Tannerite explosions rattle community: Women, children, dogs and horses react to shootings
A group of five neighbors came to a Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting last month after having heard some rather loud explosions in their neighborhood near Hickory and Matoaca roads. Two of the five spoke during public comment at the Feb. 27 meeting. Kathleen Jones, a Chesterfield school teacher,... Read more
HD62: NAACP official, newcomer vying for Democratic nod
Those who want to vote in the Democratic Party’s House District 62 primary June 11 will have a choice. Local NAACP official Tavorise Marks and Chesterfield County budget official Lindsey Dougherty are running. Marks has worked for the state Department of Health for six-plus years, he said, noting that... 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
Cox named Kiwanis Club’s ‘Person of the Year’
State Del. Kirk Cox thinks it’s “pretty cool” being House Speaker. Cox – who’s in his 30th year serving in the General Assembly – was honored last week as the Chester Kiwanis Club’s “Person of the Year.” The Colonial Heights native said that, despite being tentatively redistricted into a... Read more
Dog park to open in mid-April
The first phase of a dog park at Goyne Park is almost finished. The first phase will feature a small dog run, said Joe Stovall, construction services manager at county parks and recreation. The first phase will also have an 8-foot-wide, 220-foot long walking path and an 80-foot-long release... Read more
Chesterfield County is proposing a slight increase in water and wastewater utility fees. Director of Utilities George B. Hayes said the proposal would increase the water commodity charge from $2.07 to $2.15 per 100 cubic feet (ccf). The wastewater commodity charge would increase from $2.24 to $2.25 per 100... Read more
By Caitlin Morris RICHMOND – The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill to expand “revenge porn” laws to include realistic fake images. In 2014, Virginia outlawed the dissemination of explicit photos or videos without the consent of the person seen in the images. The images may have been originally... Read more
The Chesterfield County Public Schools Board voted 4-0 last week to approve its Fiscal Year 2020 budget. Midlothian District board member Javaid Siddiqi was absent for the Feb. 26 meeting. Superintendent Merv Daugherty had proposed the $672.2 million budget, which is $17.5 million more than the FY2019 budget. “I... 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