Back-to-School: Churches, community groups, businesses collect supplies for students

School supply lists are available at most of the area’s big box stores. If parents are unable to find their school’s list of supplies they can be found online at

Back-to-School: Take a stand against prescription drug abuse

The deaths of iconic celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Heath Ledger focused the media spotlight on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Sadly, these deaths aren’t just Hollywood stories limited to the rich and famous.

Area residents named to Dean’s List at Virginia Tech

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Thomas Dale Reunion Classes 53 – 57

Everyone is welcome to the class reunion of Thomas Dale High School if you attended from 1953-57. The reunion will take place on October 5, 2013 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Area residents graduate from Radford Univeristy

Five residents of Chester graduated from Radford University at the end of the spring semester.

VSU extends Trojan Challenge to recent grads

Virginia State University is offering a unique admissions opportunity for students who just graduated from high school or community college and are unsure about the next step in their life? VSU is holding its final Trojan Challenge on Monday, July 22 from noon – 7 p.m. in the University’s Engineering & Technology Building.

Students Honored at National SkillsUSA Championships

Students from Virginia high school and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

W and M students make Dean’s List

Area residents were recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the spring 2013 semester.