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Like father, like son: Son starts new life in Chester with biological father

Like most fathers and sons, Greg Swader and his 15-year-old son, Jay, have a lot in common. They have the same favorite color (blue), enjoy the same Chinese dish (General Tso’s Chicken) and even tend to get the same hangnail on the same finger. "They’re like clones,” said Kathy, Swader’s wife.

‘Barrier-free’ playground opens

A “barrier-free” playground officially opened on Saturday, June 19, at the Bird Athletic Complex, located at 10401 Courthouse Road, according to information from the county. The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony that morning.

Local student earns Eagle Scout rank

Adam Francis Robert White, a sophomore at L.C. Bird High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor held on June 21, according to information from Carlton Meeks.

Calendar of events

Chester area calendar of events from July 7, 2010 to July 15, 2010.

Reminiscence: Courthouse tales

There’s a common thread that connects one locale to others. Although roads allow us to travel between places, such as Chester and Courthouse and Beulah, they are not the real connection – it’s the people. As we’ve featured different folks in different areas for the Reminiscence series, we at the Village News have found that there’s a strong connection.

Artists have a heart for Lucy Corr Village

On a recent afternoon at Lucy Corr Village, a crowd gathered to view art works in oils, fabric, wood and other mediums, all with a common theme: Heart.

Seeds of democracy: Chester area rich with hands-on history

“Virginia [the state] is an incredible opportunity to teach people case studies in democracy,” said H. Edward “Chip” Mann. “We are open about it [knowing] that we made mistakes. We are not afraid to talk about our mistakes.” Mann, executive director of the Federal Commission for the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, was a field leader for 20 undergraduate journalism students from Bangladesh, India and SirLanka.