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Award-winning Christmas lights to shut down early

Traffic backups in the Brandermill neighbordhood lead the owners of the home that won the USA Today national contest to turn off the lights early.

Saturday 12/27/2014
Faces of 2014: Denny Hamlin

WHY YOU KNOW HIM: Hamlin, a former resident of Chesterfield County and graduate of Manchester High School, drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit.

Friday 12/26/2014
First Day 5K and Kids’ 1K provide fitness opportunities on New Year’s Day

The event will happen at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center at 11261 Robious Road in Midlothian.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
N.J. woman killed in Chesterfield crash

A New Jersey woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Chesterfield County early Wednesday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Residents of Roadrunner Campground being notified of housing options

Chesterfield County is reaching out to residents of the Roadrunner Campground, who have been told they have until Feb. 1 to find a new place to live, with a list of potential housing options.

Chesterfield gas station robbed at gunpoint

Chesterfield County Police are looking for a man who robbed a Chesterfield County gas station at gunpoint late Monday.

Brandermill house wins USAToday.com contest

The Bottoms family home at 14309 Long Hill Road in Chesterfield County’s Brandermill neighborhood has won USA Today’s Best Private Holiday Lights Display on the 10Best.com website.

The Brandermill home was the only one in Virginia to make the list. There were 20 contestants from private homes across the U.S.

The prize includes $5,000, a feature on USAToday.com and a mention on Inside Edition.

Hunter Bottoms said he was “ecstatic” about the recognition.

“It’s crazy, we’re so excited. We can’t stop smiling,” Bottoms said.

He credits the Richmond-area community for spreading the word and voting for the house on the online poll.

“We had so many people saying, ‘We voted for you!’” he said. “Traffic has been crazy. It’s backed up to Brandermill Parkway — people waiting to turn down the street.”

Hunter Bottoms has been decorating his father’s house at 14309 Long Hill Road since he was 16. Now at 26, he no longer lives there but continues to set up the display every year.

“We love doing it,” Bottoms says. “You get to spend a lot of family time putting it up.”

Bottoms lives nearby in Magnolia Green subdivision and works with his father at Honeywell in Hopewell. In March, he’s expecting his first child, the first Bottoms grandchild.

“Next year, I’m going to have to step it up,” he said, jokingly, of the family’s holiday display.

But for now, he’s enjoying the win.

“It’s awesome. It shows the appreciation people have for light displays,” Bottoms says. “Not only mine, but what we have here with the Tacky Light Tour.”

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Monday 12/22/2014
Shooting at Chesterfield hotel apparently an accident

A man apparently accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the 9900 block of Midlothian Turnpike, according to Chesterfield County police.

The man was reportedly putting his gun away for the night when he accidently fired the gun, and the bullet struck him in the leg, police said.

The man was taken to VCU Medical Center and is expected to survive his gunshot wound.

The case is still being investigated, but the man has not been charged at this point, police said.

Chesterfield couple's Christmas village has grown big over 24 years

When John and Marion Hickman were getting ready to move to Chesterfield County this year, they had an unusual request of their apartment’s designer.

Friday 12/19/2014
Chesterfield man arrested in connection to two robberies, carjacking

A Chesterfield County man was arrested Friday morning in connection with two commercial robberies and a carjacking that occurred within a 10-hour span in Richmond.

Man injured in Dec. 11 Winterpock Road fire released from hospital

A man injured in a Chesterfield County house fire Dec. 11 has been released from VCU Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery, a fire spokesman said Friday morning.

"The quick actions of the firefighters were vital in removing the occupant before more serious injuries occurred," said Lt. Jason Elmore.

Firefighters found the man lying on the floor of the residence in the 9000 block of Winterpock Road at 8:09 a.m. Elmore said the fire marshal determined the fire started in the basement from combustible items stored too close to the wood stove.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Chesterfield trailer park residents given until Feb. 1 to move

Residents of the Roadrunner Campground on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield County were told Thursday afternoon that they would need to be off the property by Feb. 1.

Drone footage of Brandermill Tacky Lights house

Earlier in the week, this Brandermill home was up for Best Holiday Lights on USAToday.com. Now they’ve been videotaped by a drone.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Chesterfield wants permanent residents out of overnight camp

County officials who have visited the park over the past several years and documented violations say they have found uninhabitable campers, dangerous wiring, crumbling structures and unsanitary conditions.

Making a Difference: Band provides help to kids

Yesterday and Tomorrow, a local nonprofit, is what you get when you cross garage rock with high school band.

Chesterfield police search for 7-Eleven robber

Chesterfield County police are searching for a man who robbed the 7-Eleven at 9113 Jefferson Davis Highway at about 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Baby camel replaces dead mother in zoo's Christmas pageant

It wasn’t a virgin birth, but it was one heck of a surprise.

Man armed with 3 guns when shot by police gets 16-month term

A Chesterfield County man who lost an arm and part of a lung after being shot by police in an armed encounter outside his home was sentenced to serve 16 months in jail Tuesday for pointing one of three guns he was carrying at officers, provoking them to shoot.

Monday 12/15/2014
Midlothian woman charged with arson after shed fire

A Chesterfield County woman has been charged with arson after a family shed was set on fire early Monday, a fire spokesman said.

Woman charged in Chesterfield after alleged self-defense shooting

A Dinwiddie County woman who claimed she shot a man in the leg in self-defense as she was being robbed in Chesterfield County last Monday has been charged with shooting that person, whom she knows.

Saturday 12/13/2014
Sunday Q&A with Aaron Graham, UR grad invited to President Obama's Ferguson meeting

Aaron Graham is lead pastor of The District Church in Washington that includes congregants from 47 countries. He grew up in Chesterfield County after his missionary parents moved back to the U.S. when he was 10 after living in Liberia and Kuwait.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Traffic detours lifted after Winterpock Road house fire

 One man was injured Thursday morning and two others escaped unharmed as a fire that started in a basement burned through the first floor of a home in the 9000 block of Winterpock Road, a fire spokesman said.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Chesterfield Board of Supervisors reduces bus service and increases subsidy

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to reduce services on two commuter express bus routes into Richmond and allocated $80,000 to continue funding the GRTC Express routes through the current fiscal year.

Sunday 12/07/2014
Parenting courses to be offered in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD — Prevention Services, a division of Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services, is holding a series of winter classes to help parents develop skills to meet the challenges of parenthood.

Henricus event explores Colonial-era Christmas

CHESTERFIELD — Henricus Historical Park will hold “Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 12/06/2014
4,500 lose power in Winterpock area of Chesterfield

About 4,500 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Chesterfield lost power for about 20 minutes when a bird flew into a power line, according to company spokesman Rob Richardson.

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