War bond with a story
Mary Runnels holds a 1956 Series E war bond that she recently found. Her mother, Floris Blankenship, purchased the bond for her for $18.75. It is now worth $188.59, Runnels said, noting it stopped accruing interest after 30 years. Her mother bought the bond for her as a life... Read more
Vietnam War veteran found humor in the darkest hours
Ask Larry Gable how he survived his stint in Vietnam in the late 1960s, and he is likely to point to his healthy sense of humor. Even his draft date offers fodder for comic relief. “When I went to the induction facility in 1967 for my physical, the doctors... 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
Family tradition continues: Clara Dennis and her offspring meet every Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day falls on May 13 this year, and one family that will be together that day boasts five generations of women ranging from age 11 to 99. Clara Dennis is Marie North’s mother, Penny Conner’s grandmother, Ashley Stanley’s great-grandmother and Mya Johnson’s great-great-grandmother. Dennis has four children, several... Read more
‘The flamingos have landed’ Alice Foreman turns 90 with a flock of love
Birthdays are all about surprises. When Alice Foreman approached her 90th birthday, she experienced her first big surprise: a birthday party at her church, Chester Baptist. “I thought I was going to a book signing at my church, and then to Dillard’s to exchange some clothes I had bought,”... Read more
Encourager: Matoaca High grad speaks to youth at annual event
Helping teens develop leadership skills was one of the ideas behind the Chesterfield County Public Library’s mini-leadership conferences. The fourth annual three-day conference – officially known as the Teen Leadership Institute – was held at the Chester Library last week. It featured motivational speaker Charles McLeod. McLeod – who... Read more
‘Plain old teacher’ incorporates technology in first-grade classroom
A good day for Nancy Thweatt is when the students in her first-grade class learn something new after having struggled with a lesson. Thweatt said when the proverbial light bulb goes off, she’s done something her students will be able to carry on to subsequent grades. Thweatt has been... Read more
‘Mr. Speaker’ Cox takes helm of state assembly where he has served 27 years
Kirk Cox enjoys his job, and as the 55th speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, he hopes to continue in that post for several more years. Cox, R-Colonial Heights, became speaker in January when he began serving his 28th year in the state Assembly. He was elected to... Read more
Helping people no risk for Johnson
  After a lifetime of managing risks, David Johnson is teaching others to do the same. Johnson, 63, became Chesterfield County’s director of risk management Feb. 26. The Annapolis, Md., native who lived in Norfolk for 10 years while growing up, brings a wealth of experience to the position.... Read more
From grape to wine to bottle:  Ashton Creek Vineyard makes ready for the year with mobile bottling company
  Chester’s Ashton Creek Vineyards was busy Friday with customers in the tasting room, folks enjoying lunch with a glass of wine on the patio, and the setup for a wedding. But before the vineyard had opened, the staff had formed an assembly line at the back of a... Read more