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Hanover Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help in death probe

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Hanover investigators continue to look into the death of a Hopewell man, discovered in a burned minivan earlier this month in the Cold Harbor area, and are turning to the public for more information.

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A sheriff's deputy surveys the scene of a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon.

Midlothian man charged in fatal Ashland crash

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Charges are pending in the fatal crash that shut down Washington Highway in Ashland Tuesday afternoon. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Lt. Chris Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the HCSO responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. to the 11400 block of Washington Highway for a report of a multi-vehicle crash with injuries.

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  • New assistant superintendent joins Hanover Public Schools

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Michael Gill looks on during the July 8 school board meeting in Ashland. The new assistant superintendent of instruction comes to Hanover County from Chesterfield, drawn here due to the school system’s achievements

    Although the new assistant superintendent of instruction isn’t starting the new school year with specific goals in mind to tackle, Michael Gill comes to Hanover with a full plate of experience. Gill has worked in public education for 18 years now, most of which he’s spent serving Chesterfield County Public Schools.

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  • Committee begins work on facilities, enrollment

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm


    A committee designed to review the division’s use of facility buildings, instructional programs and enrollment numbers got off to a good start. The group, which was established by the school board a few months ago, met for the first time Sunday.

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Jay Gruden, head coach of the  Washington Redskins.

2014 Washington Redskins camp concludes

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

It was a different preseason stay for Washington in Richmond this year. A new coach, Jay Gruden, brought a different style, different schedule, but with it a renewed hope for players and fans alike. And while much of the media’s fixation remained with quarterback Robert Griffin III, 2013’s most famous knee brace was nowhere in sight.

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  • County football squads getting fit for fall

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Atlee High School linebacker coach John McFee works with linebackers on catching passes from the opposing quarterback during one of the Raiders’ summer practices.

    The latest generation of players began 2014 practice at all four county high schools last week. The Atlee Raiders, coming off their best season ever at 11-2, held their annual Blue-White Scrimmage Saturday. Head Coach Roscoe Johnson, now in his eighth season at Atlee, noted the team is counting on newcomers arriving from last year’s JV team.

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  • County swimmers shine in tourney

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Sonora Baker competes in the 2014 USA Swimming Eastern Zone Long Course Championships. She won back-to-back individual titles Friday.

    The future of Hanover County swimming is now. Led by Sonora Baker, Patrick Townsend, Sara Gaston and Austin Farrar, Hanover was instrumental in helping Virginia Swimming turn in a strong third-place showing at the 2014 USA Swimming Eastern Zone Long Course Championships this past weekend.

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Samantha “Sammy” Finnegan (back row, from left), Kelly Nuckols and Isabelle Giorgis with  (front row, from left) Nuela Dailey, Veronica Finnegan, Hope Karnes, Nora Rufe, Grace Dunning and Leah Sculthorpe during a youth-run theater camp in Rockville.

Girls organize youth theater camp in Rockville

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

When a Rockville mother’s 11-year-old daughter and her good friend wanted to start a summer theater camp for young children, Julie Finnegan said she was worried that it would fall back on her shoulders. “I’m not doing anything. You need to come up with a business plan,” Finnegan recalled telling the girls.

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  • Creativity as a cure for Ashland man

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Henry Jones with one of his paintings. The Ashland resident started painting to help keep his mind occupied as he battles a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    A 72-year-old man with progressive Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease says he’s in the best mood when he’s doing one thing — painting. That’s when Henry Jones, an Ashland resident, can get peace of mind on days when his illness gets the best of him.

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  • Local high schoolers spend week on the James

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Participants in the James River Association’s “floating classroom” expedition hit a set of rapids while making their way down the James River. (Photo courtesy of the James River Association)

    Two Hanover High School students are ditching the notebooks and classrooms and hopping in canoes and kayaks this summer. This week, those students will be adventuring down the lower part of the James River traveling 340 miles as part of the James River Association’s fourth “floating classroom” expedition.

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King Edward and the BD's perform Aug. 16 in the library plaza.

Diversions, Week of Aug. 14, 2014

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

A rundown of events, entertainment and happenings in the Town of Ashland and greater Hanover County from Aug. 14 through Aug. 23.

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  • Bluemont concerts features ‘The Hot Seats’

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    The Hot Seats perform Aug. 17 as part of the Bluemont Concert Series in Ashland.

    Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present The Hot Seats Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. for the third of four evening concerts in Ashland. All Sunday evening concerts will be held at on the steps of Randolph-Macon’s Blackwell Auditorium located on 204 Henry Street.

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  • Heed ‘call to the pork’ at the State Fair

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    At the Kentucky Derby, the horses trot onto the track at the call to the post. At this year’s State Fair of Virginia, Rosaire’s Royal Racers will heed the “call to the pork.” A longtime favorite of fairgoers, the popular porcines will be back this year with speedsters like Harry Hambone, Shakin Bacon, Katy Piggy Perry and others, ready to go snout to snout on their 180-foot racetrack.

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