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Students navigate a snowmound as they board buses at Henry Clay Elementary School Monday, their first day back in classrooms since the storm that shut down county schools last week.

Snow covers county, shuts down schools

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Last week, Hanover was a wintry wonderland. The county was blanketed with several inches of snow all over. As a result, students were knocked out of school for four days because of the inclement weather and will have to make up at least one day of school.

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  • Students plead for freedom to learn

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    From left: Nathan Pal, Stephanie Mayle and Caroline Ryan of student group “Hanover Students for Freedom of Information and Learning.”

    Concerned students have banded together to form "Hanover Students for Freedom of Information and Learning" in response to the school board's decision to restrict students' access to "controversial" instructional materials.

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  • Work set for major Ashland intersection

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This visual prepared by the Virginia Department of Transportation shows improvements slated for the Route 1-Route 54 intersection in Ashland.

    Beginning in early March through May 2016, Route 1 and Route 54 will be limited to one travel lane in each direction as crews work to add through lanes, turn lanes, improved traffic signals and pedestrian accommodations such as sidewalks and signaled crosswalks at the busy intersection.

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Bill Roberts, WHAN station owner, at the controls of the Ashland station, where he has been for 17 years.

U.Va.-owned station to take over WHAN

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

Ashland’s local radio station is poised to change hands. According to Bill Roberts, WHAN station owner, Chartlottesville-based WTJU, which is owned by the University of Virginia, will take control of the station effective in February as part of a three-year lease-management agreement.

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  • Ashland’s ‘Sugar Fix’ is about to be fulfilled

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Melinda Foster plans to open "Sugar Fix Bakery" on England Street in Ashland.

    For many years, Melinda Foster, a mother of six, worked out of her Rockville home or took care of the kids, but always had a passion for whipping up cookies or cakes for special family occasions. Now, she’s opening up “Sugar Fix Bakery” on England Street, which is expected to open sometime in January.

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  • Pa.-based steel maker holds ‘grand opening’

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm


    A privately owned Pennsylvania-based “metal service center” expanded their business in 2012 by adding an Ashland location. Recently, the business introduced itself to the community during a grand opening.

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Editorial: Turning the page

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Well, here I am again, writing another editorial on deadline – behind deadline actually. Generally it’s the last thing I do for each week’s edition, a last reflection before the news pages fly off to the printer, returning to us in tidy bundles, ready to be shared with the world. In many ways, this week is the same as most others, only this will be my last editorial for the

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  • Guest Commentary: New development comes with a price tag

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    By Pattie Bland Coalition for Hanover’s Future According to Hanover County records, more than $31.5 million in cash proffers, or developers’ fees, have been eliminated in one year’s time since the board of supervisors voted to eliminate more than $52 million on previously zoned land slated for development. Historically, proffers were used for capital funding, the building costs of schools, parks, libraries, public safety (fire and EMS), roads and major

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Feb. 26, 2015

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Taxpayers stewing Giving back. OK, what does it all mean? If I work for a paycheck, insurance and retirement, is that considered giving back, or is that considered getting paid for giving back? Could this actually mean, “No Pay, No Give Back?” I had a “give-back” incident once. After a late Black Friday night shopping spree for car parts and later getting back in the light where I could see

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