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
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
Puzzle mania? Chester man builds puzzle magazine
Having graduated with a degree in creative writing from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina, Gregory Gray couldn’t have guessed his future vocation would lie in creating puzzles, not poetry. He finds, however, that the two disciplines share several parallels. “My preference is poetry that has limitations built... Read more
Unlocking the key to his future: Bacon retires from law enforcement, starts a new career
   After 27 years with Chesterfield County Police Department, Kevin Bacon called it quits. Bacon, 50, retired Oct. 1. “My knees are getting a little achy,” he said, explaining the reason for his retirement from law enforcement. The 1986 L.C. Bird High graduate has embarked on a new career... Read more
Running helps woman cope with cancer
ABOVE: Lauran Johnson, left, and Sue Moss are pictured after completing a half marathon in Charleston, S.C. When she isn’t busy teaching math at a local community college, Lauran Johnson can usually be found pounding the pavement in Chester or Richmond. The math instructor has completed half marathons (13.1 miles)... Read more
Allen enjoys teaching early grades
As a teacher with 22 years in the field, Alycia Allen has taught kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades and multi-age classes. Her preference is K through 2 because they are interested in learning. “You can actually observe them growing and learning,” she said. “They’re just excited to learn... Read more
Myanmar natives get U.S. citizenship: Couple fled persecution in Southeast Asian country
ABOVE: Janet Andrascik is pictured with Lydia, Dana and Gana Fish following the Sept. 26 citizenship ceremony. Andrascik taught Lydia piano and Gana English. A man and woman from Myanmar were among those who were naturalized as citizens of the United States last week at Henricus Historical Park. Gana... Read more