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05-31-13 SEO Guru Sherrie Chastains Gains #1 Page Rank in One Week (Newswire) Internet Marketing Guru Sherrie Chastain understands the power of the press, and consistently uses press release services like to gain page 1 ranking in the SERP's for her clients. A recent press release that Sherrie wrote for one of her clients that wanted to give his Mother a very special Mother's Day gift, gained page 1 ranking out of 1,940,000,000 results for the keyword phrase "Best Mother of the Year" within a week. Full Story Back to Top
05-30-13 Missouri Supreme Court Accepts Transfer of Clay Chastain Appeal (Kansas City Business Journal) Kansas City is taking Clay Chastain's Missouri Supreme Court seriously, but the city is expecting the result of the newest challenge to be similar to the last two cases. On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court accepted the transfer of Chastain's appeal - City of Kansas City, Mo. v. Karen Chastain et al. - from the Missouri Court of Appeals. Full Story Back to Top
05-30-13 NASCAR Driver Ross Chastain Gains Attention (The Produce News) NASCAR truck series driver Ross Chastain has earned an upgrade after having an excellent rookie campaign driving the National Watermelon Association- and National Watermelon Promotion Board-sponsored "Watermelon Truck" in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season. This year Chastain is driving for the team of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keslowski. Seven top-15 finishes - including a dramatic third-place performance at Bristol, TN - helped the 20-year-old from Alva, FL, a hotbed of Southeast watermelon production, catch the eye of Keslowski. The step up means a higher profile for Chastain but less track time. On a top-performing team, rather than drive each race, Chastain will share starts in the No. 19 National Watermelon Association Ford truck with Keselowski and teammate Ryan Blaney. Full Story Back to Top
05-21-13 Benjamin Chastain Selected as First Director of Duke Energy Center for Innovation (WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC) Benjamin Chastain has been selected as the first director of the Duke Energy Center for Innovation in Hartsville, a business incubator which will provide resources, guidance and business space for technology-oriented startups…Chastain, 25, currently serves as director of Coker College's Enactus team, a program in which students use business concepts to create community outreach projects. A graduate of Coker College with a Bachelor of Science in management, Chastain became Enactus program director in 2012, leading the execution of student projects in business development and service learning, which help to empower and lead members of the community. The projects of the Coker College team recently led it to becoming Regional Champion at the Enactus United States Regional Championship. From 2010 to 2012, Chastain led a sales team for Guardian Building Products of Greenville, S.C. Full Story Back to Top
05-12-13 Senior Vice Commandant Mitch Chastain Promotes Marine Cookout (Gadsden Times) Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served during the cookout, which is from noon until 5 p.m. at Moragne Park on Albert Rains Boulevard. Senior Vice Commandant Mitch Chastain said the goal is to reintroduce the League to Gadsden and Etowah County and show how it can help former Leathernecks. "It's open to all Marines," Chastain said. "Whether it's young Marines just coming back and working two jobs or older Marines drawing pensions, we'll help them all." Full Story Back to Top
05-12-13 Wes Chastain Loses Almost 200 Pounds (WJHG-TV) A Panama City man is celebrating after losing nearly 200 pounds and saving his own life. In one and a half years, Wes Chastain changed his lifestyle completely. 32-year-old Wes Chastain gets up at 4:15 AM to run. Chastain discusses his normal routine…After a year and a half, he now weighs 157 pounds. VIDEO Full Story and Video Back to Top
05-08-13 Tim Chastain and Eight Days After Headline Cowboy Gospel Jubilee (Cleveland Daily Banner) Tim Chastain and Eight Days After will headline the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee Friday at 7 p.m. The come-as-you-are event is free and open to the public. "They are self-described 'Southern fried country boys living for Jesus,'" said Will Nichols, producer of the weekly music show. "And their distinctly Southern, twin electric guitar sound is incredible. You don't want to miss this one!" Comprised of Tim Chastain on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Will Arnold on lead guitar, Kevin Williams on drums and Ricky Asher on bass, the two-time North American Country Music Association International's Band of the Year hails from North Georgia. Greg Young is the band's road manager. The band's name "Eight Days After" refers to the biblical account of Jesus revealing himself to "Doubting Thomas" and the other disciples in the upper room eight days after His initial appearance. Full Story Back to Top
04-26-13 Jeri Cox Chastain Receives Stolen Wallet from 23 Years Ago ( A wallet stolen from a single mom working two jobs was returned this week in mint condition -- 23 years and a "whole lifetime of changes" since it was taken from her. Jeri Cox Chastain, 52, still lives in Reidville, S.C., where she resided when the wallet was stolen in 1990…a police officer from the neighboring city of Spartanburg called her. "He said he had some property of mine that had been recovered, and I could not imagine what had been lost," Chastain said…Inside were photos of Chastain's then-5-year-old son, his birth certificate, their social security cards, her driver's license -- all items she had replaced, except for the pictures. "It's in perfect condition. The pictures are perfect," she said…The wallet was found in the ceiling of a women's restroom in a building. Full Story Back to Top
04-17-13 Lovevona Chastain Saves Lives as 911 Dispatcher (WCHS-TV8) When Lovevona Chastain decided to become a telecommunicator about three years ago, she didn't get into it to become a hero. But in many people's eyes, that's exactly what she is...Dealing with life or death situations could be stressful, and downright terrifying any day for most of us, but 911 dispatchers do this just about every day. "You kind of have to stay calm for them and help them to get through the situation that they're in. I mean it's the worst part of their life right at that moment, so you have to be the stronger person and get them the help that they need," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
04-17-13 Misti Chastain Fights Government Harassment of Her Business ( Misti, who lives near Washington's capitol city of Olympia, had a lifelong dream of having a horse ranch. When her dream came true, she decided to give back to the community by inviting special needs children out for horse back rides and time on her ranch. Unfortunately, her generosity was met headlong with a wall of government bureaucracy and she ended up spending months of her time fighting with state and local officials over trumped up accusations. Things got so bad with the government, Misti was forced to put down some of her prized horses to comply with their demands. Finally, she'd had enough Full Story Back to Top
04-08-13 Susan Chastain Birthday Celebration ( To celebrate her birthday, Chastain will perform spring songs [with] Paul Keller on stringed bass, Phil Degreg on piano and Pete Siers on drums…Chastain has sung with Paul Keller's big band since 1991, when she was a waitress at the Bird of Paradise jazz club. She later opened the Firefly Club, which hosted top quality jazz and blues artists. Today, she runs a non-profit organization that provides jazz education for young musicians and presents jazz in non-traditional venues. Full Story Back to Top
04-04-13 Carla Shasteen Quilts for a Cause (WSIU) Four years ago, Carla Shasteen was in a devastating car accident which left her in a coma. When she woke up, she couldn't speak. But she says the rehabilitation she received at Herrin Hospital inspired her to complete two goals: Get back into quilting and provide incentives for more people to study rehab. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-13 Incumbents Phillip and Joseph Chastain Both Lose City Council Seats (Lebanon Daily Record) In Ward 1, voters chose Randy Sutter to fill the seat formerly held by Phillip Chastain. Sutter earned 232 votes, followed by Robert F. "Bob" Mitchell with 87 and Chastain with 10…Ward 4 voters returned challenger and former Councilman Bill Wheeler to the council. Wheeler won 56 votes, beating incumbent Joseph Chastain's 18 and Elliott Bott's 15. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-13 Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Chastain Retires after 44 Years (Calhountimes) After 44 years of firefighting one man has decided to relax and slow down during retirement. Richard Chastain is a Battalion Chief for the Calhoun Fire Department and his last day of duty is Sunday, March 31 and on Tuesday, March 26 there was a celebration of his career held at the Calhoun Depot…"I am going to slow down and enjoy the things I haven't been able to," Chastain said…He is a deacon at his church and he also does work for a ministry out of Marietta called Builders for Christ, and they travel to different location and help build churches. He wants to put his carpentry skills to use but nothing too big. Full Story Back to Top
03-22-13 Chef Todd Chasteen Wins Competition (Bangor Daily News) The second annual Maine Chef Challenge, held Friday night at Eastern Maine Community College, pitted three Maine culinary competitors against one another to see whose cuisine reigns supreme…The chefs battled their way through three courses but, in the end, it was Todd Chasteen who took home top honors. "My team did a great job. We're really happy with what we did… I'm really proud of these guys," said Chasteen, referring to his sous chefs. Full Story Back to Top
03-17-13 Engagement Announced for Cheryl Chesteen of Marianna, Florida (Jackson County Floridan) Rickey and Cheryl Chesteen of Marianna, FL would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lynn Chesteen to Benjamin Howard Odom, son of Butch and Bunny Odom of Marianna. The bride's grandparents are the late Roy Chesteen of Marianna, Jim and Carol Rogers of Alford, FL and Junior and Carolyn Hunter of Jacksonville, FL…The bride is a graduate of Marianna High School-class of 2001. She attended Chipola College and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2005. She is currently employed at Bay Medical Center in Panama City in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit…The wedding is to be held on August 10, 2013 in Marianna, FL. Full Story Back to Top
03-01-13 Fire Department Chief Scott Chasteen Wins Chili Cook Off (Greensburg Daily News) Community leaders from around Greensburg mixed it all together Friday morning to compete and mingle in the fifth annual Greensburg Adult Center Chili Cook Off…Despite heavy competition, (and a three-way tie for second between WTRE, DCMH and Skybird Manor), Greensburg Fire Department Chief Scott Chasteen walked away the winner of Friday's competition…For his winning entry, Chasteen, who Robbins called a master of "chili smack talk," took home a mug full of assorted candy from Premiere Hospice and a $25 gift card…Proceeds from the well-attended event will be split evenly between the Greensburg Adult Center and Aging & Community Services of South Central Indiana Full Story Back to Top
02-26-13 Watermelon Farm-Boy Ross Chastain Succeeds in Racing (The News-Press) His helmet looks like a watermelon. The semi truck that hauls his race truck across the country has the green and red paint job of a watermelon. His new, blue uniform has watermelon patches sewn onto the sleeves. Ross Chastain might even have watermelon running through his veins. The eighth-generation farmer has no problem with being the "watermelon driver" of the Camping World Truck Series…What began as a hobby at age 12 could evolve into a spot in the elite Sprint Cup Series of NASCAR. With a job waiting for him at any time on his father's 800-acre watermelon farm, Chastain has little pressure to win. "If the racing thing doesn't work out, I'm going to the farm," Chastain said. "There's no doubt about that." Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Brandi Inspires Erin Chastain's DePaul University with Speech (DePaul Blue Demons) DePaul student-athletes, coaches and staff were given the unique opportunity to hear from a giant of women's sports on Friday when Olympic and World Cup star Brandi Chastain stopped by campus to visit. The former Olympian and World Cup star was in town over the weekend to accept an award from the Girls in the Game foundation and made time to come by campus for lunch, a speech and a meet-and-greet with many of DePaul's student-athletes…Speaking on competition: "Push yourself and the person next to you. I wasn't a starter on the national team, so I kicked Mia Hamm every chance I could. I would kick her, push her, get in her face during training. I wanted her to be better. Training was my World Cup."…Speaking on Composure: "In a close game, you're going to be the difference-maker. It makes my heart race just thinking about it. Stay in the moment, be the moment and enjoy the moment. Enjoy the pressure. In the toughest of times, take a breath and enjoy the moment." Full Story Back to Top
02-25-13 Assistant Professor of Geology Hayden Chasteen Leads Field Work Course (The Collegian) A mini-course to the Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains offers a combination of eight transferable college hours along with fresh mountain air...The waiting list has already begun, so the first step is to complete a course questionnaire available from geology assistant professor Hayden Chasteen in NSCE 1104A or by calling him at 817-515-6694…This trip isn't just for geology majors. Chasteen encourages everyone to join the experience…"I want students to experience geology and make connections," Chasteen said. "You can only do so much in a classroom." Full Story Back to Top
02-22-13 Ross Chastain Finishes 14th after Crash (The News-Press) Getting caught up in a crash on the 26th lap was Riverdale High graduate Ross Chastain, driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. The part-time Alva resident finished 14th Friday after qualifying 16th earlier in the day…Brendan Gaughan, trying to pull off one of the strangest moves of Speedweeks, tried to squeeze between pole-sitter Brennan Newberry and fellow rookie German Quiroga in turn three. It failed miserably. All three trucks slid into the outside wall, setting off a melee that collected about a dozen others, including Chastain. Burton, Ryan Truex, Tim George Jr., John Wes Townley and Jason White were among the 13 trucks involved…The 20-year-old Chastain, driving the No. 19 Ford F-Series truck for defending Sprint Cup series champion Brad Keslowski's race team, posted a speed of 175.077 mph [during qualifying] and [started] on the outside of row eight. Full Story

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02-22-13 Kevin Chastain Arrested for Illegal Firearms (KREM) Police have arrested one man and released three others who were detained following a raid at a Spokane house. Officers released the three people who were detained. They arrested Kevin Chastain. Chastain, is a known member of the white supremacist movement and a convicted felon. Spokane Police say Chastain's home had an indoor firing range and advanced surveillance equipment inside…Police say they found several illegal guns, drugs appearing to be meth and about $200,000 worth of stolen cell phone equipment in the house, and counterfeit money, all of which reportedly belonged to a convicted felon. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-13 Kevin Chastain Arrested for Multiple Charges (KXLY) Detectives questioned three people and eventually arrested 34-year-old Kevin Chastain. Chastain, a nine-time convicted felon, has a long criminal record including forgery, first degree theft, residential burglary, and trafficking stolen property…In addition to the guns, counterfeit cash and drugs recovered from the home, police also found cellphone tower repair equipment that is reportedly worth $200,000. Full Story Back to Top
02-21-13 Inaugural 2013 Chastain Chase 6K Cancer Run Scheduled for April ( On Sunday, April 21st, bring the family to the inaugural 2013 Chastain Chase 6K Run, a one-mile fun run and a Tot Trot for children under 5 years old. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community Atlanta which ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. For registration go to: Full Story Back to Top
02-17-13 Author Nellotie Porter Chastain Publishes Third Novel (WBIW) Author Nellotie Porter Chastain, of Mitchell, will be visiting the Melton Public Library in French Lick on Tuesday, February 19. Chastain recently published her third novel, 'Breath of the Mountain' and has also written some non-fiction works. 'Breath of the Mountain', is set in Kentucky, where "Nellie" spent her formative years. The book takes readers back in time to travel with Homer Ray and Gloria Jean Blackey, two cousins who share a lifelong friendship cemented with a special promise, unwavering trust, endearing love and perseverance. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-13 70-Year-Old Benny Chastain Racing Saturday at Daytona (Tallahassee Democrat) The 70-year old thrill seeker will race Saturday in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) 50th annual Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway, but he didn't get his start in semi-professional racing until 1998. His road to - well, the road, started in the late '90s when he and his wife Mary were returning to Tallahassee from a trip to Panama City. Driving past the Boss Hogg dirt racetrack near Youngstown, a pile up of cars caught their attention. He thought it was a wreck, but it turned out to be a race at the now-gone, red clay track. "I'd never been to one; she'd never been to one. So we decided we'd go," he said. It also turned out to be the point when he decided he wanted to race cars. "We enjoyed it," he said smiling and noting being covered afterward in the red dust. Six months later, both were back, except behind the driver's seat; Mary in the woman's powder-puff races and Benny in the bomber races…In 1999…Chastain had 11 first-place and seven second-place finishes and was the season champion at Five Flags racetrack in Pensacola…Chastain has raced in numerous ARCA races at tracks like Talladega in Alabama and the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He raced the Lucas Oil 200 in Daytona from 2007 through 2009 and again in 2011. Full Story Back to Top
02-13-13 Ross Chastain Ready for Daytona International Speedway (Motorsport) NASCAR, truck series driver Ross Chastain will be piloting the #19 for Brad Keselowski Racing during the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season beginning at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra-Energy-Resources 250. Chastain made a name for himself during the 2012 NCWTS season driving for his sponsor, the National Watermelon Association in the "Watermelon Truck" and had the Watermelon Queens passing out Watermelon in the garage area throughout the season. Former Daytona 500 Winner, and SPEED commentator Michael Waltrip also took notice of his talent and gave him well deserved props during the truck series races as well…"I love racing in Daytona since Florida is still my home and I will have my family and friends here". Said Chastain. "My little brother Chad just won the Championship at Punta Gorda Speedway in the Rookie Trucks Series, so I am looking forward to him being able to be here in Daytona with me. This Daytona Race weekend is also the 100th Anniversary Weekend of the Watermelon Association so I hope to bring them home a Top-5 finish next weekend."…Chastain and his younger brother Chad are following in the footsteps of their father Ralph Chastain who once upon a time raced Super Trucks in South Florida. Full Story Back to Top
02-07-13 Coach Erin Chastain Discusses New Recruits for DePaul Soccer Team (DePaul Blue Demons) The DePaul women's soccer recruiting class of 2013 is going to bring some firepower to Wish Field. In announcing her class of incoming freshmen Ana Greik, Nikki Naclerio and Gini Yost, Blue Demon coach Erin Chastain noted the emphasis on offense. "The strength of our team last season was our defending, so we have really focused on the attacking side of things with our 2013 class," Chastain said. "We are extremely excited about our women's soccer signees. We feel we have filled our positional needs with the class and added great young women to our program."…"Nikki is an attacking midfielder who is extremely technical and savvy," Chastain said. "She has a great mind for the game and will make an immediate impact in our midfield..."Gini is a holding midfielder who we are very excited about," Chastain said. "She's great in the air, has great positional awareness, and plays with a feisty edge to her game. Full Story Back to Top
02-06-13 Beau Chastain Becomes New Agency Manager for Fairfield Texas Farm Bureau (Teague Chronicle) After 33 years working for the clients of the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Fairfield, Bill White has retired and turned the reins over to Beau Chastain of Waco. Mr. Chastain began the position of Agency Manager for the Fairfield Texas Farm Bureau on January 1, 2013. "I started with Texas Farm Bureau six and a half years ago in Waco," said Mr. Chastain…Mr. Chastain has been in the insurance business for approximately 11 years, however, before insurance he spent 16 years as a welder…Beau Chastain is married to his wife Sharon who works in Waco for the Region 12 Service Center. They help 78 school districts. Mr. Chastain is living in Fairfield and when their house in Waco is sold she will move to Fairfield also. She has been with the Region 12 Service Center for 20 years and will commute for a couple of years until she retires. The couple has five children and 12 grandchildren who are the light of their lives. Full Story Back to Top
02-05-13 Ross Chastain Racing at Daytona International Speedway (SPEEDtv) Brad Keselowski Racing announced Tuesday that the No. 19 Ford F-150 driven by Florida native Ross Chastain will be sponsored by the National Watermelon Association in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The sponsorship comes as a joint venture with the National Watermelon Association and the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB). The year 2013 serves as the 100th anniversary of the National Watermelon Association. The Truck Series season begins in Daytona Feb. 22 with live coverage on SPEED. The race will be the first of 15 for Chastain in 2013 for BKR. The National Watermelon Promotion Board has supported Chastain's efforts beginning in the Late Model ranks and is thrilled to continue their sponsorship at BKR this season in the Truck Series. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-13 How Clay Chastain Began in Kansas City (Kansas City Star) By C.W. GUSEWELLE…One afternoon 20 or so years ago, I was at work in The Star's newsroom when a stranger arrived unannounced, knocked at the entrance of my cluttered little workspace and asked if I could spare a few minutes to hear his story. No deadline was pressing, so I invited him to sit…"I have ideas," he said. "I have a lot to offer. But what I need is some exposure. I need some press. I wonder if you would help me out."…"With a column. Write a piece about me. That could give me a start."…there was something about him that troubled me - a sort of messianic fervor that one sees in self-ordained prophets, receptacles of profound truths and people who claim to know the exact day and hour the world will end...while I didn't wish him ill, I wasn't about to touch his story. He strode out, his disappointment plain. And I went ahead with the work he'd interrupted. Only later did I learn that he'd walked straight across to the far side of the newsroom and cornered a different columnist - Arthur Brisbane, who wrote for our morning paper, The Times. Art gave him the exposure he craved, and that was the beginning of Clay Chastain's two-decade-long career as a gadfly and relentless public nuisance, determined to find a role in community affairs. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-13 Cody Chastain Dodges Cattle and Flips Cadillac (WBIW) 24-year-old Cody Chastain, of Bedford, was traveling north on Twin Bridge Road and had topped the hill when he noticed cattle in the roadway. Chastain told police he attempted to swerve to miss the cattle. His 2000 Cadillac Escalade went off the east side of the road. Chastain over-corrected and caused the vehicle to go off the west side of the roadway and hit a fence and fence post with the rear driver's side. The vehicle then left the roadway came back onto the roadway and over turned on its top and slid down the road. Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 Ross Chastain Joins Brad Keselowski Racing Team (Motorsport) Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced today that the team owned by the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion will field two full- time entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the 2013 season…BKR also welcomes Florida native Ross Chastain to its stable of drivers for 15 races in the No. 19 Ford. Chastain will fly the Melon 1 primary partnership colors to the No. 19 Truck for five (5) of his 15 races with BKR. The specific races for Keselowski, Logano, and Chastain will be announced at a later date. "Melon 1 is proud to continue our support of Ross Chastain with his new team at Brad Keselowski Racing," said John Lapide, President, Melon 1. "Ross has generated great awareness of the healthy benefits and great taste of watermelons, while promoting the whole watermelon industry. We look forward to watching the number 19 truck run for the owners' championship."…Chastain will represent BKR on the track for the 2013 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 22nd. Full Story Back to Top
01-15-13 Missouri Court of Appeals Rules Against Clay Chastain in Kansas City (Kansas City Star) Kansas City does not have to put Clay Chastain's latest light-rail proposal before voters, the Missouri Court of Appeals confirmed Tuesday. The appellate court upheld a previous ruling by Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff...Midkiff found Chastain had failed to provide sufficient revenue to cover the required city funds for his proposed project. Chastain said Tuesday that he will seek a full appeals court review and will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court if necessary. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-13 Lisa Chastain Becomes Curator of Collections at Museum Center (Cleveland Daily Banner) Lisa Chastain has been selected as curator of Collections at the Museum Center at Five Points, according to a representative of the board of trustees. Chastain is a 2009 graduate of Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., with a bachelor of arts in history and anthropology/sociology. She interned at the Marietta Museum of History and worked as a student archivist at Berry College. Chastain was previously curator at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. She is a community partner with Southeast Tennessee Digital Archives and serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Museums…As curator of Collections, Chastain will be responsible for the preservation and documentation of artifacts and collections, interpretation of those materials, development and implementation of exhibits, and exploration and application for applicable grant funding. Full Story Back to Top
01-10-13 Wanda Shasteen Leaves Sheriff's Office after 17 Years (Northeast Arkansas Town Crier) Family and friends gathered at the Courthouse in Lake City to thank Wanda Shasteen for her 17-1/2 years with Craighead County Sheriff's Department. They also wished her well as she goes to a new career as Craighead County Chief Deputy Treasurer. Wanda's final day with the Craighead County Sheriff's office in the Eastern District, Lake City, was Dec. 31. She was honored with a luncheon. Wanda started her career with the sheriff's department in June of 1995 when Larry Emison was serving as Sheriff Full Story Back to Top
01-08-13 GFD Fire Chief Scott Chasteen Announces New Thermal Imaging Camera (Greensburg Daily News) GFD Fire Chief Scott Chasteen told the Council the department had recently purchased a thermal imaging camera through the Leona Hahn Trust. That camera, Chasteen explained, helps firefighters see through smoke in real-time at an emergency scene, thereby helping save lives and, to less importance, limit property damage in certain instances…Chasteen also thanked Greensburg's water utility for assisting with the city's recently-improved ISO rating, which is used by insurance companies to determine coverage rates for fire-related policies. "[Improving the rating] was a team effort," Chasteen said. "We hope that an improved ISO rating will also help spur economic development." Full Story Back to Top
01-07-13 Tim Chastain Proposes Downtown Municipal Fishing Pier (Florida Today) Tim Chastain envisions a downtown municipal fishing pier extending a quarter-mile across the Atlantic Ocean waves, offering an aquatic platform for fishermen, walkers, sightseers and rocket-launch spectators. This 1,301-foot concrete structure at an undetermined location could cost $8 million to $9 million, he estimates…Chastain owns Fin Expeditions, a Banana River kayak eco-tour company, and he is a past chairman of the Surfrider Foundation's Cocoa Beach chapter. He floated his fishing-pier idea to City Commission candidates during the fall campaign, and he made a formal presentation during a Dec. 17 workshop…Chastain is crafting economic models and researching ocean-pier details, and he hopes to present his findings during a February City Commission meeting. Chastain examined 35 piers across Florida, then based his research on three examples Full Story Back to Top
01-02-13 Clay Chastain Threatens Kansas City Again (KMBZ) Clay Chastain says he's the man to breathe some new life into Kansas City...Chastain says if they don't put his 2011 rail transit plan on the ballot this year, he'll start a recall effort…Chastain says the City has 60 days to meet his demands, or he'll begin the recall process. He says if the measure goes before voters and fail, he'll abandon any future transit initiatives. Full Story Back to Top
01-01-13 Eric Chastain and Jones Soda Work with Special High School Project (Issaquah Press) Stores will soon introduce an innovative tandem of new Jones Sodas, featuring pictures and ideals furnished by nearby Issaquah High School and Eagles event coordinator Tim Baynes. Baynes has been working in unison with Eric Chastain, vice president of operations with Jones Soda Co.'s Seattle headquarters. The tiny inscription on the back of the Grape Soda bottle reads: "Issaquah High School is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in the heart of Issaquah. We pride ourselves in our ability to serve and support one another and the world around us. Whether that is building wells in Ethiopia and Nepal or joining the fight against cancer, we impact our world when we work together…Jones Soda migrated from Canada to Seattle in 2000, and has been a beverage most popular with the 14- to 18-year old demographic or high school set, Chastain said. Issaquah High will be the model for other schools in the state, as Eagle students and advisers take the maiden voyage into waters filled with potential for fundraising efforts, and working with writing and photography classes within those schools, Chastain said…"We will take interactive suggestions from anyone to make our product more appealing and unique to high school-aged kids, who think it is pretty cool to be seen holding one of our bottles and who really seem to relate to our company's motto … Your Photo, Your Soda, Your Brand," Chastain said. "Jones Soda endeavors to encourage and explore healthier alternatives to some of the less healthy temptations that present themselves to adolescents at this stage of their development." Chastain said that through the company's quest to come up with a more diverse myriad of flavors to fill the bottles and photographs to adorn them, Jones Soda has earned the reputation for being somewhat of a maverick in what was a fairly predictable industry even a decade ago. Full Story Back to Top
12-30-12 Chasteen's Sam's Curb Market Still Going after 55 Years (Anderson Independent Mail) Zoe represents the fifth generation of Chasteens to spend her time inside this more than 55-year-old curb market. Her father, William "Marty" Chasteen, grew up here, and so did his father, Sam Chasteen Jr. It is where Sam and Marty learned how to work. Marty's grandfather Sam Chasteen Sr. started the market, having himself grown up working with food and produce. Sam Sr.'s first job was working at a small neighborhood grocery store. He was born and raised in Anderson, and he lived next door to the Little Food Store on Jackson Street. When he was about 11 or 12 years old, he got a job there delivering groceries on a bicycle. He would carry his deliveries in a basket on the front of the bike. Full Story Back to Top
12-28-12 Successful Coach Brad Chasteen Leaves Team after 16 Years (Mesquitenews) Success hasn't been an issue for Coppell's boys basketball team during the past two seasons, as the Cowboys qualified for the playoffs in both years and saw coach Brad Chasteen earn his 500th career victory. But when Chasteen was presented with an opportunity to continue coaching "in a different venue", it was an offer he couldn't pass up. As a result, Chasteen is stepping down as Coppell's coach after 16 seasons to work for a non-profit organization that will include the coaching of the organization's travel basketball teams (the Flower Mound Rebels during the fall and the Texas Lightning during the spring). "It wasn't a situation where I was looking to leave Coppell at all," Chasteen said. "To quote the Godfather, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. It was something I had to do for myself and family." Chasteen said a friend he has known for years offered him the position and the long-term security that came with it…. "Coppell has treated me like gold and was the job of a lifetime. I hate to leave and if I was younger, I wouldn't be doing this. But I feel like this is really a great way to kind of bridge the gap to retirement and was something I couldn't pass up."…Chasteen also believes the time was right with the position of Coppell's basketball program. "We had a good couple of past years and the team next year is looking good," he said. "It's isn't like the new coach they hire is going to be coming into a program that is in shambles or has any problems." Chasteen steps down with 529 career victories, including just fewer than 400 in his 16 years at Coppell. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-12 Ross Chastain Accepts Offer from High Profile Racing Team for 2013 (SpeedwayMedia) Coming off a highly successful 2012 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with rookie driver Ross Chastain in the No. 08 Toyota, the SS Green Light Racing team finds itself in the unenviable position of replacing the talented young driver. Ross had numerous outstanding runs with the veteran team including a seventh at Martinsville in just his second start with the team and a very impressive third at Bristol in August, which has given him the chance to drive for a hi-profile team in 2013. Full Story Back to Top
12-15-12 Quarterback Clay Chastain Commits to Georgia State (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Clay Chastain, a 6-foot-4-, 215-pound gunslinger from Georgia Military junior college, committed to Georgia State over Youngstown State. The pocket passer also had heavy interest from Auburn and Mississippi State…"Clay has a knack for making quick decisions and getting the ball out there to the receivers. I think he's going to be a great quarterback for Georgia State." Last year as a senior at Harrison High School, Chastain met NCAA academic requirements but was basically ignored by most college scouts. He enrolled at GMC and beat out the competition for the No. 1 QB spot. In nine games this season, Chastain threw for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. He was only sacked once, and isn't much of a threat to run - with only 24 yards rushing on the season. Chastain plans to enroll at Georgia State in January, with four years to play three seasons with the Panthers. Full Story Back to Top
12-13-12 Ashley Chasteen Plays 10 Roles in Catch Me if You Can ( "Catch Me If You Can", the big-hearted, high-energy, splashy musical based on the inspirational true story of infamous con man Frank Abagnale Junior and his journey from wrong to right is coming to Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) January 22 through January 27, 2013… Playing ten, count them - TEN roles in the musical is Ashley Chasteen, a fellow southerner, Nashville resident and Country Singer, who was kind enough to answer some questions for us. 'My name is Ashley Chasteen and I just recently moved to Nashville with my fiancé. I've worked off and on for 3 years with Matt Davenport Productions.'… LB: I know you have the album coming out soon; what else do you have lined up after your tour with CMIYC? AC: I'm getting married! So excited! And we are also looking to tour with our country music as soon as possible! Full Story Back to Top
12-12-12 Anna Claire Chastain Enjoys Performing in Nutcracker (Madison County Journal) It's a musical performance that 16-year-old St. Joe junior Anna Claire Chastain is all too familiar with and looks forward to each year. "I definitely love 'The Nutcracker' because I've been doing it for so many years and I know almost all of the roles. It's just the music that gets me excited for Christmas," Chastain said. At the ripe age of three, Chastain began dancing and it wasn't long after when she decided to take the love she had for the art a step further by joining Ballet Mississippi, a dance company based in Jackson. Over the years Chastain has done many performances, however, she said that there's nothing quite like dancing in "The Nutcracker" during Christmastime and it's something that she and her fellow classmates look forward to every year. "'The Nutcracker' is our fall/winter show that we do every year," she said. "This year I danced as the Snow Queen and it was one of my favorite years ever. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-12 Adopted Shasteen Sisters Hear for the First Time (KSDK) "Can you hear mamma?" That's the first sentence Ruby Shasteen heard from her mother, Chris Shasteen. "Her eyes were just full of tears and she's just looking around trying to figure out, 'Where's this coming from?'" Chris Shasteen said. It was an amazing moment to witness. Ruby's 8-year-old sister, Kate, signed in excitement knowing she was next in line to hear. Full Story and Video
( The 8-year-old and her sister were adopted by the Shasteens from an orphanage in Ethiopia. Recently, the girls were fitted with cochlear implants that connect directly to the hearing nerve -- making it possible for them to listen. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-12 Sheriff Ricky Chastain has Neck Broken in Wrestling Match (Clintonchronicle) Ricky Regal exacted revenge for his defeat in the ring 5 years ago by Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain by applying an illegal neck-breaker hold on the Sheriff Friday night in action at the Exchange Building…Team Chastain won the match - a 10-wrestler, last-man-standing event designed to raise money to give kids who would have little or no Christmas otherwise. Ricky Chastain beat and pinned two wrestlers to be the last man standing. But standing at the middle of the ring, Chastain was taken down by a leg sweep, then had his neck broken by Regal who stood over Chastain and changed shirts - from Team Chastain to Team Anti-Social. Regal said it was revenge for 5 years ago…Chastain, however, has beaten the odds. He returned to the arena, with assistance, and comforted his family and fans. "It was a good match," the exhausted and terribly injured Sheriff said. "I never would have thought Regal would change like that. I gave him a second chance." Full Story Back to Top
12-06-12 Al and Chris Shasteen Adopt Kate and Ruby who are Deaf (KOKI FOX 23) Two Sand Springs sisters heard their parents voice for the first time on Wednesday afternoon…"It's been a year full of transitions for all of us," said Al Shasteen. Al and his wife, Chris, said they met the girls at an orphanage in Ethiopia. "We were in Ethiopia adopting our son Will," said Chris. Kate and Ruby stole their hearts. The Shasteens said when they met the girls they knew they wanted to adopt them into their family of seven…Kate and Ruby aren't biological sisters but they share a profound bond. Full Story Back to Top
12-02-12 Little Alissa Shasteen Receives Diabetes Alert Dog (Shelbyville Daily Union) Seven-year-old Alissa Shasteen received her special gift a little early for Christmas, but still with welcoming arms, lots of kisses, and a great big smile. Sugar Plum, a 16-week-old chocolate lab diabetes alert dog, arrived Monday at the Shasteen home along with her trainer, Phil Farris of Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, who will spend several days with the dog and the family for training. The dog is being specially trained to detect when Alissa's blood sugar fluctuates too high or too low. Full Story Back to Top
12-01-12 Chastain Descendant Andrew Deneau Wins in National New Tek Video Crew Contest (Chastain Central) Andrew Deneau is one of four winners in the New Tek Video Crew contest-a contest open to High School Senior nationwide. He will be going to Texas to work the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on Jan. 5 2013. The game is broadcast on NBC at 1:00. He lives in Boyne City, Michigan the other winners are 2 from Pennsylvania and 1 from Texas. Back to Top
11-29-12 Philosophy Professor Dr. Drew Chastain also Worked as Bouncer (Maroon) Dr. Drew Chastain has checked his fair share of philosophy papers, and up until a few months ago, he had also checked his fair share of IDs at Snake and Jake's Christmas Club. Last semester, Chastain found himself working as a professor of philosophy by day and a bouncer at Snake and Jake's by night. "I just kind of lived in the neighborhood, and it's a neighborhood bar, so I got to know the people," Chastain said…Music senior Leta Davis, who is currently taking "Making Moral Decisions" with Dr. Chastain, was previously unaware of her professor's stint at Snake and Jake's. "He seems like a really worldly person and really laid back. I never really thought about what he does in his free time, but now that I think about it, I guess it's not terribly shocking based on what I see of him in class," Davis said. "I guess the shock only comes from the fact that he's a professor and not taking him into account as a person because you don't really think of your professor as having a night life." Chastain, however, has remained unfazed by being in the presence of students outside of class in a setting like Snake and Jake's. "It is weird to be teaching them in the evening and then about 5-6 hours later be checking their IDs. And some I have to turn away - be like nope, sorry," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
11-19-12 Rookie Racer Ross Chastain Finishes 17th for Season ( In a season full of ups and downs, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Ross Chastain finished on a high note posting his fourth top-ten of the 2012 season at the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway…Chastain fought a tight condition in his Custom Cooling and Heating Toyota through the early stages of the 134-lap race but managed to stay on the lead lap until just before the first caution on lat 37…Actually the right front tire was starting to cord, we got lucky and caught that in time."… Ross survived a sprint to the finish to bring the Custom Cooling and Heating Toyota home tenth. "At the end our truck was pretty good up top but I could still run on the bottom. It was right on the edge, just a little too loose down low, we could roll the bottom better," Chastain said. "That helped us at the end because we restarted on the bottom and I could hold it there to the finish."…Chastain finished his rookie season seventeenth in NCWTS points with an impressive four top-ten finishes and one top-five, which came at Bristol in August. Full Story Back to Top
11-16-12 Tennessee Supreme Court Rules on Thomas Grady Chastain Will (The Chattanoogan) In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that signing an affidavit of attesting witnesses is not the same as signing a will. In the case before the Court, Mr. Thomas Grady Chastain signed a one-page affidavit of attesting witnesses but failed to sign his separate two-page will. After Mr. Chastain's death, his daughter filed a petition to probate the unsigned will and attached the signed affidavit of attesting witnesses. Several of Mr. Chastain's relatives asked the court to declare the unsigned will invalid…To read the In re Estate of Chastain opinion, authored by Justice Cornelia A. Clark, visit Full Story Back to Top
11-15-12 Erin and Chad Chastain Buy a Home (Wilmette Life) Erin Chastain and Chad Chastain purchased a home Oct. 5…in Wilmette…The 86-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,016-square-foot home sold for $595,000. Erin Chastain is the head women's soccer coach at DePaul University. She attended the University of Minnesota. Chad Chastain is the owner of Chastain Soccer Academy. Full Story Back to Top
11-14-12 Alabama Representative Donnie Chesteen: Marijuana Proposal no Shot for Passage (Dothan First) The Alabama House Health Committee listened to those far and against legalizing marijuana for medical use when it met Wednesday...Supporters of the bill introduced by Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) say using marijuana can help some who suffer from diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and Multiple Sclerosis deal with the effects. "Marijuana works," said Faye Madlock who testified before the panel. Members of the committee include Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan) and Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva). Neither give the measure a shot at passage. Full Story Back to Top
11-06-12 Incumbent Ricky Chastain Wins Lauren's County Sheriff's Race (WYFF Greenville) Incumbent Ricky Chastain has won the Lauren's County Sheriff's race. Chastain is a Republican and won by taking 39% of the votes…Chastain said he was grateful to his family for standing by him through it all. "I want to thank my opponents for running a good clean race," Chastain said. This will be Chastain's fourth term. He was first elected in 2000. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-12 Returning Vet Misti Chastain Surprises Son on Football Field (MaxPreps) A JV football game in Oregon last month played host to one of the most touching moments of the high school football season. Misti Chastain, who had been stationed in Iraq, surprised her son Michael Seyl, a receiver/defensive back at Crook County (Prineville, Ore.) on Oct. 15 before its game against Ridgeview (Redmond, Ore.). According to the Central Oregonian,..Chastain coordinated her arrival with coaches the night before the game. When Seyl saw her walk out for the opening coin toss, he gave her a giant hug. Seyl cherished the moment as well, but then told his mother, "Sorry mom, I've got to go, we have a game to play."… "I'm glad that mom got back safe," Michael told the Central Oregonian. "It was really hard while she was gone. I think it's really great that she got here. But we are a military family. Dad is deployed now too, and will be over there for about another year. It's pretty hard on a family. We just hope that dad will get home safe too." Full Story and Video Back to Top
10-31-12 Abbie Chasteen Drives Ichetucknee Van with Bellamy the Beaver (Lake City Reporter) The new wrap for The Ichetucknee Partnership's van is meant to grab attention, but for a reason. The wrap, a blue and green river ride with Bellamy the Beaver, the partnership's mascot, splashed across the side, isn't just decoration, said Abbie Chasteen, marketing director for the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Chasteen hopes the four lines of text on the back door will be read every time someone's attention is grabbed by the flashy van. "It's really a spectacle," Chasteen said…Chasteen gets the honor of driving Bellamy the Beaver to schools around the area. Full Story Back to Top
10-31-12 Contenders Run Against Ricky W. Chastain for Sheriff (Greenville News) Four petition candidates and Republican incumbent Ricky W. Chastain are running for sheriff in Laurens County in Tuesday's general election. The petition candidates are David Brewer, Jerry Campbell, Don Reynolds and Eric Robinson. Full Story Back to Top
10-27-12 George Chastain IV Receives Distinguished Alumni Award (The Albany Herald) George Chastain IV and Rusty Skalla have received the inaugural Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni awards, respectively, at Deerfield-Windsor School…Chastain, a 1982 graduate of DWS, is a 1987 graduate of Emory University with a degree in international affairs. He has received numerous awards in his 24 years of service with the U.S. government, including citations for his work with Homeland Security in the United States and abroad. His experience includes the White House, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of State…A student at DWS from fourth through 12th grades, Chastain attended Boys State, served as the first student representative on the inaugural Honor Council and represented DWS on the academic, science, math and tennis teams. He also was active in the school's music program. Full Story Back to Top
10-22-12 HR Florida State Council Chair Joyce Chastain Speaks at HP Roundtable (Tallahassee Democrat) The EDC's Health Sciences and Human Performance Enhancement Roundtable meets this morning at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare for a panel discussion on the business impacts of health-care reform. Scheduled to speak are FSU's Marshall B. Kapp, Joyce Chastain of Mainline Information Systems, and TMH CEO Mark O'Bryant. Chastain is also the incoming chair of the HR Florida State Council, the Florida affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Full Story Back to Top
10-22-12 Ragen Chastain Fights Barney's Super-skinny Minnie Mouse (Jezebel) In August, Barneys New York announced the concept for their holiday windows: A partnership with Disney, called Electric Holiday, in which Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Daisy Duck - among others - are re-imagined as high fashion models. Meaning: Given stretched, slimmed down, impossibly proportioned ultra-thin bodies. Minnie was rendered approximately 5'11" and a size 0. After the window concept was announced, Ragen Chastain - dancer, choreographer and author behind Dances With Fat (who has written for Jezebel) - started a petition called "Leave Minnie Mouse Alone." The petition reads, in part: There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children's character's body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in… Full Story Back to Top
10-09-12 Shawn Chastain Awarded Outstanding Art Administrator ( Four local art educators and one administrator are being honored with awards from the Kansas Art Education Association, the association said in a news release…Outstanding Art Administrator - Shawn Chastain, executive coordinator of fine arts for Wichita Public Schools. Chastain oversees 250 teachers in 85 schools and has played a key role in developing the Education Edge Fine Arts Gift Fund, a nonprofit foundation that has raised nearly $2 million to help support art in the classroom. Full Story Back to Top
09-28-12 Cathy Chasteen began Sewing at 4 (The Daily Statesman) Few people find their passion early in life, but Cathy Chasteen is one of the lucky ones. "I've sewn all my life," she said simply. And she has her grandmother to thank. "My Grandma Arnold, my dad's mom, taught me to sew on her old Throttle, the kind with the foot pedal," she recalled. "I was so little when I started that I couldn't reach the machine and the pedal at the same time while sitting in a chair, so I stood up to do my work. My grandma told me I was sewing by 4, crocheting by 5. I didn't knit until 8 -- I guess I was a late bloomer there. I made my first full-size quilt by 9, complete with 582 stars." Full Story Back to Top
09-27-12 Shasteen Kids Turn Prize Pumpkin into Playhouse - 100 Hundred Years Ago Today (Santa Fe New Mexican) Sept. 27, 1912: Fort Sumner Review - S.D. Shasteen has had (or had) two of the finest, biggest pumpkins ever raised in this part of the state and which he fondly hoped to exhibit at the State Fair. Imagine his feelings when, on his return home the other day he found the kiddies had chopped a door in one and were using it for a playhouse. Full Story Back to Top
09-27-12 Ragen Chastain is Healthy Obese ( Ragen Chastain, who carries 284 lb. on her five-foot, four-inch frame, has been an athlete since she was a kid: she was cheerleading captain, a varsity athlete and has won three national championships as a competitive country and western dancer. "I focus on my fitness as a dancer, I get my five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and make healthy choices," says Chastain, 35, who lives in Los Angeles. She isn't our typical picture of health. With a body mass index of 48, Chastain classifies as morbidly obese…"I'm as fat as you can get on the BMI chart," acknowledges Chastain, author of Fat: The Owner's Manual. She believes it says little about her overall fitness and health. On her blog, Dances With Fat, she writes: "I am not a thin woman covered in fat, I am a fat woman who is also a very fit athlete." Full Story Back to Top
09-25-12 Misery Chastain Coming to the Stage (The Guardian) William Goldman, who penned the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film version…has written the new adaptation of Misery for the play, which will have a limited run at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania this autumn. The news was announced by the theatre division of Warner Brothers, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions. King's 1987 novel is the story of the bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon, a wannabe literary fiction writer who kills off his romantic heroine Misery Chastain in order to move on to bigger and better things. He is rescued from a car accident by Annie Wilkes, his "number one fan", and kept a prisoner while she forces him to write a new novel that will bring Misery back to life, in one memorable scene shrieking "She can't be dead!… Misery Chastain CANNOT BE DEAD!"…The play will run from 24 November to 8 December, but...a future life for the stage title seems certain should the [show] prove a success". Full Story Back to Top
09-25-12 Jeffrey L. Chastain Presenting at the Fourth Annual Johnson Rice Energy Conference (Energy Digital) Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) today announced that Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President, Investor Relations, will present at the Fourth Annual Johnson Rice Energy Conference in New Orleans, LA, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 9:15 a.m. Central Daylight Time. A live webcast and presentation slides will be available at the time of the presentation. Full Story Back to Top
09-21-12 Deputy Joseph Chastain Quite Busy on September 12 (Online Athens) On Sept. 12, Deputy Joseph Chastain was dispatched to Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, where a woman reported the theft of a gas grill from her porch…dispatched to Sage Field Circle, Maysville, where a man said his neighbor's dogs came into his yard and tried to attack his chickens. The man said the next time the dogs come into his yard, he is going to kill them. The deputy advised him to call 911 instead of harming the dogs. The deputy spoke to the neighbor, who said he keeps the dogs in a fence and didn't know they had gotten out…dispatched to a farm on Brooks Road, Pendergrass, where a man reported the theft of a pregnant cow. The man said that a recent storm blew a tree over a fence and his cows got out and he was able to get them all back except that one cow, which he believes has been taken by someone. Full Story Back to Top
09-20-12 Racing Rookie Ross Chastain has Good Record ( Rookie Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team has had a very impressive first two-thirds of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2012 season. The teen from Alva, FL has shown maturity both on and off the racetrack well beyond his age of nineteen while the team has made the most of the resources available to them including three top-ten finishes and an impressive third place run last month at Bristol. The SS Green Light Racing team has run with the support of the National Watermelon Promotions Board along with various State Watermelon Associations and Melon 1, the largest distributor of Watermelon on the East coast Full Story Back to Top
09-19-12 Police Chief Tim Chastain on Leave for Surgery (Anderson Independent Mail) Ronald Wilbanks will serve as interim chief of the Wahalla Police Department while Chief Tim Chastain recovers from health issues…Bagwell said the chief was having surgery on his shoulder to deal with a long-standing problem and that the length of his leave of absence was indefinite…According to family members, Chastain entered surgery early Wednesday at Oconee Medical Center and was out of surgery by noon. Early reports indicated the surgery was successful and Chastain was recovering well, according to the family. Chastain has been Wahalla's police chief for about nine years. Full Story Back to Top
09-14-12 Erin Chastain's Blue Demons Win Opening Conference Game of Season (DePaul Blue Demons) Though defense was once again the star of the match for the DePaul women's soccer team, it was freshman Brianna Ryce's first collegiate goal-a quick shot in the 87th minute-that gave the Blue Demons a 1-0 win over Cincinnati to open up BIG EAST Conference action. "It's always great to start off the conference season-with a win, especially on the road, in a tough conference," head coach Erin Chastain said following the match. Full Story Back to Top
09-11-12 Florida Chastain Family is Spirit Wind Trio (TCPalm) Spirit Wind Trio is a local group here in Fort Pierce that has been around for about 14 years singing the gospel of Jesus Christ. This father, mother, daughter trio -- Joyce and Glenn Chastain and their middle daughter Tiffany Disler -- loves to do what God has called them to do. One of their songs has been named No. 6 on the Reverbnation. If you would like to hear their songs, become fans and go to and search for Spirit Wind Trio…Spirit Wind Trio has been honored with the Vocal Group of the Year for the second year in a row…Spirit Wind joined CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) about two years ago. Full Story Back to Top
09-09-12 Jeff Chastain Promoted to Business Development Leader (Opelika Auburn News) Machen, McChesney & Chastain LLP has announced the promotion of Jeff Chastain to business development leader. Chastain received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Auburn University and began working with MM&C in 2007…Chastain and his wife, Karla, and their son, Ford, reside in Auburn. Full Story Back to Top
09-05-12 Chuck Chesteen is a Professional Square Dance Caller (Nelson County Times) Colorful crinoline skirts twirled around the dancers as they responded to Chuck Chesteen's calls, turning the four couples' square into intricate designs last Monday at the Coolwell Community Center in Amherst. Chesteen, 74, of Nellysford…has been calling and teaching western square dancing since 1960 and has been dancing since 1959…Chesteen said he enjoys the exercise and social aspect of square dancing and is trying to encourage others to try it. "We like to say square dancing is friendship set to music," Chesteen said…Chesteen was born and raised in Mississippi…There are 69 calls used in basic and mainstream square dancing with another 30 added in the plus level…Chesteen said there are certain patterns but there is no specific order to the calls and most callers will call what comes to them, depending on the dancers' skill levels. Full Story and Photo Back to Top
09-04-12 Duval County School Board Hires Karen Chastain as In-House Legal Counsel (Florida Times-Union) The Duval County School Board agreed to hire an in-house legal counsel Tuesday. The board approved the $150,000 annual salary position with a 6-1 vote. By the same vote, it then hired General Counsel attorney Karen Chastain... Chastain has been working with the district for about a decade while she was employed by the General Counsel's Office…He said hiring Chastain saves the district money, about $27,000 the first year. Chastain's current salary is $165,000 a year. Pratt-Dannals said Chastain already is familiar with the district, its potential litigation and other legal issues involving the school system. Full Story Back to Top
09-03-12 Coach Erin Chastain's Megan Pyrz Named Conference Goalkeeper of the Week (DePaul Blue Demons) Coming off a weekend in which she registered a shutout on Friday and a 12-save performance on Sunday, DePaul sophomore goalkeeper Megan Pyrz was named the BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday afternoon. "Megan was outstanding in goal this weekend," DePaul head coach Erin Chastain said regarding the honor. "She was solid Friday and made four really great saves against Dayton who has a very high scoring offense." Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Coach Erin Chastain Happy with Blumberg Performance (The Depaulia) DePaul 1-0 Valparaiso: Women's soccer wins wet one. An early Kelly Blumberg goal on a sloppy, rainy Sunday afternoon gave the women's soccer team all it needed to see off Valparaiso at Wish Field 1-0...In a game of few chances -- only two total saves were made on 12 shots -- it was Blumberg's finish and the strong defensive play by the Blue Demons (3-1-0) that earned special praise from head coach Erin Chastain. "There was not a lot of chances, so it was about who took care of the ball and finished," Chastain said. "I'm happy with the back four with two shutouts this weekend. They stood strong and didn't give up any real good chances." Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Evelyn Chastain Named Principle of the Year (Florida Times-Union) Clay County educator Evelyn Chastain has been named the school district's principal of the year …Chastain is principal of Charles E. Bennett Elementary School…Chastain has been with the school district about 10 years including the past three at Charles E. Bennett. Before than she served as principal of Clay Hill Elementary. Full Story Back to Top
08-27-12 Adult Literacy Coordinator Penny Chastain Promotes Edible Book Contest (Muskogee Daily Phoenix) Muskogee Area Literacy Council and Muskogee Public Library invites you to participate in "Book Eats." This is a contest in which you create an edible book!...The only rules are that your entry must be mostly edible and must be somehow related to a book. Full Story Back to Top
08-25-12 Alabama State Representative Donnie Chesteen Presents Check to School at Picnic (WTVY) They say life's no picnic, but for Highland Elementary School students it was on Saturday. They held one for the community Saturday afternoon. In attendance were Alabama State Representatives Paul Lee and Donnie Chesteen. They presented the school with a check for a little more than $2,000 from the community grant foundation. Full Story Back to Top
08-23-12 Coach Erin Chastain Says Paul was Tremendous in 3-0 Win (The Depaulia) A three-goal first half by the women's soccer team was enough to secure a victory over the visiting Ohio Bobcats Friday at Wish Field. The goals were scored by Natasa Radosavljevic, Amber Paul and Kaily Cox. "Anytime you can score more than two goals and keep a shutout, you're happy," said head coach Erin Chastain. "We really wanted to focus on setting the tone, fixing some things tactically (from last week) after a good week in training."…The play of Paul was described by Chastain as "tremendous" with the sophomore attacking midfielder picking up a goal and an assist. "I challenged her after last week," Chastain said. "She responded all week in training and again today. She was awesome." Full Story Back to Top
08-22-12 Ross Chastain Comes in Third at Bristol ( Ross Chastain took advantage of several late cautions and charged from twentieth to a career best third in the final fifty laps of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway…Chastain's near misfortune actually turned into his biggest break of the season when Miguel Paludo got loose and spun. With Paludo's Chevy crossed-up in the middle of the track, Ross jumped hard on the brakes and barely nudged the No. 32 with his right front fender. Things looked bleak for the rookie driver from Florida as all four tires on his Melon 1 Tundra were flat…instead of starting within the top-fifteen, the No 08 was relegated to the last truck on the lead lap restarting nineteenth with less than fifty laps remaining in the 100-mile sprint. Things quickly turned-around for the Florida farmer; Chastain took advantage of his fresher tires through several late restarts and effectively used the high grove to pass nearly a dozen trucks over the final quarter of the 200-lap race and found himself in sixth place for the final restart with just two laps remaining. Surprising both Brad Kesolowski and Ty Dillon sputtered out of fuel as the green flag flew and Chastain took advantage of their misfortune to power the Melon 1 Toyota to his career best third-place finish. Ross qualified fifteenth in the 36-truck field in the afternoon qualifying session…The third place finish was not only Chastain's career best, but…Ross moved within sixteen points of the top-fifteen in the NCWTS point standings after nearly dropping out of the top-twenty-five just eight races ago after several mechanical failures. Full Story Back to Top
08-22-12 Ross Chastain Comes in Third at Bristol (NBC2 News) Ross Chastain …got his best career finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night, finishing third in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old Chastain, driving his 08 Melon-1 truck for SS Green Light Racing, earned his first career top five finish and fourth career top ten finish (third this year). Chastain, who has started every race this season, moved up to 16th in the series standings with 320 points. He ranks fourth among rookies, and could move up into second place in the battle for Rookie of the Year in the next few weeks if he continues to post solid finishes. Full Story Back to Top
08-21-12 Clay Chastain Promises (again) to Go Away if… (Kansas City Business Journal) In a letter to the City Council this weekend, Chastain repeated his request that the city put his initiative for a $2.5 billion transit plan before voters on the Nov. 6 ballot…In his letter, Chastain, speaking on behalf of himself and four other members of an ad hoc "Committee of Petitioners," said they would withdraw their appeal if the city let the issue go to a vote. The sweetener: He would sign and notarize an affidavit "avowing not to author, circulate, or submit another initiative in the City of Kansas City, Missouri." Lest anyone see a loophole there, Chastain said in an interview that the vow would extend to his family members, whose names have frequently appeared on resolutions and legal challenges over the years…"This would be a way to wipe away all the bad blood, to start fresh. We're either going to build light rail, or we're not going to build it, and Clay Chastain is not going to be in the picture any longer." Full Story Back to Top
08-18-12 Volunteer Director Linda Chastain: 1,669 Pieces of Clothing Given Out in One Day (TCPalm) Carefully picking through clothes in the kids' section of a bright and cheery boutique, Maye Simmons looked like any other proud grandmom in search of the right pair of pants for her two grandsons' first day of school. She wasn't shopping in just any store. She was in Hope's Closet 4 Children, where hundreds of families hit with unexpected financial difficulties have been given free clothes for their children….Simmons arrived at 9 a.m., an hour before the store was due to open, and joined a line of six other families. In the last two weeks, the store has seen a surge in families shopping, said volunteer director Linda Chastain. "There were long lines of families standing outside as early as 8:30 in the morning waiting for us to open at 10," she said. On Aug. 8, the store gave away 1,669 pieces of clothing, she said. Full Story Back to Top
08-17-12 Coach Erin Chastain Pleased with Season Starter (The Depaulia) It only took DePaul women's soccer 11 seconds to get the 2012 season off to a winning start thanks to the strike partnership of Ashleigh Goddard and Natasa Radosavljevic, who each tallied a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Towson Friday at Wish Field…"I thought the group did a good job setting the tone early," said DePaul head coach Erin Chastain. "They came out strong from the first play."…The strike partnership could turn out well for the Blue Demons due to the dynamism of the two, Chastain said. "They're both dynamic players who are good in front of goal and make good runs," she said. "They're a dangerous two. We have some other forwards who will also do some good for us this season." Full Story Back to Top
08-16-12 Donnie Chesteen Returns as Coach to Geneva (WTVY) Donnie Chesteen is no stranger to Geneva high school. Chesteen is preparing to make his third coaching stop with the panthers after taking over as head coach earlier this year…Chesteen was Geneva's head coach in the 1980's and served as an assistant three years ago before taking the head coaching job at Samson. He takes over a team that won just two games last season and only eight in the past three years. Chesteen says it's good to be back and he knows the goal, rebuild Geneva into a winning program. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-12 Jodie Chastain is Fourth Generation to be Married on August 11th (Jefferson Post) Jodie Chastain Copeland and Andy D. Feimster were married on the morning of Aug. 11, 2012 atop Hawksbill Mountain, Burke County. The Rev. Michael Lea of West Jefferson First Baptist Church performed the double-ring ceremony. This 2012 ceremony marks the occasion of the fourth generation of the bride's family to be married on Aug. 11…The mountaintop service, which required a strenuous climb, was also attended by the bride's sister, Deborah L. Chastain, of Tucson, Ariz. [and others]…On the days prior to the service, the groom hiked alone through Linville Gorge and was joined by his best man, Richard Stevens, on Hawksbill Mountain where they camped on the eve of the wedding. On Aug. 10, the bride, friends and family members engaged in afternoon spa services and attended a dinner party…The bride holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University and is employed as administrative manager at North Fork Electric, Inc. The groom is president and owner of North Fork Electric, Inc. The couple resides in Crumpler. Full Story Back to Top
08-08-12 Joey Chastain's Band Stone Cold Country Stays Busy (Cherokee Tribune) The Canton/Cartersville-based country band consists of five local members: Joey Chastain (Cartersville), lead vocals and guitar…Stone Cold Country was formed in 2011, with three of the members being bandmates in the past. Joey explained, "In 1983 we formed a band called 'Cherokee.'…When I moved back up here, Russell and I started getting together and messing around. One thing led to another, and someone asked us to do a benefit event," Chastain said. After the three ex-members of the Cherokee band began to reunite, some new talent was added to the trio...According to Chastain, the band has, "stayed pretty busy around the Canton area and has begun to stretch out." From word of mouth to local shows, the popularity of the local band has started to reach new limits. "We did an interview with a radio show back in May and that kind of helped us out. We've gotten some airplay in a radio station in Rome and that has been pretty successful for us," Chastain said about the band's growing status. Full Story Back to Top
08-08-12 Heather Chastain Appointed Senior Vice President at Arbonne (Business Wire) Arbonne International, LLC (Arbonne) today announced the appointment of Heather Chastain as Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. Beginning September 4, 2012, Chastain, a recognized direct sales industry executive, will assume the role of overseeing Arbonne's sales organization…In her new role, Chastain will guide key areas of the business related to Arbonne's Independent Consultant sales force - field development and sales - including expanding and supporting the multicultural markets, public relations, sales force events and online marketing…A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration, Chastain has more than 16 years of direct selling industry experience in a wide array of direct sales business operations. She was most recently President of Celebrating Home and successfully executed several Vice President roles at BeautiControl. Chastain also currently sits on the board of the Direct Selling Association. Full Story Back to Top
08-06-12 Ross Chastain Picks up One Position in NCWTS Point Standings ( At the drop of the green flag of the 50-lap sprint Chastain proved his SS Green Light Racing entry was strong passing three trucks on the outside before the end of the second lap and moved up five spots in the races first five laps. "I drove as hard as I could at the beginning because I wanted to get by as many as I could," Chastain said. "I was able to get by a bunch going into one when they all dove to the bottom and again coming out of one because I stayed up on the outside."…Ross was able to avoid several close calls during a series of three quick cautions just past the midway point of the 125-mile race…With his tenth place finish, Chastain picked-up one position to seventeenth in the NCWTS point standings halfway though the 2012 campaign. Full Story Back to Top
08-05-12 NASCAR Trucker Ross Chastain Raised on Watermelon Farm (Delmarva Daily Times) Chastain, who grew up on a watermelon farm in Florida, is performing well during his first year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, having collected five Top-20 finishes, including a career-best seventh place finish at Martinsville Speedway back in March. Aside from the photo-ops with watermelon queens from around the country, this season has been a challenge for the 19 year-old Chastain. Still, the young driver said he is enjoying the learning process…Chastain said. "We've had some mechanical failures, we've had some mistakes, and there's no way around it. I've messed up and cost us positions. But all in all, we're third in rookie points. Full Story Back to Top
08-05-12 Ross Chastain Harvests Watermelons with Michael Waltrip (Delmarva Daily Times) Shooting footage for a segment that will air on Speed TV's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup show prior to the Aug. 18 race at Michigan International Speedway, long-time driver Michael Waltrip and rookie Ross Chastain broke out some elbow grease to give a helping hand in harvesting some watermelons from Laurel's H. Wayne Givens & Sons farm… Chastain was doing his sponsors proud by participating in all of the different steps of the harvesting process, with Waltrip right next to him ---- humping watermelons off the vine to the old school bus with the roof cut off, and off the conveyor belts in the packing shed into boxes that will carry the melons to the grocery stores they will be sold in. "I did everything growing up on a farm that we did today," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
07-29-12 Foreign Service Officer Reginald Bryan Chastain Dies at 75 (Jefferson Post) Reginald Bryan Chastain, Jr., United States Foreign Service Officer of 27 years, passed away on Thursday, July 19…The oldest of three children, Bryan Chastain, born in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 28, 1936, was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald Bryan Chastain, Sr. and Judge Dixie Herlong Chastain…Mr. Chastain was educated at Miami Senior High School, Florida State University, Stetson University College of Law and earned a teaching certification at Appalachian State Teacher's College. In 1967, he began his career as a Foreign Service Officer working for the United States Agency for International Development in Vietnam, first in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Province then in Dalat, Tuyen Duc Province. He completed his tour of duty in Vietnam in Nha Trang, Khan Hoa Province working for the United States Department of State as Administrative Officer, Office of Plans and Evaluation. Full Story Back to Top
07-24-12 Clay Chastain Storyboards for Nocturnal Errands (Calhountimes) For Clay Chastain, a 2006 Gordon Central graduate, going to the movies was not enough. He wanted to be a part of them, which led him to a career as a movie storyboard artist. He takes scripts and turns them into images, drawing and coloring concepts into life. "There is something about the universality of film and its visual nature," said Chastain, who now makes his home in Athens…After a couple of years at Dalton State College, Chastain transferred to The University of Georgia where he set out to major in English Literature. In the process, he began taking film courses on the side and eventually found himself spending more time in those classes than he'd expected. "I'd always watched films growing up, but it got to the point that where I realized it was what I wanted to do," he said. "I decided, with one semester left before graduating, that I was going to stay in school and get a degree in film."…his work caught the eye of a director in Hollywood. Chastain flew out and met with the director and then took a position on the crew of an independent film called Nocturnal Errands. The film is an action thriller about a media spy who seems to be foiled at every turn, Chastain said. Chastain is in charge of the storyboard. Full Story Back to Top
07-23-12 Jacksonville Assistant General Counsel Karen Chastain Mentioned as Public Schools Attorney (Florida Times-Union) Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals told School Board members Monday he is looking into acquiring a legal team dedicated to the district… Currently, Assistant General Counsel Karen Chastain acts as the school district lawyer, along with her other duties at City Hall… Gentry said he would be pleased if Chastain became the district's lawyer, calling her "very bright and very capable."…Chastain declined to comment on joining a school district legal team Monday, saying only "we'll see what they do." Full Story Back to Top
07-17-12 Coach Brad Chasteen Receives Shout-out on ESPN2 (Star Community Newspapers) Former Coppell basketball coach Brad Chasteen received a "shout-out" on ESPN2 Monday night when the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team took on Brazil in an Olympic exhibition game. While the Americans came out victorious, 80-69, Brazilian point guard, and former Coppell basketball player, Marcelo Huertas had a strong performance and wished Chasteen his best via announcer Fran Fraschilla since moving on from Coppell. Full Story Back to Top
07-17-12 Hazel Chastain Dies at 102 (Bryan College Station Eagle) 102-year-old-woman…Hazel Chastain died Sunday surrounded by loved ones at the nursing home where she'd recently moved to in Sugar Land. "My grandmother loved Texas A&M, that's where her heart and soul was," said Scott Chambers, 58, one of Chastain's six grandchildren. "She moved there in 1937, and in 1938, she was one of the petitioners that signed the declaration to incorporate College Station as a city." Chastain was born in Leesville, La., on Oct. 12, 1909. She had 13 great-great-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and was mother to two. Full Story Back to Top
07-16-12 Horse Trainer Larry Chastain Presents Free Horse Clinic (Upper Rogue Independent) Larry Chastain, trainer of 8 world Champion Western Riders and award winning breeder of American Paint Horses is putting on a free horse clinic on lead change mechanics on July 19, at Rainey's arena behind the store. Chastain will show how to make good lead changes, he will tell why some horses change better than others, common mistakes riders make and how to fix them, and he will provide a program rich in tips for novices and experts alike. Chastain lives and trains in Sam's Valley Full Story Back to Top
07-16-12 Ross Chastain Picks Up Two Positions in NCWTS Point Standings ( Ross Chastain avoided some of the bad luck that has surrounded the SS Green Light Racing team over the last few NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and brought the South Carolina Watermelon Association Toyota home with a sixteenth place finish Saturday night at the Iowa Speedway…Chastain picked-up two positions to nineteenth in the NCWTS point standings as the series heads to the hometown of team owner Bobby Dotter on Saturday evening July 21st for the American Ethanol 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Full Story Back to Top
07-15-12 Special Ops Veteran Lt. Col. Chad Chasteen Takes Charge of Area Night Stalkers ( Lt. Col. Heath Niemi was the battalion commander for the past two years. He has led missions on 21 deployments since 2001, including ones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Colombia. He's handing the reins to Lt. Col. Chad Chasteen, a veteran Special Operator from one of the aviation regiment's units at Fort Campbell, Ky. The regiment's headquarters and Col. Thompson are based at Fort Campbell…"We have the responsibility and the privilege of supporting the best, most elite forces and putting them down in harm's way," Chasteen said. "We are truly privileged. We work with some of the most incredible Americans you will ever meet." Full Story Back to Top
07-12-12 Lt. Col. Chad Chasteen becomes New Commanding Officer (The Olympian) Soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) will welcome Lt. Col. Chad Chasteen as the new commanding officer cor the unit during the battalion Change of Command ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord…Lt. Col. Chasteen, a long-time Night Stalker, comes to JBLM from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regimental staff, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Full Story Back to Top
07-12-12 Joe Chastain and Stone Cold Play Summer Concert (Clay County Progress) The Hayesville summer concert season will continue 7-9 p.m. Friday July 20, on the Hayesville town square, featuring the Stone Cold Country Band…Stone Cold Country, a five-man country music group, will play traditional country music...and a selection of music they have composed themselves. Joe Chastain, the band's lead vocalist and guitar player, was a founding member of the country band "Cherokee," along with Ronald Poole and Russell Teague. Chastain has produced a CD called Stone Cold Country. Full Story Back to Top
07-11-12 Cheryl Chastain Speaks at New Cancer Treatment Center (Newnan Times-Herald) The main meeting room at the Coweta County Fairgrounds was packed Monday as officials of Cancer Treatment Centers of America welcomed its first group of "stakeholders" to their new jobs in Newnan…Monday's special guest was Cheryl Chastain, an Ellijay, Ga., resident being treated at CTCA's southwest facility in Tulsa, Okla. Chastain told the crowd as soon as she heard CTCA was coming to Newnan, she called Kane Dawson and offered to do anything she could to support the facility and those being treated there. Dawson promptly invited her to address new employees…Chastain was diagnosed with breast cancer. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-12 Alumni Play Remembers Hal Chastain (Norridge Harwood Heights News) Matthew Martello's memories of Maine South High School helped shape the story behind his latest play, which he'll present to local audiences later this month…The play is especially a tribute to Martello's father, who taught and directed plays and musicals at Maine South for 25 years until his retirement in 1990, and his colleague, Hal Chastain. The play tells the story of Carole Schuman, a longtime high-school drama teacher who loves her job and has no plans to give it up - until she discovers she has an inoperable form of cancer…The cancer struggle experienced by the character of Carole Schuman, for example, bears a similarity to that of Chastain, who died from cancer in 1975…A portion of the proceeds from "A Touch of Class" will go to the Hal Chastain Memorial Thespian Scholarship program. These scholarships were established after Chastain's death for students involved in the speech/drama programs at Maine South who plan to major in theater in college. Full Story Back to Top
07-03-12 Lt. Col. Ronald J. Chastain Takes Command of the 88th (Jacksonville News) Lt. Col. Ronald J. Chastain took command of the 88th Operations Support Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio earlier this year. Lt. Col. Chastain is the son of Clarice and Richard Smith of Jacksonville and Jim and Brenda Chastain of Oklahoma City. He is married to Susan Denkins Chastain, the daughter of Joyce and Lamar Denkins of Jacksonville. They have two sons, Hayden, 18, and Caleb, 15. Lt. Col. Chastain has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Noble Eagle, Joint Force, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He had two recent deployments to Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan as Detachment Commander, and to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as Chief, Airspace Normalization, Air Forces Central. Full Story Back to Top
07-03-12 Erin Chastain Releases DePaul Soccer Schedule (DePaul Blue Demons) With summer well underway, DePaul women's soccer head coach Erin Chastain has released her squad's schedule for the 2012 season. The Blue Demons once again face a tough slate as they look to make a return to the postseason…The Blue Demons final home contest comes on Friday, October 19 when Notre Dame comes to town for a 3p.m. matchup on DePaul's senior day. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-12 Melanie Chasteen Speaks for Big Brother Big Sister (Austin News) Raising children can be a handful sometimes, especially for military families. That's why the youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters created "Operation Bigs."… Melanie Chasteen of BBBS said it's important for these kids to have someone to look up to. "They stay in school, their grades go up, their interacting and building better relationships with their parents with their teachers and those their around everyday," Chasteen said. Big Brothers Big Sisters is now accepting military kids ages 9 to 16 for the program. Full Story Back to Top
06-27-12 Jarret Chastain and Kyle Obermeier are the Band Roshambeaux (Savannah Morning News) "We've been together for a little over two years," Chastain says. "In the past year and a half, we've done many tours, playing almost every weekend we're out," he says. "We've toured all over the place…It's hard to imagine that when Obermeier, a guitarist and singer, and drummer Chastain first met, they didn't like each other at all. "We were playing this little festival thing," Chastain says. "I'd never met him before. We met outside and immediately got on each other's nerves."…A year later, the two met up again. "One of his buddies invited me to play drums and he happened to be there," Chastain says. "We both realized, 'You're just like me.' We've been best friends ever since."…The band has been surprisingly successful in a short period of time. "This has been my full-time job for the last two years and I'm not having to work at Chick-fil-A," Chastain says. "We're doing what we want to do and still supporting our families. Full Story Back to Top
06-22-12 Agricultural Liaison Ron Chastain Says Still Time for Better Farm Bill (Blytheville Courier News) Many southern farmers are concerned about Congress developing a Farm Bill that, while helping mid-west farmers, will only hurt farming in the Delta region. However, according to Ron Chastain, agricultural liaison for Senator John Boozman, it's not too late to see a more beneficial bill emerge. Chastain met with the Mississippi County Farm Bureau Board this week to discuss the current status of the proposed new Farm Bill. The most recent bill developed at the time of Chastain's meeting with the board, all southern senators voted against it, saying it did not benefit southern farming. Full Story Back to Top
06-20-12 Rob Chasteen Becomes Senior Vice President Operations for Coester (Reverse Mortgage Daily) Coester announced it has hired Rob Chasteen as its senior vice president of operations. Chasteen brings operations experience with First Choice Bank as well as underwriting management experience with Wells Fargo. The company also noted the opening of a new Virginia Beach office as well as four new account managers and six additional staff. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-12 Mike Chasteen Becomes Allegiance' Executive Vice President of Sales (Salt Lake Tribune) Allegiance, a Salt Lake City-based provider of consumer information, announced that Mike Chasteen has joined the company as executive vice president of sales and client services. Chasteen brings more than 25 years of experience to Allegiance. He will direct all sales and channel development efforts and client services. Full Story Back to Top
06-15-12 Tony Shasteen Lead Artist for Burn Notice: First Contact (TVbytheNumbers) USA Network, the top entertainment brand and pioneer in Social TV, in partnership with DC Entertainment, announces volume three, Burn Notice: First Contact, which reveals the mysterious story of how of Michael and Fiona first met. Every Thursday for 10 weeks, starting with a double issue on June 14, viewers can dive into this gripping romance, which was written by the creative team behind the show, including series creator Matt Nix. This third volume is available on, Facebook and as a freestanding iOS and Android App on select devices…As with the first two volumes, DC Entertainment's artist Tony Shasteen is returning as lead artist. Full Story Back to Top
06-12-12 Annexation Reversed on William Marshall Chastain's Property (Anderson Independent Mail) City commissioners unanimously granted final approval this week to the request of William Marshall Chastain for the reversal of the annexation of his property…Chastain's property initially was annexed into the city for a subdivision development. But that development was never built. Chastain now wants to return the property to agricultural use and keep livestock on it. City officials said Toccoa's zoning ordinance does not allow livestock to be kept in the city, and that led to the request for annexation reversal. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-12 Wendie Rochelle Shasteen Dies from Horseback-Riding Accident (The Review) Wendie Rochelle Shasteen, 40, died following a horseback riding accident Friday, June 8, 2012. Born May 27, 1972, in Salem, she was a daughter of Tawnya Rochelle Shasteen and John Knepper. A life-long area resident, she was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Beaver Local High School and Kent State University and attended the Destiny House in Calcutta. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-12 Ross Chastain Finishes in Top 20 Two Weeks in a Row ( Ross Chastain had an impressive run in the Lone Star State considering the truck series qualifying was rained out and practice was limited…Chastain finished 16th making this is 2nd Top-20 finish two weeks in a row…Chastain is just happy to have the monkey off his back after being plague with blown motors and mechanical issued earlier in the season. The rookie is showing some seriously strong talent, as he remains consistent with his on-track performance with his underfunded #08 Melon 1/ truck…Next up for the talented Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will be the Kentucky Speedway June 28th. Full Story Back to Top
06-09-12 Ashley Chasteen Receives College Scholarship (Harrison Daily) Ashley Chasteen, a senior at Jasper High School; Michael Lee Robinson, a senior at Kingston High School; Harrison's Yatosha Stancell, a senior at Harrison High School; and Omaha's Deborah Elizabeth Ellis, a senior at Omaha High School, have been awarded scholarships to attend North Arkansas College this fall. Full Story Back to Top
06-09-12 Ross Chastain Moves Up Five Places to #16 in Standings ( Ross Chastain makes the biggest gain in the point standings after the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 08 Toyota Tundra driver finished 16th in the race and gained the most (5 positions) in the 2012 standings (to 18th) among drivers who made all 7 races so far this season. Full Story Back to Top
06-06-12 Amanda Chastain Named 2011 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year (Air Force Link) By reaching out to others and volunteering countless hours in support of many 22nd Air Refueling Wing and community organizations, one McConnell Air Force Base spouse has earned Air Force-wide recognition. Amanda Chastain, a 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron spouse, was named the 2011 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year..."It's an incredible honor," said Chastain. "To receive it means that I've actually made a difference and people have noticed." Chastain's involvement at McConnell AFB for the past three years covers many areas of volunteerism, centered on caring for the military family. "Right now my heart is military spouses and their families," she said. "Like with Girl Scouts, my troop is almost solely military dependents."… Chastain's drive for extending her own helping hand will be formally recognized at the Air Force Association Convention in Washington, D.C., in September 2012. "Amanda has selflessly given to the community this past year," said Col. Ricky Rupp, the 22nd ARW commander, "and her continuous dedication to our military family and the community sets a great example for others. Ultimately, she lives by the Air Force's core values." Full Story Back to Top
06-06-12 Mike Chasteen Becomes Executive Vice President of Sales at Allegiance (SYS-CON Media) Allegiance, a provider of VOCi (Voice of Customer Intelligence) technology and services, today announced that Mike Chasteen has joined the company as executive vice president of sales and client services. Chasteen brings more than 25 years of high-technology sales and executive management experience to Allegiance…Chasteen has led enterprise and SaaS software sales at the C-level to retail, industrial, high technology and other key verticals. He has managed sales and delivery groups within start-up, mid-tier and tier-1 companies. Before joining Allegiance, Chasteen was vice president of North American and regional sales at GXS Worldwide, Inc., the world's largest provider of business-to-business integration in the cloud, where he helped more than 40,000 companies exchange electronic transactions with trading partners. Prior to GXS, he held executive sales leadership roles at Click Commerce, i2, Logility, EXE and Peak Technologies. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-12 Lions Club President-elect Paul Chastain Challenged in Birther Controversy (Prescott Daily Courier) [It is] Paul Roseberry against Paul Chastain in the latest birther controversy. Chastain, you see, is slated to be installed next week as president of the Prescott Noon Lions Club, but fellow club member Roseberry has questioned the legitimacy and validity of his candidacy until Chastain proves conclusively that he came into the world as a live birth person as opposed to ... gee, I dunno. Hatched maybe? Full Story and Photo Back to Top
06-04-12 Exciting Detailed Report of Ross Chastain's Dover International Speedway Race ( Ross started the Georgia Watermelon Association/ Toyota Tundra in twelfth place after solid qualifying run of 23.15 seconds at 155.5mph on the high-banked one-mile concrete oval…At the start of the race, Ross made a great move on the outside and by the end of the second lap he was into the top-ten and looking strong…on lap 29 Ross was forced to dive to the inside when Jeb Burton and Cale Gale got together battling for position and spun directly in-front of the No. 08 Toyota. Ross was able to sneak past and narrowly avoided contact…Chastain picked-up two positions to twenty-third in the NCWTS point standings as the Truck Series heads to Texas next Friday evening for the WinStar World Casino 400K. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-12 Tom Chastain Finds Antique Truck He Regretted Selling (The Register-Guard) The Function for Junction Show 'N Shine and Classic Car and Truck Cruise is an annual affair in downtown Junction City…Tom Chastain, who has been going to what is now the Function 4 Junction show since founder Bob Alley started it on River Road next to his restoration parts shop called Graffiti Alley, showed a 1948 Ford F-1 pickup that he found again 20 years after parting with it in 1984. "I bought it in 1979 - it was green then but it's gray now - and I was always sorry I had sold it," Chastain said. "In 2004, I started looking for another one, and when I answered an ad and went to see it, the guy had pictures of it from when he first bought it. I could see the license plate, and it was the same number I used to have - it was my old truck." Full Story Back to Top
06-01-12 Ross Chastain Finishes 15th at Dover International Speedway ( Tundra driver Todd Bodine won his first race of the season in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Dover International Speedway. This marks the fifth consecutive victory by Toyota drivers at the one-mile concrete track. Other winners include Scott Speed (2008), Brian Scott (2009), Aric Almirola (2010) and Kyle Busch (2011). Matt Crafton (eighth) and Timothy Peters (ninth) also recorded top-10 results for Toyota at Dover. Other Tundra drivers in the field included Brian Scott (13th), David Starr (14th), Ross Chastain (15th). Full Story Back to Top
05-30-12 Mark Chasteen Speaks at Cum Laude Awards Banquet (Heritage Newspapers) Sixty-three students were honored at the 39th annual Cum Laude Awards Banquet on May 16 at Chelsea High School. These students nominated 39 educators as having been an influence in their achievement of academic excellence…The guest speaker of the evening was Mark Chasteen, a 1990 CHS graduate and the deputy chief of the violent and organized crime unit and an assistant United States attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the eastern district of Michigan. Full Story Back to Top
05-29-12 Gwen Chastain Receiving NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit (IUPUI Newscenter) Chosen from candidates representing multiple universities worldwide, two Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student advisors will receive recognition as outstanding advisors this fall. Phyllis Gatewood Washington and Gwen Chastain will receive awards from the National Academic Advising Association at the association's national conference in Nashville this October…Chastain, coordinator of academic services with Student Support Services, will be recognized as a 2012 NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Academic Advising--Primary Role. Chastain's exceptional guidance has provided students with knowledgeable mentors and positive experiences at IUPUI. Full Story Back to Top
05-21-12 Ross Chastain's Truck Stalls Out again in NASCAR Competition (SpeedwayMedia) Ross Chastain can't seem to catch a break. After disappointing engine failure in Kansas, it seems the same trouble caught him again at Charlotte Motor Speedway ending his day on lap 12 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 on Friday night. Earlier in the day, Chastain practiced the truck and felt great about the No. 08 Florida Watermelon Association / National Watermelon Promotion Board Toyota Tundra. Full Story Back to Top
05-16-12 Jim Chasteen Produces New Southern Whiskey (Charleston Regional Business) The American Spirit Whiskey label is rolling out in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, along with other cities in South Carolina this week. Already, the brand distributes to more than 250 restaurants and stores in Georgia, where the company was founded. The company's founders, Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson, two friends who met at the University of Georgia, crafted the "white whiskey" spirit in November 2011…Chasteen said the company, which is headquartered in Atlanta, was founded with a sense of the South and hopes the label can change the perception of whiskey as a quality drink. "Southern culture and nostalgia for classic Americana are at the root of our whiskey, which makes it appealing to a broad range of spirits drinkers," Chasteen said in the news release. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-12 Chas Bennett Receives E.W. Chastain Scholarship (Marietta Daily Journal) This year's recipients were presented with their scholarships at last week's meeting, at which nine young men and women were each given $2,500 checks. This year's recipients were… Chad Bennett, The E.W. Chastain Scholarship. Bennett is a junior at Southern Polytechnic State University majoring in civil engineering. The Chastain Scholarship was established to honor Kiwanian Emory W. Chastain, retired Cobb educator. Full Story Back to Top
05-11-12 John Chasteen Organizes Student Invention Fair (Coon Rapids Herald) Coon Rapids Middle School students showed off their inventions Saturday morning. It was the annual invention fair organized by teacher John Chasteen in the school gymnasium. There were 33 entries…Sixth-graders were encouraged to enter projects in the invention fair, but it was entirely optional and all inventions were worked on outside of school, Chasteen said…According to Chasteen, the quality of entries May 5 was very high. "There are so many good prototypes this year," Chasteen said. Chasteen also saw a lot of marketable prototypes and said some were already being used by students in their homes. Full Story Back to Top
05-05-12 Hunter Chastain Receives Basketball Scholarship to Bryan (Chicago Tribune) Bradley Central's Hunter Chastain recently signed scholarship papers to continue his basketball career at Bryan College in Dayton. Chastain, a third-team Best of Preps selection, averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game for the Bears, who won 28 games and advanced to the Class AAA sectional. He's a 6-foot-3 forward. "He's the most improved player I've had in my 16 years at Bradley," Bears coach Kent Smith said. "He was clumsy as a freshman -- not coordinated -- but he's worked on his strength in the weight room, as well as his skill. He refined some post moves, and he has the ability to step out and face the bucket and knock down the midrange shot. Full Story Back to Top
05-02-12 Janessa Chastain, 8, is a National Doodle 4 Google Finalist (News On 6) Janessa Chastain, 8, is a finalist for the national Doodle 4 Google contest. Doodle 4 Google challenged students all over the country to redesign the Google logo. Chastain's Doodle is titled, "Japan - Land of Cherry Blossoms." She says, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit Japan, the Land of Cherry Blossoms. I would like to go to a Cherry Blossom celebration and learn about Japanese culture, customs and people." Oklahomans can vote until May 10, 2012 for Chastain's doodle to become the national finalist at Full Story Back to Top
05-02-12 Chastain Descendant Bill Stephenson's Work Accepted for AAW International Exhibition (Chastain Central Announcement) The work by Bill Stephenson entitled "Birch Stand" has been accepted by the jury for the AAW International exhibition - A Walk in the Woods. Of the more than 10,000 people eligible to enter worldwide, 147 wood artists were selected for jury evaluation, 27 pieces were selected for the exhibition. The work chosen exemplifies creativity, outstanding workmanship, and aesthetic and appealing design qualities. The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 7th at the AAW Annual Symposium in San Jose. Following the Symposium the exhibition will continue September through December in the AAW National Gallery in Minneapolis and other venues. A catalog of the exhibition will be available through the American Association of Woodturners. Back to Top
05-01-12 Professor Richard Chesteen Dies at 72 (Jackson Sun) A longtime University of Tennessee at Martin political science professor who ran for Tennessee governor in 1994 has died following a long illness. Richard Chesteen, of Union City, died Tuesday at his home, according to university officials. He was 72…Chesteen joined the UT Martin faculty in 1969, taught political science until he retired in December 2007 and completed a post-retirement teaching assignment in December 2009. He was named history and political science department chair in 1986 and also served as president of the Tennessee Political Science Association…In 1991, Chesteen announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the 1994 Tennessee governor's race. At the time, he was serving as an Obion County commissioner, a post he held from 1982-1994. Full Story Back to Top
04-30-12 Ed Chasteen Rides in 10th annual Greater Liberty Ride for MS (KC Community News) At 7 a.m. Saturday, May 19, Mayor Greg Canuteson will present a proclamation from the city and cut the ribbon to begin the 10th annual Greater Liberty Ride for MS, according to a press release…The group's first nine rides have raised more than $60,000 for multiple sclerosis. According to Ed Chasteen, one of the organizers, the goal is to raise $10,000 this year. Riders and non-riders may also make donations by going to businesses provide support for the ride. The ride was originated 10 years ago by bike-riding friends of Chasteen, who has been living with MS since 1981. Doctors told him he would soon be an invalid. Thousands of miles every year on his bike keep Chasteen going. Full Story Back to Top
04-27-12 First Winter Featuring Matthew Chastain Character Premiers at Trebeca Film Festival (A.V. Club) Dickinson conceived of First Winter, a quiet but intense indie drama in which Manza, Burdge, and other acquaintances-particularly sullen drug addict Matthew Chastain-are stranded at that farmhouse after an unknown cataclysm cuts off the outside world. Some of their group disappear with their only vehicle, and the power cuts out in the middle of winter, forcing them to rely on the firewood they cut and the water they heat in buckets in front of the fire…Chastain's anger and jealousy of Manza bubbles throughout the film. And once they all realize they're running out of food (and in Chastain's case, out of hoarded drugs), their choices become increasingly telling. Beautifully shot on 16mm, sharply acted, and cut together with a slow, patient rhythm, First Winter is at times heartbreakingly beautiful. Full Story Back to Top
04-26-12 Matt Chastain Plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables ( Vernon Township High School will present the school edition of Les Miserables the weekend of April 26, 27, and 28. Pictured here are Matt Chastain, who plays Jean Valjean, and his adopted daughter Cosette (Erica Flowers). Full Story Back to Top
04-21-12 Ross Chastain's Truck Dies on 17th Lap ( Just 17 laps into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SFP 250, the motor coughed in Ross Chastain's Florida Watermelon Association Toyota and sent the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to the garage ending his day well short of the checkered flag in 34th place…At the drop of the green flag things looked good for the young Floridian as his Toyota Tundra moved up several spots in the running order working towards the top-fifteen until lap seventeen when the powerplant in his Toyota sputtered and lost power; ending the day for the SS Green Light Racing team…"I came off of turn number two and it just coughed for about two seconds and just shut off," Chastain said. "It dumped all the water out the tailpipes. There wasn't any warning, no vibration or anything." Full Story Back to Top
04-21-12 TJ Chasteen is Broad and Funny in Pride and Prejudice (Kansas City Star) Fine comic performances are registered by Robert Gibby Brand and Cathy Wood as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. He's a realist; she's obsessed with getting their daughters married. Todd Carlton Lanker's take on Mr. Darcy is carefully conceived and understated, and TJ Chasteen, as the absurdly loquacious Mr. Collins, is very broad and very funny. Full Story Back to Top
04-21-12 Tammy Chastain Named Weight Loss Queen (Topeka Capital Journal) Single mom Tammy Chastain, of McPherson, stepped on the scale at the end of December 2008 and didn't like what she saw. In fact, she was horrified. "I was three pounds from being 300 pounds," she said. "I did not want to be a 300-pound person."…Her weight loss began at that point and has continued ever since, picking up steam in 2011, when she shed 113.5 pounds. On Saturday, the 44-year-old Chastain was crowned queen of the TOPS organization in Kansas at its annual State Recognition Days…The TOPS queen is crowned based on her losing the most weight of any woman in the state organization in the previous calendar year. Full Story Back to Top
04-18-12 Ross Chastain Races Watermelon Truck in Kansas ( Rookie driver Ross Chastain has spent his entire life on the family farm in South Florida. This week the nineteen year old will carry the fruit raised on the family farm to nations heartland as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to the SFP 250 at the Kansas Speedway for the fourth race of the 2012 season…the Florida Watermelon Association will again back the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender's Toyota Tundra. "I'm excited to have the Florida Watermelon Association on the truck again; I think the truck looks good, the decals really stand out on it and hopefully it will look good out on the track. We want to give them the best exposure we can." The fifth generation farmer from South Florida sits fourteenth in NCWTS points after three races and is ready to redeem last weekends disheartening finish at Rockingham. Full Story Back to Top
04-16-12 Employee Association President Vince Chasteen Protests Smoker Ban (WFAA) City employees who take a smoke break are fuming over a new idea to make Fort Worth a tobacco-free work place by not hiring smokers. "I think it's an infringement on the public's rights to live their life the way they choose to," said Vince Chasteen, president of the city's employee association. Chasteen has worked for the city for 30 years; he's smoked for 41…The city is looking at private business models, which include Baylor Healthcare System. It stopped hiring smokers as of January 1…Employment attorneys said there's nothing stopping the city or any other employer from banning tobacco. Smokers are not a protected civil rights group. Full Story Back to Top
04-16-12 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Responds to Questions (News Channel 7) Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain responded to questions about a sexual relationship in an open letter released late Sunday night by Chastain himself. In it, Chastain says he was given approval by his legal counsel to answer some of the questions raised about the relationship now that the lawsuit filed against him was settled last week for $35,000. He answers those questions in the letter released. Full Story Back to Top
04-09-12 Thomas Chastain Foundation Enables Thomas M. Chastain Dance Studio (Palm Beach Daily News) A gift from the foundation of the late Palm Beach resident Thomas Chastain has enabled Harid Conservatory to transform a dormant recital hall into a functioning dance studio. The 2,000-square-foot recital hall, now known as the Thomas M. Chastain Dance Studio, had sat unused since Harid's music division ceased operation in 1999. The undisclosed sum from The Chastain Charitable Foundation enabled Harid to install a resilient dance floor, audio visual components such as a 70-inch LED television, mirrors and portable ballet barres...The residential conservatory in Boca Raton has an enrollment of 40 high-school age students during the school year and a summer school enrollment of more than 60. Full Story Back to Top
04-09-12 Dennis Chastain Finds Ancient Petroglyphs (Anderson Independent Mail) The pictures are petroglyphs, rock carvings made by prehistoric people. They tend to be geometric figures or animals, circles and snakes. One rare rock in Pickens County has 17 human figures that reach out through the centuries, asking questions that will never be answered…In 1998, Charles got in touch of Dennis Chastain, a Pickens County naturalist and outdoor writer with roots in the area going back for 200 years. They talked about where petroglyphs could be found; if they existed, and if they were still around…Chastain suggested a rock outcrop about 1/4 of an acre large and near the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Pickens County. They climbed for about two and a half hours and found the first carved circle about two hours after reaching the rock, with a 40-mile vista in each direction. They found about 600 petroglyphs on their first time out. Full Story Back to Top
04-06-12 Caitlin Chastain Awarded Girl Scout Silver Award (Fayetteville Observer) Caitlin Chastain of Linden has been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines, the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She is the daughter of Suzanna and Thomas Chastain of Linden and attends Northwood Temple Academy. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 1481 led by Pam Kinlaw. Full Story Back to Top
04-04-12 Director Linda Chastain Discusses Hope's Closet Impact on Children (TCPalm) Hope's Closet 4 Children is one of several ministries of Grace Way Village. It provides gently used clothing in a bright cheerful setting for children in need from infancy through the teen years. The ministry opened its doors on Feb. 24, 2010. "We waited for three weeks for a client to come," said Hope's Closet director Linda Chastain. "Finally, I received a call from a school guidance counselor about a mother that needed clothing for her children to attend a little cousin's funeral. I met them on a Friday afternoon and together we found appropriate clothing for all 7 children." Though…the occasion was sad, "I was happy that we were there for the family," she said. "Since opening our doors, Hope's Closet has given away more than 45,000 items of clothing to 700 families in need." Some children in the Fort Pierce community, stressed Chastain, cannot attend school because they don't have the proper clothes or shoes. Hope's Closet is hoping to change that. Full Story Back to Top
04-03-12 O.C.T. Co-owned by Tony Shasteen becomes A&E TV Series ( Dawson, who co-wrote and co-owns O.C.T. with David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, follows the exploits of the New York Police Department's Occult Crimes Taskforce, not entirely unlike other comics-turned-movies like Hellboy or Dylan Dog. After a failed movie pitch last year, Dawson has hooked up with Gale Ann Hurd, one of the producers on AMC's The Walking Dead, to bring the title to A&E as a potential starring vehicle for Dawson. The physical resemblance between Dawson and lead character Sophia Ortiz led many to believe that the series was being written and drawn almost exclusively as a pitch to Hollywood a la Rashida Jones' Frenemy of the State. Full Story Back to Top
03-31-12 Racer Ross Chastain Earns Most Improved Driver Award ( Ross Chastain makes the most improvement in the series after the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. He started 17th and his 7th place finish was 21 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 08 driver $2,200 and the Featherlite "Most Improved Driver" award. Full Story Back to Top
03-30-12 Rabies Officer Dr. Larry Chasteen Reports Discovery of Rabid Dog (Daily Home Online) Four people working in a Moody veterinarian clinic must now receive vaccination shots after exposure to a rabid dog… St. Clair County Rabies Officer Dr. Larry Chasteen said this is the first rabid dog identified in the past 20 years in St. Clair County. "This is the first dog in my memory," he said. He said there was a coyote that tested positive for rabies two years ago in St. Clair County. "Everything else has been bats," he said. "It wasn't unusual to see a bat (with rabies) every 2-3 years."…Chasteen said it is important that people keep their pets up-to-date with their rabies shots. He said not to approach any wild animal acting docile or friendly. "Wild animals are supposed to run away from you," Chasteen said. "Don't mess with any wild animals." Full Story Back to Top
03-30-12 Volunteer Donna Chastain's Picture Graces Brochure (Cherokee Tribune) You may ask, "Why is Donna Chastain's picture on the front of the Cameron Hall brochure? She does not live there." No, she does not. But she comes close. Donna is a volunteer…Donna has been doing volunteer work there for 10 years for an estimated 1,000 hours each year. That makes a grand total of 10,000 hours. Those who know Donna would tell you that she is the epitome of a gracious and charming Southern lady…Donna arrives there at 7 o'clock each weekday morning. She is in charge of the breakfast beverages. She not only knows every resident by their name, she knows what they want to drink - coffee, milk, hot chocolate, tea or juice. Additionally, she knows how each resident wants their coffee or tea - cream, no cream, sugar or no sugar, etc. She also knows who wants jelly for their toast and what kind of jelly is their favorite. Later in the day, Donna serves beverages again after morning exercises. Sometimes she plays the piano for the residents. It may be gospel music, popular music or old favorites like "The Old Gray Mare." When someone is having a birthday she plays "Happy Birthday." Full Story Back to Top
03-28-12 Tony Shasteen among Producers of New A&E Series Occult Crimes Taskforce (Dread Central) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rosario Dawson is teaming with "The Walking Dead"'s Gale Anne Hurd to bring her graphic novel to A&E…The scripted drama, an increasingly appealing genre for the cable network, will explore the inner workings of the task force, which was established after the Civil War to make the New York City streets safe from practitioners of black magic, demons from another dimension, and all manner of supernatural malcontents…The script will be penned by The Unusuals' Jorge Zamacona, who also will serve as a producer alongside Dawson and Hurd, who is particularly well-versed in the graphic novel to TV business as evidenced by the success of AMC's "The Walking Dead". Atchison, Ford Gilmore, and Tony Shasteen, the graphic novel's illustrator, will join them as producers. Full Story
(Digital Spy) The project is based on comic series O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce - co-created by Dawson, writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen. Full Story Back to Top
03-28-12 Donna Thacker Chastain Receives Rotary Club Award for Community Service (Cherokee Tribune) Four Cherokee County residents who have dedicated their lives to helping others were honored Tuesday by the Rotary Club of Canton at its annual Community Service Awards program at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton…Rotarian Marguerite Cline…presented the Lamar Haley Award to Waleska resident Donna Thacker Chastain. Chastain, she said, is a "wonderful, beautiful lady" who dedicated four hours each day to visit and serve residents at Cameron Hall in Canton. Chastain, who grew up in Waleska, began visiting Cameron Hall after her husband, Herbert, had to live full time at the facility. After he passed, Cline said Chastain asked staff at the nursing home if she could keep returning. Chastain has dedicated more than 1,000 hours per year for the last 10 years to get to know the residents at the nursing home. Full Story Back to Top
03-22-12 Firestone Settles Deadly Defective Tire Case Involving William Chastain (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Tiremaker Firestone and its parent company, Bridgestone Corp., have settled a 7-year-old lawsuit that claimed a defective Firestone tire caused a crash that decapitated an Indiana couple traveling toward Georgia. A Georgia man, William Chastain of Walker County, was driving his Ford F-250 pickup on Nov. 10, 2005, when he lost control after one of his tires separated and exploded on I-24 near Manchester, Tenn. Chastain crossed the median and crashed into a vehicle driven by Leonard and Nancy Heavrin, who were decapitated…Lawyers for the Heavrins' family claimed Firestone and Bridgestone were negligent because cost-cutting measures at a Decatur, Ill., plant that manufactured the Firestone Steeltex Radial R4S II tire resulted in substandard tires being produced. Firestone recalled the tires and the plant was eventually closed. Full Story Back to Top
03-16-12 Anne Louise Stanford Chastain Endows Social Work Scholarship (Valdosta State University) In 1994, Anne Louise Stanford Chastain of Thomasville established a scholarship at Valdosta State University for future Division of Social Work students and funded it each and every year. When she died on Oct. 21, 2010, she remembered the program and provided enough funds to maintain it. "Her recent bequest endows the scholarship," said Sandra Fletcher, VSU's director of planned and major gifts. "The scholarship is for students pursuing a master's degree in social work, with preference given to Thomas County residents."…Chastain, who was 102 years old when she died, earned her master's degree from Columbia University's School of Social Work in New York City, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and went on to become the first social worker in Thomas County. She served as director of welfare at what is now known as the Division of Family and Children Services for three decades, and she served as the director of social services at Southwestern State Hospital for seven years. Full Story Back to Top
03-15-12 Major Gen. Jon Shasteen Promises Additional Humanitarian Assistance (Manila Standard Today) Vice Gov. Harold Imperial, representing joint chairman Salceda, thanked Major US Air Force Major Gen. Jon Shasteen, of the Pacific Command, for the five-day civic action involving medical, dental and optometry services in the city along with Guinobatan and Albay towns…Shasteen said the mission has also served communities in Cambodia and Vietnam. "Next year we will schedule another humanitarian assistance," he said. "Your Pacific Angel will reinforce existing partnerships and will create new friendships in securing a peaceful and prosperous Asia- Pacific region." Full Story Back to Top
03-12-12 Clay Chastain Vows to Fight Kansas City Council Streetcar Proposal (Kansas City Business Journal) Light rail advocate Clay Chastain vows to fight the Kansas City Council's streetcar proposal for Downtown in court until his light rail proposal goes before voters…In her four-page ruling, Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff noted that Chastain's petition called for a fourth-cent and an eighth-cent sales tax over 25 years to help pay for the project, but it also would have required municipal bonds and federal grants to complete. She said the Missouri Constitution prohibits citizen initiatives from obligating local governments to spend additional money beyond what a new tax or other financing source provides…Chastain…said that he will appeal the decision…"There's a double standard here at the government level and the court level," Chastain said in an interview Monday. "I'm not going to let them railroad the political rights of the people." Full Story Back to Top
03-09-12 Judge Rules against Clay Chastain Light-rail Proposal (Kansas City Star) A Jackson County judge ruled Friday that Kansas City does not have to place Clay Chastain's latest light-rail proposal before voters. Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff said Chastain's petition initiative failed to provide new revenue sufficient to cover the required city funds for the project, and thus was unconstitutional…In a telephone interview from Virginia, Chastain argued Friday that the measure still should go before voters. "The ideal of 'We the People' was subdued by a strong-armed government acting in concert with a misguided judge," he said. Full Story Back to Top
03-09-12 Ragen Chastain Promotes Health for People of Size (LIU Blackbirds) The School of Health Professions presents "Health for People of Size," a discussion with Ragen Chastain as part of its "Brooklyn's Health" series. Ragen Chastain is a published writer, professional speaker, choreographer and three-time National Champion dancer. As a healthy plus size athlete, Chastain writes and speaks about self-esteem, body image and health at every size across the nation and on her blog, Full Story Back to Top
03-07-12 Busloads of Watermelon Conventioneers Travel to See Ross Chastain's Truck ( The Toyota Tundra pickup parked on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton resort on a Saturday morning is drawing a crowd, as you might expect a pickup parked on the lawn of a Ritz-Carlton would. But this truck is...a crowning moment of the 2012 National Watermelon Association Convention, held Feb. 22-26. This particular Toyota Tundra is the SS Green Light Racing No. 08 entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which had made its debut at Daytona International Speedway just the night before. Sponsored by the Lakeland-based National Watermelon Association and the Orlando-based National Watermelon Promotion Board and driven by truck series rookie of the year candidate Ross Chastain, 19, of Fort Myers, the truck still bore the scars from the previous night's on-track action. Several busloads of conventioneers trekked an hour south to Daytona to see the highly regarded Chastain make his first start at the fabled track. Full Story Back to Top
03-07-12 Ross Chastain Gets His Watermelon Busted ( Barreling toward the checkered flag, Chastain was in the middle of a tight pack of trucks, jockeying for position and a chance to earn points toward a series championship. But then another truck running in the pack got loose and skittered to the right at 190 mph. The pack began to fall apart and the skittering truck veered sharply to the right and careened nose-first into the SS Green 08 right about the point where the cabin meets the bed. Somehow, Chastain steered through the mess, pulling off a remarkable series of spins, turns, twists and gyrations, managing to avoid the outer and inner walls of the track and keep the truck intact. After the spinout, the truck would not restart - the battery had become disconnected. Instead of crossing the finish line near the front of the pack, Chastain ended up with the worst possible stat a racer can accrue, a DNF - did not finish. Video and Full Story Back to Top
03-05-12 Sheriff Ricky Chastain not Required to Sign Pledge (News Channel 7) The Laurens County Republican Party is asking candidates filing for office to sign a pledge agreeing with the party's principles… However, because of legal issues, candidates will not be denied if they meet state qualifications… Good news for Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain who says his fear the pledge was targeted to keep him off the ballot…Chastain says fortunately the pledge can't keep him or other candidates from filing. He says no group of Republican leaders should have that power. Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Blake Chastain Finds Bomb in Woods Behind His House (KSDK) A bomb squad from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office responded to Marion County Saturday night to deactivate an apparent bomb found on private property. Blake Chastain and Jarrod Burner took several pictures of the device they found behind Jarrod's parents' house Saturday afternoon while searching in the woods for scrap metal. Chastain said, "We take it up to the house and get it all dusted off and go inside, set it on the counter, and we took a grinder to get some of the dust off of it." Burner spoke of the law enforcement reaction. "They're all over there," he said. "Kicked us out of the house, said we can't be there because it could blow up." Full Story Back to Top
03-03-12 Hoyt Chastain Comforts Neighbor after Tornado (WSFA) A family from Verbena is thanking God that they are alive after surviving a storm that demolished their home of 19 years. Dan and Donna Velasquez and their 17-year-old son Ian rode out the storm in a walk-in closet in a central part of their house. Dan had only seconds to dive into the closet before the storm hit, and said the house was gone in less than 60 seconds. He says there was "no hail, no rain and no train sound" before they heard the roof ripping off above their heads. "It just got loud, we knew it was different, and I could hear the roof starting to rip and the pounding started. My son's ears started popping and we knew we could die," Donna Velasquez said. The parents laid on top of their son Ian as the storm passed over, taking with it large chunks of their house…Almost immediately after the storm passed, a neighbor and friend of Dan's for 30 years, Hoyt Chastain, showed up at the Velasquez home, ready to help. Chastain says he and Dan sat together in a car after the storm passed. "Sometimes we cried. Sometimes we laughed. A lot of the time we were praying, just thanking the Lord that they were safe," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
02-28-12 Ragen Chastain Condemns Disney Fat Shame Ride (Salon) In a boneheaded stab at promoting healthy lifestyle choices, the happiest place on earth became a considerably less hospitable environment when it debuted a new interactive "Habit Heroes" exhibit at Epcot…[with] buff, virtuous characters Will Power and Callie Stenics squaring off against nemeses like the lazy, grotesque "Lead Bottom" and the self-explanatorily named "Glutton."…On her "Dances With Fat" blog, Ragen Chastain condemned the "Disney Fat Shame Ride" and admitted she "couldn't stop the tears" when she'd heard about it. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-12 Nicole Chestang Explains Changes in GED Testing (KERA News) The research also shows that only 1 in 10 GED recipients earns a college degree. Today, this is perhaps the GED's biggest challenge. "That is why we are making the changes that we are making to the GED testing program," says Nicole Chestang, vice president of the GED Testing Service, the organization that administers the test. Some critics would like to scrap the GED altogether, but Chestang says that's not going to happen. Instead, in 2014, the GED will morph into two new tests - one that's aligned with more rigorous high school standards, the other more attuned to career and college readiness. "We are developing a GED test in the future which will point toward more information for employers and colleges and individuals about the basic skills that they have and at what level have they mastered them," she says. Full Story Back to Top
02-17-12 Clay Chastain Ballot Issue Still in Court (Kansas City Star) Was the Kansas City Council within its rights in refusing to put Clay Chastain's most recent light rail initiative on the ballot last fall even though it met all the signature requirements?... Assistant City Attorney Sarah …argued that Chastain's petition was unconstitutional on its face and the council had every right to ignore it. Reason: the plan's funding mechanism wouldn't raise enough money to build his light rail system much less run it. Midkiff took the matter under advisement and will rule soon, she said from the bench. But no matter what that ruling is, an appeal is likely, both sides agree. The city sought the declaratory judgment in October after Chastain filed a formal challenge to the council's decision. Full Story Back to Top
02-17-12 Racer Ross Chastain Sponsored by National Watermelon Association ( The nation's oldest produce trade association will join forces with one of the youngest drivers in the field on February 24th as Florida native Ross Chastain makes his first start at the World Center of Speed when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the 2012 racing season. The National Watermelon Association will celebrate its 99th year of service adorning the hood of the SS Green Light Racing No. 08 Toyota and Chastain's Tundra will be hauling watermelons around the Daytona speedway at nearly 190 miles per hour...Chastain and the No. 08 Toyota will make a special appearance at the National Watermelon Association convention at Amelia Island to help promote the sponsorship. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-12 Airman 1st Class Corey L. Chastain Graduates from Basic Military Training (Savannah Morning News) Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Corey L. Chastain graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Chastain is the son of Mike and Joanne Chastain of Crestwood Drive, Savannah. He is a 2011 graduate of Calvary Day School, Savannah. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-12 Sergeant CJ Chastain Reports on Pedestrian Blitz (KXRO Newsradio) The Aberdeen Police Department is concerned about vehicle collisions, especially those that involve a pedestrian or a person on a bicycle. In an effort to reduce this risk to the public the Aberdeen Police Department Traffic Section conducted a blitz on crosswalk safety February 10th at the intersection of Simpson Ave and Williams Street. For one hour officers in plain clothes attempted to cross the street as vehicles approached. Each vehicle was given over 208 feet to slow and stop for the pedestrian that was either at the fog line or actually part way across the street at the crossing location. Sergeant CJ Chastain reported that during the one hour blitz officers cited seven drivers for Failure to Yield to the Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. One of the drivers was also cited for Talking on a Cell Phone while Driving. Full Story Back to Top
02-13-12 Ragen Chastain Leads Campaign against 'Sad' Fat Billboards (Village Voice) An obesity campaign started by a hospital in Georgia called Strong4Life and featuring giant billboards with pictures of unsmiling overweight people, has been deemed too harsh by several groups of activists, reported the BBC. The first group, led by Ragen Chastain, who runs the blog Dances with Fat, launched a counter-campaign, which will eventually include billboards and bus stop signs with pictures of happy-looking people and positive slogans. The project is called Support All Kids Billboard and it raised $12,000 on its first day of collection towards a goal of $20,000. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-12 Robert Chasteen Fights Teen Suicide through Theater (WLWT Cincinnati) Inside a Mason garage, Robert Chasteen and Jordan Lange become Andrew and Emily, a teen coping with his parents' divorce and failing grades, and his girlfriend, who found out she's pregnant. It was too much for Andrew to handle, and he took his own life. "The curtains close and the lights dim, and you'll hear a gunshot and then the rest of the play is from the funeral on and how do these kids pick up the pieces," said Terri Hopton, the play's director. The play, "Get Serious about Life," is anything but make-believe… "When you are sitting at the edge of the stage, watching these teenagers come forward because of what you did, that feeling is so rewarding, and that is the biggest benefit," Chasteen said. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-12 Terry Chasteen Makes Semi-finals in Gay Dance Competition (Washington Blade) Terry Chasteen, founder of Lambda DanceSPORT DC, experienced a life-changing moment at his first Games experience. Chasteen headed to Amsterdam in 1998 to compete in same-gender dancesport which was being contested for the first time in the history of the gay games. "I went there with no dance partner," says Chasteen, "but they ended up pairing me with a gentleman from South Africa. Without much practice, the duo was able to dance their way into the semi-finals in Latin dance. "Dancesport is huge in Europe and there many same-gender dance organizations such as Equality dance," Chasteen says. "The ovations the crowds were giving us and the other dancers were amazing and it was definitely a life-defining moment." Full Story Back to Top
02-04-12 Returning Vet Robert Chastain Finds Home in Fire Department (News Channel 7) Local fire departments also employ veterans. Robert Chastain feels at home at the Anderson Fire Department. But he remembers searching for a job just after he left active duty military. Chastain says, "It was real hard. I was probably unemployed about 8 months." Chastain says the big problem was figuring out what he should do next. He says, "With that many years in, you're basically institutionalized, and you really don't know what to expect." He says everyday he hears the same thing from some of his comrades. Chastain says, "A lot of my gunners that was under me in the service call me up and say, 'Sgt., What's going on? I can't get a job." Chastain believes it will only be more difficult for veterans to find work in the coming months now that so many men and women are returning home from war. President Obama has a plan to give billions of dollars in grant money to fire departments and law enforcement agencies with preference going to those that hire post 9-11 veterans...Chastain went from working as an engine tech in the Air Force to an engine company here at the fire department. He says the teamwork skills he learned in the military are what make him a better firefighter. Chastain says, "The fire service, it fits like a glove." Full Story Back to Top
01-31-12 Chastain's Restaurant Owner Dies at 71 (Orlando Sentinel) Early Monday, as the sun rose over the Butler Chain of Lakes, Chastain died at his Windermere home, surrounded by his family. "It was so peaceful," said his daughter, Amanda Chastain Gufford. "We read the 103rd Psalm to him from the Bible." Chastain died after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. For decades Chastain managed his family's restaurant near Colonial Drive when it was a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The Southern-style cooking and family-friendly atmosphere attracted locals who wanted to "table hop" and tourists staying at the Wigwam Village Motel while visiting Gatorland. The restaurant was in a prime location when U.S. Highway 441 was the main road through Orlando. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-12 Elderly Jan Chastain Cooks Daily for Occupy Washington Protesters (Inter Press Service) The protesters were composed mostly of young people and college students, some older individuals, a few hippies and a handful of homeless people. Protesters like Boccella, a nurse, made sure the occupiers had their basic first aid needs met while advocating for healthcare for all. Some others, like the elderly Jan Chastain who sat knitting near the library tent, came to the site everyday to cook meals and give her support for the political causes. "People have said that they can't describe the occupy movement with one word. I think there is a word to describe it: Justice," Chastain told IPS. Full Story Back to Top
01-29-12 Jessica Chastain Hired as Senior Vice President (Tulsa World) F&M Bank and Trust Co. hired Jessica Chastain as senior vice president and senior product manager of treasury services. Rhonda Mathis and Peggy Linstromberg, Jennifer Garroutte and Sherry Dawson were promoted to banking officers and banking center assistant managers. Linzen Garcia was promoted to banking officer and credit analytics manager. Full Story Back to Top
01-28-12 Ann Margaret Chastain Promotes European Sister City (Anderson Independent Mail) Since 1992…more than 500 high-school students, government officials and business leaders have traveled between Pendleton and Stornoway, a city of 6,000 on a wind-swept island of peat bogs and soaring peaks off the northwest coast of Scotland…Pendleton High social studies teacher Ann Margaret Chastain has told her students in the past to never let finances stand in the way. But fundraisers and part-time jobs that once opened the way for anyone are no longer enough, she said. "The airline ticket this time itself was more than the entire trip has been before," Chastain said…Pendleton High's Chastain, who took her first students to Stornoway 15 years ago, said her counterparts from the Nicolson Institute were struck by the bigger cars and roads in America. The students she took to Stornoway in November were struck by the three-hour ferry ride across the "Minch," the stretch of ocean between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides Islands, where Stornoway is located. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-12 Tony Shasteen Works on Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Liberty Design (ComicsAlliance) The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund began its 2012 membership drive, in earnest today, offering various rewards and incentives to those who pledge support the free speech non-profit dedicated to protecting the comic book industry from censorship. The initiative is led by a new membership card illustrated by ComicsAlliance favorite Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), who casts the CBLDF's Liberty mascot in an image that recalls the beautifully designed and inspirational Works Progress Administration Posters of the 1930s…The CBLDF's 2012 membership drive was developed by Alex Cox, who created the initial Liberty design before passing it on to artist Tony Shasteen, whose vision was further refined by Chiang for the striking membership card illustration. Full Story and Artwork Back to Top
01-25-12 Donnie Chesteen Hired as Head Coach (The Enterprise Ledger) Chesteen was hired as head football coach and athletic director at Geneva High School Monday night by the Geneva City School Board, announced Geneva Superintendent Ricky Bennett. Chesteen, who was head coach at Samson the last two years, replaces Jeff Williams, who resigned in November after five seasons as head coach. Chesteen is no stranger to the Geneva program. He was an assistant coach there in 1975-76, a head coach of the Panthers from 1981-87 and an assistant in 2009…Chesteen was also a head football coach at Geneva County, his alma mater, from 1977-80. He dropped out of coaching in 1987 and was in pharmaceutical sales for 22 years before returning as an assistant coach in 2009 at Geneva. He then had an itch to be a head coach and fulfilled that at Samson…Overall, Chesteen has 13 years of head coaching experience with an 86-55 record. Full Story Back to Top
01-24-12 Louise Chastain Endows Scholarship Fund (WALB-TV) Louise Chastain made her mark in the area of social work as one of the first social workers in Georgia. Her career began in 1933. When welfare was established in every Georgia county in 1937, she was named the first director of public welfare in Thomas County. It was a position she held for the next 30 years. Even after retirement, Chastain continued to support the profession over the years by financially assisting the Division of Social Work at Thomas University…When she died in October 2010, Chastain left an endowment of more than $200,000 to fund scholarships for social work students at Thomas University…The first scholarships funded by the Louise Chastain Social Work Scholars Endowment will be awarded in the fall of 2012. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-12 Blind Faith: Movie Based on Blind Football Player Mike Chastain (First Coast News) 'Blind Faith'…is the story of Mike Chastain who had completely lost his vision, through an accident and a disease, when he decided to play high school football, and he did. "I happen to be at the right place at the right time, that just means I happen to be at a school with a coach that would give me that chance," said Chastain. "Think about it a totally blind kid playing a violent game like football," he added. Chastain is now General Manager of gym in South Florida, but expects to spend more time in Jacksonville for the making of the movie…release the movie when the football season kicks off in the fall. "It is tight but we will do it," said Dunham. Full Story Back to Top
01-21-12 Firefighter Brian Chasteen Fights to Save His Own Home from Blaze (LaSalle News Tribune) Arlington, Cherry and Malden firefighters rushed to the Chasteen farm between Cherry and Zearing at about 9 p.m., and found firefighter Brian Chasteen and another neighbor who happens to be a firefighter trying to keep fire from spreading to the house that was about 15 feet from the blazing garage…flames finished destroying all but the exterior shell of the garage. Steam surrounded the two-story farmhouse because firefighters had been keeping water on it, and the rear of the house was quite hot…he immediately went into firefighter mode after he learned of the fire. "He put his bunker gear and right away started making sure it didn't get to the house," she said. "He put me and my daughter and our dog in the car and told me to take our daughter to his mom's house, and I came back to make sure the house was OK and he was OK."…Brian Chasteen said heat melted siding and cracked some windows on the rear of the house…He said when he noticed the fire, only the rear of the garage was on fire and fellow firefighter Kendall Keutzer already had arrived to help. Full Story Back to Top
01-21-12 Jennifer Chastain Caters on a Budget (Ventura County Star) While football fans will be wildly debating the strategies and outcome of Super Bowl XLVI, one can always count on Jennifer Chastain's knack for taming the crowd with a dazzling party spread. Roasting a turkey to serve hot turkey sandwiches is a Chastain favorite. For a delicious addition, Chastain serves a caramelized Vidalia onion dip with sweet potato chips…Need to hostess a party? With a little help from Chastain, your special occasion should be nothing short of spectacular. It's often the little things that create the great impact, Chastain believes, and can be accomplished on a conservative budget. Her recent New Year's Eve gala featured a buffet table of miniature ham sandwiches, individual mashed potatoes, shrimp cocktail and a cheese platter…"Entertaining is all about making memories," she said. "It's making people feel comfortable and wanted, which is the most important thing. It's certainly not about all the bells and whistles." Full Story Back to Top
01-18-12 Ann Margaret Chastain Promotes Sister Cities (Stornoway Gazette) STORNOWAY and Pendleton have been twinned now for 20-years but the link actually came about courtesy of a one in a million chance meeting at a conference in Washington DC... PENDLETON High School geography teacher Ann Margaret Chastain was one of the first to make the trip over the pond to Stornoway and it is a journey she has now made four times. "It really has been different every time I've been over," she began. "I've seen a lot of different things and met new people as well as catching up with old friends too - but it is always wonderful. "I think the link between the two towns is extremely important and it is something I will definitely work at keeping going as it is so valuable to both sides. "The relationships that are built become life-long friendships and many students keep in touch with their hosts many years later and you can't put a price on things like that so it's too valuable to ever stop now." Full Story Back to Top
01-13-12 Fit One Owner Jane Chastain Loves Special Needs People (The Chattanoogan) Jane Chastain of Ooltewah has a special love for those with special needs and she has been training them in her gym for over 32 years…No one in her family has any special need; she just had a heart for them from the beginning…Jane was born in Nashville and moved here with her parents, Cy and Frances Fuller. "I was younger than five. I can still remember I had special shoes because my feet turned in." Jane laughs, "I guess maybe I was special needs because of that and… I am blind in one eye." Anyone speaking with Jane would never notice this…"The original plan was to have a 4,000-square-foot building for special needs to be able to come to, but we ended up building a 16,000-square-foot fitness center open to the public and we are able to do more than just focus on special needs." With 3,500 members who workout at Fit One, many of the members of the gym or people in the community or schools will use Fit One to promote athletic programs, or to hold events…Fit One holds Bible studies periodically on the campus, one of which was the Run for God. "After the Bible study part you learn to run. When people completed the session they ended up at a 5K run at J-fest."…Jane Chastain is making a real difference in the world. Full Story Back to Top
01-09-12 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Seeks Fourth Term (Greenwood Today) Sheriff Ricky Chastain has officially announced he will seek a fourth term as Laurens County Sheriff. Chastain will be running in the Republican Primary on June 12th. Sheriff Chastain, 43, began his career with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer 22 years ago. Chastain worked his way through the ranks and was elected by the citizens of Laurens County to be their sheriff for the first time in 2000. Full Story Back to Top
01-08-12 Corliss Chastain: Maine Photographer (Press Herald) At first glance, "Maine Photographers: Eyes on Asia" at the Addison Woolley Gallery in Portland might seem to have little to do with the state of arts in Maine. Casual viewers could pass it over as exotic and hardly relevant to pragmatic Mainers caught up in hard times. But this is a show curated by the most indefatigable advocate of contemporary Maine art -- Bruce Brown, curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. I don't think anyone has a better pulse on Maine photography, and Brown has once again hit the nail on the head…Corliss Chastain's Japanese bicycle shed would have made Margaret Bourke-White jealous…"Eyes on Asia" is proof that Maine is an international art destination not just because we have a picturesque state but because we have so many talented, sophisticated artists. It also reminds us photography is at least as much about pictorial sensibility as anything else -- not just conceptualism, critical theory or hip aesthetics. There is excellent photography in Maine. Full Story Back to Top
01-06-12 Kim Chastain Sells to WellStar Health and becomes an Executive Director ( WellStar Health System has completed its purchase of OrthoSport Physical Therapy, a Cobb County-based practice with locations in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock…Owner Kim Chastain is now executive director of outpatient rehabilitation services for WellStar, and all OrthoSport employees have become WellStar team members. WellStar offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services focused on intensive rehabilitation programs for stroke patients, patients with traumatic or acquired brain injury or neurological disorders. Full Story Back to Top
01-06-12 Florist Sandra Chastain Creates Debutante Ball Fantasy (Columbia Star) The Star introduced the belles of the S.C. Debutante Ball held at the Forest Lake Country Club. The beauty of the occasion was accentuated by the floral arrangements for the dinner dance, the debutantes, their escorts, and guests. The fastidious fingers of Sandra Chastain, 18-year veteran of the floral industry and awardwinning designer, created simple elegance with flowers and foliage. Plans for the floral display were months in the making. On the morning of the event, Chastain arrived in her truck filled with flowers, greenery, and vases…Chastain estimates that it takes four days from when the roses are cut in Equator to when they arrive at her doorstep. The hydrangea blooms are California grown and shipped. Whenever possible, Chastain purchases flowers from local growers…With raw materials onsite, Chastain begins her magic of transforming a dining room into a floral fantasy. Full Story Back to Top
01-04-12 Chief of Forensic Services Carl Chasteen Investigates Pensacola Arson (Capitol News Service) Arson investigators are awaiting the results of evidence that was taken from the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola. The Abortion provider was hit by fire early Sunday morning. This is the same clinic were a doctor was murdered in 1994… "We can tell which molecules are present," Chief of Forensic Services Carl Chasteen said. "By knowing which molecules are necessary for certain types of ignitable liquids, we can determine the type of ignitable liquid, if there was one." Full Story Back to Top
01-03-12 Hollie Chastain Work to Appear in New Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (Wire) A board of directors and a jury of artists led by Matt Wyatt, of Wyatt Studios, plan to establish the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts in June…Wyatt is anticipating a piece by Heather Hilton, whose cityscape paintings are on display at Wyatt Art Studios through Jan. 6, and a donation from Hollie Chastain, whose mixed media collage work was up in the gallery's previous exhibit. Full Story Back to Top
01-01-12 Firefighter Dennis Chastain Challenges Wisdom of Smokey the Bear (The State) Dennis Chastain, an Upstate S.C. hunter and long-time volunteer firefighter, said substantial acreages of the southern Appalachians also are filled with fallen trees that create a major threat. "Under natural conditions, that fuel would have been burned up many years ago, by natural lightning-caused fires,'' Chastain said. "This all goes back to the Smoky the Bear campaign. We have this idea to put out any woods fire. The truth is that, over time, you create not only an unnatural situation, but a potentially devastating one.'' Full Story Back to Top
12-23-11 Bookshelf Owner Katie Chastain Say it is a Good Christmas for Thomasville Stores (WALB-TV) "I think from here on out the people that just can't find anything for you know the person that is left on their list and so books are often a good thing for them," said Bookshelf Owner Katie Chastain…"It's been an ok year, but Christmas season's been great. I think our whole downtown has been picking up a lot. We've got a lot of new stores so the energy on the streets just seems well and that's really reflected in the shops so we've had a really great Christmas season," said Chastain. Chastain says they plan on staying open until three tomorrow, but she says if customers are still pouring in then they'll stay open as late as they need to. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-11 Lyn Chasteen Retires as Austin Business Journal Publisher (Austin Business Journal) Austin Business Journal Publisher Lyn Chasteen has announced that she will retire from the paper. Chasteen, who has led the paper as publisher for the past 14 years, spent 20 years with ABJ's parent company, Charlotte, N.C.-based American City Business Journals , including stints at the Dallas and Jacksonville business journals. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-11 Bear Hunter Dennis Chastain Not Surprised at Unsuccessful Season (The State) The bears did better than the hunters in the first black bear hunting season on South Carolina's coast in more than a half-century…Upstate bear hunter Dennis Chastain said it doesn't surprise him the coastal bear hunt wasn't productive this year. Hunters in that area might be less experienced scouting for bears, and Chastain thinks the best dates for the season on the coast would be late October, when bears feed on nuts dropped by hardwood trees. "I'd have a hard time 'still hunting' a bear down on the coast," Chastain said. "It's just hard to pin a bear down." Coastal regulations allow only hunting without the use of dogs - still hunting - and no baiting was allowed during the season, which ran Dec. 1 through Thursday. The one bear killed Wednesday was "one that usually gave farmers headaches, which is one of the reasons we went to a hunting season," Ruth said. Full Story Back to Top
12-12-11 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Fights in Ring for Children's Christmas (Fox Carolina) See Video Back to Top
12-10-11 Pueblo Police Officer Arron Chasteen Participates in Shop With a Cop (Pueblo Chieftain) Police always beef up patrols around the North Side shopping district for the holidays. On Friday at Target, 3300 Dillon Drive, a heavy police presence meant Christmas presents for several local families. The charitable "Shop With A Cop" program is a nationwide event in which Target stores donate money to have police officers help needy children make their families' Christmas gift wishes come true…"Let's look for monster trucks. We're looking for monster trucks now," Pueblo police officer Arron Chasteen told 7-year-old Krysta Birrer as they navigated the toy section of the store. Chasteen was tasked with helping Krysta and her brothers, Riley Birrer, 10, and Brady Birrer, 5. After crossing a monster truck off their list, Krysta and Brady quickly found some VTech video games to play. "Those are too advanced for officer Chasteen," the officer said to no one in particular as the siblings punched away at the keys of a "Kung Fu Panda" game. After a little playing, Chasteen directed the children back to shopping. "Grab your lists and let's go look for the girl presents. We're shopping for girl presents now." Full Story Back to Top
12-08-11 Lisa Shasteen Talks about Renovated Historic Floridan Hotel ( The massive renovation of the Floridan Hotel in downtown Tampa is nearly done -- almost. The historic hotel that's been under reconstruction for several years now stands with all its rooms completed, a lobby ready for a final floor polish and its bar nearly ready for crates of liquor for an opening party…The downtown hotel now awaits a huge shipment of furniture for each room and the final inspections and permits for plumbing, electrical and food service… "We're at Home Depot, a lot," said Lisa Shasteen, a business partner and official spokeswoman for the hotel project… This all cost "tens and tens of millions of dollars," Shasteen said. One thing is for sure. The hotel won't be re-branded as a big, brand name hotel like Hilton, Marriott or Sheraton - not even if that meant those hotel companies merely managed the hotel as is often done with grand old hotels. The current owners decided to keep the hotel independent, Shasteen said, and reinvest what would be royalty payments into the operations. Though she declined to say what rooms will cost, Shasteen said it's worth looking at other historic hotels in Florida. Full Story Back to Top
11-29-11 Ragen Chastain Challenges Body Mass Index Assumptions (CU Columbia Spectator) As Ragen Chastain, international dance champion and "Health at Every Size" activist, explains to Roberts: "[BMI] doesn't just do a disservice to fat people-by creating a lower class of people who are seen as unworthy and without self-discipline, etcetera-it does a disservice to unhealthy thin people... [suggesting that] it doesn't matter that all you eat is fast food and you never exercise, because your body is thin and therefore you're healthy." Chastain points out that medical studies linking obesity with life-threatening illness are correlational, not causative: though high percentages of those who present with certain health problems are "obese," the data don't prove that body mass itself is to blame. "I, personally, am 5' 4", 284 pounds. I'm type 3 Super Obese: I'm as high as you can get on the BMI chart. You can't get fatter than me," she reveals, matter-of-factly. "But, I'm metabolically in perfect health, I can do the splits, I can press a thousand pounds with my legs, and I dance at a professional level." By declaring weight a suitable proxy for health, we end up condemning athletes, from Chastain to Schwarzenegger-and, even in pursuit of our best intentions, condoning damaging and ultimately counterproductive trends. Full Story Back to Top
11-28-11 Karyl Chastain Beal Organizes Healing After Suicide Program (Columbia Daily Herald) Local support groups are teaming up to host a program at Maury Regional Medical Center for people who want to explore grief associated with the loss of a loved one to suicide. The presentation, "Healing After Suicide," will be hosted by the local Friends and Families of Suicide support and discussion group along with the South Central Region of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. The program is open to the public and refreshments will be served. "It's for anyone who has lost someone to suicide, or for professionals that want to gain a better understanding of suicide-grief," said program organizer Karyl Chastain Beal. Full Story Back to Top
11-25-11 Matt Chastain has Best Audition Score ( The Vernon Township High School Choir had 15 students accepted by audition into the 2011 Sussex County High School Honor Choir. Matt Chastain had the best audition score out of the 119 students who auditioned! Full Story Back to Top
11-23-11 Marc Chastain Becomes President of Rib Crib (Nation's Restaurant News) Rib Crib BBQ & Grill has named Marc Chastain president, succeeding owner Bret Chandler in the role. Chastain will lead day-to-day operations at the 46-unit Rib Crib, which is based in Tulsa, Okla. "Since joining the company almost 15 years ago, Marc has distinguished himself as an effective leader and capable business strategist time and again," said Chandler, who remains as chief executive of Rib Crib. Chastain joined Rib Crib as its controller and later became chief financial officer. Before joining Rib Crib, Chastain worked in public accounting, real estate and the sporting goods manufacturing industry. Rib Crib has restaurants in eight states. Full Story Back to Top
11-22-11 Senior VP Andrew Chastain Leads Search for Hospital CEO ( The governing board of Slidell Memorial Hospital has hired a firm to conduct a nationwide search for a new chief executive …"We are looking forward to this opportunity," Andrew Chastain, the senior vice president in Witt/Kieffer's Atlanta office who will be the lead consultant in the search, said Tuesday. "A significant part of the process will include interviews with a wide variety of Slidell Memorial stakeholders in order to ensure that we create an accurate profile for the ideal CEO." Full Story Back to Top
11-22-11 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Wrestles for Kids' Charity (see video promo) (WHNS Greenville) The Laurens County Sheriff's Department is joining forces with National Championship Wrestling for a huge night of wrestling to raise money for Kids for Christmas charity…Regal puts his Boots on the line against Chastain's Badge. Full Story Back to Top
11-21-11 Barbara Chasteen Passes Away (Orlando Sentinel) Barbara Elizabeth (Carlton) Chasteen, the woman who kept Central Florida's largest local government on track week after week for 20 years, died Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 54. Chasteen was the first supervisor of Orange County's Agenda Development Office, responsible for assembling the "To Do" list that county commissioners vote on each week. She organized - and frequently wrote - the explanatory materials behind every rezoning request, contract award and local ordinance to be decided by commissioners, in the form of a 3-inch-thick binder that had to be re-created from scratch every seven days. Friends and colleagues Monday credited Chasteen with making Orange County's entire $3 billion government run more smoothly…one day, she showed up at the OUC office with cookies, and Joseph Chasteen was hooked. He called her at home and asked her out. They were married for 32 years. "She had a beautiful smile that people remembered," Joseph Chasteen said…She was Orange County's "grammar queen," said Cheryl Gillespie…She was diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer, endured chemotherapy and radiation treatment, two major surgeries, and the usual complications. Yet "she never showed any sadness or anger. She was upbeat constantly," Joseph Chasteen said. "Her smile was there." Full Story Back to Top
11-20-11 Bank Market President Mark Chastain Discusses Real Estate Forecast (Daytona Beach News-Journal) Reunion Bank of Florida opened locally with $18.5 million in capital and now has total assets of more than $159 million, said the bank's Volusia County market president, Mark Chastain. Chastain talked with The News-Journal about the future of the local housing market, small banks versus big banks and other issues within the banking industry…Is now the best time possible for small banks to capitalize on the furor over big banks?: We have a tremendous opportunity to show our customers that they are not "just a number" with our bank. We have products and services that mirror those of the big banks at a lower cost and with better service. Word of mouth marketing from our existing customers regarding our commitment to service has fueled our growth and success thus far. Trust is something we work hard to build and maintain in the banking industry. The actions of some of the big banks have adversely impacted that trust. Reunion Bank of Florida continues to strive to provide the best products and services. Full Story Back to Top
11-19-11 Staci Chastain Helps Clients Save $22 Million in Energy Costs (Visalia Times-Delta) "Basically, we provide electrical and gas energy education and energy-efficiency installations to families in order to save money on their utilities" and reduce energy consumption, said Staci Chastain, energy programs manager for Proteus. But her program isn't limited to Tulare County. Proteus' energy teams also weatherize homes in Kings County and parts of Kern, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Chastain said Proteus' energy program has worked on about 55,000 homes in the past three years, more than 30,000 of them in Tulare County. She estimated that the combined reductions in electrical and natural gas use in those homes are equal to the annual average energy used by about 1,200 homes, she said. In Tulare County alone, the work resulted in more than $22 million in savings for Proteus' clients, Chastain estimated. Full Story Back to Top
11-16-11 PFC Bob Chastain Recounts His WWII Service (White Mountain Independent) Chastain was working as a paper boy, delivering the Arizona Republican, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He had just celebrated his birthday six days before. He got called to deliver an Extra that morning. He decided to postpone college and forego his basketball scholarship to join the Marines. Chastain ended up in a short-lived unit, the Marine Corps Raiders; special forces who were the first to successfully engage the Japanese. The U.S. military was ill-prepared to take on the fight and the Raiders were stepped in to fill the breach. Chastain recalls his less than graceful entry into the battle to take Bougainville, an island off New Guinea. The Raiders were brought to the island aboard a troop ship and to reach the shore they had to scramble over the side of the ship down rope netting to board the bobbing Higgens Boats. The trick to the action was to wait for the troop ship to descend in the waves, shortening the jumping distance to the waiting Higgens Boat, Chastain said. "I looked down and as it came up I tried to jump but I got my foot tangled," he said. When he got his foot freed the timing was not right for what he had hoped would be a short drop. Chastain was an "old veteran" at age 21; he was expected to help the inexperienced Marines survive the coming invasion of Japan. Chastain was certain he wouldn't survive the invasion. "I'd already survived four of these things," he said. Full Story Back to Top
11-15-11 Final Arrangements Made for Officer Dewey Chastain (Cleveland Daily Banner) Funeral arrangements for former Bradley County sheriff and longtime law enforcement officer Dewey Chastain have been completed by his survivors. Jim Rush Funeral Home - Wildwood Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Monday's Page 1 story incorrectly listed the funeral home. Chastain, 68, passed away Saturday after a short battle with cancer. He began his law enforcement career in 1974 and was chief deputy with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Lamar Lawson…Visitation for the Chastain family will be from 4 to 9 tonight. Interment will be Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a Remembrance of Life at 2 p.m. at the Wildwood Avenue Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes. Full Story Back to Top
11-14-11 Former Sheriff Dewey Chastain Dies in Cleveland, Tennessee (Cleveland Daily Banner) A popular retired Cleveland Police Department officer whose long law enforcement career included serving as interim Bradley County sheriff died this weekend following a short battle with cancer. Dewey Chastain, 68, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August, according to family members. Chastain, who was chief deputy at the time, was appointed sheriff in 1980 after the death of sheriff Lamar Lawson and served until Lawson's brother, Robert Lawson, was elected to the office. Chastain began his law enforcement career in 1974. He joined his brother Danny, who had begun his career just months before. The Chastains both worked for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and then made career changes after 1980, joining the Cleveland Police Department. Dewey Chastain retired as a sergeant with the Cleveland Police Department in December 2007. Full Story Back to Top
11-13-11 Major General Jon Shasteen Greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino for APEC Meeting (Brunei Times) HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday morning touched down on the Pacific island of Oahu, where the United States is hosting this year's Apec summit meetings and hopes to propel trade pact negotiations involving the Sultanate. Landing in succession along other leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) at the Hickam Air Force Base, His Majesty the Sultan's Flight (HMSF) arrived on schedule as ground crew, US secret service and army personnel secured the area. US President and this year's Apec host Barack Obama was also expected to arrive late yesterday evening. Greeting the Brunei leader upon arrival were the American Assistant Chief of Protocol for Diplomatic Affairs, Gladys Boluda, and Major General Jon Randy Shasteen, the deputy reserve commander from the Pacific Air Forces. Full Story Back to Top
11-13-11 Bill Chastain Autographs September Nights (Bradenton Herald) Rays starting pitcher James Shields and Major League Baseball sports writer Bill Chastain will sign copies of their new book September Nights: Hunting the Beasts of the American League East on Monday. September Nights gives an inside look how the Rays held off the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in September 2010 to win the American League East for the second time in three years. Full Story Back to Top
11-10-11 Kim Chastain Sells Physical Therapy Business to WellStar ( The WellStar Board of Trustees approved a letter of intent to purchase OrthoSport Physical Therapy… OrthoSport is a Cobb County-based practice with locations in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock. Owned and managed by Kim Chastain, a board-certified physical therapist with more than 25 years of orthopedics experience, OrthoSport was established in 2002 and employs more than 20 individuals. Full Story Back to Top
11-09-11 WWII Vet Claude Chastain Jr. Receives High School Diploma (Southwest Riverside News Network) Sixty-nine years ago Claude Chastain Jr. enlisted in the Navy. He was only 17. Calling himself a man at the time, he opted out of finishing his last year of high school and the chance to graduate with friends, and instead chose to fight with Navy comrades in battle as a coxswain during World War II. But decades later, Chastain was given the opportunity to walk the stage. At the age of 87, the Hemet resident received his high school diploma. Full Story Back to Top
11-05-11 Firefighter Jason Chastain Receives Minor Injury in Arson Fire (Huntington Herald Dispatch) A Thursday evening house fire where a lieutenant with the Milton Volunteer Fire Department was injured was ruled as arson by the West Virginia Fire Marshal's office on Friday, said Timmy Chastain, deputy fire chief of the department…The injured firefighter was identified as Chastain's brother, Lt. Jason Chastain. He received a minor ankle injury when he fell through a porch at the house fire, which was near Barker's Ridge in eastern Cabell County. He was taken to an area hospital via personal vehicle. The injury was described as minor. Full Story Back to Top
11-02-11 Bob Chastain to Speak at Marine Commemorative Event (White Mountain Independent) The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the 60th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War (also known as the "Forgotten War") Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5-10 p.m. at Torreon Golf Club in Show Low. Veterans from all branches of the service along with local military organizations, citizens and business owners will welcome guest speaker Bob Chastain, PFC, USMC 1943-1945 (Carlson's) Raiders. The 87-year-old retired Ray Schools Superintendent, State Representative and State Senator from Kearny, will share his experiences during WWII as a Raider. Full Story Back to Top
11-02-11 Detective Alex Chasteen Arrests Criminals in iPad Fraud (NBCDFW) Chasteen said he believes the same people driving to North Texas also travel to Atlanta. Atlanta police say the ring could have as many as 50 involved. The thieves typically park in gas station parking lots and then approach people asking if they're interested in buying an iPad. Often, they show a real iPad to the victims at first. When they convince a victim to make a purchase, they then pull a FedEx box out of a car trunk that contains what looks like an iPad in bubble wrap. But when the victims open the box later, they find a Plexiglas frame covered in black duct tape with an Apple symbol on the back and Best Buy price labeling on the front. Full Story Back to Top
10-31-11 Pierra Chastain Makes Handmade Bikes ( Can you believe there is only one handmade bike builder in Moab, Utah? His name is Pierra Chastain and he works under the Blaze Bicycles banner. He showed this classic and stoutly built mixte. I like how he matched the bike's finish to the old leather saddle... Full Story Back to Top
10-30-11 Dennis Chastain Describes Problem of Pet Cougars (Journal Watchdog) "The native Eastern panthers have been extinct for a long time now," Chriswell said. "People buy these Western cougars as kittens - when they're cute and cuddly - but in just a few months that cute mountain lion kitten is the size of a German Shepard and the owners don't know how to deal with it." An Oakway man in Oconee County shot a Western cougar on his porch about 10 years ago. An analysis of the animals internal organs found the cat had been living on commercial dog and cat food. DNR officials searched the area and found no less than 17 families in a 25-mile circle of Oakway had pet cougars, said Dennis Chastain, a wildlife expert who has researched and written about mountain lion sightings all over the state. "Absent any other evidence it's just hard to tell the difference between a large dog and a panther track," said Chastain. "But if you see a mountain lion it is a sure bet it is a Western animal that has escaped or was released by the owner. There is also some evidence the cats are breeding here." Full Story Back to Top
10-30-11 Chastain's Office Supply Relocates to Consolidated Location (Online Athens) Chastain's Office Supply recently moved from downtown Athens to a new building in western Clarke County. The office supply and furniture store has a new showroom, office and warehouse at 130 Conway Drive behind Adcock Furniture in Bogart, said Tami Chastain, chief financial officer and wife of Chastain's owner Chris Chastain. Chris Chastain's father Jerry Chastain started the business in 1979 and moved it to downtown in 1982. Chris grew up working at the store and bought it in 2006. Chastain's moved in order to consolidate the showroom and warehouse, Tami Chastain said. The previous warehouse was off Newton Bridge Road. "It helped streamline operations and make it more efficient," she said. "Plus now we have ample free parking." The new store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The website is Full Story Back to Top
10-27-11 University of Toronto Researcher Alison Chasteen Comments on Racist Costumes ( An Ohio student group's campaign has started a firestorm of debate in Canada and abroad over whether wearing Arab, Spanish and other ethnically inspired garb is proliferating stereotypes and feeding racism. The campaign, by Ohio University's Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS), features posters headlined "We're a culture, not a costume." Underneath the line, "This is not who I am, and this is not okay" are students of various ethnic backgrounds holding up photos of people wearing blackface, or dressed up as natives, Geisha girls or people depicting "terrorists," for example…n an email interview, University of Toronto researcher Alison Chasteen noted other recent examples of Canadians wearing racially offensive costumes, such as last year at a Royal Canadian Legion Halloween party in Ontario and this year at a university in Montreal. "We know from past research that exposure to stereotypical images can activate stereotypes in people's minds and influence their subsequent behaviour," said Chasteen, an associate professor who researches stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. "That is why efforts such as this one in Ohio are needed to educate people about racist images in an attempt to reduce stereotypical portrayals of minority groups." Regardless, the virtual world was filled with commenters and bloggers slamming the STARS campaign. Full Story Back to Top
10-27-11 Terry Chastain Partners in New Art Garage (Santa Rosa Press Democrat) Three local artists-glassblower Frank Cavaz, painter/printmaker Julie Cavaz, and printmaker Terry Chastain-have teamed up to bring a unique kind of venue to Sonoma. Called "The Art Garage," the space on Eighth Street East will be introduced to the community at an Open House Saturday…The idea has simmered for years among the friends, who first met in the mid-1990s. At the time, Chastain was co-owner of San Francisco's Tinhorn Press & Gallery (later Tinhorn Public Works). In the cellar of Tinhorn Press was an art printmaking studio equipped for the production of intaglio, stone lithography, woodblock, monotypes and other techniques. Classes and workshops were frequent, and the place became a lively hangout for people involved in art…Gradually the artists developed the idea of creating a venue loosely modeled after Tinhorn…workshops and classes will be held beginning this fall. The first classes include introductory and advanced glassblowing, printmaking and handmade books. Additional classes will be added in the future. Check the website, Full Story Back to Top
10-14-11 Ethelene Dyer Jones Honored for Historical Research and Writing (Chastain Central announcement) At the 26th Governor's Awards in the Humanities event this week in Atlanta, Ethelene Dyer Jones was among 10 Georgians who received medals. The purpose of the event is to recognize exemplary work in the humanities and to highlight awardees as models for others in the state. In presenting the medal to Ethelene, recognition was given for her more than 60 years as a leader in documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of the Georgia mountains and Appalachian culture through publications, journalism, and other programs. Among her works cited were: her service as co-editor of Facets of Fannin, a 600-page volume of local history and lore; her publication of four other books on church history, family history, and poetry; her more than twenty years of writing a weekly history column for the News Observer newspaper of Blue Ridge; her service with the Georgia Poetry Society, the Byron Herbert Reece Society, the Fannin County Heritage Foundation, the Georgia War Veterans Home, and Learning-in-Retirement. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-11 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Huguenot Book from 1983 Again Available (Chastain Central announcement) Howard Porter Chasteen Sr. advised us of an old book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about the Huguenots. He says that it is titled The Refugees: A Tale of Two Continents but is also titled A Tale of Huguenot Persecution. Howard comments, "This is such a descriptive and entertaining book that has nearly been forgotten. Worthy of reading by all PCFA followers. Lets get the word out! It is available at for $17 but you can read it for FREE at It is completely free to read like many other classics that are in the public domain." Thanks Howard! Full Story Back to Top
10-14-11 Marc Chastain Promoted to President of Rib Crib Barbecue Chain (Tulsa World) Marc Chastain is president of Tulsa-based barbecue chain Rib Crib. The company was launched in 1992 and now has 45 locations in eight states. You recently were promoted to president of Rib Crib after 15 years at the company. What else have you done with Rib Crib and how did you get your start? I joined Rib Crib as controller and later became the chief financial officer. I've also held the position of vice president of franchising. Through these roles I've had the opportunity to contribute and participate extensively in the expansion of the brand and in the strategic development of the company… Before joining Rib Crib I earned an accounting degree at the University of Oklahoma and then became a CPA. I've worked in public accounting, real estate and the sporting goods manufacturing industry. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-11 Art Historian Helen Chastain Sowa Dies at 92 (Chicago Tribune) Helen Chastain Sowa, 92, a self-taught art historian who also gave lectures on famous women, died of complications after hip replacement surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 4, said her daughter, Margaret Sowa Nagel. Raised in Indiana, Mrs. Sowa lived in River Forest for 41 years before spending the last 17 years in a downtown high-rise. Mrs. Sowa lectured on famous women, including the wife of retail magnate Marshall Field and social worker Jane Addams, at ladies clubs. She was a longtime member of the Art Institute of Chicago. On a visit about 18 years ago, she was impressed by a still-life painting by artist Louise Moillon, her daughter said. She began researching the painter, eventually writing a biography, "Louise Moillon, 17th Century Still-Life Artist." Mrs. Sowa's book is sold in bookstores at the Art Institute, the Louvre and the Sorbonne. Full Story Back to Top
10-12-11 WWII Vet Joe Chasteen Goes to National World War II Memorial (Wyoming Tribune) Local resident and World War II veteran Joe Chasteen got a big surprise Tuesday morning when he was preparing for his flight to visit the National World War II Memorial for the first time. Just hours before Chasteen was to embark along with dozens of other Wyoming veterans for the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., his grandson, Miles Whitney, told him that he would be joining him as one of the trip's volunteers…about 80 veterans left on a chartered airplane for Washington as part of the sixth and final Honor Flight-Wyoming trip. The nonprofit organization uses private donations to pay for the veterans to make the journey to see the national memorial constructed in their honor, as well as other sites. Full Story Back to Top
10-10-11 Straight White Male Movie is about ZandD Chastain's Marriage ( Tears and cheers marked the local debut of "Straight White Male" before a packed house last week at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg…about Erlendson's journey from a girl athlete named Audra at Healdsburg High School in the early 2000s to a man named Tyler today…Some of the film's most poignant moments were scenes where Barbara and Bill Chastain of Healdsburg -- parents of ZanD Erlendson, Tyler Erlendson's wife -- explained how they could accept a son-in-law who was formerly a woman. In particular, the wedding scene where Bill Chastain has tears streaming down his face as gives his daughter ZanD away to be married to Tyler Erlendson triggered many a sniffle in the audience…ZanD Chastain Erlendson started out as a friend of Audra Erlendson's in high school, later transitioning to her fiancee as Audra committed to the sex change. She and Tyler Erlendson married in April 2010. Full Story Back to Top
10-07-11 Billy Chastain Operates Haunted Attractions (Anderson Independent Mail) House of Nightmares, which offers a simulated electric chair and a moving wall painted to resemble the front of a Mack truck, is managed by Billy Chastain. He has been operating haunted attractions in the area for the past 20 years. Full Story Back to Top
10-07-11 Musician Paul Chastain to Accompany Old Friend on Tour (WLKY Louisville) Matthew Sweet will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking power-pop album "Girlfriend" by performing it in its entirety on a tour that kicks off this weekend. Sweet, who will be joined on tour by Paul Chastain (bass), Ric Menck (drums) and Dennis Taylor (guitar), will also play selections from his new album "Modern Art." Full Story Back to Top
10-06-11 Kansas City Seeks Court Order to Block Clay Chastain Initiative (Kansas City Star) The Kansas City Council is seeking a court order to back up its refusal last week to put Clay Chastain's light rail initiative before the voters…The five lead petitioners backing the effort responded by invoking a provision of the city charter that requires council members to approve ballot initiatives that meet the signature requirements…Chastain responded Thursday. "The city council is doing everything they it can to block a vote on an initiative, including violating their own charter," he said from his home in Virginia. Full Story Back to Top
10-03-11 Alex Chastain Explains Options to Avoid New Banking Fees ( Several banks are raising their debit card fees and even charging to have a checking account, but can consumers get around them?... "We are starting to see free checking go the same way as the free airline meal," explained Alex Chastain, a financial advisor for Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. "They are trying to increase revenues because they are companies and they want to show profit. They need to show profit to their shareholders ."… There are other options out like online banking and credit unions. "An online bank is a company where you truly do all your banking online. There is not a branch that you can go visit. They tend to have the lower fees, sometimes have higher interest rates." Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
09-30-11 Karyl Chastain Beal Speaks at Suicide Prevention Workshop (Jackson Sun) Marking the end of suicide prevention month, the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network held its first outreach workshop on Thursday at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department…Mother of two Karyl Chastain Beal didn't recognize the warning signs in her teenage daughter, who committed suicide 15 years ago. "I didn't have any support systems around me," Beal said. "I was a fifth-grade teacher at the time, and I was severely depressed. People told me it would get better, but I didn't believe them because they weren't going through what I was." Beal shared her experience with attendees during an afternoon session. "We're losing too many people to suicide," Beal said. "If I had known then what I know now, I would've picked up on the signs, and I believe we could've saved her." Beal said that education is the key in the prevention of suicides. Full Story Back to Top
09-30-11 Sgt. Christopher Chastain Reports Car Chase Ended in Gas Station Fire (Sun-Sentinel) Davie police were trying to stop Carlos Puente, 46, for a tag not registered to his car at about 5:45 p.m. near Oakes Road, authorities said. But Puente fled and slammed into the gas station in the 4700 block of South State Road 7, said police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Chastain…Puente, driving a white Mustang, slammed into a gas pump, causing the explosion that ruined his car and two Toyotas. There were no injuries reported, Chastain said. After the collision, Puente ran from his car and hid in nearby bushes, but was found and arrested, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
09-29-11 Kansas City Council Refuses to Put Chastain Proposal on Ballot (Kansas City Star) The Kansas City Council stood up to rail advocate Clay Chastain late today, refusing to put his latest light rail plan on the ballot. Council members believe the plan violates the Missouri Constitution because the plan is not fully funded…Chastain's plan counts on the state and federal governments and philanthropic organizations to contribute $1.5 billion to his plan. None of that money is guaranteed. Chastain said the City Council is trying to define the city charter the way it wants. He said he would bury the city in quick sand if it takes that legal argument to court to stop him from getting his initiative on the ballot. "They looked confused and not confident," Chastain said of the City Council late today. "Some of them doubt that they can unilaterally judge an initiative." Chastain said no one can predict how much money will be generated by the sales tax in the future nor can anyone predict how much federal money might be available for his plan. He called those 'X' factors. Full Story Back to Top
09-27-11 Clay Chastain's Efforts May Have Impeded Rail Transit in Kansas City (Kansas City Star) What Chastain doesn't seem to appreciate is that his efforts over the years have probably impeded efforts to bring rail transit to the city. Council member Dick Davis, who formerly led the local bus system, said Chastain's grandiose plans probably made ATA proposals for smaller "starter" lines seem underwhelming to many voters. "I think he's been more of a negative than a positive," Davis said. Chastain's latest plan envisions a $2.5 billion rail line from Kansas City International Airport to the Waldo area, financed in part by a 3/8-cent increase in the sales tax. Up to $1 billion for the system would come from federal and state government and philanthropic sources. But state courts have ruled that petitions cannot force public money to be spent for projects if the plans don't include adequate funding. The speculative nature of Chastain's financing plan - especially the notion of philanthropic sources - means the proposal is iffy at best. Full Story Back to Top
09-22-11 Tony Shasteen Returns as Lead Artist in Burn Notice Volume Two (TVbytheNumbers) USA Network, in tandem with DC Entertainment, announces Volume Two of Burn Notice: A New Day, its engaging first interactive multiplatform comic book series. Sponsored by Hyundai, the comic book premieres on Thursday, September 22, giving fans their Burn Notice fix before the show's return on November 3 at 10/9c. With more than 1.7 million page views, 160,000 fans have read and engaged with the comic book online and on their mobile devices… Fans will have behind-the-scenes video of DC artist Tony Shasteen, who is returning as lead artist on the volume 2. This content will not only show how he created the artwork, but how he determined the look and feel of the characters. Full Story Back to Top
09-22-11 VP Jeffrey L. Chastain Presents at Annual Energy Conference (MarketWatch) Noble Corporation /quotes/zigman/479523/quotes/nls/ne NE +3.70% today announced that Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President - Investor Relations, will present at the Johnson Rice Third Annual Energy Conference in New Orleans on Wednesday… Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. Full Story Back to Top
09-22-11 Kansas City Council Committee Rejects Clay Chastain's Latest Proposal (Kansas City Star) A Kansas City Council committee today rejected transit activist Clay Chastain's latest proposal for a light rail ballot measure. The council's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recommended against placing Chastain's light rail plan on the February ballot, saying it is woefully under-funded and is impossible to implement. The full council considers Chastain's proposal on Sep. 29… He called for a 3/8-cent sales tax increase over the next 25 years to help pay the estimated $2.5 billion construction and operating costs. But his plan also anticipated more than $1 billion in assistance from the federal and state governments and private and philanthropic contributors. Full Story Back to Top
09-20-11 Clay Chastain Opposes City Streetcar Plan (Kansas City Star) On Tuesday, a key Kansas City transit group unanimously endorsed a plan that would put the downtown route primarily down Main, not Grand Boulevard. The city's Parking and Transportation Commission approved a consultants' recommendation, which favored streetcars over rapid buses on a two-mile route from the River Market to Crown Center…After decades of studies and little progress, city officials said identifying the preferred vehicle and route is a significant milestone in bringing some kind of fixed rail transit to the city. They also think there is a way to pay for the system without requiring a citywide public vote for a new tax, which has been the stumbling block for years. The starter line is estimated to cost about $100 million, a far cry from the billion-dollar, sprawling light rail systems the city has proposed in the past…One outspoken opponent is Clay Chastain, who has mounted numerous unsuccessful attempts to bring light rail to Kansas City. Chastain has once again gathered sufficient signatures to place a $1.4 billion light rail system before voters next year, but the City Council has not yet approved it for an election. "You're not going to take a streetcar to the airport," Chastain said Tuesday when told about the commission's recommendation. "This is not the major response we need to build a world-class transit system." Full Story Back to Top
09-19-11 School Medical Investment Could Save Lives of Athletes like DJ Chastain (KSDK) Young, athletic children are collapsing and dying because their heart stops. It's a rare affliction requiring schools to take precautions by investing in defibrillators. Doctors say over 300,000 adults and children die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In 2006, it happened to 15-year-old DJ Chastain from Lincoln County. Chastain collapsed and died on his school basketball court. His mother says the school had an Automated External Defibrillator, which can shock the heart back to a normal rhythm, but it was locked in an office. Full Story Back to Top
09-18-11 Lt. Joshua Chastain Reveals Shortage of Dedicated Volunteer Firefighters ( Lt. Joshua Chastain with Bloomingdale Fire Department says many want the title but don't want to work. "People come down and they want to be named as the firefighter. They want to get the t-shirt or gear and radio and once they get it, they never come back around," explains Chastain who adds that they have more than 100 members but only about 15 tend to respond. Also many new firefighters don't stick around to complete the months of training required before getting to put out the flames. "He's got to take classes. Then he's got to take state fire training," explains Greene. "We request they have Fire Fighter 1 before they can fight the fires or drive the trucks." Meaning many local fire departments are seeing an aging crew. Full Story Back to Top
09-18-11 Mary Chastain Insists Parents, Not Hollywood, Responsible for Children (Big Hollywood) By Mary Chastain. Breaking News: Too much "Spongebob Squarepants" is bad for your kids. Yes, it's true. The professionals have proven this…What's the best way to push an agenda? CHILDREN. After all, how can you possibly argue when children are in danger? Dr. Dimitri Christakis says this study gives credence to the idea that media exposure is a public health issue. No, Doctor. Polio is a public health issue. Not "SpongeBob SquarePants." Guess what, Parents? Hollywood is NOT responsible for the children. YOU are responsible for your children. Have parents lost all their common sense when it comes to knowing what their children should watch?... I don't know about you, but I'm sick of Hollywood being blamed for everything wrong with people - especially children. Can Hollywood be harmful or too influential? Yes, but they shouldn't be held responsible. It's incredibly simple: watch TV suited to your child's age. Put a limit to it. Moderation is key. Take responsibility for your kid. Stop blaming Hollywood. Full Story Back to Top
09-15-11 Bonnie Chasteen Writes Brochure on Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles (Columbia Missourian) "In a month or so, these green berries will turn bright red," said Chasteen, who rents a house in the East Campus neighborhood and works for the Missouri Department of Conservation. "They are very copious, and the birds eat them, then they drop the seeds everywhere," she said. "Bush honeysuckle is an alien invader." Chasteen has written a brochure for the department that describes the menace the bush has become in Columbia and the rest of the country. Unlike Missouri's native vine honeysuckle, the bush honeysuckle spreads quickly, crowds out native forest plants and must be controlled with a combination of chemicals and vigorous pruning, she explains in "Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles." Full Story Back to Top
09-06-11 Rev. Jon Chasteen Leaves University Position to Pastor New Church (Edmond Sun) An Oklahoma City-based megachurch soon will open a campus in Edmond. Victory Church, which has campuses in Oklahoma City, also home to an Hispanic congregation in Corpus Christi, Texas, and affiliate churches in Albuquerque, N.M., and Maseru, Africa, soon will have a new location at 1515 N. Kelly Ave., just north of the Danforth-Kelly intersection. Beginning Oct. 16, services will be at the Edmond campus on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m… Jon Chasteen will be the pastor of the Edmond campus. Additionally, Crow will preach both in Oklahoma City and Edmond. Chasteen served as the vice president for University Advancement for six years at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany. In his role there, he was the administrator over all university external relations including marketing, public relations, alumni relations and fundraising efforts. He has been married for 10 years to his wife Michele who works in the medical research field. Together they have a daughter, Corey, 4, and a son, Jace, 1. They have been attending and volunteering at Victory Church for almost a year and a half and are dedicated to the church and its vision. Chasteen said he is honored to be a part of Victory Church and the vision God has put on the heart of Pastor Crow. "We are excited about the opportunity to join the Edmond community and become involved in various outreaches in the area," Chasteen said. "We believe the addition of the Edmond campus will allow us to continue our mission to reach a city, touch a nation and change the world." Full Story Back to Top
09-06-11 New Chastain Elementary School Opens First Day in Pickens County South Carolina (Anderson Independent Mail) A few bumps met some Pickens County students during their first day back to school, but for the most part it was a smooth ride for the last school district in the state to return to classes. Pickens' late start was due to construction, Thompson said, and was a planned delay in order to allow more time for crews to work on schools. The district has five new schools opening - Chastain Road Elementary School, Dacusville Elementary School, Pickens County Career and Technology Center, Liberty High School and Pickens High Schools. "It has been an amazing day opening Chastain Road Elementary! With the start of any school year, the first day can be somewhat hectic, but with the first day at a brand new school, the challenges were even greater," said Elliott Southard, principal of Chastain Road. "From making sure that students were in the right classrooms to figuring out how they need to go through the lunch line to finding out which bus they need to ride home, we have been running at warp speed since early this morning. However, with the wonderful cooperation of our entire faculty and staff, we have still been able to have a successful start to the school year." Full Story Back to Top
09-04-11 General Ron Chastain Video Interview on 10th Anniversary of 9/11 (Log Cabin Democrat) Maj. Gen. Ronald Chastain began his military career as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve upon graduation from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Arkansas Tech University on July 7, 1972…He commanded the 25th Rear Area Operations Center during Operation Desert Storm, and he led more than 4,000 soldiers in an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq in 2004-2005. In 2006 he was appointed Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard. He now serves as an aide for agriculture with U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. He and his wife, Pam, live in Conway. They have two children. Full Story Back to Top
09-02-11 TJ Chasteen is Bill in Harold Pinter Play - The Collection (Kansas City infoZine) As part of the Pinter Project, KC Actors Theatre produced three of the playwright's one-act plays, The Collection, directed by John Rensenhouse, The Lover and Night, in order of appearance. The first two are set in the early 1960s. Night was first produced in 1969… In The Collection, first and longest of the plays, James, played with cold intimidation by Brian Paulette, thinks his wife, Stella (Carla Noack), had an affair with Bill (TJ Chasteen). Stella and Bill, both fashion designers, had met at a convention. James calls Bill at 4 a.m. but gets Harry, Bill's partner, on the phone. Harry, played with a cruel intensity by Robert Gibby Brand, thinks Bill may be having an affair with James, who refused to give Harry his name. Full Story Back to Top
09-01-11 Lamar Chastain Lives Green (Clay County Progress) When that bill from Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corp arrives in mailboxes across Clay County, most home owners rue what the bad news will be. For Lamar Chastain, it has become an exciting and happy time. Chastain recently completed installation of a solar panel array at his mountaintop home in Warne. With two months of power generation under his belt, he has already amassed an energy credit of about $48. That's in addition to paying nothing for the more than 2,600 kilowatt hours used monthly by the five people in the Chastain home. Lamar and his wife Kim have three children, including two teenagers…The Chastain family has sought ways to minimize their impact on the planet. They traded heir luxury sports car for one the first Prius hybrids in the community in 2000 and Chastain said he still drives a hybrid today. With the payoff in lower fuel costs, Chastain realized that sometimes going green is cost effective, even if the initial cost is high. Full Story Back to Top
08-31-11 2011 PCFA Family Reunion in Helen, Georgia This Weekend (PCFA) The 2011 PCFA Family Reunion is set for Helen, Georgia on September 2-3, the Friday and Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. Save this date for your planning! Our local host, Jerry Chastain, has negotiated a special group rate on rooms...Once a lumber town, it now has more than 200 specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making and glass blowing to cuckoo clocks and quilts. Dining options range from traditional German fare to traditional southern. Full Story Back to Top
08-30-11 Professor Alison Chasteen Discovers Age-defying Techniques Viewed Negatively (Globe and Mail) Worried about wrinkles? The sellers of "age-defying" anti-wrinkle creams would like you to be. But a University of Toronto study says that even though advertisers push an acceptance of adults who decide to fight aging cosmetically - through creams, Botox and more invasive surgical options - women still judge other women who try to iron out those little lines on their faces. The research team, led by associate professor of psychology Alison Chasteen, examined the perception around "age-concealment" techniques...The study found that middle-aged women (defined as ages 40 to 60) who had Botox or cosmetic surgery to reduce the appearance of aging were deemed very vain by teenagers and seniors alike. However, the older group thought that women in their 40s who underwent these procedures were weirder than the Botox users in their 60s...Ms. Chasteen and her team also briefly touched on perceptions of men who fight their crow's feet and found that "all appearance-enhancing behaviours may be unacceptable for men." Full Story Back to Top
08-25-11 Marnie Chastain Band Sings Country (Arizona Daily Star) The Marnie Chastain Band will perform an afternoon of country music at Music on the Mountain on Sunday in Summerhaven...Chastain began singing along with Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline at age 2. By age 9, she knew singing was her destiny. When she was 19, she signed with an independent label and recorded her first CD, "Marnie With a Capital 'M.' " Four of the album's 10 songs hit charts at No. 1 in several European countries, including England, France, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Full Story Back to Top
08-25-11 New Road will Connect Chastain Road to Chastain Meadows (Marietta Daily Journal) The $26 million Big Shanty Connector, which will tunnel under Interstate 75 to link Chastain Road to Chastain Meadows, is on schedule to open this spring. The four-lane road being built by Marietta-based C.W. Matthews, which is a little more than 2 miles in length, is meant to serve as an alternative to the congested Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway. Full Story Back to Top
08-24-11 Tony Shasteen Illustrates Burn Notice Comic (Comic Book Resources) Fans of USA Network’s popular spy series Burn Notice, now in its fifth season, may notice that Michael Westen, Sam Axe and Fiona Glenanne have been a little busier lately. The drama, which recently aired a prequel movie featuring fan-favorite Bruce Campbell, has already expanded into novelizations and games. Now add to that list A New Day, an interactive online comic penned by series writer Ryan Johnson and script coordinator Peter Laylaynis, illustrated by Tony Shasteen, produced by DC Comics and overseen by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. Full Story Back to Top
08-23-11 Professor Alison Chasteen States Invasive Anti-Aging Methods not Universally Accepted (EurekAlert) Studies from the University of Toronto's psychology department show that people who use more invasive anti-aging methods such as Botox injections or surgery are viewed more negatively than those who use milder techniques such as sun-avoidance and facial creams and younger adults are more negative about using anti-aging methods than older adults. "These results suggest that despite the rapid growth of the anti-aging cosmetic industry, age concealment has not yet become universally accepted," said lead author and associate professor, Alison Chasteen. "This is important because it shows that despite the emphasis on looking younger in society, there are possible negative social consequences to fighting the signs of aging by engaging in cosmetic age concealment."...The paper "Age and Antiaging Technique Influence Reactions to Age Concealment" was authored by Chasteen...It was published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences on July 12. Full Story Back to Top
08-21-11 Mary Kay's Rhonda Shasteen Imparts Wisdom ( Every marketer dreams of running their own transnational, Fortune 500 juggernaut. While few ever realize the dream, Rhonda Shasteen, a long-time Dallas resident, lived hers at the helm of Mary Kay Inc. For more than a quarter-century, climbing up every stage of the food chain from Administrative Assistant to Chief Marketing Officer, Shasteen has seen and experienced first-hand the direct and deleterious effect of poor leadership and communication on human resources, as well as the direct and productive effect of compelling leadership and communication. And what these years have taught her head-and-shoulders above everything else is: When you have good advice, impart it to others. Which is why on Friday, September 9th, at AMS Pictures in Dallas, the Dallas Fort Worth American Marketing Association will host Shasteen. Full Story Back to Top
08-18-11 Amanda and Emma Chastain Promote Environment ( Troop 40710, led by Amanda Chastain, said their journey last year convinced them that even simple tasks such as recycling can make a big difference...For an Earth Day event at McConnell Air Force Base...Emma Chastain, 11, created an exhibit she called "The Plastic Plague" showing how grocery bag waste finds its way into and oceans and kills wildlife, including sea turtles. The girls made reusable shopping bags from T-shirts. "It showed me I could make a difference, too," Briana said. "We hope to kind of make it like 'Project Runway' kind of thing," Amanda Chastain said. It will focus on upcycling: taking items you don't use and making them into something more valuable that you won't want to throw away. "We’ll have them go through their closets and find clothes they don’t like any more, or don’t quite fit," Amanda Chastain said. "And then go to a place like Goodwill and find some other things, and upcycle them by taking them a part and putting them together into something they would want to wear." The goal is to have other troops join them in creating new fashions out of old clothes. "And then we could have a big runway show and encourage people to upcycle," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
08-18-11 Clay Chastain Gaveled Down in Committee Meeting and Ordered from the Room (Kansas City Star) The council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to hold a hearing on Chastain’s plan on Sept. 22, which in effect kills the rail advocate’s effort to put the issue on the November ballot. The vote drew an immediate and angry reaction from Chastain, who has put several light rail initiatives on the Kansas City ballot over the years. “We have a sinking city and a stinking government that doesn’t respect the will of the people,” said Chastain, who had to be gaveled down by committee chairman Russ Johnson after the vote. Chastain said he is considering going to court if the city doesn’t put his plan on the November ballot. Full Story Back to Top
08-18-11 Clay Chastain Plan to Undergo Hearings (Kansas City Star) The council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to hold a hearing on Chastain’s plan on Sept. 22, which effectively means it can’t be put on the ballot until next February. The city can legally hold Chastain’s petition for 60 days once it’s been received. The council would have to act on the measure before the end of the month to get it on the November ballot. Chastain attended this morning’s meeting at City Hall with his daughter and had to be gaveled down by Committee Chairman Russ Johnson after the panel voted on the issue. Chastain later said the committee was controlled by special interests and not by “we the people.” Full Story Back to Top
08-18-11 David T. Chastain Releases Civilized Warfare ( Guitarist David T. Chastain's 2011 new all-instrumental release, "Civilized Warfare", has just been made available on Diginet Music...In last five years, David's music has been used in literally hundreds, if not thousands, of TV shows and films, and this work is geared towards his "metal in TV" campaign. David states: "I never sat out to provide music for TV and films, [but] I have found that they can take my music as is and use it very easily in a wide range of shows, from 'Oprah' to the NFL network and everything in between. "While no one is necessarily getting rich from it, there is gratification in hearing your music on TV!" According to a press release, "Civilized Warfare" does not consist of instrumental "noodlings," but is based around actual song frameworks. "I would classify this release as more of a hard rock release than a straight-ahead metal recording," David said. "I hear some '80s in this one!" Full Story Back to Top
08-16-11 University Vice President Becomes Campus Pastor (Edmond Sun) After six years of service at Southwestern Christian University, Vice President for University Advancement Jon Chasteen recently accepted a new position with Victory Church. Chasteen will serve as the campus pastor and administrator of a new Edmond campus that is being launched later this fall. Victory Church, a church of approximately 8,000-9,000 led by Pastor Mark Crow, has campuses in various locations, including Warr Acres, Norman, Corpus Christi, Texas, South Africa and now in Edmond. Full Story Back to Top
08-15-11 Elvis Buff Joey Chasteen Curator of Barbershop Museum (Fort Smith Times Record) When Joey Chasteen started working at Chaffee Crossing, it was truly a match made in Graceland. A self-described Elvis fan and history buff, Chasteen majors in historic interpretation at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and works full-time as museum coordinator at the former Army base, where he started as an intern two years ago. His first assignment — organizing the Barbershop Museum in time to commemorate the 51st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first Army haircut in 1958 — was a dream come true. “When I was a teenager, from about 12 to 17, I was a huge Elvis fan. I still have a whole room filled with Elvis stuff. I call it my Elvis museum,” said Chasteen... Chasteen has been documenting thousands of artifacts reclaimed from all over the base, right down to vintage liquor bottles and girlie magazines salvaged from the barracks that burned down in 2008...The collection has outgrown the Barbershop Museum and eventually will fill a museum made from the neighboring barracks that housed Elvis during his two-night visit. Full Story Back to Top
08-13-11 Jake Chastain Sings God Bless the USA at Veterans Home Benefit (The Register-Mail) Jake Chastain sings a rendition of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" during the Patriotic Outdoor Gospel Concert at the Galesburg First Church of the Nazarene on Friday. The event was a benefit for the new Defenders of Freedom Veterans Home for homeless veterans. Full Story Back to Top
08-11-11 Defense Attorney Autumn Chastain Comments on Teen Charged with Murdering Principle (WBXH) A Juvenile Court judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a 17-year-old student charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Christian school principal... court appointed defense attorney Autumn Chastain said the case will hinge on Marmolejo's psychological evaluation. "It's just a very serious allegation, and we need to know everything that's going on in the case," Chastain said. Meanwhile, Chastain added, the suspect's family will seek privacy. "The involvement's too early," she said. "I think we should just give them some privacy. It's a difficult time for all of them." Full Story Back to Top
08-10-11 Nancy Chastain's Play The Answer Shows this Weekend (Homer News) Showing this weekend in full productions are "The Answer," written and directed by Nancy Chastain, and "Flip," written by Kate Rich and directed by Dick Sanders..."The Answer" looks at the relationship between two longtime friends in their 50s, Carolyn, played by Marsha Lynn, and Ann, played by Marla McPherson. Both have secrets. The drama comes from a breach of trust between the two. As a dancer and actor, Chastain has frequently been seen on the Pier One stage. She is the coproducer of the annual DramaSlam 24-hour theater festival. While she has done staged readings before at Pier One, including her play "Expressions," also workshopped at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, "The Answer" is her first fully produced play. Full Story Back to Top
08-10-11 Council Member Opposes Vote on Clay Chastain's Transit Plan (KMBC Kansas City) Kansas City Council member Russ Johnson is trying to bury Clay Chastain's bid for a citywide vote on his mass-transit plan. KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that the move could take place as early as Thursday when Johnson's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meets. He is the chairman of the committee...Johnson has been very critical of Chastain's plan for a combination of light rail, commuter rail, street cars and electric buses for a transit system. Full Story Back to Top
08-05-11 Dave Chastain Plays the Blues at Quincy Festival (Quincy Herald Whig) If blues and barbecue are the perfect marriage, this ought to be a bash to remember...The blues stage will be next to the Dock tavern, and the Quincy Park District stage will be used. Local act Blue Eyed Soul will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, and long-time area favorite Dave Chastain of Peoria plays from 9 to midnight. Full Story Back to Top
08-05-11 Historian Joey Chasteen Discusses History of Recently Burned Complex (Fort Smith Times Record) The Chaffee Crossing buildings that burned Wednesday and Thursday were almost 70 years old. Joey Chasteen, Chaffee Crossing historian, said the medical complex was built in two phases in late 1941 and 1942. It included an 834-bed hospital, three mess halls, a dance hall, post exchange, post office, bowling alley, emergency room, operating rooms, obstetrics/gynecology facility, four solitary-confinement quarters, dental offices and barracks among other buildings, Chasteen said...The medical complex closed in the early 1970s, although some facilities were used when Vietnamese refugees were brought to Chaffee in 1975, Chasteen said. The solitary-confinement quarters were used when Cuban refugees were processed through Chaffee between 1980 and 1982, he said. Full Story Back to Top
08-04-11? Chef Jawn Chasteen Lobster Meal Video ( Chef Jawn Chasteen shows TODAY's Al Roker how to get out of the summer seafood slump by whipping up a luscious lobster meal. [see video at:] Full Story Back to Top
08-03-11 Clay Chastain's Light-Rail Plan a Bad Idea (Kansas City Star) Kansas City officials say perennial transit advocate Clay Chastain has collected enough signatures to force an election on yet another of his fanciful light-rail plans. That means we may be in for another run-through of his personal version of “Groundhog Day.”...Over the years, he has repeatedly wasted the time and energies of voters and the City Council. His latest effort comes as area officials are studying plans for a streetcar line in Kansas City and commuter rail links to eastern Jackson County. The debate over Chastain’s plan may undermine efforts to draw support for those projects...The implausibility of all this has not been a deterrent because Chastain keeps finding local residents willing to sign his petitions, forcing the city to schedule another election...he is abusing a process intended to be used only rarely. Full Story Back to Top
08-03-11 Chef Jawn Chasteen Shares Seafood Recipe ( Looking for new ways to use the summer's best seafood? Take a tip from Jawn Chasteen, the executive chef at New York City's The Sea Grill. He has the perfect recipe to get you out of your summer seafood slump. [see recipe at full story] Full Story Back to Top
08-02-11 Sheffield Chastain Plays Farther Murphy in The Savannah Disputation (Broadway World) THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION tells the story of two Catholic sisters whose faith is rocked after a visit from a young evangelist. To fight back, the women invite the missionary and their unsuspecting parish priest to a truly devilish dinner party, where they stage a theological showdown in this all-out questioning of faith and belief...It is about people who do not ‘think' but who espouse canned-rhetoric and think they are having a ‘dispute' of sorts, with all the dash and aplomb of people who are comfortable expressing themselves." Hailed as "one of the best new American plays of the season" during its recent New York run...The cast of The Savannah Disputation features FST favorites Susan Greenhill (last seen as Shirley Valentine in Shirley Valentine ), Lisa McMillan (last seen as Mrs. Shubert in Shear Madness), and Sheffield Chastain (last seen in The 39 Steps ). Lindsey Wochley rounds out the cast in her FST debut. Ms. Greenhill and Ms. McMillan portray the Catholic spinsters: the good-natured, sometimes susceptible Margaret and the no-nonsense, always spirited Mary (respectively). Ms. Wochley will play the door-to-door evangelical with a good heart, Melissa. And Mr. Chastain will play Father Murphy, the unsuspecting parish priest. Full Story Back to Top
08-01-11 Clay Chastain Produces Enough Light Rail Petition Signatures to Make Ballot (Kansas City Star) Kansas City voters could be headed to the polls for a ninth time to decide on light rail. Rail advocate Clay Chastain turned in enough signatures to get a $2.5 billion light-rail plan on the ballot this fall, the city clerk said...“With a new mayor, a new day and also a new initiative, our hopes run high that we can work with city officials to finally move the city forward with a 21st-century transit system,” Chastain said. But during a radio appearance Monday, Mayor Sly James questioned whether Chastain’s plan really could be funded. In a statement later Monday, James raised other issues. “On its face, the petition has several potential legal defects and difficulties,” James told The Star in that statement. “In both funding and feasibility, we need to be certain what is being asked of the taxpayers is based in reality and can actually legally occur.” James said the city is waiting for the city attorney’s evaluation of Chastain’s proposal. Chastain’s latest plan comes at a time when the region is already spending $2.3 million to study a downtown streetcar line and commuter rail routes connecting downtown to Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit. Full Story Back to Top
07-29-11 Ross Chastain Comes in #10 in His First NASCAR Race (The News-Press) Ross Chastain has dreamed of driving in NASCAR since he starting winning Fast Kids Series races in Punta Gorda. Friday night, the 18-year-old Fort Myers native made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Riverdale High graduate was selected to drive the No. 66 Chevrolet in the 17th annual AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. He made the most of his start, finishing 10th and earning $12,325...The soon-to-be FGCU student earned his truck shot after winning three late-model car races in New Smyrna Speedway in February. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-11 Staff Sgt. Berthold Chastain to be Buried at Arlington (Atlanta Journal Constitution) The Defense Department on Thursday said that the remains of 12 airmen killed during World War II have been identified and will be buried as a group next week at Arlington National Cemetery...Remains representing the entire crew will be buried in a single casket Aug. 4 at Arlington, DoD said. Eight of the airmen were identified and buried as individuals during previous ceremonies...The airmen were carrying out a reconnaissance mission in their B-24D Liberator on Oct. 27, 1943, departing from an airfield near Port Moresby, New Guinea. During their mission, they were radioed to land at a friendly airstrip nearby due to poor weather conditions. The last radio transmission from the crew did not indicate their location; in the following weeks, multiple searches over land and sea areas did not locate the aircraft. The Army Graves Registration Service conducted investigations and searches for 43 missing airmen in the area after the war, but concluded in June 1949 that the remains were unrecoverable. A team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command received information on a crash site in Papua New Guinea in August 2003 while investigating another case. A Papua New Guinea man also turned over an identification card from one of the crew members and reported that there were possible human remains at the site of the crash...Another team successfully excavated the site from January to March 2007, finding several identification tags from the B-24D crew as well as human remains. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-11 Walhalla Mayor Randy Chastain will not Seek Re-election (Anderson Independent Mail) With over a week still to go in qualifying, Walhalla on Wednesday and Thursday saw a rush of candidates for the November city council and mayoral elections. Amid the rush, Mayor Randy Chastain announced he will not be seeking re-election, ending months of speculation...Chastain confirmed Thursday that he will not be running for a third term. “I reached this decision quite a while back and informed those closest to me,” Chastain said. Chastain said he has professional opportunities that he intends to pursue that will require his full attention. “Just because I’ll no longer be directly involved in city issues doesn’t mean I’m going away,” Chastain said...Chastain reached his decision not to run again when he knew at least one experienced council member was going to run for mayor. Full Story Back to Top
07-21-11 Sheffield Chastain is Father Murphy in The Savannah Disputation (Broadway World) THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION tells the story of two Catholic sisters whose faith is rocked after a visit from a young evangelist. To fight back, the women invite the missionary and their unsuspecting parish priest to a truly devilish dinner party, where they stage a theological showdown in this all-out questioning of faith and belief...The cast of THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION features FST favorites Susan Greenhill (last seen as Shirley Valentine in SHIRLEY VALENTINE), Lisa McMillan (last seen as Mrs. Shubert in SHEAR MADNESS), and Sheffield Chastain (last seen in THE 39 STEPS). Lindsey Wochley rounds out the cast in her FST debut....Wochley will play the door-to-door evangelical with a good heart, Melissa. And Mr. Chastain will play Father Murphy, the unsuspecting parish priest. Full Story Back to Top
07-21-11 18 Year-old Ross Chastain Races at Indy (NBC2 News) 18 year-old Ross Chastain of Fort Myers has been selected to pilot the No. 66 Chevrolet in next Friday night's 17th Annual AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis...."I want to thank the National Watermelon Promotion Board for making this possible," said Chastain... I'm glad to finally get the chance to live the dream and run with the big boys. I'm going to be running against the best of the best at Indy and I'm just glad that they stuck behind us...Although this will be the first start for Chastain in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it is not the first exposure to NASCAR for the NWPB. In 2009, the NWPB was thrilled at the opportunity to promote National Watermelon Month on Danny O'Quinn, Jr.'s car at the Indianapolis short track...Ross Chastain is a graduate of Riverdale High School in Fort Myers. Full Story Back to Top
07-19-11 Clay Chastain is Short on Petitions (Kansas City Star) Clay Chastain’s petition drive is falling short of the signatures needed to put another light-rail plan on the ballot. Local election officials reported Monday that Chastain has come up 423 signatures short of the 3,573 needed to put light rail to a vote for the ninth time in Kansas City. However, Chastain has 10 more days to collect signatures from the date the city clerk issues a certificate of insufficiency, which will probably be today. City officials said Chastain’s new deadline is expected to be July 29. Full Story Back to Top
07-15-11 Sgt. Curtis Chastain Fights Human Trafficking (KMPH Fox 26) Prostitutes have been walking the streets of Fresno for decades. But where they strut is subject to change. Sgt. Curtis Chastain says many girls aren't from here. "The girls are recruited from everywhere under the sun...Fresno Police are working with a Central Valley coalition to curb human trafficking. Last year they got a half a million dollar state grant to attack this growing problem. Sgt. Chastain says hookers are treated like cattle sporting tattoos like a brand on a cow. "It's common for pimps to encourage and talk the girls into getting tattoos either with their names or a nickname or a moniker of the pimp." Sgt. Chastain is a sixteen year veteran working vice. In the last three months he says Fresno Police have investigated 120 cases that could be associated with human trafficking. Full Story Back to Top
07-15-11 Fire Department Lt. Joshua Chastain Comments on House Fire (Kingsport Times News) Firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting an "explosion" in Bloomingdale early Friday morning, finding heavy fire and smoke pouring from a structure. According to Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Joshua Chastain, the call came in at approximately 5:30 a.m. Crews responded to Pinehurst Drive to find an unoccupied home ablaze. Chastain said the alleged explosion could not be confirmed, with an investigation into the fire's cause continuing. No surrounding structures were damaged, though the home appeared to be a total loss. Full Story Back to Top
07-15-11 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Reports Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty (WYFF Greenville) Sheriff Ricky Chastain said Deputy Roger Rice, a recent graduate of the sheriff's academy and a married father of two, died when he was shot by a man under investigation in connection to a murder investigation in Fountain Inn...Rice and other deputies went to the home on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton that Kingsborough shared with Brown. Investigators said Brown opened fire, hitting Rice and a civilian at the home. Rice was rushed to Laurens County Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about midnight, Chastain said. Deputies returned fire on Brown, who was barricaded inside the home, according to Chastain. The sheriff said Brown was injured and taken into custody. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening, according to Chastain...During the news conference, an emotional Chastain described Rice as a dedicated, determined civil servant. He said Rice was 29, and had graduated from the training academy on Jan. 4. Full Story Back to Top
07-11-11 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Responds to Lawsuit (News Channel 7) In a response filed in district court Friday, Chastain said he did not force former employee Haley Manley to quit when she wouldn't have an abortion and is demanding proof of the claims. In part of the response, Chastain admitted his affair with Manley began 2008 and that Manley told him she was pregnant in July of 2010, even though she was on birth control. Chastain said he drove Manley to the appointment she made in Charlotte for an abortion and gave her money but doesn't know what she did with it. Chastain also admitted he wrote a check for $14,500 to Manley's grandfather in July of 2010 as a loan to Manley and he admits that he knew she got pregnant again in September of 2010. He said shortly after told her he wanted to end their personal relationship. Chastain denied that he ever got Manley pregnant, that he told her she would have to resign if she kept the first child, and that he told her to have an abortion when she got pregnant the second time or that he instructed his staff to make her resign. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-11 John Chastain Says Hail Storm Damaged Cars Backed up to January (Abilene Reporter-News) Car owners hoping for a quick fix to April hailstorm damage might be in for a long wait instead — if they require major repairs. "We're booked up through January," said John Chastain, manager of Accent Collision Center on South Treadaway Boulevard. Other body shops are reporting similar waits for customers. The Easter storm resulted in thousands of automobile-related claims, Chastain noted. "You've just got a lot of demand and not as much supply on the body shop side," Chastain said. "There's just not enough shops to cover everybody." Full Story Back to Top
07-09-11 Kennesaw Museum Foundation President Paul Chastain Attends Museum Opening (Marietta Daily Journal) The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw formally opened its newest Civil War exhibit on Saturday afternoon - the first of several events planned to commemorate the war's sesquicentennial. The Old Guard of the Gate City Guard exhibit tells the story of the Gate City Guard, one of the first military units in Atlanta to volunteer for the Civil War...After fighting in the bitter and deadly war between the North and South, the unit decided to extend a hand of peace by touring major northern cities in 1879...At Saturday's ceremony, the Old Guard hosted a reception for members, museum staff and guests. Among those in attendance were Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, city council members, museum director Dr. Richard Banz and Paul Chastain, Kennesaw Museum Foundation president. Full Story Back to Top
07-08-11 Clay Chastain Submits Light Rail Petition for November Vote (Kansas City Star) Clay Chastain said Thursday that Kansas City voters should make a final, up-or-down decision this November on whether they want to pay for light rail. The longtime transit advocate submitted 3,900 petition signatures to the city clerk, seeking a vote on a 3/8 -cent sales tax increase to pay part of the costs of building and operating a light rail transit system. And he promised never again to gather light rail petitions if this plan makes it to the ballot...The plan calls for increasing the sales tax for 25 years, providing $1 billion for a 22-mile light rail system...The plan calls for the state and federal governments and philanthropic organizations to contribute the other $1.5 billion needed. None of that money is guaranteed. “If Kansas City doesn’t build a world-class transit system...It won’t be able to compete with other cities," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
07-07-11 Senior Vice President Andrew Chastain Leads CEO Search (PR Newswire) CaroMont Health announced it has retained Witt/Kieffer in its search for a new CEO...Witt/Kieffer Senior Vice President Andrew Chastain is based in the firm's Atlanta, GA office and will be the lead consultant in the search. "We are looking forward to this opportunity," commented Chastain. "A significant part of the process will include interviews with a wide variety of CaroMont stakeholders in order to ensure that we create an accurate profile for the ideal CEO." Full Story Back to Top
07-07-11 Poet Reads From Book Honoring Jim Chastain ( Poet Nathan Brown will read Sunday from his first book of nonfiction, which honors his friend and fellow poet Jim Chastain, who died of cancer in 2009. Brown will read from “Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Butternut Squash Ravioli” at 2 p.m. in the Santa Fe Depot...Presented as a collection of letters to a good friend, the book is filled with recollections of times the friends shared...“Letters to the One-Armed Poet” is available at and and at Full Circle Bookstore at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. Chastain's fight against cancer was chronicled in The Oklahoman and on in the 2009 series, “Life Is Real: Writing the Final Chapters.” Full Story Back to Top
07-01-11 Rick Chastain Says Climate Affects Gator Hunt Success (Reuters) Arkansas, known for its popular duck and deer hunting seasons, has seen an uptick in alligator hunting interest since an annual legal harvesting season began in 2007. The deadline to apply for one of only 47 Arkansas gator hunting permits ended Thursday at midnight..."Since it's a small pool, I get to call each one of the guys personally to tell them they made it," said Rick Chastain, assistant chief of wildlife for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission...Chastain said each season's success depends on climate conditions. The two legal hunting zones in southern Arkansas currently have flood waters and drought simultaneously. But it's unclear, Chastain said, how that will impact the upcoming season except to make alligators more spread out in a zone. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-11 County Republican Executive Committee Calls for Sheriff Ricky Chastain's Resignation (News Channel 7) [With Video] Republican bosses in Laurens County say it's time for Sheriff Ricky Chastain to go. Party Chairman Bobby Smith said the executive committee voted Monday night to call on Chastain to resign..."A censure vote is a slap on the wrist. A call for resignation appears to be a stronger statement, however the party cannot force him to resign."..."If the Sheriff resigns it will take a portion of the case away because we have actually asked the judge to correct the situation that ultimately led to Haley losing her job," said Reckenbeil...The Laurens County Republican Party chairman says Chastain tells him he will stay in office and plans to run for re-election. Full Story Back to Top
06-28-11 Video Interview with Wounded Staff Sergeant Beau Chastain (Kansas CW) [With Video] "A month after being there I got shot so I'm not liking Afghanistan too much, now," Chastain joked. He's a part of McConnell's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit - the men and women in charge of taking care of improvised explosive device. That's what he what he was doing when he was shot in the leg June 9th...He was in the hospital for weeks and had to have three surgeries. Chastain returned home late Sunday night...At the base on Tuesday, he was presented with his purple heart. He'll take the next few months to undergo physical therapy and relax, but knows he could likely end up back in Afghanistan. Full Story Back to Top
06-28-11 Staff Sergeant Beau Chastain Awarded Purple Heart (KAKE) Staff Sergeant Beau Chastain is a special type of airman. He refuses to run from trouble, and instead runs to it. He is an Explosive Ordnance Detachment specialist who was shot in the leg June 9 in a gun fight in southwest Afghanistan. But for Sgt. Chastain, being in the middle of combat is just doing his job, a job he finds exciting. "It definitely is a thrill," Sgt. Chastain said. "I guess people say we're a little bit crazy, and that's probably true to knowingly walk towards what everyone else is afraid of and trying to get away from."...Sgt. Chastain's EOD unit had been investigating a weapons cache on June 9, when a gunfight erupted with bullets flying. One hit Sgt. Chastain in the left leg. "They knew we were there to disarm it," Sgt. Chastain recalled. "Probably the very first shot hit me in the leg." After two weeks of recovering in a hospital and being awarded the Purple Heart by Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, Sgt Chastain said he is just thankful to be back in Wichita." Full Story Back to Top
06-27-11 Chastain-Skillman Opens Additional Office (The Ledger) CHASTAIN-SKILLMAN, INC., a consulting firm of design and public health professionals with offices in Lakeland, Sebring, Tampa and Tallahassee, opened an office in Winter Haven. The new office is at 351 3rd St. NW. Full Story Back to Top
06-23-11 Tony Shasteen Illustrates Burn Notice (Comic Book Resources) USA Network has teamed with DC Comics to launch a webcomic — or, rather, “an interactive graphic novel” — for Burn Notice, the cable channel’s hit action series...A New Day is designed to bridge the storylines between the fourth season...and the fifth season, which premieres tonight. Penned by Burn Notice writer Ryan Johnson and script coordinator Peter Laylaynis, illustrated by Tony Shasteen and overseen by series creator Matt Nix, Burn Notice: A New Day will run for 12 weeks, and include games, ciphers, video and more. Full Story Back to Top
06-23-11 Libertarian David Chastain Favors Bringing Troops from Afghanistan (Marietta Daily Journal) Acworth libertarian David Chastain also believes it’s time to bring American troops back from Afghanistan. “Our president should declare, ‘Mission Success’ and bring our troops home,” Chastain said. “While there may be some contractual agreements between our two countries for support, it seems wise to bring our troops home and allow the people of Afghanistan to determine their future. Billions of dollars can be redirected to issues here at home.” Full Story Back to Top
06-22-11 The Answer by Nancy Chastain to Play at Mariner Theatre (Homer News) Pier One Theatre holds auditions 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Mariner Theatre for its last three plays of the summer. The upcoming plays are "Moon over Buffalo," a theatrical farce by Ken Ludwig and directed by Joe Lawton; "The Answer," by Nancy Chastain, and "Flip," by Kate Rich. Full Story Back to Top
06-22-11 Jeffrey L. Chastain Named Vice President Investor Relations (PR Newswire) Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) today announced that Jeffrey L. Chastain has been named Vice President, Investor Relations effective July 5, 2011. In this capacity, Chastain will be responsible for managing and fostering relationships with the global investment community...Prior to joining Noble, Chastain had most recently served as Vice President, Investor Relations for Pride International. He holds Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of North Texas and is a past president of the Houston Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute. Full Story Back to Top
06-22-11 Ed Chasteen to Lead Fourth of July Parade (KC Community News) Although there are many towns named Liberty or that have Liberty as part of their name, Liberty, Mo., is the largest town in the United States with that name, said Mayor Greg Canuteson. “Since we’re the biggest Liberty, we ought to have the biggest and best Fourth of July celebration,” Canuteson said. “And this year will be bigger and better than last year.” Potter said the parade marshal this year would be Ed Chasteen, a retired William Jewell College professor and founder of HateBusters, an organization that fights for justice. Chasteen said he felt honored to be selected to lead the parade. “I think it’s wonderful,” Chasteen said. “Who wouldn’t be honored? There are a lot of other people they could have asked.” Full Story Back to Top
06-21-11 Gladys Mildred Chasteen's Class Ring Turns Up After Being Lost 65 Years (Anderson Independent Mail) A phone message stated that Marilyn’s mother’s Pendleton, S.C., 1945 gold high school ring had been found in the state of Virginia. The ring had been missing for 65 years. Inside the ring was inscribed the initials GMC for Gladys, whose maiden name was Gladys Mildred Chasteen. Gladys, who is 84, cried and said, “It is nothing short of a miracle and I won’t take it off again. I’ve missed it all my adult life and I’m thrilled to have it back.” Full Story Back to Top
06-19-11 Col. Timothy Chastain Says Katrina-Damaged Antebellum Military Buildings Restored ( Almost six years after the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina, swamping Jackson Barracks with as much as 18 feet of water, the National Guard expects this week to reoccupy all of the Antebellum structures that comprise the historic garrison, the Army post built in 1834 to defend New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River...Being on high ground at the river, the historic garrison stewed in about 6 feet of Katrina surge, forcing Louisiana to address the long-deteriorating state of its 170-year-old buildings that make up the largest collection of Antebellum structures in the nation. The buildings likely had another 15 years of use before the state would have had to vacate them, said Col. Timothy Chastain, the Jackson Barracks post commander...Because the structures “are really national treasures,” the restoration was subject to several layers of review by federal and state historic preservationists, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
06-18-11 Tory Chasteen Wins State Rodeo Title (Columbia Missourian) Chasteen, who just finished his junior year at Rock Bridge High School, went into Saturday morning tied in the cutting event at the Missouri High School State Rodeo Finals. The event gives each competitor two and a half minutes to separate a cow from a group of about a dozen cattle...The entire year's worth of competitions, 20 rodeos, all add up to this weekend. It isn’t enough just to perform well at state because every rodeo adds up to make each competitor's final score...The judges gave Chasteen a 143 for his performance Saturday morning, but there was no way of telling if the score was good enough to take first. Whoever wins walks away with a certificate for a $1,500 prize saddle...Chasteen rode a horse his family calls Goldy. Together with his brother, Brady, and his sister, Casey, the Chasteens have won seven saddles in cutting on the same horse...Tory Chasteen is president of the Columbia chapter of FFA and typically wakes up at 6 a.m. to help take care of the horses, cattle, goats and sheep on his family’s farm in Columbia...Chase Gabriel, a senior from Grain Valley, who was tied with Chasteen, was the second to compete in the cutting Saturday morning...The announcer gave Gabriel's score — a 138...Despite going up against two talented seniors, [Chasteen] had won. Full Story Back to Top
06-18-11 Jake Chastain Guides Kids at Nazarene Camp (Galesburg Register-Mail) Jake Chastain, camp director and associate pastor of worship and student ministries at First Church of the Nazarene, spoke about the mission of the camp, in its 9th year, saying it was “to have a good time, give these kids something fun to do while sharing the love of Jesus and helping them become transformed.”...The campers also constructed their own shelters Friday night, although these were mostly destroyed in a team rivalry that broke out Saturday morning. At the same time, though, Chastain described the guiding spiritual principle behind the camp. “We firmly believe that once you have a real interaction with God it will change your life,” Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
06-17-11 Trooper Lt. Bernard Chastain Investigates Illegal Hybrid Wolves (Anchorage Daily News) Alaska Wildlife Troopers served a search warrant Thursday on Wolf Country USA, testing the DNA of dozens of suspected wolves or wolf hybrids..."The main reason we're here is it's a public safety issue," said trooper Lt. Bernard Chastain... If unregistered animals born after 2002 prove to be wolves or closely related, Wolf Country owners Werner and Gail Schuster could be breaking the law, said Chastain, the trooper lieutenant. "That's the problem in this situation, because it's this year's puppies, this year's litter," Chastain said. The state prohibition on wolf hybrids has historically been difficult to prosecute because authorities had no conclusive DNA test, troopers said. A new saliva test recently became available, allowing for Thursday's testing, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
06-16-11 Dennis Chasteen Gardens to Supply Food Pantry for the Hungry (Wire) Dennis Chasteen was up at 5 a.m. on a recent morning to harvest baby spinach from his garden before the heat became oppressive. A retired chemistry professor at the University of New Hampshire, he meticulously tends his 100-square-foot garden, growing more than 30 varieties of organic vegetables in raised beds. Once he’d reaped a good haul of spinach, Chasteen and his wife began packaging the leafy greens into recycled containers that he stores in his garage, collected from former UNH colleagues and other friends. By 9:30 a.m., he was at the Seacoast Family Food Pantry in Portsmouth to give away the fresh produce. Chasteen has been donating produce to local food pantries for the last four years. He makes the 30-minute trip from Lee to Portsmouth once or twice a week. Last year, he donated about 800 pounds of vegetables to the pantry, and he’s already delivered some 250 boxes of lettuce, spinach, and arugula this year. “I enjoy gardening and I recognize that there’s a need. With the economy the way it is, this was an opportunity to give back,” Chasteen said. “It’s quite a lot of work, but I feel that it’s worthwhile and I enjoy doing it.” Full Story Back to Top
06-15-11 Tony Shasteen Helps Illustrate Green Lantern Comic (Movie Prequel) (Comic Book Resources) As far as prequels go, this one pushes the clock back quite a bit. Set “twenty years ago,” the story opens with Abin Sur on patrol of his little slice of the universe: Sector 2814. Sur happens across a smuggler who is making a shortcut through this sector, specifically through the Sol system...Michael Green – one of the writers of the screenplay for the film - makes the non-encounter between Waller and Sur a story worth reading. This issue seems to play up the importance of both characters to the Green Lantern mythos without bashing the reader over the head with scads of movie minutiae. When I opened the issue and turned the first page, I was pleased as punch to see Patrick Gleason’s art gracing the book. Unfortunately, Gleason only handled a handful of pages in this issue. Tony Shasteen, however, does a very good job of drawing the remainder of this issue up to Gleason’s standards. The two are by no means interchangeable, but the switch between artists is a little more like a switch between different kinds of cola as opposed to a change up from milk to orange juice. Full Story Back to Top
06-15-11 Actress Beth Chastain Portrays the Duchess of Berwick (San Jose Mercury News) Oscar Wilde...delighted in nothing more than wretched excesses of all kinds and thumbing his nose, quite publicly, at Victorian England's upper crust. This is demonstrated gleefully in "Lady Windermere's Fan," being presented by Concord's Butterfield 8 Theatre Company in a production that is both wildly funny and surprisingly touching. It's a knife-edged comedy of manners that points out the era's inequities between men and women in matters of the heart (inequities that seem to still exist in a greater or lesser degree). The story is set on Lady Windermere's (Becky Potter) 21st birthday, when she comes to suspect her husband, Lord Windermere (Matthew Gardner), is cheating on her. The news is presented to her a couple of times, first by an admirer, Lord Darlington (Edwin Peabody), and later by the delightfully catty Duchess of Berwick (Beth Chastain). Full Story Back to Top
06-15-11 Best Spots to Run in Atlanta ( We have compiled a list of best places to run for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners. [Beginners:] The Chastain Park loop is also a favorite. This three-mile-loop goes around the entire park and is, kind of, hilly. The trail is paved. This path offers a scenic run in a safe park in the Buckhead neighborhood; however, the park has the tendency to become pretty crowded. Runners can watch everything from concerts to little league baseball games. The park is located at the intersection of Stella Drive and Powers Ferry Road in Buckhead. Full Story Back to Top
06-14-11 Jermaine Chastain Opposes Retirement Community Expansion Plan (The Daily Sound) Valle Verde wants to add 37 new rooms, redesign some of its current buildings, add a bed-and-breakfast building and banking office, and create additional parking...The Hidden Oaks Homeowners Association and United Healthcare Workers West object to the plan. Jermaine Chastain, a member of the Association, argued that the development violates parts of the general plan. Chastain said the expansions worsen parking on streets that are already congested with parked cars, especially when the community hosts special events that attract a large number of visitors. The expansion adds some spaces but not enough considering the new bed-and-breakfast and banking office. Chastain said cars end up parking along the street which is too narrow to safely accommodate the larger buses, making an accident inevitable...“We’re not against them expanding,” Chastain said. “They just need to do it responsibly.” Full Story Back to Top
06-13-11 Matt Chastain Studies Native American Copper Crafting (EurekAlert) This prehistoric approach to metalworking was part of a metallurgical analysis of copper artifacts left behind by the Mississippians of the Cahokia Mounds, who lived in southeastern Illinois from 700 until 1400 A.D. The study was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science in May. The researchers were able to identify how the coppersmiths of Cahokia likely set up their workshop and the methods and tools used to work copper nuggets into sacred jewelry, headdresses, breastplates and other regalia...Two materials science and engineering students conducted much of the research. Matt Chastain, a Northwestern undergraduate at the time of the study, worked alongside Alix Deymier-Black, a graduate student in the materials science and engineering department. Chastain, first author of the paper, undertook the metallurgical analysis of the samples, supplied from ongoing excavations at Mound 34 in Cahokia. Chastain followed up his analysis by volunteering at the excavation site. "We cut through some samples of the copper pieces and polished them to look at the grain structures of the copper with a microscope," said Deymier-Black, second author of the paper. "From the size, shape and features of the grains inside the copper, we determined that the coppersmiths were likely hammering the copper, probably with a heavy rock, then putting the copper in the hot coals of a wood fire for five to 10 minutes to soften it and repeating the cycle until they had created a thin sheet of copper. " After using basic metallurgical science to better understand the methods the Cahokians used to create copper sheets, Deymier-Black and Chastain recreated the metalworking process in the lab with natural copper nuggets, fire and a heavy stone ---pounding and heating the copper into thin sheets. Full Story Back to Top
06-13-11 Tonya Chastain Drives Boat Upriver to Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga Times Free Press) An almost full moon shone down for The Machine and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera’s cover of Pink Floyd’s entire classic “Dark Side of the Moon” album on the Coca-Cola Stage...More than two dozen boats lay at anchor in the water at the festival site Sunday. One of those was “Pair a Dice,” a cruiser that Tonya Chastain drove 90 miles up the river from Scottsboro, Ala. “This is the way to do it. It’s just so much fun,” said Chastain, as she relaxed barefoot on the dock. Chastain attended the city’s first Riverbend Festival 30 years ago, and she and her husband return every year for the music, the old friends — and the new ones. “It’s so different now,” she said. “Back then there weren’t all these fences up, and we just went out there in bathing suits. But it’s still so great. We look forward to it all year long.” Full Story Back to Top
06-08-11 NBC Senior VP Scot Chastain Supports Local Station Strategy (TV News Check) By targeting the promotion priorities of TV stations, Promax reclaims its original mission when, in 1956, the Broadcast Promotion Association launched as a collaborative of local and national media mavens. The summit is designed to reverse the exodus of budget-starved station executives from the annual Promax meeting, which, ironically, has occurred at the same time local promotion has become more critical...Subsidizing attendees is money well-spent, according to NBC’s senior VP of affiliate marketing, Scot Chastain. “Sure, the networks have paid media options to advertise direct to consumers, but only the stations can give the audience reasons to care about a new show,” says Chastain, who credits stations for creating NBC’s most conspicuous primetime hit. “What makes The Voice important to Oklahoma City? It’s because the local stations got behind it with marketing editorial about Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green.”...“NBC is launching The Playboy Club, set in 1963 Chicago,” says Chastain, “Our O&O in Chicago and our Rockford, Ill., affiliate will be putting a nice creative spin on it. Our stations can add a creative layer that we could never do from the network side of things.” Full Story Back to Top
06-04-11 George Chastain Granted Patent for ATM on this Day in 1973 ( Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain are granted a patent for the automatic teller machine on this day in 1973. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-11 More on Sheriff Ricky Chastain Lawsuit (The Republic) According to her lawsuit, filed Thursday in Laurens County court, their affair began a month after she started working for Chastain in January 2008, and Manley became pregnant in the summer of 2010. After Chastain said she'd either have to have an abortion or quit her job, Manley says Chastain drove her to Charlotte, N.C., in his county-issued vehicle and paid for her to abort their child. In September, Manley says Chastain again demanded she get an abortion when she told him she was pregnant a second time. When Manley refused but told Chastain she wanted to keep her job, she says the sheriff told his subordinates during an October meeting to do "whatever it took" to make her resign, tactics the lawsuit says included "threats of violence." Manley subsequently resigned and later opted to have a second abortion, WSPA-TV has reported. In addition to sexual harassment, emotional distress and interference with her job, Manley is also suing Chastain and other sheriff's department employees for conspiring to pressure her to quit. The lawsuit also accuses county officials of failing to adequately supervise the sheriff as he carried out his affair with Manley. Full Story Back to Top
06-02-11 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Sued for Sexual Harassment (News Channel 7) What she does want is her job back at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office. She said longtime sheriff Ricky Chastain is to blame. She is suing him for sexual harassment. The lawsuit filed details her account of how she says he forced her out of a job for refusing to have an abortion. Manley claimed the child was Chastain's and said it wasn't the first child they conceived together. Manley said their relationship began shortly after she started her job in January of 2008...Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain began his career with the sheriff's office in 1990. He was elected sheriff in 2000. This is his third term in office. Full Story Back to Top
05-31-11 Rhonda Shasteen Keynotes at Women in Business Conference (Lewisville Leader) The keynote speaker for the event will be Rhonda Shasteen, a retired chief marketing officer for Mary Kay. She will speak about "The 6 most important things I learned on the way from the classroom to the boardroom." "We wanted someone who had been successful in the business world," Ferrell said. "She will speak about balancing your work life and leadership in the corporate world. She will also provide inspiration to the attendees. She will be fabulous at capping off the day." Shasteen is expected to share lessons she has learned throughout her career, how those lessons have impacted her and how they have shaped the person she is today. She has more than 30 years' experience in the community. Full Story Back to Top
05-31-11 Robyn Chastain Reports on Bears Near Schools (Kitsap Sun) Bears were reported near Vinland Elementary and the property shared by Poulsbo Elementary and Poulsbo Middle School. Vinland officials reported the bear after it was spotted near the school's border with a wooded area. It was not near any buildings, according to district spokeswoman Robyn Chastain. Neighbors reported the bear near the other schools, which Chastain said also wasn't near any buildings. Wildlife officers responded to both schools to make sure the bears weren't still in the area. District policy is to keep all children and people inside until wildlife officials say it is safe to come out, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
5-27-11 Wesley Thomas Chesteen is Engaged to be Married (Kosciusko Star Herald) Ms. Lesa Davis Long announces the engagement of her daughter, Anna Ruth Long of Mathiston, to Wesley Thomas Chesteen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy and Jama Chesteen of Kilmichael...The bridegroom is the grandson of the late Tom and Mary Lou Chesteen of Kilmichael and Mrs. Odell Richardson and the late James M. Richardson of Winona. He is a 2007 graduate of French Camp Academy. He recently graduated with degrees in history and anthropology from Ole Miss. He plans to continue his education at the University of Mississippi to pursue a master’s degree in history. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. on June 11, 2011. [Chastain Central Note: Jimmy Chesteen is the genealogist for the PCFA] Full Story Back to Top
05-23-11? School Counselor Kimberly Chastain Gives Parenting Tips (Vision Insights and New Horizons) If your child wants to wear an outfit or see a movie that you believe is inappropriate, don’t be afraid to say no. “Your kids need you to be their parent,” says school counselor Kimberly Chastain. “You cannot be your child’s friend. They have plenty of kids to be their friends.” If your children don’t understand your reasons for saying no, it’s okay to simply say “Because I said so.” “That’s gone out of favor,” Chastain admits, “but at some point you have to make it clear that you’re the adult and you have the final decision.”...Be sure to allow for some downtime every day. “It’s probably the relaxed evenings at home when you played board games with your children or read books together that they’re going to look back on with fond memories when they’re adults, not the science camp or swimming lessons you enrolled them in,” Chastain says. There may be times when your child is about the only one in his or her class who hasn’t seen a particular movie or isn’t wearing a certain style of clothing. Not only is your child likely begging to go along with the crowd, you may be getting flak from other parents as well. They may say to you, “Well, why don’t you let your kids watch that movie? There’s nothing wrong with it.” Chastain observes, “Your kids are going to get peer pressure from their friends, and you’re going to get peer pressure from your kids’ friends’ parents.” It can feel like a lonely battle at times, but for the sake of your children, you need to stand your ground and do what you know is right. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-11 Michelle Chastain Promoted to Regions Bank Private Banking Sales Manager (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Michelle Chastain has been named Regions Bank private banking sales manager for the Chattanooga and Cleveland markets. “Mi-chelle has a proven record in private banking,” Regions’ Chattanooga president said. “She is an accomplished banker, well recognized for her talent and commitment to serving customers and the community.” Chastain brings over eight years of wealth management experience to her new role, spending a majority of that time in Regions’ Chattanooga market as a private banking relationship manager. She holds her series 7 securities license and a master’s in business administration from UTC. Chastain has served on the board of directors for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults; as a mentor for Emily’s Power for a Cure; stewardship and personnel elder for Northside Presbyterian Church and a member of the Northside Learning Center Parents Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. Full Story Back to Top
05-20-11 Rhonda Shasteen Speaks at Denton County Women in Business Conference (Lewisville Leader) The Lewisville Chamber of Commerce recently announced the lineup of speakers for the annual Denton County Women in Business Conference. This is the third year the Lewisville Chamber has hosted the half-day conference aimed at helping support women in business...Rhonda Shasteen Chief Marketing Officer for May Kay (retired): "The 6 most important things I learned on the way from the classroom to the boardroom" Rhonda will share where the lessons came from, how they impacted her in her career and ultimately how they've shaped the person she has become. Additionally, attendees will hear the very simple plan she uses today to focus her energy and efforts for success and growth. As a C-level executive with three decades of success in the business community, Rhonda Shasteen brings a well-rounded perspective to leaders and organizations looking for success in today's dynamic and fast-changing environment. Full Story Back to Top
05-19-11 David Luke Chastain is Valedictorian (Brownwood News) Brownwood High School proudly announced that 178 students have completed the necessary requirements to take part in the commencement exercise...The top two graduates this year are Valedictorian, David Luke Chastain and Salutatorian, Caitlyn Kennedy Cloy...Valedictorian – David Luke Chastain, GPA 4.01. Luke is the son of Kirk and Genetha Chastain. During his high school career he has participated in FCA & the FCA Football All-Star Game, Choices, has played varsity soccer (3 years), and varsity football (3 years). Honors include Rotary Student of the Month (October), Honorable Mention Football All-State Safety, 1st Team All-District Safety & Wide Receiver, Magna Cum Laude Freshman year, Summa Cum Laude Sophomore, Junior and Senior year, 2010 Departmental Awards – Dual Credit Physics and Pre AP Pre-Calculus, 2009 Departmental Awards – English II Pre AP, 2008 Departmental Awards – Geometry Pre AP and voted Most Intelligent by his peers. Luke plans to attend Texas A&M this fall and study pre-med for a career as a cosmetic surgeon. Full Story Back to Top
05-16-11 Local Prefers Chastain Beach (Palm Beach Post) “The beach I first stumbled upon in 1975, Chastain Beach (locals refer to it as “The Rocks”), remains my personal favorite. It’s a quiet cove with rock formations just north of Bathtub Beach. When there is a swell, the surf is as good as anywhere I have surfed.” Full Story Back to Top
05-16-11 Fine-arts Director Shawn Chastain Concerned about Funding Impact ( Those who support instrumental music in Wichita schools say proposed budget cuts would devastate a part of the program that matters most — its earliest years..."That beginning program is so crucial," said Shawn Chastain, director of fine arts for the Wichita district. "It's the foundation for everything that happens down the road, with high school bands and orchestras and beyond." Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers "allow that initial class size to be viable," Chastain said...Chastain, the fine-arts director, said Wichita's band and orchestra programs have "a long history of excellence" that he hopes isn't affected by budget concerns. "These large classes are a credit to what we have — a strong program, a very supportive community, excellent recruiting, access to instruments and a fabulous teaching staff," he said. "We want that to continue." Full Story Back to Top
05-13-11 Dr. Larry Chasteen Reports on Rabid Fox (Daily Home Online) “We received confirmation Wednesday that the fox killed in Lincoln the first week of May was positive for rabies,” said Dr. Larry Chasteen, St. Clair County rabies officer. Chasteen said the fox chased a dog into a residence on Eureka Road, following it through the pet door. “A fight ensued in the house between the fox and the dog, and the dog was bitten,” he said. Chasteen said the fox was killed and brought to Logan Martin Vet Clinic in Pell City, where Chasteen is a veterinarian. Samples were shipped to the state laboratory for testing. “Thankfully, the dog had a current rabies vaccination,” Chasteen said. “We immediately revaccinated the dog for rabies as a precaution. The dog will be under at-home quarantine for 45 days.” Chasteen said that had the dog not had a current rabies vaccination, the only options would have been either euthanasia or quarantine in a veterinary facility for six months. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-11 Libertarian David Chastain Has Reservations Regarding Big Brother Immigration Law (Marietta Daily Journal) The reaction in Cobb to Gov. Nathan Deal signing into law a tough immigration bill fell mostly along party lines, with Republicans supporting it, and Democrats decrying the action. Some portions of the new law take effect July 1...Libertarian activist David Chastain of Acworth has reservations about the bill. “In the long run, I’m not sure it’s going to be good for the state,” Chastain said. “Undocumented workers get to leave but those of us that are legal have to live under this Big Brother government.” Chastain said that back in the 1980s when the state was attempting to pass the seat-belt law, lawmakers promised that it was only for safety and that police would never be able to pull people over just for that violation. Now, public service announcements flood the airwaves warning “click it or ticket,” he said. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-11 Jessie Chastain's Bicycle Business Thrives after 100 Years (WALB-TV) While many folks are struggling financially, Jessie Chastain says he's doing just fine. "April and May, of this year, have been two of our best months ever." Chastain is the owner of Chastain's Bicycle Shop in Thomasville. His family has been selling bikes in town for more than 100 years. Due to the poor economy and high gas prices, more folks are buying bikes. Chastain says before he lets any bike leave the shop, he goes through a strict safety checklist. "We encourage them to buy a helmet, to get a light if they have to ride after dark, and making sure the bike fits is a big deal. Full Story Back to Top
05-11-11 Sick Woman Saved from Tornado Collapsed Chastain Manor Apartments (Tuscaloosa News) Robinson, 67, had been recovering from surgery at Chastain Manor Apartments on 34th Avenue in Alberta when the tornado struck. She recalls having woken up from a nap long enough to eat some cantaloupe and return to her room when she heard the storm approaching. Before she knew it, the winds had flattened the walls of the apartment and thrown her against a wall. The back of her head was bleeding, and she lost two teeth. The medical oxygen that Robinson requires 24 hours a day had been knocked out of reach. She was trapped by her bed frame, mattress and other debris...A boy who she knows from the neighborhood...walked by as he, his sister and their grandmother fled the flattened apartment complex. “He heard me calling for someone to help get me out of there,” she said. Full Story Back to Top
05-11-11 Festival Beverage Proceeds Go to Chastain Dog Park ( The Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday will feature 200 local and regional artists and handcrafters showcasing their works for sale. The event will be located along the entire shady street of Park Drive in Chastain Park. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the on-site beverage sales will be donated to the not yet city approved Chastain Dog Park. Full Story Back to Top
05-09-11 Chastain Home for Gentlewomen Holds Charity Event (Gazette Virginian) The Historic Chastain Home for Gentlewomen, Mountain Road, Halifax will hold a charity luncheon to benefit the American Red Cross on Saturday. Advanced tickets are $10 and are required for choice of the first seating at 11 a.m. or the second seating at 1 p.m...This will be an opportunity to enjoy lunch with a friend in an historic setting and raise funds for the American Red Cross where 91 cents of each donated dollar assists those who need help when help can’t wait. Full Story Back to Top
05-08-11 Body of Jana Chastain Found (KATV) The death toll from severe weather in Arkansas since April 25th has risen to 17. A Randolph County woman is the latest victim of the recent floods. Officials recovered the body of 31-year-old Jana Chastain Saturday not far from her 2003 Lincoln Aviator which was found in floodwaters near Hwy 67 between Pocahontas and Lawrence County line. Full Story Back to Top
05-05-11 Vehicle of Missing Jana Chastain is Found (KAIT)The SUV of a woman who has been missing since early Tuesday morning has been found, but there are still no signs of her. The Walnut Ridge Police Chief discovered 31-year-old Jana Chastain's SUV around 8 a.m. Thursday morning off Hwy 67 between Pocahontas and the Lawrence County line. The SUV was pulled from the swift waters in a flooded field near Pocahontas...Arkansas State Police verified that the white SUV was in fact the 2003 Lincoln Aviator that Chastain had been driving...there is still no clue on her whereabouts...Chastain weighs about 120 pounds and is 5 feet 6 inches tall with long brown hair. If you see her or know of her whereabouts you're asked to contact your local police department. Full Story Back to Top
05-05-11 Zoo CEO Robert Chastain Explains New Zoo Features (Colorado Springs Gazette) “We’ve embarked on the largest capital campaign in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo history, large because we’re talking about elephants, rhinos and lions,” zoo CEO Robert Chastain said. And large for the price tag, $13 million, of which nearly $10 million has been given by 166 donors, about half of whom were there Wednesday...Jason Bredahl, the elephants’ keeper, called the project a “super-sized scale” of improvements for the elephants...The next phase, to be finished in the spring of 2012, will be the outdoor elephant exhibit, a new space for meerkats and a new exhibit containing two black rhinoceroses, a species the zoo had to send to another facility a decade ago for lack of space. Said Chastain, “Black rhinos are one of the most endangered animals in the world and to be able to incorporate them into the exhibit was a plus for us and black rhino conservation.” Full Story Back to Top
05-02-11 Who Is Chastain Park Named For? (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Q: What is the history of Chastain Park Amphitheater? Is it named for someone famous? A: The quaint neighborhood venue, famous for its summertime concerts and often lively crowds, had a quiet start as 268-acre North Fulton Park in 1933. Eleven years later, Troy Chastain, who was Atlanta’s supervisor of public buildings, unveiled the amphitheater, and when he died in 1945, the park was renamed for him. The 6,000-seat amphitheater underwent $2.3 million in renovations in 2004 and often is filled with music lovers and their elaborate spreads. This summer’s schedule certainly will hit a high note for folks of all musical tastes with a variety of concerts, from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Rihanna and Cee Lo Green to Paul Simon to Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. Full Story Back to Top
04-29-11 Master Sgt. Eric Chastain Talks about Expert Infantryman Badge (DVIDS) Earning a seven-sixteenths by 3-inch piece of metal displaying a musket and a blue backdrop may not seem significant, but to infantrymen, the Expert Infantryman Badge is considered a career validation...Master Sgt. Eric Chastain [is] the brigade’s EIB testing non-commissioned officer in charge...“We’ve been engaged in constant combat since Sept. 11,” Chastain said. “During this time, EIB took the backseat.”...Chastain noted that there is an added level of stress since Soldiers had to take on multiple tasks throughout the lanes as opposed to the focusing on one at a time at individual stations like in the previous test. This, he says, affects not only the candidates, but the test graders as well. “(Before,) graders only mastered one task,” Chastain explained. “Now that grader has to know 10 different tasks and master them.”...For Soldiers, such as Chastain, who earned his EIB in 1997 in Korea, there’s something that makes earning an EIB even more highly regarded – being a “True Blue” EIB holder. “True Blue” means a Soldier completed every task without a “no-go,” thus every “go” box on his score sheet has a blue mark all the way down the page. Full Story Back to Top
04-29-11 Jennifer Chasteen Relays Against Cancer (SWVolusia News) Thousands of local cancer survivors, and cancer patient supporters, will be assembling this weekend at the City of Deltonas’ Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex. Team members will lace up their walking shoes in support of the around the clock battle against cancer in the Deltona 2011 Relay for Life event...“I have been relaying for years, last year I decided it was time to do more and I formed my own team. I relay for me, my family, friends, and all the people I will never meet who need help beating cancer. Stop people on the street and ask them if they have ever known someone affected by cancer and I bet everyone you stop will say yes,” outlined Jennifer Chasteen one of many team Captains. Full Story Back to Top
04-28-11 Race Driver Mike Chasteen Jr. Interviewed (Peoria Journal Star) HOW I GOT INTO RACING: My father, Mike Chasteen Sr., and grandfather, Everett Chasteen, have been associated with racing most of their lives. I went to my first race when I was 3 months old. FIRST WIN: Still pursuing the first feature win, but my first heat race win came in 2008 running in the B-modified class at Spoon River. RACING INSPIRATIONS: My father and my stepfather, Erik Bruce. My father has been around racing for over 30 years, winning many presigious races around the United States. He’s the main reason I’ve gotten behind the wheel of a racecar. Full Story Back to Top
04-27-11 Clay Chastain: This is More Important than Light Rail (KC Community News) Clay Chastain is suing Kansas City, Mo., and the city attorney for allegedly preventing him to run as a write-in mayoral candidate in this year’s general election. After the March 18 ruling in a circuit court, Chastain stated he would take no further legal action and instead focus on his light rail initiative. Chastain has collected more than 4,000 signatures, enough to place the measure on the fall ballot. “I woke up at 4 in the morning,” Chastain said. “Something stirred me in my sleep and I thought, ‘This is really more important than light rail even.’” Chastain said the city should not be allowed to change election law during a campaign. He filed the suit April 13. He is seeking a new primary election with all previously named primary mayoral candidates including himself as an official candidate, and a new general election. Chastain said if another election is held and he is in the race, the outcome could be different. Full Story Back to Top
04-24-11 Juli Ann Teeters and Michael Jeffery Chastaine are Engaged (Victoria Advocate) Clay and Nancy Teeters of Victoria are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Juli Ann Teeters of Houston, to Michael Jeffery Chastaine of Bossier City, LA, son of Mike and Debbie Chastaine of Shreveport, La...Michael is a 1997 graduate of West Monroe High School and a 2001 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is employed by Red River Beverage Group in Bossier City, LA as Director of Business Development. Full Story Back to Top
04-23-11 Prosthetic Children Ride at Chastain Horse Park (WXIA-TV) There was no fear or hesitation as a group of children with prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces took their first horseback rides at Chastain Horse Park on Saturday. "It was amazing," said Alene Grant, whose son, Taevan, 6, lost his right leg in a car accident four years ago. "It's just wonderful to watch him."..."We've found that as they ride, the horse's movement feels like their legs moving. So it feels like they're walking with their own legs." Full Story Back to Top
04-22-11 Accusation Against Police Chief Tim Chastain Fails in Court (Anderson Independent Mail) George Thomas Lee was handcuffed and led away Thursday afternoon to begin a 60-day jail sentence, cursing and hurling epithets at Walhalla police officers and sheriff’s deputies. The same type of language got him arrested in October. A six-person jury took about 45 minutes to find the 70-year-old Lee, a self-described political activist, guilty of breach of the peace and one count of assault and battery, third degree...Lee, conducting his own defense, based his case on self-defense and his right to freedom of speech enumerated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also charged that Walhalla police chief Tim Chastain had framed him as a way to get him and his protest signs off the city streets after a number of complaints. Full Story Back to Top
04-20-11 Sarah Chastain Widowed in Murder of Town's First Sheriff (The Llano News) Samuel Lee Lockhart and brother, Joseph Warren Lockart, came to Texas from Indiana, where both had married sisters, Sarah and Mary Chastain. In 1850, the Lockharts still lived in Orange County Indiana, but they resided near the Salt Works in time to sign the petition to create Llano County [in 1855]. Unfortunately, Sam Lockhart’s tenure as sheriff was not destined to be long-lasting. After a little over a year, he became Llano’s first law officer killed in the line of duty. He came across a group of men playing poker along the road between Bluffton and Llano. He decided not to arrest them, but he told them to put up their cards and continue down the road. As the story goes, when Sam turned to walk away, one of the gamblers, William Taylor, ran up behind him, reached around to his front with a knife, and stabbed him. Sam’s body was taken back to Tow Valley for burial. The account of this tragedy will forever be remembered as Sheriff Lockhart’s tombstone specifically states he was "Murdered by William Taylor Jan. 9,1858." Sam and wife had four children, three born in Indiana, and one in Texas. After his death, his widow moved to Burnet County, where they were listed in 1860. Sarah then married Peter Bantea, and had another daughter. The Banteas returned to Llano County, taking out land west of Tow, where they lived until Peter died and was buried in the Board Branch Cemetery. Sarah went to live with one of her married daughters and died elsewhere. Most of the Lockhart descendants living in Llano County today are from the family of Joseph Warren Lockhart, through his son, Samuel Luther Lockhart. Lockhart Mt. is named in honor of this family. Full Story Back to Top
04-13-11 Clay Chastain Files Lawsuit to Void Results of Kansas City Mayoral Election (KMBC Kansas City) City activist Clay Chastain has filed a complaint against city officials, asking them to set aside the results of last month's mayoral election. Chastain wanted to run as a write-in candidate. The city said Chastain, who has a home in Virginia, was ineligible on residency grounds. In a six-page complaint, Chastain claims city officials used damaging statements, dilatory tactics and selective enforcement of the law to keep him out of the election, which was won by Sly James. Chastain has asked that the results of the election be set aside and a new primary scheduled for about a month after the ruling. Full Story Back to Top
04-06-11 Drew Chastain's Double Triple Zero Premiers ( Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (Saturn Screen Printing Building), 827.5858. New this week: the world premiere screening of local independent filmmaker, Drew Chastain's "Double Triple Zero" (7:30 p.m. Sat), about a man determined to finish the Crescent City Classic. Unfortunately, his training mainly involves reading the Bible, drinking and drugs. Full Story Back to Top
04-05-11 Don Chastain Featured in Release of Strike Up the Band ( A studio album of the 1930 score of George and Ira Gershwin's Strike Up the Band, featuring Rebecca Luker, Brent Barrett, Beth Fowler and more, will be released more than 20 years after recording began. The disc, available in June, will be the 100th release by PS Classics, the Grammy Award-nominated label devoted to American theatre music and popular song...The recording features Brent Barrett, Don Chastain, Rebecca Luker, Jason Graae, Beth Fowler, Charles Goff, Juliet Lambert, Jeff Lyons and James Rocco, plus a 16-member chorus, a tap-dancing ensemble and an orchestra of 28. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-11 Chastain Father and Son Serve in Navy Together (Cleveland Daily Banner) For father and son duo Mineman 1st Class Mitchell L. Chastain and Hospital Recruit Blake M. Chastain, both Cleveland natives, joining the Navy was a decision they made together. Mitchell Chastain had a history of military service before joining the Navy. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1989 and served in that branch for 18 years. When he came home to Cleveland after a 12-month deployment to Iraq in November 2005, Mitchell decided he needed a life change and separated from the Army National Guard in April 2007. However, his son’s ambition would end up motivating him to be a soldier again... Mitchell Chastain enlisted as a Navy reserve mineman in July 2009. Son Blake Chastain later enlisted to serve as a hospital corpsman for five years and left for basic training at the Recruit Training Command in October 2010, before heading to Naval Hospital Corps School. Both began attending classes for their respective fields at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. For the father and son, being sent to the same naval station proved to be a “blessing,” Mitchell said. Full Story Back to Top
03-31-11 Chastain Farm is Part of Background to Bootleggers Turned Professional Racers (ESPN) When Lloyd Seay was 15 and Dawsonville was a hamlet, he was already a veteran "tripper," local lingo for moonshine runner. That was in 1935...That was developmental racing in the Depression era, for the likes of Seay...The Flock brothers -- Bob, Fonty and Tim -- were from Atlanta but spent much of their time here, hauling out of the huge central liquor collection point on the Chastain farm. They ran it down "the Whiskey Trail," Georgia Highway 9, into Atlanta...It was the best training a driver could get, for every night when the revenuers were out, "It was a race to win or go to prison," as Junior Johnson has said of his moonshine career...Seay and Roy Hall, a cousin also schooled on the Whiskey Trail, raced for Raymond Dawson Parks, who'd run away from Dawson County at age 14, landed on the streets of Atlanta, made his stake running 'shine. Full Story Back to Top
03-28-11 New Book Remembers Poet Jim Chastain ( Norman author Nathan Brown releases his first “mostly nonfiction” book, “Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Butternut Squash Ravioli” (Village Books Press, $15). A poignant reflection on his friendship with late Oklahoma author and poet Jim Chastain, this collection of memories follows a trail that starts deep inside the heart of the author and travels through his pen and onto the paper as a celebration of a life cut short by cancer...Chastain's poem, “The Last Supper,” is a ‘smorgasbord' of local and not-so-local fare he knew he would miss most when gone...Brown makes it a personal mission to honor his friend by pursuing this “lengthy and lustful” menu...“the poem that launched a million calories.” It's a remarkable undertaking, complete with visits from old friends (what's a “last supper” without a chosen few?). Full Story Back to Top
03-25-11 TJ Chasteen's Play Reviewed (Kansas City Star) The play opens as two house-cleaners (Magie Hogan and Emily Peterson) arrive at an upscale Manhattan apartment. One (Hogan) does this for a living but her friend (Peterson), an underemployed actress, is tagging along. Before long they discover (a) framed pornographic photographs and (b) a nude man stuffed into a hall closet. At first they think the young man (J. Will Fritz) is dead, but he’s not. Later they think they’ve shot him but they haven’t. Then they think they’ve shot him again, but he’s still kicking. And the kitchen is full of pies, some of them apparently laced with drugs. Liccardello’s plot is an intricate, carefully constructed conceit based on multiple lies and mistaken assumptions. Each time a level of dishonesty is revealed, another is waiting just beneath the surface. Director TJ Chasteen stages the piece the only way that makes sense -- at a breakneck pace. But he articulates the backstories clearly and elicits some sharp comic timing from the actors. Indeed, Liccardello is able to pack an impressive amount of information about each character into her play, despite its brevity. Full Story Back to Top
03-25-11 TJ Chasteen Directs New Play (Kansas City Star) TJ Chasteen’s head is in the play. As three young actors read through a new script with the intriguing title of “Pies From the Porn Kitchen,” Chasteen listens intently...Chasteen, 26, is an actor, too — tens of thousands of theatergoers saw him play Young Scrooge in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2008 and 2010 productions of “A Christmas Carol” — but tonight he’s directing a new play by Liccardello, a 29-year-old actress pursuing a master of arts in playwriting...Chasteen, who grew up in Houston, graduated from UMKC with a master of fine arts degree in 2009. Early on he had plans to do the stereotypical thing: move to the big city to find his fortune. “They changed once I learned what acting actually is,” he says. “But, yeah, at the time, of course, I had the plan that everybody does — to get my MFA and go to New York. But that very quickly became what I didn’t want to do at all.” The math was pretty simple. Here you can help create original work, land acting jobs and building a resume. In New York, you’re competing with thousands of actors on a daily basis. Full Story Back to Top
03-20-11 Cindy Chasteen Runs Horse Farm (Shelby County Reporter) A special group of people care about horses, Cindy Chasteen said, and her farm, Son Country Farm, is overrun with these types of people. “This is a teaching barn, but also a working barn,” Chasteen said of her 230-acre farm of sprawling pastures and tidy barns in the outskirts of Sterrett. Chasteen, a take-charge blonde with strong hands and an even stronger desire to instill responsibility and character in her students, teaches some of the winningest young equestrians in the area. Chasteen’s group of riders, girls from around 8 to 17 years old, call themselves the “Barn Chicks,” and compete each Saturday in horse shows across the state. Full Story Back to Top
03-20-11 Joel Chasteen Promotes Copyright Knowledge for Hawaiian Musicians (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) MELE STUDENT Joel Chasteen is concentrating on "the publishing side of things, maybe licensing." He wants to "help build up the Hawaiian music industry outside the traditional Hawaiian music that we're known for right now." He plans to graduate in 2012. The music business is full of stories about talented artists who unwittingly sold the rights to their work or overlooked the "fine print" in their contracts and received no royalties despite big sales. Chasteen said that with knowledge of copyrights and intellectual property laws, "you control your own destiny." "If you don't understand the business and the legalities that come along with that, your career is not in your own hands. … My goal is to have that control and to be able to make music." Full Story Back to Top
03-19-11 Do Black Chastains Rest in Pumpkintown Cemetery? (Anderson Independent Mail) This cemetery almost lost to history served the Little Liberia community of freed slaves in northern Pickens County immediately after the Civil War. Had it not been for its connection to Soap Stone Baptist, established in the decade after the war’s end, the cemetery might have been lost forever...Bert Reece’s 1970 “History of Pumpkintown & Oolenoy” said four white men helped freed slaves after the Civil War by giving five acres to each family for “a Liberia here in America similar to that of Africa.” Census records show 197 black men, women and children lived in and around the Pumpkintown community that includes Little Liberia in 1870. Dozens shared surnames with their white neighbors — Burgess, Chastain, Edens, Keith, Lynch, McKinsey, Southerland, Talley and McJunkin — and a few still lived in white households. Their number grew to 240 by 1900. But the U.S. Census listed only 73 black residents in 1920, and their numbers continued to dwindle, Clark said. Full Story Back to Top
03-19-11 Lindsey Chastain Portrays Lady Macduff in New York's Macbeth (Broadway World) The 73rd. Ave. Theatre Company presents Macbeth, March 18 to April 17. In 1920s New York City, Macbeth is a trusted ally and servant to Duncan, head of the New York Mafia. He makes a name for himself in battle against Duncan's Federal enemies, and is elevated in power by doing so. But after a seemingly chance encounter with three witches, who prophesy of greater things, Macbeth himself turns traitor. He will do whatever it takes to have it all. The cast includes...Lindsey Chastain as...Lady Macduff. Full Story Back to Top
03-18-11 Clay Chastain Looses Appeal on Write-in Ruling (KC Community News) The Kansas City Court of Appeals ruled on March 17 that Chastain is ineligible as a write-in mayoral candidate for the March 22 mayoral election...Chastain said he was surprised at the ruling...Chastain said he will continue his initiative to garner voter approval for a multimodal light rail transit system in Kansas City...Chastain said James indicated he would not overturn the vote of the people if Chastain’s light rail initiative makes it to an upcoming ballot and is approved. “I am going to endorse Sly James,” Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
03-17-11 Jammie Chasteen Launches Jesus Couture (RichmondBizSense) Richmonders Jammie Chasteen and Ashley Wiber have built a growing apparel company that combines modern style with Christian quotes and imagery, and they’re trying to snag a piece of a $4.5 billion industry for Christian apparel. The pals launched Jesus Couture in September 2009, selling T-shirts to their church. They’ve grown to an online store and added a retail store, and they hope to be in local malls soon...“I believe that this can be in the normal world of fashion,” Chasteen said, adding that a lot of the clothing in the Christian marketplace is frumpy and doesn’t appeal to a mass audience. The twosome met in 2008, when Chasteen was working as a wedding coordinator. One of those weddings was Wiber’s. Full Story Back to Top
03-09-11 Brent Chasteen Plays on The Price is Right (WVLT) Brent Chasteen is the first one called down on The Price is Right. Brent Chasteen says, "Once I got down there I thought I'm going to be the guy who never gets on the show." His first bid was on sailboarding equipment. They asked him where he got his shirt. Chasteen says, "I told them I got it from the airbrush capital of the world, Gatlinburg, TN." That shirt wasn't random. Brent planned the design and color after You Tubing a lot of shows. Chasteen says, "They always wear a shirt so...I got me a yellow shirt." That yellow shirt, got him on the front row, and he bid several times. 8 times to be exact, most of the time being beat by just one dollar. Brent finally got up there after winning the bid for a TV by one dollar. He had to pick the lower price of three prizes. He won all three, and at the big wheel he spun to beat 50, and barely lost with 30. Full Story Back to Top
03-08-11 Clay Chastain Crashes Mayoral Candidate Debate (Kansas City Star) Kansas City’s two mayoral candidates pressed Tuesday to highlight key differences as the March 22 election draws closer...longtime transit advocate — Clay Chastain — attempted to crash the debate Tuesday. He said he hoped to be a write-in candidate for mayor. But Chastain stood at the back after hosts of the debate at Union Station — the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Business Journal — asked him not to participate. Full Story Back to Top
03-07-11 Clay Chastain to File New Ballot Lawsuit (KMBC Kansas City) Clay Chastain said he planned to file a lawsuit Monday in his latest effort to be able to run for Kansas City mayor in the March 22 election. Chastain, whose request to run as a write-in candidate was denied on Friday, said the judge that issued the ruling didn't have correct information about his case. He said the city attorney described Chastain as trying to run as a write-in candidate in the primary, but Chastain said he was never participating in the primary...On Friday, Chastain said the judge's ruling makes sense to him and he will not appeal. Full Story Back to Top
03-04-11 Judge Rules Against Clay Chastain Ballot Request (Kansas City Star) Jackson City Circuit Judge Edith Messina ruled today against Clay Chastain’s request to be a mayoral write-in candidate in Kansas City’s March 22 general election. Messina found that Kansas City’s charter clearly stipulates a procedure for write-in candidates to run in the primary election, which was held Feb. 22...write-in candidates in the primary must get enough votes to be among the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election...During the hearing, Chastain, acting as his own attorney, argued that Kansas City general municipal election ballots in 1999, 2003 and 2007 had space for write-in candidates, and voters should be allowed to write in his name this year. “This boils down to the fact that a precedent has been established for a long time,” Chastain told the court. But City Attorney Galen Beaufort countered that a new city charter, approved in 2006, specifically stipulated that write-in candidates should file for the primary election. He said the fact that there was a write-in space on the 2007 general municipal election ballots, after the new charter was adopted, was a “mistake”...Messina said she did not have to consider Chastain’s residential status because she had already ruled his petition invalid on its legal arguments. Full Story Back to Top
03-04-11 Clay Chastain Goes to Court Regarding Write-in Line for Ballot (KMBC Kansas City) Write-in candidate for Kansas City mayor Clay Chastain went to court Thursday to fight for his political life...Chastain said he should have the chance to have a write-in slot on the March 22 mayoral ballot. Chastain pointed to the 2007 and 2003 city election ballots, where there was a space for a write-in candidate. City Attorney Galen Beaufort told Jackson County Judge Edith Messina that was a mistake. Beaufort said Chastain does not qualify because he does not meet the residency requirement. The city requires candidates to live in the city for a year before they can run for election...Chastain also testified that he has not paid Missouri or Kansas City taxes in recent years because he earned very little money here. "I do spend a majority of my time in Bedford," Chastain told the court. "But my heart is still in Kansas City." The judge is expected to rule on the case on Friday. Full Story Back to Top
02-28-11 Bud Shasteen Urges Action Against Seattle's Proposed Viaduct (KOMO News) The battle over Seattle's deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alasakn Way Viaduct flared up again Monday. The city council voted overwhelmingly to override Mayor Mike McGinn's veto of the project...Tunnel opponents came here knowing the mayor's veto would not stand, but they weren't discouraged. Two separate anti-tunnel citizen groups are working to get initiatives on the ballot. One will likely go up for a vote this spring: "We say it's not too late to stop and if you join us it won't be," said Bud Shasteen with "Stop The Tunnel" Citizens Group. "These politicians will abide by the public will sooner or later. But we're fighting it all the way, and our initiative is alive." Full Story Back to Top
02-27-11 Republican Representative Donnie Chesteen Says Alabama Spending Cuts Are Needed (Dothan Eagle) It was Reconstruction the last time Alabama had a Republican-controlled Legislature. Now, state Republicans say they plan to reconstruct the way business has been done in Montgomery since then...Deep spending cuts are predicted in order to balance the state’s general fund budget, which could fall between 10 and 15 percent short of previous projections...“It’s like everybody wants you to cut spending, just not on the programs that affect them,” Chesteen said. “But I think people realize we are going to have to try to do more with less.” Full Story Back to Top
02-25-11 Clay Chastain Produces Evidence Qualifying a Writer-in Option on Mayoral Ballot ( Chastain said he’s dug up ballots from the past three mayoral elections — in 1999, 2003 and 2007 — and all three include the names of the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary, plus a slot for write-in candidates. Chastain is convinced that a legal victory on this point would propel his write-in candidacy and make up for the disadvantage of not actually having his name on the ballot. “When I win this case, I’m in the race,” he said Friday. “People will know I can clean up Dodge because I did it in the campaign.”...The two Kansas City mayoral candidates whose names will be printed on the ballot are Sly James and Mike Burke, who beat out incumbent Mark Funkhouser in the Tuesday primary. The general election is March 22. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-11 Bob Chastain Leads Critical Frog Study in Panama (KXRM) A team from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, lead by President Bob Chastain, is back in Colorado after spending nine days in the jungles of Panama as part of a global effort to save amphibian species on the verge of extinction due to fatal chytrid fungus. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a founding partner in the international initiative called the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project..."The more frogs collected, the better the chances of creating a viable, sustainable assurance colony that may one day be reintroduced to the wild," says Bob Chastain, President. Chastain says the frogs are important to humans because they produce skin secretions that kill microbes and viruses. Full Story Back to Top
02-24-11 Clay Chastain Protests Proposed School Closing in Virginia (Roanoke Times) Impassioned parents and placard-toting children expressed opposition to the proposed closing of the school -- which serves students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Although city-based, Bedford Primary is part of the county school system. Schuch fielded questions as he stood inside the school's combination cafeteria, gym and auditorium. Parents lined up to speak to him and the standing room only crowd of at least 200 people. Clay Chastain described the closing of Bedford Primary -- which school officials said would save about $530,000 -- as "penny-wise and pound-foolish." Ripple effects would undermine the children's education, a neighborhood school and "small-town America," he said...Chastain told Schuch that he and his wife had considered enrolling their daughter in private school. But a visit to Bedford Primary and a meeting with Principal Wayne Lyle changed his mind. "I came away extremely impressed with the school," Chastain said. Private school is not an option for many parents. Lyle said 61 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. Bedford Primary's current enrollment is 358. Full Story Back to Top
02-18-11 Loveless Stars Andrew Von Urtz and Cindy Chastain Were an Item in Real Life (The L Magazine) Who are the lead actors Andrew Von Urtz (pictured) and Cindy Chastain—friends of yours? Did you write for them, or settle on them after the film was written? Yes, Andrew and Cindy are both friends of mine, we all went to film school together. Before Loveless, neither of them had acted in a feature film. I wrote the script for Andrew, the character and many elements in the film are based on his life. Andrew and Cindy were once a real-life couple, they met as undergraduates and at one point they lived together. At first I looked for other actresses to play Cindy's role, "Joanna," but one day my wife/producer, Shauna Lyon, and I ran into Cindy on the street, told her about the project and she said she'd love to be a part of it. At first I wondered what kind of emotional damage I might be tapping into, but I was excited about the idea of having Andrew's real-life ex-girlfriend playing his ex in the film. They have a great natural chemistry, which led to better performances. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-11 Questions for Clay Chastain Regarding Eligibility (Kansas City Star) For a moment, though, let’s assume that Mr. Chastain did “reside in Kansas City” in the last two years. Did he pay the earnings tax in that time? If not, why not? Was he registered to vote in Virginia? Did he cast ballots in any Virginia elections? These are questions the media can and should pose to Mr. Chastain. It might be interesting to see how he verbally contorts himself to find answers that let him run for mayor without exposing himself to the possibility of tax evasion charges here or election fraud charges in Virginia. Full Story Back to Top
02-12-11 Lisa Shasteen Instrumental in Restoring Elegant Historic Tampa Hotel (ABC Action News) A historic hotel in Tampa, built in the 1920's has gone through a lot, and at one point, was even condemned. However, a man who bought the Floridan Hotel in 2005 vows to make it the palace it once was. "The Floridan Hotel when it opened in 1927, was the hotel for Tampa," Rodney Kite-Powell, with the Tampa Bay History Center said. In 1927, the 19 story building was the tallest in the state. "Clark Gable stayed there, of course Elvis Presley stayed there," Kite-Powell said. "It really was the place to be as far as luxury hotels in the area."...In 2005, a new owner came along with the help of Lisa Shasteen. "He was looking for something to do, so I suggested we go driving around in Tampa and, here we are," Shasteen said. Tony Markopoulos is the mystery man that paid 6 million dollars for the building. "The hotel was in complete disarray," Shasteen said. "It had bird feces, rats, roaches." Markopoulos is a shy guy, so he had Shasteen show ABC Action News around. When the hotel opens it will have 195 rooms, 15 suites, and three penthouses. Full Story Back to Top
02-11-11 Cindy Chastain Has Natural Ease on Camera in Her First Movie (Chicago Sun-Times) Andrew, the hero of Ramin Serry’s “Loveless,” is a mid-30s office worker in Manhattan, who tirelessly drinks and tries to pick up women, and has a low-key cluelessness that some women find attractive. Besides, anyone this unskilled at claiming he’s looking for an actress for his new movie might possibly be telling the truth...Andrew finds himself at another party, this one given by friends, where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Joanna (Cindy Chastain). That isn’t surprising, because Andrew is the kind of man whose friends would possibly rather stay in touch with his ex-girlfriend than with him. Not that he’s obnoxious. It’s more that he’s perfectly nice, but wearying. He and Joanna start up again, sort of, and meanwhile, Ava’s brothers decide to finance Andrew’s movie, Ava smothers him in lust, Joanna meets her, and Andrew, who would possibly like to be left in peace to drink, finds himself loveless but not lover-less...Although Andrew von Urtz and Cindy Chastain are in their first films and Genevieve Hudson-Price has only two previous feature film credits, all three have a natural ease on camera. In genre, “Loveless” is a romantic comedy, and their comfort level in the form is a contrast to the tense energy you often sense in rom-coms. Full Story Back to Top
02-10-11 City Attorney Says Clay Chastain Must Compete in Primary in Order to Run in General Election (Kansas City Star) Write-in mayoral candidate Clay Chastain has to compete on the Feb. 22 primary ballot, city attorney Galen Beaufort says. Chastain had filed for the general election March 22. But in an opinion released Thursday, Beaufort said Chastain had “no legal right to have a space for write-in votes printed … in the upcoming mayoral general election.” Beaufort said the city has a right to make sure the top two vote-getters face each other in the general election, and Chastain could not legally evade that requirement by running as a write-in candidate in the general election instead of the primary. Full Story Back to Top
02-10-11 68-Year-Old Benny Chastain to Race in Daytona (WCTV) A Tallahassee resident is chasing his dreams and heading to Daytona to compete in the first race of speed week. 68-year-old Benny Chastain will race in the ARCA 200 race at the Daytona International Speedway this Saturday. The senior race car driver is sponsored by AARP and is participating in the 'Drive to End Hunger" where he will compete in 8 races and raise funds to help end hunger among Older Americans. "This is kind of the beginning of a big thing for me, this is bigger than anything I ever dreamed I could do. Having AARP as a sponsor, it's opening doors that I could have never go through," said Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
02-08-11 Kennedy Shasteen Wins First Place at School Science Fair (Jackson Times Journal) The annual Jackson High School Science Fair was held earlier this week, and once again, the students put together some unique and creative projects, making the judges’ job pretty difficult as they tried to choose the winners. In the Superior Projects’ judging, the judges had to have been hard pressed to narrow the field down to the top three prize winners, but when they did, Kennedy Shasteen took first place with her project, “Does Color Affect Memory?” Full Story Back to Top
02-08-11 Cindy Chastain Plays in the Film Loveless (Hollywood Reporter) Loveless has a certain low-key appeal, as does the mixed cast of professional and novice actors. But the intimate comedy suffers from lethargic pacing and soft payoff. Opening with initial dates in Chicago and New York in a self-distributed run...its central character is an aspiring filmmaker who gets caught up in the passion project of an off-kilter family to make a movie about their beloved late father. In the early set-up, the unproduced screenplay being touted by Andrew (Andrew Von Urtz) appears to be just a ruse to help him hook up with women in Manhattan bars by suggesting he might have a role for them. But the interest of his ex-girlfriend, Joanna (Cindy Chastain), motivates him to believe the thing might actually get made, lazily rekindling their relationship in the process. Full Story Back to Top
02-03-11 Staff Sgt. Berthold Chastain Returns to His Home Town with Honors (Cleveland Daily Banner) The remains of Staff Sgt. Berthold Chastain were buried with full military honors in McInturff Cemetery near Birchwood on what would have been his 95th birthday. The funeral was marked by a low-altitude flyover of a B-52 bomber as the wooden, flag-draped casket was escorted by military pallbearers to the awaiting hearse. The funeral procession passed by hundreds of people lining APD 40. Two ladder trucks from the Cleveland Fire Department formed an arch across 25th near Keith Street and hundreds of students dressed in red, white and blue watched as the procession passed by Cleveland Middle School. Chastain was born Feb. 2, 1916, in Whitfield County, Ga. He was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Dalton, Ga. He was killed along with 11 other Army flyers when their B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Shack Rat,” crashed in New Guinea during an air reconnaissance mission Oct. 27, 1943. Chastain, who was 27 at the time of his death, was the tail gunner. His only daughter, Tulie Chastain Swilling of Birchwood, rode with her father’s body from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Ralph Buckner Funeral Home in Cleveland. That was the first time she had seen him since she was 7 years old. Full Story Back to Top
02-03-11 Allen Swilling Reflects on His Grandfather - Berthold Chastain (Cleveland Daily Banner) Allen Swilling never knew his grandfather except from an old photograph that hung in the living room and stories his mother told him. He said during the funeral service at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home that his grandfather embodied the principles upon which America was founded. Though his grandfather was gone, Swilling said there was always hope his grandfather was still alive and in a sense, he was. He survived through the old photograph and secondhand stories through which Staff Sgt. Chastain passed a legacy of liberty, freedom, justice for all and equality. “I’ve tried to live my life to reflect those values,” Swilling said in front of about 100 family members and strangers who filled the chapel. He joined the Marine Corps because of his grandfather’s influence, who served during a time when the future of the United States of America was truly in peril. Because of the grandfather who smiled at him from the picture, Swilling became active in the civil rights movement, Native American rights and for the downtrodden everywhere. “Happy birthday, Grandfather,” Swilling said in closing. “Welcome home.” Full Story Back to Top
01-30-11 Tennessee Burial Chosen over Arlington for Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain ( The memorial will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at the Ralph Bucker Funeral Home at 1:00 PM. There will be a B-52 bomber flyover at 1:40 PM. Burial will be near Birchwood, Tennessee, not far from where his daughter lives. Staff Sgt. Chastain could have been buried in Arlington National Cemetery, where many of our military are buried on a daily basis. The option of Arlington didn’t come into play in this case. His daughter wants to keep her father close to her after all these years, and no one can blame her for that. If you live in the Cleveland, Tennessee area be sure to look at the sky this coming Wednesday and look for that B-52 in the air that will be honoring this man. Full Story Back to Top
01-24-11 Zachary Chastain Plays a Cop in Unnecessary Farce (Press & Sun-Bulletin) Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce," opening tonight at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The play has gained acclaim since its premiere at Michigan's BoarsHead Theatre in 2006, with productions sprouting up around the nation...The story unfolds as police officers Eric Sheridan (Zachary Chastain) and Billie Dwyer (Alice Wiesner) want to capture Mayor Meekly (Bob Finley) on video talking with his female accountant, Karen Brown (Kerrin Hawkins), about an embezzlement scheme. The cops hope to make a big capture and impress the police chief...Chastain said much of the humor comes from watching the characters' desperation. "When you genuinely see terror in someone's eyes, like how they're just scrambling, that's always funny," he said. "You identify with that, and when you can laugh at it, it's even better — it's our way of dealing with that kind of stuff." Full Story Back to Top
01-27-11 Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain Remains to be Buried with Military Honors (Cleveland Daily Banner) Staff Sgt. Berthold A. Chastain, U.S. Army Air Corp., was aboard a B-24D Liberator bomber with 11 other crew members when it went missing during an air reconnaissance mission Oct. 27, 1943. Chastain, 27, was the tail gunner aboard the “Shack Rat” when it crashed during a reconnaissance flight in New Guinea. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Tennell officiating. The conclusion of the funeral service will be marked at 1:40 p.m. with a low altitude flyover of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber. The aircraft is scheduled to fly above the funeral home and part of Cleveland at an altitude of 2,000 feet. Interment will be held at the McInturff Cemetery with military honors...The hearse will travel along Cleveland Highway/Dalton Pike and is expected to arrive at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home at about 10 a.m. Burgan said Tuesday he expects 50 riders and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office to participate. Thursday, the numbers were closer to 150 riders and 17 law enforcement agencies from everywhere between Atlanta and Cleveland, including units of the Georgia and Tennessee highway patrols...President Lyndon Johnson issued his daughter Tulie and his mother, Estella Mae Chastain, presidential citations for bravery for Chastain’s ultimate sacrifice... Sgt. Chastain was born Feb. 3, 1916, in Whitfield County, Ga., He was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Dalton, Ga. Full Story Back to Top
01-22-11 PCFA President J.D. and Carrie Chastain Celebrate 60th Anniversary (Chastain Central Announcement) JD and Carrie Chastain of Siloam Springs, Arkansas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 14th. They were married in 1951 at at Eagle Comer Community Center near Mason Valley, Arkansas by Brother Carl Nelson. They are parents of three children: Douglas and Tarniny Chastain of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Bryan and Theresa Chastain of McMinnville, Tennessee; and Lila Tidwell of Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have eight grandchildren. Both J.D. and Carrie are officers of the Pierre Chastain Family Association. J.D. is President and Carrie is Publicity Chair. Back to Top
01-21-11 Chris Chastain Leads Crittenden Regional Hospital Foundation (Memphis Daily News) Chris Chastain’s career can be characterized by two main themes: service and community. Before stepping into his current role as executive director of the Crittenden Regional Hospital Foundation in June of 2008, Chastain served as associate director of annual giving at Rhodes College, development officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and director of institutional advancement at Lausanne Collegiate School. “I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and lead organizations that give me an outlet to satisfy my call to serve,” said Chastain, also a graduate of both the Memphis Leadership Academy and Leadership Arkansas...The foundation’s donor base has grown considerably since Chastain took the helm two and a half years ago. Revenue and assets have increased by a sizeable margin, and employee campaign revenue has grown by more than 20 percent. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-11 Binky Chastain Trains a Newbie Hunter (Corvallis Gazette Times) Binky and Duff slogged into the house in the heavy-footed manner of men who'd left their springiness back on the steep, rocky slopes where chukars reign. "Hi boys," called their mother from the kitchen. "Hi mom." Binky's wife Annie slipped up behind him and kissed his cheek as he untied his boots. "Hi, hon," he said. "Hi, yourself. How'd you do?" "Oh, fine. Got a few birds. How about you?" "Your mom and I went shopping and we've been working on the pot roast this afternoon. Where's Jerome?" Binky reached down to pull off his sock. Annie waited for a moment and then asked again. "Binky, where's Jerome?"...Annie fixed Duff with a look that made him swallow everything else he'd been planning to say. Then she turned back to her husband. "Binky Chastain. I asked you a question. Where is my cousin Jerome?"..."He needed a lesson, Annie." His voice rumbled like a freight train...Why don't you start, Duff?" "Well, that ..., er, your cousin started out bragging before we started the pickup. Criminy! He's got the best shotgun, the best dog, the best boots, the best everything. I wanted to kick him out before we left the driveway." "That wasn't such a big deal," Binky offered. "No," Duff agreed. "But when we started getting into birds and the dogs went on point, Jerome went running up to the dogs so that he was the only one in position to shoot when the birds got up." "That wasn't such a big deal," Binky said again..."He shot my dog." "He what!" Annie yelled. "He shot Kylie? Is she ...?" "No," Binky said. "She'll be OK. She's over at the vet's getting a few pellets removed. She'll spend the night." "How could that happen?" Binky's mother wanted to know. "Jerome knocked down a bird and it started to run," Duff explained. "We yelled at him to watch out for the dog but he shot anyway and peppered Kylie. He took one look at Binky running up and decided to walk back."..."So, how far out were you?" Annie asked. "About 20 miles," Binky said. "Does he still have his dog with him?" Annie asked. "No," Duff said. "The dog didn't do anything wrong; we brought it back."...Pat Wray writes about the outdoors. He can be reached at Full Story Back to Top
01-17-11 First Description of Tony Shasteen's Netherworld (Geeks of Doom) Top Cow is adding a new miniseries to its roster of offbeat stories starting April 13, 2011 with Netherworld, from writers Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin, as well as illustrator Tony Shasteen and colorist JD Mettler. Netherworld tells the story of one long night in a city following private detective Ray Parker as he searches for an 18-year-old girl named Madeline. The story promises to be dark and feature deep, layered characters. The city itself is seedy and full of criminals, and other unsavory types. If there’s good in this city we aren’t likely to see much of it along Parker’s path. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-11 Clay Chastain Responds to City Attorney's View on His Lack of Qualification (KCUR) About the City Attorney's view, Chastain says, "I don't believe he has that power to make that call. That has to be probably determined in a court. And furthermore, I don't know why they want to challenge it anyway. Nobody doubts that I know this city." Chastain lives in Virginia now where he has a business. He contends Kansas City has been his secondary residence. City Attorney Galen Beaufort is definite in his opinion, Chastain actually fails two tests to run. In Beaufort's words, "He has no right to be a write in candidate, first in the general election. You can't skip the primary election and he has not asked to be a write in candidate in the primary election." Second is the residency matter. Chastain maintains he made the city a second home. Beaufort says owning a residential building does not make someone a resident when they live in the State of Virginia. If Chastain files suit to go on the ballot, Beaufort says he is prepared to defend his case. Full Story Back to Top
01-12-11 Tony Shasteen Illustrates Netherworld (Newsarama) Netherworld was birthed from the minds at Heroes & Villains Entertainment, a Hollywood production company who partnered with Top Cow last year on the series Tracker. In this new venture, Top Cow passed along the initial concept of Netherworld to writing duo Rob Levin & Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, 7 Days From Hell) to flesh out for its comics debut. Illustrated by Tony Shasteen, Netherworld #1 is set to debut in April with the first issue already in the can...Hill: I’ve been aware of Tony’s work since Occult Crimes Task Force, a cool book he did with writer David Atchison. David’s a friend of mine, so he told me how great Tony was to work with, and obviously I could look at his work. What I admired most about Tony’s work on OCT was the humanity in the characters he drew. They felt like real people. For me it wasn’t a task of tailoring as much as it was taking advantage of Tony’s ability to create people with pencils and inks that felt like flesh and blood. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-11 County Clerk JoAnn Chastain and Four Other Elected Officials Change to Republican (Lufkin Daily News) Five Angelina County elected officials switched parties Friday, two months after Republicans won every contested race on the county’s November general election ballot...all changed their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, according to a press release from the Angelina County Republican Party. “We the undersigned office holders in Angelina County, Texas are changing our party affiliation from Democrat to Republican,” read the document signed by the five officials, according to the release. “The Democrat Party no longer reflects our values and our conservative principles — it moved, we have not. We are more aligned with the Republican Party principles and platforms and wish to be identified with them. “Our decision is not based on a disagreement with the local Democrat Party or its members. We feel abandoned and disenfranchised by the liberal State and National party. Our friends and most of our constituents have already changed their party affiliation to the Republican Party — we join them.” Full Story Back to Top
01-03-11 Clay Chastain Claims He Fulfills Residency Requirements for Mayoral Run (KMBC Kansas City) Chastain, who has been living in Virginia, said he has moved back to a home that his sister owns. He said he meets the residency requirement in the City Charter. "In this day and age, many people reside in more than one place, like I do," Chastain said. "It doesn't say your primary residence, it says reside, and I have resided here much of the time." He said he has spent a lot of time in Kansas City over the past two years visiting family members, taking care of his mother and working on petition drives. Chastain showed reporters that he is registered to vote in Kansas City. Full Story Back to Top
01-02-11 Dennis Chastain Fights to Save Hemlocks (The Herald | Pickens resident Dennis Chastain, an outdoors writer who has been active in fighting to save the hemlocks, said he hopes the adelgid-eating beetles eventually will have an effect. They are the only realistic way to protect hemlock forests, since injections are expensive and time-consuming. "This is promising, but if we don't find something, probably in this coming calendar year to turn this around, we are going to lose the Eastern hemlock as a species in the mountains of South Carolina," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
12-30-10 Brenda Chastain Earns Airport Executive of the Year Award (Kingman Daily Miner) Great Lakes Airlines scored a major coup with the introduction of daily flights to and from Las Vegas, while Straube's Aircraft Services got the chance to do restoration work on a Lockheed JetStar plane that had previously been used by President Lyndon Johnson. The Airport Authority's own Brenda Chastain also earned the Arizona Airport Association's Airport Executive of the Year award for the second time in her 25-plus-year career. Full Story Back to Top
12-27-10 Firefighter Robert Chastain Wins Order of the Maltese (Anderson Independent Mail) For city of Anderson firefighter Robert Chastain, winning the Order of the Maltese at the South Carolina Fire Academy was just a result of him doing his job...Chastain said. “The only thing I did was try to help out everyone else to try to help it go by smoother. After 20 years in the military, I know how training works. I just did a few things to help the training go along a little smoother.”...Chastain was one of only 24 firefighters total selected to attend the academy and the only one in the academy of the 18 who ultimately graduated who was awarded the Order of the Maltese...Chastain served for 14 years in the U.S. Army before transferring to the Air Force. A staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserve, Chastain said he intends to stay with the fire department for a long time. Full Story Back to Top
12-21-10 Roger Chasteen Holds Benefit for Bixby Police Department (Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers) Advantage Motors will hold an auction this Wednesday to benefit the Bixby Police Department. The Bixby Police Department lost its only K9 earlier this year. A trained K9 costs about $10,000. So far the city has raised about $3,000. Upon learning about the need of the department, Advantage Motors owner Roger Chasteen decided it would be a good opportunity for his company help the community. “Our business is new to Bixby. We plan to be here for a long time, and public safety is a good investment, and a great way to partner,” said Chasteen. “Officer Henderson needs a K9 partner, and that’s what we want to accomplish.” Chasteen understands the importance of public safety as he serves the Tulsa Police Department as a reserve officer. Full Story Back to Top
12-20-10 Tony Shasteen and J.D. Mettler Collaborate on Witchblade Art (Newsarama) The first thing you'll notice is Tony Shasteen and J.D. Mettler's stunning photo-realistic art. It's not as gritty as, say, Alex Maleev as it comes across as smoother and natural. Mettler's muted pallet gives the pages a certain look that is rather unique this day and age in comics. It works for the story and is a perfect match for Shasteen's pencils and inks. The backgrounds and environments are jaw dropping with the sense of detail. Full Story Back to Top
12-19-10 Chef Dottie Chastaine Delivers in Gloucester (Attleboro Sun Chronicle) A number of Gloucester's fine independent restaurants are along Gloucester's Main Street. Locals in the know head for the unpretentious Two Sisters Coffee Shop for the best breakfast in town. Run by sisters Patricia Philbrick and Mary Reynolds, chef Dottie Chastaine makes the homemade soups, bread and an amazing Monte Cristo, made with Portuguese sweet bread. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-10 Henry Chasteen Braves Ice and Snow to Deliver Mail (WAVE) "You just pretty much have to march, you've got to crush through the ice and that's how you get your stability," said Henry Chasteen, who has been delivering the mail for the last four years. Come rain or shine, snow or sleet, Chasteen will be out working and braving the elements. "The temperatures can be really tough," said Chasteen. "I'm out here, I love it. It's all part of the job." To get the job done, he says dressing the part is the first step. "I got an insulted boot that's waterproof and over that I have a cleat that wraps around it," said Chasteen. Full Story Back to Top
12-15-10? Tony Shasteen Provides Art and Cover for Witchblade Annual (Comic Book Resources) Sara Pezzini comes face to face with a former Witchblade bearer, a Russian soldier who served during the frozen Siege of Stalingrad, a pivotal battle in World War II. What tale does she have to tell Sara? Witchblade bearers past and present come together in a one-of-a-kind story, with amazing art by New York Times bestselling illustrator Tony Shasteen (The Talisman). Featuring two striking covers by Tom Feister (GI Joe: Origins, The Darkness) and Tony Shasteen along with a bonus back up feature! Full Story Back to Top
12-14-10 Scott Chasteen Witnesses Terrible Accident and Aids Victim (WLWT Cincinnati) Scott Chasteen said he had no doubt that he had just witnessed a fatal car crash as he was heading into work on Interstate 275 on Monday night..."Nobody is going to live through that. Nobody," Chasteen said. He said the truck ricocheted off of an overpass, plummeted to the street below and flipped before landing. "He was out of control and hit the Lunken Airport sign. That sign launched him into the trees. The last I saw of his truck, it was actually taking out the tops of trees and sailed down to Sutton Road," Chasteen said. Chasteen said he stopped his SUV, grabbed his flashlight and went down to the woods below to check out the crash. He said the truck crashed nose-first into the ground and sank almost two feet. Chasteen said the driver, Jerold Brookbank, somehow survived...Police said Brookbank is in good condition at University Hospital. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-10 Jacob Wesley Chastain Earns Eagle Scout Awards (Ventura County Star) Jacob Wesley Chastain, Nicholas Tristan Sebastian Hayes, and Taylor Carl Kress are members of Boy Scout Troop 730...Chastain started Scouting as a Tiger Cub near Louisville, Ky. He advanced to the rank of Star Scout with Troop 998 of Brownsboro, Ky. where he earned the Arrow of Light and the Order of the Arrow. He took the nickname “Kentucky” when he joined Troop 730. He has served as a patrol leader and senior patrol leader for both troops. For his Eagle project, Chastain, 18, built a 220-foot section of a two-rail fence at the King Gillette Ranch, a state park. The fence keeps children at the park from wandering onto the road and protects the root systems of oak trees. Thirteen boys helped move and place the fence posts and fence rails, measure the spacing, fit the pieces and handle the post-hole digger. Chastain is a 2010 graduate of Newbury Park High School, where he played varsity golf each year, served as team captain for two years and was recently named most valuable player. He has been active in the youth group at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church, serving as a camp counselor at church camp and retreats. He has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported for boot camp in September. He is the son of Kent and Michelle Chastain, of Newbury Park. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-10 Ashley Chasteen Plays Cats - Her Childhood Dream (Online Athens) Ashley Chasteen started dreaming when she was a kid about one day acting in the "CATS" musical. She even had a "CATS" poster on her bedroom wall. Today, the 25-year-old University of Georgia graduate plays a character in that poster. "I'm living the dream right now," she...has toured with the theater company across the country...Chasteen was a theater and business management double major at UGA, but she landed a performing gig in Colorado when she graduated and has stayed on path. She's performed in Colorado, at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. She auditioned for "CATS" in New York...and won the part as Bombalurina, a rather large role in the musical. "I'm the party, flirty cat," she said. That doesn't really describe Chasteen's personality. She's a humble Georgian who still has to pinch herself sometimes to make sure she isn't dreaming. "I've wanted to be in this show since I was 7 years old," she said. "It's a dream come true." Full Story Back to Top
12-14-10 State Representative Donnie Chesteen Delivers Keynote (WSFA) State Representative Donnie Chesteen shared three "road tested" tips for success with Troy University graduates during the Dothan Campus fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 12. Chesteen, who was elected in November to represent District 87 in the Alabama House of Representatives, delivered the keynote address to graduates...Chesteen is a former teacher and football coach at both Geneva High School in Hartford and Geneva County High School in Geneva and is retired from a career in medical sales. He currently serves as head football coach at Samson High School. Full Story Back to Top
12-13-10 Sheffield Chastain Gets Chuckles in 39 Steps (Bradenton Herald) Curran Connor and Sheffield Chastain (who both excel as extremely dexterous clowns) generate the most chuckles as they switch roles and change costumes as if in engaged in some theatrical form of energy drink-enhanced speed dating -- that includes cross-dressing. As a pair of loitering spies, Connor and Chastain sprint on stage with a large giant lamppost every time Lange opens a window shade. Later, simple wooden rectangles serve as window frames, which eventually must be climbed through, with great difficulty, of course. Connor and Chastain shake a blue piece of fabric when it’s time for Frederic and Lange to daringly cross a fast-moving stream. Full Story Back to Top
12-11-10 Fire Chief Matt Chastain Says Fire Was Not Survivable (WLWT Cincinnati) Ludlow Fire Chief Matt Chastain was among the first to arrive at the fire that killed Madison and McKenzie Spencer, and their great-grandmother, Nancy "Carol" Spencer. I don't believe it was survivable. They were gone before we got there," Chastain said. Chastain is one of 35 who volunteer their time to serve the Ludlow Fire Department. The average age of a Ludlow firefighter is 24. Full Story Back to Top
12-11-10 Police Chief Stacy Chasteen Thanks Pharmacies for Assistance (Trading Markets) With the help of local pharmacies, the Greensburg Police Department (GPD) made two drug arrests earlier this week...Interim Police Chief Stacy Chasteen said she was grateful for the relationship that GPD has with the local pharmacies. "We have a really good relationship with them," Chasteen said. "They help us out a lot." Chasteen said the help that pharamacies provide for the local law enforcement makes their job a little easier. She also said that she appreciates what the pharmacies do not only because of what they do for GPD, but what they do for the community . Full Story Back to Top
12-10-10 Jazz Singer Susan Chastain to Perform at Birmingham Baptist Church (Royal Oak Daily Tribune) The B'Jazz Vespers series celebrates the season with A Special Christmas Concert for Jazz Lovers, featuring the Paul Keller Ensemble with vocalist Susan Chastain, at 6 p.m. Sunday, at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates, Birmingham. Admission is free, though a collection will be taken for the musicians and there will be a worship interlude mid-show. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-10 Nine-Year-Old Natalie Chastain Becomes Fire Hero [see video] (NBC San Diego) Two young girls said they don't really feel like heroes, even though they were the first to alert neighbors about a fire at their apartment complex over the weekend. Natalie Chastain, 9, and Sarah Valverdellney, 10, said they were a little frightened the fire would come closer to them, but they still went around the complex and knocked on their neighbors' doors. "We were sitting there, talking," Natalie said on Monday. "Playing," interjected Sarah. "And then, suddenly we look up in the sky, and we see this black smoke coming out, and then we looked down, and there was fire everywhere," continued Natalie. "We got really scared, so we ran to the manager's office right away," Sarah added. "And we also pulled the fire alarm." Firefighters arrived quickly and put out the flames. No one was injured in the fire. Full Story Back to Top
12-07-10 New Alabama State Representative Rep. Donnie Chesteen Begins Work (The Birmingham News) Rookie lawmakers attending an orientation session here Monday said they picked up valuable tips from veterans, such as the importance of learning the operating rules of the Senate or House of Representatives...Newly elected Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, said he appreciated the briefings. "It's a huge learning curve for us," he said. "They're just trying to speed the process up for us, so that we can be effective quicker. "I think that's important, that we get to work and are able to get something done," Chesteen said. Full Story Back to Top
12-05-10 Tenor Terry Chasteen Sings Messiah (Peoria Journal Star) Doug McQueen has been helping preside over the “Sing It Yourself Messiah” for more than three decades...“It’s quite a thrill because I’m up in the balcony so I have a bird’s-eye view of all the rest of the performers,” McQueen said. “For me, having that body of people all united, singing a single piece of music — when the sound goes up, it really is thrilling.” McQueen said he is expecting about 250 singers from the community and region at large to show up along with 17 instrumentalists and four guest soloists that McQueen describes as “world-class.” [including] Tenor Terry Chasteen, an associate professor of music and vocal area coordinator at Western Illinois University. Full Story Back to Top
12-05-10 Billy Chastain Receives Reinstatement and $99,000 (Federal Times) A Navy inspector of fire and emergency services at Camp Lejeune, N.C., who complained he was forced to resign after supporting a co-worker's sexual harassment complaint, was returned to work and awarded nearly $200,000 in his case before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Billy Chastain, a probationary employee in 2008, had been reinstated and awarded $84,634 in back pay and $15,000 for emotional distress by an EEOC administrative law judge. On appeal, the full EEOC increased the emotional distress award to $115,000. A clinical psychologist testified that Chastain continues to suffer from depression as a result of the Navy's action. Full Story Back to Top
12-03-10 Sheffield Chastain Helps Lead Public Discussion of 39 Steps (Broadway World) Florida Studio Theatre and the Selby Public Library will present a joint discussion on the popular book, film, and play, "The 39 Steps." The discussion will be led by Susan Rife, Books editor from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Sheffield Chastain, FST actor, and some additional cast members of "The 39 Steps." It is free to the public and will take place in Selby Public Library's Gelbhart Auditorium on December 16 at 2:00pm. Books are available at the library, and the Sarasota community is encouraged to read the book and watch the play. Full Story Back to Top
12-02-10 Clay Chastain Plans to Move to Kansas City (Kansas City Star) Longtime transportation gadfly Clay Chastain says he's moving back to Kansas City. Chastain - who also has launched a write-in campaign for Kansas City mayor - says he'll take up residence in his old haunt near State Line Road. "I will be residing and registering to vote at the old home place … 3552 Genesee Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. Full Story Back to Top
11-29-10 More New Ideas from Clay Chastain (Pitch Weekly) The relentless self-promoter and mass transit disciple, who also unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1991 and 1999, sent out a press release yesterday that claims a "slew of petition signers" have pleaded with him to return from Virginia, where he lives now, and save Kansas City from itself. His release said the city is "nearing a state of emergency," a situation, Chastain says, he'll solve with -- what else? -- light rail service and swimming pools! Because 94 murders is bad, but traffic is a real pain in the keister. Chastain announced his candidacy along with a hot new idea for a rail and aquatic center at the Northland's Line Creek Valley that he promises will "uplift the city" and be connected to the "coolest public transportation system in America." Full Story Back to Top
11-29-10 Clay Chastain Does Not Meet Residency Requirements to Become Mayor ( Once again, Clay Chastain is back in the news. The long-time light rail advocate is making a run for Kansas City mayor as a write-in candidate...There is a major stumbling block in Chastain's bid for mayor. He hasn't actually lived in Kansas City for a decade. Kansas City's charter requires five years of residency, including the two years immediately prior to election. Chastain says that, if elected, he will work to change the city's charter to change the requirements to run for mayor so that candidates need only to live in the city upon taking office. He says that voters can elect him in March, change the charter in April and allow him to take office in May. "f I run as a write-in candidate, and the people select me on that ballot to be their mayor, then the powers that be should respect that," said Chastain...This will actually be the third time that Chastain has run for mayor, having run twice before in the 1990's with his name on the ballot. He says that he plans to return to Kansas City in January to begin campaigning, and that if the voters reject him, it will be his last hurrah with Kansas City. "But I don't think they're going to," said Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
11-28-10 Police Officer Greg Chastain Receives Governor's Public Safety Award (Gainesville Times) This year, 20 public safety professionals received recognition - four of which were from this region...Officers Wayne Green and Greg Chastain with the Cornelia Police Department also received awards for their acts of heroism. After responding to an emergency call about a crash in Habersham County, the duo discovered a vehicle had flipped into a pond. The driver of the vehicle was unconscious and totally submerged, while the water was up to the passenger's chin. After wading into the muddy water, the officers were able to pry open the jammed doors and rescue both passengers. Upon getting both women to shore, the officers started CPR on the driver and were able to restore her breathing and pulse. Full Story Back to Top
11-28-10 Ed Chasteen Uses Fred Phelps to Fund Causes He Hates (Milford Daily News) Fred Phelps has posted on his Web site that his Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the Framingham High School's production of "The Laramie Project" on Dec. 4. Here's what I suggest we do to express our disapproval...Free speech is a precious possession of every American. Fred has every right to lead his church this way. We cannot deny him this right without also being willing to have our free speech rights curtailed. The fact that we find Fred and his church a nuisance all the time and often despicable does not give us license to silence him. Some time back, Fred and his little band began to send out scurrilous faxes to families of soldiers killed in wartime saying that the deaths were God's judgment on a godless nation. Then they came to picket the funeral. They have picketed several military funerals recently...When we got Fred's obscene fax telling us they were coming to picket our church, I went to my computer and sent an e-mail message to hundreds of HateBusters all across the country. I said: "Fred Phelps is coming to picket our church. I don't know why. We can't stop him. But we can make lemonade out of this lemon. Let's all give a dollar a minute for every minute Fred's pickets are at our church. I will let you know how long Fred stays. You then send your dollar for every minute to an organization Fred hates (there are many) I'm sending mine to an AIDS organization." And send your donation in the name of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church. Ask the organization to send a thank you letter to Fred Phelps at Westboro Baptist Church. Then you send a letter to Fred. Thank him for prompting you to give. Tell him that you will look at his Picket Schedule on his website. Every time you see a picket scheduled, you will make another donation. The more he pickets, the more money he will raise for these good organizations. Wish him well. Full Story Back to Top
11-28-10 Clay Chastain Will Run for Kansas City Mayor (KMBC Kansas City) Former Kansas City mayoral candidate Clay Chastain said he plans to run for mayor again next year, even though he no longer lives in the Kansas City metro area. Chastain issued a news release on Sunday to say his decision was driven by petition signers who have asked him to come back and help improve the city's image and morale. He said he would run as a write-in candidate in the election next spring...He said if he wins the election, he will move back to Kansas City from his current home in Virginia. His announcement accompanied plans for a light rail-driven mixed-use facility in the Line Creek Valley area of Kansas City that would include an aquatic park and a light rail station. He said he also had plans in the works to revive the Citadel development project on the city's east side. Full Story Back to Top
11-24-10 Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald L. Chastain Speaks at Naming of Health Clinic (KATV) An Arkansas National Guard Soldier killed in action while serving in Iraq six years ago was memorialized at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 23, with the naming of one of the post's four health clinics in his honor. Sgt. Russell "Doc" Collier, a combat medic from Harrison, Ark., was killed in Taji, Iraq, on Oct. 3, 2004, while trying to save the life of a fellow Soldier who was wounded by small arms fire. After seeing Rhode Island National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Potts go down to enemy fire, Collier thrust his weapon into the hands of another and rushed forward to provide medical assistance to the troop on the ground..."He was one of those ordinary soldiers placed in an extraordinary circumstance," said retired Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, former adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard who served as commander of the 39th Brigade at the time of the action. "He demonstrated the Warrior Ethos through his actions. Especially the tenant, 'I will never leave a fallen comrade.'" Chastain, who served as the guest speaker for the ceremony, said "There's simply no way to overstate the quality and bravery of Sergeant Collier's actions. Sergeant Collier is among our heroes today. His devotion to duty gives us strength and also inspires today's Solders to serve." Full Story Back to Top
11-21-10 Corliss Chastain Teaches Art in Maine (Press Herald) The University of New England is hosting an exhibition of artwork by UNE faculty members Sascha Braunig, Corliss Chastain and Bethany Haeseler at the Campus Center on UNE's Biddeford Campus through Dec. 14...Chastain teaches printmaking courses at UNE and has been creating and teaching art in Maine for many years. Full Story Back to Top
11-20-10 Follow-up on Dr. Larry Chasteen's Rabid Coyote (Daily Home Online) St. Clair County officials have determined the coyote found to have tested positive for rabies Monday was not from in the Cropwell area, but closer to the Ashville area. A spokesperson for Rabies Officer Dr. Larry Chasteen, whose office is where the coyote's body was dropped off last week, said Friday that the animal was shot and killed on private property off U.S. 411 south of Ashville. The owner of the property notified Chasteen's office this week to give the location of the coyote. Full Story Back to Top
11-18-10 Sheffield Chastain Plays Clowns in 39 Steps (Broadway World) Vintage Hitchcock meets Monty Python in Florida Studio Theatre's production of The 39 Steps, opening December 8 in the Gompertz Theatre. Jump aboard the high-speed chase across several European countries with over 150 characters (played by a talented cast of four!) in this dizzying delight. The 39 Steps is based on the classic spy novel by John Buchan, the 1935 Hitchcock thriller, and adapted by Patrick Barlow for the stage...The two "clowns" will be played by returning FST actor Sheffield Chastain and FST newcomer, Curran Connor. Mr. Chastain reunites with former cast mate Mr. Hissom, also seen in FST's Around the World in 80 Days. The "clowns" have the entertaining role of transforming into 150 characters between the two of them - resulting in countless costume, prop, and scenery changes as the adventure takes off with great speed. Full Story Back to Top
11-17-10 Rabies Officer Dr. Larry Chasteen Reports Coyote with Rabies (Daily Home Online) St. Clair County Rabies Officer Dr. Larry Chasteen is continuing efforts to locate the origin of a rabid coyote left at his Pell City office last week. The animal, which had been shot when it was left behind Chasteen's office on U.S. 231 South, tested positive for the virus Monday. "We've learned that the coyote was apparently threatening some cattle and we believe it was in the Cropwell area, but we are not sure," Chasteen said Tuesday. Chasteen, who has been the rabies officer for St. Clair County for 22 years, said this is the first terrestrial case of rabies he is aware of. "We have had a couple of bats, but that is all I know of," Chasteen said. 11-17-10 Pacino Plugs Wilde Salome Film Starring Jessica (Pegasus News) Acting legend Al Pacino spoke before a capacity audience Tuesday night at Dallas' Winspear Opera House. His laid back, informal chat session was part of the Brinker International Forum series of events...Pacino dropped a plug for (and showed a clip from) his forthcoming film, Wilde Salome, starring the lovely Jessica Chastain as the seven veils temptress. He says we should keep our eyes peeled for her in films to come. Full Story Back to Top
11-17-10 Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald L. Chastain to Speak at Naming of Health Clinic (Today's THV) An Arkansas National Guard Soldier killed in action while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom will be memorialized at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 23 when a health clinic is named in his honor. Sgt. Russell Lee Collier, of Harrison, Ark., was killed Oct. 3, 2004, in Taji, Iraq, while trying to save the life of a fellow Soldier who was wounded by small arms fire. His unselfish actions under direct enemy fire led to his own mortal wounds. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions...Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford, adjutant general of Arkansas, and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald L. Chastain, former adjutant general of Arkansas and former commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during Collier's service in Iraq, are scheduled to attend the ceremony with additional Arkansas National Guard Soldiers. Chastain will serve as the guest speaker. Full Story Back to Top
11-10-10 Family Responds to Discovery of Staff Sgt. Berthold Allen Chastain's Remains (Cleveland Daily Banner) The only child of an MIA World War II soldier was notified that her father's remains were recovered just one day before the 67th anniversary of the plane and crew's disappearance. Tulie Mae Chastain-Swilling, 74, said she was only 7 when she last saw her father, Staff Sgt. Berthold Allen Chastain, who entered the Army Air Corps during the war...Chastain was aboard the Consolidated B-24D Liberator bomber, nicknamed "Shack Rat" with 11 other crew members, when it went missing during an air reconnaissance mission Oct. 27, 1943...U.S. Army Air Forces personnel conducted multiple searches but failed to locate either the crew or the aircraft. On Oct. 28, 1944, the entire crew was officially declared dead. Chastain was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart which was presented to his family. Years later, President Lyndon Johnson issued his daughter Tulie and his mother, Estella Mae Chastain, presidential citations for bravery for Chastain's ultimate sacrifice. The American Battle Monuments Commission memorialized the 12 crewmen by including their names on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. On Aug. 9, 2003, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Investigation Team operating in Papua, New Guinea, received information from a local resident regarding a possible aircraft wreckage site. In March 2004, a team of investigators returned and attempted to locate the site, interviewing witnesses, one of whom possessed a note with information from one of the missing crew's identification tags...It was reported that the crash site was located on a "very steep and dangerous mountain slope." From Jan. 23 through March 8, 2007, a recovery team conducted an excavation of the site and escorted the evidence to a central identification laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii for analysis. Chastain's remains were also recovered and positively identified through DNA testing. Al Swilling, 59, grandson of Chastain and a Marine Corps veteran, said he and his siblings often gazed at the photo of their grandfather hanging on the living room wall, dressed in his flight gear and holding a .50-caliber machine gun and wondered what it would be like to have known this "warrior with the kind face."...said Al, who lives in Hixson. "As the firstborn and as the oldest son in our family, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the 2nd Marine Air Wing as a door gunner and crew member on a chopper during the Vietnam era. I was not drafted as many were at that time. I volunteered...Tulie, a former nurse's aid at Bradley Memorial where she retired in 1999 after 14 years in ICU as secretary, said there is a sense of closure in bringing her father's remains home but she is certain she will see him again. Full Story Back to Top
11-10-10 Devin Chastain Suspended from School for T-Shirt (Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)) Several students were suspended from Forks High School this week after wearing Sex Pistols T-shirts. The students were protesting that senior Devin Chastain, a former student body president, was sent home from school for refusing to change out of a shirt decorated with the band's name. The Peninsula Daily News reports that Sex Pistols shirts have been causing trouble all week. First, a friend of Chastain's was ordered to change out of the shirt Monday. Chastain staged a "peaceful protest" by donning the shirt and refusing to change, but that didn't go so well. School administrators sent her home, probably hoping that would be the end of things...The Daily News reports there's some discrepancy about just how many students were suspended; some students say 25, but administrators say 12. Full Story Back to Top
11-10-10 Professor Terry Chasteen Honored (Western Courier) The 2010 College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) presented awards to five Western Illinois University faculty members for their achievements in teaching creativity and excellence in the classroom. This year's awards honored...Terry Chasteen and Cynthia Ridle for Excellence in Teaching...Chasteen is an associate professor of music and has been teaching at Western for 10 years. Chasteen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in voice, primarily applied voice and German diction, in addition to an opera workshop. Chasteen balances his teaching with performing. He recently directed a production of "Alice in Operaland," the inaugural production of Opera on Wheels. He also sings with the University Opera Theater, University Theater and University choirs. In the community, Chasteen participates in the Opera Illinois, Southeast Iowa Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Nova Singers and the McDonough Choral Society. Currently, Chasteen holds positions as the vocal area coordinator of the School of Music, and is a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Music Advisory Council. Full Story Back to Top
11-08-10 Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain Keynotes Veteran's Day Celebration (Log Cabin Democrat) The University of Central Arkansas, along with the City of Conway, will host a Veterans Day celebration that will begin in downtown Conway's Simon Park on Thursday...A formal honoring ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. inside Estes Stadium, with Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, deputy commanding general for the Army National Guard at the United States Forces Command, as the event's keynote speaker. Chastain, former adjutant general of Arkansas, was recently honored in a retirement ceremony after serving for 38 years. Full Story Back to Top
11-07-10 Emmitt and Audrey Chastain Have a Green Acres Wedding (The State Journal-Register) Emmitt and Audrey Chastain have a "Green Acres" kind of romance. She's a girly-girl in dresses and pearls. He's the farm guy in overalls and boots. But it works, just like it did in the old TV show..."I'm very girly," says Audrey. "He's very country...Emmitt, ironworker, also farms near Nokomis. One day, thinking he was going to teach Audrey something about farm life, he asked her to help him pick potatoes. She showed up wearing heels. "So for my birthday," she says, "he bought me a pair of waterproof work boots." When the time came to plan their wedding, Audrey and Emmitt made it a little bit him and a little bit her. There was a photo of work boots and high heels on the invitation, for example. Their wedding was a week ago Saturday...Audrey was in her white gown and veil, just what you would expect a bride to wear. And there was Emmitt in his Carhartt bibs, boots, can of Copenhagen chew and pair of pliers in his back pocket. Full Story Back to Top
11-05-10 Marine PFC Roger W. Chasteen Monument Restored (South County Times) For decades, a granite monument sat in a secluded courtyard at the Crestwood Government Center, unnoticed by all but a few friends and relatives of the four men whose names are engraved there...The Memorial Committee was established by ordinance in December 1967 for the purpose of building and maintaining a memorial to Crestwood residents who died while on active military duty. The committee was charged with raising private funds for the memorial, planning its construction and maintaining it...The new monument bore three names engraved in gold leaf: Calvin E. Jones Jr.; Marine PFC Jerry B. Kraft, who died March 27, 1967 in Vietnam; and Marine PFC Roger W. Chasteen, who died May 10, 1967 in Vietnam. The name of Air Force Lt. Dennis B. Haas, who died April 10, 1970 in an air crash near Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, was added later...Until he became chief in 2006, Paillou had not even been fully aware of its presence or purpose. Then he began noticing an elderly woman visiting the plaza periodically, and he finally asked her about the visits. The woman was Mae Chasteen, the mother of Roger Chasteen. That meeting got Paillou, a Marine veteran himself, started on a mission to bring the memorial back to life. Full Story Back to Top
11-05-10 Tim Chastain and the Sonshiners Nominated for Award (Chastain Central Announcement) Tim Chastain and the Sonshiners Quartet of Indiana are nominated for the USAGEM Crown Jewel Southern Gospel Award along with several other gospel groups. They were also nominated for, and won, the same award in 2009. The Sonshiners Quartet has been active since 1973, with changes in personnel from time to time. They were founding members of United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians (USAGEM). Tim Chastain has been the tenor singer for the Sonshiners since 1994 and is now the manager as well. In August 2009 the Indiana Gospel Music Festival (IGMF) awarded Tim with the Andrew Phipps award for his work and promotion of Southern Gospel music in Indiana. Back to Top
11-04-10 Ricky Chastain Reports on Gator Hunting in Arkansas (Jacksonville Patriot) Besides the alligator tags given to the public through the lottery, 11 tags were given to private property owners with significant alligator populations, so a total of 47 alligator tags were issued in 2010, said Ricky Chastain, assistant chief of the wildlife management division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission...In Arkansas, most alligators are found in deep water areas, such as lakes, reservoirs and portions of the Arkansas River, Chastain said, so hunters must use boats. Full Story Back to Top
11-04-10 Bob Chastain Received Innovation in Conservation Award (Colorado Springs Gazette) Bob Chastain, Executive Director of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, received the Innovation in Conservation Award for the “Quarters for Conservation” program which has raised more than $100,000 and allows quarter donors to vote on which wildlife conservation projects to support. The program was applauded as a model for zoos across the country. Full Story Back to Top
11-04-10 More Details Released on Berthold Chastain WWII Remains (WRCB-TV) Tulie Swilling says the more she's learned about her father, Staff Sergeant Berthold Chastain, and his military service, the more exciting his story becomes. Wreckage from his plane was found in New Guinea where the last contact with the crew was made. She says bad weather, and thick fog may have caused the pilot to crash into a mountain...Swilling was given a book that gave every detail of the search and everything search teams found. They were able to identify her father by dental records. The military has searched for the soldiers since they went missing during the war. Swilling says in 2002, recovery crews received better leads, which led them to the area where most of the remains were found. Remains from the entire unit were found in the wreckage. Full Story Back to Top
11-03-10 Ken Chastain Produces Terramara Album (Westcoast Rendez-Vous (blog)) FOUR BLOCKS TO HENNEPIN: includes 13 songs by Rob Meany, arranged and performed by Terramara. Two years in the making, the album was recorded mostly at the Terrarium in Minneapolis under the steady hand of producer Ken Chastain (Greazy Meal, Flipp, and Beat the Clock). Full Story Back to Top
11-03-10 Norma Chastain Looking Good for School Board Contest (Arizona Republic)The majority of Southwest Valley school board incumbents are heading to re-election, unofficial results show...Avondale Elementary School District has four candidates vying for two seats. Early results showed incumbent Tony Aguirre, 57, and Norma Chastain, 44, leading. Full Story Back to Top
11-03-10 Colton California Mayor Kelly Chastain Loses Re-bid for Office (Redlands Daily Facts) Mayor Kelly Chastain was defeated by challenger David Zamora, who garnered nearly 60 percent of the vote. Zamora, a Colton Joint Unified School District Board of Education member, campaigned on a promise to propose lowering electric rates by at least 10 percent. Chastain and three other council members voted to raise those rates by over 17 percent in 2009. Full Story Back to Top
10-31-10 Col. Tim Chastain Describes Rebuilding of Jackson Barracks after Katrina ( Five years after Hurricane Katrina flooding destroyed most of Jackson Barracks, scattering units and the military families that lived there across the state, the historic military post at the Orleans-St. Bernard Parish line is on the cusp of another milestone in its massive post-storm reconstruction...Most of the Barracks was rebuilt from scratch, except for the 1837 powder magazine that was part of the Barracks' military museum on St. Claude Avenue and the 14 antebellum homes in the Historic Garrison, which are undergoing a $35 million, FEMA-funded restoration expected to be complete in March, said state Guard Col. Tim Chastain, Jackson Barracks' post commander. "What the storm allowed us to do is master-plan the entire post," Chastain said of a layout that replaced years of hodge-podge growth. Full Story Back to Top
10-29-10 Staff Sergeant Berthold Chastain's Remains Found After 67 Years (WRCB-TV) Tulie Swilling described herself as emotionless when she learned her father's remains were found overseas. He left the family to fight in World War II. More than six decades later, she says the family can finally honor his name. Swilling says she was only seven-years-old when her father was killed, but she has vivid memories of the times they spent together. She says she can finally rest her mind after not knowing for so long, what happened to him. "I didn't cry until they told he was coming back," says Swilling. It's brings to tears Tuile Swilling's eyes knowing her father, Staff Sergeant Berthold Chastain, is coming home after 67 years. "I was just dumbfounded. I couldn't believe it after all these years," says Swilling. Chastain, a WWII Army/Air force tail-gunner, has been missing since 1943. Swilling said his plane was shot down over New Guinea and no one from his troop was heard from again. Tuesday, she received a call from the U.S. Military saying her father's remains were found intact. Full Story Back to Top
10-28-10 Erin Chastain's Blue Demons Win First Ever Big East Conference Championship Game (DePaul Blue Demons) From Doug Bruno waving a huge DePaul flag and heading up his own rooftop cheering section to the Screamin' Demons Band and the DePaul student-athletes and cheerleaders energizing Wish Field at Cacciatore Stadium---different factions of the DePaul athletic family came together Thursday on an historic occasion. They all joined in on the Blue Demons' 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh in the school's first-ever BIG EAST Conference Championship tournament win---courtesy of Michelle Scandora's penalty-kick goal in the 39th minute. DePaul (11-8-2) advances to the BIG EAST quarterfinals and a 1 p.m. game on Sunday at No. 13/12 Marquette (14-3-2). Not long after the final horn had sounded, the women's soccer players walked over and saluted Bruno, the women's basketball coach who was perched on top of the Sullivan Athletic Center. "It was fun to see him waving that big flag," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
10-26-10 Larry Chastang Honored at University of Central Florida (University of Central Florida) UCF’s first president and a Disney executive were among those honored for their professional achievements and commitment to serving the community at the UCF Alumni Association’s Black & Gold Gala...Also honored...Larry Chastang, ’80...Chastang received the Service to UCF Award for his many years of volunteer work with the College of Business Administration and UCF’s Global Perspectives Office. Full Story Back to Top
10-26-10 Stacey Chasteen Becomes Interim Police Chief (WISH) Greensburg Police Chief Brian Heaton announced Monday he will be stepping down from his post as the head administrator of the department...Assistant Chief Stacey Chasteen will takeover the department in the interim. The search for a new chief will be far and wide, and the Mayor noted he will not be in a rush to fill the position. Full Story Back to Top
10-25-10 1926 Chastain Gas Station Gives Rise to Tulsa Nightlife (Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers) Sitting side by side in downtown Tulsa are two very colorful pieces of the downtown puzzle aptly named The Blue Dome and Greenwood Districts. How they came to be, what’s happening now and what the future holds for this part of downtown provide more evidence that the place we like to call Greater Tulsa with its storied past and its indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit is getting greater everyday. Possibly the most energetic area of downtown is The Blue Dome District named after the iconic gas station built in 1926 by Chastain Oil Company with its unmistakable Art Deco dome beaming blue on Tulsa’s skyline. It once attracted travelers along Route 66. Now it marks the gateway to the city’s growing downtown nightlife. Full Story Back to Top
10-21-10 Karen Chastain Heads Marketing for Chattanooga Tea Party (The Chattanoogan) Karen Chastain, who heads marketing for the Chattanooga Tea Party, added, "I am honored to not only personally support Savas for Congress but am pleased that the Leadership Team of the Chattanooga Tea Party has rallied around Major Kyriakidis. Full Story Back to Top
10-21-10 Nuthouse Director Jared Chastain Hosts Comedy Show (The Daily Evergreen) This student comedy show is funnier than most stand-up shows featured on Comedy Central. Many of the jokes are about WSU or about being a student, which make the stand-up routines even more enjoyable. The material in the Six Pack Laughs Hour is guaranteed to be new and different because the comedians rotate from week to week. Though there are a few performers who are regulars on the show, their material and jokes are always fresh. Each week, the comedians bring their best 10 minutes of stand-up. Jared Chastain, the director of Nuthouse, is the weekly host of the show. Full Story Back to Top
10-20-10 George Chastain Produces Guardians of Graxia (Gamasutra) Petroglyph today announced the release of Guardians of Graxia™ , a PC fantasy turn-based strategy game based on the world of Graxia, exclusively on GamersGate. Released earlier this summer, Guardians of Graxia is also available as a standalone board game. “ Guardians of Graxia features rich and immersive gameplay that combines the best of card and board aspects on the PC," said George Chastain, producer of Guardians of Graxia. Full Story Back to Top
10-20-10 Jerry Chastain Honored for 40 Years of Community Service (South Carolina Now) Florence School District 5 and Johnsonville High School recognized Jerry Chastain for 40 years of service to the community during halftime of the Johnsonville, Hemingway football game last Friday. Known as the “Voice of the Flashes” for serving as announcer at Johnsonville home football games since 1970, the list of Chastain’s personal history and accomplishments within the community of Johnsonville were read off to a near capacity crowd at the high school football stadium Friday night. Chastain moved to Johnsonville as a teenager in 1958. Chastain served as a city councilman for 10 years. Full Story Back to Top
10-16-10 APN Endorses David Chastain for Secretary of State (Atlanta Progressive News) Atlanta Progressive News's Board of Directors was pleased to endorse David Chastain in the General Election for Secretary of State of Georgia because of his commitment to restoring the integrity of our elections. In 2006, APN endorsed Angela Moore in the Democratic Primary, but did not endorse in the General Election. Earlier this year, APN endorsed State Sen. Gail Buckner in the Democratic Primary Run-off Election, and is endorsing David Chastain, a Libertarian, in the General. This is the first time we have endorsed a Libertarian for anything. It should be noted that we have strong concerns about Libertarian economic philosophy and policy, but let us save that for another discussion seeing as how the Secretary of State's office does not set economic policy. The most important function of the Secretary of State's office is to maintain the integrity of our elections...Chastain will also be a champion for expanding ballot access. Therefore, Chastain's overall platform would result in not only safer, more trustworthy elections, but elections which offer more meaningful choices to the voter. Full Story Back to Top
10-16-10 Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain Retires from Military (Log Cabin Democrat) Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain, the deputy commanding general for the Army National Guard at the United States Forces Command, and former adjutant general of Arkansas, was honored in a retirement ceremony Oct. 2. The Conway resident was given an emotional send-off that commemorated his 38 years of military service to the state of Arkansas and the nation. His many accomplishments include a war-time command of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and a stint as the state’s adjutant general...Chastain acknowledged the many challenges he’s faced as a member of the Guard, noting that he has drilled at 11 different armories in the state, resulting in commutes from his home from as short as three miles, to more than 300 miles. “I have been blessed to have served in the Arkansas Army National Guard,” Chastain said. “Now it’s time to depart the ranks.” Full Story Back to Top
10-16-10 Head Pro Alan Chasteen Pleased with Tournament Growth (Myrtle Beach Sun News) When Whispering Pines Golf Club head pro Alan Chasteen helped organize the first Mayor's Cup in 2006, attracting enough players was a primary concern. Four years later, Chasteen is beginning to worry about having enough daylight to finish tournament rounds because of the increasing size of the field. The fifth Mayor's Cup men's amateur tournament held last Friday through Sunday at the Myrtle Beach city-owned Whispering Pines attracted 147 players, an increase of 29 players over the previous tournament high of 118 last year. "I can take probably 168 and that's because of daylight," Chasteen said. "It was something I was hoping I would have to worry about, but I thought it would take at least six or seven years. It's just a real good tournament. We're happy with the success."...The women's Mayor's Cup is slated for Oct. 29-31, and there are already 119 players registered. "That has come a long way from seven players [in 2006]," Chasteen said. "The women have supported it great." Full Story Back to Top
10-15-10 David Chastain Plays Guitar for Shipwreck Karpathos (Ball State Daily News) Shipwreck Karpathos has been around for about a year. Guitarist David Chastain and bassist Ian Duvall were both fans of post-rock bands such as Mono, Explosions in the Sky and Saxon Shore. After jamming for a while, they realized how much they enjoyed playing this style of music together. "We started messing around and then eventually started liking what we were doing," Chastain said. All members of Shipwreck Karpathos share an open-minded opinion of music, drawing influence from many genres, although two members are in metal bands they are more dedicated to, Chastain said. "Other than me, all the other dudes are in other bands that are their priorities," he said. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-10 Andrew Chastain Cleared of Prescription Fraud Charges (WRTV Indianapolis) A man wrongly accused of prescription fraud is questioning why it took prosecutors months to look at key evidence proving his innocence. Andrew Chastain was recovering from brain surgery in May 2009 when he said someone used his identity to try and get drugs from Martinsville pharmacies, 6News' Joanna Massee reported. Chastain said he first learned that he was wanted by police when he was pulled over for a traffic violation and arrested on a charge of felony prescription fraud. Full Story Back to Top
10-13-10 Disabled Michelle Chastain Organizes Sports for Other Disabled Persons (South Carolina Now) Michelle Chastain survived not one--but two--traumatic car accidents over the past 25 years. The first left her confined to a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury, and the second, which just happened in March, forced her to undergo more surgery on her legs. But it's the second that opened her eyes to what she thought she could do to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. "I thought, 'all the years I wanted to start something, to reach out to other people with disabilities to get active, and there's no better time," Chastain said. So she set about organizing the Sports Mobility Network, a group of athletes who've suffered varying injuries--some wheelchair-bound, some not--and are looking for ways to stay active and compete in different sports like tennis, basketball, and bocce ball. "There's people out there that need it, and there's no reason to sit at home," she said. Full Story Back to Top
10-12-10 Date Arrives for Clay Chastains Continuing Light Rail Petition (Kansas City Star) Our ole buddy Clay Chastain was to be back in KC this morning to gather petition signatures on another light rail plan...It’s a 25-year, 3/8ths cent tax. We haven’t heard from him recently and couldn’t reach him Monday, so we’ll see. His light rail nemesis — Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders — picks up an award from the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance this evening. Full Story Back to Top
10-11-10 Chastains Open New Moe's Restaurant (Greenwood Today) Moe’s will open their first Greenwood location on October 21. The grand opening celebration kicks-off at 11am. Uncle and nephew duo, J.R. Chastain of Travelers Rest and Jordan Chastain of Atlanta are the new store’s owners. Ryan Chastain, J.R. Chastain’s son will serve as the store’s General Manager. The Chastain family also owns two Moe’s locations in Greenville, one on Haywood Road and the other on Woodruff Road. The Chastain’s say the fast-casual, family friendly dining experience Moe’s offers is a perfect fit for Greenwood. Full Story Back to Top
10-11-10 What Would David Chastain Bring to Secretary of State Office? (Atlanta Journal Constitution) As the third-party candidate, Chastain argues that he is the one who can bring that fresh focus. Chastain, who lost a run for state school superintendent in 2006, wants an evaluation of all agencies and boards that the office oversees as well as an examination of the voting machines. He said that would allow him to push to eliminate licensing for jobs that do not affect public safety and health, freeing up resources to investigate complaints while also cutting the size of government. He said reviewing the voting machines would show the need for more security, adding that absentee ballots also need better security. "I want to be an umpire and not build another empire," Chastain said. "The processes and procedures of this state should not be subject to partisan behavior." Full Story Back to Top
10-08-10 Andrew Chesteen Participates in School Exchange Program (Laguna Beach Independent) Andrew Chesteen, from Winona, Miss., population 5,000, stood on the beach at Anita Street, in Hawaii-like weather, and watched his high school principal awkwardly paddle a stand up paddleboard past the shorebreak. He was up next, and though a little nervous, maintained an outwardly cool demeanor...four participants, top students at Winona High, wrote the best essays on why they wanted to go on the exchange. “I wanted to learn about the different culture. Over the past few days I’ve done that, and I’m ready for them to come learn what we’re about,” said Andrew...Throughout last week, Mississippi students attended classes with LBHS host students...The group attended an Angels game, at which Andrew threw out the first pitch, experienced Disneyland, toured Aliso Viejo’s Soka University, dissected squid at UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium, watched a USC vs. Washington football game at the Rose Bowl, tried out SUPing, and heard exhortations from speaker Keith Hawkins with the rest of the senior class. Full Story Back to Top
10-05-10 Georgia Libertarian David Chastain Competes for Secretary of State (Macon Telegraph (blog)) Chastain, who lost a run for state school superintendent four years ago, has been a local activist in Cobb County, he said. As a third-party candidate, he said he would bring a unique advantage to the office. "Because I do not have a political history or a loyalty to either of the two major parties, I believe that, of the three of us, I'm the only one who can actually bring some real objectivity back into the secretary of state's office," he said. As secretary of state, he said he would look into the state's electronic voting machines, which he said result in non-verifiable voting; seek to improve ballot access for candidates who aren't members of the two major parties; and help the secretary of state's office of investigations more efficiently deal with complaints about businesses operating without a license or those with a license that break the rules... Full Story Back to Top
10-01-10 AARP Sponsors Senior Benny Chastain Dream of Racing in Daytona 500 (Guide to Nursing Homes) It might be a surprise to many seniors that the AARP sponsors Benny Chastain, who is a senior race car driver that has a big dream of racing in the 2011 Daytona 500. Chastain is an AARP member, and part of the AARP ARCA team...At the age of 68, Chastain would be one of the oldest drivers to ever step up into the Daytona, but the path to get their will not be easy. However Chastain knows this and thinks it would be a major accomplished that he compared to Rocky. Full Story Back to Top
09-30-10 Keynote Speaker Karyl Chastain Beal Tells of Daughter's Suicide (Maryville Daily Times) Keynote speaker Karyl Chastain Beal relates the story of her 18-year-old daughter's suicide in 1996, how it changed her life and how she became an advocate for suicide prevention. She now assists other survivors of suicide through support groups, retreats and education. In 1998 she assisted in starting the Internet group, “Parents of Suicide,” To learn more about her daughter's story, go online to and search for ‘Arlyn.' Full Story Back to Top
09-29-10 Sheriff John Shasteen Warns of Sheriff Association Solicitation Scam (Jackson Times Journal) Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen issued a statement this week warning individuals in the community to beware of a phone and mail scam that has been targeting Ohio citizens...According to Shasteen, a group of professional solicitors based in Las Vegas has been calling citizens and asking for donations to the United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Shasteen said that the calls and letters are fraud and should be reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department or Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. Full Story Back to Top
09-29-10 68-Year-Old Benny Chastain Hopes to Race in Daytona 500 (WCTV) Racing cars was never an item on Benny's bucket list, but what started out as a hobby, later became Benny's passion and now, profession. "Boy I fell in love, I thought, I could do this," said Chastain. Benny has always had the need for speed inside of him. He says the feeling while driving on the race track is similar to other daring sports he's taken on over the years. "When you race a car, at any race track, its no different than going fishing, or going white water rafting or snow-skiing, or flying airplanes, the rest of the world don't exist," said Chastain. Benny left high school to join the Navy for four years and moved to Tallahassee in 1970. But, it wasn't until around ten years ago that Benny stumbled upon the greatest adventure of his lifetime. Now, he hopes to qualify to drive in the race of all races. "If I got in the Daytona 500, it would be the same story as Rocky," said Chastain...Benny Chastain is sponsored by AARP and owns a body shop in Tallahassee. Full Story Back to Top
09-29-10 Clay Chastain to Collect Signatures for Light Rail Plan (Kansas City Star) Our ole buddy Clay Chastain says he’ll be gathering signatures Oct. 12 for another light rail plan — 3/8ths cent sales tax for 25 years, some federal and state cash, new development. Total revenue: $2.5 billion Total cost: $2.5 billion. He’s still mad about Mike Sanders‘ alternative. Full Story Back to Top
09-28-10 Nashville Ballet Presents Story Illustrated by Madye Lee Chastain (Crossville Chronicle) PAART recently announced an additional performance of Nashville Ballet's The Singing Tortoise...Each dancer portrays a specific character from the story, which is narrated in live form. The original West African folktale can be found in the book The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander, George Herzog and Madye Lee Chastain. In the tale, a hunter named Ama finds a very special tortoise singing and playing a sansa. Before the tortoise will agree to return to his village to sing for him each day, she extracts a promise from Ama that he will tell no one of her magic gifts. Ama breaks his promise and tells everyone in the village of the tortoise’s mesmerizing singing. The villagers refuse to believe him and demand proof. Ama attempts to get the tortoise to sing for the villagers, but she only sits and stares at them. Ama is branded a liar and banished from the village. Only then does the tortoise speak to the villagers telling them that Ama brought this punishment upon himself by breaking his promise. She reminds the villagers and Ama of several important lessons, including keeping promises, when she picks up her sansa and sings, “It is man who imposes upon things, not things that impose upon man.” Full Story Back to Top
09-27-10 Police Find Natalie Chastain's Wheelchair ( There is a happy ending to the story about a teenager whose wheelchair was stolen. Police in Elgin say they've found Natalie Chastain's wheelchair. She has cerebral palsy and uses a computer to speak. Her chair was stolen earlier this month from outside her house. There is no word on the chair's condition. Last week, a wheelchair manufacturer said it would give the high school senior a portable wheelchair. Full Story Back to Top
09-26-10 Karyl Chastain Beal Hosts the International Suicide Memorial Wall (Columbia Daily Herald) The International Suicide Memorial Wall...sits on the property belonging to Ronnie and Karyl Chastain Beal at 1107 Rip Steele Road. The memorial is shrouded by a curtain, a sanctuary for weary souls to find peace. Lights shine on the pictures of the fallen, adding to the mystique of the enshrinement. Since 2006, the wall has amassed nearly 400 memorial pictures of those who have died by suicide. People from as far away as South Africa, Brazil, England and Canada are on the wall. “It’s been growing with tiles from all over the world,” Karyl Beal said...Behind each picture there’s a story...Karyl Beal said the wall reminds her of where she has come from. In 1996, the Beals’ daughter, Arlyn, died from suicide and now is enshrined. Now when Karyl Beal looks at all the faces, she feels all of the suffering by the scores of families...Beal now serves as chairwoman of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, and her goal is to not have to add any more names to the wall. “We can’t save the world, but if we can make a difference in our own little corner — Tennessee — then we’re doing our part,” she said. Full Story Back to Top
09-24-10 Sanders Rail Plan Gains Over Clay Chastain Opposition (Blue Springs Examiner) Sanders has been rolling out his Kansas City Regional Rapid Rail plan for elected officials and groups such as chambers of commerce for close to a year and – other than Kansas City light-rail advocate Clay Chastain – hasn’t run into any opposition. Full Story Back to Top
09-22-10 Tony Shasteen Discusses 25 to Life (Newsarama) Eriq thought through the characters pretty well before it ended up in my hands. He had put time into who he would cast in the roles, their backgrounds, age, ethnicity, etc. That gave me a good starting point. I didn't want to use an actor's likeness, but knowing who he had in mind really helped. Once I have the look, I try to breath some life into them with the way they carry themselves, the clothes they wear, and with their body language. By the time I was done with the book I really felt as though I knew the characters. As campy as it sounds, I knew I would miss them when I was done...I wanted to use a more graphic style for 25 To Life than I had used in previous projects. I believe the project dictates the style. This being a police procedural/crime/mystery, it deserved a darker mood. Also, too much detail would just bog down the pacing, so I kept it as streamlined as possible. I hate to be influenced too much during a project, but I was looking at a lot of Viktor Kalvachev, Sean Phillips, and Chris Samnee at the time. Not so much for style, but because those guys know how to use black and white. I hope a little of that seeped in there. As far as the tone goes, it changes over the course of the story. I went darker as the story gets darker. Full Story Back to Top
09-21-10 Jason Chastain Killed in Warehouse Accident (KTEN) A 36 year old man has died, after a forklift accident at DOT Foods in Ardmore. It happened Monday, about 3 o'clock in the distribution warehouse. Jason Chastain hit something with his forklift, and became pinned. First responders took Chastain to Mercy Memorial Hospital, then attempted to airlift him to another hospital but he died shortly after. DOT Foods spokesman, Bill King, tells us they still don't know how it happened but King says they have launched a full investigation. He says this is a very tough time for DOT Food employees. King says Chastain was a tremendous person, good friend and employee and says it's a great loss for the DOT family. Right now he says they're doing everything they can for his family and fellow employees and says it's a very, very sad time. Full Story Back to Top
09-21-10 Karen Chasteen Loses Car in Vandal's Explosion But Precious Photo is Saved (Muncie Star Press) Karen Chasteen was sleeping soundly when an explosion jolted her awake early Saturday to a nightmare. Chasteen's car was one of four vehicles set on fire on the city's east side between 4:24 a.m. and 4:59 a.m. Hers was the only one the Richmond Fire Department was unable to keep from being destroyed after the gas tank exploded..."The car can be replaced," Chasteen said. "But my mother just passed away and I had my parents' wedding photo in the car. I thought it was destroyed, but the firemen pulled this big pile of ashes out of the car and there was my parents' wedding photo. The back was charred, but the picture was not damaged." Full Story Back to Top
09-18-10 Karyl Chastain Beal Delivers Keynote Address at Every Life Matters Event (Maryville Daily Times) “Every Life Matters” is the theme of the Sept. 29 event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pellissippi State Community College Blount County campus, West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville. The day's activities will include education and resources for the campus community to better understand mental health and suicide issues. Keynote speaker Karyl Chastain Beal, a survivor of her daughter's suicide, will speak at noon. Full Story Back to Top
09-17-10 Assistant Director Ricky Chastain Explains Arkansas Gator Hunt ( Before 2007, alligator hunting was nonexistent for law-abiding hunters in Arkansas for about a century because alligators were over hunted and had nearly vanished from the state, said Ricky Chastain, assistant chief of the wildlife management division for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission...The Game and Fish Commission’s efforts to restore the state’s native wildlife over the last 40 years have increased the alligator population to the level that an annual hunt is necessary, Chastain said. Chastain said the money sportsmen paid for permits and tags funded the wildlife restoration projects, so it seemed appropriate to reward the hunters by allowing them to help control the alligator population. In addition, Chastain said it is expensive and dangerous for Game and Fish workers to move alligators when they become a nuisance...“This is just a way to maintain a population that is compatible with the amount of habitat,” Chastain said. “It is by far and away the most economic and efficient way to manage the population.” Full Story Back to Top
09-17-10 Natalie Chastain's Stolen Wheelchair May Interrupt College Plans ( Natalie Chastain has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. Friday morning, Chastain's mother left the wheelchair in driveway of the family's home and went inside to help Natalie put on her coat. When she returned the wheelchair was gone. Without the wheelchair, Natalie's mother says, the high school senior will probably have to cancel plans to visit several colleges. Full Story Back to Top
09-15-10 Artist Tony Shasteen Illustrates 25 to Life (Comic Book Resources) Earlier this summer, CBR News spoke with actor and director Eriq La Salle, best known for his work on "ER," about his teaming with 12-Gauge Comics on a new three issue miniseries "25 to Life." We discussed the crime comic that teams an FBI unit with racist militia leader serving a life sentence in order to hunt down a serial killer. Now, with the series' first issue in stores today, we've spoken with the rest of the creative team about the title's origins, story and more...Artist Tony Shasteen is best known for his work on "The Talisman," based on the Stephen King and Peter Straub novel, and 12-Gauge's "The O.C.T." did you...get brought on board "25 to Life?" Tony Shasteen: This has kind of been in the works for a while now, and it was worked around everybody's schedule. I was coming off of "O.C.T.," the book I did with 12-Gauge and Rosario Dawson. I was looking for something different and this being a crime drama and being dark appealed to me. Plus, it's Keven and Doug. They're friends of mine and I've always enjoyed working with them, so I jumped at it....I love those types of movies and TV shows and books. That's the kind of story that I'm drawn to, generally, outside of comics as well. For me, if it's a good story that I know I'm going to enjoy doing, that's what I'm drawn to. I don't have to do superhero stuff. I don't have to do reality-based stuff. It just has to be a good, well-written story and I have to be into it. That's all it takes. I'm easy. Full Story Back to Top
09-15-10 Kaiulani Chastain Makes Top Five in State Cinderella Competition (Eastern Arizona Courier) Eastern Arizona Cinderella enjoyed yet another exciting and successful week at the 33rd annual Arizona Cinderella State Finals. The girls enjoyed a week of themed parties, meal functions and preliminary competitions in interview, casual wear, party wear and talent... For the second year in a row, 8-year-old Kaiulani Chastain was called out as a Top Five finalist...It was an exciting night for Eastern Arizona with both Budicky and Coury achieving Top 10, and with Chastain representing Eastern Arizona as a Top Five finalist and winning the crowd with her jazz solo to “Born to Entertain.” Full Story Back to Top
09-15-10 Greg Chastain's Voices of Hope Perform at Symphony Hall in Boston (Wicked Local (blog)) Voices of Hope – a fundraiser featuring singers, actors and other entertainers from around the region – will hold its second concert, this time setting their sights on a larger audience and higher fundraising goals at Symphony Hall in Boston. “It’s a night of song, dance and testimonials from people who are survivors, and people who have lost relatives. Some of it may be said, but there is inspiration as well,” said organizer and co-producer Greg Chastain of Winchester, who launched Voices of Hope in 2009 in honor of his mother, Barbara Byrd, who succumbed that same year to pancreatic cancer...The first show, held in October 2009 at NextDoor Theater in Winchester, raised $25,000. Chastain hopes the Symphony Hall venue and success of last year’s show will allow organizers to reach this year’s goal of $50,000. This year’s show features performers from about 15 community theater organizations, and has a fundraising goal of $50,000. Full Story Back to Top
09-13-10 Alice Rosie McIntosh Chasteen Dies at 106 (People's Tribune) Alice Rosie McIntosh Chasteen, 106, of Vandalia died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia...She was born Nov. 25, 1903 in rural Vandalia, the daughter of Edward and Bertha Williams McIntosh. She married Kenneth Glen Chasteen in Vandalia. He preceded her in death in 1970. Survivors include a son, Richard Chasteen and wife, Patricia of Maryville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Cynthia Chasteen of Maryville, Ill., Caryn Chasteen and Kenneth Chasteen, both of Collinsville, Ill.; one great-granddaughter, Kylee Chasteen of Collinsville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews...Rosie was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and graduated from Vandalia High School. She was a member and very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia. Full Story Back to Top
09-13-10 Palau PR Director Craig Chastain Reports Successful Event (ChristianExaminer) An estimated 40,000 people descended on Mission Bay Park Sept. 11 to celebrate Jesus and a five-month Season of Service as part of CityFest. The day also focused on Argentine-born evangelist Luis Palau proclaiming the Gospel in a clear presentation to the thousands gathered at the park. “Today was a celebration on so many levels—the churches working with and through the city on acts of service; thousands of volunteers working tirelessly to make it happen; a great day of music and good news for San Diego,” said Craig Chastain, media and public relations director for the Luis Palau Association, which sponsored the festival. “It was an unforgettable season and a fabulous day...We couldn’t have had a better weather day,” Chastain said. “It was a typical gorgeous San Diego day.” Full Story Back to Top
09-09-10 Chastain Reunion Planned (Cleburne News) Dalton, Georgia will be the location for the Pierre Chastain Family Association's 35th Annual Reunion on September 24-26. This national association of descendants of Dr. Pierre Chastain, a French Huguenot, meets yearly in different places around the country. All Chastain descendants are welcome regardless of whether their name is Chastain or not. Association records will be available for research. The LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 715 College Dr., Dalton, will be the headquarters for the reunion. For reservations call 706-272-9099. Activities include a Saturday night banquet and local historical tours. For registration form and information on banquet please contact publicity chair, Carrie Chastain at 479-524-3461 or her email: Full Story Back to Top
09-08-10 Actor Nancy Chastain Does a Great Job in We Won't Pay! (Homer News) I laughed harder than I have for months when I saw "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" at Pier 1 Theatre on the Homer Spit. A friend said she couldn't stop laughing during the entire play. The director, Kathleen Gustafson, skillfully used two strengths of Dario Fo's play: slapstick humor and social commentary. All the actors did a great job, particularly the three main characters played by Nancy Chastain, Ken Landfield and Megan DeCino. Full Story Back to Top
09-07-10 Chastang Landfill Affected by BP Used Boom, Tar Balls and Other Oily Waste (San Francisco Chronicle) Oily waste is collecting in local landfills: more than 50,000 tons. Although the waste contains the carcinogen benzene, federal law — in another costly giveaway to the heavily-subidized industry — exempts wastes related to oil drilling from being classified as toxic, allowing BP to merrily offload their used boom, tar balls and other gunk to local landfills, including several that have histories of environmental problems. The Chastang Landfill, 25 miles north of Mobile, Ala., is receiving oil spill waste despite an ongoing state investigation into high levels of mercury and barium found in nearby groundwater. Full Story Back to Top
09-04-10 Professor Emeritus Richard Chesteen Challenges Politicism in Chancellor Appointment (Memphis Commercial Appeal) The recent election of Deputy Gov. John Morgan as the new chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents has created considerable controversy. Morgan's selection has put Gov. Phil Bredesen on the defensive against charges of playing politics with the appointment of his deputy governor, led to criticism of the actions of Board of Regents members and raised the question of whether Morgan is qualified for the position. As one who taught in higher education for 45 years -- all but five in Tennessee -- I have had the opportunity to observe the governing of higher education in the state...the selection of both higher education governing boards and the chief administrators has been far too political at times. Those who have been guilty of this situation have come from both political parties...The recent appointment of Morgan...has raised some legitimate questions. Why was a person who has no postgraduate education selected? Why did the board not interview other candidates? Why was Morgan's annual salary initially set at a level $80,000 higher than that of the previous chancellor, at a time when state employees have not had raises in several years? Full Story Back to Top
09-02-10 Carl Chasteen's Florida Forensic Lab Receives Accreditation (WCTV) Employees were all smiles Thursday as they accepted the accreditation certificates, which affirm they meet or exceed nearly 400 standards for handling and testing evidence collected at the crime scene. "It says to the world that we meet some of the most rigorous international standards in the field of forensic science," said Carl Chasteen, Chief of Forensic Services at the lab. Full Story Back to Top
08-30-10 Libertarian David Chastain Seeks Secretary of State (Thomasville Times-Enterprise) The Libertarian Party of Georgia believes that big government does not translate to good government. “We genuinely want to reduce the size of the federal government,” said Marietta’s David Chastain, a secretary of state hopeful. “We believe taxation is theft and, if we’re going to force you to steal from your neighbor for a government program, then we’d better have a good reason for doing it...By putting Libertarians in office, you will see a different kind of government — one that sticks to the rules,” Chastain said. “One of the reasons we have a hard time raising money is because we aren’t selling favors to big corporations and special interests. We just want limited government.” Chastain, a University of Georgia graduate and a senior logistics management analyst in the defense industry, is concerned about how Democrats and Republicans consistently strive to increase their power at the expense of citizens. Full Story Back to Top
08-25-10 David Chastain Libertarian Candidate for Secretary of State (Independent Political Report) David Chastain, the former Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, is also on the ballot for Secretary of State in November. He was the leading Libertarian vote getter in 2006 as an Education Secretary candidate...Presently he is a Senior Logistics Management Analyst in the defense industry. David has been working to get ballot access for independent candidates for years...David has also been working to restore verifiable voting for about five years...The facts demonstrate that David Chastain has done everything within his power to further the cause of verifiable voting for Georgians, open ballot access for all candidates and impartial investigations that are free of influence from lobbyists and political motivations. He has done all of this as a volunteer without receiving a dime of taxpayer money. Full Story Back to Top
08-23-10 Patricia Chasteen Reviews Biography of Thaddeus Kosciuszko (The Epoch Times) The Peasant Prince gives life and testament to a man who, even though he lived over 200 years ago, is probably one of the most important figures of the modern world when it comes to the worldwide struggle for liberty and freedom. People may have heard the name Thaddeus Kosciuszko...What is probably not well-known is the fact that he was the most talented engineer in the Continental Army. Full Story Back to Top
08-21-10 Sgt. Wayne Chastain Says Iraq Focus has Changed (Ontario Argus Observer) Ontario’s Guard unit, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, sends more than 100 citizen-soldiers into the desert for the three-week desert training strip. Charlie Company’s top enlisted man, 1st Sgt. Wayne Chastain conceded this AT training stint is unique. “Our mission focus has changed from what it is traditionally. For one, we are not doing tank gunnery,” Chastain said. Charlie Company and the rest of the 3rd Battalion will shed its tanks and utilize Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles while in Iraq. Full Story Back to Top
08-19-10 Chastain Wins Season Opener for DePaul (DePaul Blue Demons) DePaul's much-anticipated follow-up to last year's turnaround season was delayed 70 minutes Friday night by inclement weather. "There was rain," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain, "but it was the lightning that forced us to wait. The rain and lightning had stopped once the game began." That's when Callie Hemming christened this sequel season with a goal and an assist in the Blue Demons' 2-0 victory over Iowa at the Iowa Soccer Complex..."Callie made a wonderful pass to Kelly, who hit the post with her first shot," Chastain said. "The ball bounced right back to her, and she put it in." That came in the 54th minute, and the Blue Demon defense took it from there. "The defense played very well," Chastain said as goalkeeper Claire Hanold recorded the 10th save of her career. She had set a school record as a freshman last year with nine. "I used five different players (Chelsea Grant, Janina Locascio, Beth Perry, freshman Rebekah Roller, Tessa Fegen) in the back line, and Claire made a game-changing save against one of their set pieces. "It's nice to win your first game, but we still have lots to work on." Full Story Back to Top
08-14-10 Bud Shasteen Promotes SCAT Against Tunnel ( Seattle Citizens Against the (Deep-Bore) Tunnel, or SCAT, began collecting signatures for their Initiative 101 west of the sports stadiums Friday, Aug. 13, and have begun to fan out in West Seattle, and other neighborhoods..."We are sending a strong message to City Council," said SCAT-man Bud Shasteen of West Seattle. "We're telling them 'you can disregard our votes all you want.' But once we have some power with our signatures that is the one thing they will pay attention too when they consider reelection." Shasteen collected over 100 signatures in two hours Saturday, Aug. 14, outside Thriftway at the Morgan Junction in the 90-degree heat. "You're bypassing the entire city with this tunnel," said West Seattle's Mabel Aide of SCAT. "If you want to go to stores you can't. It's a stupid thing." Full Story Back to Top
08-12-10 Farlie Chastain Helps People Deal with Anger Management (WRCB-TV) Omar Thornton was a worst case scenario of out of control rage. He brutally gunned down eight of his co-workers earlier this month, before turning the gun on himself...Farlie Chastain...a licensed clinical social worker at Parkridge Valley Hospital...says, "If you are unable to manage anger and frustration, you could lose the opportunity for a job, professional relationships." This area has been hit hard like other parts of the country with company's shutting their doors with the loss of a job, high unemployment and so many people feeling hopeless...Chastain says, "Whether it be an underlying issue with anger, sadness or feeling they can not live anymore you do see an increase of suicidal thoughts and not wanting to cope." Some key warning signs to look for: unable to maintain healthy relationships, constant complaints about physical pain such as headaches, and a big red flag, always ready to explode. Full Story Back to Top
08-12-10 Ed Haskell and Debbie Chasteen are Super Savers (Liberty Tribune) Ed Haskell and his wife, Debbie Chasteen, have been very popular lately. Their recent celebrity all started when Haskell responded to a request in June from Money magazine looking for people who saved at least 20 percent of their income. The Haskells save 50 percent of their income and have since they were married 21 years ago...Haskell, 50, is a retired Air Force officer, and Chasteen, 52, teaches communications at William Jewell College. On average, they have a combined annual income of about $80,000 and have amassed a $2 million portfolio. They paid cash for their $200,000 house...Chasteen said she met Haskell when they lived in the same apartment complex in Georgia. “The day after we became engaged, he said he wanted to see my financials,” Chasteen said. Chasteen said at the time she had a small student loan and car payments. Haskell paid them off and convinced her to invest $10,000 in her retirement account. “Lucky for us, his hobby (saving and investing) makes us money instead of costing us money,” Chasteen said. Full Story Back to Top
08-11-10 J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Eminent Chair Scholar Ranked Number One (NewsBlaze) An article just published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics - a top academic journal for scholarly papers on real estate finance - places Florida State's real estate program at No. 2 in the world for faculty research published in the three core academic real-estate journals from 1973 to 2008...Fueled by private donations and corporate support to the program, the real estate program has worked to recruit and retain the best real estate scholars in the world. A gift from Harold and Barbara Chastain created the J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Eminent Chair, which is now held by C.F. Sirmans, a world-renowned real estate scholar. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics article ranked him No. 1 in the world in individual research productivity from 1973 to 2008, while his brother, G. Stacy Sirmans, the Kenneth G. Bacheller Professor of Real Estate at Florida State, ranked 20th. Full Story Back to Top
08-10-10 Coach Erin Chastain Seeks Respect for DePaul Team (DePaul Blue Demons) Apparently, DePaul hasn't done enough to earn the respect of the BIG EAST Conference women's soccer coaches. In the preseason coaches' poll released on Tuesday, the Blue Demons were picked to finish sixth in the eight-team National Division. This is the same Blue Demon team that qualified for its first BIG EAST Championship tournament last year and returns 10 of 11 starters. "We haven't established ourselves yet," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain, whose team was fifth in the National Division last season. "Last year we achieved all the goals we set, but I guess it wasn't enough to make an impact this year. "We're trying to build a program at DePaul that will contend every year in the BIG EAST." In the 2009 preseason coaches' poll, the Blue Demons were picked to finish last. Full Story Back to Top
08-09-10 NBC’s Senior VP Scot Chastain Discusses News Daytime Strategies (Broadcasting & Cable) For the past few years, the NBC local stations have been largely out of the daytime game, with only Warner Bros.’ Ellen driving any sort of rating in the sunlit hours once the Today show signed off. The group hopes to change that with this season’s launch of three new shows: Sony’s The Nate Berkus Show, an Oprah spinoff; NBC Universal’s off-Bravo The Real Housewives, which has been a big hit for Bravo; and Access Hollywood Live, which aims to bring viewers all the day’s news from Hollywood in a fresh format...They are partnering to create a cross-promotion featuring the network’s soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and Real Housewives that will rebrand the reality show as a new sort of daytime soap. “From a network, we see it as a benefit for us,” says Scot Chastain, NBC’s senior VP of affiliate marketing and development. “By pairing the two, we send more of a youth audience to Days, and we expose an older audience to Housewives. There’s a lot of cross-blending potential there.” Full Story Back to Top
08-07-10 1st Sgt. Wayne Chastain and Oregon’s 3rd Battalion Deploys to Iraq (Ontario Argus Observer) When eastern Oregon’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry deploys to Iraq this fall, the Guard unit will rely on one key trait to attain success: experience...The autumn deployment to Iraq will mark the second overseas trip...In 2004, the battalion deployed to northern Iraq...“The senior leaders are seasoned, but the company as a whole is green,” Charlie Company 1st Sgt. Wayne Chastain said. “That’s because we got a lot of soldiers right out of basic training.” Chastain said, however, the newcomers will be absorbed into a unit with a strong corps of experienced sergeants. That fact, he said, will be critical. “For our leadership to have that kind of experience is an asset,” Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
08-01-10 Sanders Plan Conflicts with Clay Chastain Plan (Kansas City Star) The region’s best hope for rail transit just put on some rubber tires. In the first detailed look at the plan being pitched by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, consultants have determined that rail service should be explored immediately on only two of the six routes proposed between downtown and the suburbs. The preliminary findings mean that some routes — including proposed lines to Liberty, Grandview and Kansas City International Airport — could begin as express bus lines...Commuter rail differs from light rail in that it typically goes longer distances, from downtowns to suburban areas. Stations are farther apart, and sometimes commuter and freight trains share the same track...The most recognized supporter of light rail in Kansas City — Clay Chastain — continues to push for his latest plan for rail transit. The main difference between the two is that Chastain’s plan contains a light rail spine that cuts down the Main Street corridor to KCI. At a recent meeting of the board of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Chastain proposed merging elements of his plan with Sanders’ plan. “Everyone says, ‘Why can’t we get together and fuse elements of these plans?’” Chastain said. In a statement, Sanders’ top aide, Calvin Williford, said the county is working on a regional solution in accordance with federal rules. “We’ve yet to see from Mr. Chastain any attempt to comply with federal funding guidelines and criteria,” Williford said. “There’s no connection between what we’re doing and what he’s doing.” Full Story Back to Top
07-29-10 SCAT's Bud Shasteen Encouraged by Petition ( Proposition 101 was filed at 10:00 a.m. July 29, at the Seattle City Clerk's Office by SCAT, or "Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel." It takes five days to process. Then Seattle citizens will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want the Deep-Bore tunnel built. ..."I'm very good at vote-collecting, and very encouraged by this petition," said SCAT's Bud Shasteen from West Seattle. "The initiative looks good. According to our attorney, our petition is saying Seattle is not allowed to grant right of ways against the will of the voters." Full Story Back to Top
07-29-10 TJ Chasteen Succeeds in Herod and Salome Play (Kansas City Star) This year Hatley brings to the Fringe his version of the tale of King Herod, who is so besotted by his niece/step-daughter Salome's erotic dance that he agrees to make her a gift of John the Baptist's head on a silver platter...the most successful sections of the play are dominated by three supporting performances. Allan Boardman plays the philosophically detached Chef with an amusing resignation, often turning to his pocket flask for solace. And Todd Carlton Lanker and TJ Chasteen, each cast in dual roles, deliver inspired comic performances. They first appear as a Waiter and Caterer assisting the Chef in his banquet preparations, and work themselves into a frenzy for their never-to-be-consummated lust for Salome. Later they appear as a Poet (Chasteen) and a Scientist (Lanker), who vie for the affections of Salome, who prompts them to a duel to win her affections. The "duel," executed clumsily by non-warriors, becomes a running gag in the show. Lanker and Chasteen emerge from the wings at odd moments, still fighting, and they the last people on stage at the final curtain. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-10 Donald Chesteen Runs Unopposed in Alabama Election (Dothan Eagle) Former Slocomb Mayor Vickie Moore will no longer seek the District 87 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Moore, a Democrat, announced her decision Wednesday, leaving the door open for Republican Donald Chesteen to run unopposed in the November election. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-10 Jennifer Chastain Promoted to Director, Field Sales and Marketing at NBC Universal (Multichannel News) NBC Universal announced a series of promotions in its TV Networks & Digital Distribution unit, headed by the elevation of Jeff Fleeher to senior vice president and CFO. On the TV Networks Distribution front, both Jennifer Chastain and Wendy Gross have been upped to director, field sales and marketing...As director, field sales and marketing, Chastain will continue to manage her current responsibilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C., while adding Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia to her territory. Since joining the field team in November 2007 with NBCU's acquisition of Oxygen, she renewed several direct deals with NCTC members, and signed-up over 35 new Olympic Games affiliates. Chastain, whose affiliate accounts include Time Warner Cable/Carolinas and Cox/Virigina, will continue to report to Heather McCallion, vice president, field sales. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-10 Jackson County Not Interested in Clay Chastain Plan (KMBC Kansas City) Jackson County has no plans to get on board with light-rail activist Clay Chastain's mass-transit plan, KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported. The "county proposal has nothing to do with Mr. Chastain's effort," said Calvin Wiliford, of Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders' office. Sanders is proposing a regional commuter-rail system. Full Story Back to Top
07-28-10 Take a Hike to Chasteen Creek Falls (Waynesville Smoky Mountain News) Where the Waters Sing. Pack a snack or lunch and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Sundays at 11:30 a.m. at Smokemont Campground three miles past the N.C. entrance to the park on U.S. 441. Meet at Bradley Fork trailhead on the D-loop. Full Story Back to Top
07-21-10 Fourteen Year Old Farmer Chase Chastain Sells Produce (Anniston Star) Chase Chastain, who will turn 15 on Aug. 4, is selling his produce at the market for the second year in a row. He offers fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, white cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and a variety of peppers. He’s accompanied by his family: his mother, Tamara; his father, Charlie; and his sister, Lindsey. Although selling Chase’s produce is a family affair, it’s Chase who puts in the labor. He farms two of the three acres that his family lives on in Anniston. Full Story Back to Top
07-21-10 Attorney Rob Chastain Does not Want His Lying Client on Witness Stand (KTVB) A judge has granted the state's motion to compel the testimony of Melissa Jenkins in her former boyfriend Daniel Ehrlick's trial. She would be granted immunity for that testimony, meaning it could not be used against her in her trial...Jenkins' attorney Rob Chastain did not want his client to testify because he says she is a chronic liar, and he argued that could get her in trouble on the witness stand. Full Story Back to Top
07-20-10 Collegedale, Tennessee to Annex Chastain Property (The Chattanoogan) A large, 350-acre parcel of land owned by the Chastain family is up for annexation and was sent to the planning commission, along with four smaller parcels as part of Resolutions #351-355. “We aren’t too happy about paying city taxes on a bunch of farm land,” said property owner Don Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
07-14-10 Jeffry L. Chastang Play Blood Divided Premiers (Montgomery Advertiser) The world premieres of two Montgomery based stories “The Flagmaker of Market Street” by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (Feb. 4-March 19) and “Blood Divided” by Jeffry L. Chastang (Feb. 20-March 20) will be part of the State of Alabama’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War...In “Blood Divided,” friends, relatives and community clash as prominent Montgomerians Dr. William Baldwin and William Lowndes Yancey take opposite sides of impending secession and battle for the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens as well as the people they love. Both Civil War plays are made possible by the Alabama Department of Tourism. Full Story Back to Top
07-08-10 Political Staffer Caroline J. Chastain Dies (Washington Post) Caroline J. Chastain, 68, who worked as an administrative assistant in Washington from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s, died June 20 in a hospice care center in Evansville, Ind., of complications from cancer. Ms. Chastain worked for Rep. Wilbur Mills (D-Ark.) in his home-district office. She moved to Washington to work for him at the Capitol. After raising her family in the 1970s, she went back to work in the 1980s as a member of the administrative staff of the National Council of Catholic Bishops. In the 1990s, Ms. Chastain worked as an administrative assistant for Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Harris Wofford (D-Pa.) before joining the staff at the Center for Policy Alternatives, from which she retired in 1998. She moved to Evansville in 2007. Full Story Back to Top
07-08-10 Gulf Oil Spill Waste Deposited at Chastang Landfill (WALA-TV FOX10) A lot of people are asking what happens to all the oil once it's been collected from the beaches and skimmed off the water. The answer: solid waste landfills. Waste Management has been contracted to handle oily waste. That includes oil in the form of tar balls, and any garbage that has come in contact with oil. Oily waste picked up on Dauphin Island is taken to the Chastang Landfill, located in Mt. Vernon. Full Story Back to Top
07-06-10 Dr. Nancy Shasteen Buys a Home in Southwest Seattle (Blockshopper) Dr. Nancy Shasteen and Henry M. Brashen bought a three-bedroom, two-bath at 2104 41st Ave. S.W. in Southwest Seattle from Francine L. Rennert for $944,000 on June 22. Rennert paid $835,000 for the property in May 2004. The 3,410-square-foot home in Walnut Terrace was built in 2001. Dr. Shasteen is a rheumatology specialist at The Polyclinic in Seattle. She is president of the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition, vice president of the Washington Rheumatology Alliance and head of rheumatology at the Swedish Medical Center First Hill campus. She also serves on the regional northwest board of Osteoporosis Consultants. She received her M.D. from the University of Washington and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington and the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center. Full Story Back to Top
07-04-10 World War II Veteran James Chastain Still a Patriot at 91 (StandardNet) World War II veteran James Chastain rang the bells at noon on Independence Day at the Hill Aerospace Museum chapel and the sound echoed across the world. Chastain chimed 13 times in honor of the original states that the signers of the Declaration of Independence represented...Chastain enlisted before World War II and served "28 years, 10 months and seven days" in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force before deciding he didn't want to make a career out of it, he jokes. Now, he is a tour guide and calls himself the "chapel ding-a-ling." He has been proudly ringing the bells for the national bell-ringing ceremony for the last eight years. "I certainly enjoy it," he said. "I learned patriotism at an early age and at 91, it hasn't disappeared. I still feel good about it. My feeling is for those people who are not here who I knew, that got lost in Bataan, I've got a plaque there (at the museum chapel) for my high school buddy who went to West Point. He was leading a flight of three on a navigational mission. One of them went into a thunderhead, he went after him. The kid came out but Bill didn't. He was 25 years old at that time." Chastain himself just missed being sent to Bataan in the Philippines, where thousands of U.S. and Filipino prisoners died or were mistreated. Full Story Back to Top
07-03-10 Katie Chastain Adds Vocals to Son Lux Performance (Huffington Post) Understandably named 2008's Best New Artist by WNYC's "All Things Considered", Son Lux is formed by new Brooklyn resident Ryan Lott and his ten-piece electro-acoustic band who are currently promoting their EP album Weapons. Lott's highly resonant vocals are backed by an avant-garde blend of hip-hop bass beats, orchestral strings, and electronica riffs. Son Lux joined forces with the talented members of Lottdance who hypnotically whirled across the stage in perfect time. Katie Chastain added her ethereal voice to "Tell" and then back-up vocals for the remainder of the set. Full Story Back to Top
06-27-10 Tim Chastain and Eight Days After Perform in July 4th Celebration (Cleveland Daily Banner) Mount Olive Ministries is inviting everyone to Tri-State Exhibition Center on July 4 for the 13th annual Freedom Celebration they are presenting at no admission cost for the public. According to coordinator Zandra Whaley, the event synchronized to inspirational music will be Cleveland’s biggest fireworks show to date...The talented Eight Days After group adopted their name from Scripture — Luke 9:28 and John 20. They possess a Christian country and southern rock style sound...Eight Days After was named Band of the Year 2008 by the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association and received recognition for 2008 Song of the Year...they were named 2009 Band of the Year by the North American Country Music Association International...Tim Chastain is the lead singer and guitarist, Josh Bearden is bass guitarist for the group and Jody Mitchell is the group’s drummer. Full Story Back to Top
06-27-10 Traffic Fatality Rick Chasteen was Father of Highway Patrol Trooper (Anderson Independent Mail) The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision with a motorcycle on Thursday has been ticketed...cited with failure to yield in connection with a collision...that killed Fred Richard “Rick” Chasteen, 53. Chasteen lived in Anderson. Anderson County deputies handled the investigation instead of the South Carolina Highway Patrol because Chasteen was the father of South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Shannon Chasteen of Abbeville. Full Story Back to Top
06-26-10 Drew Chastain's Short Film Pals to Play in New York International Film Festival (Chastain Central Announcement) Drew Chastain's experimental short film Pals plays in the New York International Film Festival, July 28, 10pm. Billy is intent on one goal, to get his childhood friend Chester to kill himself. Full Story Back to Top
06-22-10 Sallie Chastain Wins Marbury Award (Daily Home Online) Congratulations are in order for...Talladega County educators for winning state awards last week. Sallie Chastain won the Marbury Award as statewide recognition for leadership in educational technology. She works for the county system as coordinator for community education and electronic curriculum. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-10 George Chastain Designs Guardians of Graxia (Game Daily) Big Download got a chance to chat with George Chastain, the designer of the game, as he talks about the ideas behind Guardians of Graxia, their plans for post-release content, and if we might see their XBLA title Panzer General: Allied Assault come to the PC. First how did the idea for Guardians of Graxia come about? We had just finished a World War II game called Panzer General: Allied Assault for the Xbox Live Arcade platform, and we were very excited about the base game mechanics. Several developers wanted to do a fantasy strategy game, and so we decided to merge our existing ideas and put them on the PC in a fantasy environment. Our experience with Panzer General: Allied Assault provided us with a bunch of ideas on how to improve the gameplay mechanics in a way that the fantasy genre allowed, that a realistic setting like WWII just wouldn't work for. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-10 Clay Chastain Opposes Sanders Light-Rail Plan (Kansas City Star) Jackson County’s top elected official has in recent months taken the throttle of a plan that has emerged as perhaps the area’s best chance of building a rail-transit system. Sanders next week will visit Washington, D.C., to push elected officials and bureaucrats for transit money, and he will have the endorsements of several governments and groups...But Chastain has a new proposal, scaled back a bit from his 2006 plan, that he hopes will be put before voters in November. He does not favor Sanders’ routes or use of diesel-powered trains, nor does he favor vetting a plan through the bureaucratic filter of transit planners. “I don’t want to wait 10 years for the big bureaucracy to tell us what we need,” Chastain said. “We need to handle it at the local level.” Full Story Back to Top
06-14-10 Bud Shasteen Opposes Proposed Seattle Tunnel ( Is the project, which would cost the city, county, state, port, and of course, taxpayers, between $1.9 billion and $8 billion-plus, a fait accompli? "No!" shouts West Seattle resident Bud Shasteen from the rooftops. He is with and "Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel," or "SCAT."..."Our slogan is, 'The tunnel is not a done deal,'" said Shasteen, a UW graduate and general contractor for 35 years in Hawaii. "I moved back because of the grandkids." His granddaughter Alexandra Abeyta was the 2002-2003 Hi-Yu Queen...."The hole under the city will be 56 feet wide, not 14 like Brightwater, and will go under some of the biggest buildings downtown," Shasteen said. "Of the 157 buildings the tunnel will be near, there will be 37 buildings in danger." Full Story Back to Top
06-14-10 Coach Erin Chastain Offered Five More Years at DePaul (DePaul Blue Demons) Erin Chastain came to DePaul three years ago with a belief that she could build the women's soccer program into an NCAA and BIG EAST Conference power. That belief began to manifest itself last fall when the Blue Demons advanced to the BIG EAST Championship tournament for the first time and had their best season since 2003. Demonstrating its belief in Chastain, DePaul has extended her contract through the 2014-15 academic year..."I'm really excited for the opportunity to extend my contract for five more years," Chastain said. "I love working at DePaul. It's very rewarding to receive a commitment to continue leading our program in the right direction."...Before her move to Lincoln Park, Chastain was an assistant coach for five years at Santa Clara. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-10 Marketing and Communications Manager Amy Chastain Opens New Goodwill Store (Macon Telegraph) The new store’s donation drive-through is expected to generate 20,000 donations each year — or 800,000 pounds of material goods — which will be resold, reused or recycled. Revenue will help fund Goodwill’s job training and placement programs. “All the donations that come through here will be stocking this store,” Amy Chastain, Goodwill marketing and communications manager...“Anyone who hasn’t shopped at a Goodwill store will be pleasantly surprised,” said Chastain. “We don’t put anything on the floor that isn’t ready to wear.”...For every dollar in revenue generated from resales in Goodwill stores, about 84 cents is used to underwrite job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service area, officials said. The more than 5,000 people placed in competitive employment during the past five years have created more than $100 million in new payroll purchasing power, Chastain said. “In the last year alone,” Stiff noted, “we helped over 1,500 people that were unemployed get competitive employment.”...“That’s one of the things we’re shooting for, to help more of the people to understand the mission of Goodwill,” Chastain said. “We want people to know why they’re donating, what kind of impact they’re having in the community. Full Story Back to Top
06-07-10 Tony Shasteen Provides Art for Eriq La Salle Comic (Comic Book Resources) Eriq La Salle [is] heading to prison - figuratively speaking, of course - with his new miniseries from 12 Gauge Comics, "25 to Life." The three-issue series will explore the idea of an experimental FBI division that partners elite agents with 25-to-life sentenced criminals...the title features art by Tony Shasteen and heads to comic shops in September. Full Story Back to Top
06-07-10 Jonathon Shasteen Delivers Salutatorian Address (The Paper Magazine) Approximately 745 students will participate...The graduation ceremony will include speeches by Devin Salazar, valedictorian, and Jonathon Shasteen, salutatorian...Shasteen is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He has participated in UIL Academic Team and served as the drum leader for the Spring High band. His community and volunteer efforts include serving as a church acolyte and server, music session teacher and private lesson teacher. Shasteen plans to attend the University of Texas, Dallas and eventually become either an engineer or a psychologist. Full Story Back to Top
06-05-10 Marlene Chastain Tells of Church's 175 Year History (Journal and Courier) Liberty Chapel Church, about four miles northwest of Crawfordsville...will celebrate its 175th anniversary June 13...Marlene Chastain, 77, said the congregation has been "like a big family." She has been a member of Liberty Chapel since she was 12. She also helps keep the history of the church...Liberty Christian Church, the original name, organized on April 25, 1835. Chastain said that for the first five years, the founders met in a log barn. Then the first church building was erected on what is now the cemetery and was used until 1880. Liberty Christian and Robert's Chapel joined forces in 1947 and became Liberty Chapel Methodist Church...Twenty years later, Liberty Chapel withdrew from the Methodist conference and become a nondenominational church. Full Story Back to Top
06-05-10 Diana Ross Dazzles Chastain with Her Wardrobe Changes (Access Atlanta) The legendary Ross proved she is indeed still the boss, going through more than 25 songs and six wardrobe changes to a full (and very satisfied) house at Chastain Park. Some concerts can be described by sets, with Ross, the night is marked by the wardrobe changes. Full Story Back to Top
06-05-10 Diana Ross Performs at Packed Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)) One of the most successful and iconic female singers of all time, Diana Ross wowed a near sellout crowd Friday night at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Ross has sold more than 100 million records. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-10 Donald Chesteen Wins Tight Republican Primary (Dothan Eagle) Republican Candidate Lamar Brooks has conceded in the House District 87 race, allowing Donald Chesteen to go into November as the Republican party’s candidate, according to officials. The Alabama Republican Party issued a statement on Friday that said Brooks felt it was in the best interest of the party to avoid a potentially divisive runoff with Chesteen...The Republican Party had said Chesteen carried less than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, which would have required a runoff. The probate judges’ offices said Chesteen had 53 percent, which would not have required a runoff. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-10 Ed Chastain Helps Others Start Donut Businesses ( According to donut-making vet Ed Chastain, the sweet treats are worth celebrating. Chastain – who’s helped dozens of folks open donut shops – says the donut business is recession-proof because it requires little cash to break into but yields major profit. He says the complete set-up to get started, including a donut- making machine, costs about $2,500. Ingredients are dirt cheap, since one donut from prep to icing only costs 12 cents to produce...Chastain assures that making donuts is easy after learning the basics and offers instructional DVDs on Full Story Back to Top
06-01-10 Jessica Chastain's The Debt Scheduled for American Release (Stitch Kingdom (blog)) We have learned from Walt Disney Studios that Miramax’s remake of the Israeli thriller The Debt has been slated for an October 1, 2010 release. In The Debt (rated R by the MPAA for some violence and language), Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) is one of three Israeli Mossad agents who were sent on a secret mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1960’s East Berlin. Now, decades later, she must go back undercover and risk everything once again. The film was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love and Proof) and also stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington. Full Story Back to Top
06-01-10 World War II Veteran W.P. Chastain Remembers (Anniston Star) One of the nation’s few remaining World War II veterans, W.P Chastain still remembers the sacrifices made nearly 70 years ago. He sat near the back of Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston Monday for the Memorial Day ceremony holding a sign proclaiming his priorities — “I am first a Christian, second a Patriot. Call me any name you want but Democrat.” “I was in the Air Corps,” Chastain said. “See the wings on my cap? I was a radio operator on a crew carrier, and we dropped paratroopers on D-day.” Chastain was lucky during his service. His plane was shot down and crash-landed in Belgium in an airfield the British had taken over just the day before. Some of his friends weren’t as fortunate. “I’ve got three close friends that were in the Air Corps also, and two of them are gold names,” Chastain said, pointing to the walls that bear the names of his deceased comrades from Calhoun County in gold lettering. “They lost their lives in the war.” He was at the ceremony to honor them and all those men and women who died in service before and after his friends. Full Story Back to Top
06-01-10 David T. Chastain Releases New Leather Music Collection ( Leviathan Records has just released "The Reign of Leather", a collection of CHASTAIN tracks the legendary vocalist Leather had a hand in writing during her glory days with the band. Commented the label: "As hard as it is to believe, Leather last appeared on a new CHASTAIN recording 20 years ago and has not recorded any new music since that time. Despite that fact, her reputation lives on...Leviathan Records has also reissued two of the classic CHASTAIN CDs with Leather: "The 7th of Never" and "The Voice of the Cult". Both were digitally remastered and are in their original unedited versions. Full Story Back to Top
05-31-10 Clay Chastain Comments on Light Rail Conflict (Kansas City Star) On election night, Nov. 7, 2006, we had everything before us. On Nov. 8, 2007, the day Mayor Funkhouser and the City Council overturned the stated will of 73,998 voters and the light-rail plan they said they wanted for their city, we had nothing before us. Now it is 2010 and a new light-rail petition drive, like a tropical disturbance trying to gather strength, rises to try to save a fading city one last time. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-10 New Bike Trail May Go Through Chastain Farms (KFSM) The city of Rogers wants to expand one of their bike trails but both plans they have put forth have received negative reaction from the community...The city has permission from the Elks Lodge and other nearby property owners to build the trail, but they still want to take the local residents into account. "Punching a trail through a residential neighborhood with the neighbors opposed is not something we're going to do if there is any other option," said Stocker. One of the other options was to build the trail on the opposite side of the Elks Lodge, but that would require going right through the middle of Chastain Farms, which is home to more than 100 cows. "Who is going to fence it, take care of it, and pay the hospital bill when the mama cow chases someone and hurts them, that just doesn't work, people and cattle just won't work," said owner Steve Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
05-26-10 Chastain’s Casual Cafe Closes (Sand Springs Leader) Friday, May 21, her last day open for business, was a sad day and a happy day for Laurie Joslin, owner of Chastain’s Casual Cafe and Catering. After more than 13 years of serving meals in downtown Sand Springs and providing meeting rooms for civic organizations, the restaurant side of the business closed last week. But the catering operation will continue for awhile. Full Story Back to Top
05-26-10 Juan Chastang Law May Be Used for the First Time ( According to a recent article...Mobile County plans to hold a special election to fill a vacancy on the Mobile County Commission...But, is a special election to fill that vacancy constitutional?...State law it seems provides the vacancy be filled by a special election held 60 to 90 days after the presumed removal and or resignation of Commissioner Nodine. The law cited in the article is Act 2006-342 and it was signed by Gov. Riley in April of 2006. The new law was born out of the legal wrangling that ensued over Riley’s appointment in 2005 of Juan Chastang to the Mobile County Commission. The appointment was illegal in the minds of least three members of Mobile County’s legislative delegation, Yvonne Kennedy, James Buskey and William Clark. The three legislators filed suit, the ultimate aim of which was to invalidate Chastang’s appointment and force a special election. Full Story Back to Top
05-25-10 Jessica Chastain Photo from Tree of Life (Awards Daily (blog)) The Playlist posted this pic of Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, and was then reposted over at Hollywood-Elsewhere...The image shows Chastain with a crew member inside a ’50s Texas home. We presume this is the family home she shares with her husband, played by Brad Pitt, and their son, in what is being described as a drama that ferries between a father in the 1950s (Pitt) and his son Jack (Sean Penn), now grown up decades later. Full Story Back to Top
05-24-10 Georgia Constitution Party Supports Libertarian David Chastain for Secretary of State (Independent Political Report) Delegates to the state convention for The Constitution Party of Georgia unanimously passed a motion recommending that its members and supporters strongly consider supporting Libertarian David Chastain for the Office of Secretary of State in the 2010 Georgia elections. Party chairman Ricardo Davis explained the reason for the recommendation: “David is the only candidate in the race who has worked for verifiable voting in Georgia, for removal of petitioning requirements that keep third party candidates off the ballot and for preserving Constitutional rights of the people during elections investigations...His efforts to date have also been on a volunteer basis at no cost to Georgia taxpayers.” Full Story Back to Top
05-20-10 Attorney Autumn Chastain Participates in Mock Trials (Memphis Daily News) When attorney Autumn Chastain helped coordinate the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament at Rhodes College last month, it was a moment of realization, knowing she had come full circle. It was at Rhodes as a political science and Spanish major in the late 1990s that Chastain first discovered her passion for law while participating in mock trials...After graduating from Rhodes in 1998, Chastain went on to receive her juris doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2001. Full Story Back to Top
05-14-10 Jeffry L. Chastang Writes Civil War Play (Montgomery Advertiser) The Alabama Shakespeare Festival isn't just staging plays. The state's most prestigious theater is staging a war -- The Civil War...The new plays -- "Flagmaker of Market Street" by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and "Blood Divided" by Jeffry L. Chastang -- will be read Saturday during ASF's Southern Writers' Project Festival of New Plays...Chastang's play, still going by the working title "Blood Divided," is the story of 15-year-old Willie Baldwin, who is enchanted by ardent secessionist William Lowndes Yancey and disgusted by his father's more moderate views...He said news that he was doing a play about the Civil War surprised a lot of his family and friends, but he said that he has learned so much about that period of American history. "The thing about the Civil War and that whole era, a lot of people think it was cut and dry -- black vs. white. But it is much more complex," he said. Full Story Back to Top
05-14-10 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Introduces Audio and Visual Taser (WHNS Greenville) Deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office are using new Tasers which are equipped with a video camera. The camera on the X-26 Taser records both video and audio…"When the Taser is activated, the camera will begin filming and audio is taking place," Chastain said...Chastain said the new Taser can be used as evidence. "The camera basically takes all the guess work out of what happened. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-10 Carla Chastain Joins Southwest Georgia Farm Credit as Credit Risk Analyst ( Richard Horn, Chief Financial Officer at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, announced last week that Carla Chastain has joined the agricultural lending institution as a Credit Risk Analyst. Ms. Chastain, a Bainbridge native, is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Athens, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in finance. Ms. Chastain is a graduate of Leadership Decatur County and has served the Bainbridge Kiwanis Club, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society. Full Story Back to Top
05-12-10 Judge Robert W. Chasteen will Hear Georgia Supreme Court Case (WALB-TV) Superior Court Judge Robert W. Chasteen, Jr. of the Cordele Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Chief Justice Carol Hunstein to hear the appeal in Judicial Council of Georgia, et al. v. Brown & Gallo (S10G0359)… In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Chasteen will participate in the Court's decision. The case involves a dispute over whether a lawsuit should have been dismissed based on the independence of the judicial branch of government. Judge Chasteen, 66, was elected as a Superior Court Judge in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He served as a Municipal Court Judge in Ben Hill County from 2000-2004. From 1969-2004, he was a partner in Mills & Chasteen, P.C., a law firm located in his hometown of Fitzgerald, GA. Judge Chasteen served as county attorney for Ben Hill County for 35 years, and he served as President of the State Bar of Georgia from 1995-1996. Judge Chasteen earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Georgia in 1966 and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1969 where he was the research and projects editor for the University of Georgia Law Review. He remains involved in a number of educational, business, civic, church, and State Bar of Georgia activities. He and his wife, the former Margaret Mills of Fitzgerald, have two children and three grandchildren. Full Story Back to Top
05-10-10 Clay Chastain Collects A Thousand Petition Signatures (Kansas City Star) Rail advocate Clay Chastain said this morning that he had about a quarter of the signatures needed to put another light rail proposal on the Kansas City ballot this fall. Chastain said he collected about 1,000 signatures between last Wednesday and Sunday night. He said he needs 4,237 signatures to get the $2.4 billion plan on the ballot… Chastain said distributed seven petition packets to individuals. He said he’s counting on each of them to collect 200 signatures, which he hopes will get him more than half way to getting the issue on the ballot. Meanwhile, Chastain said he has suspended another petition drive intended to stop the city from overturning ballot initiatives approved by the voters. Full Story Back to Top
05-05-10 Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Bernard Chastain Emphasizes Party Fishing is Illegal (Homer News) Alaska Wildlife Troopers don't mind if you party or fish. Just don't combine the two...In a July 2009 undercover operation, troopers found that Glosser allowed three clients to pool their halibut catches until they had the maximum amount allowed. The maximum is supposed to be two halibut per person, not a collective total. The practice, known as party fishing, allows charter clients to go after bigger fish. Wildlife trooper Sgt. Bernard Chastain said people in the fishing business must remember that deceptive fishing practices will not be tolerated. "Guides should be aware that we conduct undercover operations throughout the season, and they should act accordingly," Chastain said. "A lot of guides do this because they want to make their clients happy, but party fishing is not legal in Alaska." Full Story Back to Top
05-05-10 Museum Education Coordinator Ellen Chastain Presents Kid’s Art Event (The Ledger) The tent, in the parking lot of the Polk Museum of Art, is free and open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday … "We hope kids will have fun creating and exploring the different art media that they can find at home," said Polk Museum Education Coordinator Ellen Chastain. Families also can participate in a free, Saturday-only craft workshop at the Polk Museum of Art. Kids will create paper tube dolls wearing kimonos, an activity that coincides with two of the museum's current Japanese exhibits. "We want to create art that is accessible for all," said Chastain, "and encourage the kids and their families to visit the museum to view the 'Japanese Textiles' and 'Prints and Functional Ceramics' exhibit." In addition to the workshop, the museum will host a free scavenger hunt in its facility. The hunt will require kids and parents to find certain pieces of art throughout the museum, a fun activity that Chastain said will help families learn about the works of art in the museum. Chastain said she believes the many hands-on activities at Mayfaire will help kids realize that "art is not only cool, but can be functional as well." Full Story Back to Top
04-30-10 President Bob Chastain’s Zoo Raises Funds for Conservation (Colorado Springs Gazette) The orangutan — whose habitat in Borneo and Sumatra is being devastated by the clearing of forests for exotic wood and palm oil plantations — was the top vote-getter in the second year of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation program. But it isn’t the only species to benefit from the program. Year two of Quarters for Conservation raised more than $103,000 for conservation efforts around the world, zoo officials announced Friday morning…“Every time you come to the zoo, you help save wildlife,” said Bob Chastain, zoo president and CEO. Full Story Back to Top
04-30-10 Chastain Middle School Teacher May Appear on Regis and Kelly (WAPT Jackson) A Chastain Middle School sixth-grade teacher could appear next month as a top teacher on “LIVE! With Regis and Kelly.” Ms. Timetta Wilson is one of 10 teachers who were nominated as a top teacher. “Regis and Kelly” fans are asked to go to the show’s website to vote for their favorite teacher. Viewers can vote once a day through Tuesday at 8 p.m. local time. The five teachers who receive the most votes, will appear on the show during LIVE’s Top Teacher week May 17-21. Full Story Back to Top
04-28-10 Meagan Chastain Awarded Scholarship (Greenville News) North Greenville University Women's Auxiliary Board named Meagan Chastain its first recipient of the Barbara McCormick Endowed Scholarship. The Women's Auxiliary Board named the scholarship in honor of their first president and 1957 alumna from York...Chastain graduated from Wren High School and is now majoring in early childhood education at North Greenville. She is the daughter of Mark and Nikki Chastain of Anderson. Full Story Back to Top
04-20-10 Major General Richard Chastain Organizes Military Education Event ( The junior and seniors took a visit to Ropkey Armor Museum to get a first-hand look at American military life. The event was part of the "Unique Learning Adventures with the School Board and Local Business Leaders" program...Hole said. "The event was really put together by retired Maj. Gen. Dick Chastain. He was the one who got the speakers and pulled everything together."...In addition we have some former North Montgomery students talking to our students about their experiences in the military." One of those former students was Col. Cindy Chastain who has most recently been in Afghanistan. Chastain, the daughter of Gen. Chastain, is a 1975 North Montgomery graduate and will be retiring from the military next month after 31 years of service. Full Story Back to Top
04-16-10 Chef J Chastain Wins Competition (D Magazine) The Rising Stars Chefs’ Dinner will celebrate its 13th anniversary at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Although entrees traditionally dominate the competition, this year’s event features an award-winning dessert, only the second to be awarded the honor in the event’s history. This year’s winning chefs come from four of the area’s finest restaurants – Bijoux, Central 214, Grace (Fort Worth), and The Second Floor Bistro. On April 5, 16 chefs faced off in the annual Rising Stars Chefs’ Contest, each preparing an original culinary specialty to match featured wines. The event, held at the Milestone Culinary Arts Center and Viking Cooking School, awarded first and second place awards in both red and white wine categories...For this year’s dinner, first-place white wine winner J Chastain, Executive Chef, The Second Floor Bistro, will prepare Seared Scallops with Baby Bok Choy, Peanuts, and Apple Mustard Cream. Full Story Back to Top
04-12-10 Sheriff Ricky Chastain and Administrator Lead in Community Re-entry Seminar (Greenwood Today) The seminar, Freedom at the Wall: The Power of Choice, will be delivered April 22 and 23 for the inmates in the R. Eugene Johnson Detention Center at 154 Templeton Road, Laurens, SC 29360. The women will be participating all day Thursday. The men will participate on Friday. Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain and Jail Administrator Major Chris Hudson are working to provide effective intervention that can reduce recidivism and promote successful community reentry. Full Story Back to Top
04-11-10 Raymond's Coverage of Jim Chastain Wins Annual Carl Rogan Award ( Raymond won two first place awards for his feature writing. The first award-winning series was "Life is Real," in which Raymond reported the ongoing struggles of a man suffering from terminal cancer. The subject of the stories, Norman author Jim Chastain, died in December...The awards, sponsored by The Associated Press and Oklahoma News Executives, included entries during the 2009 calendar year. Full Story Back to Top
04-10-10 Pierre Chestang Keynotes Ministry Celebration (News Chief) LifeChoice Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly Community Pregnancy Center) of Winter Haven will celebrate its 21st anniversary of ministry with a banquet at St. Matthew Catholic Church, at 1991 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven. The celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 27. The keynote speaker will be Pierre Chestang, station manager of Moody Radio Florida at Moody Bible Institute Tampa. Full Story Back to Top
04-08-10 Director Dan Ireland Comments on Jessica Chastain in Jolene (The SunBreak) Jessica [Chastain] got the lead in Terrence Malick's film Tree of Life, based on her work in Jolene. She also got the lead in John Madden's film The Debt with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington because of her performance in this film. She won Best Actress at SIFF, and deservedly so...the one thing I've learned from my first film was when the actor shows you something about the character that you didn't know, that's the person to go with. He did; Renee did; Emmy Rossum did; and Jessica Chastain, my lead in Jolene, did. Full Story Back to Top
04-08-10 Jared Chastain Plays Jesus and Stephen Hawking in 9/11 Play (Moscow-Pullman Daily News) The play, by Deborah Z. Laufer, centers around a family stunned by the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks to the point it seems the family will fall apart. The evangelical mother expects the rapture (on Wednesday), and spends her time in the kitchen talking to Jesus; the father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since 9/11; the 16-year-old daughter tries to distance herself from her parents by "going goth;" and her new classmate (and neighbor) shows up at the door in an Elvis costume...Jared Chastain as Jesus and Stephen Hawking. Full Story Back to Top
04-08-10 Two Production Photos Released for Coriolanus (with photos) ( Icon Entertainment describes the contemporary version of William Shakespeare's drama: The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus and Aufidius march on Rome intending to destroy the city. Volumnia appeals to her son. He tries to reject her but eventually breaks. Full Story Back to Top
04-08-10 Matt Chastain Plays Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music (Advertiser-News) Vernon High School’s production of “The Sound of Music” is just two weeks from opening curtain. The show begins on Thursday, April 22, with the Chelsea Marinaro playing the role of Maria Rainer made famous in film by Julie Andrews. Vernon’s Matt Chastain plays Captain Von Trapp, portrayed in the 1965 film by Christopher Plummer. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-10 Chastain Theatre Hosts Nine-Time Grammy Winner (News and Record) The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre has hosted Grammy winners before – but not someone with nine Grammys to his credit, a Jazz Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a National Medal of the Arts. Paquito D’Rivera and his six-piece band perform Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-10 Inventor Mark Chastain Scammed by Product Development Company (AZFamily) Mark Chastain thought his invention would appeal to fisherman worldwide. It’s a tackle box with a flashlight and a pop-up lantern built-in allowing you to see in the dark. “It was called the Night Buddy Tackle Box and I made one 10 years ago,” he said. To help transform his idea into a reality, he turned to Advent Product Development, a South Carolina company with offices right here in the Valley. For $11,420, Chastain says Advent told him the company would patent and market his product, and that basically, all he had to do was wait for the money to start rolling in. “He said I was going to make roughly around $12 million,” Chastain recalled. But he says more than two years later, all he has to show for his so-called investment is a thick stack of paperwork. Full Story Back to Top
03-31-10 Libertarian Candidate David Chastain Answers Questions at Tea Party (Dade County Sentinel) Secretary of State Candidate David Chastain, a Libertarian who was born in Atlanta, raised in Cobb County and has three children was the only other candidate to speak at the meeting. Chastain also answered several questions from those attending the meeting... Question: “…Libertarians believe in the legalization of drugs. Can you expand on that and your feelings?” Answer: “Do I have a problem with that? No. Do you own your own body? Do I own my body? Do I have the right to tell you what to do with your body? Do you have the right to choose the course of medical action if you have prostate cancer? Will you let me own mine?” Chastain further explained that he believes prohibiting drugs not only makes the amount of drug abuse worse, but takes away money and time from officers who could be dealing with real criminals. “Your business is your business. If you make a drug illegal over here, they will just make a new derivative over there, because the market will always find something else to do. We are safer with just the use of the coca leaf and marijuana.” Question: “Do you hold that same view as to the life of an unborn child?” Answer: “I have a 16 year old daughter and I believe her pastor, family and physician know what’s best for her, not the government or anyone else.” Full Story Back to Top
03-26-10 Donald E. Shasteen Selected for Stanford Who's Who ( Donald E. Shasteen has been accepted among the ranks of premier professionals with Stanford Who's Who...As President of Shasteen Associates, as well as throughout his brilliant career, Donald has consistently displayed the dedication and diligence necessary to be successful. Donald has exceptional expertise in the area of business management...Throughout his brilliant professional career, he has...served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veteran's Employment and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veteran's Employment and Training. Mr. Shasteen has also served as Deputy Under Secretary for Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations, Co-Director of Senate transition assistance for the Republican Conference of the U.S. Senate, administrative assistant and executive assistant to Senator Gordon J. Humphrey of New Hampshire and administrative assistant to Senator Carl T. Curtis of Nebraska. In addition, Donald was a candidate for United States Senator in Nebraska in 1978...Donald earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado. Full Story Back to Top
03-23-10 Sheffield Chastain Understudies a Host of Hitchcock Characters (Diamondback Online) There are more than 150 characters in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, and Sheffield Chastain can play almost all of them. For all its characters, the play, which takes up residency at Warner Theatre in Washington from March 23 to 28, features a mere four actors. Chastain is the show’s primary male understudy; as a result, he’s always ready to play either the lead male or myriad other parts in the show at a moment’s notice. And with all these characters comes a host of necessary accents and dialects, which, according to Chastain, include Scottish, British (with regional dialects such as Cockney), German and Russian. And that’s just for the male roles. Full Story Back to Top
03-23-10 Jessica Chastain Stars in The Fields (Cinema Blend) Provided Terrence Malick's Tree of Life ever does actually get released, it may very well make a star of Jessica Chastain, who stars in the top-secret film as Brad Pitt's character's wife...probably. No one really knows what the movie is about, but that's our best guess. As Tree of Life constantly lingers in Malick's editing room, though, Chastain has a back-up plan...Chastain will join Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Fields...Chastain's character is Worthington's ex-wife...she's a homicide detective working separately from him but with the same goal to track down two killers. The whole thing is set in an area of coastal Texas dominated by oil refineries. Full Story Back to Top
03-22-10 Dennis Chastain Military Carving Takes $1000 at Scholarship Auction (Peninsula Daily) The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction burst past last year's total of $61,000 by almost $8,000 more...A special military memorial went for about $1,000 from local chain-saw carver Dennis Chastain. He was inspired to carve the memorial, which depicts military boots and an M-16 rifle with a hat on top, when he had a visit from several of his military friends from the 1960s, Leppell said. "They started talking about the old times and the buddies they lost, and he wanted to carve something in their memory," he said. Full Story Back to Top
03-22-10 Veterinary Medical Association President Larry Chasteen on Bite-prone Dogs ( Larry Chasteen, president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, said as far as breeds go there are some that very rarely bite, like beagles and golden retrievers. The breed that he's seen more bites with are Chihuahuas, he said. Bigger dogs usually draw more attention because "when they bite they cause so much more damage," Chasteen said...Some dogs are sheltered by their owners and don't know how to interact with other people, Chasteen said. The dogs get scared and bite, or it's the Alpha dog protecting its pack, he said. "The owners are their pack. He's protecting his pack," Chasteen said. In-breeding also makes dogs much more prone to being aggressive, Chasteen said. When a dog breed becomes popular, more in-breeding occurs when breeders are concerned more about quantity, not quality, in the rush to produce more of that breed, he said. Full Story Back to Top
03-21-10 Jessica Chastain Cast as Female Lead in The Fields (Hollywood Reporter) Jessica Chastain has booked the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in "The Fields," a thriller being directed by Ami Canaan Mann...a homicide detective (Worthington) fights two sets of fierce killers to save the life of a street kid named Little Anne. Chastain plays Worthington's ex-wife, a former rodeo queen who likewise is a homicide detective and also determined to the find the killers, with or without his help...Chastain, repped by Paradigm and Mosaic, just began shooting Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" with Gerard Butler. She had a career breakthrough when Terrence Malick cast her as Brad Pitt's wife in "The Tree of Life," which will be released later this year. Full Story Back to Top
03-18-10 President Heather Chastain Gives Home Decor Tip (Earthtimes) "The trick to revamping your home decor is to focus on accent pieces that can change the overall feel of the room with minimal work and expense," said Heather Chastain, president of Celebrating Home, the nation's largest direct selling home decor company. "Interesting details give the impression of richness and warmth. They are the key to completing your home's theme." Full Story Back to Top
03-15-10 Libertarian Candidate David Chastain Concerned about Voting Machines (Atlanta Progressive News) The first case VoterGA is concerned about was an issue raised by David Chastain, a Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State. Chastain was troubled with the E-voting results in a single-ballot referendum in Cobb County about whether to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). "SPLOST 2005 looked like it would be defeated," Chastain told Atlanta Progressive News. "It won by 114 votes. There were 285 blank votes and those were due to the Diebold voting machines. I sent an email to the voting board and they said well a lot of times people go to the polls but don't really vote, they just want to show they participated. But here we had only one question on the ballot, do you want to levy a sales tax in Cobb County or not?"...Chastian said he asked a technician if there were problems with the auditless E-voting machines in Georgia, and that he was told the machines are subject to factors like humidity which will affect the way they work. Full Story Back to Top
03-12-10 David R. Chastain Honored with David R. Chastain Highway (Anderson Independent Mail) It has been almost six years since the South Carolina Legislature voted to change the name of a stretch of S.C. 77 just outside Williamston to the David R. Chastain Highway. But it turns out that the South Carolina Department of Transportation never actually put up road markers. So while the roughly three-mile stretch of road from S.C. 20 to Beaver Dam Road has been named the David Chastain Highway on paper, drivers would never know that. Williamston finally was the site Friday of a ceremony to give Chastain a road marker of his own. Chastain, 94, said he is proud to have been involved in Williamston...Chastain rolled into the Williamston area just after World War II...State Sen. Billy O'Dell, R-Ware Shoals, praised him Friday as legendary. "He's done an absolutely wonderful job for the community," O'Dell said...[He] helped build or push for basketball and tennis courts, community pools, picnic tables and baseball fields. Chastain also taught school, led FFA efforts in the area and was commander of the National Guard in Anderson County. "He also helped with the Vocation Center...he drew the plans for the school, was the contractor and was the first headmaster." But what earned Chastain a highway named in his honor was his work with elected officials in the state to bring more and better roads to Williamston and the surrounding areas. Chastain remembered that when he came to town, only the main street was paved. Full Story Back to Top
03-10-10 Stolen with Jessica Chastain Begins Playing March 12 (TransWorldNews) Stolen, starring Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Bennett, Rhona Mitra and James Vn Der Beek, opens in theaters Friday, March 12. The drama centers on a detective whose work has become an obsession since the disappearance of his son. His obsession nearly sends him over the edge when he notices similarities between his son's case and the case of a young boy who was brutally murdered 50 years ago. The film, also starring Jessica Chastain and Beth Grant, is rated R for a scene of sexuality. Full Story Back to Top
03-10-10 Coriolanus with Jessica Chastain Begins Shooting (Hollywood Reporter) Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave are to appear together on the big screen in Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut "Coriolanus," fresh from the duo teaming up for the small screen update of "The Day of The Triffids." The pair joins Gerard Butler to star on screen alongside the director in his movie update of the Shakespearean historical tragedy. John Kani, Paul Jesson, James Nesbitt, Ashraf Barhom, Lubna Azabal and Jessica Chastain also feature in the cast. It stars shooting next week in Belgrade, Serbia from a script penned by John Logan, whose credits include "The Aviator." Full Story Back to Top
03-01-10 Chastain Park Series A Lineup Announced (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Chastain's Series A lineup, which goes on sale Sunday at 10 a.m. Classic rock fans will have a bulk of the choices, including Jethro Tull (June 6), Jeff Beck (June 11) the Doobie Brothers and Chicago (July 12), REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar (July 1), Sting (June 28), Styx, Foreigner & Kansas (June 7) and ZZ Top (May 8). Dance lovers can boogie to KC & the Sunshine Band and MC Hammer (June 13). Pop fans will enjoy the numerous hits of Hall & Oates (April 24). Women in their late 20s and 30s will get to sing "I Want It That Way" again with the Backstreet Boys. (June 3). Lovers of standards can take in Harry Connick Jr. (June 19) while flamenco afficionados will dance to the Gipsy Kings (May 1). Full Story Back to Top
02-29-10 Why Clay Chastain No Longer Lives in Kansas City ( Even though most of my family still lives in Kansas City including my Mother, my oldest daughter, my sister, and my best male friend---I no longer make Kansas City my primary residence because my wife refuses to live in Kansas City, Missouri---and she was born at St. Luke's. After three muggings---one at gunpoint---an attempted rape, a stalker, and a variety of other forgettable moments in Kansas City---she says she will never go back and would never think of raising our four year-old daughter in Kansas City or put her in the city's public school system. I love my wife and so that is that. The best I can do is make Kansas City my home away from home which I have done the past 10 years...I remain afire with ambition to help Kansas City because I feel sorry for the city and its people who have been the victims of three decades of poor leadership that now leaves the city---as recently ranked by Forbes Magazine--- as the 13th most "miserable" city in which to live...Kansas City needs a game changing, image changing, evolution changing, job producing urban plan that has meat on it to not only generate re-growth in the central city, but also spawn an economic revival in the down trodden eastside. This historically neglected part of town has tremendous economic potential if we can just provide it a substantial catalyst to rebuild itself around. Specifically, a new green transportation improvement infrastructure project---light rail, and not another meaningless federal bone that will just prolong the suffering in an area of the city that is close to becoming terminal. Full Story Back to Top
02-23-10 Sheffield Chastain Understudies for Hitchcock's 39 Steps (Broadway World) Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS. This 2 time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner railroads its way into the DuPont Theatre for an exclusive area run...SHEFFIELD CHASTAIN (Understudy) credits include Broadway's Is He Dead?, White Christmas, Off-Broadway's A Dangerous Personality (Perry Street Theater) and work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Capital Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Eureka Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theater Center, Sierra Repertory Theater, Shakespeare festivals in Alabama, Nevada, Santa Cruz, Vermont, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe. TV: Law & Order, Ed, Nash Bridges, As the World Turns. Full Story Back to Top
02-20-10 Tony Shasteen's Talisman #3 is Available (Play by Play) Things have gotten seriously dark in issue #3 of The Talisman: The Road of Trials, the adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Our young hero Jack is in the Territories, the magical world which seems to have been imagined by the Society for Creative Anachronism and where nearly everyone in the normal world (the one we live in) has a double. Jack is searching for The Talisman which will save the life of his mother and her Territories double...The art is scary and the Disney rule that bad people are ugly and good people are handsome or pretty is applied with a vengeance. There are some really nice imaginative touches, including a guy with a codpiece made from a wolf's head and a splendid team of horses, but this is mainly a transition issue to move the story to the next big event. This issue includes an informative interview with artist Tony Shasteen and an inked page for issue #4. Full Story Back to Top
02-19-10 Clay Chastain Opposes Sanders Heavy Rail Plan (Kansas City Star) Concurrently an elected official of the area, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, has announced his intention to come to Washington soon with a retinue of supporters to lobby for federal funds for his heavy rail regional commuter transit plan. Even though there are some aspects about his plan that are admirable, there are also some that are not...Unlike our transit initiative, his plan does not seek a public debate, voter consensus, or a local tax behind it...Unlike our transit initiative, his plan does not do anything to help upgrade the inner city's poor transit system or economically help the city revive itself around a new modern and efficient light rail-based transit system...It makes little sense to bring people from the suburbs to the central city on a new commuter rail system without an efficient and attractive new city transit system already in place to disperse the people about the city when they arrive. Full Story Back to Top
02-17-10 Widow Speaks of Husband Iwo Jima Veteran Roy Chastain (WTOC) A US Marine who was one of three surviving Iwo Jima servicemen in Savannah, has died. Roy Chastain was one of the first Marines to land on Iwo Jima and just days before the 65th anniversary of the first battle of Iwo Jima, the 84-year-old is being remembered as a hero. Gathered at the Bonaventure Cemetery Wednesday, the Marines display a gesture of respect for Chastain...Chastain was injured on the first day of the bloody battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Ultimately, it was his battle with lung cancer that would take his life this past weekend. "I am having rough time right now," said his wife Francis Chastain. "He has been ill for so long and I was his caretaker, but he was real brave." It was hard for Francis to watch as the Marines took the flag off of her husband's casket and folded it into a triangle. They were married for 42 years. "I'll miss him terribly," she said...Roy Chastain is survived by his wife, a sister and six children. Full Story Back to Top
02-16-10 Iwo Jima Veteran Roy Chastain Dies (Savannah Morning News) Roy Chastain, a U.S. Marine who fought in the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, died Sunday in Savannah. He was 84. A native of Blue Ridge, Chastain had been one of three surviving Iwo Jima servicemen living in Savannah, where he spent most of his life. Among the first Marines to land at the Japanese island 65 years ago, Chastain earned a Purple Heart for injuries he suffered during the iconic battle's early stages..."He was very humble and modest." After the war, Chastain worked 32 years for Southern Bell. He was a member of the Islands Christian Church, along with several veterans associations. Full Story Back to Top
02-04-10 Erin Chastain Builds on Last Year's Talented Team (DePaul Blue Demons) Erin Chastain will never be a head coach who rests on her laurels. After leading the women's soccer team to its first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship tournament, Chastain and assistant coaches Michele O'Brien and Tina Estrada have brought in four outstanding recruits for the 2010 season...The incoming freshmen will augment a program that is returning 10 of 11 starters from a 10-9-2 program that experienced a turnaround season in 2009. In addition, talented sophomore Casey Mercurio will return after missing last season with an injury. "I'm really excited about this class," Chastain said. "They are bright, tough, competitive student-athletes who can come in and contribute right away. We had three freshmen come in and start right away last season." Full Story Back to Top
02-02-10 Leif Chastaine Presents Technology (Business Wire) Time Domain Corporation, the leader in ultra wideband (UWB) real-time location systems (RTLS), and InSync Software, Inc., the provider of RTLS and RFID-driven software solutions, today announced that they will present a live Webinar to discuss the role of RTLS in the supply chain...Keith Sooy, director of sales at Time Domain, and Leif Chastaine, vice president of sales and marketing at InSync, will show attendees how to optimize the shop floor and warehouse operations by using their combined turnkey solution. Full Story Back to Top
02-02-10 Hope Chastain Advances to County Spelling Bee (Stuttgart Daily Leader) Three schools in Stuttgart will send their representatives to the Arkansas County Spelling Bee, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3...Maier said the spellers this year will be Hope Chastain, Shelby Allen and Gill Bradley, who finished respectively first, second and third, are all fourth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School. Full Story Back to Top
01-25-10 VP and Executive Director Marc Chastang Hails University Medical Center Refurbishment (Independent Collegian) The University of Toledo College of Medicine celebrated the $650,000 refurbishment of the sixth floor of the UT medical center at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday...Chastang, who is responsible for the daily management of the hospitals patient care, professional and support services, said these renovations will make UTMC unique in this area of care. According to Chastang, the new facilities are designed to accommodate in-patient muscular and skeletal disabilities..."With the new facilities, world-class surgeons, nurses and staff and state-of-the-art technology, we truly define university care," Chastang said. Full Story Back to Top
01-21-10 NBC VP Scot Chastain Announces Deal with Conan O'Brien (The Associated Press) NBC and Conan O'Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O'Brien's contract to host the "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O'Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O'Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after September 1, 2010. O'Brien will make his final appearance as host of the "Tonight Show" on Jan. 22. Best regards, Scot Chastain SVP, Affiliate Marketing and Development Full Story Back to Top
01-19-10 Heather Chastain Appears for Second Year in Hooters Calendar ( Heather Chastain was selected from more than 20,000 Hooters Girls working in 450 restaurants worldwide and appears for the second consecutive year in a Hooters calendar...She started working in Feb. 2005 at Hooters, 8050 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. In 2007, Chastain sent in pictures to be considered for the Hooters Calendar and didn't receive a callback. She got a callback the following year and was invited to a photo shoot in Paducah, Ky. Chastain's shoot lasted about 10 minutes, and she said the other girls appeared to have much longer sessions. The next four months were devoted to "waiting and stressing," she said. Chastain said she only learned about her inclusion in the 2009 calendar a couple weeks before it was released...After appearing in the 2009 Hooters Calendar, Chastain said additional modeling opportunities have opened up for her. She's since appeared in various calendars, such as Power Systems and Monster Tower, and magazines such as 2Wheel Tuner, Urban Biker, Super Street Bike and Fight!...Chastain said she hopes her inclusion in the 2010 Hooters Calendar will further enable her to land modeling jobs and continue to make a living...Chastain currently models about two to three weeks of each month. "I love meeting new people, and I get to travel a lot," she said, noting recent shoots in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Bahamas. Full Story Back to Top
01-11-10 Libertarian David Chastain Runs for Georgia Secretary of State (Duluth Weekly) Latest Secretary of State candidate, David Chastain, addressed attendees at the monthly lunch meeting of the Madison Forum at Marietta’s Rib Ranch on Tuesday. After announcing he had filed as a candidate last week, Chastain related his recent experience in trying to determine the average undercount of electronic votes across Georgia...Chastain promised his prospective supporters that as Secretary of State he would serve the entire four years of his term and not depart early to run for higher office. He also promised that he would be sure to find a deputy secretary with experience in developing quality processes from the private sector to assist in standardizing election management and identify more reliable voting technology. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-10 Ed Chasteen Promotes Free Bike Helmets (Liberty Tribune) According to Ed Chasteen, a local bike riding enthusiast, members of the Greater Liberty Riders club donated money to buy 100 helmets. Chasteen is also a member of the bike-riders’ organization. “We have free helmets to give away for boys and girls 3 or 4 years old to 18 or 19 years old,” Chasteen said. “We were able to buy them for $465. It was a really good deal.” Chasteen said the helmets are available at Biscari Brothers, 884 S. 291 Highway in the Price Chopper shopping center at the corner of Liberty Drive and Missouri Highway 291. “They’ll help fit them if they just go in there,” Chasteen said. Chasteen said the club’s goal was to make sure all children wear a helmet when they ride their bikes. He said once all the helmets were claimed, the club would buy more helmets. Full Story Back to Top
01-04-10 Tony Shasteen Discusses Comic Books (Newsarama) In a market where a huge chunk of the market share is held by one sub-genre – superheroes – it's difficult for comic creators to get readers to try any other type of comic book despite the wide variety of quality material available...Tony Shasteen, artist on the Stephen King/Peter Straub adaptation Talisman, said it's frustrating that some of the exact same creators who attract massive audiences if they create a comic about superheroes can't get retailers and readers to take a chance on their book that doesn't have a traditional superhero in it. "I can't blame the retailers. Traditional books from traditional publishers sell, and retailers are in the book-selling business," Shasteen said. "Take the Talisman for example. I don't really know what the numbers are on the book yet, but this is a book written by Stephen King, one of the world's most popular authors, being published by Random House, one of the worlds largest publishing houses, and I would be willing to bet that a lot of readers don't know it's out there because it's not being published by Marvel or DC. That just blows my mind," he said, then added with a laugh: "Granted, there's a hack drawing it, but whatever!" Full Story Back to Top
01-04-10 Jake and Rachel Chastain Adopt Saddest Dog (Galesburg Register-Mail) On Oct. 6, a Staffordshire terrier named Kate got a new name and found a new home. She was taken from Prairieland Animal Welfare Center by a local minister, the Rev. Jake Chastain and his wife Rachel. They said they had previously adopted the “saddest cat” at the shelter and had returned to adopt the “saddest dog.” Kate, who was renamed Nia by her new owners, fit this description. She’d first been brought to the shelter as a stray on Dec. 5, 2007, some 22 months before...The Chastains had never had a dog before, and as one might expect, they had concerns about the possibility of aggression in their adopted pit bull. To this end, they did extensive research on how to establish dominance. ”She’s not allowed on the furniture,” said Rachel Chastain, going on to add that they don’t allow Nia to eat off their plates, and she must lie down before she is given food. These measures, among others, serve to make it clear to Nia that she is subordinate in the family “pack.” As a result, the Chastains say they haven’t had any problems. Full Story Back to Top
01-04-10 Clay Chastain Scales Down Recent Proposal ( Clay Chastain has given his newest push for light rail in Kansas City a second thought and scaled back his original proposal. In a new light-rail plan submitted on Jan. 3, Chastain’s transit proposal is smaller and centered on Kansas City rather than the regional-scope idea he floated in October. That plan cost $3.63 billion. Chastain’s newest plan costs $1.85 billion plus another $20 million in annual operations costs...Chastain said he opted for a smaller plan because of a regional rail plan proposed by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders in October. Chastain still is pushing a petition initiative to strip the Kansas City Council of its power to repeal citizen-led initiatives. Full Story Back to Top
01-03-10 Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain Are Parents in Tree of Life (also with Sean Penn) (Seattle Post Intelligencer) The Tree of Life (2010) When Terrence Malick makes a movie cinemaphiles take note. He's only directed five in 38 years and is so slow and methodical that his latest was planned as a follow-up to the 1978 "Days of Heaven." "Life" is a period piece revolving around a Midwestern family in the 1950s. Brad Pitt and newcomer Jessica Chastain play the parents, and Sean Penn is one of the sons as an adult who has lost his way. The movie examines the parenting that led to his troubles. Full Story Back to Top
12-30-09 Jim Chastain Funeral Report (Norman Transcript) There was more laughter than tears as the life of Norman author, poet and attorney Jim Chastain was remembered, in just the way he wanted, in a packed sanctuary Tuesday afternoon at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church. The 46-year-old long-time Norman Transcript movie critic died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 24, after a long battle with cancer. Full Story Back to Top
12-24-09 Author Jim Chastain Succumbs to Cancer ( Jim Chastain, whose fight for survival was chronicled in The Oklahoman and on, died Thursday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 46. Chastain was a Norman author and poet who worked as a lawyer for a state appellate court judge. His written works include an autobiography, "I Survived Cancer But Never Won the Tour de France," and two poetry books, "Like Some First Human Being" and "Antidotes & Home Remedies," which was a finalist for an Oklahoma Book Award in 2009...Chastain first was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Attempts to remove it from his right arm proved unsuccessful, and the arm was amputated in 2004. For three years, he lived cancer-free, only to learn in 2007 that he had developed colon cancer, which had spread to his liver. Other apparent tumors were found in his lungs...Chemotherapy slowed his cancer's progress, however, and he lived to celebrate his 46th birthday in December. That month, he posted on his NewsOK blog: "I'm still alive, but my health has really been slipping in the last two months. Hope to get some posts out soon, but I rarely feel like writing." He is survived by his wife, LeAnn; a daughter, Maddye, and a son, Ford. Full Story Back to Top
12-24-09 Author Jim Chastain in Hospice Care ( I had a visit with my friend Jim Chastain last week. Many of you know Jim from stories printed in The Oklahoman about his battle with cancer. If you’ve followed him on his blog on, you know his latest post simply reads: "I’m still alive, but my health has really been slipping in the last two months. Hope to get some posts out soon, but I rarely feel like writing.” For Jim, not to feel like writing is rare, but he wanted me to tell you how much he appreciates your interest and support. He’s waging a tough battle and has help from hospice now. He is tired. He is sad. He is frustrated that he’s not finding the energy to complete a manuscript, though all of us who know him will not be surprised if he finds a way to get it done. Full Story Back to Top
12-22-09 State Hospital Director Bo Chastain Praises Santa Program (WLBT-TV) The jolly old elf spread holiday cheer at the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield Tuesday. 25 santas visited patients on campus, singing Christmas songs and delivering over 1,000 gift bags...The long-running program has become a meaningful event for patients on campus..."We want the Christmas season to be special and memorable to everyone who's here in the state hospital at Christmastime," said Bo Chastain, director of the state hospital. "And so all of these people coming out and supporting the Santa Day event makes that possible. Full Story Back to Top
12-18-09 Frances Shasteen, 103, Declared Dead by Medicare; Computer Will Not Believe She Lives (Pittsburg Morning Sun) LA JUNTA, Colo. - Frances Meyers Shasteen, 103, was declared deceased on Feb. 28 by the federal Medicare health system. Then, its ordered payments to Shasteen stopped. The problem is, Shasteen is alive and well. “Medicare will not pay hospital and doctor bills that would qualify for payment if she’s alive. Because … as anyone should know … doctors and hospital are not equipped to provide services to dead citizens,” Shasteen’s son Don wrote in a recent letter to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat...No one, including Medicare officials, have been able to get the declaration changed, according to officials at AVRMC. It forced Don Shasteen to ask for intervention by State Sen. Ken Kester and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet...“Medicare now accepts she is alive, but they can’t correct the problems in their system,” the hospital official said. “Their computer won’t acknowledge that a person is alive if they have been declared deceased. They are working on changing it, but it’s very complicated. Full Story Back to Top
12-14-09 Jessica Chastain Featured in Vanity Fair ( Kendrick is featured as the first of eleven stars, including The Debt star Jessica Chastain...Each of these actors and actresses were chosen for a specific month, and Kendrick's is for January 2010. Full Story Back to Top
12-12-09 General Ron Chastain Discusses National Guard and Reserve Role in Future Mobilization (Systems) "The Army will include the National Guard and the Reserve in future mobilization requirements," Army Maj. Gen. Ron Chastain said during a working visit to the Army National Guard Readiness Center. "We will not go back to the strategic reserve that we had before 9/11." While Chastain could not discuss specifics, he said some National Guard units are likely to be re-tasked or change missions following the president's announcement last week about an Afghan troop surge...Chastain also predicted a continued role for the National Guard in Iraq. "The nation-building will continue in Iraq far beyond the combat operations," he said. "Nation-building is not a military task. The National Guard is well-suited for that transition from combat operations to nation-building." Chastain, who deployed as a unit commander for Desert Storm and then again for Operation Iraqi Freedom, said he has experienced the "extremes of mobilization." Full Story Back to Top
12-07-09 Director James G. Chastain Says Hospital Does Not Have Security for Death Row Patient ( Mississippi's state mental hospital has treated numerous felons over the years, and there's no reason for state officials to disregard a federal judge's order to send death row inmate James Billot there, his lawyers argue...Attorney General Jim Hood contends Whitfield cannot treat Billiot indefinitely because of aging facilities and inadequate security. Whitfield director James G. Chastain has also said the Mississippi State Hospital "does not have sufficient security capacity to safely confine a death row inmate."...Chastain, the facility's director, told The Associated Press last month that the forensic services division at Whitfield provides pretrial evaluations and treatment for criminal defendants, not long term housing for convict murders. Full Story Back to Top
12-04-09 Scientist Bob Chastain and Team Discover Severe Danger to Frog Population (KXRM) A team of scientists, including several from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, make an important scientific discovery in Panama. And many rare species may have been saved just in time. The group of scientists traveled to Panama to collect and save several rare species of frogs that are only found in one small part of the Central American country. But while they were there, the team discovered a deadly fungus responsible for devastating dozens of species of amphibians had spread. The team was able to rescue what may be some of the last living specimens of four types of frogs...But the discovery announced is sending shockwaves across the scientific world. A killer fungus is spreading much faster than originally thought and endangering 15 to 20 species of rare exotic frogs. "Fifty percent of the amphibians in Panama could be threatened with extinction in the next 2 -- 5 years," said team member and CMZ president Bob Chastain..."We have about three months before this population will severely decline," said Chastain. These very small and very rare frogs could hold the secret to one day curing some of the world's worst diseases. "There is a substance that has been isolated form the skin of an amphibian that is showing great ability to kill the HIV virus," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
12-03-09 Susan Chastain to Perform at Holiday Concert ( "A whole lot of fun." That's how Adam C. Riccinto, music director of the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra, describes the orchestra's Sunday afternoon holiday concert at Towsley Auditorium. "We're playing the "Nutcracker Suite No. 1," he said in a phone call, "but it's primarily a holiday pops concert." Joining the orchestra are well-known jazz vocalist Susan Chastain, a regular with the Paul Keller Orchestra, and members of Split Dimensions. Full Story Back to Top
11-17-09 Clay Chastain Pessimistic About a Harmonious Solution (Kansas City Star - MO) Light rail advocate Clay Chastain reports that his hopes for "a harmonious solution" to the city's light-rail dillema are largely dashed. Chastain met via teleconference last week with representatives of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, the Mid-America Regional Council and TranSystems, which has helped Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders fashion a regional rail plan for the metro area. "It was pretty grim," Chastain reports. "It didn't go well." Chastain said he offered to work together on a new light-rail plan for Kansas City but continues to insist that a 35-mile "light-rail spine" must be part of the plan. Full Story Back to Top
11-06-09 Tony Shasteen Discusses The Talisman (Newsarama - Millburn, NJ) Beginning on November 18th, Del Rey will begin releasing the comic book adaptation of The Talisman, the 1984 fantasy novel co-written by King and Straub...Drawing those worlds will be Shasteen, whose work in the comics industry has been fairly limited, particularly on interiors...Shasteen:..The bulk of my career I spent as a graphic designer. So I've actually only been in the comic industry for a relatively short amount of time. I did commercial illustration, things like that on the side. But probably eight years ago, I decided to start getting into comics. So I started going to the conventions and trying to get work, and that sort of thing. I built a portfolio and started doing cover work. At the time, I didn't know for sure if I wanted to do interior work...For my first [interior] work, I did the pencils, inks, colors, and everything for a comic called the Occult Crimes Task Force from Image Comics, a four-issue run. And I did the covers and everything for that. Full Story Back to Top
11-06-09 Jesse Chasteen Ranked First in State for 100 Yard Breaststroke (Watauga Democrat - Boone, NC) Jesse Chasteen has the top time in the state among 15-year old boys in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.01, which he swam in Lenoir on Oct. 3. Since then he has aged up to the 16-year old boys is ranked fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:05.08, which he swam on Oct. 24 at The Great Pumpkin Swim Meet in Huntersville. Jesse also is ranked 10th among 16-year old boys in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.48. Full Story Back to Top
11-05-09 Judge Dixie Chastain Dies at 100 ( Judge Dixie Chastain, the first female University of Miami law school graduate and a Miami-Dade County juvenile judge for two decades, died Oct. 25 at 100. Chastain was Florida's sixth female judge, appointed in 1965 to a newly created third seat on the county's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She became a circuit court judge by constitutional revision in 1976, retired in 1978, then served until 1995 as a special-appointment senior judge...Chastain belonged to the Miami Woman's Club and the Everglades Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a deacon at Central Baptist Church. In 1977, the county commission named the juvenile justice building in her honor. Born Dixie Louese Herlong in the southwestern Alabama town of Manistee -- once a thriving lumber community, now just a dot on maps -- she grew up in Princeton, north of Homestead...Dixie Herlong met a handsome young Georgia-born constable named Reginald Bryan Chastain. They married in August 1935. Dixie began a solo practice. She and ``Reggie'' Chastain had two sons and a daughter by 1941. Reggie died in 1988. Full Story Back to Top
11-01-09 Chastang Falcons Finish Undefeated ( - Birmingham, AL) The Chastang Falcons (7-0) ended the regular season undefeated with a shutout over Clark in Mobile County middle school football. Chastang has reeled off 13 wins in a row, including a 20-6 in over the Wildcats in the Area 2 title game last season and an 8-0 win this year. Full Story Back to Top
10-29-09 Though Out of Playoffs, Erin Chastain is Enthusiastic (DePaul Blue Demons) When the conflict was finally over as the Blue Demons had defiantly stood their ground in a hostile environment and remained undaunted in the 85-degree heat, don't feel bad that they lost 1-0 to USF Thursday night in their very first Big East Championship match...with a demanding yet encouraging coach named Erin Chastain filling their heads with hope and promise, these Blue Demons confounded the experts and qualified for their first BIG EAST tournament..."I am disappointed about tonight, but I'm also excited about the future," Chastain said. "There were so many firsts this season with our young team---our first BIG EAST tournament, our first wins over nationally ranked teams, our first win over Northwestern, our first BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Strickland). This turnaround happened because these players worked so hard in the offseason and learned to believe in each other. This team had a wonderful chemistry and really connected with each other. I had a wonderful time coaching these young ladies. "At the same time, I'm so glad our seniors went out having experienced a BIG EAST tournament. Full Story Back to Top
10-26-09 Erin Chastain's Blue Demons Keep Going (DePaul Blue Demons) The upset of Georgetown was called "our best game in the last three years," by DePaul coach Erin Chastain. DePaul finished the regular season with a record of 10-8-2, 5-6-0 in the BIG EAST. The Blue Demons travel to Tampa for the first round to face USF (8-7-3, 5-4-2) on Thursday. Full Story Back to Top
10-22-09 Jessica Chastain to Play in Coriolanus and in Tree of Life (Cinema Blend) Butler...announced on a Baltimore radio show, of all places, that he's getting ready to star in Shakespare's Coriolanus, alongside Ralph Fiennes, William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jessica Chastain (Chastain will be featured in Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, which just got pushed back to a release date next year). Full Story Back to Top
10-21-09 Tony Shasteen Illustrates New Stephen King Graphic Novel ( - USA) Comic books based on Stephen King's novels have almost become a genre of their own lately...This November, King's 1984 novel "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub) goes the same route with a new graphic novel adaptation published by Del Rey Comics...Longtime King collaborator Robin Furth, who writes Marvel's "Dark Tower" comics, will adapt "The Talisman" novel with art provided by Tony Shasteen ("Occult Crimes Taskforce"). The series is expected to span at least 24 monthly issues. Full Story Back to Top
10-20-09 Brad Chasteen's Moes Partners with Community Hospice (Jacksonville Daily Record) Moe's Southwest Grill is helping raise money and awareness for children in Northeast Florida with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. During October, Moe's patrons can purchase a Community PedsCare kite by adding a dollar or more to their meal purchase. The contributions will help area children being cared for by Community PedsCare, the pediatric palliative and hospice care program of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida...Most Community PedsCare services are not reimbursed by insurance and are provided without charge to patients' families. Charitable gifts and fundraising events help provide funding for this care. "Community PedsCare provides an invaluable support service for families facing tremendous medical hardship and suffering. We are honored and grateful that we and our customers can support Community PedsCare's outstanding programs. Our customers' generous contributions will benefit this excellent organization and the wonderful families it serves," said Brad Chasteen, president and CEO of Welcome to Moe's, Inc. Full Story Back to Top
10-16-09 Ford Chastain Helps Promote Oklahoma Film ( Cast and crew members of the Oklahoma-based film "Simmons on Vinyl" will be at the Austin Film Festival Thursday through Oct. 26 in support of the film's world premiere...Norman-based musician Ford Chastain, who also has a minor role in the film, provided the music for the film from his self-produced independent rock EP, "Night Mumblings." The cast and crew will be giving away three-song CD samplers of Chastain's music at the festival to help promote the film. At 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Chastain will play a one-hour concert at Progress Coffee. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-09 Clay Chastain Compliments Sanders Plan (Blue Springs Examiner) Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has outlined plans to build a $1.03 billion commuter rail system, using Union Station as a hub with spokes running to Eastern Jackson County, the airport, Kansas Speedway and elsewhere. Officials hope to get federal stimulus funds to build the 134-mile system in a couple of years. Clay Chastain, on the other hand, wants to go to the voters again with a 35-mile light rail line from Lee's Summit to Kansas City International Airport...Sanders is already pressing ahead and won't go to the voters, at least for now. He says his plan can be up and running 18 to 24 months - and will transform the city - if Washington comes up with the $1.03 billion out of economic stimulus money. "If the federal government gives us the money to build this, we'll find a way to run this," he said. It's assumed that an operational subsidy would require "a small tax" and that issue would go to the voters in the future, he said. Chastain is complimentary of the Sanders/TranSystems plan. "It's interesting, especially the way that they're going to try to fund it," he said in a voice-mail message this week. "And I happen to think that it's an excellent plan, and it dovetails right into our plan, actually."...Chastain's plans have generally centered on light rail, which means building new lines. The county plan is "commuter rail," relying on the Kansas City area's many unused or underused freight train tracks. Only about 20 percent of the tracks would have be built. Also, commuter rail cars are heavier, and proponents describe a better, more comfortable ride, complete with wi-fi, tray table and bike racks. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-09 Clay Chastain Announces Plan at News Conference ( Clay Chastain said his petition drive for another light-rail plan, and to strip the Kansas City Council of its authority to repeal voter-approved initiatives, will start in earnest Wednesday and continue Thursday in the Northland. Chastain outlined at a noon news conference Wednesday why he thinks Kansas City should adopt his multimodal transit plan. "My motivations remain pure - this city is worth fighting for," Chastain said...With a light-rail spine reaching from Kansas City International Airport to the outskirts of Lee's Summit. It also includes an inner-city streetcar system, a regional commuter rail system to connect light rail to the proximity of the suburbs and an electric bus system in the Northland. The plan also calls for the transformation of Penn Valley Park in to a car-free park with horse-drawn carriage rides, a Ferris wheel and other elements that constitute what he called a "pastoral park."...Chastain said he estimates his plan would attract between 7 million and 10 million passengers in its first year. A companion petition would ask voters to rescind the part of the Kansas City Charter that gives the City Council the ability to repeal voter-approved initiatives. That power thwarted Chastain's only successful petition initiative for a similar but smaller light-rail design in 2006. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-09 Former Chastain Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Murder (WLBT-TV) Carla Hughes has been found guilty on two counts of Capitol Murder. One for killing her romantic rival, Avis Banks, the other for death of banks unborn child. Hughes covered her face and cried as the verdict was read in Madison county court Tuesday afternoon. Jurors deliberated for eight hours before they reached their verdict. Hughes had been in prison since 2006 since the murders took place. At the time she was dating Bank's fiance Keon Pittman. Both Hughes and Pittman were teachers at Chastain middle school in Jackson. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the trial. Full Story Back to Top
10-14-09 Clay Chastain Reveals New Light Rail Plan ( Clay Chastain is back. He's been pushing for light rail in Kansas City for several years. But now he says that he has a new plan that's similar to his previous ideas, but there some differences regarding funding. Chastain is proposing $50 million in improvements for Penn Valley Park, including a Ferris wheel; $50 million for Union Station improvements, and $50 million for maintenance facilities. "Today we commend to the voters a $2.2 billion economic stimulus project," Chastain told supporters in Brookside. "We think that's going to attract people to living back in the central city, to have that kind of a world class central city park in Kansas City." As for the light rail, Chastains plan calls for 35 miles of light rail spine, 12 miles of street car line, 20 miles of commuter rail and 25 miles of bus rapid transit. The funding for the project would come from a voter-approved sales tax and, Chastain hopes, from matching federal funds..."This is great value for their money, for their tax money because it's going to make this city boom," said Chastain...It will take about 43,000 valid signatures to get the issue of light rail back on the ballot. Chastain's announcement comes just a few days after Jackson County executive Mike Sanders announced his own plan for light rail that relies exclusively on federal funding. Chastain called the Sanders plan unrealistic, but says that he's open to combining their efforts at a later date. Full Story Back to Top
09-28-09 More on Jessica Chastain's Othello (Reuters) Black characters are played by Hispanics and white characters by blacks. The sole white performers are Hoffman and the very Caucasian Jessica Chastain as Desdemona. Clocking in at more than four hours, this is a leisurely or, to put it more accurately, lethargic "Othello" indeed. It's not so much that it is an uncut version of the play but rather that the running time is unnecessarily expanded by glacially paced line readings and extended bits of business that add little resonance to the proceedings. In true avant-garde fashion, the stage mostly is bare save for an oversized "bed" consisting of 45 video screens periodically displaying images that ironically comment on the action. Some of the dialogue is delivered via cell phones, and all of it is amplified to an annoying degree. Full Story Back to Top
09-28-09 Jessica Chastain Plays a Modern Othello's Desdemona (New York Times) Peter Sellars's exasperatingly misconceived "Othello,"...opened on Sunday night at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, with a cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Iago and John Ortiz as Othello...While retaining much of the original text, Mr. Sellars has...eliminated, conflated and rearranged characters to further his idea of the play as a portrait of life in the United States military in the 21st century. This means, among other things, that in the opening scenes, where Othello, newly married to Desdemona (Jessica Chastain). Full Story Back to Top
09-24-09 Clay Chastain Begins Petition for New Light Rail Initiative (KCUR) Die-hard activist Clay Chastain is returning to Kansas City with still another light rail plan. And this time he wants to change the city charter so the council can't repeal a voter-approved initiative as they did with his 2006 plan. Clay Chastain says he and his band of supporters will start their next petition drive October 14th. Full Story Back to Top
09-09-09 Clay Chastain Answers Common Questions on Regional Transit Plan (Sun Tribune) Why does Kansas City need a modern and efficient regional transit system? We need one if we see the value in saving energy, reducing pollution, lowering transportation costs and improving transportation options, generating more green jobs and economic prosperity for the region, and protecting our city, country and the planet by using our resources more wisely. A metropolitan area is only as strong as its transportation system. Kansas City still lacks one of the main selling points of a successful and competitive community: a modern efficient public transportation system. Leaders are supposed to prepare their communities for the future, not duck the future. Kansas City's penchant for freeways, parking garages, sprawl and diesel buses does not comport with a world trying to go green. Stabilizing our future will require fundamental changes to America's agriculture, energy, building and transportation systems involving not only new American innovation but smart conservation practices as well. Full Story Back to Top
09-09-09 Dr. Joseph Chasteen Continues as Editor of Journal after Purchase ( - Charlotte, NC) Photonics Graphics has bought the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice from Procter & Gamble Co....Dr. Joseph Chasteen of the University of Washington School of Dentistry will continue as editor of the journal. Unlike a traditional scholarly journal, the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice offers lots of multimedia features, such as videos and animated pictures, he said. The number of hits has tended to rise by 1 million to 1.5 million hits each year, and the average stay at the site is 14 minutes. "I think the fact that it incorporated multimedia early on set it apart from other dental journals," Chasteen said. "We've become a sort of standard for online journals." Full Story Back to Top
08-23-09 DePaul Coach Erin Chastain Defeats Northwestern (DePaul Blue Demons) For 90 minutes on Sunday, DePaul coach Erin Chastain and her best friend, Northwestern coach Stephanie Erickson, tried to one-up each other at Wish Field. In the end, it was Chastain with the big smile as the Blue Demons beat the Wildcats 3-2 for the first victory over NU in the history of the women's soccer program. ``Even though we're best friends, Stephanie and I are very competitive,'' Chastain said. ``Now we can go back to cheering for each other. Beating Northwestern for the first time---I'm really happy for our players.''...``This team has a lot of fight and spirit,'' Chastain said. ``It was great to see us come back like that.'' Full Story Back to Top
08-18-09 New School to be Named Chastain Road Elementary (Greenville News) When the second elementary school serving the Liberty area opens in 2011, students will be attending Chastain Road Elementary, not Ruhamah Elementary. The board of trustees of the School District of Pickens County voted 5-2 Monday night to overrule the recommendation of a committee charged with picking its top three names from a list of suggestions from the public. Chairman Jim Shelton abstained from the vote. Trustee Shirley Jones said she had been contacted by residents, and the "overwhelming majority" supported naming the school Chastain, which is the road it is on. Full Story Back to Top
08-17-09 Deb Chasteen Host Gay Support Event at University of Georgia (Red and Black - Athens, GA) When the clock reached the appropriate time, students, friends, associates and couples hugged and kissed to show solidarity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples. They had gathered for "The Great National Kiss-In,"...Deb Chasteen, administrative associate in the University's anthropology department, decided to host a "Kiss-In" in Athens because she saw the event "as an affirmation of a right we all share, not as a protest." "I've always wanted everyone to experience the warmth and love that I've felt coming from passersby as I prepared for my wedding, as I ran up and kissed my husband at an airport, [and when] we hold hands in the park," Chasteen said. "Love is too precious not to celebrate wherever it's found," she said. "Yet some people are met with hatred, disgust or danger just for sharing joy." Full Story Back to Top
08-14-09 Susan Chastain's Firefly Club Closed by Michigan Department of Treasury (Detroit Free Press) Ann Arbor's Firefly Club, a beacon for live jazz for nearly a decade and regarded by aficionados as metro Detroit's finest all-around jazz club, has been closed and its property seized by the Michigan Department of Treasury due to a delinquent sales tax bill. Club owner Susan Chastain said the dispute boils down to overdue sales tax payments totaling just $1,000 for the months of June and July, though the club ultimately still owes the state $120,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest charges. Full Story Back to Top
08-13-09 Genealogist Jerri Chasteen Donates Collection to Library (Pryor Daily Times - Pryor, OK) The Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library has received new genealogical information and research materials. Librarian Carolyn Shaver said the late Jerri Chasteen gave an extensive collection of historical research to the library. Chasteen, Claremore, was a genealogist for over 20 years. Though she lived in Claremore at the time of her death, Chasteen was born and raised in Pryor. Her genealogy information includes an in-depth research into the Cherokee ancestry. Chasteen assisted Cherokee Nation with establishing accuracy in their rolls. She worked with the National Archives and the Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting historical records for all five civilized tribes. Full Story Back to Top
08-10-09 Clay Chastain Requests Summit with President Obama (Kansas City Star) Light rail advocate Clay Chastain wants to have a summit at the White House with the president and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to work out this community's inability to decide on light rail. The menu: lemonade and cookies. The venue: White House lawn. This was all proposed in a letter that Chastain said he was sending to the president and Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood. The letter, attached below, recounts for the president, Kansas City's long, ugly history with light rail going back to 1997. Full Story Back to Top
08-04-09 David T. Chastain Release New Southern Gentlemen Album ( SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN, the band led by guitarist David T. Chastain, will release its new album, "Instrumentalized", on September 15 via Leviathan Records. Audio samples are available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. Commented Chastain: "There is a simple explanation to the origin of this new release , 'Instrumentalized'. A music supervisor asked us to give him an instrumental version of one of our tracks. After completing his request, we were very happy with the end result. We then decided to arrange a few more tracks for our own enjoyment. In the end, we decided to put together an entire CD's worth of material as we thought the tracks rocked instrumentally and stood on their own. Full Story Back to Top
07-30-09 Jessica Chastain to Appear in Othello ( Additional casting has been announced for the Public Theater production of Othello, starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, which will begin performances Sept. 12. Peter Sellars directs his contemporary take on Shakespeare's dark work that will officially open Sept. 27 and run through Oct. 4 at the NYU Skirball Center...In addition to Hoffman (Long Day's Journey, Jack Goes Boating, The Seagull) as Iago...Jessica Chastain ("Salomaybe?") as Desdemona...Sellars' production, according to the Public, "explores the new prospects for hope in 21st-century America giving the play a modern resonance that raises a mirror to our culture's racial struggles and achievements, both darkened and illuminated by overwhelming personal and political yearning." Full Story Back to Top
07-22-09 Clay Chastain Plans New Light Rail Initiative ( - Charlotte, NC) Clay Chastain...who is now on his 10th Kansas City petition drive, said Wednesday that he plans to launch a petition initiative to put a multimodal transportation system with a $3.6 billion price tag on the November 2010 ballot...The main feature of Chastain’s latest plan is a 35-mile light-rail spine extending from the city limits of Lee’s Summit to Kansas City International Airport. This would be longer than Chastain’s previous light-rail plan, which voters approved in 2006. That plan called for a 27-mile light-rail spine from the Kansas City Zoo to the airport...“It’s not a stretch to think a transit system of this magnitude will make new money for the city,” Chastain said. “It will be the financial salvation of the city.” Full Story Back to Top
07-08-09 Clay Chastain Appeals Light Rail Case to Missouri Supreme Court ( - Kansas City, MO) "Let's see who's in charge," said Chastain in an interview with KMBC's Micheal Mahoney, "the voters or the elected officials." It's now up the high court to decide whether the justices want to hear the case. Chastain also said he's dropping his petition campaign for another light-rail vote for this fall. He's also shelving another petition drive to change the city charter and limit the council's ability to repeal voter-approved measures. Full Story Back to Top
06-26-09 President Randall Chastain Confirms that Feds Seized Records (Southtown Star - Chicago, IL) Federal agents descended on an Orland Park engineering firm Thursday, walking away with records as part of their ongoing investigation into the village of Crestwood's use of a tainted well. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigators raided Burke Engineering, 18330 Distinctive Drive, and were there most of the day Thursday, firm President Randall Chastain confirmed..."We don't really have a role probably other than we work with the village," Chastain said. "They're looking to gather information and we're willing to cooperate and tell them whatever they need know." Full Story Back to Top
06-26-09 Dance Instructor Terry Chasteen Celebrates Michael Jackson's Career ( - USA) The Washington DC Thriller Dance Meetup Group is holding special classes all this weekend at The Chevy Chase Ballroom & Dance Sport Center. Come out and learn the moves to the Michael’s hit song Thriller. The event is being co-hosted by Terry Chasteen of and will feature the original routine directly from the video. Exact times are still tentative. Check the site for updates. Full Story Back to Top
06-23-09 Chasteen Kids Do Well in Rodeo Events (Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO) Brady Chasteen, 17, and his brother Tory, 15, have been riding horses since they were each 3 years old. They got their love of horses and rodeo from their parents, Bert and Cindy, who also did rodeo in high school and still do when they can. An older sister Casey, 19, was a two-time champion goat tier and champion girls cutter for three years during high school. The brothers competed last week in the Missouri State High School Association Rodeo State Finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds...After the finals were over Saturday, the boys moved up to fourth place in team roping, and Brady is now in first place and Tory in second place in the cutting event. The Chasteen brothers will head to the National High School Rodeo Finals next month in Farmington, N.M. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-09 Zoo President Bob Chastain Fights to Save Amphibians from Extinction (Colorado Springs Gazette - Colorado Springs, CO) Zoo President/CEO Bob Chastain is in the forefront of the fight to save amphibian species being threatened with extinction by pollution, habitat loss and a deadly chytrid fungus. Six supporters bought trips with Chastain to Panama to see firsthand the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. Full Story Back to Top
06-18-09? Assistant Chief of Wildlife Ricky Chastain Announces Arkansas Alligator Hunt (Buckmasters Online - USA) population data, a harvest report from last year’s alligator hunt, a summary of last year’s nuisance alligator activities and a report on Arkansas’s farm-raised alligators will all be compiled into a single report that must be submitted to the U. S Fish and Wildlife Service by July 1. The USFWS will review the information and determine if there is cause to prohibit a conservative hunting season in 2009. The AGFC will review the proposed hunting season dates in June with final approval coming in July. A total of 28 permits will be available with 20 of those coming through the computer draw process, Assistant Chief of Wildlife Ricky Chastain says. “In order for the hunt to take place, we must proceed with some of the administrative steps out in front of the Commission’s final approval of these dates,” Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
06-16-09 Tony Shasteen Illustrates New Stephen King The Talisman Comic (Comic Book Resources - Ca) Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the cover artist and colorist of The Talisman comics series by Stephen King and Peter Straub...The epic saga of The Talisman debuts with Issue 0, a never-before-told prequel to the story, to be published by Del Rey Comics this Fall. The Talisman novel, originally published in 1984, is the story of a young teen named Jack Sawyer, who can save his dying mother only by retrieving a magical talisman. To find it he must cross back and forth between our world and the frightening and dangerous landscape of its “twinner” counterpart. Issue 0 explores the separate lives of Jack’s father—in our world, and the mysterious realm known as the Territories—and how evil scheming will forever change Jack’s peaceful life. The series is being adapted by Robin Furth and illustrated by Tony Shasteen. Full Story Back to Top
06-15-09 Gen. Richard Chastain Praises Genealogy Club ( - Rockville, MD) On Saturday a new memorial stone was unveiled honoring 13 veterans of three different wars - the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Members of the community, veterans, family and friends joined Kim Hancock, chairman of the Genealogy Club, and Claude Johnson, Montgomery County's veteran's service officer, in the special ceremony which also celebrated their neighbors, friends and family buried there....Gen. Richard Chastain, ret., also spoke of Hancock and the Genealogy Club's work, "I really cannot get it through my head how people can be that hard working and that dedicated. I don't know what word I can use, great or outstanding, or whatever it is." Chastain also stressed the importance of keeping a memoir for one's descendants to have. "Write, write, write your memoirs, I don't care how old you are or if you say that nothing has happened in my life, everyone should be writing their memoirs. I wish to my dying day that my mother and father would have written theirs," said Chastain...Chastain ended the ceremony referencing the Gettysburg Address, "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Full Story Back to Top
06-13-09 Rev. Bill Chastain Promotes Christian Concert Program (Denton Record Chronicle - Denton, TX) Some folks bring their lawn chairs, and others just park their vehicles nearby and roll down the windows. As music fills the air, there’s plenty of space for the kids to run and play, and the price is downright nostalgic. It’s Saturday night and time for another Ol’ Fashion Gazebo Gospel Gather’en in historic downtown Pilot Point...In addition to the music, people seem to like the atmosphere provided by the simple setting, said the Rev. Bill Chastain, pastor of Church of the Simple Faith. “You’re sitting in the old square, with brick buildings all around, and the sound reverberates off the buildings,” he said. “It’s comfortable and casual and friendly. “The gazebo is completely surrounded by a parking area. The kids are safe, the music is good and people are friendly.” Chastain has worked to organize and promote the gospel music program and posts regular updates on shows and performers at Full Story Back to Top
06-11-09 Peter Chastain Captains Prima Restaurant (San Francisco Chronicle - CA) When you consider longevity and quality, few restaurants can match Prima in Walnut Creek, where the kitchen has been boiling pasta and stirring risotto for more than 30 years. Prima also pioneered incorporating a wine shop into the mix, so the wine list has always been extensive and well priced. There have been changes through the years, but for the past decade the kitchen has been run by Peter Chastain, who became owner in 2005. The restaurant seats 180 but doesn't seem nearly that big because the tables are divided among a warren of dining rooms that incorporate an open kitchen, bar, fireplace and glassed-in patio overlooking Main Street...the noise is pretty much kept in check, even though the place is always lively. Chastain's menu is wide ranging but well edited...Few dishes herald the season like fava beans ($9.50), and Chastain serves a whole plate of them, slick with olive oil, seasoned with marinated onions and shards of pecorino cheese. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-09 Director James Garvin Chastain Describes Old Cemetery for Mental Patients (Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson, MS) Barbed wire and a chain-link fence guard the forgotten dead in this remote corner of the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus. No names can be found on the west side of this cemetery. The only memories of their lives can be found in numbers etched on gray markers, 1 through 44. They are among hundreds believed buried on the 164-acre property where UMC is now located. From 1855 to 1935, this land housed the state's insane asylum...That cemetery now holds more than 4,000 dead. "Most of those buried in the cemetery had no family to claim their eemains," said hospital director James Chastain. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness at the time, the first people buried in Rose Hill were given only a number, he said. In the 1960s, small, flat headstones with names and dates of birth and death began to be used. "Unfortunately, no plat was kept showing where people were buried," Chastain said. "Over the years, the heavy markers sank deeper and deeper into the earth. Most markers are no longer visible." Friends of Mississippi State Hospital are now working to restore the cemetery. Full Story Back to Top
06-09-09 Clay Chastain Disputes City Position on Legality of November 3rd Vote ( - Charlotte, NC) Valerie Chastain, wife of and attorney for light-rail activist Clay Chastain, is countering Kansas City’s position that another light-rail election can’t occur Nov. 3. She said in a letter to the Kansas City Council that Missouri law would allow for a Nov. 3 vote on her husband’s latest light-rail initiative. The city’s legal department asserted that because last year’s unsuccessful light-rail election took place Nov. 4, holding another election on the same issue the following Nov. 3 ran afoul of a Missouri statute that said “in no event shall a proposal ... be submitted to the voters sooner than twelve months from the date of the last proposal.” “Twelve months is the equivalent of one calendar year,” Chastain said in her response to the city. “One calendar year goes from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Accordingly, Nov. 4, 2008, to Nov. 4, 2009, would be 12 months plus one day.”...On Tuesday, Chastain renewed his call to have the City Council work with him to mutually support the Nov. 3 light-rail vote and allow voters to decide whether the City Council should have the power to overturn voter-approved initiatives. “In exchange, we will agree to drop all legal action against the city — now and forever on this issue,” Chastain said in the release. “As long as the city pays my wife for her attorney’s fees and expenses to date.” Full Story Back to Top
06-08-09 Bob Chastain Farm Hosts Woodworkers Event ( - Rockville, MD) That is what has happened on the Bob Chastain farm for the past eight years including Saturday as the Montgomery County Woodworkers were the host for the annual Sawdust Mills Days. "It's just a great day for woodworkers and it's a chance to raise some money for area 4-H kids," Chastain. "We all have a great time."..."We had a person bring us two pecan logs and some Sweet Bay logs all the way from Alabama," Chastain said. "That's not something you can get everyday in Indiana...As far as Chastain is concerned he hopes the event continues for years to come. "It's just a great day for all of us woodies," he said. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-09 Clay Chastain Appeals to Missouri Supreme Court ( - Charlotte, NC) Clay Chastain is taking his battle with Kansas City to the Missouri Supreme Court. In a motion filed Wednesday, Chastain’s wife and attorney, Valerie Chastain, argued that the state’s highest court should take up their appeal about Kansas City’s decision to repeal a voter-approved light-rail initiative. The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, upheld a Jackson County Circuit Court judge’s decision last year to dismiss Chastain’s claim that Kansas City’s repeal was unconstitutional. The appeals court found that the city charter gave the City Council authority to repeal the initiative. Full Story Back to Top
05-26-09 Clay Chastain Writes Major Opinion Column (Kansas City Star - MO) Some say you can’t fight City Hall — I say you can’t work with City Hall. The Kansas City park board granted me a forum to present to the city a new transit plan that would have light rail running down Main Street USA, to the greatest train station in America, through two lovely parks, along the medians of three beautiful boulevards, and across the longest river in America. They even asked three weeks out if I needed a workshop or any special equipment for my presentation. Yet when I stepped up to speak on May 12 I was coldly informed I had only 10 minutes and they would have no questions. Then came The Star and its cartoonist piling on ridicule. Lee Judge depicted me being tarred and feathered and run out of town on my best rail plan yet...The Star added, “now is not the time for the hefty tax increase such a project would require. The local economy is facing enough trouble without squeezing more tax money from a shrinking pie.”...Actually, there couldn’t be a better time to upgrade Kansas City’s outdated, wasteful and polluting diesel bus transit system given the fact the Obama administration appears ready to make available to American cities substantially more federal money for efficient, energy-saving green public transit projects. Our president says America must pull itself up and out of its economic hole by, in part, investing in green infrastructure projects that will not only bring long-term energy, environmental, and economic benefits to the country, but also create much needed good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced. The Star conveniently omitted the fact that there is a separate accompanying petition initiative which asks voters to rescind the charter provision the City Council used to overturn the 2006 voter-approved light-rail plan. Kansas City voters will want to sign both petitions if they want to make sure that the petition initiative process actually has meaning and cannot be violated by the self-serving interests of City Council members, and if they want Kansas City to be like Charlotte, N.C., where the clean, green light rail and heritage trolley system is a smashing success in terms of ridership, economic development generated and public admiration....City Hall has rejected my numerous overtures at compromises. So, I am being forced to take these issues to the streets to let the voters decide how bright they want their futures. I will see you soon at the grocery stores. Full Story Back to Top
05-18-09 Jessica Chastain to Star in New Shakespeare Movie (Cinematical - Santa Monica, CA) Ralph Fiennes is going to make his directorial debut with his take on the war-filled play, John Logan is penning the adaptation, and he's lined up Vanessa Redgrave, William Hurt, and Jessica Chastain to star. Full Story Back to Top
05-12-09 Appeals Court Finds Against Clay Chastain (Kansas City Star - MO) Light-rail advocate Clay Chastain on Tuesday vowed to fight on after losing another battle with Kansas City in the Missouri Court of Appeals. Also, he outlined a new "green" plan for light rail that would include a 350-foot-tall wind turbine on the riverfront. The appellate court upheld the City Council's authority to repeal a Chastain plan that was approved by voters in November 2006. Chastain's supporters argued the repeal was unconstitutional because it denied the will of the people as expressed through an initiative petition...Chastain, who lives in Virginia but was in town Tuesday to present the new light-rail plan to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, said he would pursue the issue to the Missouri Supreme Court. He also said he would probably begin another petition drive for his latest proposal and to rescind the charter provision allowing repeal of a voter initiative...Chastain said his new vision did not include elements of his last plan that were most troublesome for critics. It would not close Broadway through Penn Valley Park. It would not have gondolas. But it would create an alternative energy park in Berkley Riverfront Park with a single windmill big enough to generate 800 kilowatts of power. Full Story Back to Top
05-07-09 Dr. O.J. Chastain III Partners in Historic Procedure ( - Longview, TX) Medical history was made this past week in Longview when the first hybrid abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with an endovascular stent was performed at Longview Regional Medical Center, according to Dr. Samir Germanwala. He and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. O.J. Chastain III performed the delicate procedure...Chastain and Germanwala inserted the endovascular stent Thursday, and Sutton was released Friday..."We had some hesitation," Jim Sutton said the day after the procedure. "But it went well. Dr. Chastain did the incision and Dr. Germanwala did the procedure. It went really well, she's feeling good and ready to go home." Full Story Back to Top
05-01-09 Clay Chastain Decides Against Another Petition Drive ( - Kansas City, MO) Light-rail activist Clay Chastain said he's changing his style on his latest effort to bring light rail to Kansas City...Chastain said instead of launching a petition drive later this month to get a shorter light-rail plan on the Kansas City ballot, he'll meet with the Kansas City Parks Board on May 12 to reveal his plan. "I'm going to try to wear the white hat this time, not the black hat,"..."If it (the light-rail plan) loses, then we'll all acknowledge light rail in Kansas City is a lost cause in Kansas City. I'll sign my name in blood that I won't be doing any more petition drives in Kansas City," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
04-29-09 Indiana State Department of Health's Butch Chastain Advises on Swine Flu (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) A case of swine flu has been reported in Indiana, and state and local leaders are scrambling to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Tuesday, Indiana became the sixth state to report a case of swine flu. The infected individual, a student at Notre Dame, had not visited the outbreak epicenter in Mexico...Butch Chastain, former mayor of Mitchell and now a representative for the Indiana State Department of Health's Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response team, introduced himself to the commissioners during their Tuesday meeting. "I'll be working with the health department in this county and six others," Chastain explained. "I've met with all these people, and we will work closely with them. We visit with each county once a month and help them develop disaster plans for bio-terrorism and a number of other things. Each county is required to set up a pod to store medicines and other things. Full Story Back to Top
04-23-09 Clay Chastain Plans New Light-Rail Initiative in Kansas City ( - Kansas City, MO) Light-rail activist Clay Chastain said he will try to put a new, smaller mass-transit plan on the November 2009 Kansas City ballot. Chastain said he will kick off a petition initiative drive May 18 at the Plaza Library. The plan calls for a 9-mile light-rail line going from the Kansas City Zoo to the City Market. "I think it will be well received this time by the establishment and by the public," said Chastain in an interview...he said his wife thinks while they may win the lawsuit, the money the voter-approved plan would need is no longer available...the line would no longer run north of the Missouri River to Kansas City International Airport. Chastain said the new plan does not include converting Penn Valley Park into a pedestrian area. But his plan for a gondola system connecting Union Station, the park and the Liberty Memorial, remains. Chastain said he envisions Union Station as a "multimodel transportation hub." The light-rail spine would be supported by a network of electric Bus Rapid Transit routes. Those BRT vehicles, as they're known, would also be used north of the river to link into the light-rail terminal at the City Market. Full Story Back to Top
04-21-09 Roger Chastain Discusses Mt. Vernon Mills Layoff (Greenville News - Greenville, SC) Mauldin-based Mt. Vernon Mills said Monday it is closing its Williamston plant in 60 days, affecting 140 employees...The facility, which currently has two shifts, makes pocketing and lighter-weight materials, said Roger Chastain, vice chairman...With the 60-day notice, employees will have time to look for jobs. Also, Mt. Vernon Mills is working with the Employment Security Commission and employees to help them find work, Williams said. In addition, the company is applying for Trade Adjustment Assistance, which is available for people whose jobs are lost because of foreign competition. Full Story Back to Top
04-20-09 Florida Final Exit President Jim Chastain Defends Final Exit Network ( - Fort Myers, Florida) The Final Exit Network believes in something called "self deliverance". They support the teachings in a book by the name "Final Exit" by Derek Humphrey. "I think people should be able to make that judgment for themselves about when their quality of life has run out," said Florida's Final Exit president Jim Chastain. Chastain says he believes recent media coverage has unfairly represented his group. "We don't suggest that anybody end their life who doesn't want to. Maybe the three biggest points we should make about Final Exit Network are number one, we don't encourage anybody to end their life. Number two, we do not provide any of the equipment or medication for them to end their life and number three, we don't not help anyone end their life," said Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
04-19-09 Enjoy Running Three-Mile Trail at Chastain Park ( - USA) If you're looking for a scenic run in a pleasant, safe environment, check out Chastain Park's running trail, which circles the park for a 3-mile loop. The park is located in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. The Chastain Park trail will take you past a beautifully manicured golf course, public tennis courts, an equestrian stable and riding area, over a babbling brook and along a peaceful lake. The run offers some hills ranging from mild to long and steady, but with everything going on in the park, from concerts at the outdoor Chastain Park Amphitheatre to Little League baseball games, you'll always have a pleasant distraction. Full Story Back to Top
04-15-09 Special Agent David Chastain Helps Save Suicidal Man (DeWitt Era-Enterprise - DeWitt, AR) The deputies found the man, whose name was not released, lying on the couch in the living room with a blanket pulled up to his chin...the man pulled down the blanket, revealing that he had a shotgun under his chin. Wright said he threatened to kill himself unless his wife came back to the house. Wright said that Beliew and the man's parents pleaded with the man for more than an hour to lower the weapon, to no avail. At that time ASP special agent David Chastain arrived on the scene and went inside the house. Chastain talked to the man for 25 minutes. The man told Chastain that he would surrender the weapon to Beliew, whom he knew somewhat, if Beliew came back inside the house. Beliew did so, but the man still did not surrender the shotgun. Eventually, Beliew distracted the man enough so that he took his hands off the weapon. At that time, Chastain fired a Taser into the man's torso, incapacitating his long enough for Chastain and Beliew to grab the shotgun away from him...Wright said that the actions of Beliew and Chastain "were crucial in keeping this man from killing himself. They saved his life." Full Story Back to Top
04-12-09 Ed Brayton Challenges Jane Chastain's Quote Attribution (ScienceBlogs - USA) Religious right apologists continue to peddle this fake quote from James Madison. The latest is Jane Chastain at the Worldnutdaily: James Madison, the primary author of our Constitution, said this: "We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." No he didn't. No matter how many times you repeat this lie, it's still false. Full Story Back to Top
03-27-09 Sustainability Coordinator Cheri Chastain Says MicroFueler Has Serious Potential (San Jose Business Journal (subscription) - CA) If startup specialist Thomas Quinn has his way, people will soon be pumping ethanol into their cars from their driveways, and the product could come from the bottom of the beer barrel...Sierra Nevada's Sustainability Coordinator Cheri Chastain said the MicroFueler has some "pretty serious potential."...Sierra Nevada gets rid of about 1.6 million gallons of unusable "bottom of the barrel" beer yeast waste each year. The idea was a sound solution for the waste. "Right now, there's no value for the yeast. We're giving it away. If we can get a fuel source out of it, it would be better for us," Chastain said. Chastain said the company has estimated it could initially generate 100,000 gallons of ethanol per year. That could be used to run company cars or shop vehicles, although all the parties will have a much better idea of potential benefits and cost savings once the MicroFueler is operational. Full Story Back to Top
03-26-09 Rhonda Shasteen Advises Collegians on Marketing Careers ( - Dallas, TX) Nearly 40 undergraduate and graduate students made their way through the rain to see three panelists at the Careers in Marketing event Wednesday evening...All panelists agreed that background of finance would help immensely. Rhonda Shasteen, chief marketing officer at Mary Kay, believed that the more generalists have an advantage - looking at a proposal with different angles helps in business. "The ones who are going to be held back are the ones who can't look at it with a financial perspective," she said...As she called herself a "racehorse," Shasteen also mentioned how her personal drive to move up in the business was unsatisfactory. As a newcomer to Mary Kay, she had planned on moving to the top...You must "have a healthy paradigm about growth," Shasteen said as all four women on the floor nodded their heads. Full Story Back to Top
03-20-09 Beth Chastain Stars in "The Subject Was Roses" (Inside Bay Area - Oakland, CA) When Frank D. Gilroy wrote "The Subject Was Roses" in 1964, he won the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for best play, and a New York Drama Critics' Award...It is the tale of Timmy Cleary (Joseph Hirsch) returning home from World War II, still nursing the psychological scars of combat and discovering the emotional turmoil of his parents' home is far worse than what the battlefields of Europe offered. His father, John (Dean Creighton) and mother Nettie (Beth Chastain) remain in a fundamentally loveless marriage fueled by blame and recrimination which, if anything, has gotten worse while Timmy was away. Full Story Back to Top
03-18-09 Councilman Richard Chastain Moves to pay $10 Per Killed Chicken ( - Rockville, MD) The council had two separate issues dealing with the tax come up. The first was a request for a payout from the fund to a woman who had 21 hens killed...According to Cash the woman said she paid between $10 and $15 for the hens, plus she was hoping to recoup some of the cost of the eggs which she is now out. According to the woman each hen would have laid an average of 50 eggs...Richard Chastain made a motion to pay $10 per killed chicken, but only after the $50 fine is paid. That motion died because of a 3-3 vote. Full Story Back to Top
03-15-09 Zoo President Bob Chastain Acquires Elephant Film Star (Colorado Springs Gazette - Colorado Springs, CO) The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a movie star in its midst. Malaika, a female African elephant, arrived at the zoo in December after 21 years in the hands of a private owner - an animal trainer who found Malaika plenty of work on TV and in film. Despite her Hollywood status, keepers say she hasn't been throwing her weight around - and at 7,800 pounds, she has plenty to throw around. "She's real calm and laid-back,"...Malaika's first job was an appearance on "Card Sharks," a TV game show. "They had to guess her weight," Shawver recalled. Malaika also appeared on the small screen on "Full House," "A Peaceable Kingdom," "The Super Dave Osborne Show" and the TV movie "Tarzan in Manhattan." Her film credits include "Indecent Proposal," "Congo" and "Gremlins 2." And, Shawver said, "she's done a bajillion commercials."...Bob Chastain made finding another elephant one of his top priorities shortly after becoming the zoo's president and chief executive officer in 2005. With Lucky and Kimba getting along in years - Lucky's 28 and Kimba's 30 - Chastain didn't want to risk having a solitary elephant if one died. And having three elephants more closely resembles life in the wild, where elephants exist in larger social groups. Finding an elephant, though, is easier said than done. "It's very hard, very expensive, to get an elephant shipped over from Africa," Chastain said. And though there are breeding programs in the U.S., they have only begun having success in the last five years or so, he said. When Chastain heard about Malaika, he quickly called Shawver. That first call, about an hour long, led to more conversations. "At some point, she just told us she liked us so well, she was only talking to us," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
03-13-09 Pastor Kimberly Chastain Describes Impact of Economy on Churches (The Keene Sentinel - Keene, NH) The economic crisis has hit collection plates at houses of worship, with many congregations cutting costs and, in some cases, reducing staff and programs to compensate..."The local food pantry was very short on turkeys, and almost overnight, we had 40 turkeys," said the Rev. Kimberly Chastain, who serves as the sole pastor to three small Presbyterian churches in Lyndhurst, Moonachie and Wood-Ridge. Chastain said one of the congregations recently decided to make its little-used college loan fund available for members facing financial emergencies. "The reality is that the economic situation for individual members is very difficult, especially for my retired folks on a fixed income," Chastain said. "Because everyone knows people are hurting, they are all pulling together and finding ways to make that a basis for ministry." Full Story Back to Top
03-12-09 Coach LeAnn Chastain's Math Team Wins Oklahoma Competition (Norman Transcript - Norman, OK) Middle school mathematicians from all over the state met in Norman Saturday for the State MathCounts Competition. Ninety-two students and coaches from 23 qualifying teams competed for the top spot and Norman's Whittier Middle School proved to be the best...The team is coached by Whittier math teachers LeAnn Chastain, Terry Littlejohn, Jen White and Tony Zhao...The top four individuals from Saturday's competition, along with Coach Chastain, will travel to Orlando later this spring to represent Oklahoma at the National MathCounts Competition. The final round of the National competition will be televised by ESPN. Full Story Back to Top
03-08-09 Heather Chastain is President of Industry Giant ( - Longview, TX) Heather Chastain is the president of the recently formed Celebrating Home, which claims more than 125,000 sales associates. Celebrating Home resulted from Marshall's Home & Garden Party's acquisition of assets of the former Dallas-based Home Interiors. Chastain joined Home & Garden Party as president in June. The Marshall firm acquired the assets of Home Interiors in December..."This makes Celebrating Home the largest party-plan home décor company in the nation," Chastain said. "We have over 125,000 designers and serve the home décor, entertaining and income needs of women all over the country." Despite the national economic downturn, Chastain believes the concept will flourish. "Direct selling tends to be a recession-resistant industry, and we are very proud of the work we are doing, creating jobs and additional streams of income when both are most needed," she said...About Celebrating Home's president...Heather Chastain...Professional experience: She has 14 years of direct sales experience, including serving as president of Home Interiors and Gifts in Dallas before joining Home & Garden Party. She also has been associated with BeautiControl Cosmetics, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Tupperware, in several leadership positions. Chastain also spent five years with Paul Mueller, a stainless-steel manufacturing company, working closely with cost accounting, manufacturing and quality services. Education: Graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. Personal: Lives in Marshall with her husband, Shawn, and two daughters, Pfifer, 4, and Finley, 1. Full Story Back to Top
03-06-09 Chastain Park Concerts Announced (Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA) For many music-loving Atlantans, spring has officially arrived when the Chastain Series lineup is announced. Here's the Concert A series booked so far: Daryl Hall & John Oates, April 17; Seal with Peter Cincotti, April 18; Heart with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, May 24; Zac Brown Band Memorial Day Picnic, May 25; Al Green and Etta James, June 10; The Fray with Jack's Mannequin, June 12; Gipsy Kings, June 14; Bad Company and The Doobie Brothers, June 19; John Legend, July 5; Blondie and Pat Benatar with The Donnas, Aug. 2; Jackson Browne, Aug. 6; Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, Aug. 18. Tickets for the full series or any combination of two or more shows go on sale this Sunday at 10 a.m., at or charge by phone at Chastain Tickets, 404-233-2227. Full Story Back to Top
03-05-09 Zachary Chastain Casted in Play on Bigamy (Press & Sun-Bulletin - Binghamton, NY) He's spent nearly 20 years balancing a life with two wives - and somehow, miraculously, neither of them suspects that the other even exists. As the play begins, though, his two children from separate marriages - Gavin and Vicki - have met in an Internet chat-room and are intrigued about how much they have in common, including fathers both named John Smith and both with the same job. They plan to meet face to face - and Smith has to work double-overtime to keep them apart without bringing his whole world crashing down...The anarchy spirals out of control as Gavin (Zachary Chastain) and Vicki (Dallas Defee) scheme about getting together - maybe for a chat, maybe for something more. "Romance isn't necessarily what starts it, but it's definitely there - and that's part of the problem!" Defee said. Chastain laughed and added: "Smith doesn't want to have any mutant grandchildren! He's had those nightmares, I'm sure." Full Story Back to Top
03-04-09 Win Free Tickets to Chastain Park! ( - Atlanta, GA) Here's your chance to win tickets to Chastain Park for the 2009 Live Nation Concert Series. The series will include performances by John Legend, the Zac Brown Band, Bad Co., Seal, Gypsy Kings and Pat Benetar to name a few. For a complete list of dates and artists, CLICK HERE . We're giving away a pair of tickets to each show. The first person to win will get to pick which show they want to attend. The second winner will pick from the remaining 11 shows. Take a look at the list and see which show you want to attend. Tickets to the 2009 Live Nation Concert Series at Chastain do go onsale Mar. 8. Full Story Back to Top
03-01-09 Billy "Wild Willy" Chastain Makes Friends (Press-Register - - Mobile, AL) If you go walking along Fort Morgan Road, you're likely to meet Billy "Wild Willy" Chastain walking his dogs. If you're with your wife, who happens to be a brunette, he might say something like, "The last time I saw you, you were with a redhead." With his sense of humor and warm-hearted charm, 82-year-old "Wild Willy" makes lots of friends...Born in Jackson, Ala., Chastain chased, and was chased by, animals on his father's 80 acres of land. Great-grandfather Chastain had moved to Alabama from Virginia after fighting in the Civil War, which claimed many of his family members: "He hated that war."..."I was chased by an alligator in my daddy's swamp. I climbed a tree, and found out that durn thing could climb, too." The alligator tried to follow Chastain up the tree, but he punched it with a stick. "The most dangerous thing was a wild hog that chased me. He had long, sharp tusks." Again, Chastain escaped by climbing and defending himself with a stick...Chastain completed high school in Jackson and attended Au burn University. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in California as a truck driver because of his experience hauling timber on his father's land. After military service, Chastain went to work hauling logs for sawmills. He owned two 18-wheelers and ran a crew of men. His wife, Helen, kept the books. Full Story Back to Top
02-25-09 Valerie Chastain Defends Light Rail Plan in Appeal ( - Kansas City, MO) Lawyer Valerie Chastain, the wife of activist Clay Chastain, took the argument for light rail to an appellate court on Wednesday. In a 40-minute hearing, Valerie Chastain argued that the city's provision permitting it to repeal an ordinance is not constitutional. The City Council repealed the voter-approved light-rail plan in 2007, a year after it won at the polls. Council members said the Chastain plan was unworkable. In 2008, Clay Chastain sued the city, but he lost at trial. Valerie Chastain said the case is not about light rail. She said the case is about whether the city can repeal a vote of the people...The three-judge panel will now think about the points of law each side raised...A ruling could come later this spring or summer. Full Story Back to Top
02-17-09 Mayor Randy Chastain Cracks Down on Slum Lords (Daily Journal - Seneca, SC) Mayor Randy Chastain has had enough. During the City Council meeting Tuesday night, Chastain said he was going to make a statement to every owner of a mobile home park within city limits and hopefully the county. “We need better regulation of these mobile home parks, owned by people who really don’t care what they put their renters in,” he said. “That being said, I talked to the fire chief to get a handle on these parks. If you look at them, you’ll see what I mean.” His tentative plan to get a jump on cleaning up these areas will begin with a friendly approach...“Now, if that doesn’t happen, we will proceed with a more harsh and more effective way to stop these substandard living conditions that exist in our city.”...“There was a tenant evicted here because they called the fire department,” he said. “That owner told them that if they called the police or fire department about the unit, they were gone. It’s so wrong. These guys are wealthy because they take advantage of the less fortunate, and it needs to be stopped, bottom line.” Full Story Back to Top
02-11-09 Jim Chastain's New Book "Antidotes and Home Remedies" Wins Award (Norman Transcript - Norman, OK) Chastain recently learned his book "Antidotes and Home Remedies" is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Full Story Back to Top
02-11-09 David T. Chastain Releases "Heavy Excursions" ( - White Plains, NY) Guitarist David T. Chastain will release a new collection, "Heavy Excursions", in April via Leviathan Records...David recently decided that he wanted to put out a release of what he considered his best "heavy" instrumentals and he has done so on his new CD, "Heavy Excursions". Tracks included are from the aforementioned "Instrumental Variations" as well as tracks from some of David's other all-instrumental CDs — "Within The Heat", "Elegant Seduction", "Acoustic Visions", "Rock Solid Guitar", and David's newest all-instrumental CD, "Countdown to Infinity". As an extra bonus, David added the CHASTAIN instrumental classic "827" and the bombastic CJSS cut "Thunder and Lightning"...All of the tracks were digitally remastered to match today's standards. Full Story Back to Top
02-11-09 Pvt. Ernest Chasteen Completes Military Training ( - St. Petersburg, FL) Army Pvt. Ernest Chasteen, son of Brenda Chasteen of Pinellas Park, has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Full Story Back to Top
02-09-09 IBC's Technical Director Ken Shasteen Pleased with Nuclear Fuel Joint Research Initiative (SYS-CON Media - Montvale, NJ) International Beryllium Corporation (TSX VENTURE: IB) ("IBC" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on its collaborative research with Purdue University to develop a new type of longer lasting, more efficient and safer beryllium oxide nuclear fuel..."We are very pleased with the progress of this joint research initiative," stated Ken Shasteen, IBC's Technical Director and coordinator of IBC's joint nuclear fuels research project. "Presenting at the LWRS was valuable, as all significant groups representing the nuclear power industry were in attendance and validated the premise that multi-oxide and BeO fuels will be the foundation of a more efficient, economically sound and safer nuclear power industry. We look forward to discussing our technology with the attending groups," continued Shasteen, "as we work to develop a commercial UO2 - BeO nuclear fuel for the benefit of our shareholders, power consumers and the nuclear power industry." Full Story Back to Top
02-07-09 Jennifer Chasteen Designs Historical Coloring Book (Lake City Reporter - Lake City, FL) Celebrating Lake City’s Sesquicentennial, local artist Jennifer Chasteen — an employee of the Lake City Reporter — designed a coloring book to help school children learn about Lake City and Columbia County’s history...A fifth generation resident of Columbia County and Columbia High School graduate, Chasteen said her original project idea didn’t center on a coloring book. “I had approached Faye Bowling-Warren and the Sesquicentennial Committee with a rough sketch for a sesquicentennial promotional poster idea,” Chasteen said. “After viewing the sketch, Commissioner Dewey Weaver commented he thought it would make a great coloring book and the project bloomed from there.”...The coloring book will be distributed to fourth-grade classes in the school district and coincides with a Florida history unit students take at that grade level...The coloring books are available for purchase. Call Jackie Kite with the Sesquicentennial Committee at (386) 719-5766. Full Story Back to Top
02-06-09 Jessica Chastain Play's in "The Debt," "The Tree of Life," and in "SaloMaybe?" (Reuters - USA) Jessica Chastain will play a young Helen Mirren in "The Debt," a thriller that centers on Israeli intelligence agents...The Miramax film, which is based on Israeli writer-director Assaf Bernstein's 2007 film of the same name, tells the fictional story of how three young Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal in 1965. Thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi surfaces in Ukraine, and one of the former agents must undercover the truth. Mirren and Chastain are playing Mossad agent Rachel Singer...Chastain will appear opposite Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and with Al Pacino in "SaloMaybe?" Full Story Back to Top
02-04-09 Intertribal Spiritual Leader Robert Chastain Conducts Eagle Scout Ceremony (Anderson Independent Mail - Anderson, SC) Approximately 25 volunteers cleared the 10’ x ½ mile trail and laid the bridge. On the evening of the 15th, Reedy River Intertribal Spiritual Leader Robert Chastain conducted the Indian Lore merit badge in the long house. Mr. Chastain, who is the Native American Spirituality through Art instructor for the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, spoke for more than four hours to those in attendance about Native American customs, and dispelled many myths about Native Americans as depicted by Hollywood. Mr. Chastain, as well as Reedy River Intertribal volunteer Bill Knight, both grew up on a reservation and spoke of life there and growing up as a true Native American. Full Story Back to Top
02-03-09? Tony Shasteen to Ink Stephen King's "The Talisman" (Comic Book Resources - Ca) Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the adaptor and artist on the comic book and graphic novel versions of The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The book will be penciled and inked by Tony Shasteen, who has been an illustrator since 1995. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Nascar, Hasbro, DC Comics, Wildstorm, Top Cow, Dark Horse, Virgin, Boom Studios, and Image Comics, among many others. Tony illustrated Image Comic’s The Occult Crimes Taskforce (The O.C.T.), co-created by David Atchison and Rosario Dawson. Film rights to The O.C.T. are in development with Dimension Films. Full Story Back to Top
01-30-09 Principal Brian Chastain Says School Will Catch Up After Missed Weather Days ( - Oklahoma City, OK) The principal Brian Chastain, principal of Putnam City North High School, said he didn’t expect lost time to cause many problems. For the past three years, the Putnam City School Board hasn’t built snow days into the calendar, opting to instead add missed days to the end of the school year. Chastain said he would meet with his teachers and staff to get back on track. "We’ve lost three days, but we’ll regain these days,” Chastain said. "We’ll have to readjust how we teach. ... We’ll be OK.” Full Story Back to Top
01-29-09 Timothy Chastain Named Outstanding Individual Male for Portrayal of the Genie (TCPalm - West Palm Beach, FL) Actors from the Riverside Children's Theatre production of "Disney's Aladdin Jr." did not wait for opening night Feb. 6 to win recognition. In an excerpt from the show presented at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, the nine-member cast carried off the outstanding achievement in dance award. Timothy Chastain was named outstanding individual male for his portrayal of the Genie. Shannon Maloney, Megan Callahan and Chastain were chosen as Broadway Junior Festival all stars. Full Story Back to Top
01-29-09 Jared Chastain Plays in "Raised in Captivity" (Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Moscow, ID) "Raised in Captivity" is the latest Washington State University theater department production, written by Nicky Silver. It opens tonight and runs the next two weekends...Chastain plays Sebastian Bliss, the twin brother of Bernadette Dixon. He is a neurotic, bookish academic who is uncomfortable with emotion, Chastain said. Sebastian is the professor who hangs all his awards and diplomas on the wall to let everyone knows he is intelligent, Chastain said. He hopes people can empathize with the characters in the play. Chastain said he wants people to be able to see their own troubles in the play and learn to laugh at them and understand how they view their problems. "You tend to re-remember things in your favor, so you don't have to wake up every morning and say, 'God, why did I do that?' " Chastain said. A lot of the play is seen through Sebastian's memories and is told in the way Sebastian remembers it. Full Story Back to Top
01-27-09 Bureau Chief Marilyn Chastain Describes Ponzi Operation ( - ID) Idaho regulators say they have ordered an Idaho Falls man accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme to halt operations while an investigation is under way...A Ponzi or pyramid scheme is an investment scam in which money from new investors is used to pay old investors. Palmer’s scheme involves as much as $50 million, state regulators have said. Palmer’s scheme relied in part on personal relationships and trust from investors, according to Marilyn Chastain, securities bureau chief for the Idaho Department of Finance. So-called “affinity fraud” may occur among members of a church or ethnic group. Full Story Back to Top
01-26-09 Beth Chastain Fills Role of Queen Marguerite with a Spine of Imperial Steel (Daily Californian - Berkeley, CA) Early on in "Exit the King," King Berenger is informed that he will die in exactly an hour and 30 minutes...One serious weakness is the variability in acting quality. Norman Macleod's King Berenger is a marvelous act to behold. Once unassailable, now a knock-kneed wreck, the king is nearly crippled and undeniably pathetic-but still a commanding stage presence for all his chest-puffery and attacks of slack-mouthed senility. His anguish, while sometimes comically exaggerated, is really what anchors us in sympathy for his struggles. Beth Chastain, as Queen Marguerite, fills out her role with a spine of imperial steel. But a simpering Queen Marie grates on the nerves...Macleod and Chastain fill their roles with force and fury. Full Story Back to Top
01-20-09 Lucious Chastine Remembers Segregation (Utica Observer Dispatch - Utica, NY) Lucious Chastine was only 9 years old when he lived in Florida, but he still remembers the shame of having to drink from the “colored” water fountain...“In my lifetime, I’ve seen a black president,” Chastine said, shaking his head and smiling. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-09 Jennifer Chastain Plays Bunco for Charity (Moorpark Acorn - CA) Jennifer Chastain loves to play bunco, a dice game of chance, with her friends at their monthly get-togethers. In February, the Moorpark resident will play for a good cause—the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "Most of our group are moms, and breast cancer is something that's affecting our generation," said Chastain, a mother of two boys, ages 5 and 6. "We want to raise money for research to prevent it. Also, it's important to make people aware that early detection is the best preventative medicine." Full Story Back to Top
01-07-09 Drought Response Committee's Dennis Chastain Pleased with Recent Rain (WYFF - Greenville, SC) Little Eastatoee Creek became a raging river overnight. But drought could easily turn it into a trickle again -- and quickly, state water-management officials said. "As soon as I stepped out of the vehicle in the parking lot, I could hear the roar," said Dennis Chastain of the South Carolina Drought Response Committee...In about a month, Chastain believes the severity of the drought can be downgraded from extreme to severe, but he said we're not out of the woods yet...Chastain said the rain only buys time, meaning we need to act now to conserve for when that river becomes a creek again. "This is the time to start doing the planning," he said. Full Story Back to Top
01-07-09 Sheriff John Shasteen Pursues Four-Year-Old Toddler In Double Shooting (WBBH - Fort Myers, FL) Authorities say a four-year old boy in Ohio shot his babysitter - apparently because the 18-year-old accidentally stepped on his foot. The child shot him with a shotgun he had grabbed from a closet...The teen was hospitalized with minor wounds on his arm and side. Another teen was also hurt..."We can't charge a 4-year-old with anything. We'll talk to the prosecutor about charges against maybe the parents or the babysitter," said Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen. Full Story Back to Top
01-02-09 Trust Fund Established for Family of Chastain Girls in Accident (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) A trust fund has been set up at Bedford Federal Savings Bank for the Chastain family after 14-year-old Alexandria was killed and 16-year-old Destiny was critically injured in a one-vehicle accident Dec. 27 on Leatherwood Road, east of Bedford. Full Story Back to Top
12-27-08 Lumbee Jay Chastain Serves His Country (Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA) Jay Chastain promises to make it up to his sons. When he moved away from his American Indian family in North Carolina to live the life of a soldier, Chastain left the Indian ways behind. He got married, had three sons and settled down in Fayetteville. As the boys grew into manhood, Chastain didn’t school them about the Lumbee culture in which he was raised in southern North Carolina. “I’ve been away from this for years —- 40 years,” Chastain, 58, said of his Indian heritage. “I failed to bring them up on what it means to be Native American. But I’m going to fix that real soon.” All because of a book. Chastain is profiled in “Warriors in Uniform,” about Indians who have served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution. Published by the National Geographic Society and released last month, it has stirred Chastain’s ethnic pride and memories. “I want to tell them some things, so they can maybe pass it along,” Chastain said. “I want them to know. … That book opened my eyes about a lot of things.”...Chastain decided at an early age that working the tobacco farm wasn’t for him. He enlisted in the Army when he was 17 years old and went to Vietnam in 1967, when he turned 18. He was assigned to a rifle platoon with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. “On patrols, I was usually the point man, a position I liked and succeeded at,” the book states. “There was not a long list of men who wanted to walk point. Maybe it was my Indian heritage, but it was for me.” After Vietnam, Chastain became an Army recruiter and reached the rank of command sergeant major before retiring in 1989. Full Story Back to Top
12-23-08 Coach Tim Chastain Injured in Car Accident ( - Alpharetta, GA) Tim Chastain, a 50-year-old Dawsonville resident who has taught health and physical education courses while coaching baseball and football at Milton since 1991, is in North Fulton Hospital suffering from a severely broken leg, dislocated foot, broken pelvis and a ruptured spleen. He received the injuries after his 2003 Toyota Tacoma drifted across the center lane and hit a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche head on just before 3:45 p.m. near North Park. "I'll be OK. It's just going to take a while to rehab," said Chastain. "It's going to be a slow process." The other driver was not injured, said investigators. Full Story Back to Top
12-23-08 Tim Chastine Caught in 14-Car Pileup (Appleton Post Crescent - WI) Wicked winter weather caused a 14-car pile up on U.S. 41 near Brown County B about 8:45 a.m. today...Ten people were hurt but none of the injuries were thought to be life threatening...Tim Chastine, of Hampton, Ga...had four people in his Nissan Moreno when he ended up in the Suamico wreck. They were headed to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee from Townsend. They were Car No. 13. Two people in the Moreno were hurt, but neither seriously. Both walked away from the car, Chastine said. His car, however, was not driveable – crumpled on both the front and back – and hauled away by a wrecker. Chastine’s 15-year-old nephew, Jonathan Smits, was watching a movie in the backseat during the trip. “I heard uncle Tom say ‘Whoa!’ and I looked up and there was a truck swerving all over in front of us and he went into the guard rail,” Smits said. Chastine, visiting for the holidays, said he almost avoided the crash. “We were almost completely stopped … and then we got hit from behind,” he said. Full Story Back to Top
12-23-08 Valerie Chastain's Kansas City Court Case Goes Forward (Kansas City Star - MO) Lawyers for Kansas City municipal government have filed a brief with the Missouri Court of Appeals defending the City Council’s vote to repeal Clay Chastain’s light-rail initiative. The city attorney’s brief responds to an appeal filed by Chastain’s wife and lawyer, Valerie Chastain. Valerie Chastain argues that the section of the city charter allowing the mayor and council the power to repeal initiated laws is unconstitutional. City attorneys disagree and say the section of the state constitution that Chastain relies on is not the proper basis to challenge a city charter initiative process...Clay Chastain said today he’s looking forward to the appellate court arguments. “Our feeling is, let right be done,” Chastain said from his home in Virginia. “The people are the ultimate power in a democracy. They voted, and they should get what they want. This is a good test for the courts, in my mind.” Full Story Back to Top
12-18-08 Home and Garden Party President Heather Chastain Announces Acquisition (Marshall News Messenger - Marshall, TX) Home and Garden Party acquired the U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican assets of Home Interiors and Gifts Thursday, according to Heather Chastain, president of the Marshall company. "The coming together of the two companies promises to be a bright new beginning for the Dallas-based company," she said..."Over the past 12 years, we've worked to achieve a reputation of sound core beliefs and values with a commitment to the highest possible standards of integrity," Ms. Chastain said. "With the coming together of these two companies, the proud heritage of Home Interiors will live on through the strong financial foundation that Home and Garden Party provides." Full Story Back to Top
12-17-08 Eleven-Year-Old Caleb Chastain Stars in Large Christmas Play (Vail Daily News - Vail, CO) Because Vail and Beaver Creek are packed with hotels, perhaps it makes sense to tell the nativity story from the innkeeper’s perspective...Eleven-year-old Caleb Chastain, who plays the innkeeper, said his character’s major flaw is his selfishness. “If I was him, I would probably do the same thing [run a luxury inn] but I wouldn’t be turning away people like Joseph and Mary,” he said. “I would be like, ‘OK, I’ll let you in but you just have to pay a little more than you’re offering’ or something like that.” Chastain sings “Dollars and Census,” one of many clever tunes in the show...In total, the show stars about 115 students ranging from ages 3 to 14. Full Story Back to Top
12-16-08 Loyola Chastain Opposes Capital Projects Plan ( - Oklahoma City, OK) University of New Mexico regents have decided to move forward with nearly $40 million in capital projects, despite concerns raised by the president of the Staff Council...Staff Council President Loyola Chastain said while many of the projects are good ones, her group believes the timing is bad, given the state's precarious budget situation. She said it sends the wrong message. Chastain specifically questioned spending on the University Arena and the partial move of student service functions to the Lockheed Martin building. Full Story Back to Top
12-15-08 Staff Council President Loyola Chastain Challenges Schmidly (UNM Daily Lobo - Albuquerque, NM) President David Schmidly defended his fiscal decisions amid jeers from about 750 students and employees during Friday's forum on the University's financial troubles...Loyola Chastain, Staff Council president, said a survey of employees found that morale is at a record low and asked Schmidly what he would do to improve it. Schmidly responded that he had not seen the survey but that the results were not unexpected. "Am I surprised that morale is at an all-time low? No, I am not surprised. My morale is not that high," he said. The audience laughed when Schmidly began by saying that high morale starts with trust and communication. "If there is one thing I would focus on to improve the University, it's trust," he said. "I stand here in front of you right now proud to be standing on the record that I stand.... What I'm trying to do is preserve 20,000 jobs on this campus, and the steps I took were because I knew they were the right steps to take. And I would ask Loyola (Chastain) - and perhaps you should ask her too - what is she doing to help morale on this campus." Chastain invited anyone to put the question to her any time, and staff members stood up later in the meeting to defend her. Full Story Back to Top
12-08-08 Katie Chastain is Muse to Film Score Composer (Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson, MS) It takes talent to compose music for film and Nathan Johnson is one of those amazingly talented people...Johnson will be the keynote speaker for the first Cum Laude Lecture Series hosted by St. Andrew's Episcopal School's Department of English and St. Andrew's chapter of the Cum Laude Society. In a three-part lecture series, Johnson will discuss structuring creative work, being a working artist and using technology to advance the creative process. Accompanying him will be Katie Chastain, a musician and Johnson's muse. Chastain recently released her new album Firecracker and will be performing at the symposium. Full Story Back to Top
12-06-08 Bluesman Dave Chastain Remembers Bobbye A. King (Peoria Journal Star - Peoria, IL) Blues singer Bobbye A. King, known to some as the queen of the Peoria blues scene, died Saturday morning of natural causes...Peoria bluesman Dave Chastain said King's death is a major loss for the local blues scene. Chastain first met King in the late 1980s and was struck by her talent. "We became very good friends; I enjoyed her shows," Chastain said. "She poked fun at herself, and she had a way with connecting with the crowd - humor along with great music. She was a great singer, had great stage presence, everything. Everybody loved Bobbye." Chastain said the singer was more than a powerful performer. She was a "sweetheart, a real friend." "She was a very spiritual person; I appreciated that," he said. "Bobbye had a real deep faith, in her own quiet way." Full Story Back to Top
11-25-08 TJ Chastain Distinguished as Young Scrooge in Kansas City Production (Kansas City Star - MO) Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” is living proof that certain theatergoers will return again and again to re-experience familiar pleasures...We see in flashback what made the young Scrooge (TJ Chasteen) turn against humanity — his rejection by Belle (Vanessa Severo), the young woman he loves. In most previous editions the scenes between Belle and Scrooge have been reduced to obligatory, barely memorable story advancement. But Chasteen distinguishes himself as the most memorable actor to play Young Scrooge in all the years I’ve watched this show. He goes for simple psychological realism and makes a major impact. He receives invaluable help from the luminous Severo, who exhibits impressive emotional range as one who sees that Scrooge’s already proclivity for money-hoarding has overshadowed his good qualities. Full Story Back to Top
11-20-08 Comment on Jane Chastain's Disdain of the Girl Scouts (Watching the - USA) Why does Jane Chastain fear, hate, and/or disdain the Girl Scouts of America (GSA), of all groups? Well, apparently because they're leftists addicted to change kind of like Barack Obama, and because they've added an asterisk to God...I'll let Chastain state her own opinion, but with my emphasis: "'Change' was the buzzword for the Obama campaign. Change was also the buzzword at the 51st Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind. It stands as further proof that change is not always for the better. From the opening ceremony to the exhibitors in the convention hall, it is clear that the direction the Girl Scouts have chosen is a hard left, downhill. These changes began in 1970, when feminist Betty Friedan was put on the national governing board. Then, partnerships were forged with Planned Parenthood, gun control advocates and other left-wing groups. In 1980, the organization changed its policy on homosexuality and welcomed lesbians as scouts and troop leaders. In 1993, the Girl Scouts put an asterisk by the word 'God' in the promise and invited girls to tell the Creator to take a hike. Patriotism has been replaced with globalism. This year, the traditional flag ceremony was trashed." Full Story Back to Top
11-20-08 Deputy Commander Col. Cindra Chastain Prepares for Agriculture in Afghanistan ( - Clinton Township, MI) Approximately 30 Indiana National Guard Soldiers with the 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team are getting ready for their upcoming Afghanistan deployment by going back to school. The Soldiers honed their agribusiness smarts at Purdue University recently. "I'm a Purdue graduate so it's great to be back," said Col. Cindra Chastain, the unit's deputy commander. Chastain is also in charge of the team's agribusiness section and has a degree in animal sciences from the university. "It's great working with all these people that have so much expertise and are willing to share it with us."..."The mission focus is to start projects that improve agribusiness in Khowst province in Afghanistan," said Chastain. The knowledge the troops gain here will be applied when they are deployed. "These National Guard Soldiers are better suited for this mission because our Soldiers have civilian jobs and experiences in agriculture," said Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
11-20-08 Park Tavern Honors Chastain's Restaurant Firefighters (Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA) Park Tavern owner Paul Smith and his team have been looking forward to tonight’s “Hunks & Heroes Bachelor Auction and Celebration,” benefiting the Atlanta Fire Foundation. But the event has suddenly become more meaningful. Chastain’s Restaurant, which Smith also owns, was extensively damaged by a fire that began late Tuesday night. Firefighters were still on the scene of the newly opened restaurant early Wednesday. No one was injured. About lunchtime Wednesday, Smith sent word that he’s waiving the admission fee for tonight’s event at the Park Tavern to show his appreciation for the brave firefighters who battled the blaze at Chastain’s. It’s from 7 p.m. to midnight and will feature food and beverages, dancing, the auction —- and lots of gratitude. Full Story Back to Top
11-19-08 New Chastain's Restaurant is Burned ( - Atlanta, GA) A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a Buckhead restaurant Tuesday night. The fire broke out at Chastain's Restaurant near the corner of Roswell Road and Piedmont Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Chastain's opened about a month ago in the building that housed Carbo's Cafe for years. Full Story Back to Top
11-13-08 Clay Chastain Files Appeal ( - Charlotte, NC) Clay Chastain hasn’t given up on trying to get light rail in Kansas City. The former Kansas City resident filed an appeal Wednesday of a Jackson County Circuit Court judge’s May 1 decision that the Kansas City Council’s repeal of Chastain’s voter-approved 2006 light-rail plan passed constitutional muster. In a lengthy appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, Chastain argues that a provision in the Kansas City charter that empowers the legislative body to nullify petition initiatives runs afoul of the Missouri Constitution, which gives its citizenry the power to take up legislation independent of the General Assembly. Chastain’s appeal also claims that the Kansas City Council acted “with a dishonest purpose or with an actual intent to mislead” by reversing the 2006 vote. Full Story Back to Top
11-06-08 Clay Chastain Reflects on Rival Light-rail Plan Loss (Kansas City Star - MO) You know, he who laughs last … Clay Chastain isn’t laughing, but as architect of KC’s lone successful voter-approved light-rail plan he has a take on the defeat dealt the city’s starter system Tuesday. “It was a shock, really,” Chastain says. “I just knew it was going to pass, ride the Obama wave, but I don’t think the voters really rejected light rail. I think they just rejected the city’s uninspired light-rail plan and their strong-arm tactics that overturned a direct vote of the people.”...Chastain says. “The more inspiring light-rail plan is still alive. You know they claim my plan was unworkable, but theirs is the plan that was rejected. I think the voters wanted a more inspired, exciting light-rail plan like the one they voted for, not just a bland utilitarian plan like the one the city offered.”...“They spent a ton of money trying to get their plan passed, and we didn’t spend a dime,” Chastain says. “I didn’t force it down people’s throats. I didn’t stuff their mailboxes with fancy fliers. I didn’t buy any TV or radio ads. No brochures — no nothing. I just made my case and went home and let the voters decide.” Full Story Back to Top
11-04-08 Zcom Networks Appoints Robert Chastain as Chief Mining Engineer (Trading Markets (press release) - Los Angeles, CA) Zcom Networks, a publicly traded company, announced the Company has appointed Robert Chastain as the Chief Mining Engineer. Chastain is a Mine Engineer with over 50 years' experience in precious metals exploration and production. He has worked in the US and International mining realms as a surveyor, geologist, mine engineer in grass roots exploration, mine planning, and development including milling operations, process plants, and mining activities. He worked with Anaconda Copper Company in mill development and served as lead mining engineer/part owner of Mineral Services Company until he accepted the position as President of Grubstake Mining America. Full Story Back to Top
10-19-08 Praise for Soddy-Daisy Candidate Margaret Chastain (The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga, TN) Electing candidate Margaret Chastain brings new vision and 28+ years of professional business experience to the city of Soddy-Daisy. Her involvement with our children at local schools and her volunteer work demonstrate she has a finger on the pulse of the community she wishes to serve. Full Story Back to Top
10-19-08 Clay Chastain Returns to Kansas City (Kansas City Star - MO) Guess who’s coming to Kansas City for Halloween … “I’m coming in and I’m bringing my bag of treats,” says light rail activist Clay Chastain. “I’ve changed my mind, and I’m coming before the election to campaign for the light rail initiative the voters already approved — to ask voters not to vote for this new light rail plan that doesn’t go to the train station, doesn’t go to the airport — nobody really knows exactly where it’s going.”...Things have been quiet lately on Chastain’s lawsuit against the city regarding the council’s overturning his voter-passed light-rail plan. However, a ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District has changed that. On Oct. 7 the court granted an expedited hearing on Chastain’s appeal of the city’s light-rail repeal. “We won our first legal skirmish,” Chastain says. “The trial date will be set as soon as we file the appeal Oct. 31.” Full Story Back to Top
10-16-08 Walhalla Mayor Randy Chastain on Oktoberfest (Anderson Independent Mail - Anderson, SC) As in the German word that sums up the Oktoberfest atmosphere, "Gemutlichkeit" — good spirits, good times, laughter and goodwill. “Mainly, we just want people to have a good time,” said Walhalla Mayor Randy Chastain. “It should be enjoyed as a family outing.” It’s taken a lot of work to get ready, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
10-09-08 Amber Chastain Wins $1000 Scholarship (The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga, TN) The Chattanooga Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has awarded its 2008 Scholarships to Amber Chastain and Carlyn Saylors. Ms. Chastain and Ms. Saylors, both students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, were selected from 15 applicants attending Chattanooga area colleges and universities. Full Story Back to Top
10-06-08 Mayor Kelly Chastain's Controversial Bike Path is Successful (Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA) The much-maligned Colton bike path has become something few thought it would -- a success...From morning until early evening, people are walking, jogging, strolling, being pushed in strollers, riding scooters and jump-roping along the path...Colton Mayor Kelly Chastain said she loves driving by the path she championed and seeing so many people using it. "My heart is overwhelmed when I drive in the evening and see people utilizing that pathway," Chastain said. "To see strollers and moms teaching their kids how to ride their bikes and that I had something to do with that."...Chastain said the path has "gone above and beyond my expectations for use." The 2.2-mile path, from Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino to F Street in Colton, not only provides recreation, it gives safe passage to children walking to and from Alice Birney Elementary School, City Manager Daryl Parrish said. Full Story Back to Top
10-02-08 Jessica Chastain Cast for The Debt (Daily Mail - UK) American actress Jessica Chastain has been picked to play the younger version of Ms Mirren's character in the thriller The Debt, being filmed here and overseas from January. The story is told in flashbacks and flash-forwards...Ms Chastain will feature in the flashback scenes...Jessica, who has just been playing Brad Pitt's wife in the new Terrence Malick picture The Tree Of Life, plans to meet Helen soon in London. Full Story Back to Top
09-19-08 Commissioner Juan Chastang Resigns (Press-Register - - Mobile, AL) Mobile County Commissioner Juan Chastang will resign from his District 1 seat after returning to the panel less than a month ago. Chastang's resignation takes effect at the end of business today. He returned to the District 1 post Aug. 28 following a long court fight. His announcement of his departure came after he attended the commission's Thursday workshop meeting. Chastang will receive $90,000 from the county in back pay. Full Story Back to Top
09-12-08 Pastor Dennis Chasteen Celebrates 20 Years of Service (The Daily Citizen - Dalton, GA) Lakeshore Park Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming and 20 years of service by Pastor Dennis Chasteen Sunday at 11 a.m. with Brother Alan Pacheco as guest speaker. Food and fellowship will follow. The church is at 12 Crescent St. in Dalton. Full Story Back to Top
09-08-08 General Richard Chastain Speaks at Freedom Festival ( - Rockville, MD) The opening ceremony began with a prayer by Paul Leonard, pastor of Ladoga Christian Church, followed by Lebanon Police Chief Tom Garoffolo singing the fourth verse of the National Anthem. Garoffolo said he chose the fourth verse because he found it particularly poignant and appropriate. Following Garoffolo was a speech by retired General Richard Chastain, who began by saluting the Blue Star Hoosier Mothers for their efforts. "It took me 65 years to truly appreciate my mother - but these mothers are really appreciated for what they do," he said. Chastain also discussed President George W. Bush's pledge to hunt down those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including his declaration of "There will be no sanctuary." "No sanctuary' caused us a lot of problems - but I'll bet if you ask any Afghan woman today, she will say 'Thank God for the Americans who freed us from The Taliban," he said. Chastain said the U.S. "probably did make some mistakes in Iraq" - but there's been a great deal accomplished. "Six months ago, everybody was talking about the debacle in Iraq but today, that's not the case," he said. Chastain said he had the opportunity to ask some service members what they thought of the election campaign. The response: "We will serve the commander-in-chief regardless of who he is." "I didn't even ask my next question," he said. In addition to U.S. soldiers, Chastain also took time to salute America's other heroes, the emergency responders. He said the images of firefighters starting up the steps of the World Trade Center tower has remained "always burned into my memory." "I've never seen anything so inspiring in my life," he said. Full Story Back to Top
09-08-08 Injured Deputy David Chastain Receives Community Support (Hickory Daily Record - Hickory, NC) Jones was part of a crowd of more than 150 who gathered at the Justice Center on Sunday afternoon and participated in a charity ride for David Chastain, ending at Riverbend Park. Chastain is a deputy with Catawba County, just like Jones. But Jones' vehicle Sunday was a motorcycle; Chastain's was a van and then a wheelchair. But Chastain, the victim of a July 25 hit-and-run on N.C. 10 near Robinson Road, wasn't letting it get him down Sunday. "I am just overwhelmed by the response, amazed by the amount of people who showed up," Chastain said. "It's just good to know that there are the Blue Knights and other people that support law enforcement." The driver who hit Chastain, who was riding a motorcycle, has yet to be identified. Chastain was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem from the scene and has undergone eight surgeries on his left leg, which took the brunt of the impact. He was released from the hospital about two weeks ago and is getting ready to begin physical therapy today. Full Story Back to Top
09-05-08 Early David T. Chastain CDs to be Re-released ( - White Plains, NY) Shrapnel Records will reissue the first two CHASTAIN CDs — "Mystery of Illusion" and "Ruler of the Wasteland" — in October. Band founder/guitarist David T. Chastain states: "At long last these will be available on CD as an official release. These CDs aren't to be confused with the bootleg versions that were put out a few years back by a bunch of thieves." "Mystery of Illusion" was originally released in 1985 and "Ruler of the Wasteland" was released in 1986. David adds: "I don't think a week has gone by in 20 years when someone hasn't asked me 'When is 'Ruler' or 'Mystery' going to be available on CD?" Full Story Back to Top
09-04-08 Tony Shasteen Produces Cover for First X-Files Comic (Wired News - USA) X-Files honcho Frank Spotnitz remains bullish on the supernatural franchise's possibilities. Spotnitz, who co-wrote and produced this summer's flop The X-Files: I Want to Believe, is mining the TV show's rich mythology for Wildstorm's The X-Files comic books, and says there's no end in sight...Issue No. 1 of the comic, written by Spotnitz with art by Brian Denham, cover by Tony Shasteen and variant cover by Russell Walks, is due Nov. 19. Full Story Back to Top
08-29-08 Juan Chastang Returns to Commission (WKRG-TV - Mobile, AL) For the first time in 16 months, Juan Chastang sat in his former seat on the Mobile County Commission. Chastang has been out of the seat since April 2007 when a judicial panel removed him, saying his appointment by Alabama Governor Bob Riley was illegal. The court has since ruled that the appointment was legal. In an interview with News 5's Tiffany Craig, Chastang is now back at work for the county and plans to seek back pay for the time he was gone. Full Story Back to Top
08-28-08 J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Gift Provides for Eminent Scholar (Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota, FL) Chastain scholar joins FSU. Thanks to a 1999 gift from J. Harold and Barbara Chastain of Bradenton, C.F. Sirmans will join Florida State University's College of Business as its J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Eminent Scholar in Real Estate. In a news release, Dean Gatzlaff, FSU's Mark C. Bane Professor and director of the Center for Real Estate Education and Research, calls Sirmans "one of the nation's leading real estate economists." Sirmans begins at FSU in January. Full Story Back to Top
08-27-08 Ricky Chastain Announces Gator Hunting Season ( - Little Rock, AR) The sophomore season of alligator hunting will get underway next month. Thirty-two hunters have been chosen for permits to hunt alligators in Arkansas. The season will be Sept. 19-22 and Sept. 26-29...Chastain said that in addition to the seven alligator permits in Zone 1 that were available through the draw process, eight permits were made available directly to five private landowners based on surveys conducted in the spring. Full Story Back to Top
08-26-08 Ludgood Resigns from Juan Chastangs' Old Seat (WKRG-TV - Mobile, AL) The *now* former north Mobile County leader says she has turned in her county car and credit card and is moving out of the office immediately. Ludgood's departure comes after months of legal wrangling over the position that she won in a special election. Ludgood defeated Republican Juan Chastang in October 2007 after a judicial panel removed him. The panel agreed that Riley violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by appointing Chastang. Justices have since ruled in Riley's favor. On Monday, Attorney General Troy King instructed Mobile County officials to stop paying Ludgood...The empty seat isn't expected to stay cold for long. Chastang has said in the past that he wants the position back. Ludgood plans to run for the position again in November. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-08 Jack Chastain Returns to Local Salvation Army (ENC Today - Jacksonville, NC) Jack Chastain, who led the Salvation Army's Kinston chapter in the late 1960s and early '70s, has returned to help the organization navigate an increasingly crowded field of local nonprofits. Chastain spent 38 years with Salvation Army corps in cities throughout the Southeast and attained the rank of major. (The organization refers to its local chapters as "corps.") He commanded the Kinston corps from 1969-1974. He and his wife retired from the Salvation Army in 1999 and moved to Grifton, where they still reside. He stayed involved, though. Chastain spent the past few years with Greenville's corps, conducting fundraising and public relations efforts. He returned to Kinston this spring, at the request of current corps leader Capt. Michael Rogers, to serve as community relations director. In that role, he is an unpaid volunteer. Full Story Back to Top
08-14-08 Federal Court Justices Reverse Juan Chastang Ruling (Press-Register - - Mobile, AL) A panel of federal court judges Wednesday reversed a ruling from last year that booted Juan Chastang from his Mobile County Commission seat, but his immediate political future remains unclear. Alabama Attorney General Troy King said Wednesday during an appearance in Mobile that Chastang would have to be reappointed by a state court judge. But attorneys for Chastang and for the Mobile County Probate Court said they hoped the matter could be resolved without more court action. Merceria Ludgood, who took the commission seat after handily defeating Chastang in a special election called after his ouster, said Wednesday she was aware of the order but had no comment. She had not resigned her position as of Wednesday afternoon. She is the only candidate running for the seat in the Nov. 4 general election. Full Story Back to Top
08-07-08 Dave Chastain Band Drummer Severely Injured (Peoria Journal Star - Peoria, IL) John Patty, 44, of Peoria remains at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, where he is slated to undergo surgery today to his back, which suffered third-degree burns when a bolt of electricity struck him July 31 as he sprayed weed killer in a substation at Bartonville's Keystone Steel & Wire Co. "Considering the situation and (short) amount of time that's passed, he's doing very well," said Chastain, who visited Patty on Sunday at the hospital. "He was sitting up awake and talking to his mom, eating ice cream...On his way to Memorial, Patty almost died from kidney failure. Later, doctors amputated both of Patty's legs just below the knee. His surgery today is to repair a basketball-size burn on his back, Chastain said. Chastain was standing about four feet away on the other side of a fence inside the electrical substation when Patty was shocked. The pair, employed by Samsel's Outdoor Services Corp., were performing a routine, annual spraying at the steel manufacturer's plant...Chastain said he watched an electrical current, some 10 to 15 feet above Patty, arc and hit his friend "like a bolt of lightning" in the back. About 3,500 volts of electricity pulsated through Patty's body, knocking him face-first to the ground. Chastain said he ran into the pen to help Patty, but was blocked by a "giant force-field of electricity." A Keystone electrician, who had unlocked the substation for the spraying, meanwhile, left to get help, leaving Chastain alone with Patty, who was screaming his legs were on fire...Patty, who for the past year had been the drummer for The Dave Chastain Band, a local blues band, founded by Chastain 30 years ago, seems to be coping as best as can be expected about his lost limbs...Patty, a father of three, will overcome his handicap and regain his beat as a drummer, Chastain said. "He will play again. It will be a long road, but John will play again," he said. "He was a fantastic drummer, a world-class drummer in my opinion. He will have a job with me when that time comes." Full Story Back to Top
08-06-08 Jane Steppe Chastain Hosts Godmother's 90th Birthday (Blount Today - Blount) Marie Colvin stood straight with a teacher’s presence Saturday as friends, family, former students and a U.S. senator came to wish her well as she celebrated her 90th birthday with a reception at Fairview United Methodist Church. The reception was hosted by her godchildren, Bill Steppe and wife, Susan, of Memphis, Donna Steppe Millard and husband, Joe, of Colorado Springs, and Jane Steppe Chastain and husband, Roger, of Aguanga, Calif...“She has always been a goodwill ambassador for this town that she loves,” said her godchild, Jane Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
08-01-08 Chestang Family Band to Perform ( - near Pensacola, FL) Two groups will take to the stage for a night of family fun tonight at the Barrineau Park Community Center. The first group to perform will be the Chestang Family Band (pictured above) from McIntosh, Alabama, playing gospel and bluegrass. With Elroy on the guitar, Tabitha on the bass and Spanky playing everything else, they will inspire everyone, especially when little Autumn comes on stage and belts out a tune or two, according the event organizers. Full Story Back to Top
07-29-08 Clay Chastain Submits New Proposal (Kansas City Star - MO) Clay Chastain is popping up again on the subject of light rail. Actually, he's been clamoring for attention a lot lately. Today, he sent out an email proposing a Jackson County-only transit plan for the November ballot. This comes on the heels of a plan he proposed last week for a Kansas City-only starter line. And that came on the heels of separate regional transit plans he proposed in June and is a rundown of his latest plans: May: $2.32 billion Missouri-side concept, including 30 miles of light rail, 17 miles of commuter rail, a downtown streetcar circulator, plus fleets of hybrid and electric buses. June: $2.9 billion Missouri-side concept, with 32 miles of light rail, a streetcar line along Prospect Avenue, fleets of buses and designated bike lanes. July 21: $800 million for a 14-mile Kansas City light rail starter line, a 4-mile streetcar line in Linwood Boulevard, plus electric buses. July 29: $1.1 billion Jackson County-only concept, with a 10-mile light rail starter line south of the Missouri River, commuter rail, streetcar and "low-emission" buses, all connecting at Union Station. Full Story Back to Top
07-17- 2008 Jennifer Chastain Wins Historical Project (Lake City Reporter - Lake City, FL) A unanimous vote Wednesday by members of the Lake City Sesquicentennial Steering Committee assured that 900 copies of a fourth-grade coloring book will come to be. The $2,990 project was awarded to Fort White resident Jennifer Chasteen. She is now commissioned to create a 12-page coloring book, with six to 10 illustrations and six pages of text. The tentative title of the coloring book is “The History of Lake City 1859-2009. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-08 Jane Chastain Speaks of Jesse Helms (WorldNetDaily - Grants Pass, OR) Jesse Helms was astute, kind, witty and one of the most polite and fair-minded individuals I have ever known, nothing like the caricature often painted by the media. I met him in 1967, when I presented myself as a candidate for employment at WRAL-TV. I had broken a lot of barriers for women as a sportscaster in progressive Atlanta, but when I decided to marry Roger Chastain, an industrial designer in Raleigh, I was quite sure my career had come to an end. The television station in nearby Durham – the only other station in the area – had offered me a job as a weather girl. WRAL was my last hope. My knees were shaking as I stood in the office of Fred Fletcher, the president of Capitol Broadcasting. Fletcher said, "Sports? You just can't do sports for us." That's when Jesse Helms, his executive vice president in charge of programing, spoke up and said, "Oh, yes she can!" Mr. Fletcher relented, and I was hired on the spot. At that time, I had no way of knowing what an influence Jesse would have on my life. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-08 Candidate Jerry Chastain Answers Questions (Tecumseh Countywide News - Tecumseh, OK) What do you regard as the single most important issue facing Shawnee and the city Commission over the next four years and how do you propose to handle that issue? CHASTAIN: Water and how to conserve it. We need to continue to work with the group working to obtain water from Sardis Lake...Please share your thinking briefly on the following issues that have crept up over the past several years and if you think anything specific should be done on any of these, tell what you would try to do. If you covered one of these under questions 1, you may skip that particular issue here. (A) Parks (B) Water (long-range), (C) Water and sewer rates (short-range) (D) Economic Development (in brief, please), (E) Garbage collection, (F) The Street paving program. CHASTAIN: A. Quit talking about it and develop the regional park as planned. C. Keep them as low as possible within a realistic basis. D. We should concentrate on taking care of our present businesses and not get involved in spending more taxpayer funds to recruit new business. E. This issue must be revisited and changes made as the public is very unhappy with the present bad service. F. Streets are one of my top priorities and I will never divert funds from streets for any other program...Why do you believe you can represent the people of Ward 2 on the City Commission more effectively than your opponents? CHASTAIN: I have lived and worked in Shawnee for 30 years and have a grasp of what the people want and expect from their public officials. I have the ability to listen to the voice of the people. They should never be ignored. Full Story Back to Top
07-10-08? Dr. Curt Chastain Encourages Men to Seek Medical Advice More Regularly (WBXH - LA) Women visit the doctor 150% as often as men, enabling them to detect health problems in their early stages. "There are a significant number of male related problems like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, infertility that could be detected and treated if men were more aware of them," says Dr. Curt Chastain, Director of LMHO and the Lake Men's Health Center. "This conference is designed to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment, as well as to educate on health risks specific to men of different ages and races. It is our goal to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury." Full Story Back to Top
07-03-08 Jim Chastain Publishes Second Book (Norman Transcript - Norman, OK) "Antidotes and Home Remedies," a new poetry book by Jim Chastain, will be launched 2 p.m. July 13 Second Sunday Poetry Reading in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Ave. "The book is a combination of health-related poems and some of my most popular poems from the last few years." Chastain said...Chastain also writes feature articles for Oklahoma Today and the Oklahoma Gazette alternative weekly and has been a film critic for The Norman Transcript for more than a decade. His film reviews have also appeared in The Edmond Evening Sun, The Enid News and Eagle and The Briefcase. Chastain is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critic's Circle. An attorney for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Chastain refers to his job writing opinions for the Court as the "very essence of creative writing." For more information on Chastain, visit www, For more information on Performing Arts Studio programs, call 307-9320 or visit Full Story Back to Top
07-03-08 Professor Lanny Chasteen Retires (OKC Business - Oklahoma City, OK) Lanny Chasteen, professor of accounting and Wilton T. Anderson professor, retired June 3 after 39 years on the Oklahoma State University Spears School faculty. Chasteen joined the School of Accounting in 1969 and served the department in various roles, including 14 years as department head...Chasteen said. “Perhaps my greatest joy has been seeing our students and alumni achieve success in their careers.” During his time at OSU, Chasteen taught more than 6,500 students. His teaching honors include the Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Award of Merit from the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the Spears School Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition, he twice received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. Chasteen authored six editions of a best-selling intermediate accounting textbook. He also published articles in a wide array of scholarly publications, including The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, the Journal of Accounting and the Journal of Accounting Education. In 2006, donations from several OSU accounting alumni provided an endowment to establish the Lanny G. Chasteen Endowed Chair in Accounting. Full Story Back to Top
07-02-08? Bearcat Mascot Kevin Chastain Graduates (Greenwood Today - Greenwood, SC) Lander's Bearcat mascot was unveiled in spring 2004 during annual Homecoming activities. Since then there has only been one man behind the mask, paws and claws – Kevin Chastain. Chastain, a native of Columbia, was a freshman at the time. He was in his second semester at Lander and was launching the beginning of a strong relationship with the university that, according to him, will continue for years to come...While not in the suit, Chastain has enjoyed a normal college life as an exercise science major, though his friends have always, and will likely continue to call him "Bearcat" regardless of whether he is wearing the suit or not. In line with his continuously jovial personality, Chastain said with a grin, "It has been nice to be known as the Bearcat...In May he crossed the stage in Finis Horne Arena – Bearcat feet peering clearly from beneath his robe – and became a Lander graduate. Full Story Back to Top
07-02-08 Mike Chastaine Racing Team Lost in British Columbia ( - Tacoma, WA) It was last year's Race to the North Extreme on the islands off British Columbia, and El Dorado Hills' Mike Chastaine and his Dirty Avocados teammates spent 57 hours on a trek that organizers said would take 12 to 15 hours. Being lost was the least of their problems. "In California, when you're traveling without a trail, your best bet is to go up creeks and it'll get you to the top, which is what we were trying to do here," Chastaine says. "But in Canada, that apparently is the worst way to travel. ... We came face to face with a huge waterfall. "We had to back out of the creek and work our way up the ridge. Then we ran into 80-foot cliffs that weren't on the map. We ultimately got to the top, but we had no visibility on top of a snow- covered mountain. All we could hear was waterfalls on every side of us. We were concerned about walking to the ledge and falling off. "We did have a GPS unit, but I didn't realize there's different data for the unit depending where you are on the planet. My data was set for California. When we called in (on an emergency radio) and said we couldn't figure out where we were, we gave them the coordinates our GPS showed and they guided us by that. But it was off by many hundreds of meters." Chastaine and team wandered for two days, out of food, short on water and soaking wet. But they eventually found their way to the checkpoint and finished the race several days later Full Story Back to Top
07-02-08? Kevin Chastain Retires as Bearcat (Greenwood Today - Greenwood, SC) Lander's Bearcat mascot was unveiled in spring 2004 during annual Homecoming activities. Since then there has only been one man behind the mask, paws and claws – Kevin Chastain. Chastain, a native of Columbia, was a freshman at the time. He was in his second semester at Lander and was launching the beginning of a strong relationship with the university that, according to him, will continue for years to come. He didn't come to Lander lightly though. When Chastain was looking at colleges he had his eyes and heart set on a much larger university – one with a similar catlike mascot. He knew nothing of Lander, and wasn't interested in considering another college. His mother encouraged him to look into some other options, and Lander was on the list. After some discussion he agreed to tour the campus. What he found on his visit left him with an impression that has continued throughout his time at the university. "The first time I came to Lander it was my birthday," said Chastain. "I had never heard of Lander and told my mom not to bother sending in the open house card. But once I set foot on campus I fell in love with it. I was immediately aware of the small, friendly atmosphere that makes Lander so great."...In line with his continuously jovial personality, Chastain said with a grin, "It has been nice to be known as the Bearcat, suit or no suit. My experience as the mascot has brought me closer to Lander than I would have been otherwise."...At Homecoming 2008, he was presented a plaque in recognition of his Bearcat service. At the April Sports Banquet he stepped up to the podium to accept the Dr. Boyce M. Grier Award, presented to the Lander student-athlete who best exemplifies school spirit. Full Story Back to Top
07-01-08 Jessica Chastain Wraps Tree of Life with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn (Women's Wear Daily - USA) Actress Jessica Chastain said she just wrapped "Tree of Life," directed by Terrence Malick, alongside Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The actress also presented "Jolene" at The Seattle Film Festival in June. "She won best actress," chipped in Chastain's beau, filmmaker Ned Benson. "I'm the promoting boyfriend," he said. Full Story Back to Top
06-30-08 Happy Chastain of University of California Weighs in on Proposed Law (First Amendment Center - Nashville, TN) Happy Chastain, UC’s senior legislative director for state governmental relations, wrote, “Although the University goes great lengths to ensure academic and speaking freedoms, we must also have the right to take appropriate measures … . In order to preserve academic independence from political intrusion, it is important that the University maintain its ability to act if an instructor fails to teach course materials that have been approved by the University.” Chastain gave the example of a math teacher allowing a student to discuss an off-topic subject for so long in class that the education of others would be disrupted and the required curriculum not fulfilled. She wrote that the university “must maintain its ability to correct situations in which … a University employee has failed to comply with academic teaching standards.” Existing California laws give students and faculty “substantial freedom of speech protections,” Chastain wrote. Full Story Back to Top
06-29-08 Dave Chastain Band Honors Fellow Bluesman (Peoria Journal Star - Peoria, IL) Peoria bluesman Chuck Ely passed away in February. And since then, there have been some great parties attached to his name...Now, friends and family are hosting a memorial benefit at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Silver Dollar, 4322 N. Prospect Road. There will be T-shirts for sale, barbecue, raffles and live music by local bands including The Roling's Tones, TV Blues, the Dave Chastain Band, Nick Boettcher, and members of Rooster Alley and the Chuck Ely Rhythm and Blues Band and more...musician Dave Chastain said he didn't hesitate when asked to help honor a fellow musician and longtime friend. "We just wanted to honor Chuck and all the great times we had, and at the same time help out financially, try to bring as many people in as possible," Chastain said. "It's just a day to get together and honor Chuck and the person he was - he was a character, and a great rhythm-and-blues-singer." Full Story Back to Top
06-28-08 Tony Shasteen Does Cover for New Comic -- The Corps! (Comic Book Resources - Ca) Today, the publisher announced a new six-issue mini series based on Lanard Toys' long-running action figure line The Corps! to be written by Rick Remender ("Fear Agent," "Punisher War Journal") and drawn by Roberto Carlos with a kick off cover by Tony Shasteen ("Occult Crimes Taskforce") and designs by superstar Lenil Francis Yu. Full Story Back to Top
06-27-08 Chastain Park Receives Permission for Vending Concessions (Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA) Piedmont Park will be the second city park with vending operations, after tiny Findley Plaza in Little Five Points, she said. Operating groups for Chastain and Woodruff parks also have received city permission to have concessions...Parks such as Piedmont and Chastain "have the ability to become strong, robust revenue generators for the parks department," said Councilman H. Lamar Willis...Central Atlanta Progress, a downtown improvement group that manages Woodruff Park, is planning a small fast-food restaurant, coffee shop and sit-down restaurant at the three-acre downtown park...The Chastain Park Conservancy's plans are undetermined. Full Story Back to Top
06-27-08 City Clerk Karen Chasteen Pulls Weeds for City (Palladium-Item - Richmond, IN) The business owners all agree: Plants and flowers are dying, lampposts are dark and weeds are growing in cracks in the pavement. "It's a maintenance issue," said Renee Oldham, Main Street-Richmond Wayne County executive director. "Main Street will not be buying flowers next year unless we have someone to maintain them." It's a concern because thousands of guests from 45 states and seven countries are expected in the city and across the region for the Model T Ford T Party, a celebration of the first affordable automobile's 100th birthday...City Clerk Karen Chasteen and Councilman Phil Quinn told businesses to let them know what needs remedied...Chasteen says help has been coming from unlikely sources already. But more businesses might need to care for their own sidewalks and flowers. "The mayor's been out (helping with beautification)," Chasteen said. "I've been out. I'll pull weeds. I don't care." Full Story Back to Top
06-23-08 Gambling CEO Chuck Chastain Applauds German Partnership ( - Aabyhoej, Jutland, Denmark) The GigaMedia online subsidiary Everest and the German land subsidiary of World Poker Store in the United States have signed a marketing agreement that will see both entities benefiting from the convergence of Internet and land poker activities...Chuck Chastain, CEO for WPS commented: "We are excited to welcome Everest to the World Poker Store and Bar Poker League family. "This partnership will offer our players in Germany more opportunity to compete worldwide for premiere tournament invites through the League and through's online contests as...Chastain added that Germany was setting a precedent for future launches in other countries as the first official European country to join the global Bar Poker League. Full Story Back to Top
06-20-08 Ruth Chastain Wins $2.2 Million Law Suit (Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson, SC) Ruth Chastain, who was 70 at the time of her hospitalization in February 2005, filed the lawsuit after suffering a pressure ulcer on her lower back that was not properly treated while under nursing care at AnMed Health, said her attorney, Joey Wright. Wright said her three children demanded she be transferred to Regency Hospital in Greenville, where she then spent a total of 597 days at the hospital and in rehabilitation at a cost of more than $1 million. Full Story Back to Top
06-20-08? Chastain Middle School Principle Resigns Amidst Continuing Problems (WAPT - Jackson, MS) Greg Kelly resigned last week to take a job in California, according to Jackson Public Schools officials. Kelly became principal at Chastain a year ago. His resignation comes on the heels of recent allegations from some parents that claimed students are having sex, using drugs and fighting on school grounds. Kelly replaced Michael Ellis, who was fired by Superintendent Earl Watkins...And in 2006, former Chastain teacher Carla Hughes was arrested and charged in connection with the slaying of Avis Banks. Banks was the fiancee of another Chastain teacher...Kelly said his resignation had nothing to do with the parents’ allegations...we have been presented with such a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family that we felt we could not pass up." Kelly and his wife will both work in the education field in California, he said. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-08 Chastain Siblings are Off to the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals! (Columbia Missourian - Columbia, MO) Casey Chasteen just graduated from Rock Bridge High School on May 31, where rodeo competitions consumed many of her weekends. She started rodeo when she was 7 and has been involved in it ever since...Her younger brother Brady, who will be a junior at Rock Bridge, is also involved in rodeo...Casey Chasteen will be competing in cutting, breakaway roping and goat tying, while her brother will be competing in cutting and calf roping. The pair will compete together in team roping as well. Other events include bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, bareback, barrel racing and pole bending. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-08 Englishman Reviews Professor John Chasteen's 'Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence' (New Statesman - London, England) Professor Chasteen has put together a racy narrative of the people and events which two centuries ago led Spain and Portugal's possessions to break free of Europe. The author tells the story in little gobbets. He recounts the doings of the principal figures year by year. For 1815, for instance, the page and a bit devoted to the Uruguayan hero José Artigas in a mud hut with a thatched roof, cursing the "epidemic of Spaniards", is followed by a similar space devoted to how Simón Bolívar, soon to be acclaimed the Liberator of Venezuela, sits in Jamaica appealing for aid from Britain to throw the Spaniards out. On the next page, João VI, who has been evacuated from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro under the protection of the Royal Navy, is planning how to keep the two parts of his kingdom, tiny Portugal and vast Brazil, under Braganza family control. As such, Americanos is never dull or stodgy. On the contrary, it sometimes gives the giddy feeling of one-damn-thing-after-another. Its weakness is its author's touching North American belief in the power of written constitutions and his cursory examination of the underlying economic realities of the shot and shell and march and countermarch. Full Story Back to Top
06-19-08 Susan Chastain Brings Jazz Singer Norma Winstone to Firefly (The Ann Arbor News - - Ann Arbor, MI) British jazz singer and lyricist Norma Winstone brings her classy act - best known for wordless vocal improvisations - to the Firefly Club Saturday night. "She's one of the most unique voices in jazz," said Susan Chastain, Firefly owner. Winstone was born in London and first attracted attention in the late 1960s. In July 2001, Winstone won the title of best vocalist in the BBC Jazz Awards...ECM is really including us in all of their national tours now because Ann Arbor and Firefly audiences come out for these acts. ECM is cutting-edge, modern European jazz," Chastain added. Full Story Back to Top
06-18-08 Dalton State College Chestnut Tree to be Pollinated (Daily Citizen - Dalton, GA) The Mary Belle Price Chestnut Tree, which was planted on the Dalton State College campus in October 2006, has recently been pollinated in an effort to increase the number of blight-resistant trees throughout the state. “This was the first time we pollinated the tree,” said Don Davis, professor of sociology and the founding president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation...“We placed pollen from pure American chestnuts on the tree in order to create blight-resistant trees that have more American characteristics."...Davis, who helped establish the Georgia Chapter in 2004, said membership in the chapter has grown to more than 200 members statewide. Full Story Back to Top
06-17-08 Lions Club Elects Officers President Pat Chastain and Secretary Billy Chastain (Indianapolis Star - United States) New officers are Immediate Past President Larry Graden, President Pat Chastain, Vice President Robert Hovermale, Second Vice President Paul Morrison, Third Vice President Rick Ferguson II, Board Members John Sabol and Nick Xinopolous, Secretary Billy Chastain, Treasurer Ray Furner, Lion Tamer Joe Szentivanyi, and Tail Twister Doug Ratermann...Brownsburg Lions club currently has 56 men and women members and was founded in 1929. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. Full Story Back to Top
06-17-08 Fire Chief Richard Shasteen Participates in Respectful Flag Burning (Tullahoma News and Guardian - Tullahoma, TN) Dozens of tattered, faded and worn American flags were destroyed with proper dignity in a ceremony conducted by area Boy Scout troops in honor of Flag Day on Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle School in Tullahoma...Members of the Marine Corp League, Ed Magee and Jeff Ready, also participated, as well as representatives of the Tullahoma police and fire departments, Police Chief Paul Blackwell and City Fire Chief Richard Shasteen. The scouts individually saluted each folded flag before carrying it to one of two fire pits prepared for the event...The ashes from the burned flags were then buried. Full Story Back to Top
06-16-08 Mary Kay Senior VP Rhonda Shasteen Promotes Environmental Compact (PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY) Mary Kay announces the "Mary Kay Compact Recycling Drive" to coincide with the launch of the new eco-friendly Mary Kay(R) Compact featuring an innovative refill system that is estimated to eliminate 60 million units of packaging, helping to cut more than 60,000 tons of carbon emissions..."The 'Mary Kay Compact Recycling Drive' is inviting women to feel wonderful about looking wonderful!" said Rhonda Shasteen, Mary Kay senior vice president of global brand strategy. "By recycling their previous Mary Kay Compacts, women everywhere can become part of an environmental movement that includes our new eco-chic refillable compact. It's never been easier to beautify yourself and the environment simultaneously!" Full Story Back to Top
06-13-08 Deadly Tornados Spare Castana (Radio Iowa - Des Moines, IA) Experts have completed their study of the 14-mile-long path of Wednesday night's tornado in western Iowa that hit a Boy Scout camp, killing four boys and injuring dozens. Becky Griffis...says the tornado strength is being ranked as an EF-2 or EF-3 as it appears the winds were up to 135-miles per hour, perhaps higher...She says there were seven tornadoes in that storm, starting southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska, then near Omaha and the suburb of Elkhorn, all the way out to Little Sioux and as far northeast as Castana, Iowa. Of all the twisters that night, only the one that hit the Scout camp caused any serious damage or injuries. None of the others produced any damage on the ground Full Story Back to Top
06-13-08 Lt. Josh Chastain Receives Donations to Send to Soldiers in Iraq (Louisville Courier-Journal - Louisville, KY) St. John Presbyterian Church in New Albany, carted three plastic tubs full of items donated by members of the congregation to the Indiana National Guard Armory on Grant Line Road yesterday afternoon. At the door they were greeted by Lt. Josh Chastain and Capt. Aaron Rogers, who brought them to a room where they put the tubs on a table and said thanks. The effort to send "care packages" to National Guard soldiers serving in Iraq, Holt said, started a few months ago, with church members bringing items they wanted to donate to Sunday services. Full Story Back to Top
06-12-08 Brad Chasteen Opens New Moe's Restaurant with Free Burritos (Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL) "Welcome to Moe's!" This rallying cry for faithful followers of Moe's Southwest Grill could be heard loud and clear in OakLeaf Plantation Saturday morning. About 160 people gathered for the grand opening of the restaurant's newest location in northeast Florida. Devoted patrons started showing up at about noon Friday, as the first 100 customers would win a free burrito every week for a year. Brad Chasteen, president and CEO of Welcome To Moe's, Inc., said they had 100 people on the list by 2 a.m. Saturday. He estimated about 160 people were there at 10 a.m...Chasteen said the company plans to hold similar events for all store openings. People camped out three days in advance for the first event in the area, which was at a Jacksonville Beach location last year. Full Story Back to Top
06-11-08 Johnny Chastain Hopes for Fourth Championship (Cherokee Sentinel - Murphy, NC) Johnny Chastain piloted the Ashley Furniture Home-Store of Murphy Monte Carlo to his second consecutive win at Tri-County Race Track Saturday night. A three time track champion at the third mile clay oval Chastain padded his point lead on what he hopes to be his fourth championship. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-08 Johnny Beats Shawn Chastain at Tri-County Race Track (Cherokee Scout - Murphy, NC) Murphy brothers Johnny and Shawn Chastain staged a furious battle around the high-banked clay oval at Tri-County Race Track Saturday night, as younger brother Johnny recorded his fifth win of the season. “I’ve always said if I can’t win I hope Shawn does, and he feels the same way,” Johnny said. “Both of us really enjoy racing against the other, and there is no one we race harder against or would rather beat.” Shawn took the lead on the start and held on to it for half of the race with Johnny on his rear bumper and racing side by side at times. Coming out of turn four, Johnny edged in front and stayed there until the checkered flag dropped. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-08 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Leads in Primary (Greenville News - Greenville, SC) With 37 of 39 precincts in Laurens County reporting...two-term incumbent Sheriff Ricky Chastain was winning his race against challenger Richard Inman Jr. in the Republican primary for the Laurens County Sheriff. Chastain had 3,714 votes to Inman’s 1,037 votes. The winner in that race will run unopposed in the November general election. Full Story Back to Top
06-10-08 Clay Chastain Request to Address City Council is Denied (Kansas City Star - MO) Light-rail advocate Clay Chastain has asked Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser for an opportunity to address the City Council this week but has been turned down. “This is another example of how they’re trying to expel me and the 75,000 who voted for our plan from the process,” Chastain said...Chastain said he wanted to present a compromise plan that would resolve many of the light-rail issues still in question. Mayoral spokesman Kendrick Blackwood said the council has a packed agenda for its Thursday business session, dealing with sewer upgrades, weed control and other issues. “On short notice, it didn’t seem appropriate to clear the decks." Full Story Back to Top
06-09-08 Bob Chastain Sawmill Day Rained Out ( - Rockville, MD) Chastain and his fellow woodworking club members had scheduled their 8th annual Sawmill Day for Saturday at Chastain's rural Ladoga home. Those who showed up spent much of the day, however, waiting for the rainstorms to disperse before they could fire up the sawmills on the property...Some sawing did take place in the afternoon but Chastain decided to reschedule the official Sawmill Day for a date in September to be determined later...Normally, on Sawmill Day each year, woodworking club members from Montgomery, Parke and Putnam counties gather at Chastain's home to buy fresh-sawn lumber and socialize. The four sawmills cut logs into boards of varying sizes..."All the money generated from this goes to support 4-H woodworking projects," Chastain said. Every Montgomery County 4-H member who completes a woodworking project for the fair receives some sort of useful item from Chastain. "It might be a tape measure or safety glasses or ear protection, something like that," he said...Since schools no longer have wood shop classes, Chastain and his fellow woodworkers take it upon themselves to keep the art of woodworking alive among the younger generations. Full Story Back to Top
06-07-08 Driver Shane Chastain Joins New Race Team (Access North Georgia - Gainesville, GA) What do you get when you combine a former Pro Late Model track champion at Lanier National Speedway and another driver who has finished second in the points in the division three different times? “Fun,” said 36-year-old Shane Chastain, who has taken over the familiar No. 10 car of Greg Simpson. “I wrecked my car and just didn’t have the time or resources to fix it. He had a third car and we’ve been friends a long time so we just decided to pool our resources for a while.”...The two have known each other for years beginning when Chastain sold Simpson his second car. Ever since then the two have always worked together on their cars despite being adversaries on the track. Chastain won the 2002 track title while Simpson as recently as last year finished second in the season points race in the Pro Late Model class. Full Story Back to Top
06-06-08 Ricky Chastain Prepares for Alligator Hunt (Batesville Daily Guard (subscription) - Batesville, AR) The first step in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s renewal process for a second year of the well-received alligator hunting season has begun. For the past couple of weeks, AGFC field crews have been busy conducting spotlight surveys across south Arkansas. The population data, a harvest report from the first alligator hunt, a summary of last year’s nuisance alligator activities and a report on Arkansas’ farm-raised alligators will all be compiled into a single report and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by July 1. The USFWS will have to review the information to determine if the conservative hunting season is having any negative impacts on overall alligator numbers. The timeline for pulling off this hunt is very narrow, said Ricky Chastain of the wildlife management division. “Last year, we used spotlight data collected in 2001-2003. All our permit locations and permit numbers were already known going into the approval process. Now, we are required to collect new spotlight data and the survey routes can’t be run until late May early June. “Unfortunately, this is the schedule we will have to use from now on,” Chastain said. Chastain said those interested in a chance to participate in the alligator hunt should remain aware of the dates in this process. During the 2007 alligator hunting season, 32 permits were issued and 21 alligators were harvested. Twelve gators were harvested in the southwest quarter of the state and nine were harvested in the southeast quarter. The largest alligator taken was a 12 foot, 8 inch male taken on private land in southeast Arkansas. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-08 Jessica Chastain Films New Movie with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn (Austin 360 (subscription) - Austin, TX) The cast and crew of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” wrapped up the 1940’s-1960s portion of the ambitious film and are off to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah after a couple days filming in Houston. Later, the film will shoot in Iceland, of all places. These locations suggest that “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is the film Malick wrote in the late ’70s after making “Days of Heaven.” Originally titled “Q,” the movie starts in prehistoric times and ends in the far future, although the bulk of the film follows a family (Pitt as father and Jessica Chastain as mother of three boys) from 1947 through 1968. Full Story Back to Top
06-04-08 Recall Against Mayor Kelly Chastain Fails (Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA) Colton voters went to the polls Tuesday to put an end to what became a nasty and divisive campaign to recall Mayor Kelly Chastain. In the end, Chastain won out. With all 30 precincts reporting, 61.8 percent of the voters decided against the recall. Those who voted no to the recall ensured that Chastain would finish out her first term as mayor after 10 years on the Colton City Council...The campaign had been fierce, with accusations flying in mailers, during the public comment portion of council meetings and even on the dais. Election signs on both sides had been vandalized or stolen, candidates said. The recall began in November, after a political action committee formed by Gary Grossich and Frank Navarro began gathering signatures to unseat Chastain...Chastain, 45, has said she has a vision for Colton that exceeds the city's boundaries. Projects that have her interest are all tax-based and commerce-related. Full Story Back to Top
06-03-08 Alyssa Marie Chastine Vies for County Fair Queen (The Marshall Democrat-News - Marshall, MO) Saline County Fair Queens will be crowned at the Saline County BBQ Saturday, June 7...Alyssa Marie Chastine, 14, daughter of Kim and Ron Chastine of Marshall...will be starting her freshman year at Marshall High School this fall and is currently a member of Work-to-Win 4-H Club. She has been a member of 4-H for four years and played Malta Bend basketball for four years. She was a member of Malta Bend Marching Band for two years, member of United Church of Christ in Blackburn, member of Marshall Bowhunters club and Missouri Bowhunters Association. In honors, she received outstanding 4-H member award 2007, 4-H member record chosen for Regional Judging in 2007 and Coats & Clark sewing award at Missouri State Fair 2007. She was a member of Fifth Grade Honor choir, received first place award at Malta Bend Science Fair, received third place awards from 2008 Kansas City Pro Am Shoot Out and 2008 Missouri Bowhunters Indoor Shoot. Hobbies include archery, basketball, camping, cooking and playing the flute. Full Story Back to Top
06-01-08 15-Year-Old Ross Chastain Sets Fast Qualifying Time (Naples Daily News - Naples, FL) With all the practice sessions done, qualifying got under way as Ross Chastain, the 15-year-old out of Alva, set the fast time in the Late model class in Fastrucks at Charlotte County Motorsports Park on Saturday night. Full Story Back to Top
05-31-08 Thane Chastain Teaches Civic Skills to Youth (Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence, KS) Thane Chastain, Boys State development director, said he hopes students learn the importance of voting locally and nationally. “Our program really focuses more on leadership in general and the model for that is governmental operations,” Chastain said. “People learn they have to stand up for something. In many cases people are parodying back what someone has told them to think over the years. We want them to develop their own convictions, especially with critical issues.” The sessions also will feature special guests to further highlight the realities and importance of civic duties and responsibilities, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
05-30-08 Timothy Scott Chastain Jailed in Financial Fraud Case (Albany Herald On-line - Albany, GA) Timothy Scott Chastain was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service until trial next Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Richard Hodge after a pretrial detention hearing at the C.B. King Federal Courthouse...Chastain was initially arrested for filing a false financial statement with the Dougherty County Clerk's office claiming that Valerie Williams, a federal revenue officer, owed him $21 million in debts. But while on supervised release awaiting his trial on that indictment, Chastain allegedly filed a series of documents claiming that the federal government was in violation of Georgia law and, in one instance, asking the U.S. Congress to allow him to "use deadly force" to protect himself from the Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Dasher. During his hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crane called Chastain a credible threat and pointed to a number of instances where he showed actions Crane believed to be indicative of the threat. Full Story Back to Top
05-29-08 US Supreme Court Supports Juan Chastang Appointment (Press-Register - - Mobile, AL) The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a decision made by judges at the U.S. District Court in Montgomery that removed Chastang from the seat in May 2007, a year and a half after he was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley. Local Democrats had sued to have Chastang removed, claiming his appointment without Justice Department approval violated the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act. In a footnote to this week's ruling, the high court said Chastang "may seek reinstatement to the commission" to serve out the term. Chastang said he wants his old job back. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-08 Jeff Chasteen Returns from Iraq (Community Press & Recorder - Florence, KY) Brittany Chasteen waited anxiously for her husband Jeff Chasteen with their two children, 2-year-old Jordan and 1-year-old Zachary. "The kids were so little when he left so it is going to be so nice having him home now," Brittany Chasteen said. Jeff Chasteen said it feels great to finally be home and with his family again. "I can't believe how big the kids are," he said. Chasteen said the first thing he planned to do was go out to eat at a restaurant. "It doesn't matter where, just a restaurant!" Jeff Chasteen said. Full Story Back to Top
05-27-08 Angela Chastain is New Milford PTO President (Danbury News Times - Danbury, CT) Angela Chastain was elected last week to be the group's new president, volunteering to take over for Denise Smith, who's been president since September 2005. Smith will now serve as an adviser to the board. This year Chastain was Northville Elementary PTO co-president with Anne Diamond. "I'm very excited about it,'' said Chastain of her new position. "I know we can do a lot of positive things for the children and further what Denise has done in the past.'' She said she hopes to let parents know the PTO exists to benefit them, rather than just always asking them to contribute or donate. One idea is to do a parent-focused voter registration drive. "My one goal for the year is to make the PTO more family-friendly," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
05-23-08 Bathtub Reef Beach Opens to Relieve Overcrowded Chastain Beach (Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription) - Vero Beach, FL) It might only be a few weeks until beachgoers can once again enjoy the calm water "tub" and worm reef that make Bathtub Reef Beach a hotspot for snorkelers and families with kids. Martin County officials are working to prepare the beach for public use and set a tentative date of June 2 to reopen the beach, which closed in September because of massive beach erosion...The decision to reopen came in response to issues of overcrowding at nearby Chastain Beach. Some beachgoers were using Chastain Beach to access Bathtub Reef Beach, which could present safety problems. Full Story Back to Top
05-22-08 Josh Chestang Commits to University of South Alabama (The Mississippi Press - - Pascagoula, MS) Former Moss Point linebacker Josh Chestang plans to be a part of history in February. Chestang, who graduates Friday night, announced Wednesday his intentions to join the first recruiting class for the new football program at the University of South Alabama, verbally committing to play for the Jaguars..."I look at this as a blessing," Chestang said. "It's an honor to be one of the first guys committed to play at South Alabama. It's very special."...Chestang was one of the key members of a Moss Point defense that led the way to the 4A South State title game in 2007 and a key member to 4A's fourth-best boys' track team. Chestang was selected as to The Mississippi Press' All-Area football team, recording 70 tackles, 23 quarterback hurries, six sacks and five forced fumbles his senior season. Chestang originally signed to play at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, but improved his grades this spring to gain attention from Division I programs. The Moss Point coaching staff then got the word out that Chestang would be eligible to Division 1 schools, Full Story Back to Top
05-14-08 Thane Chastain Examines Texting (WIBW - Topeka, KS) It's a language all its own, but it's become a way of life that's causing a gap between the generations..."People have been passing notes for centuries. It's just how we pas those notes these days," says Thane Chastain, with Owings Lockert Tech. Chastain says humans have morphed into a pocket-sized, no pencils needed, just hit send form...While text messaging isn't exactly new with thousands of codes, learning the lingo takes a bit of evolving. "There's always going to be an evolution of language," explains Chastain...there are plenty of positives that come with their kids having phones... mostly, safety. "Those are great uses of the technology that can solve all types of problems," said Chastain. It seems texting has become just one more example of parents teaching themselves to keep up with the hot new gadgets and teaching their kids everything in moderation. Full Story Back to Top
05-15-08 Susan Chastain Hated Jazz (Toledo Blade - Toledo, OH) The jazz vocalist and owner of the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, who will perform at Murphy's Place tomorrow, never imagined a career in jazz. In fact, it was probably the last thing she ever thought she'd be doing for a career. "I was an avid hater of jazz all my life," Chastain said with a laugh. "I dismissed the whole genre as kind of silly. But now I consider myself a jazz convert." Her change of heart started in 1984 when Ron Brooks, owner of another Ann Arbor jazz club, the Bird of Paradise, asked her to manage his club. Chastain said Brooks' offer came right after she had gone through a divorce and her futon store went out of business. "I took the job because I needed money to support my kids. I had to drag myself into work every day," she said...Chastain has recorded three CDs, has two more on the way, and sings regularly in Ann Arbor with the 13-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, the Paul Keller Quartet, and the Easy Street Band. She also has owned and operated the Firefly Club since 2000, when she assembled a group of 19 investors...The Firefly Club was recently named one of the 100 best jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat magazine. Full Story Back to Top
05-13-08 Officer Wayne Chastain and K-9 Find Drugs (Baker City Herald - Baker City, OR) The Baker City Police Department's four-legged member, who has teamed with officer Wayne Chastain for the past eight months, earned his dog chow early Friday morning when a routine traffic stop uncovered a large quantity of drugs, according to Lt. Brian Harvey. Chastain and Turbo, the city's 3-year-old drug-detecting black Lab, helped police find nearly a pound of marijuana and numerous pills being transported through the area Harvey said..."This was the largest find we've had with Turbo since the inception of the drug dog program," Harvey said. Chastain and Turbo were first teamed in September 2007. Full Story Back to Top
05-16-08? Alderman C. Scott Shasteen Withdraws from Re-election Race (Tullahoma News and Guardian - Tullahoma, TN) In a surprise move Monday, Tullahoma Alderman C. Scott Shasteen announced he does not want to be considered a candidate in the Aug. 7 municipal election. Shasteen told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that he would like to spend more time with his family, and his service as an alderman has infringed on that. Connie Casteel, Coffee County administrator of elections, said Shasteen has qualified to run for re-election, and his announcement to not remain as a candidate was made after a withdrawal deadline, hence his name will remain on the ballot...He extended a happy 18th anniversary wish to his wife, Jamie, and referred to his daughter, Alivia. "Because of my desire to fully enjoy and participate in my daughter’s time as a student at Tullahoma High School and because of my desire to spend more time with my family and because of opportunities that have been presented to me outside the boundaries of political office, I am announcing that I will not serve another term as alderman regardless of the outcome of the 2008 election, and I am requesting that voters not cast a vote for me when they go to the polls," Shasteen said..."I want to thank each of you that voted for me and have supported me during these three years, especially those that worked with me during my campaign. Your support and trust in me have made my time in office extremely rewarding. Thank you." Full Story Back to Top
05-15-08 Chastain Middle School Teacher Unleashes Controversy With Statistics Assignment (WorldNetDaily) The controversy erupted when a science teacher at Chastain Middle School in Jackson, Miss., asked 6th-graders to vote from among themselves who was the most likely to be pregnant, infected with HIV, or dead by the age of 19...The students initially refused to vote, but the teacher overruled them. The 6th-graders then were horrified to see their names listed on a chalkboard, ranked in lists for everyone to see. Parents like Lyons, whose 12-year-old daughter was voted among those most likely to be pregnant, were outraged. Lyons' concerns were heightened when he sought to see the assignments his daughter's class was given, and he discovered the school had confiscated them. "My daughter told me the first page listed percentages of African Americans that drop out, get pregnant, get HIV, or die before adulthood. The second page listed names of students within the class and then instructed the children to vote who was most likely to fulfill the statistics on page 1. I have asked the school repeatedly to see the actual assignment," said Lyons, "but the school hasn't yet told me when, or even if, I'll get to see it." "My daughter used to come home from school and run to the mirror to put on her lip gloss," said Lyons. "She told my wife yesterday that she doesn't want to wear lip gloss anymore, concerned about why the students in her class voted for her. She's 12; she should be able to enjoy lip gloss without worrying about how people look at her. "I'm concerned about the students who were voted most likely to be dead, too," he said. "Some of them may have parents who died young; it's a real possibility in our community. How is that going to affect them? Some of them may get in a situation that threatens their safety, and are they going to remember that their peers expected them to die anyway?" Other parents who did not want to be identified confirmed to WND that their children will be going to counseling, or will be transferring to another school. Full Story Back to Top
05-15-08 Dale Chatagnier Appointed COO at Blackwater Midstream (Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco, CA) Blackwater Midstream Corp. (OTCBB:BWMS), a developing company in the field of fuel and chemical storage, announced today that Dale T. Chatagnier has agreed to join Blackwater Midstream as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chatagnier and Michael D. Suder, Blackwater Midstream’s CEO, were key members of the management team that operated the Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMP) three-million barrel chemical storage facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining Blackwater Midstream, Mr. Chatagnier acted as the vice president of engineering and operations for North American Terminal Services. Mr. Chatagnier was also responsible for the development of liquid storage facilities for Westway Terminals Co., where he served as the VP of Facility Development and Engineering. Mr. Chatagnier earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Full Story Back to Top
05-14-08 Alex Chasteen Contributes Heavily to Big Win for Baseball Championship Spot (Sikeston Standard Democrat - Sikeston, MO) In Class 1 District 2 baseball action, the Oran Eagles advanced to the championship game by defeating the Leopold Wildcats by a finals score of 8-2. The Wildcats fell behind early 1-0, but took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth Oran pounded out five runs and added two more in the sixth to win by six runs...Alex Chasteen picked up the win, going all seven innings giving up no earned runs, just one hit and allowed two walks. He struck out 11 in the victory. Chasteen was also steady from the plate as he finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Full Story Back to Top
05-12-08 Paoli Chief of Police Barry Chastain Seeks Officer Assailant (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) Chastain said Staggs responded to a 911 call about 2:50 p.m. from a motorist who reported seeing a woman being beaten in the driveway of a home on Ind. 37 south of Paoli. The incident was at the Scott McFarland residence...“When he (Staggs) got there, Jerry Coleman was the male subject,” Chastain said...Coleman, 27, was talking to a woman inside the car. When Staggs approached Coleman...he started to run, police said. “Shane then took after him, and they fell to the ground,” Chastain said. “When he (Staggs) fell, he busted his head. Then he got Jerry in a choke hold.” Coleman then delivered what Chastain called “a real nasty bite” to Staggs, and the two continued to scuffle. Coleman told Staggs he could not go to jail and that he was going to get Staggs’ gun and kill him. Coleman managed to get Staggs’ radio, preventing from immediately calling for backup, and Coleman fled in a vehicle. Chastain soon was at the scene as well. “We started a manhunt, looking for him,” Chastain said...Chastain said officers now are hoping to get a tip from the public to help them locate Coleman. Full Story Back to Top
05-11-08 Jeffry L. Chastang Play Read at Festival (Montgomery Advertiser - Montgomery, AL) They call it the Southern Writers' Project Festival of New Plays, but there's more -- much more -- to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's annual weekend event. With readings of new plays, performances, dinners, discussions, author talks, tours of the theater and more, the festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Southern storytelling...This year's SWP Festival of New Plays also will include readings of:.."Preparations" by Jeffry L. Chastang Several years into the Great Depression, five sisters return to their Southern home for their church's annual lawn party. Tensions resurface with the revelation of old sins as each of the sisters makes decisions for the future while finding a way to forgive the past. Chastang, winner of the Kennedy Center New American Play Award, shapes a tale of African-American familial and generational conflict with a blend of humor and gravity. Full Story Back to Top
05-09-08 Vice President Jeffrey L. Chastain Delivers Presentation (Primenewswire (press release) - Los Angeles, CA) Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE) today announced that Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, will present at the Tristone Capital Global Energy Forum in Paris, France, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., Central European Summer Time (9:00 a.m. U.S. Central Time). A live broadcast of Mr. Chastain's presentation and a replay will be publicly accessible through the company's website at Full Story Back to Top
05-07-08 NBC Senior VP Scot Chastain Eyes Conference (Television Week - Detroit, MI) Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC are planning to hold their affiliate marketing meetings at this year’s Promax/BDA conference June 17 in New York...Network representatives said they are taking advantage of national affiliates attending the conference in order to discuss their own marketing and promotional topics. “With many of our affiliates’ top marketing and promotion managers attending Promax/BDA this year … it just makes economic and strategic sense for us to meet with our key partners in conjunction with the conference,” said Scot Chastain, NBC’s senior vice president of affiliate marketing and development. Full Story Back to Top
05-06-08 Goat Tying Champion Casey Chasteen Teaches Competitors (Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO) Casey Chasteen, 18, is a two-time Missouri state champion in goat tying. The Rock Bridge High School senior is up early on a Saturday. Most of her classmates are probably sleeping in, especially on this cold, windy spring morning, but for Casey every weekend is another rodeo. Her smile is bright under a small straw hat. Her red hair bobs in the wind. She has big responsibilities. As state champion, Casey is the event director for goat tying. She makes sure the animals have been properly vetted, tied three times and organized by size. As part of this process, participants each take a turn tying a goat at the end of a lead line. Casey helps the others as they practice. She likes to teach, likes the challenge of shaving seconds off a time, even though these are her competitors. Full Story Back to Top
05-06-08 Clay Chastain Proposes Community Meeting for June 13 (Kansas City Star - MO) Mayor Mark Funkhouser of Kansas City is championing a Missouri tri-county light-rail tax and says its best chance is on the November ballot. But in the past week, many political leaders in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties who need to make that happen have gone public to say November isn’t possible. And that’s tightening the vise on the decision facing Kansas City. The City Council promised voters a plan this year to replace the Clay Chastain proposal that the council repealed in 2007, and most of Funkhouser’s colleagues favor a starter line within city limits. Any November ballot measure needs to go to the election boards in late August. Officials say that means they need to reach a consensus soon...Chastain, a longtime transit activist, thinks he has the answer: a community meeting he’s working on for June 13 with all sides presenting their best arguments. Those in attendance then could reach a compromise. "The public is confused and looking for some leadership," he said. Funkhouser said that he’s not interested in Chastain’s idea and that he is providing strong leadership: "I am determined to scratch and bite and claw and fight for what I want to get done," he said. Full Story Back to Top
05-04-08 Terry Chasteen Teaches Latin Dancing to Kids (Washington Post) Looking for a good way to stay in shape? Try Latin dancing. There are some really exciting moves, say 9-year-old twins Arizona and Hanan Guzmán of Silver Spring. They have added cha-cha, salsa and rumba lessons to their busy schedule of school, soccer and homework..."The kids really steal the show," says Terry Chasteen, who...has been teaching dance for more than 45 years. In creating the routines, Chasteen matches Latin dance moves with popular music. "The main thing it helps with is getting kids to appreciate the [Latin] culture and keeping them active," he says. Full Story Back to Top
05-01-08 Jackson County Judge Dismisses Clay Chastain's Petition ( - Charlotte, NC) A Jackson County judge on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge brought against Kansas City by petitioners for light-rail activist Clay Chastain. Judge John O'Malley granted the city's request to dismiss the case. Chastain had petitioners, including his sister, bring the lawsuit against the city in January after the City Council voted to repeal a voter-approved light-rail petition initiative, which Chastain also put forth. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of reversing a public vote. Chastain was nonplussed by O'Malley's decision. "We fully expected him to rule this way," Chastain said from his home in Bedford, Va. "He tipped his hand in the injunction ruling." Chastain said his wife, the lawyer acting on his behalf, probably will file an appeal on the decision next week. Full Story Back to Top
04-27-08 Stalker Threatens Clay Chastain (Kansas City Star - MO) Who doesn’t love a stalker story? Well, light-rail activist Clay Chastain, for one. That’s because he was on the receiving end of a threatening letter mailed to his home in Bedford, Va. “It said Citizens for Light Rail on the envelope,” Chastain says. “The police (here) say they couldn’t find the organization.” “Listen up … ” it begins. “You have NO STAKE in Kansas City. We don’t give a (darn) who you have buried here. We don’t give a (darn) who you have sick here. As TheKansas City Star said, you don’t live, work, vote or pay taxes here and have NO SAY in anything concerning this city. We don’t give a (darn) where you take your family here. We don’t give a (darn) which barbecue you prefer …” You get the idea. More to the point: “The bus tax passed (dummy),” it continues. “That means you won’t see a single dime for light rail for the next 15 years. Or ever! By that time you will be dead — you and the (woman) you live with. … You are nothing more than (expletive) pest and we will crush you like the insect you are. We have you so tied up, you have no idea. Take your (expletive) light rail and shove it up your (expletive), (expletive).” Now the money quote: “Keep pestering us and you could have a very, very bad day,” the letter concludes. An investigation is under way to determine the identity of the writer. Full Story Back to Top
04-25-08 President and CEO Brad Chasteen Looking to Expand Moe's ( - Charlotte, NC) A local Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee recently added restaurants in Daytona Beach and Melbourne, Fla., to make him the company's largest operator. Welcome to Moe's Inc. President and CEO Brad Chasteen now has 14 locations and is looking to expand his presence in the local market. Chasteen is looking for a site for the next Moe's. Atlanta-based Moe's, which offers a variety of Southwest meals such as burritos, quesadillas, salads and fajitas, has about 345 franchise units operating in 36 states. Full Story Back to Top
04-24-08 Environmental Protection Specialist Diane Shasteen Cleans Up Illinois (The Southern - Carbondale, IL) It's enough to make Smokey Bear shed a tear. Tons of debris have been removed from Illinois forests by the truckload thanks in part to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). In Southern Illinois, 11 forest sites in Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties were previously targeted for cleanup. The state is now working the Hardin County area. Environmental protection specialist Diane Shasteen in Marion said Thursday that the state has been cleaning illegal dump sites since September of 2006. Funding has been provided through tipping fees at landfills. "We've cleaned up 61 sites in the 22 southernmost counties of Illinois since 2006," Shasteen said. "We hire a contractor to come in and do the work. Metal pieces and tires get recycled."...The cleanup is being conducted as part of the I-RID (Illinois Removes Illegal Dumps) Program, which removes environmental hazards and protect Illinois' beautiful landscape. Full Story Back to Top
04-24-08 Third Baseman Alex Chasteen Goes 3-for-3 and Scores Three Runs (Southeast Missourian - Cape Girardeau, MO) The Oran High School baseball team...third baseman Alex Chasteen went 3-for-3 and scored three runs...Oran's defensive highlight came in the third inning when third baseman Chasteen made a great diving stop to his left on a hard ground ball hit by Garrett Fritsche. Chasteen quickly got to his feet and fired to first base. Full Story Back to Top
04-23-08 President Tricia Chastain Heads OWA's $100,000 Silent Auction (Capital Press (subscription) - Salem, OR) While the theme of their annual fundraiser was "Hats off to Oregon agriculture," it was fitting that Oregon Women for Agriculture volunteers capped off their successful annual charity auction and banquet with record numbers. OWA's event grossed more than $100,000 for the first time from selling about 800 items in its silent and oral auctions, said state president Tricia Chastain in an interview. More than 900 people attended the event in Albany on April 19. "Everything went really smoothly, we had great volunteers, a great group of people," she said. Chastain said after paying expenses, profits from the evening are expected to be in the $50,000 to $60,000 range. Full Story Back to Top
04-21-08 Shawn Chastain Directs Wichita Choral Society (Pratt Tribune - Pratt, KS) Shawn Chastain, who attended Southwest Elementary and Liberty Middle School, will direct the society as they perform the piece that contains traditional Mass elements plus several American folk music pieces...Chastain is the executive coordinator for fine arts for Wichita Public Schools, past president of the Kansas Choral Directors Association, acts as a judge and runs music clinics in Kansas, has been the Choral Society director for seven years and was music director for the Calvary Methodist Church. He has a master's degree in music education from Wichita State University but his initial interest in music came from talented people in Pratt, Chastain said. "My foundation come from my music experience in Pratt," Chastain said...He has worked with many fine musicians during his music career but he credits his Pratt influence for his interest in music...Chastain is a fourth generation resident of Pratt County. His family settled in the area in the late 1800s. His great grandfather Frank Lockert spent a night in Skunk Johnson's cave. Full Story Back to Top
04-20-08 Detective Gina Chestang Reports on Recovered Oil Tanker ( - Philadelphia, PA) Philadelphia's Southwest detectives have recovered one of two oil tanker trucks that were stolen during the weekend. The recovered truck was found on the 1100 block of Harwick Street in Chester City. Police are determining if the truck that was found had been emptied of its diesel fuel...Det. Gina Chestang tells Action News that Philadelphia Police have terrorist concerns. "They could take the trucks, offload the fuel and use them for whatever bomb making device they would want to." Full Story Back to Top
04-19-08 Melissa Chastang Makes Spectacular Diving Catch ( - New York, NY) West Florida came out swinging in the first game of a doubleheader against GSC East opponent West Georgia...West Georgia put a runner in scoring position in the top of the third inning to threaten with two outs, but Melissa Chastang made a spectacular diving catch in left field to save West Florida from the tying run. Full Story Back to Top
04-19-08 Brent, Brandon, and Jerry Chastain Win Sheriff’s Office Outback Golf Tournament (South Carolina Now - South Carolina) ASI & Associates shot a 56 to win the 12th annual Sheriff’s Office Outback Golf Tournament at The Traces Golf Club on Friday. The team was made up of Brent Chastain, Brandon Chastain, Jerry Chastain and Vance Ard. Full Story Back to Top
04-19-08 Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen Seizes Ton of Marijuana (Chillicothe Gazette - Chillicothe, OH) The ton of marijuana seized Wednesday in Jackson County likely was intended to be dispersed and sold throughout southern Ohio and carried a street value of more than $4 million, said Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen at a press conference Friday. "It's put one big operation out of business," Shasteen said. Shasteen's office worked with about one dozen other agencies...Shasteen said the seizure is by far the largest in Jackson County history. Full Story Back to Top
04-18-08 GMAC CEO Nicole Chestang Discusses GMAT Test (Diverse - Fairfax, VA) Nicole Chestang, chief operating officer for GMAC, says, “We have been doing research ... now for the last 40-plus years on the GMAT and how well it works as a tool for graduate business schools. We just have reams of data to suggest that, bar none. ... It is the best test for graduate business schools. More than 4,000 programs all over the world have relied on the GMAT for over 50 years to help them predict the academic success of their applicants for the MBA and other graduate programs,” Chestang adds. Full Story Back to Top
04-16-08 Clay Chastain Threatened (MyFox Kansas City - Kansas City, MO) Clay Chastain, the architect of Kansas City's light rail vote, received a threatening letter recently. The letter calls Chastain a variety of names and tells him to stay out of Kansas City's business. It says "You have no stake in Kansas City... If you keep pestering us, you could have a very very bad day." Full Story Back to Top
04-16-08 Former Arizona Senator Bob Chastain Observes Anniversary of Okinawa (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers - Casa Grande, AZ) One year ago...On April 1, 2007, the VFW hosted a group of dedicated veterans gathering to honor the somber 62nd anniversary of the invasion of Okinawa during World War II. Distinguished guests included former Arizona senator Bob Chastain, who was also a celebrated and rare double Purple Heart recipient for his valor during combat. Chastain was part of the first wave of fighters to hit Okinawa during the invasion. As the veterans dined in the VFW hall, Chastain noted, "I thank God for Harry Truman, and I am honored to break bread with all of you in this group tonight." Full Story Back to Top
04-16-08 Sara Chastain Builds Carolina Style Garden Home (Greenville News - Greenville, SC) As a college freshman traveling north from Georgia to attend the University of South Carolina, Sara Chastain had no idea her future would not include a return to her beloved hometown of Savannah. But fate dictated destiny when she met her husband, Ronald, and he brought her to live in the Upstate. Sara never abandoned the idea of a Savannah-style home and garden, however. When their two sons left for college 18 years ago and the couple decided to build a new home, Sara took the opportunity to incorporate the charm and grace of her favorite Southern city...Indoors or out, the garden's many pleasures are always at hand, with long windows and large doors connecting all the home's major rooms to the enclosed landscape spaces...On April 18 and 19, the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs will feature the Chastains' garden, along with five others, in their "Springtime in the City" tour, acknowledging that urban gardens, when artfully designed and carefully planted, can be the most satisfying of all. To a South Carolinian, the Chastain home will look similar to those in Charleston, with a narrow end facing the street. Full Story Back to Top
04-15-08 Jessica Chastain Cast Opposite Brad Pitt in Movie Tree of Life (Variety - Los Angeles, CA) Jessica Chastain has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in the drama "Tree of Life," written and directed by Terrence Malick...The story concerns the loss of innocence as seen through the eyes of the son of the characters portrayed by Pitt and Chastain. Sean Penn appears in a supporting role...Chastain next stars in Al Pacino's "Salomaybe" and Dan Ireland's "Jolene." Full Story Back to Top
04-15-08 Clay Chastain Suggests a Compromise (Kansas City Star - MO) As of today, there’s a Clay Chastain light-rail peace accord on the table …Contacted early this week about plans for a lawsuit challenging the city’s repeal of a 2006 light-rail tax initiative, Chastain vowed to fight on...On further reflection however, Chastain has come up with a possible compromise. “This is an idea that should electrify the entire city and end the cold war between me and the city,” he says. “If there is a settlement between the parties, and the city wants me to support their light-rail plan in November, I will do so.”...I will do so only if the transit technology for the main spine is conventional light rail and not streetcars,” Chastain says. “And if there is a direct connection to Union Station, and if the city agrees to put on the same November ballot an ordinance in which the voters can choose whether or not to do away with Section 704 of the City Charter allowing the City Council to repeal or amend voter-initiated ordinances.” Full Story Back to Top
04-14-08 Ruth Chastain Turns 100 (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) When Ruth Chastain was born, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States. She attended a one-room school for eight years. And she also remembers seeing her first car as a young girl before World War I. Blessed with a sharp memory and a good sense of humor, she can recall many experiences and changes that have occurred throughout her life as she prepares to celebrate her 100th birthday Thursday..."I married Clarence Chastain,” she explained. “We were married by Rev. Hartsaw in the Methodist church parsonage at Lawrenceport.” Her husband was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, primarily in Washington County. He passed away in 1968. Full Story Back to Top
04-14-08 Jason Chastain Helps Organize Kiwanis Fund Raiser (Stuttgart Daily Leader - Stuttgart, AR) Throughout the day on Friday, April 18, the Stuttgart Kiwanis Club will be asking the citizens of Stuttgart to partner with them by donating money during the “Hands to Hold” Radio-Thon. “This is our only fundraiser,” Jason Chastain, chairperson of the committee, said. “This is a way in which the entire community can become involved.” Chastain said this year, the club wanted something different than simply reading the names of businesses that donated money and felt like they wanted the entire community to become involved with the radio-thon. Full Story Back to Top
04-11-08 Historic Farris-Chastain House on Chastain Road Open for Tour (Daily Home Online - Talladega, AL) Live theatre and art, historic home tours and a unique new home on tour, teas and luncheons, they’re all part of the tradition of “April in Talladega” today and Saturday...Homes on the tour include Fairfax Station located at 22901 Alabama 21, the Farris-Chastain House at 812 Chastain Road, Berney Station at 7566 Berney Station Road, Mt. Ida at 310 Whiting Road and Cedar Grove at 6860 Berney Station Road. Full Story Back to Top
04-10-08 Kayla Chastine Helps Smash Opponents by Pitched No-hitter and Driving in Runs (Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - Tuscaloosa, AL) Junior right-hander Kayla Chastine pitched a no-hitter on Wednesday as the Holy Spirit softball team defeated Central 10-0 in five innings. Chastine (4-4) finished with seven strikeouts. Shaykeria Dixon drew a walk in the first inning and was the only baserunner for Central. Holy Spirit (12-10) scored seven runs in the first inning and three in the fifth. Chastine gave the Lady Titans their 10-run margin when she drove in three runs with a triple in the fifth. Chastine had three triples against Isabella on Tuesday. Full Story Back to Top
04-09-08 Kansas City Voters Approve Bus Tax Over Clay Chastain Opposition ( - Charlotte, NC) Kansas City voters approved a 15-year renewal of the three-eighths-cent sales tax to keep the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority's buses rolling. With all precincts reporting, voters approved the measure 65 percent to 35 percent. A total of 52,954 votes were cast in Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties...But light-rail activist Clay Chastain has said that renewing the bus tax means forfeiting a larger public transit system. Full Story Back to Top
04-09-08 Joe Chastain of Chastain Electric Helps Farmers (California Farm Bureau - Sacramento, CA) For the past 30 years, Joe Chastain of Chastain Electric in Dixon has been helping farmers get their irrigation pumps ready for the growing season. "We send letters to our growers early in the season telling them to check the pumps before they get ready to irrigate. We check the pumps for such things as moisture and voltage and if there are any problems, we address them," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
04-08-08 Zoo President Bob Chastain Says Rock Fund Raiser Produced $84,000 (Colorado Springs Gazette - Colorado Springs, CO) The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sent out the call for help - and the community answered. The zoo's newest major exhibit, the Rocky Mountain Wild, opens May 2. Tuesday, zoo supporters announced the Rocky Mountain Wild Capital Campaign had reached its goal of $8.2 million, raising $8,279,000 from foundations, organizations and individuals...The community's support is being sought through a program called Rock the Zoo. Engraved river rocks, available for $100 a rock, will make up a Community Wall of Names at the Rocky Mountain Wild's Moose Lake. So far, 840 rocks have been sold, said Bob Chastain, zoo president and chief executive officer. "That's $84,000 worth of grass-roots support that we've got for this campaign," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
04-07-08 Colton Citizens for Truth Supports Mayor Kelly Chastain (San Bernardino Sun - San Bernardino, CA) First there was Citizens for Colton First, and now there's Colton Citizens for Truth. The latter is forming to lend support to Mayor Kelly Chastain and is pitting itself against Citizens for Colton First, a nonpartisan political action committee rallying for Chastain's recall...the idea to form the group came in response to allegations leveled against Chastain by Citizens for Colton First. Citizens for Colton First launched the recall campaign against Chastain in the fall. Its members allege, among other things, that she abused her power, lacked knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and disregarded the opinions of citizens. Those allegations centered primarily around the loss of a 100-acre regional park site near the Santa Ana River and the city's impasse with Inland Memorial Inc., operator of Hermosa Gardens Cemetery, over the preservation of habitat for the endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly. Citizens for Colton First gathered enough signatures on a petition for the special election set for June 3. Full Story Back to Top
04-07-08 Craig Chastain Voted Officer of the Year (Springdale Morning News - Springdale, AR) Fellow police officers named Craig Chastain as the Officer of the Year at the second annual Springdale Police Department's Award Ceremony on Monday...Capt. Mike Peters presented the award to Chastain, an 11-year veteran. His expertise in reconstructing vehicle accident scenes has helped solve several puzzling wrecks, Peters told the crowd. Full Story Back to Top
04-06-08 Clay Chastain's Personal Side (Kansas City Star - MO) How Clay Chastain gets his tourism kicks when not tangling with the ATA in his quest to preserve light-rail funding? “One of my annual things to do is fly a kite in Penn Valley Park between Union Station and Liberty Memorial,” Chastain says. “That’s one of my spring rites because I love and enjoy Kansas City; that’s why I want to protect it...what else I always used to do at this time of year was read a Shakespeare play on the lawn in front of the Nelson art gallery,” Chastain says. “That’s part of how I keep myself energized. When it comes to barbecue...I always take my family to Arthur Bryant’s,” Chastain says. “I’m a vegetarian most of the time except when I go to Arthur Bryant’s — I cheat a little bit. Then after that, I hit the gym at Woodside and work it all off. Then I say my prayers at night and sleep like a baby." Full Story Back to Top
04-05-08 Mike Chastain Murder Suspect Arrested ( - Winter Park, FL) Police have a man in custody they believe to be responsible for setting an Orange County man on fire and killing him. The body of Mike Chastain, 52, was found badly burned in his own back yard on Wednesday. Authorities said the suspect, Jason Tiszai, 21, has been driving the victim's stolen car, and had two of the victim's credit cards in his possession. He was arrested in New Haven, Mich...Friends said Chastain had reached out to Tiszai; he gave him a job at his glass company and allowed Tiszai to live in his home...According to the arrest report, officers found Tiszai and Chastain’s stolen car at a bar. Tiszai's facial hair was singed and officers found charred wood and what looked like dried blood in the trunk of the car...Police said Tiszai told officers to shoot him because he was not going to prison for the rest of his life...During the arrest, officers said he kicked them and bashed down a steel door and damaged squad cars. Detectives plan to charge Tiszai with Chastain’s murder. Full Story Back to Top
04-03-08 Evelyn Chastain Announces Candidacy for Bradford County Superintendent (Bradford County Telegraph - Starke, FL) I, Evelyn Chastain, announce my candidacy for Bradford County superintendent of schools...My husband, Tommy, and I grew up in Bradford County where we raised our family, all of us Bradford High graduates...As the owner of Chastain's Jewelry & Gift Gallery for 13 years, I supported schools throughout the county and served as education chairman on the chamber of commerce. I am proud of my role in establishing the Bradford County Education Foundation, which continues to enhance education in our county today. Serving three terms on the Bradford County School Board from 1986-1998 broadened my background...At the University of North Florida, I earned my certification in educational leadership and graduated to Bradford High School as assistant principal from 2001-2003. Full Story Back to Top
04-03-08 Clay Chastain Opposes Question 1 (MyFox Kansas City - Kansas City, MO) "There's something rotten in Kansas City and what's rotten is how they got Question 1 on the ballot," said Chastain. On Tuesday's ballot, Question 1 will ask voters to take money slated for light rail and use it for the Metro. Chastain said the city disrespected the political process and voters. He said Tuesday's vote could have dire consequences. Full Story Back to Top
04-02-08 Officers Investigate Death of Michael Chastain ( - Orlando, FL) 52-year-old Michael Chastain's body was severely burned and found near a canal behind his home on Boice Street on Wednesday afternoon. The person of interest is actually one of Chastian's roommates. A total of three men lived in the Orange County house. One of the roommates found Chastain's body, but a second roommate has been out of the picture. He is who deputies want to speak with...Officers said, if in fact the case does turn out to be a murder, it will be another senseless one. They said Chastian co-owned a local glass repair company and didn't seem to have any enemies. Deputies are also looking for Chastian's personal car, a red four-door Nissan. [see video at] Full Story Back to Top
04-01-08 Clay Chastain on Light Rail and Buses (KC Community News - Overland Park, KS) The following are some of his views on light rail and the April 8 bus tax vote. Q: What is the problem with the bus tax plan? A: “They’re proposing to highjack the tax away from light rail that the voters approved.” Voters can expect ads touting buses while the media fails to question whether the requested tax best meets the city’s public transit needs, Chastain said...Q: Has the ATA met promises with previous tax funds? A: “I told the voters the truth. But (ATA) came out with a five-year deal (in 2003) and told voters, ‘Oh, yeah, this is a temporary tax to get our house in order, and get more efficient and get ridership up and then expectations are we won’t ask voters to extend it any further.’ That’s why I went after (the bus tax), based on that premise.” Chastain said his plan offers a modern transit system that 30 percent of people would use as opposed to maybe 5 percent who ride buses...Q: What makes light rail such a big thing with you? A: “...What a lot of people have predicted is coming, and that’s more austere economic times, more conservation of energy, whether it’s global warming or just trying to be less addicted to oil...things are changing and people are going to have to have alternatives to the automobile...“We don’t need light rail everywhere. We need maybe four or five really major light rail lines crisscrossing in the metro area and electric shuttle buses bringing people to those light rail lines...“It does have this magical, intangible benefit of people...want to live where there’s light rail. Businesses want to move to a city where there’s light rail. It drives healthy density around it so we have an antidote to sprawl. The tourists love it, conventions love to come to the airport and be whisked right to the convention center...We need good buses, we need low-polluting buses, but we need some major lines of rails and heavy corridors of traffic and we’ll connect major colleges and institutions and everything together. Full Story Back to Top
04-01-08 Clay Chastain to Debate Sales Tax Proposal (Kansas City Star - MO) Clay Chastain, Kansas City's favorite rail supporter from Virginia, will be back in town this week to ask local voters not to renew a three-eighths cent sales tax for buses...The highlight of Clay's stay will be Friday when he tapes a debate on Kansas City Public Television. Clay will take on Mark Huffer, the general manager at the Kansas City Transportation Authority, and Kansas City attorney Sly James. Originally, someone from the AIA Kansas City was supposed to join Chastain in the debate, but a representative backed out because the organization didn't want to be cast in the same light as Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
03-31-08? Randy Chastain Builds Green Community (Nashville City Paper - Nashville, TN) A 20-acre piece of land in Cane Ridge that served as a battleground between developers and neighboring residents is being converted into the state of Tennessee’s first green-certified subdivision. Franklin developer Randy Chastain, who owns Parkside Homes, will break ground on Cambridge Park next week. Cambridge Park will be a 77-home development in which each house will meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification...Chastain said the advantage to green homes goes beyond using the LEED certification to improve resale value. “In this time of… rising fuel costs and energy bills, people want new ways to save money,” Chastain said. “We feel like this is the future.”...Chastain said. “Too often in our business, developers don’t take the time to talk to the neighborhoods.” Besides constructing the first green subdivision in the state, Chastain agreed to widen 1,300 feet of Barnes Road at his own expense...Chastain said adopting green standards will likely become mandatory for developers in the future, so doing so in advance just makes sense. “We’re talking about homes that take a holistic approach in everything from how they’re framed, to the windows to the appliances they use, so they conserve energy and are completely sustainable,” Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
03-30-08 Clay Chastain Says Bombardier Aerospace Aircraft Plant Could be Win-Win (Kansas City Star - MO) Could a proposed Bombardier Aerospace aircraft plant play a role in KC’s light-rail future? Possibly, says light-rail proponent Clay Chastain. “Bombardier builds airliners, but they also build light-rail vehicles,” Chastain says. “They wouldn’t be building light-rail vehicles here, but maybe we could make a deal to buy our light-rail system from them in exchange for them building their plant in Kansas City. That would be a win-win that keeps on winning.” Bombardier’s Web site touts its light-rail “FLEXITY family” as encompassing “the world’s most complete portfolio of tram and light-rail solutions … (with) the right product for every urban center across the globe.” Full Story Back to Top
03-29-08 Dr. Jane Chastain Explains Heartworm Test (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) From March 31-April 5, vets will administer the heartworm blood test at a reduced rate. Dr. Jane Chastain of Stonebrook Animal Hospital on Fifth Street said vets typically test in the spring because it takes several months for the parasite to reach the adult stage, when it is easily detected with a blood test. When a vet tests a dog for heartworm, he or she is testing for the presence of heartworm larvae that were introduced by last summer’s mosquitoes...Dogs who test negative for the parasite should take a once-a-month tablet to prevent heartworms. In southern Indiana, dogs are exposed to mosquitoes eight months of the year. Full Story Back to Top
03-28-08 Sheriff John Shasteen Discusses Carol Evans Case (Chillicothe Gazette - Chillicothe, OH) The body of Carol Evans, 72, of 1724 Camba Road, was found in her bed by her daughter, Deb Crabtree, Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff John Shasteen, investigators are approaching the death as a homicide as Evans appeared to have died from blunt force trauma to the face. "We have called in (the state's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation) to go assist us in going over the crime scene," he said. Shasteen hasn't ruled out burglary as motive for the murder. "The victim's place appeared to have been ransacked, but we haven't determined if anything has been taken as of yet," he said. "We have people of interest that we will be interviewing, but - as of right now - we don't have an official suspect in this case." Full Story Back to Top
03-27-08 Judge Robert Chasteen Denies Bail for Suspect (Trading Markets (press release) - Los Angeles, CA) Korey Bernard Curtis, 27, of 106 S. Bass St. appeared in Crisp Superior Court before the honorable Judge Robert Chasteen Wednesday, smirking and smiling throughout the proceedings, said Cordele Police Detective Jeremy Taylor, who is working the case. Citing fears that Curtis would harm the victim or other witnesses involved in the case, Chasteen denied bond for the suspect, who is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, false report of a crime, making false statements and hindering persons making a 911 call. Full Story Back to Top
03-27-08 Dr. James Chasteen Among Presidents of Calhoun Community College (News Courier - Athens, AL) During the past year, Calhoun Community College has conducted a number of events in celebration of its 60th birthday. The year-long celebration of Calhoun’s 60th anniversary began last fall with an outdoor concert featuring American Idol Ruben Studdard, continued into the academic year with the official dedication of the College’s Health Sciences Center, and will culminate on April 19 when the college and the Calhoun Foundation hosts the 60th Anniversary Gala. Since Calhoun’s founding, it has been led by four presidents: Dr. Carlton Kelley, who served the institution for over 34 years; Dr. James Chasteen; Dr. Richard Carpenter; and current president Dr. Marilyn Beck. Full Story Back to Top
03-26-08 Kayla Chastine Home Run Wins Game (Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - Tuscaloosa, AL) Kayla Chastine hit a solo home run with one out in the seventh inning to give Holy Spirit its win over Shades Mountain Christian. Winning pitcher Christianna Denelsbeck (4-3) allowed six hits and didn’t give up an earned run. She struck out seven and walked two. Claire Riley took the loss. Holy Spirit got one run in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Shades Mountain Christian scored four runs in the second inning and one in the seventh. Chastine went 3-for-4 with a double. Full Story Back to Top
03-25-08 Craig Chastain Joins Fire Department (The Desert Sun - Palm Springs, CA) Five people joining the Fire Department, which operates five Fire Stations in Palm Springs, are: Jeff Kaimer, Craig Chastain, Brian Davis, Ashley Josephson, and Scott Hernandez...Craig Chastain, 25, earned his EMT/Paramedic certificate from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. He studied general education at Chaffy College in Rancho Cucamonga and worked as a paramedic with American Medical Response in Redlands. Craig was an EMT with Priority One Ambulance in Azusa, a paid call firefighter for San Bernardino County and volunteered as a Los Angeles County Explorer for 2 years. "After completing my education, I have realized my goals of becoming a paid firefighter and living the dream that is now a reality." "I feel this Fire Department is unique in how it is structured," said Chastain. "It is geared toward training and getting everyone working together as a team." Full Story Back to Top
03-25-08 Supreme Court Deliberates Juan Chastang Appointment Case (The Associated Press) Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Monday about the federal government's authority to block the governor of Alabama's appointment of a fellow Republican to a vacant county commission seat representing a mostly black and heavily Democratic district. The case is over whether Gov. Bob Riley needed clearance from the Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires Alabama and several other states — most of them in the South — to get federal approval before changing election procedures that affect minority voters. Alabama did not directly challenge the law, and the state's lead attorney acknowledged during oral arguments Monday that it was an "oddball" case with peculiar circumstances. But critics view the state's litigation as an effort to chip away at federal protections for minority voters. In 2005, Riley appointed Juan Chastang, a black Republican, to a Mobile County Commission seat made vacant when Commissioner Sam Jones became Mobile's first black mayor. Full Story Back to Top
03-24-08 Neal Sweeney Appointed to Advisory Board of the Chastain Park Conservancy (Lawfuel (press release) - Wellington, New Zealand) Kilpatrick Stockton announced today that Partner Neal Sweeney has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Chastain Park Conservancy. Chastain Park is the largest park in the City of Atlanta and one of the region’s most popular concert venues. The Chastain Park Conservancy was formed in 2003 to restore, enhance, maintain and preserve the 286 acre park that includes a golf course, athletic fields for baseball, softball and football, tennis courts, a pool, a horse park, and a gym as well as the amphitheatre. Full Story Back to Top
03-24-08 Kristye Chastang Creates Buckaroo Barn for Therapy (WKRG-TV - Mobile, AL) For five-year-old Max Hoffman, riding a horse every week is more fun than therapy. “I did a lot of stuff with my horse, like stretch and make my body good,” says Max. He has cerebral palsy on his left side--doctors said he'd never walk; today he runs and jumps with the best of them...Physical therapist Kristye Chastang founded the Buckaroo Barn more than two years ago. She says a horse mimics normal walking. “We put them in all kinds of crazy positions on the horse to try and balance on the horse,” says Kristye Chastang. “So it's a great balance training tool.” Full Story Back to Top
03-21-08 David T. Chastain's Southern Gentlemen Releases New Album ( - White Plains, NY) SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN, the band led by guitarist David T. Chastain, will release its new album, "Valley of Fire", on May 13 via Leviathan Records. The CD's title cut is currently available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. Comments David T. Chastain, "This lineup really clicked on the last CD, 'Third Time is the Charm', so I wanted to carry forward and see what we could do with the guys contributing from day one of the recording process...David adds, "With everyone in the band's metal roots, it was just a natural progression to get a little heavier at times. While the music may get heavier Eric made a concerted effort to keep the vocals sounding 'blues-based' to keep the band's sound centered on our core beliefs...SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN is having a great time playing classic music with a modern slant." Full Story Back to Top
03-20-08 Recruiter Laura Chastain Tells of Shortage of Foreign Workers at Yosemite (Fresno Bee (subscription) - Fresno, CA) The company had expected more than 100 workers by April from Ecuador, Thailand, Ukraine and Mexico -- but they didn't arrive until June, said Laura Chastain, Delaware North recruitment manager. The result was a lot of hard work for people who didn't expect it during the first part of the peak season, which runs from late March to October. "Everyone was making beds," Chastain said. "We had people from HR and the accounting office making beds." Yosemite also had to delay the opening of food and beverage operations, she said. "It was rough," Chastain said. "Thank God we are not in that boat. ... I can actually sleep at night." Full Story Back to Top
03-20-08 Mayor Kelly Chastain Weighs in On Park (San Bernardino Sun - San Bernardino, CA) Mayor Kelly Chastain said Thursday the greatest need is for outdoor facilities for youth soccer, baseball and softball, but ideally, she'd also like to have an indoor sports facility and a skatepark. "I'm thinking it would be all inclusive, depending on the land that's available, but I do know the need is greater for an outdoor complex," she said. Another possible land option is a 50-acre parcel south of La Cadena Drive and west of Mount Vernon Avenue, near Washington Street. The landowner has told city officials he'd be willing to discuss the potential sale of the land, Chastain said. "I think it's a matter of sitting around the table and looking at all the puzzle pieces and putting them together," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
03-20-08 Clay Chastain Advises Voters to Reject Bus Tax (Kansas City Star - MO) a vote for the bus tax is effectively a vote against light rail, Chastain says. “It’s the moment of truth for light rail,” he says. “In an economy that’s rapidly going in the tank, I’m afraid people will not vote for a tax increase for light rail in November, not in uncertain and gloomy economic times. So we will have thrown out the baby with the bathwater...Chastain’s advice to voters: “Don’t vote for the bus tax. Demand a better, more efficient transportation system from the bus company and use the 3/8 cent tax for the development of light rail that will bring the jobs and economic benefits to the city that buses can’t.” Full Story Back to Top
03-17-08 Craig Chastain on Successful Luis Palau Event (Christian Post - USA) The Palau Festival team has called their Buenos Aires event this past weekend “historic” as they raved about the unprecedented reception they received in the homeland of the organization’s founder, evangelist Luis Palau. More than 300,000 packed the streets of Buenos Aires, the capital of and largest city in Argentina, on Friday, said Craig Chastain, spokesman for the Luis Palau Association, to The Christian Post on Monday. The number grew to over 500,000 on Saturday – the second and final day of the festival. Full Story Back to Top
03-13-08 Rev. Dewey Daniel Chestang Dies at 88 Press-Register - - Mobile, AL The Rev. Dewey Daniel Chestang, who served for 58 years in the Baptist ministry, died Monday at a local hospital. He was 88. Chestang was a native and a resident of Mobile. He formerly lived in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as pastor of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church for 28 years. He was also pastor of Moffettville Baptist Church in Wilmer, Delaware Street Baptist Church in Mobile, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Daphne and Second Baptist Church in Centralia, Ill. Full Story Back to Top
03-12-08 Jim Shasteen Talks to Teenagers about Becoming Apprentice Ironworkers (Longmont Daily Times-Call - Longmont, CO) More than 700 teenagers and young adults had visited the job fair by the half-way mark at 5 p.m., said Nancy Herbert of the St. Vrain Valley School District. The school district, the city of Longmont, Workforce Boulder County and the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt sponsored the event, the first time the summer job fair also offered career information...Not every position in the career fair was for the college-bound students, however. Jim Shasteen talked to the teenagers about becoming an apprentice ironworker. Starting pay in the apprenticeship program is $16.80 an hour, he said. After three years, a journeyman ironworker makes $24 an hour, plus benefits. “We’re set up for people who are career-oriented,” said Shasteen, an administrator for the apprenticeship program. “This is hard, difficult work.” Full Story Back to Top
03-08-08 Jerry Chastain to Graduate Culinary School (The Southern - Carbondale, IL) Jerry Chastain of Mount Vernon will graduate from the program in May with skills he believes will help him land a job quickly. A 25-year coal miner, Chastain said he has learned valuable lessons from his courses that will help him find a job cooking in an institutional setting like a school or nursing home. "We've learned about nutrition, so we can serve healthy meals, and we've learned techniques to make food taste the way it should," he said. Full Story Back to Top
03-08-08 Kendall Chasteen Receives Academic Scholarship (Searcy Daily Citizen - Searcy, AR) Kendall Chasteen of Judsonia has received an Academic Scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton...He plans to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Petroleum Technology at UACCM. Chasteen is the son of Billy and Sherry Chasteen. While attending high school, he has been involved in basketball, baseball, Future Farmers of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he will graduate with honors. Academic scholarships are awarded based on ACT or other college entrance exam scores or class rank. The scholarship is awarded as a full tuition waiver and is renewable for three semesters if the student maintains a 3.00 grade point average on at least 12 credit hours. Full Story Back to Top
03-08-08? American Institute of Architects Kansas City Opposes Bus Tax Renewal (Kansas City Star - MO) AIA Kansas City issued a statement late this afternoon calling for a comprehensive transit program that includes light rail. "While AIA Kansas City strongly supports the bus system and mass transit in general, the board is reluctant to endorse the three-eighth cent sales tax renewal," the organization said in its statement today. "AIA Kansas City believes that rail transit needs to be a priority for the current and future economic and ecologic health of our city, and it shouldn’t be treated as a separate initiative from bus service," the organization said...Among those making the case for renewing the tax were Mayor Mark Funkhouser, City Council members Melba Curls and Ed Ford, Matthew Staub, chairman of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Diane Burnette, executive director of the Main Street Corridor Development Corp. and the Rev. Wallace Hartsfield...AIA concedes the Chastain plan was "flawed," but said it did at least put transit back in the headlines. Full Story Back to Top
03-08-08 Rev. Don Chasteen Approaches Twenty Years as Pastor (Durham News - NC) Ridgecrest Baptist, a congregation in the northern part of the county, is adding a new service to its Sunday morning lineup, beginning on Sunday. The new service, described as "contemporary and casual," will be held at 9:45 a.m...Ridgecrest, organized in 1955, moved to its present location at 1104 Milton Road in 1981. About 600 attend its services on Sundays. The Rev. Don Chasteen, who will mark his 20th anniversary this year, is the senior pastor. Full Story Back to Top
03-05-08 Brig. Gen. Jon R. Shasteen One of Korean ACCES (Air Force Link - Washington, DC) Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Wood, the Air Forces Korea and Korea Air Component Command commander, has six 'ACCES' spread out over the Korean peninsula helping him to stack the deck in the Key Resolve Exercise. Known as the Air Component Coordination Elements, or ACCEs, the Air Reserve Component officers work directly with other component commanders to ensure the overall air objective is accomplished...Other Air Force ACCEs are:..Brig. Gen. Jon R. Shasteen. Full Story Back to Top
03-04-08 Chastain Middle School on Lockdown (Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson, MS) Chastain Middle School was on lockdown from about 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. today after shots were reportedly heard in the area of North Hills Square Apartments. “It was strictly a precaution, there was no problem at Chastain or on the campus,” Jackson Public Schools Spokeswoman Peggy Hampton said. Full Story Back to Top
03-04-08 Classic Chastain Marks 35th Anniversary (Duluth Weekly - Duluth, GA) Marking the 35th anniversary of Atlanta, Georgia’s longest running summer concert series, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2008 Delta Classic Chastain will begin on June 14 and end on September 13, 2008. Consistently hailed as one of South’s favorite concert experiences by media and music lovers alike, Classic Chastain will once again be held at the beautiful Chastain Park Amphitheater, which is tucked away in the historic suburb of Buckhead Atlanta. The performer lineup and ticket prices will be announced mid-March 2008. Full Story Back to Top
02-29-08 Michael Chastaine Defends Touchy Massage Therapist (Granite Bay Press Tribune - CA) Olsen, 69, was arrested in December 2005, and charged with sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object after four women alleged Olsen had touched them inappropriately. Olsen, and his wife, Mary, owned D’Olsen’s Medi-Spa at 671 First St., where Olsen worked as a massage therapist...Olsen’s defense attorney, Michael Chastaine, presented testimony from Olsen’s wife, Mary Olsen, and former clients who said that Olsen had never touched them inappropriately. Friday was more of the same from Chastaine. Former clients who testified included a certified public accountant and a retiree who both testified that Olsen was professional and explained his treatment. The third witness, a horse trainer, testified that Olsen was the “best massage therapist I’ve ever been to” and called him “very professional and very respectful.” At one point in her testimony, she said that Olsen had told her to keep her underwear on – a contrast to the testimony of some of the alleged victims, who said that Olsen had told them to take all of their clothes off. Full Story Back to Top
02-26-08 Chastain Park May Get New Parking Facility and More (Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA) Chastain Park is in line for a makeover. A proposed $36.3 million facelift includes replacing the tennis center, building wider sidewalks and —many concertgoers may like this— constructing a parking deck. The Atlanta City Council's community development/human resources committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a master plan for the city's largest park and one of the region's most popular concert venues. About 1 million users visit Chastain each year, park management officials say...The Chastain master plan includes a new aquatic center, more drinking fountains, 12 additional acres of parkland and shuttle service to the park, possibly from the Lenox or Lindbergh Center MARTA stations. Full Story Back to Top
02-25-08 Governor Appoints Alice Chastain to North Carolina Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Lexington Dispatch - Lexington, NC) Alice Chastain was appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to serve as the audiologist and hearing-impaired program coordinator until June 30, 2009...Chastain, 54, has been the audiologist for the county school system since 1984. Before coming to the system, she worked for the Central N.C. School for the Deaf for six years. Originally from Lumberton and raised in Raleigh, Chastain graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology. Two years later, she received a Master of Arts degree from UNCG. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-08 Chastains Lose Court Case on Bus Tax (Kansas City Star - MO) Kansas City’s bus tax issue will remain on the April 8 ballot, a Jackson County judge determined Friday when he declined to issue an injunction. Clay Chastain’s attorney, his wife, Valerie Chastain, had asked the court to halt the vote to renew the bus system’s three-eighths-cent sales tax until litigation over Chastain’s repealed light-rail plan is settled. Full Story Back to Top
02-22-08 Mayor Kelly Chastain Recall Receives Go-Ahead (San Bernardino Sun - San Bernardino, CA) The county Registrar's Office on Friday validated signatures on a recall petition against Mayor Kelly Chastain, paving the way for a special election in June. Challengers can begin pulling papers March 1 when the filing period opens, and the City Council will set a date for the election at its first meeting in March. A nonpartisan local government watchdog group, Citizens for Colton First, launched the recall campaign in September, gathering 3,810 signatures in the last six months - 624 more than the 3,186 needed to have a measure placed on the ballot. The news came in the wake of an investigation recently launched by the District Attorney's Office, prompted by Chastain, into the methods used by Chastain's opponents to gather the petition signatures...Despite the news, Chastain, who was elected mayor in 2006, was feeling confident. "I believe the residents will support me by a landslide," Chastain said, adding that her balanced-growth views and progressive approach to governance has secured her the backing of many residents and labor unions such as the Colton police and firefighter associations, the carpenters union, central labor union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Full Story Back to Top
02-21-08 Mayor Kelly Chastain Accuses Petition Collection as Fraudulent (Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA) Colton Mayor Kelly Chastain has filed a complaint with the San Bernardino County district attorney's office questioning the method by which some signatures were obtained on a recall petition against her. In a letter dated Feb. 9, Chastain said she has received a number of calls from Colton residents who said they were "lied to when asked to sign the recall petition."...At issue, Chastain said, are claims that some signature collectors misrepresented the recall issue and confused people by seeking signatures on a statewide petition on parental consent/abortion at the same time as the recall petition. Chastain said she has heard complaints from several constituents that signature collectors weren't truthful. They're getting signatures under false pretenses," Colton resident Jamie Rivera said. "A woman came to my home and asked me to sign petitions against teens under 14 having abortions without permission and then bringing the utility tax down. Not at any time did she say it was for a recall." Full Story Back to Top
02-16-08 Officer Brian Chasteen Suffers Disorientation While on the Road (Indianapolis Star - United States) Officer Brian Chasteen's patrol car struck a semitrailer truck and a Kia Spectra while northbound on I-65 shortly before 11 p.m. Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Burcham said officers responding to a hit-and-run call saw Chasteen's vehicle weaving. Deputies stopped the car and found Chasteen disoriented. Officers didn't detect alcohol on Chasteen's breath. A preliminary investigation indicated he may have been suffering from a medical condition. Methodist Hospital spokeswoman JoAnn Klooz said Chasteen had been treated and released. Full Story Back to Top
02-15-08 Randy Chastain Brings Green Homes to Huntsville (WAFF - Huntsville, AL) A green neighborhood is coming to Huntsville...Randy Chastain is the owner of Parkside Homes, the developer of this project. He says home owners will cut costs on utility bills. "We expect that they will be saving around 40 percent on their electric and water bills." Chastain says some of the energy saving features included in each home are soy sprayed insulation, well-ceiled windows, water saving appliances and energy saving air-conditioning and heating devices. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-08 Walhalla Mayor Randy Chastain and Walhalla Police Chief Tim Chastain are Brothers (Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson, SC) The Walhalla City Council voted unanimously late Wednesday to terminate a contract to provide police protection to its neighbor, with city officials citing breaches of the contract by West Union’s mayor as the major reason. Walhalla Mayor Randy Chastain abstained from voting, indicatng his participation might be a potential conflict of interest because the Walhalla police chief is his brother. Walhalla Police Chief Tim Chastain referred all inquiries Thursday to City Council members. Full Story Back to Top
02-14-08? Fire Chief Richard Shasteen Opposes Designated Tornado Shelters (Tullahoma News and Guardian - Tullahoma, TN) Tullahoma Fire Chief Richard Shasteen said having designated shelters before storms would encourage residents to be outside trying to get to them while tornadoes may be present. "People would have to drive to get to the shelters, and that’s probably the most dangerous situation," he said. Shasteen said Tullahoma’s Red Cross would set up shelters, according to need, following tornadoes. He said Tullahoma’s sirens are all in working order and have battery backup capability so that they could be activated even if an electrical power failure occurs. Full Story Back to Top
02-13-08 Clay Chastain Goes to Court to Stop April Bus Tax Vote ( - Kansas City, MO) Clay Chastain is headed to court again to fight for his light rail plan. This time his target is the April election to renew the city bus tax. KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that Chastain's actions are an escalation in his ongoing fight with the city...Chastain said he is angry that his plan is being ignored. "They're ignoring the elephant in the room, and now the elephant is mad and about to go on a rampage," Chastain told Mahoney. Full Story Back to Top
02-10-08 Dr. Colby Chastain Praises New MRI (Gainesville Times - Gainesville, GA) Most patients would rather undergo an "open" MRI test rather than be encased in the narrow cylinder of traditional MRI machines. "A lot of people don’t even realize they’re claustrophobic until they get inside that dark, noisy tunnel," said Dr. Colby Chastain, a Gainesville radiologist..."I love the 3-tesla magnet, and it is better in certain situations, such as visualizing musculoskeletal injuries and neurological disorders," Chastain said...Chastain said when patients are anxious and agitated, they fidget. But in order to get a clear MRI image, the patient needs to lie completely still. "And it’s a long exam. A lot of studies run 30 to 40 minutes," Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
02-07-08 Pat Chastang Says Community Response to Disaster is Strong ( - Toronto, Ontario, Canada) The community has rallied around the families who lost their homes in a fire that ripped through six townhouses on Franklin Avenue early last month. At least two of the 10 families left homeless didn't have insurance, said Pat Chastang, executive assistant to Ward 18 (Davenport) Councillor Adam Giambrone. Within two weeks of the devastating fire, the community had come together and donated clothing and money. The councillor's office set up a trust fund at TD Canada Trust for the families. "We got so much stuff," Chastang said. "So much came into to the Dovercourt Boys' and Girls' Club and to our office." Full Story Back to Top
02-05-08 Petition Submitted to Recall Mayor Kelly Chastain (Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA) A group of residents, business owners and civic leaders calling itself Citizens for Colton First filed a petition Monday at City Hall, the latest step in its effort to recall Mayor Kelly Chastain. City Clerk Carolina Padilla confirmed Tuesday that a petition with 3,810 signatures in support of the recall was submitted. The proponents were required to collect a minimum of 3,186 signatures, 20 percent of the city's registered voters. Full Story Back to Top
02-05-08? Ray Chasteen Sells Chasteen Tractor Inc. (Springfield Business Journal - Springfield, MO) S&H owners Wayne and Eric Schnelle bought out Chasteen Tractor Inc. owned by Ray Chasteen of Mountain Grove...Schnelle said S&H retained all employees in the parts, service and office areas of Chasteen Tractor and consolidated sales into S&H’s Lockwood office. Chasteen, who bought the Mountain Grove store from his father-in-law in 1973, said it was time to retire. Chasteen has known Wayne Schnelle for 20 years and his son, Eric, nearly that long, and he said he was glad to sell to someone he knew. More importantly for him, though, was the benefit to his customers. S&H, like Chasteen Tractor, is a New Holland dealer. “Eric had the same products I sell,” Chasteen said. “Therefore, my farmers can get the parts they need for the products I sold.” Full Story Back to Top
01-31-08 Sheriff Ricky Chastain Runs for Re-election (News Channel 7 - SC) Sheriff Ricky Chastain has announced his intention to seek re-election as Laurens County Sheriff. Chastain was sworn-in on January, 2, 2001. Full Story Back to Top
01-29-08 A New Light Rail Petition; and It is Not from Clay Chastain (Kansas City Star - MO) A new light rail petition drive is in the planning stages. Ron Aryel, a biosurveillance consultant and member of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority's citizens light rail task force, informed fellow task force members on Monday that he intended to start an initiative petition to get light rail on a Kansas City election ballot...If Aryel goes through with this drive, it's believed to be the first citizens petition on light rail not involving veteran petitioner Clay Chastain. Full Story Back to Top
01-24-08 Mamie Chestang Recognized for 47 Years as Poll Worker (South Alabamian - Jackson, AL) Special recognition was given to Washington County's poll workers during the meeting of the Washington County Democratic Executive Committee (WCDEC) Jan. 17, at the Chatom Community Center. WCDEC Chairman Tommy Fuller introduced those who have served as poll workers from zero to more than 50 years. Virginia Hudson, 81, of Charity Chapel is the longest serving poll worker, with 53 years of service. Mamie Chestang, 78, was recognized as the second longest poll worker with 47 years of service. Full Story Back to Top
01-23-08 Scott Shasteen Runs for Another Term as Alderman (Tullahoma News and Guardian - Tullahoma, TN) A contested race for Tullahoma alderman is shaping up as three candidates have taken out petitions for the two vacancies on the board. Teresa Lawson and James Blanks have joined incumbent Scott Shasteen in signifying they plan to campaign for the Tullahoma board in August voting. Candidates have until April 3 to qualify return their qualifying petitions. Full Story Back to Top
01-19-08 Gregory Chastang Dies During Officer Training Ventura County Star - Camarillo, CA A man who died Thursday after collapsing during a workout at the Ventura County Police and Sheriff's Reserve Officer's Academy in Camarillo was a victim of a sudden irregular heartbeat and undiagnosed heart disease, authorities said Friday. Gregory Chastang, 43, of Carson, was about halfway through a slow run at the academy near 100 Durley Drive about 6:15 p.m. Thursday when fellow cadets saw him stumble and fall to the ground...Despite attempts to revive him, Chastang stopped breathing and was rushed to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:54 p.m., said Michael Tellez, a deputy Ventura County medical examiner. After an autopsy Friday, county medical examiners determined Chastang died from sudden cardiac arrhythmia due to ischemic heart disease. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-08 Albert Chastain Aids American Legion After Fire (Times-Mail (subscription) - Bedford, IN) Officers of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post 250 were left without a physical building because of a Nov. 3 fire, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking care of business...Currently business activities are being conducted at 122 N. Seventh St. (previously, the Mitchell Tribune building). The previous Legion telephone number, 849-3727, rings to that building. The structure is owned by Albert Chastain, who is letting the Legion use the building rent-free...In addition to Chastain donating the Legion’s temporary business office, he and Stevie Hamilton have also given items to the Honor Guard so that it can continue providing military rites at funerals. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-08 Valerie Chastain Goes Up Against City Hall (Kansas City Star - MO) The challenge may be daunting, but Valerie Chastain remains cool, calm and resolute as she prepares to go up against KC’s finest. Her mission: to overturn the City Council’s repeal of husband Clay Chastain’s voter-approved light rail ordinance. “I certainly recognize that this is a big deal that will affect a large number of people,” Valerie says. “But the fact that I’m a small-town attorney doesn’t dissuade me. I think I’m very capable of handling this matter by myself. “I don’t have any staff — it’s just me — but I’m OK with that. My position is the law is the law, no matter how many high-paid attorneys you have interpreting it. Full Story Back to Top
01-17-08? EPA Specialist Diane Shasteen on Illegal Dumping (WSIL TV - Carterville, IL) the state EPA is cleaning up illegal dumps- one site at a time. It is a painstaking and expensive process, and we're all paying for it...EPA specialist Diane for the state EPA's dump cleanup program. She says the dump sites are usually in remote areas where people can throw away their trash without getting caught. And she says, people will dump just about anything...Shasteen says that dump sites like these aren't uncommon here in Southern Illinois. She's helped clean up 55 different sites over the last year. She says that on average, about 120 tons worth of garbage is taken away from each site...Shasteen says crews will set up surveillance cameras at several of the sites they've already cleaned. Anyone caught dumping will be prosecuted. Full Story Back to Top
01-16-07 Clay Chastain Files Lawsuit Against Kansas City Council (San Antonio Business Journal - San Antonio, TX) Light-rail advocate Clay Chastain filed a lawsuit against Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and nine other City Council members Wednesday afternoon, he said. The 81-page suit stems from the council's 10-3 vote Nov. 8 to repeal a light-rail plan Chastain had created and voters had approved in November 2006...The suit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of the committee of petitioners who supported the light-rail plan, asks for $200,000 in punitive damages, which amounts to $20,000 per council member, plus court costs, Chastain said. Full Story Back to Top
01-13-08 Deputy Taylor Chastain Injured in Shootout (Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson, MS) Roosevelt "Bo" Wilson was on the ground, injured and not moving before he unexpectedly shot three Madison County sheriff's deputies who had exited an armored vehicle. Deputies thought it was safe to approach the 79-year-old murder suspect...Wilson also would be dead - shot six times by Madison County sheriff's deputies after he wounded the officers...After an investigation conducted by MBI, the deputies involved in the shooting were cleared by the state investigative body and a Madison County grand jury and eventually honored by the state for their bravery on the job...The wounded deputies - Taylor Chastain, Kip Luby and Stan Fisher - were part of a team organized to rescue a sheriff's investigator and two other deputies who had been pinned behind a patrol car for five hours while Wilson randomly fired shots at them...Chastain, Fisher and Luby received Law Enforcement Purple Heart medals on Aug. 16, recognizing their service and the injuries they suffered in the shootout. Full Story Back to Top
01-11-08 Sidney Chasteen is Teacher of the Year (Demopolis Times - Demopolis, AL) Out of the four chosen, one teacher will be chosen for nominated as one of Alabama’s teachers of the year later this Spring. After careful consideration, the chosen teachers of the year were Tammy Spruell of Westside Elementary, Amelia Mackey of U.S. Jones Elementary, Rollie McCall of Demopolis Middle School and Sidney Chasteen of Demopolis High School...Chasteen, who teaches Spanish at Demopolis High School, has been teaching for 33 years — seven of which have been in Demopolis. Chasteen said she enjoys getting her students excited about learning and finding ways to infuse creativity into their coursework by adding special projects and presentations. The product of this work is displayed all over her colorful classroom where student-made pinatas and paintings line the walls. As an educator, she has been able to take students to places like Madrid, where she said students were able to connect their lessons with the actual culture of the language they learned, which said was invaluable. In her time as a teacher, she said her students have taught her patience and the valuable skill of how to stay young, Her philosophy of teaching is to first and foremost to have respect for her students. Also she believes in “teaching from bell to bell.” Full Story Back to Top
01-05-08 Roger Chastain Prepares to Retire from Mount Vernon Mills (The State - Columbia, SC) W. David Hastings is the new president of Maudlin-based textile firm Mount Vernon Mills. Hastings, who had been chief operating officer, is taking on some of the responsibilities of chief executive and board chairman Roger Chastain, as he prepares to retire. Full Story Back to Top
01-05-08 Wrestler Eddie "Iceberg" Chastain Has a Soft Side (Boston Globe - United States) Eddie "Iceberg" Chastain, a 385-pound wrestler with a shaved head and a red goatee, calls himself the Being of Inconceivable Horror. In the ring, he wields a fork, just like his mentor, Abdullah the Butcher. He pummels his opponents with cross-face forearms, levels them with clotheslines, and crushes them with avalanche splashes. But outside the ring he has begun to show a softer side. "You know, it's not actually my intent to hurt my opponent," he said by phone. "I never actually stabbed anybody with a fork." Full Story Back to Top
01-03-08 Officer Wayne Chastain Partners with K9 Turbo (Baker City Herald - Baker City, OR) Turbo, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, is the Baker City Police Department's first canine member. He's been busy since he joined the department three months ago. During his brief career Turbo has not only helped city police, he's also assisted officers from the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the county's Parole and Probation Department. In November Turbo and his human handler, officer Wayne Chastain, took part in 16 investigations, during which Turbo's sensitive nose detected 1.8 ounces of marijuana. Full Story Back to Top
01-03-08 Penny Shasteen Pursues Malpractice Case (West Virginia Record - Charleston, WV) Along with the malpractice case in Mason County, Levine remains a respondent-in-discovery in a wrongful-death suit in Shelby Circuit Court in Shelbyville, Ill. In that case, Penny Shasteen alleges Dr. Arnold V. Agapito, Shelby Memorial Hospital and the Shelby Area Ambulance Service contributed to the death of her mother, Donna Ogilvie, in 2005 when they failed to properly provide her care following complications resulting from a colonoscopy. Though court records show Levine as the one who performed the colonoscopy, at this point he is not being held negligent in Ogilvie's death. Instead, Shasteen is asking that Levine answer all discovery requests, and be available for deposition as the other defendants. Full Story Back to Top
1-01-08 Chastain Middle School Court Battle Costs $800,000 (Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson, MS) Jackson Public Schools paid more than $455,000 in legal fees through the end of September to fight former Chastain Middle School Principal Michael Ellis' sexual harassment lawsuit against the superintendent and district. The Clarion-Ledger obtained the information through an open records request. Officials have said they hope the district's insurance provider will pay that and the $350,000 settlement JPS reached with Michael and Rachel Ellis in September, which together total more than $805,000. Full Story Back to Top

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