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Emile Sam-Peal (left) with a group of Lott Carey students in Liberia. (Photo courtesy of Lott Carey Mission School)

Liberian educator stranded in Va. as Ebola rages at home

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

On a recent flight from Atlanta, Ga. back to Richmond, where he has been staying for the past several months, Emile Sam-Peal said everything was going smoothly with the passenger next to him until Sam-Peal revealed this one tidbit about himself: he was from Liberia, a country synonymous with the deadly disease Ebola.

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  • Hanover seeing bus driver shortage

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm


    The wheels on the bus may still go ‘round and ‘round, but it’s gotten hard to find people to make them turn in Hanover. During an Oct. 14 joint education committee meeting, Superintendent Jamelle Wilson said the division is experiencing a shortage of substitute bus drivers.

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  • Mechanicsville residents cite traffic worries

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm


    With the trend of community meetings increasing, citizens are able to directly air concerns to their public officials and representatives more often. And, Tuesday evening, Mechanicsville residents got the chance to do just that.

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Bidders and onlookers pay close attention as the Henry Clay Inn is auctioned off Oct. 16.

Inn sold at auction to N.J. woman with Ashland ties

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Last week, Ashland’s downtown bed and breakfast was auctioned off to the highest bidder, a councilwoman and financial firm owner from New Jersey, who intends to keep the iconic building as a hotel.

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  • Ashland Main Street accredited as a national program

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    The Ashland Main Street Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards. The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by The Virginia Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main

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  • Ashland Town Council defers downtown plan

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    An recently-passed ordinance in Ashland is aimed at making downtown a destination for shopping, arts and culture and entertainment.

    Ashland Town Council deferred action Tuesday night on what’s proving to be a controversial update of the town’s B1 commercial zoning ordinance, telling those gathered at Town Hall that more input and discussion is needed before they can take final action.

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Editorial: An open Hanover

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Transparency is, it seems, on the minds of Hanover’s government for once. Earlier this month, Chairman Sean Davis, Henry District supervisor, introduced an initiative to look into the possibility of streaming government meetings through either cable television or an Internet platform. Disregarding the fact that the issue was brought up at the end of a meeting after the press had left and that it wasn’t on the board’s agenda Oct.

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Oct. 23, 2014

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Writer erred on ‘progressive agenda’ I am not sure where Jenna Hawk (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 9, 2014) studied the progressive agenda but the following is the mission of the Progressive Majority as stated on their webpage: · Economic Justice: Prosperity should be accessible to everyone, not merely the few. · Civil Rights: Every individual’s civil rights must be protected; discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion,

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  • Editorial: Under review

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    It appears as though context is actually important. Tuesday, members of Hanover’s governing body and county administration met alongside school board members and central office staff. The “elephant in the room” at this Joint Education Committee meeting was the recent airing in a pair of Hanover High School classrooms of Thomas Friedman’s “Searching for the Roots of 9/11,” a compelling if not controversial documentary that explores Muslims’ attitudes toward the

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