Sales tax holiday: What’s exempt this weekend

Returning to school this fall may be more virtual than physical, but some things haven’t changed: The first weekend in August marks the unofficial kickoff to the back-to-school shopping season. And that means no state and local sales taxes will be collected on school supplies costing less than $20 per item – book bags, notebooks, calculators, pens and pencils – […]

Virginia Department of Health launches coronavirus exposure app

Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday the launch of COVIDWISE, a new notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google. Users opt-in to […]

2020-08-05 E-Edition

Beautiful, but dangerous: The Appomattox River continues its deadly streak

With the pandemic reshaping nearly every aspect of public life, the great outdoors continues to provide a refuge for those seeking to recreate and socialize while also abiding by recommended safety standards. And, in the heat of late summer, Central Virginia’s waterways endure as a way to cool off. But the water can prove hazardous also, and this is especially […]

Regional group forms to fund road, transit goals

New gas and sales taxes to fuel transportation authority’s projects

Officials from Chesterfield County and eight other Richmond-area localities are working to form the regional body that will administer millions of dollars in new transportation taxes approved earlier this year by the Virginia General Assembly. The Central Virginia Transportation Authority, or CVTA, is expected to meet for the first time this month, at which time its 16 members will select […]

Supervisors explore opening schools for private use

Following the School Board’s vote last month to begin the 2020-21 school year in a 100% virtual format, the county government wants to identify available space in Chesterfield’s more than 60 school buildings and provide it for temporary use by parents and “private childcare and educational institutions.” That’s according to a July 27 letter from Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Chairwoman […]

Del. Kirk Cox considering gubernatorial run

Del. Kirk Cox has announced that he’s considering a run for governor in 2021. The longtime Republican legislator, who represents a large swath of eastern Chesterfield, tweeted on Monday that he was considering the run “after the policies put in place by Democrats this year, the vacuum of leadership during this health and economic crisis, and the violence and destruction […]

Postponed lacrosse tournaments resume this week

While the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating in the United States, hundreds of youth lacrosse players and their families are traveling to Chesterfield County this week for two tournaments that were rescheduled due to the global health emergency. The county-owned River City Sportsplex will serve as host site for the Summer Rumble boys tournament Aug. 5-6 and the […]

Letter: Appreciating my daughter’s teachers

COVID-19 has deeply impacted our local community. We’ve heard about how everyday life has changed over the past few months, but not as much has been said about how educators have gone above and beyond to support our children during the pandemic, especially during the last weeks of the recent school year. I would like to take a moment and […]

Letter: Securing voting rights is paramount

As a young political activist, my 18th birthday was monumental – I would be able to vote. However, my 18th birthday was Nov. 24, 2016. I missed the opportunity to participate in one of the most significant and historic elections that will happen in my lifetime. Though I have participated in every election since I gained the right to vote, […]