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Kevin Nelson, president of Porvair Filtration Group Inc., which is based in the Ashland area.

Filtration company with Hanover ties receives royal recognition

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

The trade efforts of an international filtration company’s United States division contributed to the United Kingdom business earning a high honor from Queen Elizabeth II of England. Porvair Filtration Group Limited applied for and won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is valid for five years and is bestowed on UK-based businesses that demonstrate “outstanding achievement” in several categories, including enhancement and growth in international trade, according to the website

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  • Only bank in Beaverdam is closing in August

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The SunTrust in Beaverdam is closing its doors to all customers Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

    A key institution in the Beaverdam community is coming to an end. A SunTrust branch located in the area’s “downtown” is closing its doors to all customers Aug. 14 at 2 p.m., according to Hugh Suhr, a spokesman for SunTrust. Suhr said this decision came after “careful study and analysis,” and contributing factors they “considered include[ed], but [were] not limited to, market growth, real estate arrangements, and transaction volumes.” “The

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  • Memorial Regional Medical Center honors businessman’s contributions

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Pat Patrick.

    ‘Pat Patrick Nursing Excellence Ceremony’ celebrates top nurses The legacy of one Hanover businessman will live on. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center renamed their annual nurses’ award ceremony in honor of the late William “Pat” Patrick Jr., who founded the Patrick Auto Group which operates Ashland-based Patrick Buick GMC and who had supported the hospital since before it was built and up until his death in February 2014. The

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  • U.Va.-owned station to take over WHAN

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Bill Roberts, WHAN station owner, at the controls of the Ashland station, where he has been for 17 years.

    Ashland’s local radio station is poised to change hands. According to Bill Roberts, WHAN station owner, Chartlottesville-based WTJU, which is owned by the University of Virginia, will take control of the station effective in February as part of a three-year lease-management agreement.

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  • Ashland’s ‘Sugar Fix’ is about to be fulfilled

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Melinda Foster plans to open "Sugar Fix Bakery" on England Street in Ashland.

    For many years, Melinda Foster, a mother of six, worked out of her Rockville home or took care of the kids, but always had a passion for whipping up cookies or cakes for special family occasions. Now, she’s opening up “Sugar Fix Bakery” on England Street, which is expected to open sometime in January.

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  • Pa.-based steel maker holds ‘grand opening’

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm


    A privately owned Pennsylvania-based “metal service center” expanded their business in 2012 by adding an Ashland location. Recently, the business introduced itself to the community during a grand opening.

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  • Lazy Creek Farm launches first food truck out of Beaverdam

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Gary Layne and Alexann Rahini of Lazy Creek Farms in Beaverdam.

    Running a farm is a family affair, especially for Gary Layne, who is the fifth generation to live on Lazy Creek Farms, which spans roughly 100 acres in Beaverdam. After Layne graduated college, he started raising cattle on the land, which was previously owned by his great-grandfather. And, he plans to keep the farm in the family.

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