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Chester residents make Dean’s List at Radford

Five Chester residents have been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Radford University, according to information from the school.

Matoaca Middle student serves at state Senate

For Matoaca Middle School student Nathan Berry, serving at the General Assembly runs in the family.

Stafford Foundation donates $100,000 to VSU

Earl W. Stafford, chairman and chief executive officer of The Stafford Foundation, has donated $100,000 to Virginia State University, a university press release says. Stafford served as the keynote speaker at VSU’s 2010 Fall Commencement.

Weekly calendar

Wednesday, February 2
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting. 1 p.m. Public Meeting Room, County Administration Building, 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

Thomas Dale High School Jazz Band Winter Concert. 7 p.m. Main campus theatre. $5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Winter Session: Adventures in Learning (AIL) Classes for Seniors. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School St. Details: 706-6689 or

Samuel Adams winter schooner

On Feb. 1, 1775, just prior to the revolution, Chesterfield representatives to the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg, Archibald Cary, whose impressive home was located at Ampthill, and Benjamin Watkins received a letter of acknowledgement from none other than Boston’s Samuel Adams.

Hometown Hercules: Local man builds body, character

Irving Peoples was 12 years old when he lifted his first weight, and his motivation was simple.

Truck driver bought winning ticket in Chester

Tim Mackin of Disputanta was on a winning streak. He had stopped at the 7-Eleven on Harrowgate Road for a cup of coffee following a visit to Patient First. “I like their coffee,” he said.

Supersized mural will wow kids and adults alike

In Chester, just inside the doors of the unfinished American Family Fitness, lies a vibrant, four-walled mural and a mythical world created for gym visitors. Painted by professional muralist and Richmond resident Julie Lancaster, 53, with the help of her son, Patrick Welch, 25, the mural will be completed Tuesday, Feb. 15, when the gym officially opens for the community to see for themselves.