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Hanover County, schools handling budget shortfall

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

With budget shortfalls at the state level, Hanover should only see a minimal impact to school and county spending plans. “We don’t anticipate any major impacts,” said John Budesky, deputy county administrator. The delay in the General Assembly approving the budget and expected shortfalls is affecting Hanover, but not by much. Currently, Budesky said staff estimates about a $300,000 total impact to the local school and county combined budget.

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Hanover authorities conducting death investigation

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Hanover authorities have identified the man found dead in a Georgetown Road home Saturday as Braxton G. Vaughan, 25, of Sandston. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Vaughan family in their time of loss,” said Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Whitley said the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is ongoing and no further updates were available at this time. July 26, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s

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  • Hanover Cannery preserves local foods, tradition

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Sheree Bremner loads a tray of tomatoes into a blancher machine at the Hanover Cannery. The Hanover resident estimates she cans 600-700 items a season there.

    Hanover resident Sheree Bremner has visited the local cannery in the Taylor Park Complex two or three times a week since 1997, canning roughly 600 or 700 items a season, a craft passed onto her from her mother. According to Bremner, there are advantages to this traditional art of preserving fresh fruits and vegetables. “It’s just more convenient because you can do a whole lot more at one time,” Bremner said.

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  • Facility closure in Rutland has residents asking, ‘Y?’

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Atlee YMCA location will close this fall due to financial difficulties.

    Some Mechanicsville residents will have to travel to a different YMCA for their daily fitness fill starting this fall. The organization’s Atlee Station location will be closing due to financial reasons, according to their website.

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Ryan Turnage will lead the Lee-Davis gridiron as the Confederates kick off their 57th season.

New Lee-Davis Coach: ‘There will be great effort’

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ryan Turnage does not fancy himself a public speaker. But the new head football coach of Lee-Davis High School got his message across clearly at his recent meet and greet with student-athletes and parents. “There will be great effort, and we will do everything the right way,” Turnage proclaimed to those assembled at the school’s auditorium.

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  • ‘Too little, too late’ for Mechanicsville Post

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Post 175’s Anthony Zona scores as Post 361’s Will Black waits for the throw to home during a game Saturday. Post 175 won that game but lost to the same team Tuesday night to force an elimination game.

    But whereas the ball spent most of the season finding the gaps, Tuesday night, Post 175 couldn’t find open space until it was too late, a five-run ninth inning rally not enough in a 9-6 loss to West End Post 361, forcing a winner-take-all championship game between the two.

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  • Hanover tennis champion competing nationally

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hanover’s Danny Polk eyes the ball as he prepares to serve this past season.

    Danny Polk, a recent graduate of Hanover High School, isn’t taking time to rest in the laurels of capturing both the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Student Journalist of The Year Award and the State Group 4A Boys Singles Tennis Championship.

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Members of Prospect 7 perform Friday during the Concerts in the Park series at Pole Green Park, put on by the E.J. Wade Foundation.

Concerts in the Park series combines music, message

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

Some might say the Concert in the Park series is a perfect way for families and couples to kick off the weekend sitting in lawn chairs on summer nights at Pole Green Park listening to various musicians and bands for free. More than 3,000 people came out last Friday night for E.J. Wade Foundation’s “Night for Niger,” which is one of five concerts the organization is putting on this year as part of its summer concert series.

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  • Sunshine, tomatoes and crowds abound at festival

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Larry Leber, president of Black Creek Volunteer Fire Company, with Jethro Piland, chief of Hanover Fire-EMS, as he is recognized for 36 years of service to the Hanover Tomato Festival.

    Roughly 35,500 people showed up to Pole Green Park Saturday for the 36th annual Hanover Tomato Festival to enjoy the juicy Hanover specialty and the atmosphere.

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  • Nature as classroom for Patrick Henry HS teacher

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Eric Bohi, a Patrick Henry High School teacher, and another teacher take an opportunity to investigate part of the wetlands “by immersion.” (Photo by Bill Portlock)

    One local high school teacher returned to the classroom this summer, but it just so happened it was a floating classroom out on the river. Last week Eric Bohi, an oceanography teacher at Patrick Henry High School, participated in “Chesapeake classrooms,” a hands-on learning program with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “It was a great trip,” Bohi said. During the five-day class, Bohi learned how to survey the fish population and

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Abstract paintings by Amy Harris

Diversions week of July 24, 2014

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

Crafters Wanted Ashland Volunteer Fire Department is looking for crafters for a craft show Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25 for 8×8 space. Please contact Audrey Roberts for more information at (804) 349-5629.   Crafters wanted for the 24th annual Short Pump Ruritan Club Craft Show Saturday, Oct. 25. It will be held at short Pump Middle School – 4701 Pouncey Tract Road. For information, call

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  • ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ performances scheduled

    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:18 am


    The Hanover Arts & Activities Center, in partnership with the Hanover Tavern, is sponsoring its eighth musical theatre production this summer. “Once Upon a Mattress” performances are scheduled for Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the historical Hanover Tavern. The Tavern is also home to Virginia Repertory Theatre (Va Rep). Come see talented Hanover

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  • Tomato Un-Cookoff set for July 11

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

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    Hanover County Parks and Recreation will host the Tomato Un-Cookoff Friday, July 11. Competitors will un-cookoff head to head to transform the famous Hanover Tomato into tantalizing tomato recipes. All underground chefs (supper club, private/caterer, and competition chefs) and above ground chefs are welcome to compete. Suggestions for dishes could include: salsa, bruschetta, tabbouleh, caprese salad, tomato sauces or perhaps a delicious stuffed tomato. The tomato cuisine lineups are endless.

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