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World Cycling Championships started in Hanover

HCSB gets update on superintendant search By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

Photos by John Irby for The Hanover Local

Participants in the 2015 UCI World Cycling Championships started their Hanover County ride Sept. 23 at Kings Dominion in Doswell. See photos on page 11.

“It’s very clear you’re not interested in a dictator. You are looking into somebody that’s very collaborative and they are going to participate with all the stakeholders,” Dr. Kevin Castner, a BWP associate, said at the Sept. 28 Hanover Meredith Rigsby for The Hanover Local County School Board Dr. Kevin Castner, a BWP associate gives update (HCSB) planning meet- to the Hanover County School Board concerning ing. his company’s search for a new superintendent. At the meeting, Sitting is David Myers, assistant superintendant Castner provided an of Hanover County Public Schools. update from BWP & Associates about its search for a new Hanover County superintendent. The purpose of the “Hanover County Superintendent’s Search Community Engagement Report” was to engage the public in order to provide the board with information, including strengths and challenges of HCSB, to create a leadership profile that expresses qualities and characteristics the next superintendent should possess. From Sept. 13-15, BWP & Associates conducted 42 interviews and/or meetings with school board members, school system employees, students, see HCSB, pg. 4 


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Residents get social media opportunity to showcase what they love about Ashland By Meredith Rigsby News Editor ASHLAND — When 34-year Ashland resident Shannon Jones noticed that one of her friends was hosting the town’s community Instagram account, ILoveAshlandVA, she found it interesting and started following.

Instagram is a mobile photo and video-sharing social networking application that allows users to take photos and videos and share them both on Instagram, as well as a range of other social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. see RESIDENTS, pg. 5


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SHLAND — Gather up your favorite canine companion and join Hanover Humane for its Fourth Annual “Pup Crawl” to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. What better way to enjoy autumn than with a 1.5-mile moonlight stroll in the Town of Ashland? Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building at 101 Thompson St. in Ashland with the walk beginning at 7:30 p.m. The registration fee of $25 includes

a goody bag, event t-shirt, a decorative doggy waste bag holder, a doggy bandana and a LED dog leash for your faithful companion.

Register for the “Light Up the Night” contest and decorate you and your canine companion with LED lights, glow sticks, etc., with prizes awarded for creativity.

At the end of the event, refreshments will be available and several prizes will be awarded for participants that collect the most pledges. All registration materials are available for download at For inquiries about the event, email The Hanover Humane Society is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit entity for IRS tax purposes. All proceeds for this event will be used to support Hanover Humane’s animal adoption, education and prevention programs.

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ASHLAND -- Hanover County Parks and Recreation will host the annual Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest later this month. The department is seeking childrelated businesses and/or organizations to be Community Partners at the family event. There are two ways to participate:  Hanover Treats – Hand out candy to the little trick or treaters.  Taylor’s Tricks – Provide games and interactive activities. Children will be entertained with flashlight candy hunts, dancing, games, trick or treat booths and will top the evening off with a drive-in movie showing of Monsters University. This free event is open to the public and will be hosted on two dates at two locations:  Friday, Oct. 23, at Pole Green Park at 8996 Pole Green Park Lane in Mechanicsville.  Saturday, Oct. 24, at Poor Farm Park at 13400 Liberty School Lane in Ashland.

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Ruritan Club hosts Salt Fish Breakfast on Oct. 19 ASHLAND -- The Independence Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat Salt Fish Breakfast from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Ruritan Club Community House, which is located behind the Independence Christian Church at 14033 Independence Road (off U.S. 54, west of Ashland).

The breakfast includes salt herring fillets, scrambled eggs, bacon, spiced apples, cornbread, grits, coffee and orange juice. The price is $9 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the Hanover Christmas Mother. For more information, call 804-798-6579.

Beaverdam man killed in two-vehicle crash Staff Report ASHLAND -- A two-vehicle accident in the area of Washington Highway (U.S. 1) and Cross Corner Road claimed the life of a Beaverdam man last week. According to Sgt. Terry L. Sullivan of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office, the victim was identified as 31-year-old Charles L. Germon. Deputies responded to the scene

around 6:53 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Sullivan said the preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2006 Volvo Cross Country was traveling north on Washington Highway and a silver 2001 Honda Civic, which was being driven by Germon, was traveling south on Washington Highway. The Volvo crossed the center line into the southbound lanes of Washington Highway. As the Volvo was swerving back

toward the northbound lanes, it collided with Germon’s vehicle head-on in the southbound lane. Germon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2006 Volvo was transported to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still collecting information in order to determine the circumstances that led to this tragic accident.

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 Suspect damaged victim’s property on Oak Cottage Drive.  Suspect stole items on Wonderland Lane.  Suspect broke into listed location on Studley Road.  Suspect broke into listed location on Gould Hill Road.  Suspect broke into listed location on Mount Hermon Road.  Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect assaulted victim on N&C Drive.  Suspect stole items on Lakeridge Parkway.  Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect stole items on Carneal Lane.

 Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike.  Suspect stole items on Dun Roamin Lane.  Suspect damaged victim’s property on West Patrick Henry Road.  Suspect attempted to set item on fire on McClellan Road.  Suspect broke into listed location in Witheridge Road.  Suspect obtained items fraudulently on Sadisco Drive.

Sept. 24  Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Mechanicsville Turnpike.  Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike.  Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Kings Dominion Boulevard.  Suspect assaulted victim

on Atlee Station Road.  Suspect used victim’s vehicle without permission on Mountain Road.  Suspect passed bad check on Nursery Road.  Suspect passed bad check on Nursery Road.  Suspect stole items on Compass Pointe Drive.  Suspect damaged victim’s property on Brandy Hill Trail.  Suspect assaulted victim on New Hunter Road.  Suspect stole items on Chamberlayne Road.  Suspect stole items on Yowell Road.  Suspect assaulted victim on Carolyn Lane.  Suspect stole items on North Lakeridge Parkway.  Suspect broke into listed location on Pantego Lane.

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break in to listed location on Fox Hill Race Court.  Suspect broke into listed location on Fox Hill Court.  Suspect damaged victim’s property on Suzanne Drive.  Suspect stole items on Gold Ridge Lane.  Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike.  Suspect made annoying phone calls on Locust Run Drive.  Suspect damaged victim’s property on Mount Hermon Road.  Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect assaulted victim on Theme Park Way.  Suspect stole items on Brandy Hill Trail.  Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.  Suspect assaulted victim on Hanna Drive.

APD arrests area man on drug, firearms charges Staff Report ASHLAND -- A Highland Springs man was arrested and charged with drug distribution and firearms charges last week by officers with the Ashland Police Department. According to Officer Chip Watts, speaking on behalf of Chief Douglas Goodman, Vincent Moore Jr., 29, of the 300 block of North Ivy Road, was taken into custody Monday, Sept. 28. At about 3:45 a.m., Watts said an officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in the 100 block of Cottage Green Drive. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Lashay Waller, 33, of the 400 block of Mangohick Drive in Aylett, for driving while intoxicated and felony child endangerment for operating the vehicle with a child inside. During the course of that stop, officers encountered Moore, who also was acting suspiciously and appeared to be intoxicated in public. Subsequent to that contact, Moore led officers on a foot pursuit during which he produced a handgun.



Watts said Moore discarded the firearm just prior to officers apprehending him. He was arrested and discovered to be in possession of a substantial amount of narcotics and a large amount of cash. The firearm was recovered as well. Moore was charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics and possession of a concealed weapon. Waller and Moore were transported to the Pamunkey Regional Jail where both were held without bond.

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SHLAND – Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr., R-55, recently week received the endorsement of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF) AgPAC, a political action committee of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, in the race for the 55th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. “I am extremely pleased to have received the endorsement of the Virginia Farm Bureau. Agriculture is the largest industry in the Commonwealth and has an economic impact of over $50 billion annually and provides over 300,000 jobs. I am proud to support Virginia farmers,” Fowler said. Fowler is among 87 candidates that Virginia VFBF AgPAC has endorsed for House seats. Endorsements were made based on the recommendations of local committees of

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business and civic leaders; held two community forums and organized an online community survey. Approximately 115 people participated in the engagement meetings and 432 people completed the online survey. According to the survey, the three most important skills the community would like to see in a superintendent are leadership skills (80.0%), communications skills (61.5%) and interpersonal and public relations skills (37.1%). The survey also showed that the three most important characteristics the community would like the new superintendent to possess are commitment to high student achievement (64.4%), values employees (53.9%) and integrity (37.0%). As a result of the community survey and community engagement sessions, BWP came up with four major descriptors that it believes convey the most common themes that could be concluded from its research; these include: a vision-



ary instructional leader, an effective communicator, a collaborative manager and personal qualities. “We have taken language from the report and organized it into a draft profile,” Castner said. “This draft profile, again, takes language that we heard, [and] puts it into a context of themes.” During board discussion of the draft profile, members had issue with the term “politically savvy” found in the full description of a “collaborative leader”. “I’m disturbed with the terminology ‘efficient politically savvy manager,’” Henry (Hank) C. Lowry, Jr., Ashland District said. “I don’t believe that language belongs in this … that takes them [the superintendant] out of the realm of always doing the best thing for the children.” Agreeing with Lowry’s concerns, board member Roger S. Bourassa, Mechanicsville District, made a motion to approve the draft leadership profile with the term “politically savvy” struck from the language. With the draft leadership profile approved by the Hanover County

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farmers. “Each of these candidates has demonstrated a clear understanding of the needs and challenges farmers are facing and/or have proven their support through their favorable voting records while holding positions in the General Assembly. We believe these candidates will help agriculture and forestry maintain its vitality as the number one industry in Virginia,” said Wayne F. Pryor, chairman of VFBF AgPAC and the VFBF president. “We look forward to working with them in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly.” The non-partisan VFBF AgPAC was created by Farm Bureau in 1999 and employs in-kind contributions to support candidates who can best support agriculture and Farm Bureau issues. A full list of candidates endorsed by the committee can be viewed online at

School Board, BWP will continue on with the next steps of the project. BWP expects to have a report on final survey results by Oct. 2. A recruitment assessment deadline has been set for Oct. 9, with candidates being interviewed on Oct. 16. The first round of interviews will be conducted on Oct. 19, with interview finalists selected by Oct. 26. The new superintendant will be selected and have a contract negotiated by Nov. 4 and will be formally introduced by Nov. 10. The new superintendant will begin working with HCPS by Jan. 4, 2016. In other business, Dr. Michael Gill, assistant superintendent of HCPS, gave a review of the 20122018 Long Range Plan, proposing that no changes be made at this time. Gill also gave a review of 2015-2016 school board and budget goals, proposing that an amendment be made to the approved goals by adding line item E, which states “the board will engage in activities that will promote educational equity in all students.”

month in poverty?


SHLAND —As the Ashland Town Council, the Ashland Police Department and the local faith community leaders grapple with the problems of long-term stays in local motels, the challenges of 250 families living in these facilities highlights the difficulties faced by many of Hanover County’s low income residents. There are the “generational poor,” who have grown up in poverty, and “situational poor,” who, for some reason, have lost their resources. Both are at the same point of not having the resources to meet basic daily needs. To understand the poor it makes sense to “walk in their shoes.” C.O.P.E. (Cost of Poverty Experience) is a three-hour workshop being offered to anyone who wants to gain an understanding of the everyday challenges the poor encounter. It is most helpful to anyone dealing with the public, including lawmakers, social workers, teachers, church leaders and businesses serving a diverse clientele. Ashland Circles is bringing Lee Smedley, a trained and

“The reason we are proposing that change is because it really speaks to the current focus of the school division,” Gill said. As for budget goals, the school board has held 11 public meetings about the budget to ensure all public groups are represented, has been able to maintain an average class size of 21 students per teacher, plans to raise employee salaries by 2 percent and completed 60 projects over the summer months at almost $2 million, according to David Myers, assistant superintendant of HCPS. Gill and Myers additionally provided an update on its Hanover High School and Advance College Community (ACA) dual-enrollment program. Thus far, the sequence of studies, or what a student would need to do to complete the Specialty Center and the ACA, is finalized, there is a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in place that has been signed by the President of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Dr. Gary L. Rhodes and Interim Superintendent of HCPS, Dr. Robert F. Richardson, curriculum work is well underway,

see SURVIVE, pg. 4 

application templates are finalized, counselor training has been held, a specialty center coordinator has been hired, ACA liaisons have been appointed at Patrick Henry High School and Lee-Davis High School and two separate Education Expos have been planned. The first Education Expo is scheduled for Oct. 20 at Hanover High School and the second is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Patrick Henry High School. Both expos will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will target incoming eighth and ninth graders. Student applications for the ACA and Specialty Center will be accepted beginning in mid-November with applications due by Feb. 1, 2016. Students will be notified if they have been accepted to the program by Feb. 15, 2016. Transportation to and from students’ homes and different high schools is still an issue that is being discussed by the board. The next Hanover County School Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at 200 Berkley St. in Ashland.

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experienced facilitator of C.O.P.E. to Ashland from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Duncan Memorial UMC at 201 Henry St. in Ashland to present this workshop for the community. Participants are given IDs and a profile of employment, health and other details of an individual living in poverty,

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The application also provides users with a variety of filters they can place on both photos and videos to change the colors, lighting and exposure. After she began following the account, instructions were posted detailing how Ashland residents can sign up to host and create photos for the ILoveAshlandVA Instagram account for an entire week. Having an interest in photography, Jones decided to sign up and see what she could add to the growing gallery of photos from around her hometown. “I think the concept is really cool, you know, having just a community account that allows people to really just go in and put what they want to out there,” Jones said. “I was fully expecting when they sent me the guidelines there was going to be this whole list of things, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do this, don’t do this,’ but it wasn’t. They gave you some tips on social media, but no restrictions. It was just, ‘What do you love about Ashland?’” Jones’ first photo was chosen for her, as the instructions request that hosts of the ILoveAshlandVA Instagram account make their first photo a photo of themselves, allowing the community to put a face to who is taking the photos. “I guess, you know, when I thought of what I wanted to take pictures of I tried to think of, you know, first, the things

that really mean Ashland to me. Beyond that, it was kind of also me introducing me, so it was kind of the combination of the two,” Jones said. One of the things Jones particularly wanted to showcase was her dogs, something that her husband jokingly gave her a hard time about. However, Jones’ dogs are very connected to the Town of Ashland. One of Jones’ dogs, Winston, is a beagle that was adopted from BARK, an

Participation is free; however, space is limited, so registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 3. Send an email to, or call Sandra Stanley at 804-798-7224 to register. Circles Ashland is a new group in Ashland that helps people bridge the gap between poverty and self-sufficiency, beginning its first class in January 2016. Information submitted by Susan Shearouse.

Jones the opportunity to sift through old scrapbooks and reminisce about growing up in Ashland. One of the photos shows a cute, young Jones dressed in a vintage cheerleading outfit. She captioned the photo “#TBT My brief stint as an Ashland Vikings cheerleader.” Jones also posted a photo of her and her husband in their high school graduation robes. The high school sweethearts both graduated from Patrick Henry High School in

posted from around Ashland. Challenges aside, Jones would recommend that fellow Ashland residents take advantage of the unique opportunity the town is providing its citizens. “I think just seeing the reactions, getting those ‘likes’ and stuff, it just shows how tight of a community [Ashland is] — small town America you gotta love it. It was like every time I logged in I a saw a bunch of likes it made me smile,” Jones said.


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Ashland rescue organization. Her other dog, Mele, is an 18-month-old Rottweiler that sported a polka dot bandana from Ashland business, Bloom in her photo. Her name also was embroidered in pink on the bandana. Hosting the town’s Instagram account also gave

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and then provided a scenario to walk through. Resource stations such as a courtroom, banks, police department, human services, youth centers, employers, faith ministries, health clinic, housing, grocery store, college or school and gas stations are set up to assist. There is no pass or fail in this simulation. Upon completion there is a facilitated discussion to reflect on the experience and explore new insights.



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Newspapers prove their worth every day By Melody Kinser Managing Editor


s we observe National Newspaper Week (Oct. 4-10), let’s take time to join in celebrating what so many of us depend on daily — or, in our case, weekly in terms of the print edition. But, thanks to today’s technology, we are a “daily” newspaper through our website and social media posts. Having grown up in a home with a morning and afternoon newspaper being delivered, it was part of the daily routine to read both. As soon as my mother settled here, it was a given that I would subscribe to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She has to have a newspaper in her hands every morning. Her generation realizes and embraces what that print edition signifies. But we also are keenly aware of the relevance to my generation and those younger. This writer subscribes to the RT-D All-Access package, so I am connected to news taking place in the Greater Richmond area no matter where I am. (Just ask my co-workers, family and friends, I am addicted to being connected.) As a journalist who kind of fell into this career in 1975, I can’t imagine not being able to experience the one-on-one interview with someone sharing their story. And everybody has a story. The same goes for government coverage. There’s always something worth writing. We certainly hope you depend on receiving this publication every week. It’s most gratifying to be approached by someone who wants to express their thoughts and opinions about what we do and how we do it. And, trust me, the comments aren’t always positive — but we’re going to listen and we’re going to respond. Our goal every day is to serve you, our readers. This newspaper strives to provide a balance of government, community, events and, most of all, people through its pages. As a true community newspaper, we are fortunate to know you as friends and neighbors. This is your newspaper — never lose sight of that. Your stories are the ones we want to tell. In a sense, we are storytellers but the facts, accuracy and balance of what we write is paramount. So, please, join us in celebrating National Newspaper Week. We’re in this together.

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Mystery of solving the unsolvable By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local


s a child, the marvel of a mystery intrigued me, and the ones that were real life were even more interesting to an inquisitive young mind. A trip to the Outer Banks always rekindled one of my favorites in the form of “The Lost Colony.” Sitting on Roanoke Island in a waterside open-air theatre and wondering what happened to the settlers who walked these sands more than 400 years ago provided the perfect unsolved mystery. Hopes of a solution seemed distant as years passed and clues remained elusive, but persistent archaeologists and historians continued to pursue long-hidden answers. Roanoke Island represents England’s first attempt to colonize America. More than 25 years before Jamestown, Englishman John White led 100 men, women and children to the outer banks of North Carolina. Once settled, White headed back to England for supplies, and his return was delayed due to a war with Spain.

Upon his return some three years later, White found the site abandoned, the only clue left behind being the word Croatoa carved on a post. In the years that followed, finding out what happened to the settlers has puzzled those who have tried to solve it. The most widely accepted explanation is that settlers became hungry and assimilated with local Indians. Croatoan was the name of an island south of the original landing site now known as Hatteras, occupied by an Indian tribe. Other theories linked the colonists’ demise to unfriendly Indians or Spaniards. Four hundred years later, scientists believe the surviving colonists’ possibly split in two groups and assimilated in different Indian populations. Two sites are being excavated and the finds have been spectacular. At Cape Creek, located some 50 miles southeast of the Roanoke settlement, a gold signet ring has intrigued diggers, and other items suggest English influence. Near Edenton, North Carolina, another dig is findsee SOLVING, pg. 7 

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Parent disputes class ratio Hanover County Public Schools has touted average class size to be 21.5. Last year, they advertised about the same. The school division has emphasized over and over again its commitment to smaller class sizes, including during September’s Hanover County School Board meeting. While I am always glad to hear of that commitment, it doesn’t jibe with what my children experience in school. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, my children’s classes (with one exception) at Liberty Middle School are unacceptably large, especially considering the population that Liberty serves. Last year, my middle school sons’ class sizes were close to 30 and this year is no different. Their math classes contain 31 and 29 students per class. There are 26 and 28 students per Language Arts class. Science contains 29 students per class and Social Studies has 28 and 29 students per class. The physical education classes have between 30 and 35 students each with between four and six classes in the gym at one time. That is not safe or reasonable. Not only are they in larger classes but that means that most of their teachers are teaching between 120 and 180 students each.

Beyond 120 students and class sizes larger than 24 are not a reasonable workload for any teacher, but, most of all, they create poor learning conditions for our children and lessen the quality of education they receive. As one child said when I asked him what he was doing in some of his classes that made him dread them, “Well, I see LETTERS, pg. 7 

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like the teacher and the subject, but it’s hard to get much done because the teacher has to always stop to talk to kids who aren’t behaving.” Once class sizes get beyond about 24, teachers are forced to focus on management at the expense of teaching and learning. Our kids deserve to be taught, not just managed. At John M. Gandy Elementary School, where another child of mine attends, the classes range in size from 19 to 24 students per class. I know in most of Hanover’s elementary schools that might be a manageable size, though class sizes of about 20 are best at all elementary schools, but at a school like Gandy, which serves such a diverse population (50 percent Free and Reduced Lunch, more English Language Learners, a growing homeless population), it’s really not. The teachers and staff do a heroic job serving their students with the resources they have but they need more. A simple, research-proven intervention for schools that serve more diverse populations is smaller class sizes. When we moved here six years ago, that intervention was in place and

children, good practice in a context of good learning conditions do. If the county does not have the resources to offer more than talk about providing the hallmarks of educational quality such as safe and modernized buildings, reasonable class sizes, adequate educational materials and technology and fairly compensated teachers, then county leadership should level with the public about this. Then the public can have a conversation about whether or not such conditions are acceptable, what it takes to educate our children well, what tools their teachers need to do their jobs, what we want from our schools, how they should be funded, and what we want county leadership to do about it. Perhaps the public will decide that Hanover already has what it needs to educate our children well. Perhaps the public will decide Hanover doesn’t have what it needs. But the public cannot have an honest conversation about this if they are not given enough and accurate information and if there is no space created by county leadership for this conversation to take place. But just as PR never edu-

Lost Colony enthusiasts are holding their breath. In the past, there have been frauds and false leads. Dare stones found throughout the South that offered clues to the disappearance have largely been dismissed as not authentic. Sitting in the audience of the outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony,” one can almost feel the dismay and despair the settlers faced as supplies from England failed to arrive. The silence is deadening as the gentle waters of the sound provide the only background noise as an audience sits mystified, left to ponder what hap-

pened on the exact site four centuries ago. For the first time in years, we may one day know exactly what happened to 100 hearty souls who sacrificed everything to gain a foothold in the new world. Organizers admit more digging is necessary, but they are convinced the new finds at Site X may finally solve the longstanding question of what exactly happened to the Roanoke Island colonists. It may be possible that the seemingly unsolvable mystery of the Lost Colony could someday be solved.

cated a child, neither did cynicism or lack of engagement. If county leadership doesn’t listen to or level with the public, that’s on them, but if the public doesn’t give them the opportunity to do so, that’s on us. Members of the public, we need to participate in the democratic process (vote on Nov. 3!) and in our public democratic institutions. We need to engage with our local government representatives and make county leadership be more responsive to our children’s and community’s needs. We need to get involved in our children’s education and community’s schools. Democracy isn’t easy and it isn’t perfect but it’s the best thing we’ve got. And, best of all, it belongs to us. Our children get one shot at an education. Let’s use the democratic process to ensure the necessary conditions to make it the best education possible. Rachel Levy Ashland

Responding to critical thinking Mr. [Larnie] Allgood, I read your letter in The

Mechanicsville Local of Sept. 23. After reading the first page, I thought “this seems a valid retort to the young lady you referred to.” Then came the generalizations and over-reaching statements that inhibit the “critical thinking” you espouse. Generalizations such as “liberal education policy, liberal social policy, liberal energy

policy, liberal economic policy ...”. These are merely convenient labels to stop critical thinking. Say what you mean. Please stop labeling. I felt offended as a reader and a thinker at the barrage of generalizations and overreaching statements. Owen O’Malley Mechanicsville

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working well at Henry Clay Elementary School and John Gandy Elementary School. Class sizes at Liberty also were smaller then. That intervention has been removed and without consultation with the community. When I recently asked my school board representative if there was any plan to restore this intervention, he had the courage to level with me and tell me, “No.” I am asking the school division to reconsider this and to commit to restoring those necessary smaller class sizes at schools like JGES and HCES and I am asking them to relieve the burden of the larger class sizes at schools like Liberty Middle School. I am asking the school division to move beyond talking about a commitment to smaller class sizes and to move to implementing this commitment. If the county has the resources to provide more than talk about modernizing and renovating buildings, implementing reasonable class sizes, providing adequate educational materials and technology, and fairly compensating teachers, then county leadership should stop talking about their commitment to those ideals and start fulfilling them. Public relations don’t educate



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ing exciting evidence that the troop moved inland. That site was located through scientific examination of a map made by John White. Along with Indian artifacts common in the area, archaeologists are finding metal-based items, pottery of English origin and other clues. The newly discovered items have not solved the 400-yearold mystery, but some experts believe they may provide the Rosetta Stone. After four centuries, it seems the unsolvable may be solved.

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COLEMAN, Margaret, departed this life September 29, 2015.Owens Funeral Service in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.

Marian Goodman Jones, 87, of Beaverdam, passed away on September 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, C. Lester Jones Sr.; two brothers and two sisters. Surviving are sons, C.L. “Butch” Jones (Deb) and Kenneth Jones (Ginny); daughters, Martha Jones and Sara Street (Waddy); six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Survivors also include brothers, Charles, Ernest, and Billy Goodman; as well as a host of family and friends. Visitation was held October 2, at Rouzie’s Chapel UMC, 21089 Green Bay Road in Beaverdam, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at Rouzie’s at 11 a.m. on October 3, with interment that followed at Jones Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rouzie’s Chapel Building Fund or a charity of choice.

Jefferson Lee Pemberton III, age 73, died September 19, 2015. A native of Richmond and a retired area educator, he is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 49 years, Sarah King Pemberton of Midlothian; daughters, Brooke Pemberton of Henrico County, Paige Heath; and grandsons, Parker and Jackson Heath, all of Hanover County. Lee was a graduate of Thomas PEMBERTON Jefferson High School as well as Emory and Henry College and The University of Virginia. He also completed postgraduate work at the University of London in London, England. For nine years following his retirement he worked part time for the College of Education of James Madison University as a supervisor of elementary student teachers in Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover counties. He was also a member of the vestry, served as junior and senior warden, and held the lifetime position of trustee. Lee enjoyed traveling, being on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, attending University of Virginia football games, and being with his grandsons. His strong Christian beliefs and his love of family endeared him to his many longtime friends and young people, several of whom he mentored throughout his life. A memorial service was conducted at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Monday morning, September 28. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Missions Committee of St. Matthew’s, 1101 Forest Ave., Richmond, VA 23229. “God is good all the time; all the time, God is good.”

CORNELIUS DABNEY Cornelius W. “Skip” Dabney, 77, of Ashland, departed this life on September 29, 2015. The Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home at 518 North Washington Highway in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.

GENE HOLMAN Gene Baylor Holman, 73, of Richmond, died on September 27, 2015. Born in Hanover County, he was the son of Frank Baylor Holman and Mary Hawkes Holman. He began his career with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and later joined James River Realtors. From there, Gene transitioned into a wellknown and respected builder and developer. He loved his friends, family and a good HOLMAN game of golf. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Holman and Shirley Yarborough. He is survived by his niece, Anne Anderson; his loving fiancee, Lorrie Winfree; and her son, Adam; his daughters, Sheri and Shannon Holman; his grandchildren, Sophie and Sara ViseHolman, Ella, Linus and Felix Redmond; and many devoted friends. A celebration of his life was on held Friday, October 2 at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Action on Smoking and Health,

QUETTA JACKSON Quetta Jackson, 89, of Ruther Glen, passed away September 22, 2015. She is survived by a son, John Jackson (Clara); four grandsons, five great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Hunter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Her remains rest at the Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, 518 N. Washington Highway, in Ashland. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dawn. Rev. Marvin Fields officiated. JACKSON


SERENA LEGERE Serena Bailey Brockwell Legere, 87, passed away October 1, 2015, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Mrs. Legere was born in Skipwith, January 30, 1928, to the late Marvin and Louise Bailey. She lived in Ashland, from 1967 until 1996, when she returned to Emporia. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin “Runt” Brockwell; and a daughter, Pam Pippin. Serena will be missed by all who loved her. Survivors include her husband, Richard Legere; a daughter, Sheila Ferguson (Jim), all of Emporia; son, Ben Brockwell (Celeste) of Lavaliette, N.J.; son-in-law, Taylor Pippin Sr. (Rita) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren, Jaime Ferguson (fiancee, Jessica), Shannon Dunn (Chris), Benji Brockwell, Bailey Pippin, Spencer Brockwell and Taylor Pippin Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Dunn, Emily Dunn and Ashtyn Dunn; a sister, Pauline Moss; and a brother, Robert “Bobby” Bailey (Stella); along with several nieces and nephews. Serena donated her body to science for research. Per her wishes, private family services and cremation rites have been accorded. May you rest in peace, Dear Mama. The family thanks the staff and management at Greensville Manor Nursing Home, for their loving care and support over the past year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the charity or church of your choice. Family and friends may express condolences at the home of Serena’s daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jim Ferguson and online at: www.

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MARY AGNES SHAW Mary Agnes Sprouse Shaw, 96, of Montpelier, went to be with her Lord and maker September 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin L. Shaw; daughter, Bernice S. O’Neal; son, Wayne A. Shaw; grandsons, David L. Alexander Jr. and Danny L. Shaw; granddaughter, Vicki L. O’Neal; great-grandson, Andrew S. Fisher; and an unofficially SHAW adopted son, Julian Howard Prince. She leaves behind four daughters, Evelyn

A. Martinis (Rich), Judith S. Shortt (Hubert), Brenda S. Durrett (Stuart) and Linda F. Shaw; son, William M. Shaw Sr. (Anne); nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 10 greatgreat grandchildren. Mom loved being with her children and grands, picnics and reunions. She always enjoyed gardening and any flower that bloomed. Her favorite, though, was picking and shelling butter beans. She enjoyed crafts after she quit working and her kids were grown. During her years with dementia, she continued her quilting and loved to play cards and work puzzles, working them many times, thinking it was a new one each time. Funeral services were held on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 11020 West Broad St. Interment followed at Dunn’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Montpelier. The family would like to thank St. Mary’s Hospital and Bon Secours Hospice for their kindness and care given Mom during her transition from this life to her new life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dunn’s Chapel U.M.C. Building Fund, c/o Bonnie Mays, 13278 Spring Road Rockville, VA 23146.

VELMA SPANN Velma Taliaferro Timberlake Spann, affectionately known as “Baby,” was the youngest daughter of the late James and Eleanor Taliaferro. She was born in Hanover County, on March 15, 1934. She passed on Friday, September 25, 2015. She is survived by daughters, Yolanda “Corkey” Winston, Margaret “Eassie” Bradley, Linda Smith (Elton), Gloria Jennings (James) and Alva “Poochie” SPANN Upchurch; two sons, Johnny Ray Spann (Carolyn), Lamont Spann; two brothers, Benjamin F. Taliaferro (Clara) and James H. Taliaferro; one sister, Betty T. King; five grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She had a closeness to granddaughters, Donecia Winston and Angel Bradley; and great-granddaughter, Cameryn Scott. Her funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 5624 Old Court Road, Windsor Mill, Md. 21244. The burial was held at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Ashland, on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9 The Sheltering Arms Circle of The King’s Daughters is holding a Masquerade Jewelry & Accessories Sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday) and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday) in the lobby of Sheltering Arms Hospital at 8254 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville. Hats, scarves, leggings and holiday gifts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s patients and other circle projects. The public is invited.

Saturday, Oct. 10 Beaverdam Heritage Day 2015 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 19419 Beaverdam Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015. The event will feature a tractor parade, vendors, animals, food, local bands, off track train rides, an antique plow display and a silent auction with many unique items from local artisans. The honorary mayor of Beaverdam will be announced. In addition, Pop’s Country Store will be open and free to the public. Chili also will be for sale for $7 per quart. For presale contact 804-449-6433. Members of the Patrick Henry High School Class of 1985 will gather from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Havana 59 at 16 N. 17th St. in Shockoe Bottom in historic Downtown Richmond for their 30th Anniversary Class Reunion. The evening will include music, heavy hor d’oeuvres and photography. The cost is $40 for one person or $75 per couple and is due by Oct. 5. To download the registration form or for payment or other information, visit the Class of 1985’s 30th Anniversary Facebook page at www.facebook. com/phhs19852015. Additional information is available by calling the Reunion Committee at 804-385-5110. The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education and US Silica will present “A Celebration of Celtic Music” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with Glassgow Kiss. Celtic games for kids will start the event at 4 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $20 each and $18 for Center members. Only 200 will be sold. For tickets, call 804-883-7378. Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Northside Baptist Church at 7600 Studley Road in Mechanicsville. The program will be “The Wonderful World of

Bees and Beekeeping.” For more information, call Liz Martin, president, at 804-559-0898. The Shady Grove United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar and Craft Show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8209 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville. Members are currently booking vendors for this event. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact for information or call the church office at 804-746-9073. The United Methodist Men will be selling Brunswick stew. Flu shots also will be available. Proceeds from the bazaar go toward mission projects locally, nationally and internationally. Members of the Lee-Davis High School Class of 1970 will gather at the Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club for their 45th Reunion. For more information, contact Sandy Robbins ( or 804-723-5638) or access Lee-Davis Class of 1970 on Facebook to register. The Hermitage High School Class of 1995 will hold its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m. at The Broadberry at 2729 West Broad Street in Richmond. All class members and their guests are invited (21 and older please). For more information, visit https://hermitageclassof95. The J.R. Tucker High School Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40-year reunion at “The meeting place” in Innsbrook. For more information, email Steve at

Tuesday, Oct. 13 The Mechanicsville Chapter 5407 of AARP will meet at the Shalom Baptist Church, 6385 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville from 10 a.m. to noon. The goal of the local chapter is to address the concerns of seniors in the Mechanicsville area. The featured speaker is Mr. William Weimer, New York Life insurance agent, who will be speaking on the new insurance regulations that will go into effect in January of 2016. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. For further information, call Larry Gooss at 804839-2347.

Saturday, Oct. 17 Lee-Davis High School Class of 1985 will hold its 30-year reunion. For more infor-

mation and to submit contact information, email or visit Hermitage High School 45th Reunion of the Class of 1970 will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. The price is $59 per person. For more information, contact Bert Wilson at bertwilson@aol. com or phone 804-550-3246. Checks can be mailed to Bert Wilson, 10288 Perrins Mill Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 125 is having a Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Post 125 at 1401 Hilliard Road in Richmond. Table rental is $10 each. Funds will go to ALA Unit 125 veteran projects. For more informa-

tion, call 804-513-8237 or 757-639-0747.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Frog Level Fire Department will host a Fall Festival and Parade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing to become a vendor are urged to contact or 804338-8697.

Saturday, Nov. 7 Lee-Davis High School’s 34th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lee-Davis High School Commons. The event will support the Lee-Davis High School Band. The bazaar will feature a variety of vendors. Vendors are still needed. For more information, or to reserve a booth, email see CALENDAR, pg. 16 

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Liberty Middle School offers helpful hints for new year


SHLAND – The office staff of Liberty Middle School provided the following helpful hints for the 2015-2016 term. For the safety and well-being of students, office staff members ask that the following guidelines be followed:  The front office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. To enter the building, ring the doorbell and you will be greeted with a “May I help you?” After you have identified yourself and your purpose, the door will be unlocked. Please report to the office where office staff will assist you.  Student arrival time is 8 to 8:30 a.m. The doors are unlocked at 8 a.m. Students who arrive between 8 and 8:15 a.m. are directed to the cafeteria where they are dismissed to breakfast/lockers/class at 8:15 a.m. School buses are unloaded between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Once exiting the buses, students may take instruments to the band/strings rooms and athletic bags to the locker rooms, purchase breakfast in the cafeteria, store/pick up items in lockers, and report to the first block of the day.

 Late arrivals – Students arriving to school after 8:30 a.m. need to report to the office to sign-in and receive a pass to class. A parent/guardian who arrives with the student to sign him/her in or a written note explaining the late arrival will be considered an excused tardy to school.  Absences – When you child is absent, we welcome phone calls on the day of the absence to let office staff know why the student will not be at school. As a result, you will not receive the automated phone call in the evening to tell you your child is absent. Upon your child’s return to school, please send a written note explaining the absence with your child. Students may turn in written excuse notes to the main office in the morning or to Susan Pomeroy in the cafeteria during homeroom.  Student Pick-Up During the Day -- If a student needs to be picked up early from school, please report to the office to request the student. Office staff will ask for identification and will only dismiss students to adults listed on the registration page of Power School. Should you need someone else to pick up your student please send in a written note

giving us permission to release the student to the specific person.  Transportation Changes – If at all possible for the staff understands an emergency, please do not delay in letting them know a change to your child’s afternoon dismissal routine. For example, if the student is to ride the bus but you will need to pick him/her up instead, please let the front office staff know as soon as possible via telephone and followup with a written communication. Either email to Carol Tarkington (ctarkington@ and Donna Muse ( or a fax to 804-365-8061.  Car Riders at Afternoon Dismissal – If your child is being picked up at afternoon dismissal time (3:25 p.m.), please send in a written note notifying your child’s last block teacher. Should this be a daily occurrence, one note will suffice for the year and will be shared with both of the student’s last block teachers. Car riders are dismissed with the first bus load. Please make sure your child knows who will be picking him/her up and where he/she will be picked up – main office or the parent pick up lot located to the right of the school by the tennis courts. As the

second load buses pull out of the bus loop and begin their afternoon runs, all car riders still waiting to be picked up are moved to the front office.  Bus Notes – Please send a written note giving permission for your child to ride a bus with another student. Students may bring the note to the main office in the morning or during homeroom and a bus pass will be issued if there is available space on the bus.  Athletic Events – Students are welcome to be a spectator for a sporting game or match but must have written permission from the parent in order to stay after school for the event. Please plan ahead and send a note with the student on the day of the event. Students are not allowed to call home on the day of the sporting event to get permission to stay after school. Athletic directors will meet students in the gym in the afternoon to collect notes and provide supervision.  Items Delivered for Students – Schoolrelated items may be dropped off in the front office during the school day. For safety reasons and to avoid distractions, please avoid delivery of flowers, balloons and food items for birthdays and other celebrations.

Atlee’s first coach to attend celebration Staff Report MECHANICSVILLE -Atlee High School’s 25th anniversary celebration will begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at the home football game with

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Bookkeeping, taxes program planned for Lunch & Learn Staff Report ASHLAND – Dale Campbell of Thomas & Thomas CPAs will address “Top Things Businesses Can Do to Improve Bookkeeping and Taxes” at the October meeting of the Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association’s Lunch & Learn.

The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Dominion Resources Innovation Center at 201 Duncan St. in Ashland. A bonus of the event will be the “The Top IRS Red Flags.” For more information, call 804-523-2903 or visit www.

Ashland District supervisor forum to be held Oct. 8 Contributed Report ASHLAND – The candidates seeking the Ashland District seat on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors will express their views in a public forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.

8, in the auditorium at Patrick Henry High School. Republican candidate Web Stokes and Democratic candidate Faye O. Prichard will share the stage and respond to a series of questions submitted by the sponsoring organizations and audience members. NBC12’s Heather Sullivan will moderate the forum.

The forum is sponsored by the Friends of Hanover Schools, the Coalition for Hanover’s Future and the Herald-Progress. The Ashland District Supervisor race will be decided in the Nov. 3 General Election. For more information about the forum, contact Mary Anne Pugh at 804-347-3978.

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Connect with history, explore the outdoors with National Park Service By Meredith Rigsby News Editor


he National Park Service offers many different opportunities to get outdoors, hike trails, explore nature and connect with history. With its 100-year centennial celebration coming up in 2016, the Park Service has been working hard to cultivate more interest and provide additional opportunities for the community. The National Park Service in Richmond includes the Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site. The Richmond National Battlefield Park has a visitor’s center at Chimborazo Park and a main visitor’s center at Tredegar Iron Works near downtown. In addition, the National Park Service has battlefields preserved in Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, with a total of 13 sites around the area. The catalyst for the National Park Service began in the 1930s when Douglass Southall Freeman, referred to as the “Godfather of Richmond Battlefield” by David Ruth, superintendent at the National Park Service in Richmond, and some of his fellow historian friends decided to try to preserve some of Richmond’s notorious battlefield sites. Freeman and his friends approached landowners and began acquiring and preserving the heart of the battlefields, saving, in total, 754 acres across all three counties, according to Ruth. Freeman and his colleagues also created a marker program, placing granite markers with a bronze sloping top etched with interpretation of the site’s historical significance at various locations. There are 62 of these “Freeman markers” around Richmond, Ruth said. Following Freeman’s efforts to save Richmond’s battlefields and historic land areas, the park laid dormant until about the mid-1990s when a preservation group, now known as the Civil War Preservation Trust, made preserving Richmond’s battlefield lands a priority, building on the work already accomplished by Freeman. The organization was able to additionally preserve over 2,200 acres of historic property. “They have done great work in Hanover, Rural Plains, the Bottom Creek Battlefield, 154 acres out there [were preserved],” Ruth said. “At Cold Harbor, recently, I should say, more specifically, Gaines Mill, they purchased a 285acre parcel which borders what we own at the Watt house, which was only 60 acres, so that


expanded to 340 [acres].” One of the main attractions at the Richmond National Battlefield Park is the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site, which commemorates the wellknown civil rights worker and the first African-

protect the lands,” Ruth said. The National Park Service also recently established a friends group known as the Rural Plains Foundation. The foundation helps keep the Rural Plains

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Outside the Richmond National Battlefield Park visitor’s center an arrowhead-shaped sign depicts the mountains and forests that Virginia is known for.

American woman in the United States to become a bank president. “In 1978, Congress was looking to establish parks that had urban and particularly AfricanAmerican subject matter, because the park service really was looking at historic sites, but not many of them were connected to the AfricanAmerican story,” Ruth said. Since it was preserved, Richmond residents can visit Walker’s home and learn about the history and her story. The house features almost every piece of furniture she owned, Ruth said. “We have a visitor’s center there, we show a film,” Ruth said. “[It’s] a small museum and I think you can really quickly come in close touch with what this important woman did for African-American history during a very difficult time of this nation’s story.” The National Park Service is funded by congressional appropriations, which are approved by the U.S. Congress and signed by the president. The National Park Service’s annual budget from the government, however, has stayed virtually stagnant since 2011, making it increasingly difficult for the Park Service to acquire additional historic properties. “The areas that we acquire we are able to keep in agriculture so we get some funds back from agriculture leasing and those funds go right back into our effort to interpret and maintain and

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The front entrance is welcoming at the Richmond National Battlefield Park visitor’s center.

site open during the weekends and also has been working toward establishing and qualify-

ing for grants in an effort to further help the Park Service. In addition, all National Park Service visitor centers have donation boxes for patrons to contribute if they wish. “The donation boxes, when we have them in our visitor centers, really help tremendously the work of our interpretive brochures that we have placed out on-site and other things that are needed to operate,” Ruth said. Two of the biggest challenges the National Park Service faces are its budgetary concerns and its need to remain relevant to younger generations. With the Park Service’s centennial approaching, it is trying to provide some incentives to younger people to visit its historic sites across the nation. In 2016, the National Park Service plans to provide a free pass to all fourth graders and their families so they visit any national park. The Richmond National Battlefield Park does not charge to visit, but some of the other national parks around the U.S. do. “Because fourth graders are exposed to American history, Virginia history, geography, those students are going to be given the chance to go onto the website and get a free pass,” Ruth said. “They can take them and their families to any national park from Yosemite to Yellowstone to George Washington’s Birthplace.” The National Park Service also offers an internship program each year, which attracts many history and, sometimes, science, majors. Interns work with the park service’s resource management team and are able to stay at the park’s quarters over the course of their internship, which could last from a few months to a year. “I think we always see our mission as the preservation and the protection of these really special historic places in our nation, like the battlefields here in Richmond,” Ruth said. “I’ve been in the park service for about 42 years and I will tell you that, from my perspective, there’s no more enjoyment than having a visitor, whether they’re young or old, come from a distance location and see a place that they are connected to because their ancestor served on this battlefield,” Ruth added. “That’s one of the aspects too where I think we are so blessed to be able to bring that connection directly to a family. They can walk on the ground, in many cases, where their ancestor fought or maybe even died. Our staff, our interpreters, are so skilled at helping them find where those relatives were.”



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Pair of Wasp quarterbacks beat R-MC suite By Brad Bess Richmond Times-Dispatch ASHLAND – Kevin Saxton threw two touchdowns, Dominic Dunnaville provided a spark off the bench and Emory & Henry took advantage of Randolph-Macon mistakes to start the Old Dominion Athletic Conference season with a 31-21 win over the Yellow Jackets at Day Field on Saturday. Saxton, a sophomore and last year’s conference rookie of the year, completed 13 of his 26 passing attempts for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His backup, Dunnaville, rushed 10 times for 98 yards and a touchdown and completed all six of his passing attempts. “I thought we got a spark late, when Dunnaville came in there and did some things,” Emory & Henry coach Curt Newsome said as his team improves to 3-1 on the season. “[Randolph-Macon] came to play. That was a good football team we played today.” Newsome said Saxton isn’t quite the runner that Dunnaville is and Dunnaville, a redshirtfreshman, delivered the spark the Wasps were looking for. His 33-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter broke a 2121 tie Randolph-Macon (1-3) had just grabbed a little over a minute earlier. “Our kids played really, really hard, but I just don’t think

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Emory & Henry defensive end Mitch Carter (30) brings down Randolph-Macon quarterback Bubby Morgan (8) in the Wasps’ 31-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Day Field Saturday. Morgan finished with 22 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown.

we made enough plays,” said Randolph-Macon head coach Pedro Arruza. “We had three turnovers, all critical. Every single one of them.” The first was a fumbled snap that came early in the second quarter as the Yellow Jackets were threatening to take the

lead with the ball on the Emory & Henry 3-yard line. Randolph-Macon safety Conner Lane intercepted Saxton late in the second quarter and returned the pick 44 yards for a touchdown that was eventually called back. Two plays later Eric Johnson picked off Yellow Jacket

quarterback Bubby Morgan. The Wasps then went 81 yards on eight plays, the final being Isaiah Rodgers score from 3 yards out, and Emory & Henry took a 14-7 lead into halftime. Tre Frederick tied the game for Randolph-Macon with a 26-

yard score on the Yellow Jackets’ first possession of the second half. They forced an Emory & Henry punt, but turned the ball over a third time when Morgan fumbled near the sideline after a 41-yard run. see R-MC, pg. 14 

RICHMOND – During a press conference on Sept. 30, Tony Stewart said that there was a real chance that this season of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would have been his last. But, he decided to go for one more season. Why? “The reason that we decided to run through next year is 100-percent because of the fans that have supported us,” he said. “I have been able to follow what (Gordon) has done see STEWART, pg. 14 

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Two Atlee golfers go to region tournament

Davis, Brown get wins at Atlee meet Dave Lawrence/The Local

By Dave Lawrence MECHANICSVILLE – Patrick Henry’s Grant Davis turned in yet another winning cross country performance for the Patriots in a Capital District meet. Davis, with a 16:41 finish, came in more than 40 seconds ahead of Connor Moses of Atlee on the Raiders’ home course Wednesday. Moses, with a 17:22 finish, cemented a winning Raiders’ team performance in which three other Atlee boys runners – Cameron Hemlinger, Chad Foltz and Conor Helmick – fin-

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Saxton answered by finding Tyree Ward from 36 yards out to put Emory & Henry back ahead. John Byrd’s 3-yard touchdown run tied the game again early the fourth, before Dunnaville’s score and a 40yard field goal from the Wasps’ Skyler Simcox sealed the victory. Arruza likes the team he has and believes the talent is there. It’s the consistency that needs to increase. “I like our team,” Arruza said. “We’ve got a lot of really, really good kids on the team.


MECHANICSVILLE – Atlee and Patrick Henry each sent a full slate of golfers to the Conference 16 tournament at The Crossings Golf Club Monday. But with strong performances from Halifax and Patrick Henry-Roanoke in the rain-soaked proceedings, only Atlee sent two on to the Region 5A North tournament. Atlee’s Erica Whitehouse, who finished second with a 74, and Spencer Talley, who shot an 80, are the only two golfers to advance out of the Conference 16 tournament, which will be a one-day, 18-hole affair at Brambleton Golf Course in Ashburn today. The Raiders looked a lock for second place until Patrick Henry-Roanoke’s No. 1, Vince Wheeler, turned in a 71. “It looked like we were going to sneak out a second or finish out a pretty strong second, and then … [Patrick

Henry-Roanoke] took second,” said Atlee head coach Steve Thompson. He said Wheeler’s 71, which also bumped Whitehouse out of the medalist slot, did the most damage. “That knocked us out pretty much,” Thompson said. “We started half on the front and half on the back. Erica [Whitehouse] came in with her 74, and then the back nine started coming in quicker. It looked like she was going to medal, and [Wheeler] came in with a 71 and pretty much put an end to that.” Halifax finished first at 312 strokes with its four best scores being 80 or better, with Kaleb Cole and Matt Ratliff each carding a 77, followed by Chandler Bridgers at 78 and James Binner at 80. Patrick Henry-Roanoke turned in a 318, followed by Atlee (325), Albemarle (329), Orange County (363) and Patrick Henry (371). Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill just missed qualifying for the

regional. se “Andrea was sitting on the bubble for about an hour with an 84, and then the fifth player from Albemarle came in with a 76 and knocked her out of the regional,” said Patrick Henry head coach Dave Hudak. Still the season is not over for either Dill or her teammate, Shea Burch, who – along with Whitehouse – still have a shot at the Virginia High School League girls open championship at Red Wing Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach on Oct. 26 and 27. “[Andrea] and Shea still have the qualifier,” Hudak said. “We’re still out there practicing when it’s dry enough.” The girls Central Zone qualifier at Dogwood Trace in Petersburg on Oct. 20. Depending on how she finishes at the 5A North regional, Whitehouse may be able to bypass the zone qualifier. Dave Lawrence can be reached at

“The great thing is, I think a lot of athletes and professionals get to this point and they don’t know what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives,” he said. “I’ve got everything lined up. It’s basically everything I’m doing now, just not driving a Cup car.” Stewart has won in everything he’s ever driven and NASCAR was no exception. He’s a three-time Sprint Cup Champion, most recently in 2011 with one of the most exciting and drama-filled runs to the title, eventually beating out Carl Edwards on a tiebreaker in Homestead. He’s won 48 races in his

career, the first of which came in 1999 at Richmond International Raceway with Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart drove for Gibbs in the No. 20 Home Depot car and won two titles with the team before joining Gene Haas and forming Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. At the time, it was a twocar operation, with Stewart and Ryan Newman. Now, it is a four-car team with Stewart, reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. However, the last two seasons have certainly put a toll on Stewart. He broke his leg in a sprint car accident in 2013, and

was involved in the tragedy with Kevin Ward Jr.’s death in 2014. Stewart said that Ward’s death and his leg injury had “zero percent” influence on the retirement decision. He also said that the 2016 season will not just be a coast to the finish line. “I have two more big wins I want to get and that’s the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind adding another championship to that either.” Billy Fellin is sports editor of Powhatan Today, Goochland Gazette and Cumberland Today. He can be reached at wfellin@

By Dave Lawrence

Patrick Henry’s Grant Davis digs in for a sprint to the finish and a win in a Capital District cross country meet Wednesday.

ished in the top 10. The Raiders finished with 34 points, followed by Lee-Davis (63) and Patrick Henry (107). Hanover’s boy came in sixth with 137 points. Davis, who defeated a host of Capital District runners at Pole Green Park the previous week, was not sure how big his win was. “I was too exhausted to look behind me this time after the finish. I was hoping it was considerable like last time,” said Davis said, who was not so exhausted to keep him coming to the finish line in a sprint. “I

I think they work extremely hard, I think they’ve bought in. We’re just not playing well right now. “Our kids are doing the right things. We’re just not making the plays that we need to make. I’m a football coach and they’re football players, so you come back the next day and you try to get better and you work hard. That’s what you do.” It was an important road win for Emory & Henry, who start a very competitive ODAC season with a 1-0 record. “This league is so balanced, when you get one, you’ve got to enjoy it,” Newsome said. “Until Monday.” Brad Bess can be reached at

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found that little bit extra, found that extra gear, so to speak, and just went from there.” Henrico’s Ashley Brown turned in an equally dominant performance in the girls race, beating Atlee’s Laney Owen by nearly 50 second, with a 19:34 finish to Owen’s 20:23 time. As in the boys race, Atlee finished on top of the team standings with 35 points. Hanover County teams swept the top four spots, with Patrick Henry second (61), followed by Hanover (70) and Lee-Davis (87). Dave Lawrence can be reached at

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