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Top left, going clockwise: Janitor Ava Tunstall, bus driver Michelle Woods, cafeteria manager Tonda Pasowicz and crossing guard Denise Franklin all play supporting roles for the Hanover school system.

Supporting roles that keep Hanover schools going

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

Usually, top school administrators and officials are the ones in the limelight, but not all of the individuals that help keep the schools running make it there. With the new school year starting Sept. 2, the Herald-Progress spoke with four of the division’s key people; without people like them jobs such as keeping the buildings clean, preparing and serving food and transporting children to and from school could not be accomplished.

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An ordinance under consideration in Ashland is aimed at making downtown a destination for shopping, arts and culture and entertainment.

Ashland will weigh new business zoning ordinance

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

In response to opposition of a plan to revamp the town’s commercial zoning laws, criticized by many as a heavy-handed attempt to bolster downtown retail, Ashland planning officials have proposed several changes that will be up for consideration Sept. 16.

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  • Residents oppose high-density housing plan

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Despite some citizen opposition, a large residential development proposal could soon become a reality. Aug. 21 the planning commission OK’d plans for a neighborhood with 142 single-family homes near the intersection of Studley Road and Old Oaklawn Drive.

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  • Hanover planners OK assisted living facility

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    A 113-room assisted living facility could be coming to the Mechanicsville area. Aug. 21 the Hanover County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for the three-story facility, which would be called The Crossings at Hanover.

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Sports

Head coach Roscoe Jenkins

Will Atlee football’s climb to the top continue?

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

In 2007, Atlee football was a rather dormant experience. Now, in the eighth season of Roscoe Johnson’s tenure as head coach, Atlee football is the place to be. But the jam-packed skybox overlooking the left end zone would have never been without the promise of Johnson coming true: a slow, steady climb to prominence, and to the top.

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  • Sophomore QB will lead 2014 Hawks

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Sophomore Clayton Cheatham has been tapped as starting quarterback for the Hawks.

    Now, as 2014 dawns, the Hawks not only move on from departed seniors such as Brennan Gary and Scott Denton, but they also lose Jalen Elliott, a two-sport star (basketball) who saw time at running back, wide receiver and quarterback last year.

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  • Volleyball preview: Atlee returns a defending state champ

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Atlee senior Maddie French spikes over Douglas Freeman’s Kerry Baumann during Tuesday night’s 3-0 homecourt win in Mechancisville.  French is one of a group of players to return from last year’s state championship team.

    The defending state champions began 2014 on the right foot, but not without a few stumbles along the way. The Atlee Raiders girls volleyball team began defense of their first state title Tuesday night with a 3-0 win at home over Douglas Freeman.

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Lifestyles

Roger Reynolds, of the Ashland-based CJ"s Thumbs Up Foundation.

‘Thumbs Up’ cofounder honored for his efforts

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

With a warm, friendly personality, you wouldn’t know that roughly 4 years ago Roger Reynolds’ and his wife’s world was turned upside down. That’s when their 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Charlotte Jennie “CJ” Reynolds, lost her battle against the brain tumor she fought so hard to beat.

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  • First to the finish line, but looking back with love

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Herbert Cross, a longtime Ashland resident, died Aug. 8 at the age of 80. (Contributed photo)

    My dad died Aug. 8. I miss him. And for those who knew my dad, or know me, here goes, a FB post I never wanted to write. He wasn’t quite as funny as Robin Williams, or as sultry as Lauren Bacall, but my father Herb Cross had his moments, and he died last week.

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  • ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ in Ashland

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Roof-mounted floodlights help illuminate an interior shot as crews film a commercial in Ashland.

    With its Victorian houses, towering oaks and white picket fences, the neighborhood lining the Railroad tracks in Ashland offers a glimpse of a bygone era. That small-town nostalgia’s exactly what attracted a Richmond studio to film a commercial onsite last week.

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Entertainment

Va Rep Dr Ruth

‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ on stage at Hanover Tavern beginning Sept. 12

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain Friday, Sept. 12 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 19. This one-woman biographical account tells the incredible life story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer .

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  • Diversions week of Aug. 28, 2014

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Daryl Davis Boogie Woogie Band

    Bluemont’s fifth and last concert of the season is a Welcome Back Concert/Dance for Randolph-Macon students and staff featuring Daryl Davis Boogie Woogie Band Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. This concert will be held on the steps of Brock Commons.

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  • Heed ‘call to the pork’ at the State Fair

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    At the Kentucky Derby, the horses trot onto the track at the call to the post. At this year’s State Fair of Virginia, Rosaire’s Royal Racers will heed the “call to the pork.” A longtime favorite of fairgoers, the popular porcines will be back this year with speedsters like Harry Hambone, Shakin Bacon, Katy Piggy Perry and others, ready to go snout to snout on their 180-foot racetrack.

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