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Area students awarded scholarships

Chester resident Ashley Simard is the recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded by Military Children Program at Fort Lee. Simard, the daughter of Gretchen and Philip Simard, is enrolled for the fall semester at the University of Virginia.

Local residents graduate from the College of William & Mary

The following Chester residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary.

Back to school insights with Dr. Beth Teigen

Dr. Teigen, a resident of Chesterfield for almost 23 years, was named to her present position on May 25 last spring after being the head principal at L.C. Bird High School since 2007. A full-time educator for 13 years, Dr. Teigen has also spent time in the classroom.

August Sales Tax Holiday: School supplies and clothing

The first full weekend of August will be a sales tax holiday for folks purchasing school supplies and clothing. During this three-day period – Aug. 5, 6, and 7 – purchases of qualifying school supplies, those selling for $20 or less per item plus purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item, will be exempt from sales tax.

Parents of little ones: Don’t fret – you’re not alone

In roughly five weeks school will start; the little ones will make their way to the end of the driveway that first morning, their tiny little bodies supporting a book bag loaded down with an abundance of school supplies, a tiny troop of turtles headed towards the ocean to be set free.

Salem Church Middle still undergoing facelift

For those students soon to attend Salem Church Middle School in September, just remember the renovation currently going on at the school will only last one more year – and will never interfere with your studies, like it or not.

BTS: Chester resident studied abroad in Russia this summer

When the average American thinks about Russia, I’m sure a few key things will always come to mind: communism, vodka, Putin, and probably grizzly bears. Hardly anybody knows anything about Russian culture, and for good reason; a visa is necessary to visit the country, and cultural centers such as Moscow or Saint Petersburg are very far away from the United States east coast.

Lisa Cole named to Dean’s List at Virginia Tech.

Lisa P. Cole has been named to the fall 2010 and spring 2011 Dean’s List at Virginia Tech. Undergraduate students who earn a 3.4 GPA are included on the list. Lisa, a Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has completed her second year of study.