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The Hanover Sheriff's Office is trying to locate the above suspect, who they say robbed a local convenience store and assaulted a clerk.

Suspect sought in Mechanicsville assault, robbery

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

The Hanover Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help to track down the suspect who assaulted a store clerk then robbed a Mechanicsville convenience store shortly after midnight. Responding deputies determined that the suspect walked behind the counter and assaulted the clerk then fled the scene on foot with U.S. currency and cigarettes.

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Ashland town council OK'd an application for state grant funds to help revitalize the downtown theater.

Ashland seeks grant for theater renovation

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Ashland recently took what it hopes is a major step toward breathing new life into a dormant downtown theater. Oct. 21, town council unanimously supported an application requesting $600,000 of grant funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Industrial Revitalization Fund.

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  • Hanover has little to show for land use changes

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm


    Last year, the board of supervisors expanded the county’s land use program. Oct. 22, Edwin Gaskin, economic development director, said the effort, designed to entice property owners to make their land ready for development, hasn’t taken off as staff hoped.

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  • Hanover Supervisor requests rezoning re-do

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Elton Wade Sr.

    The board of supervisors narrowly denied a zoning case last week that would create a small subdivision in the Chickahominy District, but the proposal is going to be up for reconsideration next month after Cold Harbor District Supervisor Elton J. Wade Sr. asked his fellow supervisors for a mulligan.

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Kwatavyous Blackwell gets room to run for the Patriots and would have the first score of the game in Patrick Henry’s 33-13 victory over John Marshall Friday.

Patrick Henry still in the hunt

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

It was a cold but perfect night for high school football last Friday night as the 1-6 John Marshall Justices took on the 3-4 Patrick Henry Patriots in Ashland. The Justices came into this game with a win over J.R. Tucker and put up a strong fight against Patrick Henry, but the Patriots would prevail 33-13 for their third straight win.

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  • Randolph-Macon falls to Guilford

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Jake Connolly pulls in an 8-yard pass from Zac Naccarato in Randolph-Macon’s lone scoring drive against Guilford during Saturday’s homecoming game.

    A depleted, banged-up Randolph-Macon Yellow Jacket football team took to Day Field Saturday in front of thousands of Homecoming fans and alumni, hoping to slow down the top-rated passing offense in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

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  • Hanover shuts down Lee-Davis upset hopes

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hanover QB Clayton Cheatham has the second of his three touchdowns for the Hawks in their 39-14 win.

    Hanover didn’t panic after falling behind 14-3 after one quarter at Lee-Davis, scoring the game’s final 36 points to improve to 5-3 with a 39-14 win. With the loss, the Confederates fell to 2-6, seeing their playoff chances evaporate on a disappointing Senior Night.

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Arthur Brill with the skull of Dr. Nesbit, whose spirit a medium attempts to contact at “The Slash Coffin Factory” in this year’s Halloween attraction being held in downtown Ashland.

Artist brings haunted attraction to Ashland

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Legend has it that on All Hallow’s Eve, the dead rise and walk among the living. But one local artist has been bringing the dead to life here in Ashland on a somewhat regular basis.

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  • 2014 Christmas Mother selected

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm


    Though this year’s Hanover Christmas Mother isn’t a Ruritan member, the 34-year cancer survivor has paid her dues in community service through helping several cancer prevention organizations and charities.

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  • Curtain closes for beloved Ashland entertainer

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Dougee Zeno, seated at the piano in this family photo, is remembered as an entertainer who could hold “the audience in the palm of her hand.” (contributed photo)

    When Dougee Zeno took the stage, all eyes were on her and only her. Those who knew her best said her voice and skill at the piano could capture an audience like no other entertainer. Zeno, who was known by many outside the state and locally for her participation in several notable musicals, died Sept. 5 at the age of 89.

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Model Train

Diversions, Week of Oct. 30, 2014

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

The Herald-Progress' weekly rundown of events, festivities, music, entertainment and more in Ashland and Hanover County. This Diversions runs through Nov. 23.

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  • Ashland Museum offers hands-on history lessons

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Museum_caboose exterior

    When you come to Ashland Museum on Train Day, you can see and play with 0 Gauge model train and get your ticket stamped so you can qualify for a free gift at Tiny Tim’s Toys. You will also see exhibits on Ashland History from 1836 to 1900.

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  • Entertainment expanded at Train Day

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hanover Concert Band

    There is something for everyone at Train Day! Music, dance, film and storytelling venues have expanded to the Ashland Library, the CSX Stage, the Ashland /Hanover Visitor’s Center, the Ashland Firehouse Theater, the Ashland Museum, and Ashland Coffee & Tea.

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