Bravo! Awards

Terrell Brown, a news correspondent for CBS News, based in New York, said being home and visiting with former teachers was better than any Emmy nod. Brown, 25, a Matoaca native was honored by the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation as one of the recipients of the 2012 Bravo! Awards.  Hired in 2009 by CBS,  Brown was hired as its youngest correspondent in a New Development Program designed to develop the next generation of producers and correspondents. Brown garnered Emmy recognition for his work in the Los Angeles area. During his trip home, he was able to visit several high schools including Chesterfield Community speaking to several classes to encourage the students to follow their dreams. Brown gave a brief overview of what his days are like, sometimes working 12 to 14 hours a day; sharing that he had just finished 27 days with no time off during the presidential elections. Brown has covered a variety of assignments from the BP Gulf Oil Spill, tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa Alabama, the attempted terror attacks on the United States in Detroit and New York City, deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston; from hard news to entertainment news like the 2011 Academy Awards in Los Angeles and the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami.

Bobby Scott named “Man of the Year”

First Baptist Church Centralia’s pastor, Dr. Wilson Shannon, presented Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott with the Man of the Year Award on Nov. 18, 2012. Congressman Scott asked the congregation to take a good look at him. He said that this would be the last time you would see a politician until the next political campaign. Scott is currently serving his tenth term in Congress, representing the 3rd district of Virginia. He received the award because of his ongoing support of education, health and wellness, youth summer enrichment and senior citizen outreach. All which are in line with First Baptist Church Centralia’s initiative with “Haven for Hope.”

Harman inks with ECU, draft hopeful

L. C. Bird’s storied athletes continued to grow when 6-foot-6  left-handed hurler Bryce Harman signed his letter of intent to play baseball at East Carolina University (ECU) in 2013. Harman, son of Kathy and Alvin Harman, of Chester, was recruited as a pitcher by ECU but has years of experience off the mound at first base. Harman also had some looks from professional teams and could go in the second round of the MLB draft.

Reinforcing the holiday spirit

Christmas wreaths on West Hundred Road are beginning to spread. Last year, the Chester Community Association (CCA) purchased and hung six wreaths along the road through Chester. This year the group branched out a little farther, adding 10 more ribbon-clad decorations hanging along the roadside. The goal of the CCA is to install wreaths through the entire Village area and gradually farther east and west.

Alternative lending is one thing to call it

After several work sessions and a public hearing, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission approved a code amendment, which would allow alternative financial institutions (AFIs) to be located here. The Board of Supervisors would also approve the new ordinance at a public hearing set for Jan. 9, 2013. AFIs are lending institutions that provide short-term, high-interest loans to individuals; such as check cashing establishments, motor vehicle title lenders, pawnbrokers, payday lenders, precious metals dealers and similar individual lenders. Banks, credit unions or savings and loan associations are not included in the ordinance. Any proposed AFIs would also be required to obtain a conditional use permit, which can only be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Dale District Planning Commissioner, William Brown argued against allowing check-cashing establishments to co-locate with other AFIs, pointing out that other businesses who cash pay checks do not charge 15 percent of the check amount.

Where’s Frank?  – in “Lincoln”

Local volunteer and sometimes movie extra, Frank Williams can be seen a number of times in major scenes in the movie “Lincoln,” but unless you see the movie you won’t know how much of William’s work made it to the silver screen and how much ended up on the cutting room floor. Williams has this advice for people of all ages:  “You shouldn’t wait until you feel comfortable trying something new. That time may never come.” Williams began working on the movie, in and around Richmond and Petersburg, over a year ago and locals have not quit asking him about his experience. He  has even made the civic club circuit to speak about his experience.


Alternative lending is one thing to call it

Another thing to call it is what it really is: *predatory* lending.

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