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Breakfast, visit with Santa, shopping spree — local veterans bring holiday cheer to area families and children. 3




Long-time girls basketball coach Jim Crinkley is praised by family, friends, former players. 6

The hometown newspaper of the Colonial Heights area

Vol. 11 No. 17 FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THURSDAY,



IN THE COMMUNITY Bill Bayer oil painting workshop planned COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The city’s Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring a Bill Bayer 4-day oil painting workshop April 24-27 at the Colonial Heights Community Center, 157 Roanoke Ave. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $95 per day. A $50 deposit is due at registration, with the balance due no later than March 23. Canvas and paint is included in the cost. Bill “Ridley” Bayer studied with Bob Ross and became a certified instructor of Bob’s wet on wet technique. He has since studied with many other well known artists developing his own style of painting. Bill has published five books and three DVD’s titled “Down Roads ... Less Traveled.” There will be a different painting project each day. To register, call 520-9220.


Planning Commission to meet Tuesday COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in City Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 520-9275.

DMV 2 Go COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The city of Colonial Heights will host the DMV 2 Go mobile office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. This full-service office-on-wheels will be parked at 1500 Boulevard for the day. DMV 2 Go is equipped to process all DMV transactions. PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO/FILE

Elks Hoop Shoot COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Petersburg Elks Lodge No. 237 is preparing to sponsor its Elks Hoop Shoot for Tri-City area boys and girls, ages 8-13. The event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Colonial Heights High School gymnasium, located at 3600 Conduit Road. In this program, girls and boys shoot 30 free throws. Those with the most made in their age division can advance to district, regional and national championship events. The Elks Hoop Shoot is free and pre-registration is required by calling the Colonial Heights Recreation Department at 520-9392.

Tree recycling COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Recycling Center, located at 2701 Conduit Road (behind Sheetz) is accepting live Christmas trees from Colonial Heights residents any Friday or Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m. Residents are asked to remove all tinsel, bulbs, wire and bolts from the tree before taking it to the center.


Tragedy, road work, new courthouse, proposed development and Dick’s opening mark the year’s top stories in Colonial Heights FROM STAFF REPORTS


ooking back at 2013 in Colonial Heights, the following stories stand out as the top stories of the year.

1. Rusty Mack killed, three defendants freed Family members are still hoping for justice in the February beating death of Russell “Rusty” Mack, 21. One defendant

remains slated for trial after one man was found not guilty, and charges against two others were dropped. Mack was hospitalized after the Feb. 11, 2013, beating, and succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 28. Four faced charges: His estranged wife, Ashley Mack, 19; Francis Joseph Blaha III, 20; Jonathan Brice Guy, 20; and Margaret Blair Dacey, then 17. Guy was acquitted by a jury on Nov. 8 following a trial in Henrico County. That outcome prompted a protest at the city’s new courthouse. Charges against two other defendants, Blaha and Ashley

Mack, were nolle prossed, or set aside. C o m m o n we a l t h ’s Attorney Bill Bray will try the case against Dacey in February, although he asked a judg e to appoint a special prosecutor. That request MACK was denied in December. Dacey is charged with first degree Please see REVIEW, Page 3

- Marilyn Greene, membership specialist, Chamber of Commerce How long have you been with the [Colonial Heights] chamber?


I was previously on the board of the chamber, but I have been working at the chamber as a membership specialist for a little over a year.


Above: More than 100 people gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Colonial Heights Courthouse Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The $22 million building is the largest city project in terms of size and cost. Pictured top left: Hundreds of friends, family and community members attend a vigil for Rusty Mack Friday, March 1, 2013, outside his Shuford Avenue apartment; top center: A rendering is shown of the proposed Kroger store set to open in 2015 on the site of the old city courthouse on Temple Avenue; top right: Motorists drive on Dupuy Avenue between the Boulevard and Virginia State University in early 2013. As road work continues into 2014 plans are to expand Dupuy Avenue toward VSU.

What do you do at the chamber?

I try to get new members. I handle the ribbon cuttings. I’m the one that goes out and introduces ourselves

to new businesses in the community and ask them, ‘what can the chamber do for you?’ Come January, I’m going to have goals that I will set for myself. It is a lot of public relations type things to let the community know what the chamber does. For example, some members do not know about Violet Bank. We are averaging 40 people at each of our monthly meetings. Our membership is doing good and attendance is doing good. We are getting our membership back up as far as our meetings go.


What did you do before the chamber?

ty. To work at special events, to meet new people, and to let people know that Colonial Heights welcomes them.


Years ago, I was in the hospitality area and in sales and marketing for the hotels on Shamin properties. And I was also on the board of the chamber.


What got you interested in joining the chamber?


Working for Roger is a pleasure. He is involved in the community. He was involved in the school system before he became executive director. So he has bridged the education system and the chamber together. He is very community-oriented. I like being part of the communi-

What is the best part about being a part of the chamber?


Working with the businesses and being part of the community I live in and went to school in. Businesses get to be more community involved and to network with other companies involved when they are in the chamber.

Marilyn Greene has been membership specialist with the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce for little more than a year.







Virginia should ban use of hand-held devices by drivers


exting while driving is so distracting that it is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, according to researchers at Virginia Tech University. Their research has found that a driver’s chance of being in a collision while texting is 23 times greater than during normal driving. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 660,000 drivers nationwide are driving while using hand-held cellphones or manipulating other electronic devices at any given daylight moment — a stunning 5 percent of all drivers. Virginia has been proactive in making sure drivers do not text behind the wheel. The state initially passed a law that banned texting while driving, but it was a secondary offense — meaning the police could not pull you over for that offense, but could cite you if you were involved in some other violation. But this year a new law that started in July made texting while driving a primary offense and increased the penalties. Now, the first fine will cost you $125. A second fine is $250. There is a loophole to the texting-while-driving law: You are not violating the law if you are using your phone as a GPS. You are also allowed to text if you are stopped or if you are reporting an accident or emergency. The General Assembly next year should consider what New York does. First, the Legislature should ban use of hand-held devices by drivers. Although studies show that hands-free cellphone use also is distracting, because speakers tend to focus straight ahead rather than scanning peripherally and checking mirrors, it at least would enable police to act when they see someone manipulating a hand-held device. Also, New York also is among the first states to designate specific police patrols to thwart driving texters. Virginia should become the 13th state to ban hand-held cellphone use by drivers and then become more aggressive in enforcing it, to ensure it is among the leaders in highway safety. Using hand-held devices in a fast moving vehicle is simply too dangerous to be sanctioned and enforcement must become more vigorous.

School celebrates 50 years by helping others


atoaca High School students, staff and teachers recently collected more than 3,750 pounds of food to benefit the St. Ann’s Catholic Church Food Pantry. This project was managed by the school’s American Red Cross Club in collaboration with Assistant Principal Gail Ledbetter, the Special Education department, and the school library. The schoolwide project was part of the school’s 50th anniversary activities. For those at Matoaca High School, they used the food drive as a way to celebrate the tradition of the school and community working together. Donations were brought in by students and teachers from Nov. 11 to Nov. 22. Principal, Stephen Cunningham, offered a pizza party as an incentive to students that brought 10 non-perishable food items: 161 students took him up on this challenge. The library offered students who owed library fines an opportunity to use canned food items to waive their fines – numerous students took advantage of this opportunity, particularly seniors. The American Red Cross Club offered free breakfast to the class that donated the most food items. Jamie Moore’s first period class emerged the winner and Shawn Dugger’s first period class came in second. There were many other enthusiastic teachers who encouraged students in their classes to donate. Additionally, Larry Stewart, Alda Moore, Geoffrey Widman and Jamie Moore provided transportation to take the collected items to St. Ann’s. Throughout the holiday season and even throughout the year, our region is fortunate to have many individuals, groups, clubs and organizations that gather to collect food for those in need. Everything from walks, runs, motorcycle rallies, festivals and more are used as ways to gather food for a variety of area food banks and programs that provide food to the needy. But it was especially fitting that Matoaca High School used its 50th anniversary not to just celebrate the school and those who have walked those halls, but to reach out to others and help many families in need. That is in the best tradition of an institution practicing community service.


The most dishonest administration

We invite your commentary

To the Editor: Is anyone besides me getting dizzy from all of the “spin” from the Obama administration in regards to the disastrous roll-out and fabrications of Obamacare; the attack and murders of four brave Americans in Benghazi last year; and the IRS scandal of purposely targeting tea parties and religious groups in regards to their nonprofit status? President Obama promised a thorough investigation on all of these matters. Period. Where are the results of these so-called investigations? In regard to Obamacare, we know that you will probably lose your current plan and will probably not keep your doctor. The president promised that you could. Period! This plan will not save you the $2,550 dollars that was promised by our president, but will at least double, if you can even get on the plan. In regard to Benghazi, no one to this date knows who ordered the “standdown” on the rescue force resulting in the slaughter of an ambassador and three other Americans! Has anyone been held accountable for this? It would seem that the answer to this question is no. Why the cover-up by this administration? Why hasn’t the administration explained this to the parents of those viciously slain? And, no one seems to have been held accountable for the IRS scandal mentioned above. Why? It would seem that the Obama administration is desperately trying to “pull the wool over Americans’ eyes” in order to make these atrocities go away. Do “they” believe that Americans are that stupid! Therefore, I can only deduce that the Obama administration will go down in American history as the most dishonest, inept, and corrupt ever. American voters should remember these aforementioned items at the voting booths in 2014 and 2016. Wise up America and smell the freedom-robbing stench coming out of Washington, D.C. Gary Allen Chesterfield County

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A meat-free diet for this New Year’s resolution To the Editor: With New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, consider the popular trend toward a healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate meat-free diet. According to Harris Interactive, 47 percent of American consumers are reducing their consumption of animal products. USDA projects this year’s per capita chicken and beef consumption to drop by 8 percent and 17 percent, respectively, from their 2006 peaks. Similar dramatic drops are projected for pigs and turkeys. Milk consumption has fallen by a whopping 40 percent since 1970. A number of celebrities are going vegan. They include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Z and Beyonce. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, and Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams are funding plant-based replacements for meat and eggs. Fast-food chains like Subway and Chipotle are responding to the growing demand by rolling out vegan options. Taco Bell has found that 43 percent of conversations about meat were negative. The Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Diego school districts, serving more than a million

meals a day, have adopted Meatless Mondays. How about dropping animals from the menu for this New Year’s resolution? Entering “Meatout Mondays” in a search engine brings tons of useful recipes and transition tips. Parker Pines Petersburg

The best fix for the tax problem is FairTax HR25 To the Editor: Dear Chairman Dave Camp: Income Tax Code regulations have ballooned in excess of 75,000 pages. The IRS has selectively persecuted groups which the administration deems to be political foes. Everyone knows the Income Tax is broken beyond repair. During the recent Clean Slate Tour, you said the object of your committee was to begin with a blank page to fix revenue collection. But what we hear out of the committee does not truly start with a blank page. The FairTax on the other hand, is the only proposal before Congress which truly does away with the Income Tax Code. The homework on true tax reform has already been done. A group of Texas businessmen decided at lunch one day back in the mid-nineties to fund an open-ended study of what the best federal tax system might look like. Contracts were let to some of the best economic minds in the land to answer that question. It bears reiteration — no specific preconditions were imposed except for some very general parameters such as growth, fairness, and simplicity. The result was the FairTax HR25. In a time when the approval rate of Congress hovers in single digits, Americans understand that their interest is taking a back seat to special interests. That point seems to me as unarguable as the need to do away with the Income Tax. You have one chance to fix the tax problem, why settle for second best? David Boone Houston, Minn.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Jeff Scheich Colonial Heights

Rainey Wickline Colonial Heights

Judi Witt Dinwiddie

Donnie Wickline Colonial Heights

“I hope to continue with another year as great as 2013 was.”

“I want to get a job. I lost my job in March. I am looking for a cashiering job. I have eight years of experience.”

“To have a better year.”

“I would like to work full time. Right now I have a part-time job.”


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murder, murder by mob, a g g r avat e d m a l i c i o u s wounding and malicious wounding by mob.

2. Colonial Heights Courthouse opens The city’s largest and costliest project ever presents a bold statement on the south end of the Boulevard. A grand opening was held Oct. 18, with court in session the following week. Twice as large as the old courthouse on Temple Avenue, it also clears the way for a new Kroger store near Interstate 95. City leaders hope the new courthouse will spur redevelopment on the Boulevard. More than 100 people attended the grand opening ceremony, taking advantage of the only opportunity to see many behind-the-scenes areas, such as holding cells and judges’ areas. “We can begin providing a service that we can be proud of,” said Sheriff Todd Wilson. The project was years in the works, and stands int the footprint of the former Colonial Heights Baptist Church, purchased by the

city in 2005. Not all are pleased with the final $22 million project, which came to fruition after years of fighting between the city and judges of the 12th Circuit over conditions in the old building. “In my opinion, the c o u r t h o u s e i s l av i s h beyond reason for a public structure of this nature in a jurisdiction the size of Colonial Heights,” Jim Andrews wrote in a letter to the editor.


11 to finalize the $2.6 million purchase, which could add 200 jobs and $200,000 in annual tax revenue. The 87,000 square foot store will include a fuel center, organic food department, pharmacy, bakery and deli. Some in the adjacent neighborhood along H a m i l t o n Av e n u e expressed concer ns about having such a large, busy store re placing the quiet courthouse.

3. Kroger to build at former courthouse 4. Road work drags on location PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO

Construction on a new g rocery store could be under way as soon as this summer, as Kroger has expressed interest in the old city courthouse site on Temple Avenue. City Council approved a deal with Kroger on Sept. 10, days after a public ceremony on the agreement. “It seems like wherever I go in the greater Richmond area I have customers come up to me and tell me, ‘you really need a store in Colonial Heights,’” said Jay Cummings with Kroger. “We’re excited to be able to provide this store.” Kroger has until March

To those in the south end of the city, $20 mil- Dick’s Sporting Goods opened in July at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. lion of roadwork may seem interminable. The allowed for new spaces in the 27 for emergency repairs 5. Dick’s Sporting city project to add a mall, according to owner fourth lane from Westover and reopened on Dec. 19. Goods replaces CBL & Associates Properties Avenue to the new court- Hamilton Avenue or EllerInc. “This was definitely a house at Dupuy Avenue will slie Avenue to Conduit Dillard’s community and market that Road were set as detours. continue into 2014. The road work even N e x t u p i s wo rk t o One mainstay of South- was underserved in sporting s h o r t e n e d t h i s ye a r ’s expand Dupuy Avenue park Mall closed, but shop- goods, so I think there is a lot Christmas Parade, which toward Virginia State Uni- pers were excited to see a of opportunity for us and I’m started at A Avenue and versity. Traffic has tripled n e w s t o r e q u i c k l y sure that is probably why we wrapped up at Westover. since the 1980s, VSU’s announce it would be mov- picked this location,” Ryan Motorists suffered from campus continues to grow ing in. Dillard’s announced Ross, Dick’s community marmore jams when an inspec- and major events are the closure of their store keting manager, said after tion tur ned up serious planned once the Multi in June, but only days later the grand opening. issues with the eastbound Purpose Center opens. The store opened in July, Dick’s Spor ting Goods span of the Temple Avewhere it will employ about 70 The $4 million road proj- announced its arrival. nue bridge near the Inter- ect was helped along with With a smaller 56,000 people, roughly 20 more than state 95 interchange. The VSU and the city swapped square foot footprint, the the for mer department bridge was closed on No. land parcels in July. sporting goods outfitter store.

Local veterans bring holiday cheer to area families Legion family takes kids shopping, prepares food baskets for people in need COLONIAL HEIGHTS — On Dec. 21, 2013, members of Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284’s Legion family conducted their annual Christmas shopping spree for 13 disadvantaged children from the greater Tri-Cities area. The children were given breakfast, had a visit from Santa, then were taken to a store to shop for

their families and get a gift for themselves. After retur ning from shopping, the kids wrapped their gifts with help from a Legion family member. While the kids were shop-

ping, the Legion family prepared 72 food baskets for families in need. Each basket was actually five grocery bags stuffed with several Please see LEGION, Page 4



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — American Legion Post 284, 505 Springdale Road, holds bingo every Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, or information about membership requirements or activities of the American Legion, visit the Post 284 website, http://mysite. verizon. net/legion284 or call 526-5656. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Recovery Support program meets each Friday from 1-2:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Colonial Heights Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Groups meet for 90 minutes and offer a structured group process designed to encourage, support and empower. All diagnosis welcome. For more information, contact Gina at 804-605-5010 or



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Stress and Anger Management by Yoga and Meditation is being held 5-6 p.m. each Saturday at 914-A Hardy Ave. For more information, call Dr. J. Upadhyay at 5240589 or 943-8688. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2239, 14705 Jefferson Davis Highway, holds bingo every Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7. There are six to eight chances to win $500 or more. Food is available. For directions or questions about this event, call 748-4896 and ask for Tom Gore. For information about VFW membership or other activities, call Tom Ferguson, 748-4896.



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Moose Lodge 1783, 170 Moose Ave., holds


COLONIAL HEIGHTS — American Legion Post 284, 505 Springdale Road, holds bingo every Monday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions to the Post home, or information about membership requirements or activities of the American Legion, visit the Post 284 Web site, or call 526-5656.


Above: Legion family members stuff food baskets at the American Legion Post 284 home in Colonial Heights. Left: Johnnie Wright and Howard Perross Jr. assist with stuffing food baskets. The Legion family prepared 72 food baskets for families in need.

hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at John Tyler Community College, Chester campus, 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway, Bird Hall, Room B132. For more information, contact Edith at 804-733-7566 or Crystal at 768-7596.

bingo every Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. each day. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, visit the website at www.chmoose. com or call 526-1537. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Society for Creative Anachronism meets every first and third Sunday at the Colonial Heights Public Library meeting room, located at 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Activities run from 3:30 until 6 p.m. This is a historical living history group. Calligraphy and illuminations, apothecary, dancing, armoury, cooking, and many other subjects are studied and re-created. All are welcome. For more information, contact Cynthia Cole at Cyndyanne00@aol. com or visit www.SCA.Atlantia.Org




COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Quilter’s group program meets every Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 157 Roanoke Avenue. We have tables for your workspace. Bring with you your fabric and sewing notions, sewing machine, extension cord and work in progress. For more information call 804-520-9220. CHESTER — The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Tri-City Chapter, will



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support meets at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights at 6:45 p.m. each Wednesday. The group is designed to be “open” so that a person can begin coming any week. Childcare is provided. The church is located at 17201 Jeff Davis Hwy. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. For information, call 526-0424. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 485 meets each Wednesday morning at Colonial Heights Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Weigh-ins begin at 8:15 a.m. and the meetings start at 9. For information, call Evelyn at 748-2607. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Optimist Club of Colonial Heights, 916 Meridan Ave., holds bingo every Wednesday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. and early bird games start at 6:45 and regular games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, or details call 5260689. Monies raised support youth projects in the community. CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center hosts a free, ongoing support group for survivors of domestic and sexual violence from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. New members are welcome to join at any time. For information or to enroll, call 706-1281. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Post 284 Auxiliary will meet Wednesday at the Post Home, 505 Springdale Ave. The Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by a social at 7. The general meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. For membership information, contact Betty Medeiros at 896-1482.



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Moose Lodge 1783, 170 Moose Ave., holds bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 4 p.m. each day. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m.

Thursday. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, visit the website at www.chmoose. com or call 526-1537. CHESTER — The Chester Village Sunshine Club meets at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday at Chester Village Clubhouse, 11701 Chester Village Drive. This is for seniors 62 and older. Coffee and refreshments are provided. CHESTER — Commonwealth Power Sports presents every type of Bike Night 6-8 p.m. each Thursday at Steel Horse Bar & Grill, 1920 W. Hundred Road. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Rotary Club of Colonial Heights meets at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpark Boulevard, each Thursday at 7 a.m. HOPEWELL — St. Joseph Catholic School holds bingo every Thursday at AHEPA Hall, 810 W. Poythress St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Food is available for nominal fee. For more information, call St. Joseph School at 732-3931. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dante’s Pizzeria. For more information, call Ralph Dunn, secretary, at 748-4810. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Senior Citizens Club will meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Community Center. During this week’s business meeting, members will be celebrating January birthdays, and playing bingo. Any resident of Colonial Heights, age 50 and older, are invited to join this club, which meets on Thursdays. For more information, call 526-3497. FORT LEE — The Tri-Cities Toastmasters Club meets the second Thursday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) in Multipurpose Room 6. The club is open to the public. For more information, visit the website at .

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT Dunlop House donates to agencies that serve the community



unlop House Assisted Living in Colonial Heights donates money to many community agencies during the holiday season. Several of the agencies that received donations were listed in last week’s edition of The Colonial Voice. This week’s Dunlop House honorees are Crater Community Hospice, The James House and the City of Colonial Heights. Pictured top: From left, Stacey Bowen and Toy Newcomb with Dunlop House, present a check in the amount of $1,000 to Kiffy Johnson and Jane Clayborne with The James House. James House was founded in 1989 and provides support, advocacy and education for people in the Tri-Cities who are affected by sexual and domestic violence or stalking. Pictured center: From left, Krista Ratcliff and Brenda Mitchell with Crater Community Hospice, accept a check for $3,000 from Toy Newcomb and Stacey Bowen. Crater Community Hospice is the only community-based not-forprofit hospice program located in the Chesterfield to Emporia service area. Pictured bottom: From left, Stacey Bowen and Toy Newcomb present a check for $1,000 to George Schanzenbacher and Craig Skalak, with the city of Colonial Heights. The check will benefit the Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail System. The mission of the 2-milelong trail system is to enhance the quality of life for the Colonial Heights community.


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family meals. The baskets were distributed to families the next day. Post 284 Commander John Ronkartz remarked that, “seeing the happy faces on the children and the families who receive the food baskets really makes you feel good. This is what the season of Christmas is all about.” The Legion family consists of members of the

American Le gion, the Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. The Christmas shopping spree and food basket distribution are two of many activities that American Legion Post 284 does to support local children and youth. To learn more about the American Legion and its many programs email: adj. or visit the post website at: http://

CRIME The following information was provided by the Colonial Heights Police Department: • Compton, Amanda Dawn, 26, of the 1300 block of Elmwood Drive was charged with trespass: general on Dec. 20. • Jenkins, Joseph Jr., 100 block of Huntington Road was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 20. • Morgan, Quincy O’Dell, 31, of the 100 block of Crater Woods Court, Petersburg, was charged with drunk in public; prevent lawful arrest on Dec. 20. • Parham, Najwa Monet, 21, of thee 18400 block of Flatftood Road, Dinwiddie, was charged with larceny: grand on Dec. 20. • Pryor, Codi Allen, 20, of the 1300 block of Elmwood Drive was charged with assault & battery: family member on Dec. 20. • Rouse, Matthew Guy, 22, of the 9700 block of Arbor Lake Drive, Chester, was charged with violation of court order on Dec. 20. • Wyatt, Clyde Lamont, 35, of the 4600 block of Sydclay Drive, Richmond, was charged with fail to appear on Dec. 20. • Beasley, Larry, 48, of the 600 block of Juniper Road, Petersburg was charged with fail to appear on Dec. 21. • Fleuriot, Christopher, 21, of the 3400 block of Walmsley Boulevard, Richmond was charged with drunk in public on Dec. 21. • Wamsley, Michael Lane, 45, of the 400 block of MacArthur Avenue was charged with fail to appear on Dec. 22. • Briggs, Samantha Anne, 24, of the 15300 block of Brick Road, Carson was charged with larceny: petit on Dec. 23. • Brown, Jamone Antoinette, 23, of the 500 block of Norman Street, Petersburg was charged with embezzlement on Dec. 23.

• Davis, Amanda Atkins, 40, of the 700 block of Snead Spring Road, Crewe was charged with larceny: shoplifting more $200 on Dec. 23. • Galusha, Dominick IV. 20, of the 300 block of Conduit Road was charged with larceny: petit on Dec. 23. • Moye, Bradley T., 25, of the 11500 block of Wilton Drive, Chester was charged with larceny: petit; drunk in public on Dec. 23. • Peacock, Timothy Gerrard, 38, of the 300 block of N. 11th Avenue, Hopewell was charged with larceny: shoplifting more $200 on Dec. 23. • Boykin, William Spencer, 45, of the 100 block of Essex Drive was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 24. • Childress, Tiara, 18, of the 100 block of Washington Avenue was charged with embezzlement on Dec. 24. • Santos, Coraea S., 18, of the 470 block of New York Drive, Fort Lee was charged with embezzlement on Dec. 24. • Wimbush, Leander Edward, 35, of the 100 block of Oakwood Drive, Martinsville was charged with larceny: petit on Dec. 24. • Carabin, Caleb Hunter, 22, of the 400 block of Fulcher Lane, Chester was charged with violate conditions of release on Dec. 25. • Satterfield, Joshua Michael, 28, of the 400 block of Dupuy was charged with assault & battery: family member on Dec. 25. • Shelton, Angela Christine, 39, of the 6800 block of Mor ning Dove Lane, Disputanta was charged with robbery; conspiracy on Dec. 25. • Shelton, Eric Joseph, 40, of the 6800 block of Morning Dove Lane, Disputanta was charged with robbery; conspiracy; wearing a mask on Dec. 25. • Information is provided by police and sheriff’s departments. This information may or may not be all inclusive. Arrests include summons. Arrests do not imply guilt.

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Gladys Woodall Hanhart, 82, of Colonial Heights, formerly of Hopewell, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Basil Henry Woodall and Leona Kincaid Woodall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hanhart. Gladys retired from John Randolph Medical Center as a pharmacy tech after many years of service. Mrs. Hanhart is survived by her sons, Michael Hanhart and his wife, Brenda, R. Steven Hanhart; daughter, Deborah Hunt and her husband, Darwin; granddaughters, Kim Hicks, Jessica Rock, Michelle Hanhart, Tammy Valverde, Dawn Faist; seven great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends. T h e f a m i ly re c e ive d friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, also at the funeral home. Interment followed in City Point National Cemetery. Condolences may be registered at


Helen Deal Ragsdale, 91, a longtime resident of Colonial Heights and widow of William Ragsdale Sr., passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Born in Chesterfield, she was the daughter of the late George Edgar and Edna Maclin Deal. Mrs. Ragsdale worked for 33 years with the Gordon Galusha Architect Firm in Petersburg. She is survived by her sons, William Ragsdale Jr., and Dane W. Ragsdale and wife, Anne; grandchildren, Michelle Sommardahl and husband, David, William Preston Ragsdale and wife, Jennifer, Charles D. Ragsdale and wife, Beven; great-grandchildren, Hallie, Grayson, Anna and Ellie Sommardahl, and Hayden Ragsdale. A graveside funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Southlawn Memorial Park in Prince George. Memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Heights Fire & EMS, 100 B Highland Ave., Colonial Heights, VA 23834, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Condolences may be registered at www.


Mrs. Bertha Loladean West Mitchell of Colonial Heights departed this life on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Kennedy Medical Center, Washington Township, N.J., surrounded by her family. She was born May 17, 1924, to the late Robert Harrison West and Lena Luvenia Armstrong West in Kistler, Pa. She was married to Adam Nathaniel Mitchell in February 1942 who preceded her in death; also preceding her in death were three sisters and four brothers. Bertha was baptized at the age of 12 at the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Union, Pa., under the pastoralship of the Rev. Robert Spraggins. During her early years, she served as organist, and as she grew older she served as president of the Junior Missionary Society, advisor of the Junior Choir and organist for the church. Bertha was a member of the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church for 64 years, where she also served in the capacity of financial secretary for 42 years until her health began to fail, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Mount Union Senior Citizens. She was a charter member of the Mount Union Little League Mothers. She was employed by Grieco Men’s Coat Factory. Upon moving to Virginia, Bertha became a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. While there she organized the Crochet Ministry, was a member of the Senior Ministry Choir and she attended the Senior Program at the Community Life Center. Bertha’s favorite song was “Blessed Assurance.” She leaves to cherish her memory: her three children, Nathaniel Mitchell (Maureen) of Powder Springs, Ga., Linda I. Mitchell of Clayton, N.J., and Zilphia Harris ( R i ch a rd ) o f C o l o n i a l Heights; grandchildren, Nichele Anthony (Edward), Natalee Geer, Michele Danner, Nina Johnson (Christopher), Erin Posey-Choice (Larry), Amanda Mitchell, Eddie Darrington, and Adam Mitchell; great-grandchil-

dren, Che’ Geer, Jordan Danner, Kaitlyn Anthony, Julian Mitchell, Savannah Johnson and Kristian Mitchell; special friends, Judith Mack, Allison Vaughan, and Dennis Posey; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax St., Petersburg, the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor, eulogist. Interment was held Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at IOOF Cemetery, Mount Union, Pa. Family visitation was held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the funeral establishment. T h e f a m i ly re c e ive d friends at 109 Laurens Lane, Colonial Heights, and may be contacted by calling 804-5204196. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the staff of the J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-7328911,


Jane Kidd Garber, 77, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at John Randolph Medical Center. Born in Petersburg, she was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mary Daniel Kidd; husband, Lawrence Garber Sr.; sister, Betty Ann Cizek; and brothers, Charles and Joe Kidd. Mrs. Garber was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Women’s Auxiliary and was also a member of the Colonial Heights Quarterback Club. She loved spending time at the lake and riding her golf cart with her friends. She is survived by: two sons, Larry Garber of Jacksonville, Fla., Steve Garber and wife, Tammy of Chester; her daughter, Susan G. Foote and husband, Craig of Colonial Heights; five grandchildren, Chris Garber of Harrisonburg, Kevin and Nathan Garber of Chester, Ashley and Michael Foote of Colonial Heights; a great-grandson, Trent Garber, the apple of her eye; her sister, Patsy K. Denny and husband, Clarence; and numerous nieces;

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Murley “Mae” Horne, 85, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Southside Regional Medical Center. Born in Front Royal, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Grace Shipe Fox, and the widow of Marion Clifford Horne. Mrs. Horne was a devoted member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Hopewell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, who helped friends and family throughout the years. She is survived by: a daughter, Jennifer Wilson and husband, Ronald of Colonial Heights; two sons, Ronnie Horne and wife, Bridgette of Wyoming and Claude Sherman Horne of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; a host of greatgrandchildren; and a brother, King Fox of Maryland. A funeral service was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 3510 Woodlawn St., Hopewell, with Pastor Robin Lester officiating. Interment followed in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg. The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at church. Contributions may be made in memory of Mae Horne to New Jerusalem

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Sharon Hack Harvey, 77, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Colonial Heights Health Care Center. Born in Napa, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Beata White Hogan, the widow of Earl F. Harvey Jr. and was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Marie Hack Barfield. In the 1950s, Sharon and her mother-in-law, Marie Hack, started the Colonial Heights unit of the American Cancer Society that existed for almost 50 years. Donations may be made in Sharon’s memory to Massey Cancer Center. She is survived by: a daughter, Linda Hack Hevener of Chester; three grandsons, Cody Hevener, Curtis Hevener and Jacob Hevener, all of Chester; brothers, Robert “Chuck” Hogan and Blaine “Buzzy” Clark, both of California. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George, with the funeral procession leaving at 1:30 p.m. from the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at


Paul Garber Crist, 97, of Colonial Heights, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are being announced by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at


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PETERSBURG — Petersburg National Battlefield is offering an eight-hour caravan tour to focus on the basics of military engineering and the various types of fortifications which existed during the Siege of Petersburg. The tour occurs on Saturday, Jan. 18, beginning at 9:15 a.m. at the Eastern Front Visitor Center located at 5001 Siege Road. Participants will proceed to Bermuda Hundred in Chesterfield County and then follow areas of Civil War era trench lines through to Union Fort Fisher, which was the largest of all fortifications around Petersburg. The tour concludes at Fort Fisher, approximately 5 miles due south of Petersburg. The cost is $5 per vehicle and reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a space, please call Park Ranger Randy Watkins at 804-732-3531 ext. 205 or e-mail him at Reservation requests must include number of people and contact number and will be confirmed by telephone or e-mail. Tour goers are asked to bring a lunch and to dress warmly.

Dementia workshop PETERSBURG — The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association plans to offer the workshop, “Getting Started: What to do when your loved one has been diagnosed?”, to the general public. This orientation for those whose loved ones are showing signs of dementia or have been diagnosed with some form of dementia will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 29 Elm St. Advance registration is required by calling 5262359.

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Colonial Heights Schools Superintendent Joseph O. Cox speaks as Jim Crinkley, long-time Colonial Heights High School girls basketball coach, was honored before the Colonials game against Hopewell on Thursday, Dec. 19. Crinkley led the teams to 390 wins in 37 seasons.

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t is the tie that binds. Whether it is the colorful tie that Jim Crinkley sports on his dress shirt to go to work or the tie that this coach has for the game of basketball, it is the tie that ultimately binds it all together. For the past 37 years, Crinkley has sported many ties including friend, coach and teacher. But now he can sport the best tie of them all. Crinkley, the fan, was welcomed by his family, friends and former players on Dec. 19 and honored for his career as girls basketball coach. “I love my girls like they were my daughters and I coached as if they were my daughters,” Crinkley said. PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO “I went out the way I wanted to.” Jim Crinkley, long-time Colonial Heights High School girls basketball coach, From the day Crinkley embraces players after he was honored before the Colonials game against started coaching basketball, Hopewell Thursday, Dec. 19. He led the teams to 390 wins in 37 seasons. it wasn’t because he was a to learn the fundamentals basketball junkie, it was because he was competitive of the game of basketball, but also know that they had and wanted to bring that a coach they could be proud same mentality to Colonial of. Heights. He made a point in “I wasn’t a basketball always making sure he junkie but I’m competitive, sported a coat and tie. I wanted to be the best bas“I’m a school teacher ketball player and when I got to the University of Vir- first, but I wear that coat and tie so that my kids can ginia, I wasn’t even close to being the best player,” Crin- be proud of their coach because I am very proud to kley said. be their coach,” Crinkley But for Crinkley, he was said. passionate and with PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO From the 15 different enough passion, he knew Christmas ties to his Jim Crinkley, long-time Colonial Heights High School girls that success could be assortment of basketball basketball coach, speaks as he was honored before the achieved. Colonials game against Hopewell Thursday, Dec. 19. “I would pay attention to ties, they have been great Crinkley led the teams to 390 wins in 37 seasons. the details and subtleties of symbolism not only for Crinkley but his girls as the game because I was well. “I’ve got some that very passionate,” Crinkley only have three or four said. Crinkley’s record losses on them and there And because of that pas37 seasons — 390 victories from 1976 to 2013 were ties that I wore sion, Crinkley knew that Five Central District Championships: 1980, 1984, because I am superstigetting paid to coach bas1986, 1987, 2006 tious,” Crinkley said. ketball was just an added Three Central District Championships: 1980, 1984, And whether it was the bonus. “You don’t coach for 1985 day of a game, or just a the money, I would coach 1986 Central Region Champions regular day at school, it for no money at all,” Crinwas these ties that would kley said. always bond his girls and Over the course of CrinAnd from that moment know where I stood and him together. kley’s career from 1976 to on, Crinkley did not only that was to commit to the “Every one of my girls 2013, he saw many, and import good sportsman3-pointers. We didn’t have experienced many, different would know what kind of ship among his players, that [center] so we needed tie I had on,” Crinkley things. but also the value of funto shoot 3s and play good “When I started coaching said. damentals. defense in order to comBut just as Crinkley there were few men coach“My kids have always pete with teams.” wanted his girls to be es that were coaching girls played hard and have And when a team faced proud of him, he wanted teams and that was also always been fundamentalColonial Heights, that them to be proud of themwhen Title IX was just ly sound and have played team knew what it was selves and of their skills. beginning,” Crinkley said. good defense,” Crinkley going to get from CrinWhen Crinkley started “I’m proud of having a part said. kley’s squad — good coaching, girls basketball in that and being able to be To Crinkley it wasn’t as sportsmanship, fundamena part of that cutting edge.” teams were not very popuimportant to win as much tally sound, defense-orientlar. The only way for girls For Crinkley, he knew as it was for his teams to ed and a whole bunch of 3to play basketball was to how important it was for be valued and to know the pointers. try out for the boys team, there to be equality game plan. “I’m very comfortable but that all changed when amongst men and women “You use so much of with my legacy. I did it Crinkley was given the in sports and wanted nothyour body and your mind honorably and with good ing else but for his teams to opportunity to coach. to play basketball and sportsmanship,” Crinkley “Girls are great, they be appreciated. that’s a hard thing to do,” said. accept teaching, they’re From his animated and Crinkley said. “But I Because in the end, he intense demeanor, Crinkley like sponges,” Crinkley always wanted my girls to did it his own way. not only wanted his teams said.



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The Colonial Voice, Friday, January 3, 2014

T H E D O C T O R S A R E I N 3 6 5 D AY S A Y E A R




Members of the Colonial Heights Senior Citizens Club participate in a sing-along during a recent club meeting at the Senior Center, located at 157 Roanoke Ave. From left are: Frances Garrett; Velma Tyler, standing; and Mildred Morrison.

BetterMed Urgent Care opened Thursday, Jan. 2. The new facility, located at 4600 Puddledock Road in Prince George, provides walk-in urgent care for children and adults.

BetterMed Urgent Care opens new facility in PG PRINCE GEORGE — BetterMed Urgent Care opened its doors on Thursday, Jan. 2, with the promise to provide access to exceptional healthcare. The facility is open 365 days a year all day, and offers evening and weekend hours. The new facility at 4600 Puddledock Road provides walk-in urgent care for children and adults by board-certified emergency physicians. BetterMed had been operating under the name Emergency Physician’s Immediate Care since November 2012 in Midlothian. Both locations will now operate under the BetterMed Urgent Care name. The new name more aptly represents the growing company, said Dr. Mark Rausch, CEO and medical director of BetterMed Urgent Care. “The name was inspired by patient surveys and reviews in which patients describe the practice as

simply the best urgent care they have experienced,” Rausch said. “From the quality of care provided by our knowledgeable emergency physicians, to our refined processes, to the speed in which we provide care, the BetterMed name is simply a better fit.” Rausch said the organization is known for its patient-focused processes that allow patients to reduce the amount of time spent waiting for care, and maximize the time spent with a physician. Care time is typically 45 minutes or less from sign-in to discharge — significantly lower than a hospital emergency room visit and other urgent care facility averages, Rausch said. BetterMed has access to x-rays, ultrasound machine and on-site prescription dispensing for added patient convenience. For both locations combined,

BetterMed has 42 staff members and plans to add staff in the next 24 months as the company secures additional sites for care. Founded by experienced board certified emergency physicians, “BetterMed provides superior care at exceptional speed. BetterMed Urgent Care has extended hours 365 days of the year and offers a clean, welcoming environment with onsite diagnostic tools and InstyMeds prescription dispensing.” Most insurance is accepted. BetterMed Urgent Care offers injury and illness care for patients of all ages. For more information about BetterMed Urgent Care, visit and follow the staff on Facebook. • This article was written and submitted by BetterMed Urgent Care.

Bonnie Emerick plays the piano during a recent Colonial Heights Senior Citizens “sing-along” club meeting.

Cookbook author coming to Central Library CHESTERFIELD — Kendra Bailey Morris, television host and author of “The Southern Slow Cooker: Big Flavor, Low Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics,” will give area residents a taste of south-

ern slow cooking from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Central Library. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at library. or by calling the library at 804-751CCPL.

THINK OUTSIDE THE [ DOC-IN-A ] BOX. Introducing BetterMed Urgent Care* BetterMed will make you rethink your perceptions of an urgent care medical practice. With the latest in diagnostic technology on-site, our physicians provide faster, and more accurate examinations that will save you time, money and get you back on your way to wellness. Because after all,



the doctor’s office should be a place where you receive relief, not added headaches — right?


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