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
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
Art educator overcomes domestic abuse
ABOVE: Ashley Unger is pictured with some of her pets. “Many men and women walk by us every day with scars from assault in their life,” said local artist and art teacher Ashley Unger. With her enthusiasm, positivity and passion, few would believe she is among them. “Many times, ‘I... Read more
Gestwick takes over at Chester UMC
CHESTER – Chester United Methodist Church has a new pastor, the Rev. Clara Price Gestwick. Gestwick earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia College in 1987 and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke Divinity School in 1990. She was ordained a deacon in 1990 and an elder in... Read more