Virginia Archers Compete at Outdoor Championships
More than 125 archers from all over Virginia, plus some guest archers from other states, traveled to the county to compete in the 2016 Virginia State Outdoor Championships held at Clover Hill Athletic Complex. The event, which falls under USA Archery, consisted of 144 arrows shot over two days by each archer at a single distance. This was the first time the event was held in the county.
Archers participating in the Virginia State Outdoor Championships take aim at the target.
Niagara Water Establishing Manufacturing Operation in Chesterfield
Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and operated bottled beverage supplier, announced in August it will invest $95 million to establish a 557,000-square-foot manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. The company uses state-of-the-art filtration to produce its Niagara brand and private-label bottled water. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 76 new jobs. Niagara Bottling is the largest private-label bottled water supplier in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation.
The new Niagara Mid-Atlantic operation will create 76 new jobs in the county.
More Than 6,200 “Blueprint” Survey Responses Received
Chesterfield County received more than 6,200 responses to its recent community priorities survey through the “Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint” campaign. The campaign engaged residents and businesses to see what they believed was important in their community, and to solicit ideas to be implemented into the budgeting process in the future. The top three priorities identified by residents were education, public safety and transportation. Collectively, education and public safety account for more than 60 percent of the planned expenditures for fiscal 2017. To see the complete survey results, visit blueprint.chesterfield.gov.
Important Tax Changes Save Money for Taxpayers
Amendments to the Chesterfield County Code of Ordinances will help residents and businesses save money in tax year 2017. More than 700 small businesses in Chesterfield County will benefit from a change that permits businesses with less than $300,000 in gross receipts to pay a flat $10 fee for business license tax, rather than industry classification tax rates. Additionally, the board voted to revise the code so that no tangible personal property tax bill be issued or collected for a sum less than $10. The board also voted to exempt personal, non-motorized watercraft under 18 feet long from taxation, and eliminate the late-filing penalty for motor vehicles. In addition, the board eliminated the one-time registration fee for antique vehicles, which was $5.
School is back in session, and it’s important for drivers to be aware of buses on the road and to obey all traffic laws. Watch this PSA with Cpl. Mark Younce of the Chesterfield County Police Department which was first created last year.
Library Hours Restored Beginning Sept. 8
Chesterfield County Public Library has reopened all library locations on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The new schedule began on Thursday, Sept. 8. Also, later this fall, Central Library will close for renovations. For more information about the Central Library renovation or to locate the nearest library, call 751-CCPL or visit library.chesterfield.gov.
National Night Out a Success
Chesterfield County participated in the 33nd Annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 2. More than 150 people, including volunteers and members of the Police Department and other agencies, worked tirelessly to help make the evening a huge success. Thousands of residents throughout the county attended 117 block parties.
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow attended several National Night Out events Aug. 2. From left to right, Clover Hill School Board Member Dianne Smith, state Sen. Amanda Chase and Chris Winslow with two Clover Hill residents.
Winslow Spreads Word of Edgewater Neighborhood Watch
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow took time to spread the word about Neighborhood Watch in Edgewater on Sunday, July 10. See more information on Neighborhood Watch programs in Chesterfield County.
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow and Chesterfield County Police Career Officer Matthew Rogers stand with two Edgewater residents.
Brine National Lacrosse Classic Held in July
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic took place at River City Sportsplex and included male and female athletes in grades 7-11 who first qualified as individuals at try-outs across the country and then were matched up to form regional/state teams who then competed against one another. In addition to the action-packed competition was a full schedule of educational sessions to help prepare athletes for the next level.
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow provided a warm welcome to the many visitors at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic opening ceremony July 19.
IWLCA Capital Cup Draws Thousands
The county again became the lacrosse capital during the 6th annual IWLCA Capital Cup at Clover Hill Athletic Complex and River City Sportsplex. This event was one of the premiere girl’s lacrosse recruiting events and the largest sports tourism event of the year for the county. This year’s event saw the highest numbers on record since the event moved into the county with more than 350 teams, 440 college coaches and 15,000 visitors to the county.
There were 29 states represented at the IWLCA Capital Cup, including one team from Canada.
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Steam Bell Beer Works Opens in Midlothian
Chesterfield County residents have a source for locally-crafted beer in their own backyards, following the grand opening of Steam Bell Beer Works on Oak Lake Boulevard. Founder and head brewer Brad Cooper is a Chesterfield County native who focuses on brewing unique versions of age-old recipes. Thousands turned out for the grand opening weekend in June. The taproom is open on the weekends.
Steam Bell Beer Works opened to the public on June 11.
Chesterfield Records Record Employment, Business Growth
Employment in Chesterfield County grew at the fourth-fastest rate among the nation’s 342 largest counties from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015, marking the county’s strongest jobs growth in 25 years. Employment in the county grew 6 percent during the period, well above the nationwide average of 1.9 percent, according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The net increase in jobs was 10,063. Small businesses added 4,049 net new jobs, as 40 percent of the new jobs added were with firms of fewer than 250 employees. During that 2014-2015 period, Chesterfield saw a net increase of 665 establishments, with small businesses contributing significantly with 497 new startup firms. For more details, see the bureau’s County Employment and Wages Summary.