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Public weighs in on Hanover school budget

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

With the arrival of the fall season, the school division has gotten a jumpstart on planning the budget, and Tuesday night, members of the public were allowed to weigh in. Five residents spoke on behalf of various education-based organizations in support of the Hanover School Board’s pre-budget initiatives for 2015-2016.

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  • Policies under review after airing of 9/11 film

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Superintendent Jamelle Wilson

    After the viewing of a controversial video about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by some Hanover students caused several citizens to raise pressing questions, the school division has decided to review its policies concerning instructional materials.

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  • Town Hall in Montpelier draws heavy crowd

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Dale Taylor speaks to a panel of western Hanover representatives during a Town Hall meeting last week in Montpelier.

    Last week, Western Hanover residents got a chance to question their representatives on the school board and board of supervisors about issues important to them at an open forum hosted by the Hanover Association of Businesses and Chamber of Commerce in Montpelier.

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  • New fees for utility hook-ups proposed

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    If new residents and businesses decide to build in Hanover County, they could see some changes in their one-time hook-up fees to water and sewer. Oct. 8, the board of supervisors authorized county staff to advertise for a Nov. 12 public hearing about the possibility of changing capacity fees.

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  • Mechanicsville crisis center opens

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hanover County and Bon Secours officials cut the ribbon to a new mental health crisis intervention center housed at Memorial Regional Medical Center.

    Last week Hanover moved one step forward to better helping individuals having a mental health crisis, with the opening of the county’s intervention center. Located inside the Memorial Regional Medical Center, the center opened its doors Oct. 10.

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  • Hanover court project could be bid ahead of time

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    An architectural rendering from 2009 shows the proposed new courts facility in Hanover County. (Courtesy of Hanover County)

    Plans for the much-anticipated new $44 million courthouse building are moving more quickly than anticipated. According to John Budesky, deputy county administrator, staff finished the building’s design and submitted for permits last week, which was sooner than they originally expected.

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  • Sign suit against Hanover weighed

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    A dispute over rights to operate a potentially profitable electronic sign near the pending outlet mall reached the courts Tuesday afternoon, but the case is still up in the air. The lawsuit claims the county favored the outlet mall developer, Craig Realty, over EMAC LLC., which owns an adjacent 43 acres, in a disagreement over the placement of a large electronic sign that would be visible from the interstate.

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  • Ashland owes big bank $27K in tax refund snafu

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    A big bank is squeezing the Town of Ashland for a refund after amended tax returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012 showed it had shelled out millions more than it owed across Virginia. Tuesday night, town council voted unanimously to go ahead and pay the nearly $26,900 Ashland owes Bank of America.

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  • Relaxed brewery laws fermenting in Hanover

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

    A pending ordinance change would make it easier for more breweries to sprout up in Hanover.

    With the Richmond region’s craft beer scene seeing steady growth, Hanover County’s considering land use changes that make the county more marketable to budding breweries. Sept. 24, the board of supervisors authorized planning staff to draft changes to the existing zoning ordinance to allow microbreweries in more zoning districts than are currently permitted.

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