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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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  • Editorial: Ashland Musical Variety Show has heart

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    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)

    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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