Private water sources like wells and springs are unregulated in Virginia, but Chesterfield County is offering homeowners an affordable opportunity to find out what’s in their water. Chesterfield’s Cooperative Extension Office is offering confidential water testing and education through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. Water sample kits are... Read more
The Chesterfield Health District is investigating an increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Since May 1, there have been 11 confirmed cases among older adults and persons with medical conditions. Legionella bacteria has been found at the U.S. Defense Supply Center, Falling Creek Middle School, Reynolds... Read more
State approves emergency facility in Chester
It looks as if Chester may finally be getting an emergency room. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center received notice that a Certificate of Public Need application it filed with the state last October was approved May 21. “We’re absolutely thrilled this was approved,” Bon Secours CEO Chris Accashian... Read more
Outdoor classroom
Meadowbrook High student Liz Hernandez helped plant broccoli and cabbage at Shalom Farms, 2676 Venita Road, on April 25. She was part of Gwendolyn Goode’s Family and Consumer Science class. Students studied the roles of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the importance of... Read more
Walking is a virtual reality for Chester woman
June Peat has been virtually walking for nearly 12 years, and she enjoys it. In the summer of 2007, Peat and her family took their usual trip to Duck, N.C. “We were on the beach, and I looked so horrible in a bathing suit that I decided I needed... 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
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center would like to open a CT scanning facility on the campus of John Tyler Community College in Chester. The hospital, which is based at 13710 St. Francis Blvd. in Midlothian, submitted a letter of intent on Aug. 31 to file a certificate of... Read more
230 percent increase in overdoses since 2014 With statistics indicating one in five heroin overdoses in Chesterfield County results in death, county agencies have partnered to produce a public service announcement bringing attention to the dangers of heroin addiction and the resources available to those affected by it. “This... Read more
After the food coma of the holidays passes, most people want to recover their fitness equilibrium — getting back to a normal routine of exercise and conservative, healthy eating. It’s getting colder outside and feels like time to hibernate. Sometimes it’s extremely hard to get back into fitness and... Read more