Pickleball is game of choice among many seniors
If you ever find yourself in a pickle, you might just be having fun. A group of 33 or so mostly senior citizens regularly join to play pickleball. The game was invented on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle in 1965 and has begun to catch on locally, said Chester... Read more
Patriotic endeavor: Smiths have big plans for Unity Park
Richard and Monique Smith have big plans for their 70-acre property north of Coxendale Road. The couple – who own seven construction, demolition and recycling businesses in Chester – plan to build on the land surrounding the 40-foot by 76-foot U.S. flag they installed there late last year. Unity... Read more
Paint Out Pollution event decorates storm sewers
They weren’t exactly painting the town red, but it was a colorful endeavor nonetheless. Chesterfield County joined with Art on Wheels and the James River Association for a “Paint Out Pollution” event last week, which involved painting storm drain covers. Kevin Orlosky, founder and program director of Art on... Read more
Spring music series has three more offerings
PHOTO: Chesterfield resident Ashley Wilda sang and played folk music on Saturday, March 30, at the Chester Library. The Chesterfield County Public Library is hosting a family-friendly concert series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on select Saturdays at the Chester Library, 11800 Centre St. The series, which began March... Read more
Kovack loves making music
Leah Kovack, the music teacher at Matoaca Elementary School, enjoys providing personal time to students because it tends to pay off in the end. When one student couldn’t play “Hot Cross Buns” on a recorder, Kovack had one-on-one time with her during recess and the girl, now in the... Read more
Longtime Pocahontas employee says goodbye
Louise Woolard’s last day at Pocahontas State Park is Friday, March 29. The longtime state employee has been office manager at the park for 31 1/2 years. Woolard’s time at Virginia’s largest state park before that began when she started helping her parents, Charles and Lois Moore, run the... Read more
Chesterfield Police initiate terminations of two officers: White nationalist ties reported in one case, another involves soliciting a minor online
It was a rough week for Chesterfield Police. The Chesterfield County Police Department last week suspended a police officer after reports linked him to Identity Evropa, a white nationalist organization that has apparently rebranded under the name American Identity Movement. Another officer, Simeon Steers-Smith, was charged with soliciting a... Read more
Revolutionary revelation: Chester man finds connection to the past
Some genealogical research has given Daryle Hurt a little pride in his ancestors. He began digging into some records five years ago and found out that he’s related to Edward Pedigo, a man who fought for the colonists in the Revolutionary War. “I finally found a hero in my... Read more
Chesterfield has new state trooper: Thacker previously was in the Marine Corps
Chester resident Jaleel Clayton Thacker is on patrol in Chesterfield County as a newly sworn Virginia State Trooper. On Feb. 15, Thacker graduated with 79 other new state troopers after completing 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation,... Read more
Former Army soldier now a teacher at Bellwood Elementary
Bellwood Elementary’s 2019 Teacher of the Year said he didn’t want to be a teacher when he was growing up. Robert Nichols said his dreams changed as he went along and that being a teacher is where he needed to be. Nichols grew up in Buffalo. Prior to teaching,... Read more