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
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
Rise up! TDHS senior heading to Hollywood
“You’re a reminder of just how blessed we are.” With those words, Lionel Richie helped send Thomas Dale High senior Shayla Winn to Hollywood, Calif. Winn is headed to her fourth “American Idol” audition after winning her Golden Ticket during her most recent audition, which was held in Louisville,... Read more
Westbay raising funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Every year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society nominates several candidates in each state for the chance to compete for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. This year, Chesterfield resident Michelle Westbay has been nominated. Westbay previously worked at Virginia Blood Services – which was recently acquired... Read more
Providing hope and support for teenage mothers
Teenage girls have plenty of things to worry about during their day: their hair, clothes, who likes whom, etc. All of these may seem trivial, but it is a time in their lives where worries usually aren’t too serious and entertainment usually has at least some parental supervision. Unfortunately,... Read more
New principal at Enon
Enon Elementary reopened earlier this year with a new building and now has a new principal: Paula Huffman. She began working at the 530-student school Jan. 28 and notes that the school’s student body will be over 700 in the fall due to redistricting. It is the Georgia native’s... Read more
World traveler: TDHS grad enjoys helping others
When I sat down across from Wyatt Gordon at a local Panera, he had been home from Germany for less than 36 hours after living abroad for the last 14 months. Despite a long and exhausting journey, jet lag and having met me only once before, he greeted me... Read more
Waller enjoys teaching math and basketball at L.C. Bird
Chevette Waller’s classroom and home are a revolving door of alumni. The special education teacher and girls basketball coach has been at L.C. Bird High School for 17 years. She said her former students sometimes spend the holidays with her and play pickup games with the basketball team. Waller... 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
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