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Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones presents board president Hugh Joyce and executive director Tom Wulf with the Virginia Main Street Volunteer Investment Award.

Virginia Main Street recognizes Ashland for over 3,000 volunteer hours

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Ashland Main Street Association and the Town of Ashland on March 19 were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of more than 3,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown’s historic commercial district. “The Virginia Main Street program is a vital part of building a new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The work throughout the 25 Virginia Main

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  • Upcoming bicycling event among topics at Henry District town hall meeting

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Henry District residents and other interested citizens had the chance to get their questions answered Monday night at a town hall meeting hosted by the district’s supervisor, Sean Davis, at Rural Point Elementary School. Though a number of topics were mentioned, many residents were curious about the impact of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships on Hanover. During the nine days of the

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  • Hanover officials discuss public safety needs with state attorney general

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Attorney General Mark Herring and Beaverdam Supervisor Bucky Stanley at the Henrico Sheriff's Office. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Hanover officials were able to throw in their two cents on the county’s public safety agencies to Virginia’s attorney general last week. Beaverdam District Supervisor Bucky Stanley, Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland, and Maj. Tom Woody, of the Sheriff’s Office, discussed the county’s successes and challenges in public safety at a meeting with Attorney General Mark Herring at the Henrico Sheriff’s Office March

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  • Virginia commerce secretary visits Ashland Theater

    Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones chats with Tom Wulf, Charles Hartgrove, Hugh Joyce, George Spagna, and Clark Mercer outside the Ashland Theater.

    By DANIEL SHERRIER H-P Editor   Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones focused his attention on Ashland Wednesday evening. Less than two weeks after Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Ashland would be receiving a $500,000 state grant to renovate the Ashland Theater, Jones toured the downtown area with town officials and attended a screening of the movie “Selma” in the theater that had ceased regular operations the late

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  • Wilson named region’s superintendent of the year

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Superintendent Jamelle Wilson.

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Hanover schools superintendent, has been named superintendent of the year for region one by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. A VASS regional selection committee chose Wilson as this year’s recipient of the honor, according to a statement released March 18 by Chris Whitley, the division’s spokesman. Region one includes 15 school divisions, and there are a total of eight regions designated by the Virginia Department of

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  • Schools, meals tax among issues discussed at Chickahominy town hall

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Chickahominy Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek.

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   After two cancellations due to inclement weather, Chickahominy District Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek held her annual town hall meeting last week. Roughly 30 residents gathered at Chickahominy Middle School and had the opportunity to ask questions on an array of issues, including those pertaining to schools, taxes, and employee compensation. One topic of interest was whether the county would take the state’s proposed 1.5

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  • Ashland Volunteer Fire Company requests paid firefighters

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    District Chief Phillip Hutcheson.

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer Note: This article has been updated since the story was first published. Since 1890 the Ashland Volunteer Fire Company and its qualified volunteers have served the community and this year, the station had to request a few paid firefighters to join their staff for the first time. For Fiscal Year 2016, Chief Jethro Piland asked the county administrator for 12 new positions; however, there

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  • Ashland Police ahead of peers with body camera policy

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Officer Grant Bonistalli wears a body camera on his shoulder. (APD photo)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   After the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last August, many police departments started implementing policies requiring their officers to wear body cameras. However, the Ashland Police Department has been ahead of the game. Last May, small cameras became a part of the equipment that the station’s officers wear day-to-day. Sgt. Scott Menzies, who administers the program, said APD was the first

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  • Vehicle crashes into retention pond

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Hanover Fire-EMS personnel after the rescue of a driver in a single vehicle crash on March 10.

    A vehicle crashed into a retention pond in Mechanicsville Tuesday afternoon, and the driver has been taken to MCV Medical Center for treatment. The Hanover Sheriff’s Office preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, occupied by only the driver, was travelling south on Lee Davis Road when it left the right side of the roadway and came to a rest in a retention pond near the intersection of

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