. For many, many years, this was how the fire service in America conducted training. I will use Chesterfield Fire &... Read more
Considering when and where our schools are improved
Chesterfield County was the place to send your kids to school in the 1990s. However, it’s become painfully clear that all parts of the county are not created equal. Although Chesterfield County has an overall budget for schools, how it’s divided is based largely on new residential development. When... Read more