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Hanover authorities conducting death investigation

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Hanover authorities have identified the man found dead in a Georgetown Road home Saturday as Braxton G. Vaughan, 25, of Sandston. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Vaughan family in their time of loss,” said Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Whitley said the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is ongoing and no further updates were available at this time. July 26, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s

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  • Hanover Cannery preserves local foods, tradition

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Sheree Bremner loads a tray of tomatoes into a blancher machine at the Hanover Cannery. The Hanover resident estimates she cans 600-700 items a season there.

    Hanover resident Sheree Bremner has visited the local cannery in the Taylor Park Complex two or three times a week since 1997, canning roughly 600 or 700 items a season, a craft passed onto her from her mother. According to Bremner, there are advantages to this traditional art of preserving fresh fruits and vegetables. “It’s just more convenient because you can do a whole lot more at one time,” Bremner said.

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  • Facility closure in Rutland has residents asking, ‘Y?’

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Atlee YMCA location will close this fall due to financial difficulties.

    Some Mechanicsville residents will have to travel to a different YMCA for their daily fitness fill starting this fall. The organization’s Atlee Station location will be closing due to financial reasons, according to their website.

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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: Education equality

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

Atlee and Hanover high schools joined a rather exclusive list with their recent recognition by US News and World Report for academic excellence. Overall, Atlee ranked 33rd in the state and Hanover placed 36th; on a national scale the two schools placed 1,256th and 1,550th, respectively. Both schools achieved a silver medal for this designation and were placed into the second group of high schools with the highest unrounded college

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of July 24, 2014

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Town of Ashland’s on the up-and-up The Town of Ashland’s elected officials and staff, working with surrounding businesses and volunteers from the Ashland Main Street Association, deserves a round of applause for the job well done with the recent streetscape improvements. Improvements include widened sidewalks to allow for more foot traffic and outdoor dining, enhanced parking, new lighting and landscaping, and a safer crosswalk across Route 54 to get residents

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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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