Five Minutes

Five Minutes With… Dr. Alexander Samuel

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Director of the Chesterfield County Health District

Q: We’ve seen some resurgence around the United States of COVID-19 cases. What is Chesterfield’s status and how are we trending? Samuel: We have seen an increase in cases consistent with what has been seen nationally. And there was an expectation that there would be a spike in cases, based on a forecast analysis done three months ago or so. […]

Five Minutes With … Bryan Truzzie

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Historic sites supervisor for Chesterfield Parks and Recreation

Bryan Truzzie, Historic Sites Supervisor with Chesterfield Parks and Recreation, has been with the county for 15 years. Now, in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society, he and his staff are preparing for a summer festival like none other. The plantation home at Magnolia Grange, built in 1822, will be re-opened to the public after a series of renovations during […]

Five Minutes With … Libby Carty McNamee

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Historical fiction author

Q: With your background in law, how did you come to write historical fiction for kids? LCM: My passion has always been writing, and in legal writing, I felt like it wasn’t very creative and very expressive because that’s not what it’s meant for. So, I started to write on my own, and I actually started writing just for local […]

Five Minutes With … Chelsea Buyalos

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Executive director of the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education

Q: With your new role as executive director of the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education in Chester, what are your plans for the center’s future and how it serves the community? Buyalos: Like many who devote their lives to the arts, one of the greatest joys I have in life is creating moments for others to experience the […]

Five Minutes With … Carrie Brockwell

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A 15-year-old Chesterfield resident who appeared on “American Idol”

Q: You made it to the current season as a performer on “American Idol,” but how did you begin as a musician and what got you there? Brockwell: I kind of have always just been singing. I started in preschool with the pre-school graduation. I got to sing a solo when I was 7. I picked up piano lessons and […]

Five Minutes With … Danielle Fitz-Hugh

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President and CEO of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

Q: In light of labor shortages that have hit the economy, what are the challenges and solutions for local businesses trying to recruit and retain workers? Fitz-Hugh: Right now it is certainly an employee’s market, and companies that have created that quality of life balance for employees are faring way better than companies that are being much more rigid with […]

Five Minutes With … Linda Scott

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President, the Pickleball Club of Chesterfield County

Q: Tell us about how you found pickleball and how the game is growing here in Chesterfield. Scott: My husband Dave and I started playing pickleball 15 years ago when we were introduced to it in The Villages, which is a retirement community in Florida that we were visiting. And we just thought we would try it because we heard […]

Five Minutes With … Josh Davis (joined by his dad, Brian Davis)

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Advocate for people with Type 1 diabetes

Q: On March 1, you were sitting in the gallery alongside First Lady Jill Biden and other VIPs during the president’s annual address. How did you get that invitation and what was it like? Well, I have been advocating for people with Type I diabetes since I was 4. When I was 4, me and my parents worked to pass […]

Five Minutes With … Victor McKenzie Jr.

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Executive director of the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance and secretary of the Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority

Q: Tell us what efforts you are following and working on that address the opioid epidemic in Chesterfield and the state at large? McKenzie: Virginia, at large, just received a settlement – $500 million over the next eight years – to the Opioid Abatement Authority. And, basically, that money is going to be split between localities, all localities in Virginia, […]

Five Minutes With … Audrey Ross

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Local researcher and historian

Q: You have become a go-to resource for people eager to learn about Black history in Chesterfield County. Can you tell us how you came to this role of being a local amateur historian? Ross: I’ve been researching local history for over 30 years. Growing up, I didn’t know that much about local history. I attended the schools in Chesterfield, […]


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