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Ranking 2011

It’s time again to review another year. And what a year 2011 has been. From earthquakes and hurricanes to anniversaries and elections we have been very busy.

#1 -- Earthquake blown away by Irene

The rumble began like a passing train and then many people realized they were nowhere near the tracks. Maybe a helicopter. But the shake continued long enough on Aug. 23 that most people left the shelter of their homes or road it out, securing dishes or other valuables that could tumble to the floor.

#2 -- Interchange is completed, prepares to open shop

Governor Bob McDonnell announced in late December that Amazon would invest a total of $135 million to establish two fulfillment centers in Virginia. The company will invest $85 million and create 1,000 jobs at the Meadowville Technology Park in Enon, and invest $50 million in Dinwiddie County, creating 350 new jobs.

#3 -- VSU begins redevelopment of Ettrick, shutout by Chester

Throughout its long history, the village of Ettrick has served as an important gateway into Chesterfield County. According to the Chesterfield County revitalization department, under the leadership of Tom Jacobson, that gateway will now be enhanced.

#4 -- Candidates have a busy summer and fall in pursuit of November

In mid-July after joining the local Republican committee, Chris McCarney challenged incumbent Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle for a seat on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. The announcement by McCarney was the first shot across the bow of Jaeckle’s four year term as supervisor.

#5 -- Henricus Historical Park celebrates 400 years

The Godspeed arrived at Henricus Historical Park under full sail and was greeted by welcoming canon blasts to open Publik Days, adding another event to the celebration of the park’s 400 year anniversary.

#6 -- Chesterfield’s comprehensive plan rides a rocky road

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission completed their review and edits of the countywide draft comprehensive plan in November and presented it to the Board of Supervisors after two-and-a-half years and as much as $1.5 million.

#7 -- Varsity basketball & football find playoff success, Yahkee breaks records

Bird athletic’s biggest accomplishment of the season and perhaps the best sports story in 2011 in the area was the L.C. Bird Boy’s Basketball team run all the way to the state final.