VSU welcomes new hires in 4-H, forestry and operations
     ABOVE: Chantel Wilson, Jerry Bettis Sr. and Ronald Howell Virginia State University recently added three new personnel to the Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture. Chantel Wilson joined as a 4-H STEAM specialist, Jerry Bettis Sr. was hired as forestry specialist, and Ronald Howell rejoined the College... 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
Banzai! Online tool helps teach students about financial responsibility
   ABOVE: Gracia DiPace, a teacher at Salem Church Middle School, shows students how to use a Banzai financial tool; Chesterfield Credit Union’s Chris Miller In an effort to encourage financial literacy and responsibility, some Chesterfield County schools have implemented a program to teach students how to manage their money.... Read more
By a 3-0-2 vote with Carrie Coyner and Dianne Smith abstaining, the Chesterfield school board on Oct. 9 voted to ask the board of supervisors to transfer $3.37 million from construction projects at Enon and Beulah elementary schools to one at Manchester Middle School. According to a memo from... Read more
Shornak completes power line training program
ABOVE: Cole Shornak of Chester, center, was among the 21 students who recently completed the SVCC’s Power Line Worker Training Program. He is flanked by instructors Clyde Robertson and Brad Wyke at a Sept. 19 graduation ceremony. Chester resident Cole Shornak, a graduate of Thomas Dale High School, recently completed... Read more
TDHS band exhibition
     LEFT: Haley Cofer performs with the L.C. Bird High School band during an exhibition at Thomas Dale High School on Oct. 2. RIGHT: Jacob Fogg directs the L.C. Bird High School band. Read more
Teaching change has ‘worked out’ for McDorman
ABOVE: Tracey McDorman, a physical education teacher at C.C. Wells Elementary, instructs some fifth-graders. Becoming a PE teacher was a healthy change for Tracey McDorman. She is the physical education teacher at C.C. Wells Elementary, but McDorman started out teaching second grade at W.W. Gordon Elementary 12 years ago. After... Read more
Prayer time: Community event includes prayers for students, teachers, administrators
ABOVE: Clergy pray for school administrators Sunday. “What can you do for the children and staff of Chesterfield? You can pray. When you speak to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you put protection around all of us.” With those words, incoming Chesterfield schools superintendent Merv Daugherty... Read more
Hayes earns master’s degree from JMU
HARRISONBURG – Michelle Leigh Hayes of Chester received her master of arts degree in school psychology from James Madison University on July 23. She will be continuing her education at JMU. Hayes is a 2013 graduate of Thomas Dale High School. Read more
Bradbury a man of many parts: County engineering employee also a chaplain, announcer at L.C. Bird
ABOVE: Bradbury is pictured with a U.S. flag his daughter gave him after she served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is wearing football championship rings from Bird High School and a shirt from his daughter’s volleyball team. Dallas Bradbury is reluctant to talk about himself, but ask those who know... Read more