Government & Schools

Brick by brick: Lego locks in $1B project, 1,760 jobs at Meadowville

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Two engineers took to the stage inside the Science Museum of Virginia last week to unveil a $1 billion economic development deal for the state with international implications last week. Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Denmark’s Lego Group CEO Niels Christiansen announced the company’s plans to locate its first U.S. toy manufacturing factory – a 1.7 million square foot facility occupying […]

Transportation panel pushes Fall Line Trail, I-64 projects

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A flurry of activity characterized last week’s meeting of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority: unanimous support for the widening of I-64 from New Kent to James City County; approval of funding for 30 local transportation projects for fiscal years 2023-26; and a standard project agreement for the northernmost segment of the Fall Line Trail. Separately, Chesterfield’s supervisor for the Matoaca […]

Honoring the struggle

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As events in Chesterfield County last week honored the Juneteenth holiday and marked the hard-fought progress of Black Americans since the Emancipation Proclamation, county resident Charles McLeod spoke to a group of community leaders about his perspective and experience. McLeod’s mother, Nellie Jane Hinderman McLeod, worked as a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s, which gave him the […]

Board moving toward review of applicants for Haley’s seat

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The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is accepting applications through 5 p.m., Thursday, June 23, to temporarily fill the Midlothian seat vacated by former Supervisor and Vice Chair Leslie Haley effective June 3. By charter, the board has 60 days to make an interim appointment, but supervisors could vote on the new representative as early as next week’s regularly scheduled meeting […]

Recovery high school set to open this summer

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The region’s first public full-time high school program for students in recovery from substance abuse is slated to open its doors on Aug. 22. Chesterfield County Schools Superintendent Merv Daugherty briefly updated School Board members during the body’s monthly work session last week, stating that the application process will soon be online and that the venture is made possible through […]

County congressional primaries uncontested

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Statewide primary elections on June 21 will go uncontested in Chesterfield County. The Democratic and Republican parties have only one candidate each in the races for the 1st District and 4th District of U.S. House of Representatives. Portions of the county are split by the two districts, with the 1st District to the west and 2nd District to the east. […]

School’s out, job’s on: County’s career and technical education program a bellwether for state’s school-to-workforce effort

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Dulce Garcia was a junior in Chesterfield County Public Schools during the 2021-22 academic year when she decided to steer her education toward a trade, rather than a college degree. Becoming a beautician or hair stylist seemed like the obvious choice, initially, she said. “Last year, my first option was cosmetology, but it was, like, too girly, and I didn’t […]

Haley exits from board to take role at AG office

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Vice chair and Midlothian representative Leslie Haley announced her resignation from the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on Friday to join the Office of the Attorney General; her new position as deputy attorney general for government operations and transactions administration began Monday, June 6. “I feel very confident, as I leave this position today and step into my next venture, […]

State budget cuts taxes, increases spending

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Virginia lawmakers passed the state budget last week with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. The two-year plan, which cuts taxes and increases spending, passed the Republican controlled House of Delegates, 88-7, and the Democratic-controlled Senate, 32-4, after weeks of gridlock between negotiators since the legislative session ended without a deal on March 15. The compromise budget increases the standard […]

Development moves ahead: Board OKs both Upper Magnolia Green rezoning cases in overtime session

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Note: this story is an extended version of what can be found in the June 1 print edition of the Observer. A nearly six-hour Board of Supervisors meeting last Thursday punctuated the nearly six-month process for the two rezoning cases involving the Upper Magnolia Green development, ultimately ending with board approvals that will accommodate a new heavy-industrial zoned technology manufacturing […]


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