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Editorial: Standardized

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

Wednesday, the state board of education released Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the 2013-2014 school year. Overall, student achievement improved on what the state called “challenging” mathematics SOLs, first introduced three years ago. The online mathematics SOL tests – taken by Virginia students since 2011-2012 – require students to apply critical-thinking skills as well as knowledge of mathematics to solve multistep problems, DOE said when announcing the new

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  • Commentary: Time to speak out for a sound investment

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    By Ragan Phillips Hanover County has a number of core strengths that make it an outstanding place to live. County residents enjoy a quality of life not found in large cities.  Another strength of Hanover would be the public school system. The quality of public schools is a critical factor for people who are relocating their families or deciding to open a new business. Any time we write a check

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 28, 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    U.S. Senate is GOP’s to lose in November President Obama’s immigration mess, ISIS’s Islamic militants’ hostile takeover of Iraq, Hamas versus Israel, Ebola virus now on American soil, Ferguson riots, a mountain of growing U.S. debt and a disconnected president are all gifts to the Republicans. Add to that the IRS scandal, the EPA war on oil, coal and nuclear energy and the multitude of other federal government scandals. Only

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  • Editorial: An open wound

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    We’ve all seen the images by now. Clouds of teargas and hordes of angry protestors illuminated by flames from Molotov cocktails. Police forces wearing tactical gear and holding automatic rifles. No, this isn’t the Middle East. It’s Missouri, Ferguson to be exact, a suburb of St. Louis. Though things had calmed down somewhat as the H-P was headed to press this week, the Missouri community has been the center of

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Aug. 21, 2014

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hanover County in a ‘Nutshell’ “Hanover: People, Tradition, and Spirit” – this is the motto that Hanover County uses to describe its community. Tucked behind the Courthouse Complex is a pre-Civil War plantation house called Nutshell. The stories from this property embody that motto, although most Hanover citizens are probably not familiar with the tragedy and triumph that occurred there. Nutshell was more than 600 acres including Hanover Tavern, and

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  • Editorial: Buckle up

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Tuesday, a Caroline County father and his two children were thrown from their car during a severe car accident on Washington Highway in Ashland. No one in the vehicle was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash, which claimed the life of the father and sent his children to the hospital with serious injuries, not to mention emotional trauma. At the same time this occurred, crews were on

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  • Cantor: Serving the 7th was my highest honor

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve the people of Virginia’s 7th District in Congress. That is why it is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18. As I reflect on this amazing opportunity, I think of the sacrifices made by so many along the way.

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