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Matoaca landmark to close

“It’s not what it use to be like,” said Glenn Ford, owner of The Video Post in Matoaca. Ford, 74, is one of the last video stores in our readership area and possibly in the region. With the corporate stores closing as quickly as they can, laying off workers, lowing their overhead by reducing their footprint to an automated box with $1 rentals, the final curtain on the early days of video renting is coming to a close.

Local eatery spices it up a bit and creates ambiance

The two Italians that recently opened Soprano’s Italian Bistro in the courtyard at Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center are shaking things up a bit. They formed the partnership to bring an affordable eatery to the folks in the courthouse area.

Epic “Odyssey” at Battersea

Sycamore Rouge’s production of “The Odyssey” overcomes almost as many challenges as Odysseus on his voyage back home after the Trojan War. Homer’s epic poem was written almost 3,000 years ago, but its themes still resonate; these are: fidelity, the inevitability of retribution for wickedness, the importance of honor, the yearning for home and the occasional need for trickery to survive.

A couple of vagabonds: Local couple visits all 50 states in 56 years

Between the sound of airplanes flying in and out of the Chesterfield County Airport a mile away and the 31-foot Winnebago pouting in the driveway, there’s hardly a day when the Barkers aren’t tempted to just up and go.

Four generations

Mary Sine, of Wilkesboro, N.C., spent her 81st birthday at the home of Lisa and Harvey Parks in Chesterfield. Shown is Mary surrounded with four generations of decedents.

Central High School held 55th class reunion in Chester

The 1956 graduating class of Central High School, formerly in Low Moor, Va., held their 55th class reunion in Chester on June 10-11, 2011, at the Chester Village apartments.

Woman suffrage and the poll tax

On July 10, 1902, a second Constitution was adopted by the Commonwealth. A Constitutional Convention had been convened over a year earlier, and taking a year to deliberate, established laws such as a poll tax and woman suffrage.