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Garrett Reece and Kaitlyn Tate sing Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” during the Ashland Musical Variety Show immediately following a group’s performance of Irving Berlin’s “Always.” (“Always”... “Happy” -- See what they did there?) (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)

Editorial: Ashland Musical Variety Show has heart

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

The theme for this year’s Ashland Musical Variety Show was appropriate on several levels. “Ashland, Our Valentine Town” was dedicated to Dougee Zeno, who wrote the score to “Ashland, Ashland,” the town song that closes every biennial Variety Show. Zeno died last year, though the legacy of her contributions to the show continues. The “Valentine” concept permeated the latest production, which ran March 19 to 21 at Randolph-Macon College’s Blackwell

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of March 26

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for making handicap-accessible playgrounds possible A few weeks ago there was an article in the paper about the completion of the handicap-accessible playground at Hanover Courthouse. This marks the final project of Operation Hope. If you go to our website,, you will see how our community has come together to build these special projects. We have inspired others to follow what we have accomplished. An employee at Cunningham

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  • Editorial: Hanover Fire-EMS still needs volunteers

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

    The fact that the Ashland Volunteer Fire Company made it this long before needing to ask the county for paid staff is impressive and speaks highly of the volunteers the organization has been able to attract and retain. But it’s not surprising that the all-volunteer era is ending. The Ashland station is expected to get four out of the eight new paid firefighter positions included in the proposed fiscal year

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of March 19

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Appointed school boards yield benefits There was a television series titled “Dragnet” with the main character being Sgt. Joe Friday. He had a saying throughout the program, “The facts, ma’am, just the facts.” Well let’s look at some facts about the Hanover County school system. Last spring it came out that all the schools in Hanover were accredited by SOL standards, but one school was accredited “with warning.” That school

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  • Editorial: Federal funding for Amtrak?

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week on whether Amtrak should continue receiving financial support from the federal government. While deliberating on HR 749, Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California’s 4th District, proposed an amendment that would have eliminated the portion of the bill that authorizes federal funding for Amtrak. The bill grants Amtrak a total of $1.412 billion in

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of March 12

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Writer heard informed speakers Below is a copy of a letter sent to Mr. Sean Davis, member of the Hanover Board of Supervisors, following the 2-25-15 Board of Supervisors meeting. Dear Mr. Davis, First, thank you for your commitment and service to Hanover County. I am writing, though, because I am confused by your comment after [schools superintendent] Dr. Wilson’s budget presentation at the recent Board of Supervisors meeting. You

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  • Editorial: Never ban books

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hanover County has gone through quite a bit in the almost two years I’ve been away. Some developments are great (the upcoming live streaming of Board of Supervisors meetings is a big win for transparency). Others are less great, such as the school division’s recent policy on “controversial” materials. Under this policy, if teachers choose to use any of six items deemed to be sensitive materials—a list that includes five

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