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Gerald Luna and Sarah Newton.

Parents arrested in infant death

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

The Ashland Police Department has charged the parents of an infant with felony child neglect after an investigation into their child’s death in October of 2014. According to the APD, on Oct. 21, 2014, at about 1 a.m., Ashland police officers responded to a report of an unresponsive infant at a motel located in the 600 block of North Washington Highway in Ashland. The child was transported to a local

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  • Council hears updates on Chapman Street rezoning, Carter Park Pool

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This updated plan for the Westland project (formerly Ashland Neighborhood) shows color-coded lot width ranges.

    Rogers-Chenault Inc. has shaved a few more units off its residential rezoning application for the project previously called Ashland Neighborhood. Todd Rogers of RCI gave a presentation to the Ashland Town Council during the “citizen input” portion of the agenda May 19, though he said all the information he shared that evening would be repeated when the matter officially returns to council’s agenda June 16. He said he wanted council

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  • Sheriff’s Office seeks community’s input for reaccreditation efforts

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Col. David Hines, Hanover sheriff.

    The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve reaccreditation by verifying it meets professional standards, and the agency would like the community’s input during this process. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, which are outlined below. Public Information Session: Members of the community and agency employees are invited to offer comments at a public information session on

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Business News

Kevin Nelson, president of Porvair Filtration Group Inc., which is based in the Ashland area.

Filtration company with Hanover ties receives royal recognition

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

The trade efforts of an international filtration company’s United States division contributed to the United Kingdom business earning a high honor from Queen Elizabeth II of England. Porvair Filtration Group Limited applied for and won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is valid for five years and is bestowed on UK-based businesses that demonstrate “outstanding achievement” in several categories, including enhancement and growth in international trade, according to the website

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  • Only bank in Beaverdam is closing in August

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The SunTrust in Beaverdam is closing its doors to all customers Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

    A key institution in the Beaverdam community is coming to an end. A SunTrust branch located in the area’s “downtown” is closing its doors to all customers Aug. 14 at 2 p.m., according to Hugh Suhr, a spokesman for SunTrust. Suhr said this decision came after “careful study and analysis,” and contributing factors they “considered include[ed], but [were] not limited to, market growth, real estate arrangements, and transaction volumes.” “The

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  • Memorial Regional Medical Center honors businessman’s contributions

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Pat Patrick.

    ‘Pat Patrick Nursing Excellence Ceremony’ celebrates top nurses The legacy of one Hanover businessman will live on. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center renamed their annual nurses’ award ceremony in honor of the late William “Pat” Patrick Jr., who founded the Patrick Auto Group which operates Ashland-based Patrick Buick GMC and who had supported the hospital since before it was built and up until his death in February 2014. The

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Editorial: Time to pay

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Hanover School Board has sent the message that non-resident families with students here will be expected to pay tuition if they want to stay enrolled in Hanover County Public Schools. And it’s only fair that they do. Hanover County taxpayers collectively will pay over $4,300 per student in the 2015-16 school year, and that’s not including the taxes they pay to the state government. The school division’s current tuition

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of May 21

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Thanks to Hanover sheriff’s deputies On May 5, I was involved in a two-vehicle accident that totaled my car. Thankfully, no one was hurt. I just want to publicly thank the two Hanover deputies that came to my aid. They were very caring and professional and followed up with me in the following days. I appreciate our law enforcement and what they do to assist citizens in time of need.

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  • Editorial: No limits

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo said on Twitter earlier this month, “Hate speech is excluded from protection. Don’t just say you love the Constitution. Read it.” [Tweet edited only for proper capitalization and punctuation.] He’s wrong, of course. Even if he was merely opining that hate speech should be excluded from constitutional protection, he’s still wrong. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting

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