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The Mechanicsville Elementary School sign is adorned with tributes to Renee Parr.

Mechanicsville Elementary teacher remembered

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

One thing Mechanicsville Elementary School Principal Amy Robinson won’t forget about one of her first-grade teachers is the superhero costume, cape included, that she wore at the school’s field day. That was one of the many things that stood out about the first grade teacher; she dressed up for any and every occasion. Parr, who Robinson and many in the Mechanicsville Elementary School community won’t forget, died July 14 from a heart attack.

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  • Crisis center OK’d at Hanover hospital

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hanover will soon have its very own mental health crisis assessment center inside the Memorial Regional Medical Center. The center, which will be open 10 hours a day and seven days a week, will take individuals in crisis and decide whether or not they need to be admitted to a hospital. The center became a reality July 23 after the board of supervisors approved a $231,398 grant for this year that will fund the facility.

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  • Atlee grocery store gets county approval

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    The question as to whether Hanover will receive a third Walmart store location remains unanswered. July 23 the board unanimously approved an amendment to the existing rezoning to allow a 1,839 square-foot grocery store with a drive-thru pharmacy and a 12-pump gas station off Sliding Hill Road near King’s Charter. Just what kind of grocery store it will be has not been disclosed yet.

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  • Hanover OKs permit for electronic sign

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:22 am

    A lawsuit did not deter action on a large electronic sign near the site of a pending outlet mall. Last week, the board of supervisors approved a conditional use permit allowing the outlet mall’s developer, Craig Realty Group, to operate a nearly 83-foot-tall sign, the second of its kind on the realty company’s property. It would be built once the outlet mall comes to fruition.

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  • Sheriff’s Office seeking suspect in pharmacy robbery

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hanover law enforcement is trying to locate the above suspect, who they say robbed a local pharmacy over the weekend.

    Hanover authorities are trying to locate the man they say displayed a firearm before robbing a local pharmacy over the weekend. Saturday, July 26, at approximately 6 p.m., the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 9400 block of Charter Gate Drive for a report of a robbery. Here, the suspect concealed his face with a white rag, and demanded cash and OxyContin.

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  • Hanover authorities conducting death investigation

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hanover authorities have identified the man found dead in a Georgetown Road home Saturday as Braxton G. Vaughan, 25, of Sandston. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Vaughan family in their time of loss,” said Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Whitley said the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is ongoing and no further updates were available at this time. July 26, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s

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  • Hanover Cannery preserves local foods, tradition

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Sheree Bremner loads a tray of tomatoes into a blancher machine at the Hanover Cannery. The Hanover resident estimates she cans 600-700 items a season there.

    Hanover resident Sheree Bremner has visited the local cannery in the Taylor Park Complex two or three times a week since 1997, canning roughly 600 or 700 items a season, a craft passed onto her from her mother. According to Bremner, there are advantages to this traditional art of preserving fresh fruits and vegetables. “It’s just more convenient because you can do a whole lot more at one time,” Bremner said.

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  • Facility closure in Rutland has residents asking, ‘Y?’

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Atlee YMCA location will close this fall due to financial difficulties.

    Some Mechanicsville residents will have to travel to a different YMCA for their daily fitness fill starting this fall. The organization’s Atlee Station location will be closing due to financial reasons, according to their website.

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  • Hanover County, schools handling budget shortfall

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:22 am


    With budget shortfalls at the state level, Hanover should only see a minimal impact to school and county spending plans. “We don’t anticipate any major impacts,” said John Budesky, deputy county administrator. The delay in the General Assembly approving the budget and expected shortfalls is affecting Hanover, but not by much. Currently, Budesky said staff estimates about a $300,000 total impact to the local school and county combined budget.

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