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Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones presents board president Hugh Joyce and executive director Tom Wulf with the Virginia Main Street Volunteer Investment Award.

Virginia Main Street recognizes Ashland for over 3,000 volunteer hours

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Ashland Main Street Association and the Town of Ashland on March 19 were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of more than 3,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown’s historic commercial district. “The Virginia Main Street program is a vital part of building a new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The work throughout the 25 Virginia Main

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  • Upcoming bicycling event among topics at Henry District town hall meeting

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Henry District residents and other interested citizens had the chance to get their questions answered Monday night at a town hall meeting hosted by the district’s supervisor, Sean Davis, at Rural Point Elementary School. Though a number of topics were mentioned, many residents were curious about the impact of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships on Hanover. During the nine days of the

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  • Hanover officials discuss public safety needs with state attorney general

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Attorney General Mark Herring and Beaverdam Supervisor Bucky Stanley at the Henrico Sheriff's Office. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Hanover officials were able to throw in their two cents on the county’s public safety agencies to Virginia’s attorney general last week. Beaverdam District Supervisor Bucky Stanley, Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland, and Maj. Tom Woody, of the Sheriff’s Office, discussed the county’s successes and challenges in public safety at a meeting with Attorney General Mark Herring at the Henrico Sheriff’s Office March

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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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Garrett Reece and Kaitlyn Tate sing Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” during the Ashland Musical Variety Show immediately following a group’s performance of Irving Berlin’s “Always.” (“Always”... “Happy” -- See what they did there?) (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)

Editorial: Ashland Musical Variety Show has heart

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

The theme for this year’s Ashland Musical Variety Show was appropriate on several levels. “Ashland, Our Valentine Town” was dedicated to Dougee Zeno, who wrote the score to “Ashland, Ashland,” the town song that closes every biennial Variety Show. Zeno died last year, though the legacy of her contributions to the show continues. The “Valentine” concept permeated the latest production, which ran March 19 to 21 at Randolph-Macon College’s Blackwell

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  • Letters to the Editor, week of March 26

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for making handicap-accessible playgrounds possible A few weeks ago there was an article in the paper about the completion of the handicap-accessible playground at Hanover Courthouse. This marks the final project of Operation Hope. If you go to our website, operationhopeplayground.com, you will see how our community has come together to build these special projects. We have inspired others to follow what we have accomplished. An employee at Cunningham

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  • Editorial: Hanover Fire-EMS still needs volunteers

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

    The fact that the Ashland Volunteer Fire Company made it this long before needing to ask the county for paid staff is impressive and speaks highly of the volunteers the organization has been able to attract and retain. But it’s not surprising that the all-volunteer era is ending. The Ashland station is expected to get four out of the eight new paid firefighter positions included in the proposed fiscal year

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