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County updating economic development plan

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm

It’s that time again. Hanover County has been working hard to review and update its plan for improving business growth in the area. At an April 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, Edwin Gaskin, economic development director, introduced a draft proposal that featured a number of goals and objectives, such as creating higher-paying jobs, so he could receive initial feedback from board members. “We’re trying to chart a course forward into

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  • Solar panels installed at Randolph-Macon College

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:03 am

    R-MC President Robert Lindgren, student Talbot Weston, student Daniel Coon, Provost William T. Franz, and Dominion representatives David Rives and Mary Doswell cut the ribbon in celebration of a solar power project at the college.

    A partnership with Randolph-Macon College and Dominion Virginia Power has brought more than 265 solar panels to an academic building on the college’s campus in Ashland to test how solar energy can be stored in batteries and distributed. R-MC President Robert Lindgren cut the ribbon on the new project April 22 along with Dominion Power staff and others. Dominion officials said the combined solar and battery storage at the college

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  • Supervisors approve 40-home development along Chamberlayne

    Posted on April 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm


    Chickahominy District residents can expect to see a small new residential development in their area soon. April 22, the Board of Supervisors approved a plan to build a neighborhood with 40 single-family homes and a commercial component along Chamberlayne Road near its intersection with McKenzie Drive, which is close to Henry Volunteer Fire Department Station 6. The decision came after the applicant made many adjustments to the proposal after hearing

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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: What it’s all about

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

The annual Festival of the Arts and Sciences shows us Hanover County Public Schools is doing many things right. The 41st such festival took place last Saturday at Patrick Henry High School, and the event, like the school division itself, has grown considerably since the Nixon Administration. Student artwork—available in both two and three dimensions—was on display throughout the hallways and library, and science, language arts, and social studies projects

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of April 30

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Ashland Citizen Leadership Academy a great opportunity Over the past seven months, I have participated in the inaugural class of the Ashland Citizen Leadership Academy. This new program allows residents of the town to learn about all aspects of the town’s operations, from how the budget is developed to overviews of our public safety and parks and recreation. Sessions included tours of our Police Department and Town Shop. Town staff

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  • Editorial: Don’t leap

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Jumping to conclusions is never advised. An object lesson has arisen this past week, in which a small Missouri city’s mayoral election became national news, providing a reminder to all communities that most situations are multi-sided. The Huffington Post’s headline on the topic reads, “Police, Officials Resign After Small Missouri Town Elects First Black Female Mayor” while Mediaite’s headline is “Missouri Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Police and Gov’t Officials

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