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Communications Officer Diane Branch at the controls in Hanover’s emergency communications center. Branch is among 24 full-time employees being recognized this week for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

911 dispatchers man a lifeline

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

As one of 24 full-time communications officers, Diane Branch answers emergency calls from people around the county and the Town of Ashland in need of help. During the week of April 13-19, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, public safety officers and 911 dispatchers, like Branch, are recognized for their service.

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  • Board approves $390.8M county budget

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Hanover supervisors unanimously adopted a $390.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes slightly more funds than the initial spending plan. At the March 9 board of supervisors’ meeting, Shelly Wright, budget division director, presented a few changes to the county administrator’s budget to include roughly $200,000 more.

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  • Hanover County is top-ranked for music education

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    William Smith, TJ Hindley and Brady Anthony-Brumfield rehearse at Hanover High School.

    Hanover County has been named one of the best communities in the nation for music education for a second consecutive year. March 26 the school system made it on the non-profit organization National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s list, where 376 school districts were named the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014.

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  • Sheriff’s Office conducting death investigation

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The Hanover Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a yet-to-be identified man, whose body was found behind the Richmond Harley-Davidson dealer on Route 1 this morning. In a statement released to media midday, Lt. Kenny Epling said that at approximately 8:24 a.m., Hanover County sheriff’s deputies responded to 10441 Washington Highway in reference to a white male who was found on the ground behind the business at that location. 

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  • Driver charged in tractor-trailer crash

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Traffic on Interstate 295 northbound was snarled Friday morning when a tractor-trailer carrying oranges overturned near the Pole Green Road interchange. According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, state police responded to the scene after the driver of a 2006 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the roadway.  The driver, Jose Cruz, 36, of Orlando, Fl., overcorrected causing the tractor-trailer to overturn onto the

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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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  • School district boundary talks will continue

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm


    The topics of Hanover’s school boundary zones and facility capacities are not completely off the table just yet. With a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the school board approved a proposal to form a work group that will review “boundary attendance zones and school capacities” including various programs such as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy, which is located at the Hanover Center for Trades.

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  • May election preview: Balancing business with small-town life

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:57 am


    According to a three-term incumbent seeking another four years on Ashland Town Council next month, the issues facing the town today are the same ones present 12 years ago. Incumbent Faye Prichard, 55, who has served as mayor for the last 10 years, ran for office in response to what was then the controversial construction of a Walmart within town limits. Though the big box store has since become a part of the community, Prichard said the push and pull between economic development and small town identity continues.

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  • May election preview: Platform of uniting community, informing citizens

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:51 am


    Terri Winston-Abri wants citizens to be in the know. The former, one-term member of Ashland Town Council is seeking one of two open spots up for grabs this May. She said that making sure that citizens remain informed and involved in local government is one of her main goals in seeking a second run at town council.

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