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Ashland Town Council OKs business zoning change

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

A rarely divided Ashland Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a controversial revamp of the town’s commercial zoning laws. The motion to approve the several-times-deferred plan came from Council member Faye Prichard, who had long indicated support of the proposal, but who also noted at the outset of Tuesday’s meeting that the process had been testy on both sides.

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  • Bells for the fallen at Hanover tribute

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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    Three shrill sounds split the still air last Thursday during a solemn ceremony at the Harman-Taylor Training Center as local officials paid tribute to the 343 firefighters that perished 13 years ago trying to save lives as the World Trade Center collapsed into rubble.

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  • Retracing firefighters’ final footsteps

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ladders crossed in tribute during the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Richmond. (contributed photo)

    Some of Hanover’s firefighters joined numerous others Sept. 7 in putting themselves in the boots of emergency personnel who lost their lives 13 years ago when the Twin Towers fell in New York City. During the annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb held at the SunTrust building in Richmond, hundreds of firefighters climbed 110 stories to honor the 343 victims' memory.

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  • Financial picture bright for Hanover

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    County officials project they will be under budget once they complete reviewing financial data for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Kathleen Seay, director of finance and management services, said in an Aug. 27 presentation to the board of supervisors that expenses were down and totaled 94.7 percent of the budget.

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  • God calls Ashland’s matriarch home at 108

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Virginia Shelton enjoys her time as grand marshal during the 2008 Ashland/Hanover Holiday Parade.

    Monday, Ashland’s and Hanover’s oldest resident would have turned 109. But, instead of gathering to celebrate another milestone, well-wishers were remembering the life of Virginia Ann Henry Shelton.

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  • Town remembers ‘Mother of Ashland’

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

    irginia Shelton with members of Ashland Town Council and Police Chief Doug Goodman in 2010 as she is recognized following her 105th birthday.

    Ashland’s oldest resident was on the minds of the town’s governing body last week following Virginia Shelton’s death at the age of 108.

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  • Randolph-Macon sees record enrollment with incoming class

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    An incoming Randolph-Macon student offloads during move-in day last Thursday in Ashland. Overall, the college saw record enrollment with its freshman class, putting the total student body at around 1,400.

    Randolph-Macon College’s newest batch of “Yellow Jackets” is topping school enrollment records. President Robert Lindgren said in a statement that 425 freshmen enrolled at R-MC for the fall semester with an overall enrollment of 1,400.

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  • Dirty diapers find greener use in Hanover

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Dirty diapers are about to become a hot commodity in Hanover. Aug. 27 the board of supervisors unanimously voted to lease a portion of Hanover’s solid waste transfer station for $1 per year to local business, Zynnovation, LLC., so they can look at the feasibility of processing used diapers into irrigation tree mats under a pilot program.

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  • Hanover sludge proposal withdrawn, concerns remain

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Citizen opposition to the possibility of industrial residuals or “sludge” being spread on land in Hanover filled the board of supervisors’ meeting room Aug. 27, with concerns centering on how a now-shelved proposal could impact water quality and quality of life.

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