Academy for special needs youth marks first year
It’s been almost a year since Chesterfield’s Growth Through Opportunity cadet academy began. On Friday, Nov. 8, the organization’s founder, Travis Akins, and others hosted the program’s second graduation ceremony. Included were seven graduates of the 16-week program: Camari Cobb, Benjamin Cunningham, Richard Dabney, Robert Hopkins, Tavon Macklin, David... Read more
Face published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’
For the last two years, Chesterfield County has held the July Jingle Run at Pocahontas State Park. With festive holiday-themed decorations, fun activities for families and a costume contest, participants are bound to find something that interests them at the annual event. Chesterfield native Melissa Face and her family... Read more
Making an impact: Teams of young people and adults help improve area homes
About 100 youth converged on North Chesterfield last week to help with various projects on six homes in the Jefferson Davis Highway corridor. It was the second year that Impact Mission Camps – a subsidiary of the non-profit Baptist General Association of Virginia – came to the area to... Read more
Food for the summer
The Chesterfield County Public Library’s Summer Learning Kick-off resulted in over 700 pounds of food donated to the Chesterfield Food Bank. Above, Mike Mabe, library services director, on right, helped deliver the food to Kim Hill, food bank director, on June 6. (Facebook photo) Read more
Soles 4 Souls
Kaiden Walters and Lexi Decker, cousins, organized a Kind Kid Club at Harrowgate Elementary School in the 2017-2018 school year. A ‘Socks of Love’ drive resulted in over 900 pairs of socks collected for the needy. This year, the club is collecting gently used and new shoes for Soles4Souls.... Read more
Fishing with heroes
ABOVE: Billy Borum, founder of the ‘Fishing with Heroes’ program, was recently honored by Jim Ingle of USA Iron and Metal with the ‘Patriot of the Week’ award. Fishing with Heroes gives wounded veterans, police officers and first responders an opportunity to fish at no cost in a specially... Read more
Volunteers inspired to help Christmas Mother program
An estimated 1,400 families in need will know that people care about them this month, thanks to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program. “I’ve been volunteering for 19 years,” said Betty Thackston, a Chester resident and retired Ecoff Elementary School teacher. “I do it because I love it. There... Read more
Necktie ceremony continues at Falling Creek Middle School
     LEFT: Jaden Jones ties a necktie with help from Steve Knox. CENTER: Kaquan Whitus, Tevyn Bennett, Steve Knox and others. RIGHT: Khalil Anderson looks for a tie. Some good students at Falling Creek Middle School were given neckties and taught how to tie them last week. An annual event recognizes boys... Read more
GoFundMe page set up for family of nine displaced by fire
ABOVE: Russell and Theanea Boesma Two adults and seven children escaped a fire that ravaged their home Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the 300 block of Silverdust Place. A call came into emergency communications at 2:57 p.m. Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said crews found heavy fire... Read more
Donating a gift of life: Chester man recalls life of son, who was an organ donor
ABOVE: Michael Brigati, on right, and his son, Matthew. Matthew Brigati was a New Year’s Day baby, born in 1988. In 2010 he lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle crash, but left behind a chance of life for others. “Matt loved sports and was an avid fan of... Read more