Matoaca Middle School East addition involves two projects
Progress toward a new unified Matoaca Middle School began last week with a groundbreaking ceremony at 6001 Hickory Road. School district and county officials and construction and architectural representatives were on hand for the Jan. 4 event. Phase I of the project will result in a new 38,255-square-foot wing... Read more
Retired Army nurse facilitates PTSD group for veterans
Tonia Golden loves helping people. That’s why she became a nurse. Even though she’s retired, Golden continues to serve by facilitating a post-traumatic stress disorder group at Chester’s Disabled American Veterans chapter. The group, which meets at 11 a.m. Thursdays at 6221 Newbys Bridge Road, averages about 12 members... Read more
‘Miles to go before I sleep’
Driving past a place, hearing a song or seeing something that is familiar can bring back wonderful memories followed by a little sadness. Elizabeth “Betty” Matthews, 92, died Friday, Dec. 28. She is mostly known for her service and working to create a sense of place for Chester. Some... Read more
New hiking-only trail opens at Pocahontas State Park
Those who love to take a hike now have a new option. The Co-op Trail officially opened Jan. 1 at Pocahontas State Park. Jeff Samuels, director of the Friends of Pocahontas State Park’s trails committee, said the trail is currently 3 miles although another mile is planned later this... Read more
Sign of the eagle? Megasite, east-west freeway shelved
Until last year, I was not much of a believer in “signs” and what they might mean. But my mind is changing. Back in November 2017, I attended the first of many Chesterfield Economic Development Authority monthly meetings. The meetings have generally been very short and often involve the... Read more
World traveler: TDHS grad enjoys helping others
When I sat down across from Wyatt Gordon at a local Panera, he had been home from Germany for less than 36 hours after living abroad for the last 14 months. Despite a long and exhausting journey, jet lag and having met me only once before, he greeted me... Read more
Year in review: Megasite the top story for 2018
Following is a review of the top stories from the Village News from 2018. The Matoaca Megasite was nixed after the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority voted May 3 to withdraw a rezoning application. How to proceed with a 1,675-acre property now is “up in the air” following the Chesterfield... Read more
County not following court’s recommendation on cell phones: Two remedies already in place, officials say
A recent recommendation from the Virginia Supreme Court that would allow electronic devices in courthouses will not be followed in Chesterfield, but a couple of proactive steps have already been made, county officials said. In a press release dated Dec. 14, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons... Read more
Veterans honored at  Sunset Memorial Park wreath laying
Saturday, Dec. 15, began cold and rainy. But that didn’t dampen the spirits and resolve of the people who came to take part in the annual Wreaths Across America wreath laying ceremony at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Chester. A large group of adults and children attended the ceremony along... Read more
CSI comes to Chesterfield: Police promote product to help identify, return stolen items
Chesterfield County police are trying to help theft victims get their valuables back. SmartWater CSI – a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company – provides a liquid that, when placed on an item, glows when exposed to ultraviolet light. Chesterfield police chief Jeffrey S. Katz knew of the product because the... Read more