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High-speed rail study complete, next hearing on July 21

It all hinges on funding, when we get the money and how much, said Christine Fix, rail planning coordinator for Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). Fix was one of two speakers at the May 27 Chester Community Association (CCA) meeting. She spoke to about 50 area residents interested in the impact of high-speed rail on those adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks where the new trains will run. Links to more information included.

Brown, Robinson field questions before election

On June 15, Republican candidate Roxann Robinson and Democratic candidate William “Bill” Brown will face each other in a special election for former state Del. Sam Nixon’s open seat in the 27th House of Delegates District.

Meeting scheduled for proposed electronic sign in Chester village

A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 14 to review information related to an electronic sign that is proposed for West Hundred Road in the Village of Chester.

Budget cuts to close most libraries on Thursdays

Starting Thursday, July 1, all library branches except Central Library will be closed, a library administrator said last week. The Central Library will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, said Carolyn Sears, the library manager for publications and programs. All branches will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., she said, and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rather than 5:30 p.m.

Liaison committee gets comp plan update

The School Board may soon meet with consultants working on the county’s new comprehensive plan to discuss the public facilities element of the document.

Wild Sound Unlimited to reunite in Petersburg after 20 years

After nearly 20 years, the members of Wild Sound Unlimited will return to the stage together for two shows in Petersburg. The band got started in the Tri-Cities area in late 1966 when drummer Marvin Faison and other band members started taking band classes at Petersburg High School, Faison said. Most of the members grew up in the area of Columbia Road and Bellevue Avenue, he said.

Relay for Life raises thousands for charity

The Courthouse Relay for Life at L.C. Bird High School last weekend raised more than $110,000 for the American Cancer Society and had more than 1,000 registered participants.

Local group runs for autism charity

Bright and early on Saturday, May 29, volunteer board members of Chesterfield-based UniqueKids once again set up their “vendor” table for the annual 5k to benefit the Autism Society of America Central Virginia, according to information from board member Mark Coleman.