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06/08/2020

Good afternoon:

Since so many of you responded to our recent call for comments about the Monument Avenue statue removal, we would appreciate your feedback about what, if anything, should be done with the Confederate memorials on public property in the Tri-City area.

To the best of our knowledge, there are four such memorials — statues at the courthouses in Dinwiddie, Chesterfield and Sussex, and the Old Men & Boys marker in Petersburg. We are not including Blandford Cemetery or the battlefield because those are not areas of high traffic visibility, and we are not talking about the Confederate flags flying on private properly.

What do you think should be done about those known Confederate memorials?

Remember that by posting your comments, you agree to allow them to be published in news coverage by The Progress-Index, so please be respectful in what you say. Derogatory, discriminatory or inflammatory comments will be deleted from the page, and the poster subject to being blocked from future posts.

Thank you.

Bill Atkinson, Editor

Petersburg Sheriff Vanessa Crawford leads advocacy for the city's senior citizens.
06/07/2020
Sheriff's Office hands out PPE for seniors

Petersburg Sheriff Vanessa Crawford leads advocacy for the city's senior citizens.

PETERSBURG - The Petersburg Sheriff’s Office organized a mass distribution of COVID-19 safety items for senior citizens on Thursday morning. Sheriff

The head of the county EDA envisions the land as an industrial extension of its technology park.
06/07/2020
Chesterfield buys American Tobacco land

The head of the county EDA envisions the land as an industrial extension of its technology park.

The head of Chesterfield EDA says he sees the tract as a heavy-industry expansion of Meadowville Technology Park

The agreement between Phlow and the federal government includes a rapid response to manufacture pharmaceuticals that are...
06/06/2020
Petersburg set to benefit from $354M federal pharma contract

The agreement between Phlow and the federal government includes a rapid response to manufacture pharmaceuticals that are needed to combat COVID-19 and the creation of a long-term infrastructure to continue manufacturing essential drug components.

AMPAC plant in south Petersburg is expected to produce all of the ingredients for Richmond-based drug manufacturer’s deal to make COVID-19, other

06/06/2020

The Social Butterfly covers the Trump2020 Boat Parade / Fun Run Cruise by Waterside in Norfolk

Petersburg Area Transit has been given a federal funding boost to help with issues related to COVID-19.
06/06/2020
PAT gets federal funds to help with COVID-19

Petersburg Area Transit has been given a federal funding boost to help with issues related to COVID-19.

PETERSBURG - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced Friday that Petersburg Area Transit is receiving $3.2

These pictures show protests in Richmond yesterday evening. Black Lives Matter activists are planning another protest th...
06/05/2020
Photos: Seventh night of protests in Richmond

These pictures show protests in Richmond yesterday evening. Black Lives Matter activists are planning another protest this evening in Petersburg, starting at the Bureau of Police in Old Towne.

 

The raid resulted in undisclosed amounts of Ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana, and firearms.
06/05/2020
Two arrested in early-morning drug raid in Hopewell

The raid resulted in undisclosed amounts of Ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana, and firearms.

HOPEWELL — Two people are behind bars following an early-morning drug raid Friday in the city’s Davisville area.Rodena Anthony Gholson. 31,

Sean Jones, of The Progress-Index, and Brad Zinn, of The News Leader in Staunton, collaborated on this report Thursday n...
06/05/2020
Decision to remove statues lauded as 'historic moment'

Sean Jones, of The Progress-Index, and Brad Zinn, of The News Leader in Staunton, collaborated on this report Thursday night in Richmond. They gauged reactions from attendees to the decision to remove all the Confederate memorials from Monument Avenue.

Those who took to the Richmond streets Thursday night reflect on the ’magnitude’ of a weeklong protest in Virginia’s capital calling for

Some have voiced their approval for the removal, but others have expressed their dismay.
06/04/2020
Locals react to Confederate statue-removal proposal

Some have voiced their approval for the removal, but others have expressed their dismay.

Readers respond to P-I Facebook post weighing in on historical vs. symbolic significance of longtime Richmond memorials and what could be done with them

The estimated $13.5 million renovation has been slowly under way for the past two years, with crews finishing mold abate...
06/04/2020
Group plans to re-birth 'Hotel Petersburg'

The estimated $13.5 million renovation has been slowly under way for the past two years, with crews finishing mold abatements and replacing windows.

An exact replica of the place that closed 51 years ago is not the goal but rather a blueprint to bring it back to life ’in an attractive way,’

06/04/2020
U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command

U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command

Facebook Live Town Hall on COVID-19 with CASCOM and Fort Lee Commanding General Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, Deputy to the Commanding General Mr. John Hall, CSM Michael Perry, Garrison Commander Col. Hollie Martin and Kenner Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Nichelle Johnson.

06/04/2020
Governor of Virginia

Governor of Virginia

Please tune in: I will hold a press conference at 11:00 AM tomorrow.

We will not have our regular 2:00 PM briefing, as there is a televised memorial service for George Floyd scheduled to begin at the same time.

This briefing will be broadcast live in Spanish on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management page. // Esta conferencia es transmitida en español en vivo en la pagina Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Join us at 11 a.m. for an announcement from Governor Northam and 12:30 p.m. for an announcement from Fort Lee.
06/04/2020

Join us at 11 a.m. for an announcement from Governor Northam and 12:30 p.m. for an announcement from Fort Lee.

The march began at the Chesterfield County Police Department and ended at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.
06/04/2020
Photos: March for Equal Justice in Chesterfield

The march began at the Chesterfield County Police Department and ended at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.

Hundreds gathered at the Chesterfield County Police Department headquarters on Iron Bridge Road to “march for equal justice” to the Chesterfield County Courthouse on June 3. Escorted by Chesterfield Police, marchers held signs and yelled chants against racial inequality.

06/03/2020
The Progress-Index: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Petersburg, VA

Good evening. The Northam administration is expected to announce plans to remove the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

What is your take on that? Please reply to this post with your thoughts. And remember that your comments may be used in a post on progress-index.com, so please avoid using any inflammatory or vulgar language. If it is removed and put into temporary storage, then what would you like to see done with it?

Thanks.

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06/03/2020

Chesterfield Police Chief Col. Jeffrey S. Katz delivers a message to the community.

Here's a list of what to expect from businesses and services in the second phase of Virginia's reopening.
06/03/2020
Virginia's Phase 2: Here's what you'll see

Here's a list of what to expect from businesses and services in the second phase of Virginia's reopening.

The second of the three-phased reopening begins Friday across the state with the exception of northern Virginia and the city of Richmond. Among the major

“You have a right and a duty to let your voices be heard. Let’s do so in a way that will keep our citizens, visitors, co...
06/02/2020
Business, political groups call for continued calm in city amid tensions

“You have a right and a duty to let your voices be heard. Let’s do so in a way that will keep our citizens, visitors, communities and businesses safe, thriving, and strong.”

Petetrsburg’s chamber of commerce, its Democratic and Republican committees ask for continued focus on the goal of righting racial and socioeconomic

06/02/2020
Governor of Virginia

Governor of Virginia

WATCH LIVE: I will hold a press briefing a 2:00 PM today.

This briefing will be broadcast live in Spanish on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management page. // Esta conferencia es transmitida en español en vivo en la pagina Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

REBUIDLING AMERICA: According to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, in early April, around 2,400 child care center...
06/02/2020
Child care could look very different during state's reopening

REBUIDLING AMERICA: According to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, in early April, around 2,400 child care centers were shut down, equaling roughly 211,000 program slots for children across the Commonwealth.

A VECF task force is advising child care providers about best practices for making it through the Commonwealth’s reopening, and beyond.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation task force member says that child care will be drastically different in the short-term, if not also in the long-run

Four days of celebrating the Class of 2020 began Monday; commencement is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 2 -...
06/02/2020
Hopewell kicks off weeklong HS grad celebrations

Four days of celebrating the Class of 2020 began Monday; commencement is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 2 - June 4 to abide by social distancing regulations.

'Incredible experiences’ begin with a drive-thru parade honoring seniors, followed by three days of receiving diplomas in a socially distanced kind

06/02/2020

Peaceful Student Protest in Chesterfield County

Police said the suspect was arrested about six hours later on West Wythe Street.
06/01/2020
Man found dead in bank parking lot; woman charged

Police said the suspect was arrested about six hours later on West Wythe Street.

PETERSBURG — A city woman has been charged in the death of a man whose body was found early Monday morning outside a downtown bank.Dawna Harrison,

REBUILDING AMERICA: Trapezium owner Dave McCormack talks about the adverse effects of the pandemic from the lens of beer...
06/01/2020
Brewing made possible, and craftier

REBUILDING AMERICA: Trapezium owner Dave McCormack talks about the adverse effects of the pandemic from the lens of beer brewing, and what his business is doing to combat them.

Local craft brewery: creative during economic crisis, hopeful moving forward

Protests in the Tri-Cities proved to be peaceful, with police chiefs from Petersburg and Colonial Heights commending the...
06/01/2020
Cooperation key to peaceful protests in Petersburg, CH

Protests in the Tri-Cities proved to be peaceful, with police chiefs from Petersburg and Colonial Heights commending the efforts of the protesters.

In all instances, organizers say police officers could not have been any more accommodating, even joining them in support

This Petersburg business changed its location just as the COVID-19 pandemic took over daily life.
06/01/2020
Petersburg Pickers is open for business

This Petersburg business changed its location just as the COVID-19 pandemic took over daily life.

Petersburg Pickers, a consignment shop, is now open for business in its new location at 2 Sycamore Street in downtown Petersburg. Kimberly Ann Calos, the

With the Chesterfield County Fair cancelled this year, The Social Butterfly reflects on another county fair she has atte...
05/31/2020
Throwback to the County Fair

With the Chesterfield County Fair cancelled this year, The Social Butterfly reflects on another county fair she has attended.

The Social Butterfly recalls a trip to the Clarke County Fair last year, before the pandemic hit

Following civil unrest in Richmond, Prince William County and Roanoke, Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency fo...
05/31/2020
Northam declares state of emergency

Following civil unrest in Richmond, Prince William County and Roanoke, Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virginia.

Following days of civil unrest, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virignia.

REBUILDING AMERICA EDITORIAL: if we get nothing else out of what we are going through other than that new appreciation f...
05/31/2020
COVID-19: A Dickens of a time

REBUILDING AMERICA EDITORIAL: if we get nothing else out of what we are going through other than that new appreciation for life, then despite all the hardships, it really was time well spent.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch

REBUILDING AMERICA: Many car dealerships, including those under CMA ownership, have brought part or all of the car buyin...
05/31/2020
Looking ahead at car buying after COVID-19

REBUILDING AMERICA: Many car dealerships, including those under CMA ownership, have brought part or all of the car buying experience online, and are looking to keep that momentum.

Local dealerships embrace changing climate, best practices developed during pandemic

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Please give coverage of the peaceful protest in Petersburg. Those people deserve the attention instead of the idiots burning and stealing.
Sorry for the inconvenience but here I go again. Now I am able to answer my own question. The Progress-Index, in Petersburg, has this apparent bias and mean spirit toward the Mayor Hopewell perhaps because Mr. Craig Richardson, publisher, comes from having been published at Hopewell News. And so, now I rest confident that this continued harassment and attempt to minimize, direct and control, the current Hopewell Mayor may be something quite different, and yet, no so much, as what I first thought. It, this NON-NEWS, represents and speaks to the mean spirit and hatred of a few. O MY. Mayor Gore, it is my hope that you will ignore this distraction and the recent "demand published on yesterday." You owe the City of Petersburg nothing - not even an explanation. We, neither Hopewell or Petersburg, will never mature and grow while the focus seems to be on tearing you apart because a few in your town don't like you. Do your work the best you can because I am sure you understand that just because people attempt to abuse you and just because they may not choose you, does not make them in any way right so do not let them draw you into this foolish fight - with those you mean you -- no good. O MY! We need a paper that represents the people of PETERSBURG not one which stands ready to carry on the wicked, evil ways of a "in their own mind" superior people seeking to further an agenda that is clearly mean and divisive and in the best interest of no other but themselves. It is sad on the one hand --- and laughable on the next but somehow, it must get better. -k.
Shame, shame, shame on the Progress Index for all the hope you destroy, all positive possibility you ignore and the divisiveness you create and incite as documented once again in your own front page. Yet, you dare to call it news or newsworthy. You should be ashamed. Instead of promoting well being, safety measures and good will -- for both and all communities, your main interest seems to promote the personal views and desires of a few naysayers rather than choosing to speak in the hope that personal disagreements can be settled by better means or that the trouble makers will mature and make more positive contributions. I am disappointed because while, as a news agency, you have the potential to spread some good news in this community, your front page reports the continued petty personal issues (and attacks) in Hopewell as your main feature as though a crime has been committed. Simply put, a Mayor called a meeting to address a major and growing critical concern....some of the Counselors could not attend....but nothing stops them from being able to address their constituents anytime they wish by many different means. Instead they are able to come to the PI and this normal occurrence under unusual circumstances such as this - is used to assault her character....how breathtakingly amazing is it that the Newspaper is once again anything other than a platform for divisiveness. In Petersburg, I am more in interested in the impact of the virus, the decrease or even increase in crime, suggested activities for students out of school (how long and resources). You have many options to be the "Adult in the room" and you seem against being that in order to join the war of character destruction. You are acting as the banner for community divisiveness and dissenters in Hopewell. Stop. Grow Up. Report some news that is our business. This petty, often racial driven fight, in Hopewell, is evident that even the threat of the end of life does not overtake their concern to stop their Mayor, to limit her ability to be effective, and by any means necessary, to dissuade her from seeking re-election...How biased of you...and YOU, like many others of us, SHOULD BE so very ASHAMED.
Miss Virginia, Dot Kelly will be the special guest and emcee of the Miss Southside Virginia scholarship competition in Colonial Heights on February 29 at 6:30 pm. The competition will take place at Life Christian Academy on the Boulevard. The winner will compete for the title of Miss Virginia in June at Liberty University. Last year our very own Miss Virginia, Camille Schrier, won the title of Miss America in December. The Colonial Heights Moose Lodge is the sponsoring most of the winner’s college scholarship award. Tickets will be sold at the door.
I was the Progress Index papergirl in Hopewell for many years. In fact I was the only papergirl in Hopewell for a long, long time. I know I delivered papers 7 days a week. When it snowed and ice was on the ground, I folded 126 newspapers, stuck them in my paperbag and pulled the sledge 3-1/2 miles and posted each newspaper to each house. The Sunday papers were thick and heavy. Mr. Shevlin used to come to my home to collect money from my paper round and I would save my money for things I wanted (such as Christmas presents for my family). My family home still stands at 2958 Churchill Drive! Years ago you had a column in your newspaper, "50 years ago..." My sister posted me a clipping to UK in which my name (Frances Sober) was mentioned as being the only papergirl for quite a few years. My brother, Carlton, was the paper boy and I used to take papers on my bike with him. When he went into the Navy, I continued the paper round for many years after that! Such memories... I Googled Progress Index just now and was surprised you are still in business. I lived in the Great Depression years; listened to Hitler on our Zenith radio; read about and heard Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. Camp Lee convoys used to inch past our house as we girls used to wave to the soldiers; the year the Progress Index wrote about the end of WW2; the fierce football competition between Hopewell Bluedevils and Petersburg, and so many other memories!! I could go on and on about my wonderful memories.
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February 21st, RTL PARANORMAL travels to Hopewell,VA to host a public ghost hunting event at the historic Beacon Theatre! Our special guests for the evening is none other than Richel Stratton, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray, and Daryl Marston from A&E's hit paranormal television show GHOST HUNTERS!!! Q&A session, photo ops, merchandise, and an opportunity to investigate the theatre with GHOST HUNTERS! Go to https://www.myticketstobuy.com/event/1552 and pick what package you want to see your favorite television show in action!
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Well, it has been two Christmas's ago since I last saw who I like to call Carytown Santa.He was not actually the 'official' Santa for Carytown but, more like the country version of a good will ambassador for Carytown.His name was Mr. Ragland and he played the guitar while being dressed up as the jolly old elf during the holidays.I miss that part of Carytown.Now, there was a gentleman out this past season and I respect him trying to be Santa but, it was just not the same.He was tall and trim with a well kept short beard.Mr. Ragland looked exactly like the real Santa Claus!!So, if you have seen him please have him stop by Carytown or better yet ask him to come back as Santa!If you are reading this Mr.Ragland we need you back in Carytown as our Santa. Bill Sparks
With the 2A wave riding high in Virginia in complete rejection to the Governor’s dreams of disarming the Commonwealth’s law abiding citizens, I ask that you help spread the word that the Hopewell government officials refuse to reply to any inquiry on their positions concerning the 2A. I know that a guy from VA beach is attempting to spearhead the issue in his city. Unfortunately, we have a few cities/counties that refuse to move on common sense - believing that their hopeful gun control laws will stop gun crime. It won’t. Criminals don’t obey the law. They will keep their guns and if the Governor gets his way, he leaves me and majority of his constituents defenseless. Thank you