Meet the conservation police: State officers often work outdoors to enforce laws related to hunting, fishing and boating
Jon Hart follows the same routine he has followed for the past 18 years. He dresses in his crisp, clean uniform, puts a bulletproof vest on and heads out the door to work. Hart is a conservation police officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He... Read more
Supervisors approve grant funding for multiple projects
The consent agenda approved last week by the Chesterfield County supervisors contained several items of note representing various interests.School safety Those concerned about school security may be pleased to learn that the county accepted a $500,000 federal grant that will result in electronic access control being added to 26... Read more
Chesterfield begins academy for adults with disabilities
ABOVE: Travis Akins shakes the hand of a recruit for the county’s new Growth Through Opportunity Academy during an event Dec. 4. Chesterfield County’s public safety and general services departments recently kicked off the inaugural 16-week Growth Through Opportunity cadet academy, the first such academy in the Richmond region. The... Read more
Waller enjoys teaching math and basketball at L.C. Bird
Chevette Waller’s classroom and home are a revolving door of alumni. The special education teacher and girls basketball coach has been at L.C. Bird High School for 17 years. She said her former students sometimes spend the holidays with her and play pickup games with the basketball team. Waller... Read more
Chester woman overcomes oral cancer
When Diane Merryman had an oral surgeon give her the bad news – “it’s cancer” – she wasn’t entirely surprised. After all, she had been experiencing a mouth sore in her upper palate for nine months that should have healed in 30 days. “It really didn’t hurt much,” she... Read more
Charges dropped in fatal motel shooting
Murder and other charges were dropped ast week against a man who had been implicated in the shooting death of a motel front desk clerk in late September 2016. On Dec. 5, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Barbara Cooke withdrew charges of first-degree murder, robbery and two counts of using a... Read more
Project Goliath a Bissell plant, construction underway
Construction is underway at the Project Goliath site at 1200 Battery Brooke Parkway. County officials have been hush-hush on providing details on the project because the county Economic Development Authority was involved. However, a construction supervisor at the site last week confirmed that vacuum company Bissell is building on... Read more
Volunteers inspired to help Christmas Mother program
An estimated 1,400 families in need will know that people care about them this month, thanks to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program. “I’ve been volunteering for 19 years,” said Betty Thackston, a Chester resident and retired Ecoff Elementary School teacher. “I do it because I love it. There... Read more
Necktie ceremony continues at Falling Creek Middle School
     LEFT: Jaden Jones ties a necktie with help from Steve Knox. CENTER: Kaquan Whitus, Tevyn Bennett, Steve Knox and others. RIGHT: Khalil Anderson looks for a tie. Some good students at Falling Creek Middle School were given neckties and taught how to tie them last week. An annual event recognizes boys... Read more
GoFundMe page set up for family of nine displaced by fire
ABOVE: Russell and Theanea Boesma Two adults and seven children escaped a fire that ravaged their home Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the 300 block of Silverdust Place. A call came into emergency communications at 2:57 p.m. Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said crews found heavy fire... Read more