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YEAR IN REVIEW: September

Jaeckle HSR meetings draw crowd, but lack answers

Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle held two community meetings in September to discuss the Southeast High-Speed Rail Project and its impact on her district. As many as 180 people attended an evening meeting at Thomas Dale High School; some in attendance made political statements about the project, and some were aggravated that the presentation maps didn’t included a significant portion of Chester, although paper maps were available.

YEAR IN REVIEW: October

Rain brings some drought relief, leaves damages

The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole brought some much needed rain to the area, making up the rain deficit for September. But, the rain opened a 25-to-30 foot hole in the back wall of Vernon’s Truck Repair Shop, located in the 11600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. The rain was also believed to be responsible for the opening of a pothole 20 inches long, 5 inches wide and 6 inches deep on Interstate 95, which snarled traffic for morning commuters.

YEAR IN REVIEW: November

99-year-old recalls active life

Time may wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm for life will wrinkle one’s spirit. Ruth Wooldridge, who celebrated her 99th birthday this year, has her ideals intact and spreads enthusiasm to her family extending through five generations.

Born on Oct. 24, 1911, at Fighting Creek in Powhatan County, Wooldridge gained her ideals naturally; her father worked the land, and the Wooldridge children saw how hard he worked and how all the neighbors pitched in and helped each other at harvest time.

YEAR IN REVIEW: December

Bird grad killed in Afghanistan

Army Spc. William K. Middleton, 26, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense. On Thursday, Nov. 25, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Middleton, a 2002 graduate of L.C. Bird High School, was born and raised in the Richmond area.

Skyhawks’ regional championship slips away in final minutes of game

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, December 29
Chester Rotary Club Meeting. 7:30 a.m. Wild Rose Café, Chester Square.

Cornerstone Business Builders Meeting. 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Salem Baptist Church. Details: 748-5533.

Al-Anon Family Group Meeting/Simultaneous AA Meeting. 8 p.m. Ivey Memorial Methodist Church, 17120 Jeff Davis Hwy. Details: 861-2620.

Future Alternatives Networking Group. 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Capital Region Workforce Center, 7333 White Pine Road, Richmond. Details: 271-8510.

Thursday, December 30

Scenes of the Season

A little snow at Christmastime helps to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Last week’s snowfall was an early present that sent kids home early for Christmas vacation and put the crunch underfoot for your decorating pleasure.

Tattoo parlor permit request withdrawn

Though he recently withdrew his request for a conditional use permit, the man who sought to open a tattoo parlor in Water Tower Shopping Center may reapply in the near future.

Future of old Clover Hill High School not set, board says

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the School Board told youth sports league leaders concerned about a potential SportsQuest takeover of the old Clover Hill High School’s athletic facilities that no decisions had been made about the future of the school.