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A passion for writing – and for vampires

Early last year, Chelsea Raine put her passion for writing and “thing” for vampires to work, starting the first in what will be a series of four vampire romance novels. “On Jan. 27 last year, I started writing,” she said. Since then, she’s completed two novels and is working on a third novel and a script for a film adaptation of her first book, she said.

Countdown to ChesterFest: Artisans, crafters gear up for fall festival

When ChesterFest returns to the Village Green next month, so too will a host of artisans and crafters that will tempt festival goers with their varied wares. Kay Braswell, of Chester, and Jean Alvis, of Quinton, Va., are two of the more than 140 vendors who will set up shop at ChesterFest this year.

Police seek man who robbed convenience store

The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs help to identify and find a man who robbed Chubby’s at 10220 Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday, June 6, at about 10 p.m.

Police blotter

BROOKSHIRE DR 8/12 Ravensdale. The victim awoke to the sound of his front door being forced open. Upon leaving his bedroom, he was confronted by the known suspect, who threatened to assault the victim with a bad. One of the subjects, accompanying the suspect, displayed a handgun and used it to carve graffiti on one of the walls.

Weekly calendar

Calendar of events for the week of Wednesday, August 18, 2010 to Thursday, August 26, 2010.

SWO got warped: Summer culminates in performance at VA Beach stop of national tour

It’s been a busy summer for the boys of Safety Word Orange. The Richmond-based band recently completed the third in a string of summer tours and performed at the Vans Warped Tour in Virginia Beach, according to drummer Travis King, a Chester native.

HSR project threatens Centralia Road property

About half of Michale and Ellen Maxey’s six acres off Centralia Road is wetlands protected by a conservation easement, which keeps it in a natural state – a dense forest canopy shading several species of ferns, milkweed and calico aster. Great Branch Creek winds through the property, providing an easy water access for deer, beaver and geese.

Planning fee holiday could be extended

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Planning Commission will consider several options for extending the planning fee holiday that expired on June 30. At the Board of Supervisors June 23 meeting, Bob Schrum, the government relations chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, asked the supervisors to extend the fee holiday.