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Ashland will weigh new business zoning ordinance

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

In response to opposition of a plan to revamp the town’s commercial zoning laws, criticized by many as a heavy-handed attempt to bolster downtown retail, Ashland planning officials have proposed several changes that will be up for consideration Sept. 16.

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  • Residents oppose high-density housing plan

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Despite some citizen opposition, a large residential development proposal could soon become a reality. Aug. 21 the planning commission OK’d plans for a neighborhood with 142 single-family homes near the intersection of Studley Road and Old Oaklawn Drive.

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  • Hanover planners OK assisted living facility

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    A 113-room assisted living facility could be coming to the Mechanicsville area. Aug. 21 the Hanover County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for the three-story facility, which would be called The Crossings at Hanover.

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  • Former Ashland mayor, community pillar remembered

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Stewart Reid with grandson Charley, who called his grandfather “Dipps.” (Photo courtesy of Jessica Robertson photography)

    Stewart Reid used to tell a local pastor that he didn’t want him to say anything nice about him at his funeral. “I used to say jokingly, ‘Stu, you never have to worry about that,’” said Rev. Chris Haydinger of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Despite his wishes, those who knew the 83-year-old former Ashland mayor will continue to remember the late Reid as a big-hearted pillar of the Ashland community.

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  • Can momentum from primary win carry Republican into November?

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm


    Now in the high-profile race to represent Virginia’s 7th District in the United States House of Representatives, Republican Dave Brat said his education career and involvement in various governors’ committees and boards led him to this point.

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  • Democrat in congressional race betting on a changing 7th district

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm


    Jack Trammell, 50, a Democrat out of Mineral in neighboring Louisa County, will face Republican Dave Brat Nov. 4 in the race the United States House of Representatives.

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  • Hanover schools longterm plan under review

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm


    The Hanover school division’s plan that lays out its goals and objectives for several years is getting a slight makeover. As a part of the state Board of Education’s requirements, school divisions must review their long-range plans every two years and make any necessary adjustments.

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  • Midlothian man charged in fatal Ashland crash

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    A sheriff's deputy surveys the scene of a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon.

    Charges are pending in the fatal crash that shut down Washington Highway in Ashland Tuesday afternoon. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Lt. Chris Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the HCSO responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. to the 11400 block of Washington Highway for a report of a multi-vehicle crash with injuries.

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  • New assistant superintendent joins Hanover Public Schools

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Michael Gill looks on during the July 8 school board meeting in Ashland. The new assistant superintendent of instruction comes to Hanover County from Chesterfield, drawn here due to the school system’s achievements

    Although the new assistant superintendent of instruction isn’t starting the new school year with specific goals in mind to tackle, Michael Gill comes to Hanover with a full plate of experience. Gill has worked in public education for 18 years now, most of which he’s spent serving Chesterfield County Public Schools.

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