2017-06-14 / Announcements

Road named for fallen soldier

JAMES HASKINS JAMES HASKINS Chesterfield County government and school officials recently named a road at Meadowbrook High School in honor of a local fallen soldier: Staff Sgt. Michael D. Moody Jr., U.S. Army, who was killed fighting in Iraq.

A ceremony was held June 2 to mark the official naming of the road to Michael Moody Jr. Drive. Moody spent his teenage years in Chesterfield, graduating from Meadowbrook High in 1994.

Moody was fatally wounded on June 23, 2007, when insurgents attacked his unit in Baghdad. At the time of his death, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and was in his third deployment to Iraq. During a distinguished career in which he also was deployed to Germany and Bosnia, Moody was awarded two Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals.

“We are proud to recognize Michael’s sacrifice by naming this road in his name,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, chair of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “It is a fitting memorial both to his love of his country and his commitment to his military service.”

Dr. Joseph O’Hara Dr. Joseph O’Hara Moody, known for his radiant smile and his strong sense of duty, is survived by his parents, Michael D. Moody Sr. and Connie Mason-Moody; his brother, Kendrick Moody; and two children, Sabreeyah Moody and Malik Goodwyn.


On June 5, Swift Creek Animal Hospital & Pet Resort welcomed Dr. Joseph O’Hara to the practice, located at 2331 Colony Crossing Place.


The Virginia School Boards Association has released its 21st annual Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful, innovative K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Three Chesterfield County Public Schools programs are featured: CCPS College and Career Readiness Month; Enable the Future at Tomahawk Creek Middle; and Social Emotional Learning at Ecoff Elementary.

The Bronze Award-winning scouts from Troop 5122 are Alexys Mayfield, Emma Pierpont, Georgia Morgan, Taryn Carey, Carter DeJarnette, Olivia Peters, Mia Carty and Adelina Herrera-Babbit. The Bronze Award-winning scouts from Troop 5122 are Alexys Mayfield, Emma Pierpont, Georgia Morgan, Taryn Carey, Carter DeJarnette, Olivia Peters, Mia Carty and Adelina Herrera-Babbit. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Virginia State University alumnus Gregory A. Whirley to the VSU Board of Visitors, the 15-member governing body of the university. Whirley will begin his appointment on July 1. McAuliffe also reappointed alumnus Huron Winstead, who serves as the vice rector on the VSU Board. Winstead was first appointed to the board in 2013.

The last charter member of Jacobs Road Elementary retires this year after 34 years at the school. During that time, departing physical education teacher Caryn Herman helped raise over $183,000 for the American Heart Association through participation in the association’s Jump Rope For Heart program. This fundraising and educational event engages elementary students with jump roping while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart health issues.

Cosby High School was the winner of the 2017 Chesterfield County Public Schools Community Service Collection Drive. During a four-hour collection event held in conjunction with the Hampton Park community yard sale, the school and parent teacher student organization collected 5,397 pounds of clothing, household items, furniture, electronics and more. The items received will be used by Goodwill to provide services in the local area.


The National Association of Counties has awarded the Chesterfield County Public Library system with three 2017 Achievement Awards for innovative programs: Play Smart with Toddlers, a program in which experts teach parents and children how play supports their child’s development; the Teen Spring Break Leadership Institute, an alternative spring break leadership program for teens; and Summer Lunch at the Library, a program that provides meals for low-income students.


Eight Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 5122 in the Bon Air Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia received their Bronze Awards in a ceremony on June 5. The scouts earned the award, the highest a Girl Scout Junior can achieve, by creating welcome packets for patients at the children’s hospital in Richmond. The girls held drives at their schools to collect new toys and used crayons. They melted down the used crayons to produce new ones, drew their own coloring pages and made cards to include in the packets, which were delivered to the hospital in January.

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