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Hundreds of volunteers spruce up the James

Hundreds of volunteers divided among 13 sites spent last Saturday picking up trash along the James River and several feeder creeks or streams; working through the hot temperatures to make the river a better, cleaner place.

The future of a county step by step

After the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors directed the planning commission to redo the consultant/steering committee draft comprehensive plan, the county’s planning staff and commissioners have settled into a procedure for reviewing the comments made by the public online.

Community Chorus recruiting new members

Chester Community Chorus rehearses Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM at Chester United Methodist Church under the direction of Joshua Wortham. They are preparing for a concert featuring “Gloria” by Vivaldi and “Gloria” by John Rutter which will be performed on Sunday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 28.

Businesses host food drives to benefit local food banks

Stuff the Truck With Food event benefitting the Colonial Heights Food Pantry will take place Friday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the C & F Bank located at 4820 W. Hundred Rd. Participating with C & F Bank are Southside Business Resources, the South of the James Browns Backers and Dawgbone Banners and Signs, Inc. Davis Off Road will be providing the trucks and Steve Brooks with Splashmusic will be entertaining.

Miss Chesterfield County Fair accepting applications

The Chesterfield County Fair is accepting applications for contestants for the Miss Chesterfield County Fair Pageant, to be held on Monday, Aug. 27, for ages 17-21. New this year are our Princess Pageants,to be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, for ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-12 and 13-16.

Volunteers honored for work in Social Services

They’ve answered phones and mentored kids, tutored adults for the GED, prepared taxes and shuttled clients to appointments. Volunteers in the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services perform a variety of duties that help the agency serve those in need.

Not even your kids will see this again

A very short break in the clouds just before sunset on June 5 allowed Erin, Kathy and Brad Peebles to view the planet Venus as it moved between the Earth and the Sun. For safe viewing Brad Peebles adapted his bird spotting scope to project an image of the sun on a sheet of cardboard mounted behind the eyepiece of the scope.

Knights lose in state semis, recognized as a national soccer powerhouse

The 2012 season for the Thomas Dale Knights boy’s soccer team has been another wildly successful campaign. It’s something the community should be used to by now. Since Mark Fowler took the reigns as head coach in 1998, it’s been one of the most successful and consistent programs in the Central Region- and with two championships and six state tournament appearances in the past nine years- it is a dynasty.