YEAR IN REVIEW: December

Skyhawks win football state tournament

The L.C. Bird Skyhawks, Group AAA Division Six, won the Virginia state football championship. The December 8 game gained the Skyhawks their first state championship in school history by a final score of 14-10. Bird has had seven state tournament appearances, and has won twelve straight Dominion District titles. The victory was a perfect ending to a 14-0 season. Over the past seven seasons, two teams from Chester have now won State Championships in football, with Thomas Dale winning in 2009. Meadowbrook took home a state championship in 2005. Our local teams are well-represented at the district, region and state level each year. The 2012 L.C. Bird Skyhawks team gave us one more reason to cheer in Chester last Saturday.

Reform of cash proffers building

Early in the month, Hanover County joined the City of Richmond and Henrico County as Central Virginia jurisdictions without a cash proffer. In Chesterfield the suggestion of cash proffers, referring to fees developers pay to mitigate the impacts that an increase in population has on schools, roads, libraries, public safety, fire and EMS, is taking a beating from developers and builders who say they can’t afford to pay the cash payment on every house or apartment building they build during this economy.
Chesapeake adjusted its cash proffer system in November by reducing their proffer to “$4,000 for each single-family detached home; $3,000 for each single-family attached home such as town houses and condominiums; and $2,000 for each multi-family home or apartment.”
In the entire United States, Virginia is the only state where cash proffers are used, almost statewide, as a growth management tool.

Matoaca Indians kneel in end-zone after 18 years

The Matoaca Indians Minor football team, on Nov 10, brought home the Chesterfield Quarterback League, Southern Division Championship after 18 years of competing in the league. The last time the Indians won the Southern Division Championship was in 1994. It was a phenomenal season.

No bricks and mortar at Chester Village Green 

The proposed 44-unit apartment complex that would be located in the Chester Village Green development, one of the last vacant properties in the project, was denied by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. With four to one vote for denial, and the lone vote for approval posed by the Bermuda District Supervisor, Dorothy Jaeckle, her motion died for the lack of a second. Local developer, George P. Emerson Jr., asked the Board for an increase in the number of units allowed for the site to 44 and offered no cash proffers. Mr. Emerson, though having only an option of the property, offered upgrades to the apartment building in lieu of paying $18,966 per unit for a total of $834,504 in cash proffers. The property that Emerson was offering to redevelop was the scene of a catastrophic building collapse in 2008 which took the life of one worker.

Turning 12 on 12/12/12

Courtney Eggleston came into the world at Johnston Willis Hospital on Dec. 12, 2000. Though it comes only once a year, Courtney’s birthday was  a unique one when she turned 12 on 12/12/12. 

Cheste Christmas Parade

Crowds lined both sides of West Hundred Road on December 9 waiting for the start of the Christmas season and the arrival of the Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade. Bob Cassada, CCHASM president, served as the Grand Marshall, leading fifty-six entries that included floats, horses, cars, clowns, dancers, marchers, walkers and more. The parade units represented businesses, churches and organizations in the community and were judged in six categories. Hunters Gate 4H Club was voted the best float.

Parade of Lights illuminates the James River 

The 20th Annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, had only one problem at the event that took place last Saturday – too many people loved it and produced traffic problems shortly before the cavalcade of festively-decorated boats made its way to Dutch Gap. The most impressive entry, winning the “Best Overall in parade,” was Escapade, captained by Randy and Pam Wise.

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