Chase will not caucus with GOP, says she remains a Republican
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, surprised some last week with an announcement that she would not support Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, as minority leader, and, as a result, would not caucus with the Republican Party when the Legislature convenes in January.  Chase was re-elected in Senate District... Read more
Dominion Energy and Chesterfield County officials met with some local residents of the neighborhoods close to the utility’s power station and Henricus Historical Park on Nov. 14. The purpose of the meeting was to provide residents with an update about plans to recycle coal ash, including options for relocating... Read more
By a 4-1 vote with Carrie Coyner dissenting, the Chesterfield school board on Nov. 12 requested authorization from the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to spend $4.5 million in county reserve funds and $3.8 million for increased student growth. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the request at its Nov.... Read more
Chase and Morrissey vow to work across party aisle
Chesterfield County voters elected two independent-minded legislators last week in Democrat Joe Morrissey and Republican Amanda Chase. And on Morrissey’s radio show last week on WJFN 100.5 FM, the two said they would work together in the Senate. Democrats took control of the body, 21-19, by picking up two... Read more
Chesterfield stays red as Virginia turns blue
Although Democrats were rejoicing at picking up the state House and Senate on Nov. 5, Chesterfield County Republicans won a number of what some thought would be close races while knocking off incumbent Democrat Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles. Miles, who last year was narrowly elected to finish the remaining... Read more
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation is seeking input on the master plan for Fairgrounds Park, located at the intersection of Krause and Courthouse roads. The public is invited to attend a public information meeting on the draft master plan from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the... Read more
Academy for special needs youth marks first year
It’s been almost a year since Chesterfield’s Growth Through Opportunity cadet academy began. On Friday, Nov. 8, the organization’s founder, Travis Akins, and others hosted the program’s second graduation ceremony. Included were seven graduates of the 16-week program: Camari Cobb, Benjamin Cunningham, Richard Dabney, Robert Hopkins, Tavon Macklin, David... Read more
Election of first Muslim to state Senate draws reaction on Facebook
By Hannah Eason and Sravan Gannavarapu (VCU Capital News Service) Days after Virginia’s legislative elections, anti-Muslim comments flooded news stories about Ghazala Hashmi becoming the first Muslim to serve in the state Senate, with hundreds of Facebook users linking her to terrorism and saying it was a “sad day”... Read more
Chesterfield names new building inspection director
After a nationwide recruitment effort, Chesterfield County announced last week that it has hired Ronald W. Clements Jr. as its new director of the Building Inspection Department. Clements currently serves as the county’s assistant building inspection director. He began his new role Nov. 1 at a salary of $140,000.... Read more
Chesterfield County was recently honored by the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association with the Innovations in Government Finance Award. The county was recognized for excellence in e-government and technology and in budgeting and financial planning. The award was presented Oct. 11 to staff of the county’s Budget and Management... Read more