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Editorial: Appointment process is faulty

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Recently, a panel convened at Ashland Coffee & Tea to discuss the topic of Hanover’s appointment process for school board members. This county is among the few in Virginia where the board of supervisors appoints school board members. In most counties, voters have that privilege, and each November during an election cycle, signs reading “Jo Schmoe for School Board” are right up there next to candidates for other local, state

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 25, 2014

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Town Hall upcoming in western Hanover Board of supervisors and school board representatives from the Beaverdam and South Anna Districts will hold a joint town hall meeting the evening of Oct. 9 at the Montpelier Center For Arts and Education. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and fellowship followed by panel presentation at 7 p.m. Panel members will consist of supervisors Aubrey “Bucky” Stanley of the Beaverdam District, Wayne Hazzard

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  • Editorial: Safer schools at criminals’ expense

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Last week, we received word via the Hanover Sheriff’s Office that all of the county’s schools, as well as the central office, had been equipped with law enforcement tactical alert systems. Good news there. Who wouldn’t want our schools to be safer? But there’s even better news – taxpayers didn’t have to foot the bill. The system was paid for with funds seized from criminals, also known as asset forfeiture

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Sept. 18, 2014

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Former chief urges support of Parker It’s been a little over a year now since I have left the position as Chief of Animal Control for Hanover County and there may have been a few people wondering how I am doing after my silent departure from local public safety service. The answer is, I still live in my home in the best county and state in the world with the

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  • Editorial: Silver linings

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Last week, our home state landed in headlines across nation. Sadly, the old adage, “Any press is good press,” didn’t apply in this instance. In what many saw as inevitable, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of a total of 20 counts related to their use of the state’s highest office and the influence that comes with it to line their pockets. The news of

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 11, 2014

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Diogenes’ lantern shines on Ashland Legend has it that Diogenes, the famous philosopher of Ancient Greece, took up his lantern and wandered the land looking for an honest man. If he had been fortunate enough to walk to Ashland, he could have ended his search at the Iron Horse Restaurant; that is where I had the misfortune to leave my pocketbook after enjoying a delicious meal last Thursday night, Aug.

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  • Editorial: Water inequality

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Monday was Labor Day, the traditional holiday for activities like fishing, swimming, canoeing, or just laying in the sun and bearing witness to those who enjoy the water by actually getting in it. We’re thankful that Virginia, for the most part, is still a state where citizens can enjoy their local creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and bays. Each year, we’ve seen positive indicators in the Chesapeake Bay that the

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