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Crowds line the train tracks in downtown Ashland as a CSX train makes its way through town in this 2012 Herald-Progress file photo.

Preparing for a railway disaster in Ashland

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

Every day, 40 trains carry 30,000 loads of freight – some containing volatile materials – while another 22 trains transport 6,000 passengers through the “Center of the Universe.” A lot could go wrong. But CSX and local emergency services officials assured members of town council last week that stringent planning and strong communication between agencies should help ensure a swift response in the event of a train emergency or prevent one all together.

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Mechanicsville man accused of sexually assaulting minor

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 1:07 pm

A 72-year-old Mechanicsville man is in custody on charges he sexually assaulted a minor. According to a statement released by Maj. Michael Trice of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, investigators recently obtained two felony, sexual assault warrants for Darwin K. Noble, 72, of Mechanicsville, for actions involving an 11-year-old victim.

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  • South Anna supervisor seeking State Senate seat

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm


    South Anna Supervisor Wayne Hazzard is switching gears. Hazzard announced last Friday that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 12th District State Senate seat. The position is up for grabs following Sen. Walter Stosch’s announcement that he was retiring from the post that represents parts of Hanover and Henrico.

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  • Meeting streaming initiative moves forward

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm


    Citizens are one step closer to being able to watch board of supervisors’ meetings from anywhere with Internet access. Jan. 20, the board’s rules committee chose to recommend that supervisors move forward with streaming their meetings on the web.

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Randolph-Macon enjoing home, sweet home

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

Last Wednesday, Marcus Badger’s three-pointer from the corner in front of the end of his bench clinched a 69-66 win over then sixth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan. Then, the Yellow Jackets used tight defense until their offense warmed up in the second half to pull away from Emory and Henry 69-53 Saturday afternoon.

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  • Jackets’ ‘D’ on the fence in win

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Emory and Henry’s Amanda Stanley and Randolph-Macon’s Khajae Hester pursue a loose ball Saturday during the Yellow Jackets’ 85-75 win over their ODAC rival.

    Randolph-Macon women’s basketball's offense took charge Saturday, outpacing the Wasps with a 49-point second half effort to hold off their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival 85-75 to improve to 7-1 in conference play 14-2 overall.

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  • Lee-Davis Hall of Fame inducts second class

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Recent Lee-Davis Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Aaron Bradley (Wrestling, 1996); Adam Burke (Football, Track, 1996); Kathy Howard Van Beek (Track & Field, 2006); Wade Hughes (Football, Basketball, Track, 1969); and Phillip “Turtle” Zaun (Baseball, Football, 1984).

    Some of the greatest players, coaches, and supporters of 55 years of Lee-Davis athletics gathered at the school Friday night to honor five of the very best student-athletes, as the second class of the Lee-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame was inducted in Mechanicsville.

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Michael Key makes a mail delivery last Thursday along Thompson Street in Ashland. The longtime, local mailman retires Friday after more than three decades with the postal service.

Outgoing postman left his stamp on Ashland

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Michael Key never knew what to expect during his shifts making 360 mail deliveries around Ashland. Friday, one of the town’s most beloved mailmen will retire from his post after serving more than 30 years at the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • Volunteer spends retirement with man’s best friend

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm


    Ever since one Hanover resident can remember, he’s owned a dog. So, when he retired from Hanover’s public utilities department and decided he needed something to fill his time with, the answer was simple− he would apply to help out at the Hanover Humane Society.

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  • Dog park at Pole Green becoming a reality

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Arnold Farber, Mechanicsville resident and project manager for the dog park at Pole Green Park, with his German Shepherd “Storm,” who enjoys exercising in the new, fenced-in facility.

    Mechanicsville dog owners will soon have a more convenient place to take their pooches for leash-free exercise. The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks has been working the past year and a half to bring a facility to the Pole Green Park and now it’s almost complete.

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Diversions week of January 29, 2014

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Saturday, Jan. 31, several of the players depicted in the movie “Remember the Titans” are coming to the Ashland Theater for a 3 p.m. showing of the film.

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  • Ashland Theater announces film club lineup

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm

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    Ashland’s landmark art-deco design movie theater has reopened to sell-out crowds and has plenty to offer movie buffs over the next two months. As part of ongoing programming, the theater will screen four classic award-winning films for the “Ashland Film Club” series.

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  • Hanover Tomato Festival seeking vendors

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

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    The Hanover Tomato Festival is in search of vendors who make or sell unique tomato-related products. This fun-filled event highlights Hanover’s prized produce and features children’s activities, crafters, artisans and live entertainment.

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