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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY JANUARY 12 - CEA makes plea for wage increase 1980

This week, 30 years ago, teachers addressed the School Board pleading that their salaries at least keep up with inflation, which in 1980 was a staggering 14 percent. At the time, a starting teacher in Chesterfield County was paid $10,000 annually, and a seasoned educator earned $16,500. Chesterfield Education Association President Alan Loeffler, a teacher at Enon Elementary School, said the salary scale was designed for women and was low because it was thought of as simply a supplement to a husband’s salary.

Contest win fuels student’s passion for fashion

Dreams give way to goals at a surprisingly young age today. For Caroline Smith, a young girl who has a passion for fashion design, it was a teacher’s encouragement and parents providing a clear path that gave her an opportunity to set her dreams in motion.

Miss Virginia USA and her path to the crown

On an icy winter night in December, Nikki Poteet, 23, finally had time to relax. The anticipation in her big, blue eyes made the occasion seem like first time in years she’d been able to sit and talk for any length of time; but, her eyes softened as she remembered how exhausting her year had been.

The Andrews sisters of Matoaca

The Appomattox River west of Matoaca was a small, quiet stream when the Andrews sisters came into the world. No, not Patty, Maxene and LaVerne, but Bernice, Alice and Josie.

Village Bank among ‘Best Places to Work’

Village Bank was recently named one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Virginia, according to a press release. The annual list of “Best Places to Work” was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

Here we grow again: Goodman & Company merging with Dixon Hughes

Chester will be home to a branch of one of the largest accounting firms in the country. Goodman & Company’s March 1 merger with Dixon Hughes will form a CPA powerhouse, creating certainly the largest firm in the Southern U.S. and the 13th largest in the nation.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, January 12
Board of Supervisors, School Board and Planning Commission Meeting on New Comprehensive Plan. 1 p.m. Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way.

Board of Supervisors Meeting. 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Public Meeting Room, Chesterfield County Administration Building, 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

Computer Class: PC Basics. 10:15 a.m. Central Library. Registration required. Details/registration: or 748-1603.