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The Observer is THE news source for Chesterfield. It's the county's newspaper of record, providing in-depth coverage of local government, schools, sports, community events, business and social issues. It's mailed, free, to 71,000 homes every week, which means we're by far the most well-read publication in the county. Since an estimated 2.4 people look at each issue that arrived at homes, our actual readership is about 170,000 people. And we've been thriving even though our industry is struggling. Our circulation has increased by 27 percent in recent years -- a time when most newspapers have been declining in circulation.

Officials have concluded the proposed treatment procedures for a planned water park's large man-made lake near Brandermi...
01/08/2020
Genito water park proposal clears key hurdle | Chesterfield Observer

Officials have concluded the proposed treatment procedures for a planned water park's large man-made lake near Brandermill are sufficiently protective of public health.

After more than a year of back-and-forth discussions with the developers behind a planned water park off Genito Road near Brandermill, state and local officials have concluded the proposed treatment p

County police are investigating an attempted suicide that occurred during a traffic stop in the 11600 block of Midlothia...
01/08/2020
Driver attempts suicide at traffic stop | Chesterfield Observer

County police are investigating an attempted suicide that occurred during a traffic stop in the 11600 block of Midlothian Turnpike on Jan. 1.

County police are investigating an attempted suicide that occurred in the 11600 block of Midlothian Turnpike on Jan. 1. At about 1:41 a.m., an officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Midlothi

At the Sand Dollar, owners Shane and Kiri Evans hope to recreate the feel of their favorite beach bar in Cosby Village.
01/07/2020
The Sand Dollar brings the beach bar vibe to Chesterfield | Chesterfield Observer

At the Sand Dollar, owners Shane and Kiri Evans hope to recreate the feel of their favorite beach bar in Cosby Village.

It was the summer of 2013 and Chesterfield couple Shane and Kiri Evans had only been dating for a few months when they took a trip to the beach and fell in love – with a bar. "It just had this co

Newly elected Bermuda District Supervisor Jim Ingle joins the Board of Supervisors this week.
01/06/2020
Meet Bermuda District Supervisor Jim Ingle | Chesterfield Observer

Newly elected Bermuda District Supervisor Jim Ingle joins the Board of Supervisors this week.

Jim Ingle was only 10 years old when he landed his first paying job delivering the Potomac News, a daily newspaper in northern Virginia, in 1979. That fact somehow eluded the district manager who hire

Frank Petroski, LeQuan Hylton and Tommy Owens will be formally appointed on Jan. 8.
01/06/2020
Planning commission getting three new members | Chesterfield Observer

Frank Petroski, LeQuan Hylton and Tommy Owens will be formally appointed on Jan. 8.

Chesterfield's newly seated Board of Supervisors will formally appoint three new planning commissioners at its Jan. 8 organizational meeting. Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley has selec

Dominion Energy is looking to rebuild 3 miles of an aging 230 kilovolt transmission line in Chester.
01/03/2020
Dominion seeks to rebuild power line in Chester | Chesterfield Observer

Dominion Energy is looking to rebuild 3 miles of an aging 230 kilovolt transmission line in Chester.

Dominion Energy is looking to rebuild 3 miles of an aging 230 kilovolt transmission line in Chester. If approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the $11 million project would replace an

Subpar performance by the contractor hired to widen a 1.3-mile stretch of Lucks Lane in Midlothian is expected to delay ...
01/03/2020
Lucks Lane widening project a year behind schedule | Chesterfield Observer

Subpar performance by the contractor hired to widen a 1.3-mile stretch of Lucks Lane in Midlothian is expected to delay the $19 million project at least a year beyond its original completion date.

Subpar performance by the contractor hired to widen a 1.3-mile stretch of Lucks Lane in Midlothian is expected to delay the $19 million project at least a year beyond its original completion date, a c

A maximum of 1,250 residential units are planned for Starview Village, which will be connected to the county’s Stonebrid...
01/02/2020
Starview Village moves forward near former mall site | Chesterfield Observer

A maximum of 1,250 residential units are planned for Starview Village, which will be connected to the county’s Stonebridge development through construction of a walkable, urban-style street grid.

When Chesterfield County developed a vision for revitalizing the eastern Midlothian Turnpike corridor in the early 2000s, it included both the 83-acre Cloverleaf Mall site and more than 100 acres of u

Local officials have sent the following letter to the county’s legislative delegation regarding Second Amendment rights.
01/02/2020
Supervisors' letter to lawmakers: Uphold the Constitution | Chesterfield Observer

Local officials have sent the following letter to the county’s legislative delegation regarding Second Amendment rights.

In response to several pieces of gun control legislation that have been filed for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session, governing bodies in more than 100 Virginia localities have passed some typ

Police are on the lookout for Jai Alquan King, 30, of the 8900 block of Germont Avenue.
01/02/2020
Inmate wanted for escaping house arrest | Chesterfield Observer

Police are on the lookout for Jai Alquan King, 30, of the 8900 block of Germont Avenue.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who has escaped from house arrest. Jai Alquan King, 30, of the 8900 block of Germont Avenue, removed his GPS monitor, which he was

In October, Sandhi Schimmel Gold opened her Eclectica! Art Gallery to showcase the work of roughly 20 artists, including...
12/30/2019
New art gallery opens in Midlothian | Chesterfield Observer

In October, Sandhi Schimmel Gold opened her Eclectica! Art Gallery to showcase the work of roughly 20 artists, including herself.

Where other people might only see junk mail – something to be recycled or thrown away – Sandhi Schimmel Gold sees the means with which to create art. For the past two decades, Schimmel Gold has specia

Endeavoring to increase senior housing options in Chesterfield County for those with limited means, the not-for-profit B...
12/30/2019
Affordable senior housing under construction in Bellwood | Chesterfield Observer

Endeavoring to increase senior housing options in Chesterfield County for those with limited means, the not-for-profit Better Housing Coalition has begun construction of Market Square IV, a new 60-unit affordable rental community built as part of its existing Winchester Greens development in the Jefferson Davis Highway corridor.

Endeavoring to increase senior housing options in Chesterfield County for those with limited means, the not-for-profit Better Housing Coalition has begun construction of Market Square IV, a new 60-uni

The 25,503-square-foot William H. Talley III Center for Workforce Development, which was part of a $34 million renovatio...
12/27/2019
John Tyler's new workforce training center offers a glimpse of things to come | Chesterfield Observer

The 25,503-square-foot William H. Talley III Center for Workforce Development, which was part of a $34 million renovation of Bird Hall, houses the Community College Workforce Alliance, a regional workforce training partnership between John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds community colleges.

Christmas was still about three weeks away, but the atmosphere was festive as officials from John Tyler Community College brought together leaders of business and industry, local and state government,

Last week, the county's new Board of Supervisors and School Board were sworn in at the historic 1917 courthouse.
12/27/2019
Newly elected county leaders take the oath | Chesterfield Observer

Last week, the county's new Board of Supervisors and School Board were sworn in at the historic 1917 courthouse.

Sitting in Chesterfield County's historic 1917 courthouse last Wednesday afternoon, Stacey Davenport got "a little misty-eyed" as she listened to her fellow elected officials pledge to

A majority of the food bank’s recipients don’t receive government assistance. Most fall into that gap where they make to...
12/26/2019
Chesterfield Food Bank fills the void between 'poverty' and putting food on the table | Chesterfield Observer

A majority of the food bank’s recipients don’t receive government assistance. Most fall into that gap where they make too much money to qualify for government aid but still struggle to pay bills and keep food on the table.

Travis Wilson never imagined he'd be spending his Friday evening in a chilly warehouse off Route 10, waiting for a cart of groceries from a food bank. Wilson worked for years in construction – ma

The Chesterfield County Fire Marshals have determined that the fire at the Old Buckingham Station apartments on Nov. 23 ...
12/26/2019
Midlothian apartment fire ruled accidental | Chesterfield Observer

The Chesterfield County Fire Marshals have determined that the fire at the Old Buckingham Station apartments on Nov. 23 that displaced 35 was accidental.

The Chesterfield County Fire Marshals have determined that the fire at the Old Buckingham Station apartments on Nov. 23 was accidental. After completing their investigation, fire investigators have de

Joshua L. Alford, 30, of the 4300 block of Jalen Drive in North Chesterfield, faces up to 10 years in prison after being...
12/26/2019
Teacher faces 10 years after arrest for sexual contact with student | Chesterfield Observer

Joshua L. Alford, 30, of the 4300 block of Jalen Drive in North Chesterfield, faces up to 10 years in prison after being charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile female student.

A physical education teacher at Manchester High School faces up to 10 years in prison after being charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile female student. Joshua L. Alford,

In voting against the Courthouse Landing project, commissioners questioned the safety of building stormwater retention p...
12/26/2019
Planning commission rejects $261 million project near courthouse | Chesterfield Observer

In voting against the Courthouse Landing project, commissioners questioned the safety of building stormwater retention ponds less than a mile from the county airport, where they could create a flight hazard by attracting waterfowl.

A major development project that could reshape one of Chesterfield's heavily traveled gateway areas was unanimously rejected by the county's planning commission at its meeting last week. Fol

In his annual “State of the County” address, Chesterfield County Administrator Joe Casey touted the local government’s s...
12/24/2019
Casey touts business, job growth in annual 'State of the County' address | Chesterfield Observer

In his annual “State of the County” address, Chesterfield County Administrator Joe Casey touted the local government’s success in attracting commercial investment to grow the tax base and create employment opportunities for county residents.

In his annual "State of the County" address last Wednesday, Chesterfield County Administrator Joe Casey touted the local government's success in attracting commercial investment to grow

A consultant advised the Board of Supervisors against terminating Chesterfield’s participation in the region’s curbside ...
12/23/2019
Consultant: Curbside recycling contract remains a 'good deal' for Chesterfield | Chesterfield Observer

A consultant advised the Board of Supervisors against terminating Chesterfield’s participation in the region’s curbside recycling program, suggesting such a move would drive up costs for county residents.

A consultant hired by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority advised the Board of Supervisors last week against terminating Chesterfield's participation in the region's curbside rec

In one of its last acts as a governing body, the Chesterfield County School Board approved a redistricting plan that som...
12/20/2019
Redistricting decreases racial diversity at Matoaca and Ettrick elementary schools | Chesterfield Observer

In one of its last acts as a governing body, the Chesterfield County School Board approved a redistricting plan that some worry will have a negative impact on diversity at two of the three schools impacted.

In one of its last acts as a governing body, the Chesterfield County School Board approved a redistricting plan affecting three elementary schools in preparation for the fall 2020 opening of the repla

At his final School Board meeting last week, Chairman Rob Thompson called out two citizens who are regular critics of th...
12/19/2019
School Board chair calls out citizen watchdogs in farewell speech | Chesterfield Observer

At his final School Board meeting last week, Chairman Rob Thompson called out two citizens who are regular critics of the school system for “bullying” administrators and tying up staff with more than 1,800 Freedom of Information Act requests over the last four years.

As the outgoing School Board members said their farewells at last week's business meeting, thanking colleagues and reflecting on their time in office, chairman Rob Thompson took the opportunity t

County police are investigating after an inmate of the Chesterfield County Jail died following an overdose.
12/19/2019
Chesterfield County Jail inmate overdoses, dies | Chesterfield Observer

County police are investigating after an inmate of the Chesterfield County Jail died following an overdose.

County police are investigating after an inmate of the Chesterfield County Jail died following an overdose. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 12, Chesterfield deputies and medical personnel responded

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the proposed Midlothian Community Special Area Plan a...
12/18/2019
Supervisors approve controversial Midlothian special area plan | Chesterfield Observer

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the proposed Midlothian Community Special Area Plan and include the 128-page document as the newest chapter of the county’s comprehensive plan.

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve the proposed Midlothian Community Special Area Plan and include the 128-page document as the newest chapter of the cou

A teacher and assistant football coach at Manchester High School was arrested by police Monday for taking 'indecent libe...
12/17/2019
Teacher arrested for taking 'indecent liberties' with student | Chesterfield Observer

A teacher and assistant football coach at Manchester High School was arrested by police Monday for taking 'indecent liberties' with a juvenile female student. https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/teacher-arrested-for-taking-indecent-liberties-with-student/

A teacher at Manchester High School has been arrested and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile female student. Joshua L. Alford, 30, was arrested by Chesterfield Police

Thirty years ago, Ann Coker was a student in Debbie Bailey’s eighth-grade U.S. History class at Chester Middle School. N...
12/13/2019
Teacher and student reunite 30 years later on School Board | Chesterfield Observer

Thirty years ago, Ann Coker was a student in Debbie Bailey’s eighth-grade U.S. History class at Chester Middle School. Now, they're about to serve together on Chesterfield's School Board.

Debbie Bailey and Ann Coker were among 75 women invited to a November 2018 brainstorming session that served as the unofficial launch of Carrie Coyner's campaign for the 62nd District seat in the

The proposed $10 million Courthouse Landing project is expected to include retail shops, office buildings, a hotel and t...
12/13/2019
Developer sees big opportunity at Routes 10, 288 | Chesterfield Observer

The proposed $10 million Courthouse Landing project is expected to include retail shops, office buildings, a hotel and townhomes, condominiums and apartments.

A Florida-based developer is betting $10 million that he and his partners can succeed where others before them have failed. That's what Jim Dunphy is willing to spend upfront on road and utility

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that online used vehicle retailer Carvana plans to invest $25 million to...
12/12/2019
Carvana makes plans official | Chesterfield Observer

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that online used vehicle retailer Carvana plans to invest $25 million to build a 191,000-square-foot inspection and reconditioning center in southeastern Chesterfield.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last Thursday that online used vehicle retailer Carvana plans to invest $25 million to build a 191,000-square-foot inspection and reconditioning center in southea

Chesterfield leaders spoke in favor of gun rights last night but declined to introduce a resolution declaring the county...
12/12/2019
Supervisors say no to Second Amendment sanctuary resolution | Chesterfield Observer

Chesterfield leaders spoke in favor of gun rights last night but declined to introduce a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, despite a massive turnout of protesters urging them to do so.

All five members of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors spoke publicly in support of gun rights enshrined in the U.S. and Virginia constitutions during their monthly business meeting Wednesday eveni

Three defendants charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy in the aftermath of a grisly homicide in August 2018 will face ...
12/11/2019
Federicos to face trial in murder-for-hire plot | Chesterfield Observer

Three defendants charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy in the aftermath of a grisly homicide in August 2018 will face trial together next spring.

Three defendants charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy in the aftermath of a grisly homicide in August 2018 will face trial together next spring. The trial will follow Chesterfield Circuit Court Jud

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