Which way Matoaca? Supervisors candidates speak at forum
Two of the three Republican candidates for their party’s nomination for Matoaca District supervisor participated in a forum last week. Kevin Carroll and Rob Thompson were joined by recently announced Democrat candidate Shajaun Mason at the May 16 forum at the Foxfire Club House, which was hosted by Chesterfield... Read more
Rural connections: Some Rhodes Lane residents waiting for broadband access
Hurry up and wait. That’s pretty much what some residents of Rhodes Lane have been doing for several years, according to Bonnie and Tyler Moody, a mother and son, who have been living at 16111 N. Rhodes Lane since March 2015. “We never thought there wouldn’t be Internet out... Read more
Community talks about criminal justice reform
Although Democratic state House candidate Tavorise Marks promoted legalizing marijuana during last week’s town hall on criminal justice reform, three inmates who are enrolled in the Chesterfield County Jail’s Heroin Addiction Recovery Program all said they were undecided. Marks hosted the May 1 forum at the Central Library, and... Read more
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Fiscal Year 2020 budget last week that includes an additional $1.9 million in funding for Chesterfield Schools. Budget Director Meghan Coates noted that the $1.9 million deficit was created when the General Assembly’s budget did not match what Gov. Ralph... Read more
County supervisors got an earful during last week’s public hearing on the proposed budget. Several speakers criticized the school district for not cutting enough, while others asked for more funding for teachers’ salaries in addition to the 3 percent included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget. Midlothian resident... Read more
Information leak: County begins long process to add fourth water source
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors last week unanimously authorized the county to begin the designing and permitting process to add a water treatment facility on the Appomattox River. County staff believes that a fourth water source – in addition to Swift Creek Reservoir, Lake Chesdin and the James River... Read more
County administrator Joe Casey presented a Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Friday, which the supervisors were scheduled to consider during their March 13 afternoon work session. The $733.5 million budget represents a $22 million increase, or 3 percent, over the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. It would leave the real... Read more
Three men vying for Republican nod for supervisor in Matoaca
The recent announcement that two-term county supervisor Steve Elswick is not running again has resulted in three declared Republican candidates thus far. Kevin Carroll had already announced, but shortly after Elswick’s decision, current Matoaca District school board member Rob Thompson and Matoaca District planning commissioner Craig Stariha also came... Read more
Coal ash bill sent to governor: Wording about access to Henricus Park, Dutch Gap not included in bill
A coal ash bill that went through a number of changes in the final weeks of the recently-concluded General Assembly’s general session is waiting action from Gov. Ralph Northam. He has until midnight March 25 to sign, veto or amend the bill. SB1355 was approved 37-2 in the state... Read more
Jaeckle not running again: Ingle angles for job
Three-term county supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle announced Feb. 19 that she is not running again, while another Republican said he plans to seek his party’s nomination for the position in the June 11 primary. In a press release, the 64-year-old Jaeckle said time is a “most precious commodity.” “It has... Read more