Chester teacher going to South Korea for geography conference
Chester resident Anne Canipe is headed to South Korea this month. Canipe, a teacher at Cosby High School, was invited to participate in a week-long geography education conference and field study in the northeast Asian country. The group with which Canipe is traveling is made up of 14 teachers... Read more
NAACP committee chair protests incident; Police department says Taser use ‘improper’
CHESTER – A March 28 incident near Virginia State University resulted in the Chesterfield NAACP’s legal redress committee hosting a press conference last week at Chester Library. Committee chairman Tavorise Marks called the press conference to protest the treatment of 21-year-old James Monk, who was pepper sprayed twice and... Read more
Child advocacy center opens in Chester
It was a long time coming, but retired judge Bonnie Davis was able to see her dream come true. Davis – who was a juvenile and domestic relations court judge in Chesterfield for 20 years – got the idea to start a child advocacy center in 1985 while attending... Read more
Event encourages students to read during the summer
Trying to help avert a “summer slide” was the driving force behind last week’s first-ever Summer Reading Palooza. The event, which was organized by three librarians at Carver Middle School, drew students from 13 local schools. Stephanie Stargardt, head librarian at Carver, said the event was organized to get... Read more
High-speed rail slowly coming to area?
A decision on where to build a new train station for high-speed rail is headed down the track but hasn’t reached the destination yet. “The final decision hasn’t been made yet,” said David Hyder, transportation director of the Crater Planning District Commission. He added that “it looks like” the... Read more
Tai chi man: Stephens touts benefits for mind, body and spirit
Tai chi is great for physical, mental and social benefits. That’s the word from Mike Stephens, who took up the practice after suffering from a heart attack and triple bypass heart surgery in the late 1990s. Stephens was trained in the martial art of tai chi by Tim Turner... Read more
Defending the Shoosmith name: Grandson of Chester couple talks about his grandfather, love for the land
Jack T. Shoosmith II was named after his grandfather. Shoosmith, 29, remembers his “Poppa” as someone who worked “extremely hard,” drove a logging truck, welded and then drove a bulldozer. A project manager for a local construction company, Shoosmith said his grandparents grew up poor in Chester. “When they... Read more
Atlantic Constructors adds 200 jobs after expansion
      An open house celebrating the recent expansion of Atlantic Constructors Inc. was held May 24. ACI completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion of its 100,000-square-foot facility at 1401 Battery Brooke Parkway last fall. The sheet metal and pipe fabrication plant began using the new portion of the building... Read more
Theater background helps in classroom with fourth-graders
Before she decided to become a teacher, Hillary Mekanik was a theater major at VCU. After two years, she decided she’d rather use theater as a hobby or skill and said she sort of “fell into teaching.” Mekanik teaches fourth grade at C.C. Wells Elementary. She said her days... Read more
Never forget: Love for country, friends behind veterans memorial
William T. “Billy” Stubbs has an exceptional memory. His life story documenting nearly 95 years, encompasses childhood, school, friends, career and marriage. His wartime memories seem the most vivid as he shares his experiences as a Marine Corp veteran of the “War in the Pacific” and the loss of... Read more