Change of Cammand: New TDHS JROTC battalion commander takes the reins

As soon as Thomas Dale High School JROTC senior Daniel Wayne was told he would be the 8-year-old program’s new battalion commander, his first thoughts were of his father, who is on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Army in Afganistan.

Robinson, Brown seek Nixon seat

Republican and Democratic candidates for state Del. Sam Nixon’s open seat have emerged and will face each other in the June 15 special election.

Commission to take up landfill request

Planning Commission Chairman William Brown said last week that he thought a request from Shoosmith Bros. Inc., which has asked the county to lift three conditions placed on its operations during the landfill’s 1997 expansion, was ready to go forward.

Pocket park facelift a community effort

Nestled at the edge of an acre of asphalt that sees more than 26,000 cars a day sits a tiny oasis at the intersection of West Hundred and Harrowgate roads. This little pocket park was developed years ago to spruce up the mundane intersection, but it’s been difficult to maintain, according to Chester Garden Club President Melissa Ray. So the group decided to re-landscape the area.

Commission to consider new use for Chester Middle School building

County staffers will recommend next week that the Planning Commission find that using Chester Middle School as a ninth grade academy is substantially in accord with Chesterfield’s comprehensive plan, but a group of concerned citizens is preparing its case for why the finding should not be granted.

Legal Briefs

Public hearings on the following items are scheduled for the Planning Commission’s May 18 afternoon meeting, which will begin at 4 p.m. and take place in the Public Meeting Room of the Chesterfield Administration Building:

‘It will be finished’: Students to complete CMS mural ahead of schedule

When news broke that Chester Middle School would be closed and its students redistricted next year, students and teachers decided to complete the last section of a five-panel mural this year, one year ahead of schedule.

On to the next chapter: Retirees bid farewell to Matoaca Elementary

Adventure, family time and a move lie ahead for three retiring members of the Matoaca Elementary School family. Effective June 19, David Early, a fifth grade teacher, Phyllis Glovier, a general education instructional assistant, and Major Goode, lead custodian, will officially be retired from the Chesterfield County school system.