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New R-MC men's basketball coach Josh Merkel shares a laugh with golf coach Ed Turnage.

Randolph-Macon hires new men’s basketball coach

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

When Josh Merkel arrived in Ashland after being named head men’s basketball coach at Randolph-Macon College, he visited what would now be his office inside Crenshaw Gymnasium. Sitting there, on his desk, was a message from the last occupant of the room, Nathan Davis, now the head coach at Division I Bucknell University. “There were nets on the desk with a message: No Pressure,” Merkel said. Merkel, who was introduced

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Road cones lined the approach to Ashland from the east on Route 54 as crews began construction  work to replace the aging bridge.

I-95 lane closures announced as Route 54 bridge work continues in Ashland

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 11:17 am

Motorists can expect significant delays as work on the Route 54 bridge over Interstate 95 in Ashland continues throughout the week of May 4 to 8, particularly in the evening and early morning hours. VDOT crews are demolishing the old Route 54 structure over I-95. Traffic recently shifted to the new structure. The temporary signals have been removed, and traffic heading west on Route 54 now can travel through instead

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  • UPDATED: Missing man and child found in North Carolina

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Jason Pollard.

    UPDATE, 8:45 p.m., May 2: The Hanover Sheriff’s Office reports Jason Pollard and his son, Jameson Pollard, have been located in Greenville, North Carolina. Jameson is in good health and arrangements are currently underway to reunite Jameson with his mother. The North Carolina State Police conducted a traffic stop on Jason Pollard for speeding in Greenville. As a result of that stop, Pollard was arrested for speeding, DUI, Open Container of

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  • County updating economic development plan

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Edwin Gaskin.

    It’s that time again. Hanover County has been working hard to review and update its plan for improving business growth in the area. At an April 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, Edwin Gaskin, economic development director, introduced a draft proposal that featured a number of goals and objectives, such as creating higher-paying jobs, so he could receive initial feedback from board members. “We’re trying to chart a course forward into

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Sports

Raiders surround teammate Laura Kate Moss to celebrate her two-run homer in the same game where Moss pitched a 3-0 shutout against the previously undefeated Confederates.

Countywide softball record: 32-5

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

After 33 games, the combined record of Hanover County’s four high school softball teams is 32-5. Four of the five defeats? They occurred when two county teams collided. Two such showdowns occurred this past week, as the Atlee Raiders experienced the agony, then the ecstasy, of softball inside the confines of the county. It began with a trip to Ashland for their annual meeting with Patrick Henry, a game originally

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  • Kurt Busch dominates at Richmond International Raceway

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Kurt Busch revels in his victory at RIR last weekend.

    Round one may have gone to Mother Nature, but round two belonged to Kurt Busch. Taking the lead on lap 95 from a previously dominate Joey Logano, Busch made everyone forget about the strong start of last April’s winner at Richmond International Raceway, setting a personal record for most laps led in a race in his career at 291, capturing the Toyota Owners 400 Sunday afternoon. With the win, Busch

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  • Yellow Jackets softball wins first-ever ODAC title

    Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    The victorious Yellow Jackets softball team.

    Just three weeks ago, some observers of Randolph-Macon softball wondered if 2015 was a season that just wasn’t meant to be, coming off a rare home doubleheader loss to Roanoke. But head coach Kevin Proffitt didn’t waver in his belief in the team, and especially the leadership of his three seniors. Sunday in Salem, it paid off as history was made. For the first time ever, the Yellow Jackets are

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Lifestyles

Pete Callahan.

Volunteer’s goal is making wishes come true

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

All Pete Callahan wants is for a 7-year-old boy with kidney cancer to finish up his treatment and feel 100 percent so his wish of going snorkeling and rock climbing in a tropical location can come true. Callahan, a Studley area resident, just started volunteering as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and was teamed up with a young boy to figure out the one thing the child has

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  • Volunteer brings color to South Anna Elementary School

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Lisa Powers.

    When Lisa Powers volunteers, she surrounds herself with opportunities that involve one of her passions—art. Since 1998, Powers, a Montpelier resident and artist, has immersed herself in the community in a few different capacities. However, the most recent has been her involvement at South Anna Elementary School, where she has dedicated her time in a few ways, but most recently she has been creating colorful paintings on the interior walls.

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  • Girls inspired to help families battling colitis

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Ambria Ingram, Amir Massenburg, and Asia Ingram.

    After three young Mechanicsville girls saw their loved one suffer through a digestive disease a couple of years ago, they were inspired to help others who are diagnosed with the illness. For the past few years, Asia Ingram, 14, Ambria Ingram, 16, and their 15-year-old cousin, Amir Massenburg, have banded together to raise awareness of ulcerative colitis. The main reason they said they want to give back to others who

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Entertainment

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Center Players auditioning for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

The Center Players will audition for “Bye Bye Birdie” on May 6 and May 7 starting at 5:30 p.m. (slightly earlier than the originally advertised time). Only one audition is necessary. Please come prepared to sing a short song. Music Director Fred Horn will figure out vocal ranges. Some students will be asked to read from the script. Some students may be asked to return for a call-back audition. “Bye

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  • Diversions, week of April 30

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The Ashland Chalk Walk is May 2.

    Through May 2 R-MC will present Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” at 8 p.m. April 29 – May 2, in Cobb Theatre, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (205 Henry Street). Tickets are $5 per person, free to R-MC faculty, staff, and students. Contact the Box Office at (804) 752-7316 for tickets. This landmark in the American theatre takes place in 1950s Chicago and traces the struggles of

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  • Art, music land in Montpelier April 25

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Montpelier Center board member Wayne Galbraith (far left) and artist David Turner (far right), with help from others, place Turner’s “Spilling the Wind” statue in front of the center. (H-P photos by Paige Baxter)

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane—no, really, it is a bird, just not an organic one. It’s a sculpture of an eagle that is temporarily situated outside of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. This eagle, which was sculpted by artist David Turner, is one of many outdoor and wildlife-themed works of art that will be exhibited at the center’s April 25 event, Art and Music on the Green.

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