Murder, firearms charges forwarded to grand jury
Three murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges each were certified over to Chesterfield Circuit Court last week against Christopher Gattis. A grand jury will consider indictments on May 21. Gattis, 58, has been held in the county jail without bail since he was... Read more
Matoaca Elementary gets $10K donation
CHESTERFIELD – Matoaca Elementary School was surprised with a $10,000 donation from in partnership with Burlington Stores. Representatives from Burlington Stores presented the check April 10 during a student and faculty assembly. The gift will provide nine teams of instructors with $1,111.11 each to purchase new supplies for classrooms.... Read more
Man charged with homicide for 2016 motel slaying
CHESTERFIELD – A man has been arrested in connection with the September 2016 murder of Jerry V. Colyer. At about 10:57 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, police responded to the Econo Lodge at 2310 Indian Hill Road for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, police located the clerk, identified... Read more
‘Plain old teacher’ incorporates technology in first-grade classroom
A good day for Nancy Thweatt is when the students in her first-grade class learn something new after having struggled with a lesson. Thweatt said when the proverbial light bulb goes off, she’s done something her students will be able to carry on to subsequent grades. Thweatt has been... Read more
Audit reveals $99M in unfunded liabilities
Unfunded liabilities in a supplemental retirement plan for Chesterfield County Public Schools’ employees accumulated to nearly $100 million over more than two decades, according to a report recently issued by the county’s internal audit director Greg Akers. Akers, who presented his report to the county’s Audit and Finance Committee... Read more
CCPS approves year-round school at Bellwood Elementary
Year-round school is a go at Bellwood Elementary School beginning in July. During a special meeting on March 23, the Chesterfield County Public Schools board voted unanimously to approve a proposal for a pilot program at Bellwood. School board member Carrie Coyner said the school held two additional meetings... Read more
Rec building for the disabled planned for Camp Baker
A 10,000-square-foot in-door recreation facility for the disabled is being planned for Camp Baker near Pocahontas State Park. Doug Payne, a spokesman of the Greater Richmond ARC, said a site plan has already been approved by Chesterfield County with a ground-breaking scheduled for August and an opening in May... Read more
Chesterfield names  new budget director
CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County announced Meghan Coates as its new director of budget and management, effective March 14. Coates has worked for the county for 10 years, spending the last five years in budget and management, most recently serving as budget manager. Prior to working in budget and management,... Read more
Students receive top honors for regional MLK Jr. art and essay contest
CHESTERFIELD – Six Chesterfield County Public Schools students recently received top honors for their entries in a regional essay and art contest, “Working Together We’ll Sow the Seeds of Peace,” sponsored by the DuPont Spruance plant to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Falling Creek Middle students swept the essay... Read more
Falling Creek 11-U basketball team wins championship
The Falling Creek Blackhawks 11-U basketball team won the Chesterfield Basketball League championship in the Minor PAC 10 division on March 3 with a 38-25 win over Ettrick. The team was coached by Andrew Lewis, who played at Thomas Dale High School in 1977-78 and is in the school’s... Read more