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11 Senior Idol finalists announced, finals Oct. 1

With 42 contestants in 32 acts auditioning, organizers of Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities’ first Senior Idol competition found themselves with more talent than they planned, according to a press release from the Shepherd’s Center.

Bird PTA wins Denim Drive

L.C. Bird High School’s PTA collected $1,000 last week for winning this year’s Denim Drive at Chesterfield Towne Center. The Bird PTA collected 504 pieces of denim, nine more pieces than second-place finisher Alberta Smith Elementary School collected. More than 200 pieces of denim separated the second and third place finishers.

Auditorium may be named for late teacher

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the School Board will vote on whether to name the L.C. Bird High School Auditorium after a teacher who died suddenly in March.

400 youngsters fill Chester YMCA’S soccer complex

With the Fort Lee expansion, Chester YMCA Sports Director Brian Walters reports an upward trend in registration for this fall’s recreational soccer league.

The Next Level

Deanna Smith is a 2008 Thomas Dale graduate who captained the school’s state qualifying Field Hockey team. Kris Burd has elevated himself to the “go to guy” in UVA’s passing attack this season. The fourth-year pro continues to impress, having his best game as a pro last week. Snelling ran for 129 yards on 24 carries and had 57 receiving yards as the Falcons dismantled the Arizona Cardinals 41-7.

Bird grads McBride, Grayson combine for first Spider TD at Robins Stadium

A bone-jarring tackle at the hands of Eric McBride separated the ball from an Elon receiver, resulting in a turnover that led to a Kevin Grayson touchdown reception in the second quarter of the Spiders 27-21 victory last Saturday.

New production of The Foreigner is outlandishly hilarious

Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, now playing at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, is brilliantly cast. Director Tom Width always chooses his actors expertly and this production is no exception.

Help identify men who robbed gas kiosk Aug. 18

The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs help to identify two men who robbed the Kroger gasoline kiosk at 2801 Hicks Road on Wednesday, Aug. 18.