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Upward Soccer provides opportunity for 175 Meadowbrook area youngsters

Beulah United Methodist Church has embraced the Upward Sports concept and is happily hosting 21 soccer teams each Saturday morning, fulfilling Upward’s mission to introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities through sports.

Waldrop unhittable in leading Dale to 7-0 start

Thomas Dale junior Lacey Waldrop proved she was not fooling in firing a perfect game on April 1 versus visiting Hopewell. She followed that up with more domination, leading the Knights to a championship in the Colonial Heights Holiday Tournament last week. Tournament entries included some of the better teams in the Central Region, and the championship elevated coach Dennis Jones’ team to the top of the class in area softball.

After-prom parties seek mainstream acceptance

Prom night has long been a rite of passage for American teenagers. Unfortunately, the night is often marked by a large number of young people who abandon their core values, common sense and reasoning skills. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that on a typical prom weekend, 48 teenagers will perish and 5,200 more will be injured in vehicular crashes. About half of these crashes will be alcohol or drug related.

Chesterfield students rake in FBLA awards

Students from Meadowbrook, Matoaca and Thomas Dale high schools recently competed in a Future Business Leaders of America regional event at Dinwiddie High, according to information from Chesterfield County Public Schools. Chesterfield students won a total of 34 awards, and Matoaca High was recognized as having the largest local FBLA chapter.

Not quite a shad planking, but close

There’s a stretch of tranquility perched on the bank of one of the fingers of the James River in Chester. On a recent Saturday morning there, the sun was bright, the air crisp and the friendships warm as an annual fish fry featured camaraderie, history and catching-up, and conversations ran the gambit from business to family, religion and politics.

County expects application for substantial accord on new CMS use

A final hurdle likely remains to be cleared before the school system can use the Chester Middle School building to house Thomas Dale High School’s freshman class this fall.

Legal briefs: April 7, 2010

Ordinance amendments related to the definition of “kennel” and license taxes on kennels. The exercise of eminent domain for the acquisition of a temporary construction easement and permanent drainage and utility easements for the Happy Hill Road Improvement Project across property at 13835 Happy Hill Road. Ordinance amendments related to fees for adoption of sterilized animals and transfer of animals to animal rescue or humane societies.

Recycling program could be cut in half

A budget proposal presented last week would limit county curbside recycling service next year to users on this year’s highest-volume routes.