Police arrest second suspect in crash that killed boy
        ABOVE: Jose A. Gonzalez-Flores (left); Edilberto Hernandez-Perez (right) CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County police arrested a second man in relation to a fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of Belmont Road and Sue Jean Drive at about 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Police said a 2011... Read more
Preschool teacher enjoys taking care of pets
For cyclists, joggers and walkers who frequent the neighborhoods surrounding Thomas Dale High School, Melody McLean is a familiar face. On any given day in any kind of weather, neighbors can count on seeing her outside walking with a dog or two or three trotting along beside her. Sometimes,... Read more
Pageant winner founded charity
ABOVE: Dominga Murray, on right, is pictured with the three runners-up in the beauty pageant, from left, Brianna Johnson, Cary Cordova and Brandilynne Barber. It was a night filled with glitz and glamour. On Monday, Aug. 27, four contestants battled each other in interviews and ball gowns in hopes of... Read more
Chesterfield native loves helping others, keeping the county clean
Pam Cooper is recruiting others to help her “pass the love.” Cooper, who has been a Chesterfield County employee for 20 years, recently became a community coordinator within the one-year-old Department of Community Enhancement. The woman who created and managed the county’s anti-littering program in 2004 is still in... Read more
Art educator overcomes domestic abuse
ABOVE: Ashley Unger is pictured with some of her pets. “Many men and women walk by us every day with scars from assault in their life,” said local artist and art teacher Ashley Unger. With her enthusiasm, positivity and passion, few would believe she is among them. “Many times, ‘I... Read more
County approves land purchase in Ettrick
By a 4-0 vote with James Holland absent, the county board of supervisors last week approved the purchase of a 1.75-acre parcel in Ettrick to support a new elementary school and fire station. The purchase price of $20,000 represented the assessed value of the land, according to the county’s... Read more
New superintendent coming to Chesterfield schools
ABOVE: Mervin Daugherty, on right, sits next to Chesterfield County administrator Joe Casey. The Chesterfield school board hired Mervin B. Daugherty as its new superintendent during a special meeting last week. Daugherty plans to start in Chesterfield on Nov. 1 after moving from Wilmington, Del., where he has been superintendent... Read more
HOPE Center gets help: Rehabilitation proceeding on campus of Chester ministry
ABOVE: Stacy and Chris Lane stand in the gazebo where they and their family prayed before relocating their ministry to the former Baptist college. An organization that’s been helping others recently received a hand. The Guardians HOPE Center, which has been providing food and services to the poor and... Read more
Bright Beginnings: New clothes for a new school year
ABOVE: A girl is about to enter Target last week as part of the Bright Beginnings’ shopping experience. Excitement was evident in the fluorescent-lit aisles of the Chester Target Aug. 13 as 24 children eagerly shopped for new back-to-school clothes with their designated shopping buddies. Students arrived by bus and... Read more
Man gets 58 years for three Thanksgiving Day murders
It looks as if a Chester man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his wife and two others on Thanksgiving night 2017. Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler last week sentenced Christopher Gattis, 59, to 100 years in prison with 45 suspended for each... Read more