EDA makes pitch for megasite, citizens’ objections heard
Mike Uzel, spokesman for Bermuda Advocated for Responsible Development, speaks at a community meeting April 11.   The second recent informational meeting about a proposed megasite in the southern part of the county was more orderly than the first, according to two people who attended both. The first meeting... Read more
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $711 million budget last week that will result in a 1-cent reduction in the real estate property tax rate, a 3.5-percent utility rate increase and a 4.1-percent increase in the utility connection fee. Chairwoman Dorothy Jaeckle said that some $25,000... Read more
Diversity director retires, reflects on progress
CHESTERFIELD – After a storied career spanning more than 35 years in civil service, Harold McManus retired at the end of March from his post as director of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. The times are always changing, and McManus has ridden on... Read more
Murder, firearms charges forwarded to grand jury
Three murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges each were certified over to Chesterfield Circuit Court last week against Christopher Gattis. A grand jury will consider indictments on May 21. Gattis, 58, has been held in the county jail without bail since he wsa... Read more
Matoaca Woman’s Club stays busy with scholarships
MATOACA – The monthly meeting of the Matoaca Woman’s Club was held on March 20 at New Hope Baptist Church. Wilma Norris, Education/Scholarship Committee chair, presented the March program with an in-depth history of past and current activities from the club’s many years. One of the program’s highlights was... Read more
Matoaca Elementary gets $10K donation
CHESTERFIELD – Matoaca Elementary School was surprised with a $10,000 donation from AdoptAClassroom.org in partnership with Burlington Stores. Representatives from Burlington Stores presented the check April 10 during a student and faculty assembly. The gift will provide nine teams of instructors with $1,111.11 each to purchase new supplies for classrooms.... Read more
Man charged with homicide for 2016 motel slaying
CHESTERFIELD – A man has been arrested in connection with the September 2016 murder of Jerry V. Colyer. At about 10:57 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, police responded to the Econo Lodge at 2310 Indian Hill Road for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, police located the clerk, identified... Read more
Encourager: Matoaca High grad speaks to youth at annual event
Helping teens develop leadership skills was one of the ideas behind the Chesterfield County Public Library’s mini-leadership conferences. The fourth annual three-day conference – officially known as the Teen Leadership Institute – was held at the Chester Library last week. It featured motivational speaker Charles McLeod. McLeod – who... Read more
Megasite: Extra informational meeting to be held in May
Chesterfield County has added another community information meeting about a proposed megasite to go with three previously scheduled meetings coming up this week and next. Planning Commission Chairman Gib Sloan said the extra meeting – to be held at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Carver Middle School – was... Read more
Revisiting history: Commemoration of Chief Powhatan’s death attracts visitors from Canada
Michael Anderson brought his family from Canada to Henricus Historical Park on Saturday to view where his ancestors lived. Anderson, a Petersburg native who relocated to Toronto a number of years ago, said he found out in recent months that his ancestor 12 generations removed resided on what had... Read more