Living Histories: Exhibit celebrates rich history of African-Americans in Chesterfield County

In 2005, volunteers with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) agreed that celebrating Black History Month included more than merely recognizing national figures involved in black history and what was written in textbooks; it meant venerating the personal histories of local African-Americans, as well.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, February 2
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting. 1 p.m. Public Meeting Room, County Administration Building, 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

Thomas Dale High School Jazz Band Winter Concert. 7 p.m. Main campus theatre. $5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Winter Session: Adventures in Learning (AIL) Classes for Seniors. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St. Details: 706-6689 or

Samuel Adams winter schooner

On Feb. 1, 1775, just prior to the revolution, Chesterfield representatives to the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg, Archibald Cary, whose impressive home was located at Ampthill, and Benjamin Watkins received a letter of acknowledgement from none other than Boston’s Samuel Adams.

Hometown Hercules: Local man builds body, character

Irving Peoples was 12 years old when he lifted his first weight, and his motivation was simple.

Truck driver bought winning ticket in Chester

Tim Mackin of Disputanta was on a winning streak. He had stopped at the 7-Eleven on Harrowgate Road for a cup of coffee following a visit to Patient First. “I like their coffee,” he said.

Supersized mural will wow kids and adults alike

In Chester, just inside the doors of the unfinished American Family Fitness, lies a vibrant, four-walled mural and a mythical world created for gym visitors. Painted by professional muralist and Richmond resident Julie Lancaster, 53, with the help of her son, Patrick Welch, 25, the mural will be completed Tuesday, Feb. 15, when the gym officially opens for the community to see for themselves.

Chester Community Association presents agenda for 2011

The Chester Community Association (CCA) will meet at the Chesterfield Center for the Arts office on Centre Street opposite the Chester Library on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. to present this year’s projects and programs to the community.