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
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
County Waste trucks’ use of Lewis Road clarified
Chesterfield County recently clarified the conditions under which County Waste trucks can use Lewis Road after the county received a complaint or two about it. A stipulation in a 1976 conditional use permit for Shoosmith Bros. Inc.’s landfill said that “no truck traffic associated with this operation shall be... Read more
House Speaker gives legislative update
By Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights The 2019 General Assembly just adjourned sine die Sunday. Over the course of the 46-day legislative session, the House and Senate considered thousands of bills on a wide range of issues. Despite the distractions taking place elsewhere on Capitol Square, the General Assembly... Read more