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Chester resident completes ANCOC

Chester resident Chris Bates recently received his Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course certification from the Virginia Defense Force Division Troop Command, which was held over a series of three-day weekends at Fort Pickett near Blackstone, Va.

Safe recognized as a top nonprofit agency

For the second consecutive year, Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., better known as SAFE, a coalition working toward the prevention and reduction of substance abuse among youths, has been named a Top-Rated Health Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade

Crowds lined both sides of W. Hundred Road on Sunday waiting for the start of the Christmas season with the arrival of the Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade. Bob Cassada, CCHASM president, served as the Grand Marshall leading fifty-six entries that included floats, horses, cars, clowns, dancers, marchers, walkers and more.

20th Annual Prarde of Lights draws a crowd

The 20th Annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, had only one problem at the event that took place last Saturday – too many people loved it and produced traffic problems shortly before the event made its way to Dutch Gap.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, December 12
Early Literacy Story Times. Chester Library. 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Enon Library. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – No registration required.

Technology Class: MS Excel. Central Library. 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Register online at or call 748-1603.

Bilingual Spanish-English Story Times. Meadowdale Library. 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. No registration required.

Thursday, December 13

On a toy mission

Local six-year-old, Ben Lashley, has a mission and needs your help. Late last week, as Ben and his mother were putting canned goods together for a food drive at his school, Ben thought it would be a good idea to have a toy drive for the children in New York and New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Photography exhibit on display at library

Local photographer Rick Dodson’s first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, but his eye for photography didn’t develop until he picked up a Nikon while serving his first tour in Vietnam. “I really started carrying my camera with me everywhere I went during my first tour in Vietnam,” said Dodson.