Outdoor classroom
Meadowbrook High student Liz Hernandez helped plant broccoli and cabbage at Shalom Farms, 2676 Venita Road, on April 25. She was part of Gwendolyn Goode’s Family and Consumer Science class. Students studied the roles of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the importance of... Read more
Carvana explains plans for Woods Edge Road site
Around 100 people gathered at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School last week to hear about a proposed Carvana inspection site that would be located off Woods Edge Road east of Interstate 95. Carvana development team manager Todd Ward, local attorney Andy Condlin and Timmons Group engineer Roger Rodriguez spoke and... Read more
Fort Lee Army Band to go  inactive
It was 91 degrees, and visitors to the Chester Village Green on June 6 were treated to some hot jazz from Fort Lee’s “First Class Jazz Band.” The seven-member group performed at the 17th annual event sponsored by the Chester Kiwanis Club and the Village News. However, it might... Read more
Matoaca High School graduates 429
Alexander Repak and Shane Hendricks were co-valedictorians of Matoaca High’s 2019 graduating class in which 429 received diplomas at the Virginia State University Multi-Purpose Center. “Shane and I have been friends since we were 2 years old, and honestly we never imagined we’d be standing side by side on... Read more
Meadowbrook High School graduates 381
Meadowbrook High School held its 55th graduation ceremony on June 6 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center. A “thank you” message that salutatorian Huy Hoang made to his parents in Vietnamese resulted in cheers and clapping from the audience. Hoang encouraged his classmates to “reach out and meet others.... Read more
Carver College and Career Academy graduates 118
Carver College and Career Academy became the first school to kick off graduation season last week when 118 graduates received their diplomas June 3 at the Virginia State University’s Multi-Purpose Center. Superintendent Mervin Daugherty presented valedictorian Marissa Mansfield and salutatorian Khadyjah Dennis with the Superintendent’s Excellence Awards, which are... Read more
Karate class for children with special needs brings joy to students, instructors alike
When Mary Setzer was 4, she began taking karate classes alongside her brother, Justin, who was 2 1/2 years older. “Justin and I were inseparable,” Setzer said. “I wanted to do everything Justin did.” The classes were no ordinary martial arts experience. Part of Southside Virginia Police Karate Association,... Read more
Going solar? Colorado firm has designs on south Chesterfield megasite
If a rezoning application is approved by county officials, some 900 acres in the Bermuda District could become a solar farm with an estimated 300,000 solar panels in about three years. Torch Clean Energy of Boulder, Colo., recently submitted the application to the Chesterfield County Planning Department and has... Read more
Dump truck spills load on Nash Road
A dump truck crashed in the 11400 block of Nash Road on Tuesday, May 28. The truck overturned after the driver lost control around 1:30 p.m. Officials said the driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own while rescuers were on the way. Some diesel... Read more
The Sinning Saint: West pens book about overcoming life’s struggles
“In this darkness, my demons and scars seem to be the only things that understand me.” Such is a poem on page 6 of Lamar West’s new book, “The Sinning Saint.” His response from Scripture is: “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”... Read more