Teen hopes to raise awareness with ‘Girls Rising’

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm

One 16-year-old’s future plans changed after watching a documentary. Sydney Tinker, a junior at Patrick Henry High School, watched the film “Girls Rising,” which shares the story of several young girls in impoverished countries and how they overcome the struggles of their daily lives. It not only pulled on her heart strings, but it also sparked something in her.

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  • Longtime volunteer has passion for helping others

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    One of the county’s first reserve deputies continues to volunteer his time helping Hanoverians in need and working alongside paid law enforcement in the field fighting crime. For as long as the unit has existed, Lt. Wayne Pugh has worked as one of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office’s reserve deputies, who serve the department just as a career officer would. He said he was one of the first five officers when the department first started the reserves program in 1979.

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  • Volunteer sees serving as spiritual duty

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Brad Dugai serves with Ashcake Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he volunteers as a paramedic and as station president.

    One active Hanover resident stumbled into a volunteer position with Hanover Fire-EMS. Brad Dugai, of Mechanicsville, said he never really expected to end up volunteering with the rescue squad. In fact, during his college years, Dugai wanted to be a physician but he said he “didn’t have the vision to see it through.”

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Ashland Film Club offers essay contest for students

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

The Ashland Theater located at 205 England Street has reopened and will be showing four classic award winning films as part of the Ashland Film Club series on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, and Mar 15. Films include: ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘The Searchers,’ ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ and ‘The Sting.’ Following each film, Jim Doering, a member of the Randolph-Macon Film Studies group

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  • Pole Green fifth-grader named Hanover Spelling Bee Champion

    Posted on February 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Spelling Bee winner

    After 14 rounds, Evelyn Pritchard, a fifth grade student at Pole Green Elementary School, was declared the 2014-2015 division spelling champion for Hanover County Public Schools. The winning word was “palette.” Delaney Cotton, a sixth grade student at Oak Knoll Middle School, was the runner-up. The Hanover County Public Schools Division Spelling Bee was held at the Hanover School Board Office in Ashland, on Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.

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  • Hanover Preschool Initiative now accepting applications

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The Hanover County Public Schools Hanover Preschool Initiative (HPI) is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 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. HPI has 159 available spots to children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2015. In order to qualify, families must reside in

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Concord Baptist continues Cinderella’s Closet

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

As hard as it is to believe, spring is on the way and so is prom season. Cinderella’s Closet, a ministry of Concord Baptist Church, will hold its annual “Shopping Day” Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the church. Concord is located at 15625 Concord Road, not far from the Frog Level Fire Department. All middle and high school-age girls are

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  • First Baptist Church names new pastor

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:30 am


    First Baptist Church, Ashland, has called Joshua Hayden as its new senior pastor. In addition to being a speaker, professor, and author, Hayden has 10 years’ experience in pastoral work, primarily with youth and young families.

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  • Church News week of February 26, 2015

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

    St. Peter’s UMC Reconnecting Families – a free event will be held Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s UMC, 15599 Mountain Road, in Montpelier. Join us for dinner; learn fun new ways to communicate and connect with each other; learn to work together as a team to accomplish a goal; learn to encourage and support each other. Learn a new approach to family time and

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EWL offering free health, cancer screenings for qualified women

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

The Chickahominy Health District, the district serving Hanover, is offering free mammograms and Pap tests to eligible women. The Every Woman’s Life (EWL) health program is administered by the Virginia Department of Health. EWL provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings and other diagnostic services for low income and uninsured or underinsured women. The program is provided to help detect early stages of cancer and increase survival chances

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  • New health program provides free cancer screenings for women

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program administered by the Virginia Department of Health. This program provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services for low-income and uninsured or underinsured women. EWL provides free routine screening services that include a mammogram and Pap test, as well as diagnostic services and treatment if needed, for women ages 40-64. Diagnostic services are provided for women ages

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  • American Legion Post 175, McGuire VA Medical Center co-host Outreach Forum

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    McGuire’s Rural Health team partners with community organizations to enhance healthcare services to Veterans living in rural communities Thursday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville. VA staff members will be available to provide information on how to access Veterans healthcare benefits and provide guidance on other Veteran-related issues, such as: Disability Compensation, Pensions, Women’s Veterans Health, Crisis Prevention, Survivor Benefits, and how

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