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Parker sentenced to 30 years for killing wife, wounding Chester man

Richard E. Parker, 56, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder for shooting and killing his wife Cindy M. Parker, 45, and aggravated malicious wounding and shooting of Michael Dudley outside a restaurant on Jefferson Davis Highway on June 23 last year.

Police blotter

BEN FRY DR 2/13 Hyde Park Apartments. A known suspect broke the front door frame to enter the locked residence. Once inside, the suspect assaulted the female victim.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, February 23
Board of Supervisors. 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Public Meeting Room, County Administration Building, 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

Computer Class: Microsoft Word. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Central Library. Registration required. Details/registration: library.chesterfield.gov or 748-1603.

Early Literacy Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at Enon Library; 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at Chester Library. Details: 530-3403 (Enon) or 748-6314 (Chester).

Thomas Dale searches for an idol

On Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Thomas Dale High School will host the first night of “Thomas Dale’s Got Talent”, a school-wide talent show featuring students performing in a variety of artistic mediums. Held in the school’s auditorium, the show features live acts competing for monetary prizes which will be awarded Friday, March 4, after numerous rounds of elimination have ensued.

Centuries old thatching still fresh today

We take the roof over our head for granted. Plywood covered with felt paper and shingles keeps us dry and secure. But in the 1600s what seems like a simple task today was much more involved. The Henricus Historical Park tells the story of living in the 17th century and the efforts to stay warm, dry and secure.

Teachers rally for public school funding

A crowd of more than 200 people chanted, “Senate stand firm!” as the last speaker stepped off the podium and into the swarm of Virginia Education Association members and supporters at a Capitol Square rally this week.

A new post office

The Chesterfield and Colonial Heights News-Journal reported on Feb. 27, 1964 that “word had reached the county from Washington, D.C. that plans had been completed to build a Federal Office Building in Chesterfield, in the western edge of Chester.”

Spell check

It took students representing grades five through eight 17 rounds of spelling words like “euphonious” and “reticulated” to determine the top speller during the annual Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPA) spelling championship.