Caleb’s Corner: Colorado visit provides mountain respite
      ABOVE: Caleb M. Soptelean, editor; Baby mountain goat on Mount Evans. The mountains are calling, and I must go. With those words, the naturalist John Muir described my situation recently. Since I was named after the Old Testament character Caleb – who said, “Give me this... Read more
Train incidents
This CSX rail car at the Curtis Street crossing in Chester is related to a grain spill that occurred in the area on or around Aug. 15 due a mechanical failure, according to a CSX representative and media reports. CSX is scrapping the rail car and removing grain on... Read more
Feathery friends: Ampthill resident loves painting on feathers
ABOVE: Ron Navroski is pictured in his art studio. A love for art is blooming later in life for Ron Navroski. Although the northwest Massachusetts native painted when he was in high school, Navroski didn’t begin painting in earnest until seven years ago. The 58-year-old Ampthill resident said he... Read more
Charges dismissed against man, two police officers disciplined
ABOVE: James Monk speaks at the May 31 press conference at the Chester Library. Tavorise Marks of the NAACP Legal Redress Committee is pictured behind Monk. A Richmond man who was arrested following an incident near Virginia State University at 12:30 a.m. March 28 had two misdemeanor charges against him... Read more
A tree is felled: Locals lament loss of Chester’s Village Oak
ABOVE: Church member Skip Buyalos, center, inspects a downed red oak with workers at Chester United Methodist Church annex after it was felled last week.   Several residents were upset when they saw a large red oak tree off Harrowgate Road being cut down Friday. The tree was on... Read more
Stewart not deterred by underdog status
ABOVE: GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart talks with Asher Purvis and Tracy Lynn at the Chesterfield County Fair on Aug. 28. Being down 19 points in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race doesn’t have Republican candidate Corey Stewart down. Stewart came to the... Read more
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