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Public weighs in on Hanover school budget

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

With the arrival of the fall season, the school division has gotten a jumpstart on planning the budget, and Tuesday night, members of the public were allowed to weigh in. Five residents spoke on behalf of various education-based organizations in support of the Hanover School Board’s pre-budget initiatives for 2015-2016.

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  • Policies under review after airing of 9/11 film

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Superintendent Jamelle Wilson

    After the viewing of a controversial video about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by some Hanover students caused several citizens to raise pressing questions, the school division has decided to review its policies concerning instructional materials.

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  • Town Hall in Montpelier draws heavy crowd

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Dale Taylor speaks to a panel of western Hanover representatives during a Town Hall meeting last week in Montpelier.

    Last week, Western Hanover residents got a chance to question their representatives on the school board and board of supervisors about issues important to them at an open forum hosted by the Hanover Association of Businesses and Chamber of Commerce in Montpelier.

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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 recently-passed ordinance 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: Under review

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

It appears as though context is actually important. Tuesday, members of Hanover’s governing body and county administration met alongside school board members and central office staff. The “elephant in the room” at this Joint Education Committee meeting was the recent airing in a pair of Hanover High School classrooms of Thomas Friedman’s “Searching for the Roots of 9/11,” a compelling if not controversial documentary that explores Muslims’ attitudes toward the

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Oct. 16, 2014

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Help make Bumpass a little less bumpy I am concerned about the deplorable condition of the rough and uneven railroad crossing at Fredericks Hall Community on Route 618 known as Fredericks Hall Road. It’s difficult to understand why this condition has evolved for so many years without a remedy. I’ve observed vehicles rock and roll while crawling over the tracks, seen many commercial trucks stop to proceed while hearing contents

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  • Editorial: Untapped

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    The Richmond region, and Virginia, in general, has been enjoying somewhat of a craft beer renaissance in recent years. A couple sessions back, the Virginia General Assembly passed new laws that got rid of the need for restaurants to accompany small breweries. We presume the original fear was there would be too much drinking on an empty stomach. Since that point, the industry has flourished without the burdensome need to

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