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In anticipation of high voter turnout, and to provide viable voting options during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the #C...
09/03/2020

In anticipation of high voter turnout, and to provide viable voting options during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the #Cfield BOS approved 4 satellite voting locations that will be open for early voting starting Monday, Oct. 19. Read full release: https://www.chesterfield.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1579.

The latest and greatest
09/03/2020

The latest and greatest

Just in time for a pretty and dry weekend. 80 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday.
09/03/2020

Just in time for a pretty and dry weekend. 80 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday.

The trail at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area has reopened. Enjoy walking, running, biking, birding, fishing, and relaxing.

Board of Supervisors will hold a virtual special meeting today at 6 p.m. to discuss absentee voting locations.
09/02/2020

Board of Supervisors will hold a virtual special meeting today at 6 p.m. to discuss absentee voting locations.

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors will hold a virtual special meeting TODAY, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss the establishment of two additional satellite absentee voting locations. The board previously voted on Aug. 26 to establish locations at the LaPrade and the Meadowdale libraries.

The two additional proposed satellite locations are North Courthouse Road Library and Ettrick-Matoaca Library.

Those who wish to listen to the meeting may do so by calling +1-804-223-1418 and entering the Conference ID: 358 979 26#. It will also will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube channel and WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.

Read full release: https://www.chesterfield.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1572

Chesterfield Schools and community partners host school supply drive to support virtual learningWhen you think about vir...
08/27/2020

Chesterfield Schools and community partners host school supply drive to support virtual learning

When you think about virtual learning, you may think about students watching tutorial videos, interacting in virtual class meetings and completing assignments on computers. You may not realize it until school starts on Sept. 8, but not all virtual learning is done on a computer.

Teachers of every grade level and all subject areas have created lessons that are hands-on and will require students to participate in a way that is not entirely on their Chromebook. Depending on the nature of the activities, a wide variety of school supplies will be needed to complete the assignments.

Not only will students need common school supplies like crayons, pencils and glue sticks, but they also will need other less traditional items to help support their virtual learning at home. Teachers frequently have students participate in activities that make learning more tangible. For example, instead of having students complete a worksheet on math concepts, they may use counters and manipulatives such as beads or pom poms or cereal to make learning more hands-on and meaningful.

Because of the challenges and hardships our local community has faced during the past several months due to COVID-19, many Chesterfield County families are facing economic instability as they prepare to return to learning. To support families, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Office (FACE), Communities In Schools Chesterfield (CIS), the Chesterfield Education Foundation (CEF) and the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs have created different avenues of support for these families.

CIS Chesterfield, the County Council of PTAs and the FACE Office are hosting a local school supply drive so students will have what they need to learn and thrive in a virtual learning environment. The supply drive will be Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m.-noon. The location of the supply drive will be curbside drop-off at both the Chester and Midlothian YMCAs. All donations should be new and sanitized. If you would prefer to donate supplies online, please visit this Virtual Learning Supplies Amazon Wish List.

Back in March, CEF established an Emergency Response Fund to accept donations for Chesterfield County families who are in need to combat the negative impact of COVID-19. Donations to this fund are used to serve students and families in our community who are affected by COVID-19, as well as, assist in other foundation priorities. If you would like to contribute financially, please visit CEF’s Emergency Response Fund to make your donation.

There are many students in need of school supplies to complete their virtual class work and to prepare their virtual classroom at home. Consider purchasing supplies or make a donation to help Chesterfield County students experience success while in a virtual learning environment!

08/21/2020

Chesterfield Lifts Emergency Water Restrictions For Customers

All water restrictions have been lifted -- effective immediately

Chesterfield has lifted emergency water restrictions for all water customers effective immediately.

The county implemented emergency water restrictions on Sunday, Aug. 16 in response to damage to facilities from the weekend’s severe flooding.

While the county’s Addison-Evans Water Treatment Plant will remain offline, repairs have been completed at the City of Richmond’s Jahnke Road pump station, which provides additional water capacity for Chesterfield customers.

“We appreciate our customers’ support in complying with emergency restrictions,” said George Hayes, Chesterfield County Utilities director. “We experienced a historic event in Chesterfield County this weekend. While the water remained safe and service was not interrupted, our customers ensured that there was less stress put on our system so that we could continue to provide safe, reliable service. While the decrease in usage had a positive impact on our system, we always encourage customers to use water wisely.”

🚨 🚨 DETOUR 🚨 🚨
08/18/2020

🚨 🚨 DETOUR 🚨 🚨

Traffic Alert: As part of the Rt. 10 Widening Project, the right turn lane from Route 1/301 NB to Rt. 10 EB will be temporarily closed. A signed detour is posted. The detour will be in effect from 7am today until 5:30pm Wednesday. Please follow all signs within the work zone.

Chesterfield Declares Emergency Water Restrictions For  CustomersWater restrictions will remain in effect until further ...
08/17/2020

Chesterfield Declares Emergency Water Restrictions For Customers

Water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice

Chesterfield County has declared emergency water restrictions for all its water customers.

Significant flooding caused the temporary shutdown of Chesterfield’s water treatment plant and emergency repairs are needed at the City of Richmond’s Jahnke Road pump station, which supplies water to Chesterfield and portions of Powhatan County.

Customers are asked to conserve water for essential use only and immediately stop all irrigation. While emergency restrictions are in place to help reduce demand on the water system, the water is safe to drink.

For more information, customers can contact Chesterfield Utilities Customer Service Center at 804-748-1291.

08/16/2020
Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Unprecedented flooding wreaked havoc at Swift Creek Mill Theatre as a result of yesterday's heavy rains. Artistic Director Tom Width calls it "the worst I have seen in my 44 years at the Mill." Chesterfield Fire/EMS and Dominion Energy worked during the night to cut off power and gas to the main building. The main level dining room has been completely flooded. Furnishings, equipment, and artwork are submerged. The ground floor level has more than a foot of water, as well. Two cargo trailers full of scenery floated off their moorings. If you are able to help, donations can be made at www.swiftcreekmill.com, by texting (804) 424-5270 and following the prompts or our Go Fund Me page https://gf.me/u/yrfnid . Thank you!

Updated road closures
08/16/2020

Updated road closures

Updated road closure information. Keep in mind this is continuing to change.

Chesterfield County Virginia Government
08/16/2020

Chesterfield County Virginia Government

As of 10:30 p.m., the following roadways and intersections listed in the map have been CLOSED in Chesterfield due to high water and downed trees.

More rain is expected overnight, which means this list of closures are subject to change.

Be safe, Chesterfield. Turn around if you notice high water covering roadways, DO NOT MOVE ROAD BARRIERS OR ATTEMPT TO CROSS CLOSED ROADWAYS, and make sure to plan accordingly if you have to travel.

Thank you to all the first responders out there keeping the roads safe. And a big shout out to Enon Volunteer FD for alw...
08/16/2020

Thank you to all the first responders out there keeping the roads safe. And a big shout out to Enon Volunteer FD for always answering the call

Brush 6 handling a tree in the roadway. Be careful if you’re out driving tonight, several closed roads and trees down.

Chesterfield County Police
08/16/2020

Chesterfield County Police

Alert:
Chesterfield County Police and Chesterfield Fire & EMS are starting evacuations of residences downstream from the Falling Creek Dam off Hopkins Road.
As of 5:45 p.m., the water level was over 100 feet, which is a stage three flood advisory for that dam.
Meadowbrook High School will open at 7 p.m. as a shelter for and the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter will open to accept pets from those who are being actively evacuated by Chesterfield Police and Fire & EMS. These shelters are not open for the general public.
Residents are reminded that shelter capacity has been greatly reduced due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Residents who come to the shelter should bring their own masks, pillows, blankets, medication, personal hygiene items, change of clothes and device chargers.

Road closures
08/15/2020

Road closures

As of 4:30 p.m., the following roadways and intersections have been CLOSED because of high water due to flash flooding throughout Chesterfield:

- Groundhog Drive and Bon Air Road
- Old Bon Air Road and Rockaway roads
- Buford Road and Lake Shore Drive
- Bollingbrook and Farnham drives
- Mt. Hermon Road
- Otterdale and Old Hundred roads
- Genito and Mt. Hermon roads
- Warbro and Hull Street roads
- Kingsland and Salem Church roads
- Iron Bridge and Krause roads
- Beach and Nash roads
- Brookforest Road and Brookforest Court
- Hull Street and Bailey Bridge roads
- Hilltop Farms Drive and Centralia Road
- Branders Bridge and Happy Hill Road
- South Street and Lucia Drive
- 8600 Belmont Road
- Chester Road and Old Lane
- Bundle and Woodpecker roads
- 13282 Hull Street Road
- 7501 Winterpock Road

Road closures are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

PLEASE USE CAUTION if you must travel, respect all road closures, and if you see high water covering a roadway, just turn around.

Stoney Glen pool
08/15/2020

Stoney Glen pool

Branders Bridge Rd at Happy Hill Rd
08/15/2020

Branders Bridge Rd at Happy Hill Rd

08/15/2020

Bruce Farms

Please report sightings of high water here so we can share with our readers.
08/15/2020

Please report sightings of high water here so we can share with our readers.

Since we’ve asked you to stay in and out of the weather, officers have sent in some pics so you can see what’s going on. Here are JUST A FEW of the problems we are having.

Dutch Gap trail will be closed for a few more weeks.
08/14/2020

Dutch Gap trail will be closed for a few more weeks.

Closure of the trail at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area has been extended. The trail will reopen on Sept. 1.

REMAINS RECOVERED IN 1986 IDENTIFIED Chesterfield Police have identified a woman whose remains were recovered at a landf...
08/12/2020

REMAINS RECOVERED IN 1986 IDENTIFIED

Chesterfield Police have identified a woman whose remains were recovered at a landfill in Chesterfield County in 1986.

On Aug. 7, 1986, workers were unloading trash from the School Street transfer station in Richmond at a Chesterfield landfill when they noticed what appeared to be human remains. Chesterfield police responded, conducted an extensive search and recovered human remains, which were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for analysis. The OCME determined her manner of death was homicide.

With the assistance of the OCME and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Chesterfield County Police worked to identify the woman. A portion of the remains was sent to DNA Labs International, which developed a DNA profile of the unknown victim. DNA Labs International is a private forensic laboratory in Deerfield Beach, Fla., that specializes in DNA extraction from old, degraded and challenging samples such as bones, fingernails and rootless hair shafts.

Last year, detectives in the department's Unsolved/Major Investigations Group sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Reston, Va., that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence, and genetic genealogy. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot Advanced DNA Analysis Services (Snapshot) to narrow suspect lists and generate leads in criminal investigations.

Using a DNA sample extracted by DNA Labs International, Parabon produced Snapshot trait predictions for the unknown woman. Individual predictions were made for her ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the unknown woman may have looked like at 25 years old and with an average body-mass index of 22.

Using data generated from that same DNA extract, Parabon submitted a genetic profile to a public genetic genealogy database for comparison in hopes of finding individuals who share significant amounts of DNA with the unknown subject. These genetic matches served as clues to inform traditional genealogy research: first, family trees of the matches were constructed back to the set of possible common ancestors using a variety of public records including public family trees, obituaries and newspaper archives, after which descendancy research was employed to enumerate the possible identities of the unknown subject. Other information, such as location, triangulation between matches, and ancestry and phenotype (trait) predictions, were used to narrow down the possibilities and a report containing Parabon’s findings and recommendations was presented to the agency.

The Chesterfield detectives then used traditional police work to continue the investigation and subsequently approached a purported family member of the victim who assisted investigators by voluntarily providing a DNA sample, which resulted in a close family match to the victim. Additional forensic testing by DNA Labs International confirmed the recovered remains are those of Christy Lynn Floyd, who was 16 years old and lived in the 2300 block of West Grace Street in Richmond at the time of her disappearance.
Investigators are releasing several pictures of Floyd, including a photo of Floyd with a male friend whose identity is unknown. Detectives are working to identify this male. Anyone with information regarding this investigation, including the identity of the unknown male, is urged to contact the Chesterfield County Unsolved/Major Investigations Group at 804-717-6024.

08/07/2020
Chesterfield County Public Schools

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Construction on the new Matoaca Elementary is now in the final stages. We look forward to officially opening the school later this month!

(This video was taken several weeks ago.)
#oneCCPS

Fee Waived For Vegetative Debris at County Convenience Centers Through Sunday, August 9 Chesterfield County will waive v...
08/04/2020

Fee Waived For Vegetative Debris at County Convenience Centers Through Sunday, August 9

Chesterfield County will waive vegetative debris fees at both the Northern and Southern Area Convenience Centers through Sunday, August 9, to give residents time to cleanup from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Please use the following guidelines:

No vegetative debris larger than 16 inches in diameter and/or 8 feet long will be accepted.
Bagged leaves and bagged or loose wood chips are to be disposed of in the municipal solid waste containers at the convenience centers.
Specific areas within the convenience centers are designated for vegetative debris (not bagged).

Both convenience centers will operate at normal business hours. Locations and hours:

Northern Area Convenience Center
3200 Warbro Road, Midlothian
Friday-Tuesday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Wednesday-Thursday

Southern Area Convenience Center
6700 Landfill Drive, Chester
Thursday-Monday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Tuesday-Wednesday

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
08/04/2020

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation activities for Tuesday, Aug. 4 are cancelled.

Supervisors question superintendent; Haley asks for audit on alleged bullying of teachers: https://villagenewsonline.com...
07/30/2020
Supervisors question school superintendent

Supervisors question superintendent; Haley asks for audit on alleged bullying of teachers: https://villagenewsonline.com/2020/07/30/supervisors-question-school-superintendent/

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