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Contested candidates field questions By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local


ECHANICSVILLE — When Hanover County voters travel to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, only two of the seven positions on the county’s board of supervisors will be contested. Candidates for the Ashland and Mechanicsville positions met in a candidate’s forum last Wednesday at the RichmondTimes-Dispatch planton TimesDispatch Boulevard in Mechanicsville. Sponsored by the Hanover Business Council and the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, the event allowed voters an opportunity to gauge the candidates on positions regarding business and the economy. Former Marine and police officer Web Stokes, a Republican, opposes Democrat Faye Prichard, an Ashland educator and long-time council member. see CONTESTED, pg. 5 



Past Christmas Mothers welcome 2015 Christmas Mother Kay Beazley Meredith Rigsby/The Hanover Local



Previous Christmas Mothers gathered together Thursday to welcome the 2015 Christmas Mother, Kay Beazley. Shown are, from left, front row, Betty Lee Stanley, 2010; Gabby Crutchfield, 1995; Virginia Hall, 1993; Kay Beazley, 2015 and Betty Spiers, 2001; and, back row, Gay Mitchell, 2003; Connie Smith, 2005; Hilda Kelly, 1987; Melanie Goodpasture, 2014; Laura Stanley, 2008; and Cathy Hall, 2007. Story on page 5.

Town Council defers Conditional Use Permit for Grant’s Garage to Nov. 3 meeting By Meredith Rigsby News Editor


SHLAND — Two Conditional Use Permit applications, CUP15-0813 and CUP15-0617, were presented during the public hearing portion of the Ashland Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. CUP15-0813, filed by Keith and Jo Ann Hunter, requested that the existing garage on their property at 706 Duncan St. be turned into an apartment. A CUP is required to operate an accessory apartment on the land area because the area is zoned R-1, Residential Restricted. The property is currently used as a single-

family home and the future land use classification will be Residential Low Density and Open Space. On Sept. 9, the Ashland Planning Commission held a public hearing about CUP15-0813 and voted to recommend approval with three conditions added by staff. The conditions limit the accessory apartment location to the existing garage space, caps the number of tenants allowed to two persons, and requests that the applicant participate, as necessary, in the recordation of the CUP in Hanover County Circuit Court. Town council agreed with the planning commission’s recommendation and unanimously approved CUP15-0813.

The second CUP presented at the council meeting, CUP15-0617, was filed by Grant League and requested permission to operate a car and tire repair shop at 10281 E. Patrick Henry Rd. The property is zoned B-2, Highway Commercial and would require a CUP to allow for the operation of an automobile, truck or motorcycle service station. Currently a vacant gas station, the future land use classification for the property would be Interstate Commercial. The Ashland Planning Commission, also at its Sept. 9 meeting, voted to recommend approval of CUP15-0617 with the addition of eight conditions.

Conditions placed on CUP15-0617:  Inoperable motor vehicles are only allowed on the property if they are being serviced on the site within a 30-day period.  Display or items determined as outdoor display shall be located on a paved surface and not within the 20-foot front landscape setback from East Patrick Henry Highway/Route 54 and Mount Hermon Road and display materials shall not be stacked higher than 6 feet.  If a wash station is constructed to wash, service and clean vehicles or equipment, the wash station shall be connected to a sanitary sewer system and not into the storm sewer system. see TOWN, pg. 10 

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ECHANICSVILLE — It was one stop shopping for more than 800 Hanover County parents and students as they filed into the county’s first Education Expo at Hanover High School last week. Opportunities for students are changing and expanding, and the expo allowed stakeholders to gather up-to-date information on available programs, some of them making their debut next year. Hanover County School Board members began a long road to success for several of the new programs when they voted to form an exploratory committee to study career and technical possibilities and the dual enrollment based Advanced College Academy, a program that allows students to obtain an Associate Degree upon graduation from high school. Roger Bourassa, Mechanicsville District, who supported the committee formation, said the event allows parents the opportunity to see what is available for their children. “It’s a great resource, and the turnout shows the amount of interest in these programs,” he said. “This is something we’ve been looking forward to for years.” Hank Lowry, Ashland District, also supported Cold Harbor representative Norman Sulser’s insistent efforts to

expand Career and Technical options and install the College Academy. “This is a great day for Hanover schools and is the fruition of lots of work by lots of people who believed in this,” Lowry said. “I feel like the system has given a great gift to Hanover students today. Every student has a future.”

Dr. Michael Gill, assistant superintendent for Instruction, said opportunities for Hanover students continue to expand and evolve. “It’s exciting to see this kind of interest. We had more than 800 attendees to tonight’s event that allowed parents to see the opportunities available to our students,” Gill said. He said the options are changing and expanding at a rapid pace. “It’s changed within the last months,” Gill said. “The Advanced College Academy

at Patrick Henry [High School] and LeeDavis [High School] are brand new next year. The Health Sciences Specialty Center has been redesigned at Hanover High and is brand new … We’re always changing and we have to be responsive to changes in the marketplace.” For administrators, the turnout proves there is increasing interest in career, technical and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) training for mainstream students. “It’s wonderful to see so much interest in career and technical education because every scholar needs a skill,” said Barb Hancock-Henley, coordinator for Career and Technical Education. “We are so pleasantly surprised that we had this many people.” One parent said the expo was beneficial to him and his ninth grader. Some of the programs begin in eighth and ninth grade, and the time to begin planning is now. “I am really impressed and thankful that they are offering many different options. For parents, it’s a time to make decisions,” Scott Croxton said. “There are some new options that were not previously available.” “We are excited about tonight,” Dr. Bob Staley, director of Secondary Education, said. “There are lots of opportunities for see EXPO, pg. 3 

One killed in three-vehicle crash on Mountain Road Staff Report Crystal R. Fix, 33, of Montpelier has been identified as the victim of last Wednesday’s three-vehicle crash in the area of Mountain Road and Dunn Road. According to Deputy Karen Godfrey of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office, the prelimi-

nary investigation revealed that a 2006 GMC Yukon was traveling east on Mountain Road and a 2000 Peterbilt Tractor hauling a 2005 Utility trailer was traveling west on Mountain Road. The GMC Yukon crossed the center line and struck the rear wheel of the Utility trailer. The Peterbilt Tractor and trailer jackknifed and collided head-on with a 2015 Mazda four-door sedan that also was traveling

east on Mountain Road. Fix, who was driving the 2015 Mazda sedan, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver and only occupant of the Peterbilt Tractor was transported to VCU Medical Center via Med Flight. The driver and passenger of the GMC Yukon were transported to VCU Medical Center by ambulance with non-life-threaten-

ing injuries. Investigators continue to collect and evaluate evidence in an effort to determine all factors leading up to this crash. The fatality occurred around 8:09 a.m. Godfrey, speaking on behalf of Col. David R. Hines, sheriff, said, “We send our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Crystal Fix.”

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Oct. 13 Suspect assaulted victim on West Patrick Henry Road.

Suspect stole items on Barret Park Road.

Suspect stole items on Taylors Creek Road.

Suspect assaulted victim on Atlee Road.

Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.

Suspect assaulted victim on Lee Davis Road.

Suspect threatened victim on Chamberlayne Road.

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Suspect assaulted victim on West Patrick Henry Road.

Suspect assaulted victim on County

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kids in Hanover schools right now, including the Advanced College Academy, a redesigned Specialty Center and the Hanover Center for Trades and Technology.” International Bacalaureate also is available at all four Hanover high schools, and parents attended session on that program too. In addition, the expo highlighted traditional courses of study available at all four campuses, as well as the new career path programs in Health Services and Law Enforcement.

Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Mechanicsville Turnpike/ Interstate 295.

Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Qualfield Road.

Suspect damaged victim’s property on Homehills Drive.

Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Elm Drive/Eagle Drive.

Suspect threatened victim on Spring Ivy Lane.

Suspect damaged victim’s property on Lewistown Road.

Suspect damaged victim’s property on Chamberlayne Road.

Suspect provided false information to law enforcement on Mechanicsville Turnpike/ Interstate 295.

Suspect stole items on Lee Davis Road.

Suspect stole items on Quietwood Lane,

Suspect assaulted victim on Brandy Hill Trail. Suspect damaged victim’s property on Elm Drive. Suspect damaged victim’s property on

Suspect assaulted victim on Wesbeam Drive.

Suspect was in possession of controlled

Gill said. For those who could not attend the Tuesday, Oct. 20, meeting, another Education Expo is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, at Patrick Henry High School. A free dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. Information will be available on:  The Specialty Center with a health sciences focus (new for 2016).  The Advance College Academy (new for 2016).  The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology.  The International Baccalaureate program.

Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Parson Ridge Road.

Suspect stole items on Magazine Drive.

Suspect assaulted victim on Garden Park Lane.

Suspect brandished a firearm on Frederick Lane.

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Culinary students provided treats for all visitors and information booths were set up throughout the school to inform parents and students of available options for next year. Since it is the initial year for many of the expanded or new programs, the application process is extended to run from Nov. 15 to Feb. 1. Gill said students who are accepted will be notified by March 1, 2016. Unlike some localities, Hanover does not selectively choose students for these programs, and all are open to those who meet minimum standards. “We are not gatekeepers,”

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Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Mechanicsville Turnpike/ Interstate 295.

Suspect stole items on Mallorys Lane.

Suspect stole items on Pinecote Lowmoor Lane.

Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.

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Parks and Rec holds public input meeting about Carter Park Pool By Meredith Rigsby News Editor


SHLAND — Members of the Ashland Parks and Recreation Committee listened last Wednesday as town residents provided suggestions and recommendations concerning plans for the renovation of the community’s Carter Park Pool during a public

to see concessions sold at the pool – 45 percent of respondents said they would buy concessions most of the time. Kevin Trent, a prior Ashland resident and swim coach for the Ashland Barracudas, spoke at the meeting, saying, as a swim coach, he would love to have access to an eight-lane pool for his athletes to practice in, but he lists this as his second priority. “Convenience is great, but safety is by far the

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Residents were invited to share their opinions on the Carter Park Pool during a public input hearing last week with the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department. Members of the town agency are shown in the photo at right.

input meeting. Over the past several months, Ashland Parks and Recreation has conducted 287 surveys about potential plans for the Carter Park Pool, which included 175 season pass holders and 112 non pass holders. The committee hopes that by combining public input with the information gathered from surveys it has conducted that it will be able to come up with a design to present to Ashland Town Council for approval by January. Two major points that were concluded from the survey results is that town residents would like dramatically improved bathrooms – 47 percent of respondents were not satisfied with their current condition – and they would like


most important issue. And for that reason the single thing I would ask for if you were considering a prioritized list would be adding at least a foot to the deep end of the pool,” Trent said. One of the reasons Trent places a deeper pool at the top of his priority list is because the swimming league he coaches is bound by USA swimming rules. According to Trent, these rules state that in order to teach diving instruction all swimmers must be certified safe divers in a minimum of 6 feet of water. Because the Carter Park Pool does not currently go to a depth of 6 feet, during swim season the Barracudas have had to rent time at the YMCA or use private pools of team members to ensure certification, Trent said.

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Patti Davis, an Ashland resident and season pass holder, also spoke at the meeting, suggesting that the Lombardy evergreen trees that currently line the pool fence be replaced with deciduous trees, that the fence be extended back to where the Lombardy trees are currently located, that the gate be widened, and that there be surveillance cameras put in place. Davis also expressed concerns about the current circle drive parking lot, saying that it makes it difficult for people to park and get in and out of the area. In addition, she is not convinced that, at this time, there is enough space for an emergency vehicle, should the need for one arise, to properly get to the pool and exit in a timely manner. Jennifer Morris, an Ashland resident and swim team mom, also spoke, saying she doesn’t feel as though the pool is as much of a fun draw for community members compared to when she first moved there a handful of years ago. She added she hopes the process for the Carter Park Pool renovation considers more practical amenities, such as more shade, and what will make the pool more usable for more people. Following public comment, attendees were given three green and three red dot stickers to place on display boards next to a list of amenities that people requested in the surveys. Amenities listed for voting included:  Additional lap lanes  Deeper pool for swim meets  Slide  More deck space  Splash pad area  More shade structures  Adults only area/pool  Zero depth entry into the pool  Separate zero depth entry kiddie pool  Diving board with diving well  Aquatic beach areas  More “features” and “toys” for children Additional lap lanes and a deeper pool for swim meets garnered the most green dots while an adults only area/pool received the most red dots. The next Ashland Parks and Recreation meeting will be held Nov. 18 at the Dominion Resources Innovation Center located at 201 Duncan St. The Parks and Recreation committee has placed a survey about the Carter Park Pool renovation on the Town of Ashland website in order to gain additional public input.

CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Wednesday, Oct. 28 Many believe Hanover Tavern is haunted. Decide for yourself. Tour the Tavern with paranormal professionals and hear ghostly tales of actual events and recorded paranormal activity at the Tavern. The tour is recommended for children 10 and up. Guided tours will begin every half hour, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Tickets are required and can be purchased at

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 804-338-8697.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Modern folk duo Friction Farm will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Tavern at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours touring the country. The duo combines storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems, each song is filled with harmony and hope. Their latest CD, “I Read Your Book,” is a collection of songs each inspired by a book.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 “Attracting Birds With Water” will be presented at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ashland for the Clay Spring Garden. Bob Schamerhorn will present the multimedia program. He is a member of the Richmond Audubon Society and an awardwinning photographer. He shows over 60 species of birds filmed drinking, bathing and splashing. Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Ricki Carson, publicity chairman, at 804798-1782, so the hostesses will have plenty of cookies. The event is open to anyone that is interested.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 The Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association will present a free see CALENDAR, pg. 8 

Hanover Ruritan Club nominates Kay Beazley as 2015 Christmas Mother


OSWELL -- Each year, the Hanover Ruritan Club nominates a Christmas Mother to represent the face of the organization and help distribute food, toys and gift certificates to those in need during the holiday season. About two or three weeks ago, Kay Beazley, a Studley resident and member of the Studley Ruritan Club, got a call from Jimmy Atkinson, president of the Studley Ruritan Club, that she was not quite expecting. Atkinson asked if Beazley would be the 2015 Christmas Mother and the face of the Ruritan Club. Beazley was nervous to accept the

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Mechanicsville incumbent and Republican Canova Peterson is matched against former Hanover County School Board member and lifelong financial planner Glenn Millican, a Democrat. The candidates addressed a number of issues, each having the opportunity to respond to the same question without rebuttal from either candidate. Prichard and Stokes took to the podium first to answer questions from moderator Marc Creery, chair of the Hanover Business Council. Audience members also submitted questions for the candidates. Both candidates agreed that expanded career and technical offerings for Hanover students is a step in the right direction. Stokes, who works in the contracting business, said there is a shortage of skilled labor that exists today. “Not everyone in the education system is geared for college,” Stokes said. “I want to

nomination. Admittedly, she is not the type of person who enjoys being in the spotlight and would much rather work behind the scenes. “I told Jimmy I would prayerfully consider it, and I did,” Beazely said. “It was really heavy on my heart for about two or three days, I guess. And the more I thought about it I realized that it wasn’t about me and my comfort, but it was about the people that are needy that don’t have Christmas without the help of this organization, so it was kind of a no-brainer after that.” Beazley was officially introduced Thursday, Oct, 22, as the 2015 Christmas Mother at an annual tea held at the Frank Flippo home in

help people who don’t have high-paying jobs.” Prichard, a VCU professor, agreed. “Higher education is not for everybody.” Both asserted the need for dependablehighspeedInternet. Prichard said partnerships like the one established by Ashland with Randolph-Macon College provide expanded Internet services without undue burdens on the taxpayer. Stokes asserted that some of the cost must be shouldered by business, but agreed that high speed Internet is a necessity. He suggested placing that emphasis on the Suburban Service Area. “It’s vital if we are going to continue to grow.” Both addressed the growing issue of homeless and poor families living in aging motels in Ashland. Prichard encouraged a community approach with faith-based organizations providing services to assist worthy families. As for the criminal element that also utilizes the short-term rentals, she said, “they need to go.” Stokes said it’s a longstand-

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ing issue that will require a “holistic” approach. “It’s a critical issue to anyone affected by it.” They were then asked if government should be involved in providing pad-ready sites for economic development. “I’m not a big fan of spending taxpayers’ money to develop private property,” Stokes said. “It’s not your money, so you have to be smart about it.” Prichard said she could support that policy, theoretically, and, in specific instances, and pointed to the aging motels along U.S. 1 as examples of land that could be transformed to a higher use with government assistance. The Mechanicsville hopefuls both addressed the issue of deteriorating physical facilities in the Hanover school system. Peterson, a Vietnam veteran and local architect, said the concerns are valid, and pointed to the $10 million over the past two summers invested in school renovations and upgrades. Supervisors have approved $20 million over the next five years for more reno-

Doswell. A U.S. Postal Service worker for 35 years, retired Beazley is excited to begin participating in her duties as Christmas Mother. However, Beazley anticipates that the most difficult part of this position will be trying not to cry in front of those accepting donations. “They say the people are so appreciative, and that warms your heart to know that you’ve been a part of that,” Beazley said. … “That can be a little emotional because it’s not me, I do nothing, I’m just the face for the year.” In 2014, the organization behind the Christmas Mother gave out 924 boxes of food for families, had 12,000 cans of food donated by the school

vations and restoration. “That’s only $6 a square foot over five years,” Millican responded. He said the school system has made difficult choices in recent years placing priorities in the classroom and putting physical projects on the back burner. “When you have bad choices to make, you keep money in the classrooms,” Millican said. Both agreed on the importance of high speed Internet and its role in economic development. Peterson proposed targeting areas where enough customers exist to attract private investment in Internet services. He said the government needs to help make it available, but “We do not need to provide it ourselves.” Millican suggested increasing workstations at local libraries to provide citizens with Internet access. “Perhaps we could expand hours or make more work space available,” he said. “It is absolutely critical to have that digital presence.” Millican stressed the need for small business support and

children in Hanover County, and purchased another 10,000 cans of food to fill all the boxes. The organization also helped 1,156 children by giving them toys and gift certificates from Peebles. Altogether, the Ruritan Club spent $104,000.83 and was able to help 602 families and 126 seniors. The names of families that need assistance during the holiday season are provided by Social Services. Community members also can write to the Christmas Mother to express a need for help. “We’re just so excited again about this year, we’re so excited to get going and help those in need,” Betty Lee Stanley, 2010 Christmas Mother, said.

improved emphasis on education, specifically pointing to creeping class sizes. “We need to have a priority of a great education system,” Millican said. “Tonight, I ask you for your vote. I pledge to address these issues. I would like you to join with me and make Mechanicsville and Hanover stronger not just for the next four years, but put in place an environment and plan that will continue for decades to come and boost our small business, boost our education system, and pay them the attention and give them the effort that they deserve.”

Peterson pointed to a record of achievement over the past four years, and a philosophy that works for Hanover County. “I do believe that government works best when it’s kept to minimum interference with the rest of our citizens,” he said. “I’d like you to look at my record over the past four years. Do you want to continue with the approach we’ve been taking over the last four years … and continue going forward?” he concluded. Voters head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The message remains the same: Go vote By Melody Kinser Managing Editor


very vote truly does count, so don’t try to use the excuse that your involvement in the election process doesn’t matter. We can only be a part of the solution if we take part and go to the polls. This has been a message shared here many times and its importance continues to serve as the need for you to be heard by casting your ballot remains the same. Too often, registered voters (and everyone of age should be in that category) take for granted this right and privilege. We are able to select our governmental leaders through the election process and it’s something we should embrace as Virginians and Americans. Voter Registrar Teresa “Teri” Smithson recently told us about the turnout usually experienced in Hanover County. (See today’s special Voter Guide supplement for more from Smithson.) We are known to be active voters and “Bravo!” to those of you who go to the polls. There are opposed races as well as unopposed in our county on Nov. 3. Regardless, you have a choice. Even if it’s an unopposed race, you can write in your preference. I’ll admit that there have been times, particularly special elections, when there was that moment of “I don’t feel like going to vote today” and then the words of my late father immediately come to mind: “It’s your right; it’s your privilege.” That being said, not going to vote is not an option — because Dad was right. Be heard. Express yourself. Go to the polls. Our county’s future literally depends on us to vote. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Be careful Saturday evening When the ghosts, goblins and ghouls (and whatever is “the” Halloween character for 2015) take to the streets Saturday evening, be mindful of them. Kids should be able to enjoy trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods. Let’s make sure they return home safely and with lots of goodies.

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Fright Night returned to the Byrd By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local Nothing says spooky more than a scary movie in a movie theatre whose appearance evokes a feeling of timelessness. The Byrd Theatre sits majestically on Cary Street as a tribute to a lost era in American culture, the grand old movie theatre. Throughout the country, these masterpieces are being reclaimed, saved from the wrecking ball by virtuous groups formed to protect their unique history. Almost as many have gone the way of the wrecking ball. In 1928, the Byrd was not unique, and its architectural detail and finely positioned murals were common fare

for theatres across the United States. And the mighty Wurlitzer organ that still resides in its original spot was more of a necessity than an extravagant option, as silent movies dominated America’s cinema culture. Even at the time it opened, the Byrd’s $900,000 price tag was hefty for its time, and it was immediately clear to all who visited that the theatre, named for Richmond founder William Byrd, was the recipient of a no detail overlooked blueprint. It welcomed its first visitors in 1928 for a showing of “Waterfront,” and has been almost continuously operated ever since. That’s a testament to the theatre’s loyal fan base, and many locals who

grew up attending functions at the Byrd. Eddie Weaver and others thrilled an appreciative audience as they rose from beneath the stage, and filled the room with an enormous wall of sound that was penetrating. At some shows, the audience sang along with words on the screen guided by a bouncing ball to old standbys. It’s much too corny to explain. Fine chandeliers imported from Czechoslovakia adorn the auditorium, featuring 5,000 crystals lit by 500 bulbs. The fixture was too big to fit through the door and required assembly on-site. see FRIGHT, pg. 8 

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Thanks given to HCSO for informative field trip On behalf of the Home Cool Families and the Mechanicsville Homeschoolers, I would like to give great praises to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Barry Bland and Deputy Jim McLaughlin gave several field trips to a group of approximately 200 homeschooling kids, moms, and dads this month. They shared with us their time and their lives, explaining to us all of the many ways our Sheriff’s Office serves in our Hanover community and beyond. They were very fun, friendly and giving to our children. Thank you, Col. David Hines, sheriff, for having such a wonderful staff. We appreciate all that you and the numerous people in the law-enforcement community do for us. May God bless you all with peace and protection. Shannon Harrell Mechanicsville

Taking issue with proffers action Scott Byrnes misstated at least four important issues of fact in his Oct. 7 letter to the editor that praised Canova Peterson, Mechanicsville District, Hanover County Board of Supervisors, for leading the repeal of housing proffers

(“Peterson had proffers plan”). These errors require correction. First, Mr. Byrnes stated that the board of supervisors “unanimously accepted the recommendation” of the proffers committee to eliminate proffers. False. The vote by the Board on Nov. 28, 2012, was four in favor of repealing proffers (Peterson, Sean Davis, Wayne Hazzard and Ed Via) and two against (Aubrey “Bucky” Stanley and Angela KellyWiecek); Elton Wade was absent from the meeting. There see LETTERS, pg. 8 

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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals BERNELL ARMSTRONG JR. Bernell Clifton Armstrong, Jr., 82, passed away at his home in Glen Allen on Sunday, October 18, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Warm Springs on December 9, 1932, he was the son of the late Bernell and Ruby Armstrong. After serving four years ARMSTRONG in the Navy, B.C. settled in Richmond as a salesman for BF Goodrich. He managed stores in Staunton and Covington, but finally settled down as the manager of the Richmond store. Under his management, this location became one of the top selling stores in the nation. After Goodrich was bought by Tire Centers Inc., B.C. stayed on and continued his career with the new company. The owner of Tire Centers called him the “King of Virginia.” B.C. retired in 1990. After his retirement, B.C. enjoyed golfing with his friends and grandsons. He also sponsored a slow pitch softball team that won the USSSA A Open Championship in 1986. He was elected to the Virginia Softball Hall of Fame in 2011. B.C. was a devoted father and grandfather. He once had three children and his wife in college at the same time. He laughed at this and said that he felt that he was single-handedly supporting several colleges. His wife of 57 years, Mary Adams Armstrong; daughter, Stacey Snow (Eric) of Springfield; sons, Clif Armstrong (Donna) of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Matt Armstrong of Frisco, Texas; and brother, Charles S. Armstrong (Mary Lee) of Charlottesville survive him. He also is survived by four grandsons, Aaron and Caleb Snow of Springfield, Brandon (Kendal) of Columbia, South Carolina, and Andrew Armstrong of Charleston, South Carolina; and one granddaughter, Landry Armstrong of Frisco and Dallas, Texas, and her

mother, Nicole Bauer Armstrong of Dallas. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Berea Baptist Church at 15475 Ashland Road in Rockville. Burial followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Berea Baptist Church or the charity of your choice. “ ... For what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Bennett Funeral Home, West Chapel, at 11020 West Broad Street was in charge of arrangements.

IDA CARRINGTON Ida Gray Carrington slipped peacefully into eternal rest on October 18, 2015, at Memorial Regional Medical Center, with family at her side. She leaves to cherish her memory three children, Leroy (Jean), CARRINGTON Emily (Raymond) and Ann (Daniel, deceased); eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Homecoming services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2015, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland, with Pastor Lawrence Samuels, eulogist. Owens Funeral Services at 104 Green Chimney Court in Ashland was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and full obituary may be found at

JOHN MINGUS John Burge Mingus, 76, died peacefully at his home on October 10, 2015, after a two-year battle with cancer. Mr. Mingus is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barrett Brown; two sons, Jack of Richmond and Wes of Brooklyn, New York; a daughter, Kait Midgett of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren. Born on June 16, 1939, in Lebanon, Tennessee, Mr. Mingus earned a bachelor’s

degree from Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee, and years later a master’s degree from the University of Delaware. Trained as an actor, he was active throughout his life in amateur and professional productions. After completing his service in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps during the 1960s, Mr. Mingus began a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. He taught for the Chesterfield County Public Schools and served as a visiting and adjunct professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. At RandolphMacon, he taught public speaking and served as a coach of the school’s Franklin Debating Society. In honor of his commitment to and passion for the forensic arts, the Collegiate Forensics Association has named a yearly Pan-Interpretation award in his honor. Husband, father, lifelong student, actor and teacher, John Mingus loved life and learned from all he met. A remembrance of his life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Centenary United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 411 E. Grace St., Richmond VA 23219.

DORIS SAUNDERS Doris Romaine Saunders came from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. She was born to Alfred Romaine and the late Sadie Romaine on August 16, 1955. She leaves to cherish her memory her father, Alfred Romaine Sr.; daughters, Amber Lee-Ann Hunter, Meagan Janae SaundersSpearman (Kelvin) SAUNDERS and Lauren Ashley Hunt (Markus); grandchildren, Justin Jeremiah Spearman, Naomi Grace Hunt, Ghislene “Gigi” Hunt and Leila Hunt; her beloved sister and best friend, Doylas Turner and Samantha Garnett; her brothers, Jerome Hughes (Donna) and

Alfred Romaine Jr. (Lisa); as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Her Celebration of Life was held at noon Friday, October 23, 2015, at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 14476 Scotchtown Road in Beaverdam. Owens Funeral Services at 104 Green Chimney Court in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

RAYMOND F. SHERRIER Raymond F. Sherrier, 86, of Richmond, passed away on October 18, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Julie Sherrier; wives, Mary Sherrier and Esther Sherrier. He is survived by his children, Pat (Carmine), Tom SHERRIER (Kandi), Ed (Mary Beth), Jack (Doreen), Joe (Cherie) and Kay (Mike); 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Bill (Thomasina) and Bob (Millie). Raymond was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and also a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. A Mass of Resurrection was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 105 South Snead Street in Ashland. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the dedicated, caring staff of Imperial Plaza, Hospice Community Care and Memorial Regional Medical Center.

BESSIE TALIAFERRO Bessie Hewlett Johnson Taliaferro, passed October 16, 2015. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Teddy, who passed in 2008. Bessie joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland as a child. While working at a sewing factory, she decided to pursue training at the Medical College of Virginia to become a licensed practical nurse. She became certified as an LPN in 1960. In 1967, she decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and enrolled

in Virginia Union University. Bessie was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including Who’s Who in American Education, 1990, TALIAFERRO and Who’s Who Among American Educators. Bessie was an accomplished writer and had several publications, including The Effects of CompetencyBased Education on Classroom Instruction; Black Literary Classics for Secondary Students; and a teacher’s guide for middle school novels. Her first born child, Dayle, passed in 2009. Bessie leaves to cherish her memory a devoted daughter, Diane Taliaferro; a loving son, Tony Taliaferro (Elonda); a beloved niece, Virginia Darlene Smith; a treasured brother, Columbus Johnson; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Shiloh Baptist Church at 106 S. James Street in Ashland, with the Rev. Lawrence Samuels, pastor officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. F.E. Dabney Funeral Home in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.s

GLADYS L. THOMAS Gladys L. Thomas, 89, of Richmond, passed away October 18, 2015. She is survived by her children, Sylvester, Jerome, Gerald, Darnell, Goleskia, McKinley Thomas, Bertha ThomasRobinson (Preston) and Rhondia Grimes. Funeral THOMAS services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2015, at Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond. Interment followed in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home at 518 North Washington Highway in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

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The French Empire-style theatre is perhaps most unique for its original and period perfect architecture, which has changed little since its construction. The fact that it has never been remodeled or gutted and renovated ensures the Byrd a place in architectural history, and ensures that it remains the perfect period peace with its unchanged

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also was a dissenting “minority report” filed by some members of the Proffers Committee who strongly disagreed with the recommendation to repeal proffers. This is not unanimous acceptance. Second, Mr. Byrnes stated that proffers money “could only be used to add capacity as in new facilities or to expand existing facilities to meet the needs of increased student enrollment.” This is misleading. Proffer funds were indeed restricted to

dignity and ambiance. On Friday, Oct. 23, the old theatre returned to its roots with a showing of “Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney. Michael Britt accompanied at the massive keyboard, and audiences once again marveled at the 1925 silent classic. Benefits will assist in the restoration of the old Wurlitzer organ. Many of its numerous functions and features are inoperable, and the Byrd Theatre Foundation plans a full restoration

capital expenditures, but they were not limited to schools as Mr. Byrnes implied; they also were earmarked in a highly detailed formula for firefighters, emergency services, parks, libraries and roads. In addition, money is fungible – without proffers, other revenue must be used or additional borrowing must take place to meet those capital needs. Third, Mr. Byrnes asserted that Mr. Peterson “identified a revenue stream that allowed the county to ‘bank’ $9 million per year for 20 years.” False. There was no revenue stream identified by Mr. Peterson – he

advocated maintaining existing budgeted expenditures for school debt service to accelerate payment of principal on money already borrowed to pay for school infrastructure. Fourth, Mr. Byrnes stated that the “Peterson plan will raise almost eight times more revenue per year than the proffers taxes raised.” False. Even if the Peterson plan did “raise” revenue (it doesn’t), Mr. Byrnes’s assertion of “eight times” more revenue is deceptive. The average annual revenue from cash proffers since they were instituted in Hanover County was about $1.17 mil-

of the historic instrument. The Cary Street landmark seemed certain to follow its counterparts into disrepair and eventual destruction, but the neighborhood and city it served would not allow it. The Byrd Theatre Foundation purchased the theatre in 2007 and began a lifelong effort of restoration. Its marbled walls and original seats provide Richmonders with a glimpse into the past and trip down memory lane as they take seats that lion, as Mr. Byrnes correctly stated in his letter. However, as the board discussed at length on Nov. 28, this average was not a useful number. Cash proffers were initially set at low values in Hanover County and there was not as much housing inventory on which they were applied. Therefore, the total value of case proffers early on was not much. The less misleading figure would be the average annual proffers revenue coming in the future, which was estimated to be about $10 million – not $1.7 million. Using the past performance of $1.7 million to dismiss the future value

have been occupied for 90 years. And last Friday, those seats were filled with an audience who enjoyed a movie in exactly the same manner moviegoers viewed it in 1928. The mighty Wurlitzer once again provided the audio, and the atmosphere was classic Byrd Theatre. The chills and thrills of watching a scary movie in a classic movie house are a timeless reminder of what the Byrd meant to Richmond’s past, and the promise it holds for the future.

of a mature proffers system is the same logic as a basketball coach dismissing the value of LeBron James because his average annual height was only about four feet over the first 17 years of his life. Thus, even if Mr. Peterson’s plan “raises” $9 million annually, that is not eight times the $10 million in annual cash proffers it is displacing – Mr. Peterson’s plan falls about 10 percent behind. Of course, it actually falls 100 percent behind because it raises no revenue at all. People of every political persuasion are sick and tired of being deceived and treated like simpletons by our elected representatives and their shills. Luckily, voters in the Mechanicsville District have a choice on Nov. 3 – they can vote for Glenn Millican for

supervisor. Mr. Millican understands why the “Peterson plan” is the gift that will keep on stealing from the taxpayers and giving to the developers. Voters in the Ashland District have the chance to elect Faye O. Prichard to that supervisor seat – she also understands the importance of the proffers issue. Both Millican and Prichard have strong records of public service in Hanover based on respect for the average citizen, concern for fair and sound process, and understanding of the great responsibility entrusted to public officials. Hanover County voters can put our local government on a trustworthy, competent course by electing Glenn Millican and Faye Prichard on Nov. 3. Jim Ellis Mechanicsville


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Saturday, Nov. 14 Holiday photos of your pet can be taken with the Nutcracker, Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company at 7047 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville. The cost is $5 per photo. Proceeds will benefit The Concert Ballet of Virginia.

The 20th annual Heavenly Creations Arts and Crafts Show is looking for artists to participate in its 18th annual two-day show at St. James the Less Episcopal Church at 125 Beverly Rd. in Ashland. Heavenly Creations is described as a high quality, juried, fine arts show featuring original, handcrafted works from local and regional artists and craftspeople. Items must be handmade by the vendor. For more information, contact Marcia Hill at 804-334-3731 or

Richmond International still a good choice for local travelers By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local


ANOVER — Thanks to the addition of two low cost air carriers, Richmond International Airport remains one of the best values for airfares in the region. That was the message from the Capitol Region Airport Commissioner’s director of marketing and air service development as he updated the Hanover County Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting. Troy Bell said five major airlines are serving Richmond International, including American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and United. Allegiant Air also has extended its schedule into 2016 and appears to be a good fit for RIC. Bell said the airport is rated one of the world’s most efficient small airports, and, for the past 17 months, ridership has steadily increased. This year the airport served more than 3.4 million passengers and 117 million pounds of cargo was moved out of Richmond. The city now has direct flights to many major cities, and Boston has replaced Atlanta as the number one destination for RVA travelers. Bell said the airline industry is in a transitional mode and four major airlines carry 80 percent of the nation’s domestic passengers. Small regional jets are being phased out in favor of larger aircraft. “Those small planes made up the majority of our service a decade ago,” Bell said.

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Troy Bell, The Capital Airport Commission’s marketing director, told the Hanover County Board of supervisors at a recent meeting that Richmond International Airport is a good choice for local travelers and offers competitive fares on most routes.

There’s also been a consolidation of airlines and that number has steadily shrunk due to mergers and acquisitions. Before deregulation, there were about 20 airlines. There are now four major airlines serving RIC.

“Forget market share, revenue is king,” Bell said. “Airlines cannot control energy costs and labor costs are locked in and rising, but they continuously analyze performance, route by route, to create the highest possible returns.” Since Richmond does offer numerous direct flights, it outvalues Norfolk and is lower on most fares. Bell said the airport is currently upgrading facilities, including a new snow maintenance vehicles facility and an eastside access road. A taxiway also is being reconstructed at a cost of $31.9 million and should be completed by October 2016. The airport also is increasing efficiency by converting its vehicle fleet to CNG-powered buses, cars and trucks. According to Bell, that’s an improvement that is already paying dividends. In other improvements, Hudson News now offers Good Meadows (Ukrop’s) products in grab-and-go coolers for hurried travelers. There also are two new Welcome to Virginia signs on the complex. Richmond residents also will have access to TSA Pre, a program that allows passengers to obtain pre-flight clearance, saving time and keeping them moving without long delays. Bell said RIC is an economic driver in the community and will continue to grow and expand to better serve its customers. “It’s estimated that the airport’s economic impact is $1.1 billion annually to the community,” Bell said. “RIC has been found to be one of the most efficient airports in North America.”

Come hear what’s BREWING at Bon Secours! Memorial Regional Medical Center invites experienced RNs to enjoy an evening of food and fun and meet our team at the Center of the Universe Brewery in Ashland, Virginia.

Wednesday, November 11th 11293 Air Park Road Ashland, VA 23005 4:00pm — 6:00pm All attendees will receive a gift and will be entered to win brunch

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Grand Local Artists’ Holiday Show and Sale to begin Nov. 1

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The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education will present the 9th Annual Grand Local Artists’ Holiday Show and Sale, featuring the Heart of Virginia Landmarks & Legends Small Works Show. This popular show features more than 20 local artists and offers a perfect opportunity to find a unique gift of art for family, friends or your own collection. In the Davis Wilson Wickham Studio, there also will be a show featuring the works of Peggy Wadlington and Les Camphuysen. Meet the artists at an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. The show and sale will run through Dec. 27. The Center is located at 17205 Mountain Rd. in Montpelier. For more information, call 804-883-7378 or for more information.

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 In accordance with Town Code section 16-10, the entrance from Mount Hermon Road needs to be repaired and maintained by the property owner.  Street trees shall be placed at one per 50 feet of street frontage and maintained at all times and the existing landscape islands in 20 feet front landscape buffer shall be improved and maintained at all times to town standards.  The property owner, business proprietor, as well as the business, and any employees, agents, in dependent contractors and the like of the business shall be in compliance with all federal, state and local laws at all times.  A record system, either paper or electronic, shall be made available for review by the Town of Ashland at any time for make, model and serial number for all parts purchased or sold as well as for repair work performed.  The applicant shall participate as necessary in the recordation of this CUP in Hanover County Circuit Court. During discussion of the CUP request, council member Steve Trivett made a comment about the currently broken curb at the property location entrance off Mount Hermon Road saying, “The issue with the broken curb is something that [I believe] an operation there will improve. Since no one is using the site, truckers are using this as a turnaround spot and taking advantage of that wide area and the fact that no one is there.” Referring to the property location as “a gateway to the town,” council member Faye O. Prichard expressed concern about the upkeep and landscaping of the property and asked Nora Amos, director of Planning and Community Development, if she is confident that the correct


conditions are in place to ensure that the business and property provide the right impression of the Town of Ashland to those entering the town. Town Attorney Andrea Erard responded, saying, “We have drafted these conditions as carefully as we can, but, quite honestly, even if they’re drafted as tightly as you can draft them in order to enforce them, your choices are to go to court or to initiate a public hearing to revoke the Conditional Use Permit.”

it was discovered that League, who also owns some land located off Ashcake Road in Hanover County, has previously been convicted of a zoning violation in the General District Court in connection with this property and a mobile home he placed there. At this time, League is working toward taking steps to ensure compliance with the zoning ordinance. Prichard made a motion to defer the council’s

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Ashland Police Chief Douglas Goodman presents Latoya Moore (left) with an award for completing a custom designed internship with the Ashland Police Department to augment her online degree in Forensic Science. Right: Goodman presents James Spada with one of the highest honors awarded to an officer. He received the award for his work in the apprehension of an armed individual that was also found to be in possession of a large quantity of narcotics.

“I believe the conditions that we recommended are ones that we would recommend for any similar use and are probably as far as we could go in the scope and realm of what you can look at with a Conditional Use Permit with the nexus of the actual use,” Amos added. When discussing the CUP with the applicant,

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decision on CUP15-0617 until the Nov. 3 town council meeting. “I want to have a better sense of, quite frankly, this applicant’s history of how property is kept,” Prichard said. “I also want to have a better understanding of where he is not in compliance in the county and I want to make sure we have

everything in place as best we can to protect that gateway.” Council approved Prichard’s motion, with Trivett voting “No.” Town council also briefly discussed the Ashland Theater. Town Manager Charles Hartgrove updated council on recent discussions and meetings he and town staff have had since the last town council meeting. Hartgrove and town staff have met with the group of individuals that have proposed the nonprofit plan and met with them again on Oct. 21. There also was an Oct. 27 meeting scheduled with the Department of Community and Housing Development in which the deputy director of the agency was scheduled to be present. Hartgrove noted that, depending on the results of that meeting with the DCHD, he may request an emergency council meeting this week. “We’re hoping that the deputy director of the agency being there that guidance will be given and we will have a better understanding of where we stand and what the options are for the grant,” Hartgrove said. In other business, Ashland Police Department (APD) Chief Douglas Goodman presented quarterly awards to officers of the APD. Joe Topham, business retention and expansion manager, gave an economic development update, saying he has been able to visit more than 200 local businesses since he joined the town staff in May. He also noted that the town recently has had a series of grand openings for local businesses, including Sugar Fix Bakery and Little Caesar’s. The next Ashland Town Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Ashland Town Hall located at 101 Thompson St.

Ashland Street Parties finale


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Ron Moody and The Centaurs wrapped up the Ashland Street Parties for 2015 on Sept. 19. The performance served as a kickoff part for the 2015 UCI World Cycling Championships. Hank Lowry, Clarke Mercer and Marnie Triscari, Ashland Street Parties organizers, joined the town in welcoming the international crowd. Ashland Street Parties started in 2004. Now an Ashland tradition, the musical event receives support from corporate and civic sponsors. It also provides an opportunity for nonprofits to raise funds for their organizations. Edward Jones was the main corporate sponsor the September finale. For more information on the Ashland Street Parties, visit

HCES second graders to present Veteran’s Day program Nov. 10 Staff Report ASHLAND – The second grade class at Henry Clay Elementary School will present a Veteran’s Day program at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, featuring patriotic and military theme songs, as well as information the students have prepared about each branch of the military. In other news about the music classes, the kindergartners are learning to keep the steady beat with movement activities and playing a variety of rhythm instruments. First grade students are learning to read rhythms, as well as exploring high and low

sounds with their voices. A favorite and fun song and game that helps students to match pitch is “Big Fat Biscuit.”

Richie at 804-365-8120 to obtain your student’s ID number to register for your free account today at

My School Bucks Henry Clay offers MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You can now pay for items such as school fees, add money to lunch account and more using your credit/debit card or electronic check. If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set up and ready to go. Just log-in and click on the new link to Store. Otherwise, contact Jenny

Stay in touch with HCES Henry Clay has a variety of ways to keep you informed: • Email Connection – Be sure to select this icon on the school website to sign up to receive email reminders, information, and updates.  The Henry Clay Website – Visit\ hces to find staff email addresses, links to educational websites, announcements and more.  PowerSchool – The student information system provides parent access to your student’s

record, schedule, grades, etc. Contact the registrar at 804-365-8120 if you need access codes or a password reset.  School Closing and Delay Hotline – In case of power outages or if you do not have internet access, be sure to save this number so that you can hear information that could affect the regular school schedule – (804) 277-4960.  Transportation Hotline – Follow the prompts at this number to hear daily bus notifications, including changes in bus numbers and drivers along with bus delays – (804) 441-8274. Dates to remember:  Thursday, Oct. 29 Crazy Hair Day  Friday, Oct. 30 Picture Day

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Prep football: Highland Springs at Patrick Henry 7:00 p.m.


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College football: Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon 1:00 p.m.

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Error-prone Patrick Henry falls to Raiders By Kris Mason for the Hanover Local MECHANICSVILLE – With both team’s Region 5A North playoff hopes on the line, both Atlee and Patrick Henry needed wins with the Patriots visited the Raiders Friday night. After a close first half, the Raiders took advantage a huge goal line stand to cool any Patrick Henry momentum and rolled to a 34-20 victory Friday night. The victory keeps Atlee’s Region 5A North playoffs alive while placing more pressure on the Patriots, who began the night just outside of the region’s top 16 teams. The Raiders held a mere 146 lead at halftime, and Patrick Henry had an excellent scoring opportunity early in the second half that could have changed the course of the game. Atlee hd been driving deep into Patriot territory before defensive tackle Davon Carter intercepted a pass and returned the pick 42 yards to the Raiders’ 25-yard line. Patrick Henry worked down to a first-and-goal opportunity, but the Atlee defense stopped the Patriots on fourth down from the 3-yard line. Atlee head coach Roscoe Johnson was impressed with his team’s mental toughness, especially during the goal-line stand. “Lately when we’ve been


Changes should boost action at RIR By Mike Szvetitz Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Atlee running back A.J. Zollar (10) breaks through the Patrick Henry secondary for an 80-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage in the Raiders’ 34-20 victory over the visiting Patriots Friday.

making mistakes, we’ve kind of put our head down and we haven’t played as hard as we should,” Johnson said. “I told them tonight, ‘You’re going to

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have a situation where they maybe would score. They may do some things and you’ve got to deal with adversity and keep moving on.’ And you know

tonight the guys did a great had the stronger passing and job.” kicking games. The passing While Patrick Henry out- game was led by quarterback gained the Raiders in total offense, 464 yards to 432, Atlee see RAIDERS, pg. 13 

NASCAR’s goal for its new rules package to be used in the Sprint Cup Series next season - a combination that will lower the aerodynamic downforce on cars – is to “provide fans with the best racing possible.” That could be good news for those who attend the spring and fall Cup events at Richmond International Raceway, where one driver has dominated the last three races. NASCAR announced Wednesday that its 2016 rules package will include a 3.5-inch spoiler (6 inches in 2015), a .25-inch front leading splitter edge (2 see RIR, pg. 14 

Dill, Burch top field in Central Zone qualifier

But she still has things to work on. “I have to work on the greens, my putting and chipping,” Dill said. “That’s where all your scores really add up in the end. So I need to work on that a lot before we go down

there. But my drives and my iron shots have been great this past season.” Burch, though she also qualified for the Girls Open last year, was especially pleased with her performance this year. “I’m pretty excited. I shot

much better than I did last year,” Burch said. “I’m glad to be back in.” She said her experience last year will come in handy. “I think it will help a little bit,” Burch said. “It will tame my nerves a little bit because it’s not

the first go round-about it.” Cook, a junior, was thrilled to be joining her teammate Ramsey – who had already qualified for the Girls Open and her two Capital District rivals from Ashland at the state tournament.

“I feel pretty great about myself,” Cook said. “It started off a little rough today, but pushed through it and I was fine.” She said she wasn’t having a problem with any one thing when she started. “In the beginning it was a little bit of everything,” Cook said. “I tried to clear my head and just stop thinking, and the back nine was really good.” Hanover’s Bella Seip just missed making the cut for the Girls Open. Seip, who finished seventh among the field of 20 was three spots out of the running. While she was disappointed in her finish, her coach, Chris Pace, was happy with how she did. “I’m very proud of her,” Pace said. “She shot 117 last year. She shot 93 today. That’s 24 strokes in the right direction.” She began the day with a 42 on the front nine, but ran into trouble on the back nine and never quite recovered. Pace thought it was an excellent growth opportunity for the sophomore. “The beauty of this tournament is that it’s a high-pressure situation,” Pace said. “All postseason golf is a high-pressure situation. She learned that you’ve got to go play the next shot.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at

11 yards and a touchdown and ran for 130 yards and another touchdown. On the kicking side, Atlee’s Ethan Ratke made field goals from 42 yards and 32 yards as well as all four extra point attempts. Patrick Henry’s Logan Bulthuis missed two extra points and a 37 yard field goal. The rushing game looked quite different. While Atlee’s A.J. Zollar carried the ball car-

ried the ball nine times for 115 yards – most of that on an 80yard run for the Raiders’ first score – and two touchdowns in all, Patrick Henry’s Joshua Guerrero carried the ball 20 times for 174 yards. The Patriots led in an uncomfortable category: penalties. They were flagged 12 times for 98 yards. They finished with two turnovers themselves – an interception and a fumble – and

turned the ball over on down a total of three times. But Patrick Henry coach Bryan Davis gave his team an uplifting message following the game. “I told them, ‘Failure is an event, not a person,’ ” Davis said. “ ‘You guys were part of the event and let’s see if we can do something to minimize these events in the future.’ ” Zollar’s 80-yard scamper

came on the second play of the game, but Patrick Henry responded before the first quarter was out. Patriot running back Brandon Braxton broke through the Atlee defense with an 18-yard touchdown run to give his team a chance to tie, but a missed extra point left the score at 7-6. The second quarter was scoreless until Atlee’s Justin Hall caught an 8 yard pass from

Harris with 51 seconds left in the half to stake the Raiders a 14-6 lead. Atlee extended its lead to 3412 before Patrick Henry scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion with six seconds left in the game. Atlee plays Varina at home Friday while Patrick Henry hosts Highland Springs. Kris Mason can be reached at

By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor PETERSBURG – Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill survived the deep rough and ample water traps to win the VHSL Girls Central Zone qualifier golf tournament at Dogwood Trace Golf Course Tuesday. Dill shot an 82, one stroke ahead of teammate Shea Burch and Glen Allen’s Cameron Cook. Cosby’s Abby Gschwind, who came in fourth with an 84, clinched the remaining berth in the VHSL Girls Open golf championship, which was held after this edition went to press on Monday and Tuesday at Red Wing Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach. The four will join Atlee’s Erica Whitehouse, along with other local golfers Diana Domenech (Mills Godwin), Peyton Durham (Dinwiddie), Addie Parker (Monacan) and Celadon Ramsey (Glen Allen) who had already qualified for the girls open. For Dill, it is her third and last – she’s a senior – appearance in the Girls’ Open. She feels she has grown a lot since her first appearance. “When I first qualified, I wasn’t as confident in my game, but I’ve worked on it a lot and I’m a lot more confident going into it this year,” Dill said. “I think it will be better.”

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Rasharrd Harris, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Receivers Cole Blackman had six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown and Justin Hall had 11 catches for 56 yards and another score. Harris counterpart for the Patriots, Samuel Hart passed

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Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill sinks a putt for par on the 17th hole in the Central Zone girls golf qualifier at Dogwood Trace Golf Course in Petersburg Tuesday. Dill finished with an 82, one shot ahead of teammate Shea Burch and Glen Allen’s Cameron Cook to take first place. Dill, Burch, Cook and Cosby’s Abby Gschwind, who finished fourth, qualified for the Virginia High School League Girls Open golf tournament from Oct. 26 and 27 at Red Wing Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach.

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R-MC thrashes Marlins to claim ODAC top spot By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor ASHLAND – RandolphMacon’s women’s volleyball team celebrated senior night in grand fashion Wednesday night in Crenshaw Gymnasium: The Yellow Jackets seized first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 sweep of visiting Virginia Wesleyan. Randolph-Macon (19-3, 10-0 ODAC) and the Marlins (21-7, 9-1) went into the game undefeated in ODAC play. The Yellow Jackets knocked Virginia Wesleyan into a tie for second place with Washington & Lee. Because it was senior night, Randolph-Macon head coach Bill Rogers started five seniors – outside hitter Addie Cooper, outside hitter Courtney Lowers,

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inches in 2015) and a 33-inch wide radiator pan (38 inches in 2015). That setup, NASCAR hopes, along with Goodyear developing track-specific tires which was seen at the Kentucky and Darlington races this past season - will allow for more passing over the entire track, especially in the corners, as drivers will have to lay off the throttle, decreasing speeds in the turns. “We’re continuing to work with the industry on developing the appropriate elements of the rules for each track,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, during a national media teleconference. “… The core goal for us continues to remain the same, and that’s deliver the best and safest racing possible for the fans. And it’s a goal that the


setter Riley Martin, middle hitter Emily Ortiz and middle hitter Katie Rossberg – an atypical move that paid off in an intensity that carried them through the first game and set the tone for the match. “I started off five of my seniors on purpose, and I thought they really stepped up,” Rogers said. “That’s not my normal starting lineup. They did well.” The Yellow Jackets had a harder time disposing of the Marlins in the second game, as Virginia Wesleyan nearly matched them in intensity. The game was marked by well-contested points, but RandolphMacon eventually prevailed. “Before the game, I told them that it was going to be a closer game. I said I thought we carried the first game with

some emotion,” said Rogers, who called a couple of timeouts in the second game to give the Yellow Jackets a breather. “It’s a pretty veteran group and we played a lot of players this year, so I feel like I can put anybody out there. I put my freshman out there halfway through that game … and she did well.” The Marlins contested every point, but head coach Andrea Hoover said Randolph-Macon earned the victory. “I think we battled every point the second game. We made less errors the second game,” Hoover said. “They were fantastic tonight. You’ve got to really respect what RandolphMacon does on the floor. I thought their senior players Dave Lawrence/The Local played fantastic. They beat us Randolph-Macon’s Courtney Lowers goes high to get a shot past Virginia Wesleyan’s Tiffany tonight. They deserved to win Barrett (19) and Maddy McMurry (9) in the Yellow Jackets’ 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 Old Dominion this match.” Athletic Conference victory over the Marlins in Crenshaw Gymnasium Wednesday.

entire industry shares. “We’re confident it’s going to continue to deliver great racing for the fans.” At RIR more drama would be welcomed. In the 2014 fall race at Richmond, winner Brad Keselowski led 383 of the 400lap race. Kevin Harvick was the only other drive to lead that race, and it was for only 17 laps. In this year’s spring race, Kurt Busch led 291 of the 400 laps on his way to victory lane. Then, last month, Matt Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps to take the checkered flag. The package was considered a success at Kentucky Speedway (1.5 miles) and Darlington Raceway (1.366 miles) this season. But how it will translate to RIR’s shorter .75-mile track is still to be determined. “I watched the Kentucky race and was at the Darlington race, and seeing it on TV and seeing it live, you can really see the dif-

ference where the cars seem to be on the edge,” RIR president Dennis Bickmeier said. “And if you look at the fans’ reaction, it was overwhelmingly positive. “So I look at today’s move as positive moving into 2016. Not being a technical person, but being around the sport for 15 years, I can see a difference in the cars. I can’t see anything negative about this.” The different gear rations and tire configurations set up specifically to each track will also go a long way to the ontrack action. Also in next year’s new rules package,rear gear ratios will be adjusted to maintain a maximum engine speed of 9,000 RPM and a 1.38 thirdgear ratio will be used at all tracks smaller than 1.25 miles. For more side-by-side racing different tire setups are also key, according to Busch. But so is less downforce. “I think for that style of racing to return to Richmond, you have to make the handling a

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little worse, which means less downforce and a different tire to allow the race cars to slide around,” Busch said in September. “Right now the preferred groove is right on the bottom of the racetrack, and what we need are options to be able to go to the high lane and produce the same lap times. That way, we could run high or low, allowing us to get side by side. So we need to find the aerodynamic package along with the tire package to balance things out a little better to allow that side-by-side racing.” That aligns with what Bickmeier was hearing from drivers and fans after September’s race. “Fans want to see that sideby-side racing they’re accustom to seeing at Richmond,” Bickmeier said. “At a track like this, you want to see drivers battle for that space. And when you’re side-by-side, it’s the first one to that specific piece of real estate.”


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