Thirty years ago, Aubrey Lindsey, the freshly-appointed principal of the brand-new L.C. Bird High School, was summoned to the legendary Wilson Crump’s office. When Lindsey arrived, Crump handed him an envelope that contained a $30,000 check. A stunned Lindsey listened as Crump directed him to establish a first-class athletic program. Crump continued, “They need to look good when they take the field.” Then he added, “Get the best coaching staff you can to lead them.” With this huge assist from Crump, Lindsey did his part in giving birth to what was to become a Bird athletic dynasty.
It was a “welcome home” for many of the 1959 Thomas Dale High School graduates attending their 50th class reunion, bringing with them memories of sock hops in the gym and rhythm and blues shows with the sounds of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, The Platters, and Chubby Checkers. Moore’s Lake was their summer meeting place and it was swimming and dancing every night. Nineteen members still call Chester home, and of the 110-member class, 53 members had registered to attend the reunion held Saturday, September 19 at King’s Korner Resturant.
R.L. Dunn, member of Sustain Our Communities committee representing Ettrick, was very happy with the turnout for the third annual Ettrick Village Clean-Up Day. Dunn organizes the Saturday morning event, held this year on September 19. Over 125 kids from the Ettrick Youth Sports Association, along with adult volunteers, School Board representative Omarh Rajah, and Board of Supervisor representative Marleen K. Durfee collected over 30 yards of trash. Ninety percent of the trash collected was from people filling up trash bags.
Casey Paige Beckner, 22, of Chesterfield has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will be departing for Samoa on October 7 to begin pre-service training as a community education Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in January, Beckner will be working to improve the literacy of local teachers, identifying need in the community, and designing projects to meet that need.
JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY 9/12 Suspect 1 and victims were at the location in order for the suspect to purchase an item the victims had posted for sale over the internet. While there, suspect 3, posing as a police officer, drove up and told the victims to exit their vehicle. While suspect 3 spoke to the victims, another vehicle with suspect 2 entered the storage lot. The victims then observed their vehicle exiting the lot, followed closely by the vehicle that had just pulled in. Suspect 3 then ran to his vehicle and drove off.
A local got more than he bargained for while dining out at Sibley’s BBQ. While sampling one of his wife’s fried oysters, Guy Laine discovered a small pearl. “It was a rare find,” said Laine. The discovery caused quite a sensation Friday night as servers and customers gathered around to see the small-sized pearl.
Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors voted last week to enact a new noise ordinance. The Virginia Supreme Court had ruled that Chesterfield’s previous ordinance, much like that of Virginia Beach, was too general and invalidated the county’s noise law. The police department has not enforced the noise ordinance since the spring.
Chesterfield’s Economic Development Department has said a full diamond-type interchange is needed on I-295 at Meadowville Rd. for the county to reap the full benefit of the Meadowville Techology Park in the Enon area. Commercial development has been slow there because of the lack of good access from I-295. The county expects the 1,300-acre park could generate 7,200 jobs.