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New graduate Corvin Sandford gets a congratulatory hug from Dr. Mark Malin. Sandford earned special honors, as he was awarded one of two Smithey Mathematics Medals.

Randolph-Macon College graduates 299

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Randolph-Macon College’s largest graduating class, 299 Yellow Jackets, moved their tassels from right to left atop their ceremonial hats and said goodbye to their home of the past four years May 30. As the college’s newest alumni began to welcome the start of another journey, commencement speaker and R-MC alumna Sue Schick, a CEO and chief growth officer with UnitedHealthcare, left the class with one large piece of advice, or

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Three killed, two injured in I-295 crash

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 295 southbound at the 40.2 mile marker around 2:54 p.m. May 29 in Hanover County. According to the State Police, the incident began around 2:50 p.m. when Chesterfield County Police requested State Police’s assistance with stopping a suspect in a double homicide that was traveling on I-295 north bound around the 37 mile marker. The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette

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  • Smoke alarm alerts passer-by of fire in Ashland apartment

    Posted on May 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Hanover Fire-EMS crews extinguished a fire in an Ashland Woods apartment Thursday morning.

    Thanks to a man hearing a smoke alarm, Hanover Fire-EMS was able to extinguish a small residential fire before it could injure anyone. Fire-EMS crews were dispatched to a reported apartment fire at 1511 West Omni Court at the Ashland Woods Apartment Complex just before noon May 28. One of the apartment maintenance staff members happened to be passing by and heard a smoke alarm going off inside of the

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  • Hanover man dies in James City County wreck

    Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    The accident on Monticello Road resulted in one fatality. (Virginia State Police photo)

    A four-vehicle accident in James City County May 26 claimed the life of a Hanover man, according to the Virginia State Police. Donald Lee Howard, 84, of Ashland, was driving westbound on Monticello Road at approximately 1:43 p.m. when his 2008 Chrysler 300 struck an unmarked Virginia State Police car stopping for a traffic light. Upon striking the unmarked vehicle, 2012 Ford, the Chrysler overturned and struck a 1999 Ford

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Beth Ford scores a run for Patrick Henry during Friday’s match against Orange.

Patriots softball takes Conference 16 title

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Patrick Henry softball had the whole Conference 16 tournament lined up in front of them Wednesday last week. A win over Godwin would secure the homefield advantage and the number one seed in the tournament. They had everything secured all the way up until the seventh inning, when the Eagles scored five runs and upset the Patriots on senior night in the regular season finale. Not only did they lose

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  • Patrick Henry baseball wins Conference 16 championship

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Patrick Henry catcher AJ Hart makes tag at home on Quinn Gibson, the first out of the inning after Albemarle had loaded the bases. The Patriots ultimately prevented their opponents from scoring any runs that inning.

    The Patrick Henry Patriots won their first-ever Conference 16 championship on Memorial Day. It was a new season for Patrick Henry baseball last Friday night as they began postseason play. The Patriots were awarded the second seed in the Conference 16 tournament, and their first test would be against the third seed Albemarle Patriots. ​PH junior William Strong was on the mound, and he pitched a solid game. The 2013-2014

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  • Hawks baseball, softball win first rounds

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hanover’s Jack Dragum reaches the bag as the ball gets away from Tucker’s Micah Cohen. Dragum went on to score the Hawks’ first run later that inning.

    There are many challenges for any team once the playoffs begin. Of particular note is how a team that is prohibitively favored in their first game approaches that contest. But neither Hanover baseball nor softball looked past their Memorial Day first round games, as each pitched shutouts to advance in the Conference 20 Tournament. For Hanover softball, it was a chance to crank up the bats and try to get

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Lifestyles

Gary Perkins.

Volunteer is a ‘watchdog’ at Liberty Middle School

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

When Gary Perkins, a Montpelier resident, first walked into his child’s school, he said he instantly felt the energy and passion of the teachers and staff that work there. That’s part of the reason why Perkins, a retired federal government employee, lends a hand when he can at Liberty Middle School with its Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program. The program, which currently has about 20 participants, is designed

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  • Doswell author shares history of independent press in Virginia and D.C.

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

    "Independent Press in D.C. and Virginia" is now available through the History Press.

    Independent, or “underground,” newspapers were popping up on college campuses across Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s, as they strove to bring about social change and discuss controversial national issues. Author Dale Brumfield, a Doswell resident, has been working to preserve their history. Brumfield’s first book on the subject, “Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene,” was nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary Award in nonfiction.

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  • Volunteers celebrated in annual county ceremony

    Posted on May 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Winston Smith accepts the Spirit of Youth award for outstanding volunteerism.

    From feeding the hungry, to raising money to buy water filters for third-world countries, to preserving local history, and more, Hanover volunteers serve a wide assortment of causes, and their selfless efforts were recognized during the county’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration May 12 at Hanover High School. “Hanover’s spirit of volunteerism is a source of great pride among all of us,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Wayne Hazzard said at

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Entertainment

Diversions, week of May 28, 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

Through May 31 Randolph-Macon College hosts “Hidden Hanover” at Flippo Gallery featuring a selection of works from the last three years that display sites in the county that are hidden from plain view and represent special areas of resurgence and change in the landscape. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall (211 N. Center Street, Ashland). Free and open to the public.

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  • Tomato Festival accepting applications for Tiny Miss/Little Miss pageant

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Tiny Miss and Little Miss Tomato Festival pageant.

    What little girl doesn’t love tiaras, dresses, and tomatoes? Even if she doesn’t go for the fruit, she may still be eligible to participate in the 2015 Tiny Miss/Little Miss Hanover Tomato Festival pageant. The Hanover Tomato Festival is now accepting applications for the Tiny Miss and Little Miss Hanover Tomato Pageant. The pageant and reception will take place on Saturday, June 27, at East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad. Entry

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  • Taylor’s Family Fishing FUN event set June 6

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Parks and Recreation, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Fishing Adventures, and Bass Pro Shops present the annual Taylor’s Family Fishing FUN event Saturday, June 6. From 4 to 7 p.m. the pond at Courthouse Park will be swimming with excitement. Add that fish tale to your children’s memory during this free event that is open to the public. Attendees will receive goodies, a fishing certificate of participation,

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