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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY JANUARY 12 - CEA makes plea for wage increase 1980

This week, 30 years ago, teachers addressed the School Board pleading that their salaries at least keep up with inflation, which in 1980 was a staggering 14 percent. At the time, a starting teacher in Chesterfield County was paid $10,000 annually, and a seasoned educator earned $16,500. Chesterfield Education Association President Alan Loeffler, a teacher at Enon Elementary School, said the salary scale was designed for women and was low because it was thought of as simply a supplement to a husband’s salary.

Contest win fuels student’s passion for fashion

Dreams give way to goals at a surprisingly young age today. For Caroline Smith, a young girl who has a passion for fashion design, it was a teacher’s encouragement and parents providing a clear path that gave her an opportunity to set her dreams in motion.

Holland passed over, Warren elected BOS chairman

In a 3-2 vote last week, the Board of Supervisors elected Clover Hill Supervisor Art Warren chairman of the panel.

County survey results best ever, officials say

Two years of shrinking budgets and difficult decisions haven’t left Chesterfield residents less satisfied with their county, according to survey results unveiled last week.

Seniors can apply for MOAA scholarships

The Southside Virginia Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will make Roper Memorial Scholarships available for selected high school seniors. These scholarships have been awarded annually since 1997 to applicants from high schools in the Fort Lee and surrounding Southside Virginia areas.

Officials get group look at draft comp plan

Members of the Board of Supervisors, School Board and Planning Commission shared their thoughts on the draft of the county’s new comprehensive plan at a joint meeting last week.

Medford basketball solidifies itself as a Monarch tradition

On Thursday morning, players took their positions on the polished, wooden basketball court and, while anticipating the course of the jump ball leaving the referee’s hand, weren’t at all distracted by the lively cheering coming from the bleachers.

Skyhawks’ season starting to peak

With another successful football season behind it, the L.C. Bird High School student body still has a lot to cheer about. Bird’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are enjoying successful campaigns as teams ease into the stretch before district tournaments kick off.