John Newell with his backyard rain gauge in Ashland.

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

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

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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  • Trading fun in the sun for a hammer and nails

    Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Marcus Bauer nails down the subfloor at a Habitat house.

    For spring break, most college students choose to travel to a paradise island or just somewhere with a beach and warm temperatures. Boston College student, Marcus Bauer recently opted out of the usual collegiate vacation and joined 13 other Bostonians to help Habitat for Humanity build a home for a Hanover family in need of affordable housing. The house will be a part of Hanover Habitat’s first neighborhood project called

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Schools weighing digitized dialogue

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

After hearing the need for two-way dialogue between the public and school board, representatives are tossing around new and “old” ideas to receive citizen input. Mechanicsville District School Board member Glenn T. Millican Jr. urged at a work session last month that the board use more interactive ways to engage with citizens. “The easier we can make [communication with citizens], the better our system will be,” Millican said in a

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  • Deadline set for $1K scholarship

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    The Hanover Association of Businesses and Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Camptown Charities, will award a $1,000, one-year scholarship to an eligible graduating senior at each of Hanover’s four high schools. Scholarships are open to graduating Hanover County high school seniors who intend to continue their education in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, junior college or a vocational training school. This scholarship is available only to students

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  • Hanover Preschool Initiative now accepting applications

    Posted on March 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    The Hanover County Public Schools Hanover Preschool Initiative (HPI) is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. HPI is a free, full-day preschool program with an experienced teaching staff that enables students to engage in an exciting curriculum and a stimulating learning environment. School bus transportation is available in most areas. The program provides meals and supplies with guidelines. HPI is available to children who will be three or four

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Church News week of April 10, 2014

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Taylorsville Baptist Church Taylorsville Baptist will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12 (rain date, April 19). The Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. followed by an ice cream social.  Community is welcome! Easter Services: Maundy Thursday Service will be held April 17 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday – Sunrise Service, 7 a.m. followed by breakfast in the social hall, 11 a.m. Worship Service. Taylorsville Baptist Church is

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  • Church News week of March 6, 2014

    Posted on March 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Duncan Memorial UMC Our Family’s Outing will be Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Come meet author and church musician Leigh Anne Taylor as she shares her unique story. When Joe (pastor/husband/father) faced the truth about his sexuality and came out as a gay man, Leigh Anne began a journey that eventually led her to acceptance and forgiveness. This presentation is not a debate about homosexuality but rather a poignant,

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  • Church News week of February 20, 2014

    Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

    New Deacons

    Winn’s Baptist Church Winn’s Baptist Church will be host for a gospel music concert Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Ministering to us with their music will be Smokey Wilson and Master’s Hand Quartet. Winn’s is located at 12320 Winns Church Road, Glen Allen. A love offering will be taken. For more information, please call (804) 798-5512, (804) 798-5513, (804) 798-6179 or Carlton at (804) 651-4544.   Black Creek Baptist

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Registration now open for Ashland Railroad Run

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Come Race the Rail Saturday, April 26. Registration is open for the 36th annual Ashland Railroad Run. Come race the rail at one of Central Virginia’s longest established road races! This certified 10k race is a favorite spring ritual among runners from across the Commonwealth and beyond! This is our sixth year as a green race – and the Green Fair will be back again this year on the lawn.

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  • Diabetes education program slated Jan. 27

    Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Greg Pfaff will be delivering a free educational program at Beaverdam Ruritan Club to share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club, 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam. For more information, please call Corrine Dixon at (804) 513-0704. Greg is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, which is

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  • Companion Extraordinaire offering free Chronic Disease Self Management Program

    Posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Companion Extraordinaire is offering a free Chronic Disease Self Management Program. The program is six weeks, meeting each Monday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 through Feb. 17, 2014 at Companion Extraordinaire Class Room, 112 England Street, Ashland. Open to the public while space is available. Class is limited to 16. For those with chronic disease, family members, loved ones and caregivers. Are your health problems telling

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