First lady helps with environmental education
CHESTER – Pam Northam, the governor’s wife, came to town last week to help teach some youngsters about the importance of a healthy environment. Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network and National Wildlife Federation, the fun, educational event featured activities that taught important lessons on how water, air, land,... Read more
PETERSBURG — Friends of the Lower Appomattox River recently received a one-year $100,000 challenge grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all new private donations and grants from supporters who contribute to building the Appomattox River Trail section through Patton Park and historic Petersburg.... Read more
Event encourages students to read during the summer
Trying to help avert a “summer slide” was the driving force behind last week’s first-ever Summer Reading Palooza. The event, which was organized by three librarians at Carver Middle School, drew students from 13 local schools. Stephanie Stargardt, head librarian at Carver, said the event was organized to get... Read more
High-speed rail slowly coming to area?
A decision on where to build a new train station for high-speed rail is headed down the track but hasn’t reached the destination yet. “The final decision hasn’t been made yet,” said David Hyder, transportation director of the Crater Planning District Commission. He added that “it looks like” the... Read more
English teacher uses literature to help teach social skills
Brian McGill knew he wanted to become a teacher when he was a sophomore in high school. When he was going through difficult times he had influential teachers who were there for him, and he wanted to “pay it forward” by becoming a teacher. In addition, he felt he... Read more
Harper earns degree from Virginia Tech
Brandon Michael Harper graduated May 11 with a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech. A 2014 Matoaca High graduate, Harper graduated magna cum laude with a double major in sociology and criminology. His parents are Chris and Shelby Harper. Read more
Rudd completes training program
Shane Rudd of Chesterfield recently completed the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training Program. The 11-week program provides both classroom and hands-on training in safety, climbing techniques, electrical theory, aerial framing, rigging, Operation Utility Service Equipment and Commercial Driver’s License Training. SVCC offers the Power Line Worker... Read more
The marriage ceremony of Mystica Nelmes and Brian Braden took place on Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina on May 5, 2018. The bride is the daughter of Ted and Ethel Nelmes of Chester and the groom is the son of Wayne and the late Betty Ann Braden of... Read more
Tai chi man: Stephens touts benefits for mind, body and spirit
Tai chi is great for physical, mental and social benefits. That’s the word from Mike Stephens, who took up the practice after suffering from a heart attack and triple bypass heart surgery in the late 1990s. Stephens was trained in the martial art of tai chi by Tim Turner... Read more
Defending the Shoosmith name: Grandson of Chester couple talks about his grandfather, love for the land
Jack T. Shoosmith II was named after his grandfather. Shoosmith, 29, remembers his “Poppa” as someone who worked “extremely hard,” drove a logging truck, welded and then drove a bulldozer. A project manager for a local construction company, Shoosmith said his grandparents grew up poor in Chester. “When they... Read more