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Longtime Pocahontas employee says goodbye
Louise Woolard’s last day at Pocahontas State Park is Friday, March 29. The longtime state employee has been office manager at the park for 31 1/2 years. Woolard’s time at Virginia’s largest state park before that began when she started helping her parents, Charles and Lois Moore, run the... Read more
County offers information about backyard chickens
Have you ever imagined of having your own little flock of chickens or gathering fresh eggs from your backyard? Good news: Chesterfield County allows backyard chickens. The Central Library presented a program March 16 about backyard chickens. Mike Persia, Virginia Tech Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, talked about chicken... Read more
Friends of the Lower Appomattox River is hosting its annual Spring River Clean-up Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30. Pick a site and come on out! Help restore healthy shorelines by removing litter, debris and trash from local lands along the Appomattox River at sites in... Read more
Tannerite explosions rattle community: Women, children, dogs and horses react to shootings
A group of five neighbors came to a Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting last month after having heard some rather loud explosions in their neighborhood near Hickory and Matoaca roads. Two of the five spoke during public comment at the Feb. 27 meeting. Kathleen Jones, a Chesterfield school teacher,... Read more
Dog park to open in mid-April
The first phase of a dog park at Goyne Park is almost finished. The first phase will feature a small dog run, said Joe Stovall, construction services manager at county parks and recreation. The first phase will also have an 8-foot-wide, 220-foot long walking path and an 80-foot-long release... Read more
Coal ash bill sent to governor: Wording about access to Henricus Park, Dutch Gap not included in bill
A coal ash bill that went through a number of changes in the final weeks of the recently-concluded General Assembly’s general session is waiting action from Gov. Ralph Northam. He has until midnight March 25 to sign, veto or amend the bill. SB1355 was approved 37-2 in the state... Read more
County to link with East Coast Greenway
CHESTERFIELD — A path near Pocahontas State Park has become a designated part of the East Coast Greenway, which aims to develop a biking and walking route from Canada to Key West, Fla. The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance selected the Woodpecker Road Multi-Use Path because it could provide... 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