Seven Chesterfield County high schools rank in top 10 percent nationally


Seven Chesterfield County schools rank in the top 10 percent of U.S. high schools, according to the 2014 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Only 2,093 of the country’s 22,000 public high schools earned this recognition. More than half of the 13 Richmond-area schools on the list are part of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Here are the Chesterfield County schools recognized:

  • Midlothian High
  • Cosby High
  • Monacan High
  • James River High
  • Clover Hill High
  • Matoaca High
  • Bird High

Superintendent Marcus Newsome said, “These rankings confirm that the school system’s strategic plan, the Design for Excellence 2020, is helping students prepare for success after high school by increasing the rigor of the curriculum and expecting more from every student. We celebrate this recognition of our high schools by a nationally known organization. Graduates of Chesterfield County Public Schools are well-prepared for success when they move on to college or career.”

Charity event in May at Sneed’s Nursery to benefit AARF of Richmond

Happy Camper Event

Charity event for all ages at the Sneed’s Nursery & Garden Center on May 15, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm to benefit Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation (AARF) of Richmond.

Rock out on the patio to live music by the Bon Airs.

The grill will be going and King of Pops will be available for purchase.

Leashed K9 friends are welcome!

Presented by Happy Camper Productions and sponsored by On the Spot and Sneed’s Nursery.

Cost is $10 per person, children are free.

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Workshop set to hear community’s ideas for Bon Air Special Area Plan

Water Tower in Bon Air, Virginia

Staff with the Chesterfield County Planning Department want to hear ideas for the Bon Air Special Area Plan. A public workshop will be held Thursday, April 24, 4-8 p.m., in the Bon Air Elementary School cafeteria.

Once adopted, the Bon Air Special Area Plan will provide Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors members with detailed recommendations tailored to the Bon Air community. The plan will become an amendment to the county’s overall comprehensive plan and replace the current Bon Air Community Plan that was adopted in 1986.

The open-house-style workshop will provide an opportunity for all interested community members to provide input. Participants may come anytime during the workshop to share their thoughts and ideas with staff and officials about what they see as issues and opportunities within the Bon Air Community.

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Film and forum focus on Foster Care System

Chesterfield County Seal

In support of National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services will present From Place to Place Community Forum, May 8, 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road, North Chesterfield.

Come learn more about the foster care system in Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights and how you can help those affected by it. This compelling documentary, From Place to Place, depicts the experiences of former foster youths. Afterward, a panel comprised of former foster youths and professionals from the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights DSS will discuss their experiences in the foster care system.

RSVP by May 2. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Britt at or 804- 717-6391.

Chesterfield Police Department honors volunteers

Chesterfield Police Car - Large Cropped

The Chesterfield County Police Department recently presented 81 individual volunteers and one group with President’s Volunteer Service Awards, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. The awards were presented at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 5.

Established in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

The Chesterfield County Police Department has a long history of volunteer service, and approximately 235 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization. Volunteer roles include Auxiliary officers, Motorist Assistants, Chaplains, Crime Solvers Board members, Chesterfield County Police Foundation board members, office volunteers and Animal Control volunteers.

Chesterfield County Animal Control launches ‘Free Ride Home’ program for lost pets

free ride dog

The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Animal Control Unit has launched a new program to reconnect lost dogs and cats with their owners quickly. The Free Ride Home program means that animal control officers are providing a free ride home to any dog or cat carrying a tag that displays its owner’s information.

Personalized ID tags, county dog licenses and microchips are the best ways for lost pets to be quickly reunited with their owners. Animal control officers who pick up a wandering dog or cat with the appropriate information will attempt to contact the owner and transport the animal to its home, rather than to the animal shelter. Pet owners will get their lost dogs and cats back while reducing the number of animals admitted to the shelter.

Diaper Drive Great Success


More than 8,800 diapers were donated to assist families in need during the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, March Diaper Drive.

Andelicia Neville, Families First program coordinator, is thankful for the countless individuals and organizations that made donations at any branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library, Colonial Heights Public Library, county WIC sites, Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services, Chester Presbyterian Church, New Covenant Church, Chesterfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church or Matoaca United Methodist Church.

“We are truly delighted and grateful for the generosity of the Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights communities for making this diaper drive a tremendous success,” said Neville. “Now, we will be able to assist 65 families with diapering their babies.”

Families First, a program of Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services, is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia that provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure their children become healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are ready to start school by age five.

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