Local News

Stewart Reid with grandson Charley, who called his grandfather “Dipps.” (Photo courtesy of Jessica Robertson photography)

Former Ashland mayor, community pillar remembered

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Stewart Reid used to tell a local pastor that he didn’t want him to say anything nice about him at his funeral. “I used to say jokingly, ‘Stu, you never have to worry about that,’” said Rev. Chris Haydinger of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Despite his wishes, those who knew the 83-year-old former Ashland mayor will continue to remember the late Reid as a big-hearted pillar of the Ashland community.

Read Full Story

National News

Business News

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

Read Full Story
  • Ashland Town Council defers downtown plan

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    The historic Hanover Bank building would be the northern boundary of a proposed special downtown business district.

    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.

    Read Full Story
  • Ashland Medical Center physician retiring

    Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:46 am


    Ashland is losing another doctor to retirement. After 39 years, Dr. Hill Carter Jr., a 67-year-old Ashland resident, is leaving Ashland Medical Center, primarily because of drastic changes in the medical field such as increasing government control and the growing reliance on technology.

    Read Full Story



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

Read Full Story
  • 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

    Read Full Story
  • 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

    Read Full Story

Headlines of the Day