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Volunteer helps prevent cycle of crime, drug use

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

For a few hours each week, a Hanover mother meets with several local inmates, who without her, could end up falling back into a cycle of drug use and crime. Every Friday night at 7 p.m., Cristine McLaughlin hosts a “substance abuse night” group meeting at Pamunkey Regional Jail to prepare incarcerated inmates for their potential release.

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    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Students’ artwork lines the walls of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.

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    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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    Thomas Whitaker poses in rescue squad garb. (Contributed photo)

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    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Rose Foxworth volunteers with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office every  Friday where she helps input search warrants and summonses. (Contributed photo)

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    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Cathy Williams, of the Country School Quilters, delivers a cartful of handmade quilts to veterans at McGuire VA Medical Center. The group is now in its third year making quilts for McGuire patients.(Contributed photo)

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