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Editorial: Don’t leap

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

Jumping to conclusions is never advised. An object lesson has arisen this past week, in which a small Missouri city’s mayoral election became national news, providing a reminder to all communities that most situations are multi-sided. The Huffington Post’s headline on the topic reads, “Police, Officials Resign After Small Missouri Town Elects First Black Female Mayor” while Mediaite’s headline is “Missouri Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Police and Gov’t Officials

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  • Letter to the Editor, week of April 23

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Scholarship will help PHHS student The Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship applications are currently being passed out to any graduating senior at Patrick Henry High School that plans on attending VCU in the fall. The scholarship amount is $2,500. The deadline to have the applications turned in is this coming Friday, April 24. So please go pick up an application and get it turned in ASAP. The Pearce family will be

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  • Editorial: All schools age

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Buildings are not immortal. Hanover County Public Schools has quite a few buildings in its inventory, with 25 schools plus a central office housing roughly 20,000 bodies each day. Six of those facilities predate 1950. The Beaverdam Elementary building dates back to 1930. Henry Clay and Battlefield Park were constructed in 1936, and Washington-Henry’s present facility came shortly later in 1938. John M. Gandy Elementary was built in 1949, along

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  • Letter to the Editor, week of April 16

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:40 am

    It’s time to ‘Put Kids First’ Virginians have come to expect excellent public schools, especially in Hanover County, and our educators have delivered on those expectations. Why, then, do we rank 39th in state-supported school funding yet rank as the 10th richest state in per capita income? To add to that, we are currently funding our schools at a lower level than we did in 2009, yet Virginia is ranked

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  • Editorial: All generations are welcome

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Any thriving community needs skilled, mature adults—of all ages. A small group of young professionals gathered at Ashland Town Hall on a recent Saturday morning to discuss how the town can better encourage members of their generation to make their homes in the Center of the Universe. The Young Planners Group, a wing of the American Planning Association’s Virginia chapter, presented “Enticing the Creative Class” on March 28. During the

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  • Letter to the Editor, week of April 9

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Competition for the ‘central’ title? I’m not sure what this means for Ashland, Virginia, but I just read that Felicity, California (a two-resident town), is now the center of the world. I’m thinking center of the world and center of the universe are one of the same. If this is true, what’s next for Ashland? I see maybe two options to make Felicity pay for insulting Ashland. First, maybe organize

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  • Editorial: State funds tied to enrollment

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Fewer babies means fewer state dollars for Hanover County Public Schools. Enrollment has been decreasing since a peak in 2006-07, anywhere from a handful to a couple hundred students per year, according to data supplied by David Myers, assistant superintendent of budget and operations. The peak nearly a decade ago was 18,844. The current school year’s enrollment is 17,734, and next year’s is projected at 17,591. That’s a difference of

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