January 28, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

The Unforgotten

After recent deaths, parents push for tighter day care rules

To Belle Colassaco, the number that matters isn’t how many children a day care provider is caring for, it’s how many lives can be saved. More...

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NEWS BRIEFS

Former bus driver accused of faking daughter’s cancer

A former county school bus driver has been charged with fraud after police alleged she obtained donations from co-workers by falsely claiming her daughter was a victim of cancer. More...

Arrest Watch

Arrest Watch

The persons above are a sampling of recent arrests for serious crimes by the Chesterfield County Police Department. More...

Crime Watch

County sees rash of hot wheels

Motor vehicle thefts are unfortunately a regular occurrence in Chesterfield County, but the latest batch of reports from police contains a higher-than-average number of incidents of people stealing, or in one case borrowing, vehicles of various kinds More...

The Pleasure of Life

Globetrotters

Have travel plans? Email a high-resolution photo of your travels with the Chesterfield Observer to editor@LocalNewsLLC.com, and we may just publish your photo, too. More...

Calendar

Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 29 Mental Health First Aid class, 8:30 a.m-1 p.m. and same time Friday, Jan. 30, Community Development Building, 9800 Government Center Parkway. Learn how to help someone experiencing a mental-health challenge. $25. More...

In the Spotlight

Men’s basketball, Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30-9 p.m. weekly through May 18, Swift Creek Elementary School, 13800 Genito Road. Join men ages 50 and older for recreational play. Free. 748-1992, chesterfield.gov/parks. More...

What’s happening Elsewhere

Thursday, Jan. 29 Home schooling information meeting, 1-3 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church 3601 Monument Ave., Richmond. Learn how to start home schooling and how to achieve home education goals. Registration requested. Free. More...

School system seeks 2 percent budget hike

Additional $8.8 million would go toward pay raises, benefits

Chesterfield’s school system is proposing a total operating budget for next year of $578.5 million, an increase of $11.2 million from this year, or about 2 percent, with most of the increase going to fund pay raises and benefit payments. More...

Vulture Cult

On a January afternoon, black vultures perch on the branches of a leafless tree at the Dutch Gap Conservation area. “No one knows why they come,” says county naturalist Mark Battista. More...

News

Tensions rising as supervisors seek more input over schools

Dorothy Jaeckle first observed a dysfunctional relationship between the county government and school system as a parent advocating for several school-related issues in the early 1990s. More...

Brat makes early statement: ‘Principles have to matter’

Their broad smiles notwithstanding, the swearing-in of the 114th U.S. Congress must have been at least a little awkward for Dave Brat and John Boehner. Less than 24 hours before he began his inaugural term as a member of the U.S. More...

Police seek volunteers for auxiliary force

The Chesterfield County Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve as auxiliary police officers. Auxiliary officers are fully trained, sworn police officers who are asked to volunteer 250 hours each year. More...

Loose Ends

Green without envy

I just read the title of an article on the Internet – “9 ways to jazz up kale.” Really? More...

Opinions

Did Brat destroy the GOP? Hardly

“GOP or Bust?” [Jan. 14] quotes state Sen. More...

Tea party not so ‘extreme’

Jim McConnell’s article “GOP or bust?” [Jan. 14] was interesting in presenting the different dynamics facing the GOP in Chesterfield. More...

Real Estate Briefs

County home sales hit highest level since 2008

By Michael Buettner NEWS EDITOR The county’s sales of existing homes rose last year to the highest level since the recession, and real estate agents are optimistic that the market will remain robust in 2015. More...

Chesterfield County real estate transfers

BRM BATH 1/2 BATH SQ FT PRICE ASSESSED BEAVERWOOD 12107 CHESMOUNT DR 3201425$186,297$151,300 BEECHWOOD 4500 CASCADE ST 3201660$147,500$154,800 More...