Caught reading the Village News
Shirley Turner and her daughter, Shiree Parnell, were recently caught reading the Village News at El Patron Mexican restaurant. (Paige Tucker photo) Read more
Salem Church educator is ‘Principal of the Year’
Monique Booth likes being a “princiPAL.” So much so, she recently wrote a paper about it for the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership Initiative. Her article, “Here is why you want to be ‘that’ parent and get to know the principal of your child’s school,” was posted on... Read more
Chesterfield women featured in upcoming book
Two Chesterfield women are being published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy.” In the book, Amanda Creasey – who is a Chester resident, an English teacher at Colonial Heights High School and a freelance writer for the Village News – shares how she gets up... Read more
New Chesterfield queen helps fight illiteracy
Beauty graced the stage on Monday, Aug. 26, as four competitors battled it out with glitz and glamour to be crowned Miss Chesterfield County Fair 2019. With a theme of Pageant Hollywood, contestants participated in four rounds: an opening dance routine, a fun outfit, a glamour outfit and an... Read more
‘Mr. Fixit’: Bishop built child’s train, has worked on planes and ships
James B. Bishop likes building and fixing things. The 78-year-old native of Enon keeps busy helping his neighbors, children and grandchildren. Bishop demonstrated that skill recently by building a replica of “Thomas the Train” for his 4-year-old grandson, Henry B. Bishop.James used a 16-horsepower lawnmower engine to power the... Read more
Just read to them! Program aims to make reading enjoyable for kids
Educators know that children learn to read in grades one through three, but by fourth grade the reading emphasis changes. At that point, children read to learn. If a child is not proficient, he or she falls behind. If the child lives in poverty, statistics show that it is... Read more
Golfers share more than just a good game
When two people meet for the first time it might be a coincidence, but when Randy Wilson and Curtis Reeves met, a better term might be “fate.” Wilson and Reeves met two years ago at a church fellowship called “Birdies and Boogies” at Chester’s Christian Life Church. The church... Read more
Gone to the dogs: Greyhounds reap benefit of Deane’s volunteer work
A Chester resident was recently honored for his volunteer efforts, and some greyhounds will reap the benefits. As one of six Dominion Energy Volunteers of the Year, Russell Deane chose the James River Greyhounds as his charity for a $5,000 donation. Deane, who works for Dominion Energy, and his... Read more
Graceful entry: New pastor on board at Chester church
He wasn’t planning on moving, but felt God leading him to Chester. Grace Lutheran Church recently installed a new pastor, the Rev. Jaim Gann. Gann, 44, came to Chester with his wife Janine and children, Sarah, 12, and David, 8. He replaces the interim pastor, Martin Teske, who had... Read more
TDHS grad nets success: Blankenbecler makes name for himself at another Chesterfield school
Michael Blankenbecler, James River High School’s boys volleyball coach, never expected to become a coach, much less have three state championships tucked comfortably under his belt within the first five seasons of his career. In fact, Blankenbecler’s earliest athletic endeavors didn’t involve volleyball at all, but baseball and basketball,... Read more