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An recently-passed ordinance in Ashland is aimed at making downtown a destination for shopping, arts and culture and entertainment.

Ashland Town Council OKs business zoning change

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

A rarely divided Ashland Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a controversial revamp of the town’s commercial zoning laws. The motion to approve the several-times-deferred plan came from Council member Faye Prichard, who had long indicated support of the proposal, but who also noted at the outset of Tuesday’s meeting that the process had been testy on both sides.

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  • Bells for the fallen at Hanover tribute

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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    Three shrill sounds split the still air last Thursday during a solemn ceremony at the Harman-Taylor Training Center as local officials paid tribute to the 343 firefighters that perished 13 years ago trying to save lives as the World Trade Center collapsed into rubble.

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  • Retracing firefighters’ final footsteps

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ladders crossed in tribute during the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Richmond. (contributed photo)

    Some of Hanover’s firefighters joined numerous others Sept. 7 in putting themselves in the boots of emergency personnel who lost their lives 13 years ago when the Twin Towers fell in New York City. During the annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb held at the SunTrust building in Richmond, hundreds of firefighters climbed 110 stories to honor the 343 victims' memory.

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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: Safer schools at criminals’ expense

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Last week, we received word via the Hanover Sheriff’s Office that all of the county’s schools, as well as the central office, had been equipped with law enforcement tactical alert systems. Good news there. Who wouldn’t want our schools to be safer? But there’s even better news – taxpayers didn’t have to foot the bill. The system was paid for with funds seized from criminals, also known as asset forfeiture

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Sept. 18, 2014

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Former chief urges support of Parker It’s been a little over a year now since I have left the position as Chief of Animal Control for Hanover County and there may have been a few people wondering how I am doing after my silent departure from local public safety service. The answer is, I still live in my home in the best county and state in the world with the

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  • Editorial: Silver linings

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Last week, our home state landed in headlines across nation. Sadly, the old adage, “Any press is good press,” didn’t apply in this instance. In what many saw as inevitable, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of a total of 20 counts related to their use of the state’s highest office and the influence that comes with it to line their pockets. The news of

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