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Communications Officer Diane Branch at the controls in Hanover’s emergency communications center. Branch is among 24 full-time employees being recognized this week for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

911 dispatchers man a lifeline

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

As one of 24 full-time communications officers, Diane Branch answers emergency calls from people around the county and the Town of Ashland in need of help. During the week of April 13-19, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, public safety officers and 911 dispatchers, like Branch, are recognized for their service.

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  • Board approves $390.8M county budget

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Hanover supervisors unanimously adopted a $390.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes slightly more funds than the initial spending plan. At the March 9 board of supervisors’ meeting, Shelly Wright, budget division director, presented a few changes to the county administrator’s budget to include roughly $200,000 more.

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  • Hanover County is top-ranked for music education

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    William Smith, TJ Hindley and Brady Anthony-Brumfield rehearse at Hanover High School.

    Hanover County has been named one of the best communities in the nation for music education for a second consecutive year. March 26 the school system made it on the non-profit organization National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s list, where 376 school districts were named the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014.

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National News

Business News

Construction completed on data center in Hanover

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Scott K. Brown, a Hanover County entrepreneur, recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art 6,000 square-foot building to house Pixel Factory Data Center Inc. According to a statement from county officials, the new data center is located near the Hanover Industrial Air Park and will have a combined investment of over several million dollars for both the building and equipment. Pixel Factory Data Center currently has one bay of server rack

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  • Whistle blows for trackside model train store

    Posted on February 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Jim Donlon, owner of Train Town Toy and Hobby in downtown Ashland, poses with some of his model trains. Train Town’s last day in business here will be Saturday.

    One of downtown Ashland’s staple businesses is leaving town. After a year of trying to find someone to take over Train Town Toy and Hobby, Jim Donlon said the store’s last day in business is Saturday. Last year, Donlon said he and his wife, Nancy, purchased a home in North Charleston, S.C. with the original plan being for someone to take over the Ashland store as he transitioned to his

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  • Goodwill spreading in Hanover County

    Posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Work is underway on a third Goodwill location in  Hanover County near Virginia Center Commons.

    On March 27, Hanover County will have a brand new Goodwill store, giving area residents one more spot to pick up bargain clothes, electronics and household items, which directly support the business’ mission— to provide jobs for individuals in the community who are unemployed or have disabilities and cannot obtain work. And to achieve their goals, the company thought the location on Washington Highway near the Henrico County line was

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Technology

Editorial

Editorial: Public input in the ‘digital age’

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

There was a day when drafting a letter on paper, with a pen, was the modus operandi of communication. Today, it’s more or less a rarity, except for the occasional wedding invitation or “thank you” note. Digital communication via email, social media messaging or posting, and yes, texting, has more or less become the way most people communicate, in writing anyway (we won’t broach “Skyping” or “Face-timing” in this editorial).

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of April 17, 2014

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Need to hear more about ‘prescription’ I read with interest Dr. Eddy’s letter about the “Prescription for Climate Action” in your April 10 Opinion section. First off, I was curious as to why the list of goals are referred to as a “prescription.” As an M.D., Eddy is surely aware that prescriptions that are written by physicians are not goals, but specific medications that treat a problem. I saw nothing

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of April 10, 2014

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Climate change is a public health issue To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, health professionals across the country are signing on to “Prescription for Climate Action,” which would limit the effects of climate change on public health. Climate change pollutes the air, contaminates the water, threatens the food supply and spreads infectious disease. It is an emergency that is easily overlooked because it is insidious. According to the World Health

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