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New details emerge in discovery of dead body in Hanover

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Sometimes, traveling customers or motorcyclists will camp out at night behind the Hanover County-based Richmond Harley-Davidson dealer on Route 1. Usually, they pack up and leave in the morning. But what awaited Gary Busic, a service manager at the motorcycle dealer, Wednesday morning came as a shock. Busic found the body of a yet-to-be-identified white male, who appeared to be in his mid- to late-50s, on the ground behind the

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Communications Officer Diane Branch at the controls in Hanover’s emergency communications center. Branch is among 24 full-time employees being recognized this week for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

911 dispatchers man a lifeline

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

As one of 24 full-time communications officers, Diane Branch answers emergency calls from people around the county and the Town of Ashland in need of help. During the week of April 13-19, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, public safety officers and 911 dispatchers, like Branch, are recognized for their service.

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  • Board approves $390.8M county budget

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Hanover supervisors unanimously adopted a $390.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes slightly more funds than the initial spending plan. At the March 9 board of supervisors’ meeting, Shelly Wright, budget division director, presented a few changes to the county administrator’s budget to include roughly $200,000 more.

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  • Hanover County is top-ranked for music education

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    William Smith, TJ Hindley and Brady Anthony-Brumfield rehearse at Hanover High School.

    Hanover County has been named one of the best communities in the nation for music education for a second consecutive year. March 26 the school system made it on the non-profit organization National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s list, where 376 school districts were named the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014.

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Mills Godwin’s Cameron Jones looks to steal the ball from Kyle Vaughn of Patrick Henry in the first half of the Patriots’ 2-1 overtime loss Thursday.

Patriots fall 2-1 in OT to ranked Mills Godwin

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

The terms are all too familiar to any athletic team: “Inches away,” “seconds from,” “gutsy effort,” “moral victory.” Although each of them describe the play of Patrick Henry boys soccer at home last Thursday against nationally-ranked Mills Godwin, in the end, the record book will show a 2-1 overtime loss.

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  • Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hanover High’s Kara Kane drives toward the Glen Allen goal as a Jaguar defender closes in during the Hawks’ decisive 15-10, overtime win Friday.

    After having lost to Glen Allen on their home field just a week earlier 16-10, the Hanover Hawks girls lacrosse team hit I-295 Friday afternoon, not as much to exact revenge as to seize redemption. In a game of runs, Hanover made the run that mattered the most, scoring all five overtime goals to get a victory at Glen Allen, 15-10. Having played the Jaguars just a week earlier helped the Hawks prepare for round two.

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  • Patrick Henry gymnast prepares for national showcase

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Patrick Henry gymnastics standout Kristen Valasek is gearing up for an appearance in the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase Invitational.

    As she enjoys some of her final high school spring break this week, Kristen Valasek has a lot to look forward to. She has seven weeks left as a student at Patrick Henry, the prom, and, of course, graduation. But there’s one other entry on her calendar completely unique to her.

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Bruce Johnson, of Dragonfly Farms, sells vegetable plants during a recent “renegade market” in Ashland. The official market season kicks off May 3.

Annual farmers market pairs consumer, farmer

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

During peak season last year, the Ashland Farmers Market drew an estimated 700 consumers to downtown Ashland during its three-hour, Saturday morning window. With the official season set to begin May 3, organizers and vendors are excited about this year’s prospects.

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  • Worst. Winter. Ever? Not so fast, volunteer weatherman says

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    John Newell with his backyard rain gauge in Ashland.

    To most, the winter season that just ended was the worst in years. But according to John Newell, a volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service, the town has not received as much winter weather as one would think. “It wasn’t an unusual winter for snow,” Newell said. According to Newell’s data, Ashland has seen 20.9 inches from December 2013 to now, only slightly more than the town’s “normal

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  • Man’s best friend and a trusted ally

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    A Belgian Malinois Shepherd takes down a man in a protective suit during a demonstration Saturday at Courthouse Park as part of the second annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day.

    Last Saturday, all types of canines that serve citizens and the community were recognized at the second annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day at Courthouse Park. Hanover Hounds partners with the county’s Parks and Recreation department to educate the public and showcase dogs like Parish’s that provide search and rescue services for individuals and also canines that provide therapy or police or military work.

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Ashland Chalk Walk

Diversions week of April 17, 2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

Vendors needed Flea Market– May 3 at Doswell Ruritan Club – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15 per space, and tables at $5. Call (804)370-8577 or (804) 227-3219 to reserve a space. Bake sale, food and drinks on site. 47” LG HD Flat-Screen TV raffle at $2, or $3 for 5. All proceeds will support the Doswell Ruritan Scholarship program.   Volunteers needed Cmmunity Garden coming spring 2014 next to

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  • Ashland Street Parties begins its season May 17

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Ashland Street Parties opens its 2014 season May 17 by bringing to town two of Metro Richmond’s premier entertainers – Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson for “Spring into Summer,” presented by Hometown Realty Services. ASP also will sponsor street parties in August and September. Music, dancing and fun will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m., at the plaza behind the Ashland Library. Food and beverages will be available throughout

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  • Tomato Un-Cookoff set for July 11

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

    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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