EDA votes to withdraw rezoning application
How to proceed with a 1,675-acre property commonly known as the Matoaca Megasite is up in the air following the Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority’s vote last week to withdraw an application to rezone the property from residential to industrial. The EDA board met in a special session Thursday,... Read more
Carver Academy plans to ‘grow’ curriculum
Carver College and Career Academy students recently took up gardening. Students, staff, alumni and volunteers planted the school’s first garden April 21 behind the school at 12400 Branders Bridge Road. About 50 people showed up and got their hands dirty. “Students have been working really hard, learning something new,”... Read more
Recycling solution? Dominion to come up with coal ash remedy by November
Above: Dominion Energy spokesman Rob Richardson looks at the Chesterfield Power Station from the upper coal ash ‘pond.’ Recycling coal ash was popular at the state Legislature this year. A bill that requires Dominion Energy to conduct a request for proposals for recycling options at its two legacy coal... Read more
Safety town: Columbia Gas completes work on employee training area
A village not for living but for working: that’s what Columbia Gas recently developed to train its employees. The village, which is located at 1812 Coyote Drive next to other Columbia Gas offices, will provide a place where the company’s 400-plus employees can train with “real life” situations. “You... Read more
‘Goliath project’ approval  could come in weeks, county official says
A project that has been slated to help replace the Tranlin project in northeast Chesterfield County is on a fast-track approval process. Greg Allen, the county’s planning manager, said last week that site plan approval for the “Goliath project” could come in the next few weeks. According to a... Read more
Couple honored for their community work
When the Rev. David Thomas Lowman, a retired Presbyterian minister, and his wife Jean became residents of Chester Village Senior Apartments, they felt a void in the community and saw an opportunity to serve. They went to work and helped organize devotional Sunday services in the community’s dining hall,... Read more
Farmer’s market to open Saturday
Lauren Smith grew up on a farm, but when asked to help manage this Chester Farmer’s Market, her response was, “Hell no!” She later changed her mind, explaining that it is because she was already going to be involved with the market. “I just want everybody to be happy,”... Read more
Facelift coming to Chester campus of John Tyler Community College
A $34 million renovation and expansion is coming to John Tyler Community College’s Chester campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in early June with a target completion date of August 2019. Plans started in 2015, said Greg Dunaway, director of facilities and safety for the college. The Nicholas Center... Read more
‘The flamingos have landed’ Alice Foreman turns 90 with a flock of love
Birthdays are all about surprises. When Alice Foreman approached her 90th birthday, she experienced her first big surprise: a birthday party at her church, Chester Baptist. “I thought I was going to a book signing at my church, and then to Dillard’s to exchange some clothes I had bought,”... Read more
An armed retired officer in every school?
A man who served 21 years with Chesterfield County Police Department has an idea to make schools safer. Mark Bowen, who worked as a school resource officer for 13 of 21 years with the police department, has been a mentor for at-risk students at Bellwood Elementary School since February.... Read more