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James “Jimmy” Smith behind the register at Ashland Feed Store, where he was a fixture for nearly three decades. Smith died Nov. 17 at 76. (Contributed photo)

Longtime Ashland Feed Store employee remembered

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

When a customer walked into the Ashland Feed Store, they expected to see the usual retail items sold at the business − feed, gardening supplies and more − but they also expected to see one specific person greeting them when they walked through the door.

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  • Volunteer efforts relieve Ashland police

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Ken Mills with friends and family as he directs traffic during last year’s holiday parade in Ashland as a member of the Ashland Police Department’s citizen task force. (contributed photo)

    Though the floats and local organizations are the stars of the Olde Time Holiday Parade, local law enforcement helps make sure people are safe and traffic flows during the event. And, in order to help relieve full-time paid officers that day, individuals like Ken Mills volunteer a few hours out of their weekend to direct traffic.

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  • Giving back to community keeps 72-year-old going

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm


    One 72-year-old Hanover resident doesn’t let his age slow him down one bit. Jack Luck, who is semi-retired but still a partner at Luck Chevrolet, dedicates as much as time as he can giving back to the community. “My wife says I need to slow down,” Luck said. “But it keeps you going.”

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  • Veterans saluted at annual ceremony

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Jack King, a Vietnam War veteran who served with the United States Air Force, offers a salute during Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Hanover.

    A rifle salute split the warm November air Tuesday as crowds gathered to pay tribute during Hanover’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at Wayside Park. Jack Ward, co-founder of the Hanover Veterans Committee, began the ceremony promptly at 2 p.m., noting the importance of being on time to military personnel.

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  • Retiree responds to local need in Hanover

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    David Goodwin makes sure a plank is straight at a Hanover Habitat for Humanity job site at Bailey Woods, the group’s first subdivision in the county.

    After 61-year-old David Goodwin retired from the computer science industry in 2010, he decided to fill his time with more than just doing yard work or tending to his garden. Instead, Goodwin dedicates a lot of his free time to volunteering with local non-profit organizations and charities and giving back to the Hanover community.

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  • Ashland pastor practices what she preaches

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Kendra Swager, at left, of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, on a mission trip in Guatemala with Corinne Luck. Swager has helped launch local initiatives to help the needy in the local community, as well. (contributed photo)

    Naturally, as a reverend Kendra Swager stays fairly busy. But, when she’s not delivering her Sunday sermon, Swager leads various programs at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church aimed at helping the less fortunate in Hanover County.

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  • New marker honors Hanover church founder’s legacy

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Crowds gather Oct. 26 to dedicate a marker honoring the legacy of John Preston Clarke, a black preacher and farmer, who helped found a number of churches throughout the region after the Civil War. (Photo courtesy of Hanover County)

    The legacy of a black reverend who founded numerous churches in Hanover and the Richmond area after the Civil War will live on. Oct. 26, the community gathered to dedicate Hanover County’s third historic marker to the Rev. John Preston Clarke.

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