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An ordinance under consideration in Ashland is aimed at making downtown a destination for shopping, arts and culture and entertainment.

Ashland will weigh new business zoning ordinance

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

In response to opposition of a plan to revamp the town’s commercial zoning laws, criticized by many as a heavy-handed attempt to bolster downtown retail, Ashland planning officials have proposed several changes that will be up for consideration Sept. 16.

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  • Residents oppose high-density housing plan

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Despite some citizen opposition, a large residential development proposal could soon become a reality. Aug. 21 the planning commission OK’d plans for a neighborhood with 142 single-family homes near the intersection of Studley Road and Old Oaklawn Drive.

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  • Hanover planners OK assisted living facility

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    A 113-room assisted living facility could be coming to the Mechanicsville area. Aug. 21 the Hanover County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for the three-story facility, which would be called The Crossings at Hanover.

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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

    An ordinance under consideration in Ashland is aimed at making downtown a destination for shopping, arts and culture and entertainment.

    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: Standardized

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

Wednesday, the state board of education released Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the 2013-2014 school year. Overall, student achievement improved on what the state called “challenging” mathematics SOLs, first introduced three years ago. The online mathematics SOL tests – taken by Virginia students since 2011-2012 – require students to apply critical-thinking skills as well as knowledge of mathematics to solve multistep problems, DOE said when announcing the new

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  • Commentary: Time to speak out for a sound investment

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    By Ragan Phillips Hanover County has a number of core strengths that make it an outstanding place to live. County residents enjoy a quality of life not found in large cities.  Another strength of Hanover would be the public school system. The quality of public schools is a critical factor for people who are relocating their families or deciding to open a new business. Any time we write a check

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 28, 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    U.S. Senate is GOP’s to lose in November President Obama’s immigration mess, ISIS’s Islamic militants’ hostile takeover of Iraq, Hamas versus Israel, Ebola virus now on American soil, Ferguson riots, a mountain of growing U.S. debt and a disconnected president are all gifts to the Republicans. Add to that the IRS scandal, the EPA war on oil, coal and nuclear energy and the multitude of other federal government scandals. Only

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