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School Board sees 2010 dropout numbers as a K-12 community problem

Bursting the bubble created by the recent high school graduation buzz was a number surfacing Wednesday, June 15, during our county’s latest School Board meeting: 421 students who were supposed to graduate in 2010 from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) ended up as dropouts.

Chester Rotary presents scholarship to Raheem Randolph

Chester Rotary Club President Pete Adler welcomed scholarship recipient Raheem Randolph and his mother Carolyn Marrow during their visit with the club Wednesday, June 15.

Bensley Elementary student wins essay contest

Kayla Shefond Harris, a fifth-grader at Bensley Elementary School, is the grand-prize winner of the annual essay contest for Older American’s Month. Kayla was recognized for her winning essay during the May 25 Board of Supervisors meeting where she received a plaque and a $25 savings bond.

School Honors: Ryan Carwile

Ryan Carwile, of Chester, grandson of Mildred Carwile, made the Dean’s List at Virginia Tech for the spring 2011 semester.

School Honors: Laura Pond

Laura Pond, daughter of Lennie and Catherine Pond, a 2011 graduate of James Madison University and a 2007 graduate from L.C. Bird High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Corporate Communication.

Scholarship recipients hope for regular reunion

Cline Appliances was a fixture in the Chester community for many, many years. The Cline family was as much a part of the community, as was Magee’s Pharmacy or the Chesterfield Bank. The appliance business is gone from Chester now but its legacy lives on through the Panchita Cline Scholarship at Thomas Dale High School.

Students plant memorial butterfly garden

The friends and classmates of Devin Hawkins, a student at Carver Middle School who was tragically lost this spring, planted a memorial butterfly garden in his memory on June 11.

Chester resident earns Eagle Scout award

Chester resident Bailey Galstan earned his Eagle Scout award on Sunday, June 5, 2011 – the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America – at a ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chester.