Girl gets car for her birthday; Chester car dealership helps family in need
Sawyer Perkins, a pediatric brain cancer contender from Mechanicsville, celebrated her eighth birthday in a big way when the Chester community gathered recently at Heritage Chevrolet to observe and participate with her receiving her first car. “A car? For an 8 year old? Absolutely! We all want to see... Read more
Planning Commission recommends rezoning denial; McLaughlin wants to relocate his company to site
Home builder Barney McLaughlin’s proposal to rezone a 2.2-acre property at 1701 Ware Bottom Spring Road received a thumbs-down recommendation from the Planning Commission last month. The 3-1 vote to recommend denial will be considered by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors at 6 p.m. July 25. McLaughlin is... Read more
Cinema Cafe’s plans include bar in lobby, food served in theater
After years without a movie theater, one is planned for Chester next year. A new Cinema Cafe complex, located off Route 1 in the Bermuda Crossroads Marketplace, is slated to break ground this fall for an opening in 2019.  The free-standing establishment will also feature a spacious bar and... Read more
Chester Rec Association offers fun in the sun
With school out for the summer and the weather forecasters predicting hotter and hazier days ahead, families can look to the Chester Recreational Association as a place to cool off and make new memories. The association has three swimming pools – a Z-pool with a diving area and a... Read more
Going to waste? Shoosmith Bros. applies for permit to use remainder of its land for landfill
The longevity of a local landfill may depend on an application filed recently with Chesterfield County. Shoosmith Bros., Inc. recently filed a permit application with the county that would allow it to use some 180 acres of land which includes a rock quarry that it acquired in 1997. (The... Read more
Overcoming adversity: Mother, daughter strengthen each other through running and writing
At first glance, Anne and Madison Braswell appear to be the typical mother-daughter duo. Through their bright smiles and successes, one would be hard-pressed to imagine the hardships they have faced. North Carolina natives, their family relocated in June 2010, when Anne’s husband, Madison’s father, accepted a job in... Read more
Parade of Lights coming to James River July 21
The James River Advisory Council’s 25th annual Parade of Lights has been rescheduled to July 21 after the December event was canceled due to the weather. The “Christmas in July” Parade of Lights will be held Saturday, July 21. Viewers will gather along the shoreline at several sites along... Read more
Gestwick takes over at Chester UMC
CHESTER – Chester United Methodist Church has a new pastor, the Rev. Clara Price Gestwick. Gestwick earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia College in 1987 and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke Divinity School in 1990. She was ordained a deacon in 1990 and an elder in... Read more
County approves $5.1M more for Chester arts center
By a 3-2 vote, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $5.1 million for Chester performing arts center last week. The “Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts” would be located next to the Chester Library. Jim Holland made the motion, which was seconded by Dorothy Jaeckle. They... Read more
Armed mentors at elementary schools?
Above: Amrah O’Donnell; Donald Green A proposal to have 10 retired law enforcement officers work in 10 elementary schools in Chesterfield County generated some heat at a working group meeting last week. The School Safety Task Force Working Group No. 2 met at the school board office June 27.... Read more