Local robotics team advances to state championship
ABOVE: LibraryBots team member Tyson Tross works on the team’s robot in ‘the pits’ at competition at L.C. Bird High School. The LibraryBots, a robotics team sponsored by Chesterfield County Public Libraries, hosted the FIRST FTC Greater Richmond Qualifier tournament at L.C. Bird High School on Dec. 1. Forty-four teams... Read more
Chester woman overcomes oral cancer
When Diane Merryman had an oral surgeon give her the bad news – “it’s cancer” – she wasn’t entirely surprised. After all, she had been experiencing a mouth sore in her upper palate for nine months that should have healed in 30 days. “It really didn’t hurt much,” she... Read more
Project Goliath a Bissell plant, construction underway
Construction is underway at the Project Goliath site at 1200 Battery Brooke Parkway. County officials have been hush-hush on providing details on the project because the county Economic Development Authority was involved. However, a construction supervisor at the site last week confirmed that vacuum company Bissell is building on... Read more
Woman’s Club hears about United Network of Organ Sharing
ABOVE: Matoaca Woman’s Club member Wilma Norris, on left, is pictured with last month’s guest speakers, Lisa Schaffner and Danielle Hawkins. The guest speaker at the Matoaca Woman’s Club’s November meeting was Lisa Schaffner, who spoke about her role in the United Network for Organ Sharing program, a non-profit... Read more
It’s an art: Kuper a super teacher, peers say
ABOVE: Amber Kuper holds a student’s art project, a hamburger made of clay. Amber Kuper believes art is a skill akin to learning to ride a bike or typing and that there is always something to show when finished with a project. In her art class at Salem Church Middle... 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
‘Giving tree’: Local eatery supporting disabled veterans
   ABOVE RIGHT: Cheryl Camden holds a photo of Sonny Bice, a disabled veteran who served in Vietnam. Cheryl and Doug Camden started their “giving tree” about 10 years ago. The owners of the Village Grill, 4337 Old Hundred Road in Chester, decided they wanted to give back to the... Read more
Where legislation begins? School board asks legislators for help
ABOVE: Matoaca District school board rep Rob Thompson, center, speaks while state Sen. Rosalyn Dance and House Speaker Kirk Cox listen. Adding school resource officers at each of the 38 elementary schools in Chesterfield County was one topic discussed at a joint meeting of school board members and local state... Read more
Brooks earns Eagle Scout rank
Jameson Connor Brooks, 15, son of Kimberly Brooks Spiers of South Chesterfield, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on June 12. He is a member of Troop 2815 at Chester United Methodist Church. Brooks has been active in Boy Scouts since he was 8. He was awarded the Arrow... Read more
Eagle Scout project benefits airport fire station
  ABOVE: These members of Troop 2837 helped with Torres’ project. Right, Jonathan Torres stands between the benches he and his team built for the Airport Fire Station. The seating accommodations just became more scenic at Chesterfield Fire and EMS Station No. 15, thanks to a local youth. Jonathan Torres, 15,... Read more