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Ashland Town Council defers downtown zoning changes

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

Tuesday night, after hearing from a number of concerned citizens, business and property owners, Ashland Town Council deferred a rewrite of the town’s B-1 zoning ordinance, which also creates a separate zoning category (B-1D) for the businesses lining Railroad Avenue in the heart of town.

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  • Hanover County requests lawsuit dismissal

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Hanover County is asking the courts to dismiss a lawsuit centering around a dispute over a large electronic sign near the site of a still-pending outlet mall. The suit claims the county favored developer of Northlake Ridge, Craig Realty, over EMAC LLC., which owns 43 acres near the development, in a dispute over the placement of a large electronic sign that would be visible from the interstate.

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  • Committee told teacher turnover not an issue

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Superintendent Jamelle Wilson

    According to school officials, teacher turnover is not currently an issue in Hanover. At a June 30 joint education committee, comprised of school board members, supervisors and county staff, Superintendent Jamelle Wilson presented committee members with data on the number of teacher resignations and retirements from the 2004-2005 school year to the 2013-2014 term. The data show the most teachers recently resigning in the 2012-2013 school year with 103 who

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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

    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.

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  • 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.

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Editorial: Art studio vote a good step forward

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

Tuesday night, Ashland took a step forward that could actually allow artist studios in the town’s arts district. Previously, artist studios were considered a manufacturing use and in order to operate within the B-1-zoned arts in cultural district would need to be incidental to retail. They would also require a conditional use permit. So, even though an overlay district was created in 2012 that provided incentives to enhance arts and

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  • Tomato Patch: Scratching a few more off the bucket list

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    By Greg Glassner H-P Editor Emeritus As I indicated in the first part of this two-part Tomato Patch, a principal objective of my recent adventure out west was a reunion of the 519th US Army Transportation Battalion, which I served with in Thailand in 1969. After a week in Arizona I finally set off for Colorado, taking a lot of other back roads through additional Apache and Navajo reservation land

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of July 17, 2014

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Support of book sale much appreciated On July 4, we, the Friends of the Richard S. Gillis Library in Ashland, held our annual Book Sale. It was highly successful because of the support the Ashland/Hanover community gave to our effort. We want to thank you for your generosity in donating thousands of books that were part of your home libraries and for coming to buy books given by others. In

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