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Michael Gill

HCPS reviews ‘opt-out’ option for controversial lessons

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

After the viewing of a video on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by some Hanover students caused citizens to raise ample concerns, the school board instructed division staff last month to review three policies related to instructional materials. At the board’s Nov. 11 meeting, Michael Gill, assistant superintendent of instruction, said the committee is considering some type of opt-out option for parents to decide whether they want their children to participate in a lesson that contains controversial materials.

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One of several options presented by Siska Aurand Landscape Architects Inc. would demolish the existing pool and replace it with what is essentially a miniature waterpark at a cost of $1.3 million. (design by Siska Aurand Landscape Architects Inc.)

Ashland’s knee-deep in options for Carter Park Pool

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

On a chilly Tuesday night, one of the first real harbingers of the winter season to come, Ashland officials had fun in the sun on their minds as they weighed the future of the Carter Park Pool. Nov. 18, council members, town staff and members of the parks and recreation committee met with Doug Aurand, of Norfolk-based Siska Aurand Landscape Architects Inc., the same firm that designed the original town pool.

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  • Atlee Walmart targets January opening

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Workers make progress at  Atlee’s “Walmart Neighborhood Market” on Sliding Hill Road, where construction is well underway.

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market, which will be located on Sliding Hill Road, is expected to be open for business at the end of January. But local citizens are still worried about the impact the grocery store could have on their community.

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  • Hanover’s first roundabout proposed for dangerous crossroads

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    An aerial view of the proposed roundabout at the Studley-Rural Point Road intersection. (Photo courtesy of Hanover County)

    Henry District residents could get the county’s first roundabout at the intersection of Studley and Rural Point roads.Tuesday night, county staff held a public meeting to inform citizens about the project and allow them to ask questions.

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Sports

The Potomac Panthers defense wraps up Patrick Henry’s Kwatayvous Blackwell during Friday’s playoff game in Dumfries. The Patriots gave a strong performance but lost by three points, 31-28. (H-P photo by Joel Klein)

Patrick Henry falls in playoffs to Potomac

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

Patrick Henry fans traveled very well and were treated to a game that featured a strong Patriots performance in their first post-season appearance since 2007. Unfortunately, in the end, the Patriots came up just short as they fell to the Potomac Panthers 31-28 ending their hopes of moving on in the playoffs.

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  • Atlee postseason ends with loss; Hawks’ title hopes continue

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Atlee’s CJ Tilton sacks L.C. Bird quarterback Jalen Elliott during Friday’s playoff game in Chester.

    Facing a team the Raiders must beat to help attain their desired status as an elite football program in the Central Region, Atlee, for the second straight season, could not stop L.C. Bird's running game, as the two-time defending state champions defeated the Raiders 34-13.

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  • Yellow Jackets top UMW, fall to CNU

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Joe Hassell drives to the hole for the Yellow Jackets against UMW Sunday.

    The flow of Randolph-Macon men’s basketball’s season opener Sunday against Mary Washington was like starting the old car in the garage that hadn’t seen the streets in a long time. The Yellow Jackets’ engine fired up, then stalled, sputtered, but eventually rallied and arrived at their intended destination

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Lifestyles

Luck

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 Santa

Diversions, Week of Nov. 20, 2014

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Diversions is the Herald-Progress's weekly rundown of community events, festivals, gatherings and more. This installment runs through Dec. 20.

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  • Olde Time Holiday Parade set for Nov. 23

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade

    Residents of the Town of Ashland and Hanover County should mark Nov. 23 on their calendars for the 45th Ashland/Hanover Olde Time Holiday Parade. This event signals the beginning of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons for the region.

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  • Local library branches hold Family Game Night, Storytimes

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    All Library branches will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Ashland Branch Library   Teen Movie and Pizza Night Friday, Nov. 14, 6 – 8 p.m. See a great movie with your friends on the big screen! Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. American Girl Movie Morning Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – noon. Ages 5-12. Celebrate the fun of American Girl books and movies! 

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