Man gets 35 years for wife’s death
An Army veteran with no prior convictions but with a recent history of mental illness was sentenced Oct. 19 to 50 years in prison with 15 suspended for killing his wife last year. Deric Demetrius Colander, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife,... Read more
Allen enjoys teaching early grades
As a teacher with 22 years in the field, Alycia Allen has taught kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades and multi-age classes. Her preference is K through 2 because they are interested in learning. “You can actually observe them growing and learning,” she said. “They’re just excited to learn... Read more
River Forest Retail, Phase III
Construction of retail offices is underway in front of the Walmart at 12101 Branders Creek Drive along Route 10. River Forest Retail Phase III will include three offices, including Verizon, All Coverage Insurance and a vacant one. Verizon and All Coverage Insurance will be relocating from their current offices,... Read more
Shoebox operation brings hope to the less fortunate
     ABOVE: Ilona Penner, Catherine Crocker, Gilda Stanberry A shoebox from Operation Christmas Child saved Ilona Penner’s life. “It brought hope and showed that somebody cared,” Penner told an audience of attentive volunteers who filled Kingsland Baptist Church Oct. 19 to listen to a story about the profound power... Read more
Airport expansion placed on hold
After much discussion during its Oct. 24 meeting, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors postponed a decision on whether to approve a 40-year lease agreement with Richmond Executive Aviation. The pending agreement would bring a second fixed-base operator to the airport. Mark Hackett, chief executive officer of REA and... Read more
Ringing the bell for the Christmas Mother program
ABOVE: Bonnie Inge Bell By coincidence, the reception for 2018’s Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother was the same day as her birthday, Oct. 9. Bonnie Inge Bell, whose career has been dedicated to social work, focused the attention on caring for others. “The Christmas Mother Committee exists to ensure that,... Read more
Chester wedding venue recommended for approval
ABOVE: The Rev. Cecelia LePage A small-venue wedding chapel received a unanimous approval recommendation from the Chesterfield County Planning Commission last week. The Rev. Cecelia LePage and Stephen Louderback requested a conditional use permit for their residential property at 9903 Hustings Court, which is located east of Iron Bridge... Read more
EDA gets update on arts center
ABOVE: Architect Scott Pryor speaks to the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority. The Chesterfield Economic Development Authority received an update on the Chesterfield Center for the Arts last week. Project director, Mike Lang of ECI Development Services of Richmond, and project architect, Scott Pryor, of DLR Group of Washington, D.C., spoke... Read more
Remembering David Creasy: An iconic member of fire and rescue
Longtime Chesterfield firefighter David Creasy died Oct. 15 after a four-year battle with cancer. Creasy served the community for 50 years. He joined the fire service in 1968 as a volunteer with the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. In 1971, he went to work for the Richmond Bureau of Fire... Read more
Childrey, Miles vie for commonwealth’s attorney
ABOVE: John Childrey makes a point. Chesterfield County voters will choose a new commonwealth’s attorney on Nov. 6. Republican John Childrey and Democrat Scott Miles squared off in a debate Oct. 17 at First Baptist Church, 6201 Iron Bridge Road. Childrey touted his 20 years of experience with the... Read more