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The Mechanicsville Elementary School sign is adorned with tributes to Renee Parr.

Mechanicsville Elementary teacher remembered

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

One thing Mechanicsville Elementary School Principal Amy Robinson won’t forget about one of her first-grade teachers is the superhero costume, cape included, that she wore at the school’s field day. That was one of the many things that stood out about the first grade teacher; she dressed up for any and every occasion. Parr, who Robinson and many in the Mechanicsville Elementary School community won’t forget, died July 14 from a heart attack.

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  • Crisis center OK’d at Hanover hospital

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hanover will soon have its very own mental health crisis assessment center inside the Memorial Regional Medical Center. The center, which will be open 10 hours a day and seven days a week, will take individuals in crisis and decide whether or not they need to be admitted to a hospital. The center became a reality July 23 after the board of supervisors approved a $231,398 grant for this year that will fund the facility.

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  • Atlee grocery store gets county approval

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    The question as to whether Hanover will receive a third Walmart store location remains unanswered. July 23 the board unanimously approved an amendment to the existing rezoning to allow a 1,839 square-foot grocery store with a drive-thru pharmacy and a 12-pump gas station off Sliding Hill Road near King’s Charter. Just what kind of grocery store it will be has not been disclosed yet.

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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

    The historic Hanover Bank building would be the northern boundary of a proposed special downtown business district.

    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: A step forward for mental health

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

The implementation of a crisis assessment center at Memorial Regional Medical Center for patients in need of mental health intervention or help is a great achievement and one local officials deserve a solid round of applause for. In addition to meeting a local need, the facility is funded through 2016. A $450,000 grant secured by Ivy Sager and her team at the Community Services Board will fund the crisis center

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of July 31, 2014

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Rankings depend on rankers’ criteria Our focus on rankings is very interesting to me. I know that it is human nature to want to know how we compare to others. Those who publish these rankings identify a set of criteria they believe are important and then apply those criteria to a teacher, a principal, a school or a school division to determine who makes the “cut” and who doesn’t. While

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  • Editorial: Education equality

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Atlee and Hanover high schools joined a rather exclusive list with their recent recognition by US News and World Report for academic excellence. Overall, Atlee ranked 33rd in the state and Hanover placed 36th; on a national scale the two schools placed 1,256th and 1,550th, respectively. Both schools achieved a silver medal for this designation and were placed into the second group of high schools with the highest unrounded college

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