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First Spooktacular proves successful By Meredith Rigsby News Editor ASHLAND — Ghosts, witches, Spiderman and ninja turtles could be seen roaming the streets of Ashland or catching a ride on the trick-or-treat trolley Saturday, Oct. 31, during the town’s first Halloween Spooktacular event. Activities for the Halloween-themed event began at 10 a.m. with a Pumpkin Chuck-a-Thon and free hayrides at Ashland Garden and Nursery to benefit Hanover ARC.

Kids could then head over to the Ashland Theater to grab some popcorn and watch a 12 p.m. showing of “Toy Story of Terror” followed by “ScoobyDoo!” At 2 p.m., the trick-or-treat trolley made its first stop at Sweet Frog to pick up and transport Ashland residents between the Ashland Town Plaza and the Ashland Library so they could visit all of the Spooktacular event sites. “I’m very excited, actually it’s been a long day already,” see SPOOKTACULAR, pg. 16 

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Ninja Lucas Ronquest gets a photo with the Ice Queen from “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” before she has a chance to turn him to stone. More photos on page 16.

ANOVER — For years, an area intended for use as a tot playground has been an eyesore for residents of The Villages at Beaverdam Park. Deteriorating playground equipment and overgrown weeds created a neighborhood nuisance, and, last week, the Hanover County Board of Supervisors took action to resolve the issue. An ongoing discussion between the homeowners association and county officials produced no results, and care see BOARD, pg. 5 

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Deputy county administrator Jim Taylor presented a Human Services update to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors last week.

Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Hanover Wayside Park HANOVER — All are invited to honor our military veterans by attending a Veterans Day memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Hanover Wayside Park. The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Sean Davis, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the Henry District’s representative on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. The American Legion Post 175 Honor Guard will perform the flag folding ceremony and lead the laying of the Memorial Wreath. George Condyles of the Hanover Veterans Committee will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Leroy Davis of Hopeful Baptist Church in Montpelier. James Kickler of the Hanover Veterans Committee will lead the pledge of allegiance. Jimmy Barrett of the American Marine Corps League #329 will perform Taps. The Virginia Army National Guard Hanover Armory A Battery will perform the various military rituals that honor our veterans, including the rifle salute and call to arms. Parking will be available on the site. Hanover Wayside Park is located on U.S. 301 about a mile north of Hanover

High School. Dedicated in 2007, the Hanover Veteran’s Memorial honors Hanover County military veterans who were killed in hostile action from World War I to the present day, and those who have or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. For more information about this ceremony or about the Hanover Veteran’s Memorial, call Hanover County Parks and Recreation at 804-365-7150 or email parksandrec@hanovercounty. gov. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

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American Legion Post 175 members Garnett Fowlke, Jim Legg and Colin Williamson laid the memorial wreath at the base of the Hanover Veterans Memorial in honor of those who served during the 2014 ceremony.

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SHLAND — The Ashland Police Department reminds residents the annual Train Day will be taking place on U.S. 54 and Railroad Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Due to the large amount of pedestrian traffic on both sides of the railroad tracks, Police Chief Douglas A. Goodman said the following road closures will begin at 7 a.m.:  U.S. 54 from Virginia Street to Duncan Street.  The 100 block of North Railroad Avenue (both sides).  The 100 block of Hanover Avenue.  The 100, 200 and 300 blocks of South Center Street/ Railroad Avenue (both sides of tracks, from U.S. 54 to Myrtle Street).  Robinson Street between South Center Street and the driveway to the rear of Cross Brothers Grocery.  Lee Street between South Center Street and the south side rear driveway of the library closest to Virginia

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Ashland Train Day is a family-friendly event that provides fun activities and information about railroad transportation and its connection to the Town of Ashland’s history.

Street. Traffic on U.S. 54 will be detoured around the Train Day event using these routes:  Eastbound traffic on U.S. 54 will be detoured north onto North James Street, east on Henry Clay Road to College Avenue, south on Henry Street to Route 54.  Westbound U.S. 54 traffic will be detoured north onto Henry Street, west on College

Avenue to Henry Clay Road, then south on North James Street to U.S. 54. Motorists wishing to avoid the event area altogether can use Ashcake Road as an alternate to U.S. 54. All roadways closed for the event are scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Temporary no parking signs will restrict parking on Henry Clay Road between

Center Street and North James Street and both sides of Center Street/Railroad Avenue from Henry Clay Road to Myrtle Street between midnight and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Anyone with questions may contact the Ashland Police Department at 804412-0600. Information submitted by Officer Chip Watts, Ashland Police Department.

Ashland Museum joins in celebrating Train Day Contributed Report ASHLAND – The Ashland Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Ashland Train Day, Saturday, Nov. 7. A stop on the Ashland Train Day Scavenger Hunt, the museum’s conductor will be in the train room, where kids can operate a model train. The museum also will offer tours of Ashland’s 1926 restored C&O caboose. Popular graphics author Bentley Boyd of Chester Comix will sign his books, and see MUSEUM, pg. 4 

Ashland Train Day at Ashland Museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Open House at Ashland Museum at 105 Hanover Ave. Free admission. Books and DVDs about Ashland’s history will be for sale.  New this year: “Ashland Museum Inside Out” begins with three signs describing Ashland’s Historic District, at the Ashland Station, The Center and Ashland Library  Model train for children to operate at the Museum, free.  Train Day Scavenger Hunt tickets punched at the Museum, free.  Tours of Ashland’s Red Caboose, free.  Book-signings at the Museum by

Bentley Boyd of Chester Comix, Graphic History Author, and Greg Glassner, historian. Noon, 2 and 4 p.m.  “A Railroad Runs Through It,” the documentary about Ashland’s Railroad History will be shown at the Ashland Theater. Admission is free of charge. DVDs will be for sale. 11a.m. to 4p.m.  New this year: Living history characters from Ashland’s past will be at the Museum, Ashland Station and The Center, as well as engaging the visitors along Railroad Avenue, free.

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Community asked: Could you survive a month in poverty? Contributed Report ASHLAND — 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 experienced facilitator of C.O.P.E., to

Ashland from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church 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 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.

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Greg Glassner, former editor of the Herald-Progress, will sign his biographies of William Wirt (Adopted Son) and Extra Billy Smith. “A Railroad Runs Through It,” the documentary about Ashland’s railroad history will be shown at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at the Ashland Theater. New this year will be “Ashland Inside Out” and living history characters from Ashland’s past will be at the museum, Ashland Station and The Center and engaging the visitors along Railroad Avenue. The museum The Ashland Museum opened its doors in October 2012 at 105 Hanover Ave. in Ashland’s Cultural Arts District with exhibits about Ashland’s history, a model train for children of all ages to operate and an authentic 1926 C&O caboose to tour. Today, exhibits include the town’s beginnings as Slash Cottage, a railroad company resort established by the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company and the famous Ashland Racecourse. Maps and stories tell of the town’s Civil War experience in the 1860s and Reconstruction in the 1870s. Photographs and stories tell about when Randolph-Macon College came to Ashland in 1868, spurring residential and commercial development in what is now Ashland’s National Historical District. After the turn of the 19th century, Ashland felt the booms, the busts, the evolution and the development that the rest of the nation experienced. There was an Equal Suffrage League in 1916, a Liberty Day Parade in 1917 and Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. Like the rest of the country, Ashland fell in love with the automobile, and car dealerships sold Fords and Chevrolets. Engaging exhibits of photos and maps, dresses and clothing patterns tell the story. All will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Ashland Train Day, Saturday, Nov. 7. Ashland Inside Out: Three signs describe Ashland’s historic


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As the Ashland Museum prepares for Train Day, the history of the town and the Civil War are included in the attire of the day. Ladies will be seen wearing their finest, while soldiers will be found in uniform joined by supporters.

district. Look for them along Railroad Avenue. This is just the beginning of a year-long effort to showcase the huge Ashland National Historic District. By spring, in addition to the three area signs, there will be small signs in front of many of the 200-plus homes and businesses in the district where visitors can gain additional information about what they are seeing by accessing the museum’s website on smartphones: www.

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. Participation is free, but 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.

New this year: Engaging History Productions, a coalition of historians and actors, will provide living history characters from Ashland’s past. Various characters will mingle with visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Edwin Robinson, the president of the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company until 1860, and his lovely wife will be strolling the streets. Robinson will tell people about his brainchild, the Ashland Racecourse that he founded in 1857 with funds embezzled from the RF&P Railroad Company.  Judith McGuire experiences war from a civilian’s point of view. She fled fighting in Alexandria with her family and writes every day in 1862 about her life as a refugee in Ashland, nursing the wounded and fearing skirmishes.  Some war-weary soldiers of the former Confederacy will be wandering home along the tracks, telling stories of the wounded being cared for in the Ashland Baptist Church, those buried at Woodland Cemetery and those who have made it through the war.  Foster, the first known African-American teacher at the school at Shiloh Freedman’s Church in 1867 during Reconstruction will be teaching his pupils using the schoolbooks donated by a northern Baptist Missionary Foundation.  Capt. Floyd Tucker Jr. will be there in his World War I uniform, perhaps singing a song or two.  Capt. Charles Blakey will entertain visitors with stories of Ashland’s Accommodation Train from 1885 to 1925. He has been the conductor on the Ashland-to-Richmond commuter train for so many years that people call it “Blakey’s Train.”  Mary Goodwin and her fellow suffragettes will be there to convince visitors to support the woman’s right to vote.  Granny Winston will be at Ashland Station talking about her twenty-something daughter who is waiting for the train to travel north to find a better job, leaving her daughter, Granny’s granddaughter, behind. She is part of The Great Migration North of black Americans from 1915 to 1940. For more information, visit info@ashlandmuseum. org or Telephone numbers are Rosanne Shalf, 804-399-1849 (mobile) and the Ashland Museum, 804-368-1714.

Whistle Stop Theatre Company to perform ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ By Meredith Rigsby News Editor ASHLAND — Each year, The Whistle Stop Theatre Company conducts an online survey to allow those that have always supported the nonprofit organization – the residents of Ashland – to vote to help decide which two stories the troupe will bring to life on the performance stage. The community has spoken, and, this year, The Whistle Stop Theatre Company will be performing “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” for its fall/winter production. Louise Keeton, founding artistic director of the theater company, also is the playwright and director for the one-act play that blends unique elements with the traditional story of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” “For ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ we are doing a steam punk theme, so it goes from classic World War II England to this mechanical, almost post-apocalyptic world,” Keeton said. To prepare for the production, the cast practices their performance during intense rehearsals for two weeks prior to the date of the first show, which is typical of a professional theater company, Keeton said. They will be rehearsing at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, the same venue where the production will be performed. “They [the Hanover Arts and Activities Center] hold an event pretty much every day there, so the

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and upkeep of the property fell to the county. “The Homeowners Association is essentially defunct,” said Mechanicsville District supervisor Canova Peterson shortly before making a motion for approval of a request to vacate the designation and return the property to the county for future sale as a buildable lot. “The goal that the county is moving toward is to eliminate the nuisance on this property which we could not do until they came into ownership of,” said county attorney Sterling Rives. “This has been a continuing issue for years,” Peterson said. “The homeowners were asked four times to take care of this. The county is the only one that has gone in there to take care of things.” The Homeowners Association seemed unwilling or unable to form and provide

fact that they can block off rehearsal spots for us is incredibly generous,” Keeton said. What distinguishes the cast of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” from other productions is that The Whistle Stop Theatre Company has performed is that it is made up of a good amount of younger actors.

of actors that is typical of one of her productions, Keeton makes it a point to ensure everyone involved knows that there is no small part and that it takes everyone working together to put on a successful show. As with all of its productions, The Whistle Stop Theatre Company relies heavily on volunteers.

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The Whistle Stop Theatre Company is preparing for “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” Rehearsals are underway at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland.

“Previously, we worked with all adult theater professionals in our cast; we would ask people privately to do a show,” Keeton said. “This is the first production that we have held auditions for a production of this size. So now, we are working with younger actors, and the challenge is getting everybody on the same page.” Although she is not working with the age range

“The Town of Ashland is incredibly generous, so we rely a lot on volunteers for our materials and manpower,” Keeton said. … “Our main mission is to provide quality theater for families in Ashland.” The studios of PBS have donated lots of metal materials, cogs and gears for the steam punkthemed performance of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” and local business owner Arthur

upkeep on the lot, so county officials asked the supervisors to approve the vacating procedure that clears the way for sale. “We gave them every chance we could,” Peterson said. “The idea now is the property will come to a use that will be cared for.” Peterson recommended approval, citing a concern for safety and a desire to get the property cleaned up. “It’s in shambles right now,” he said. “I’m confident that this property will be a lot better cared for and better used,” Peterson added. The original plat was filed in 1977, and the board’s action removes the designation of recreation or tot lot on the document. The designation now will identify the property as a buildable lot. One resident who lives adjacent to the property said she has been trying to get the property for years. “I’ve been trying for over 20 years to get this piece of property,” said Catlin Road resident Karen Geoff. “I’ve tried everything I can think of over the years to get this property. Now, you

are going to charge an arm and a leg because you think you can build on it. I don’t think that’s fair.” Chairman Wayne Hazzard, South Anna District, said it is the county’s financial responsibility to sell the property at its highest price for the citizens of Hanover. “It belongs to all the citizens of Hanover County,” he said. The lot was originally intended for use as a common area for the subdivision, but Rives said numerous efforts to have the Homeowners Association maintain the property were futile. “County staff has tried for years to get the Homeowners Association to undertake the maintenance on this property and use it for its intended purpose and has continually been unsuccessful in those efforts,” he said. “This was the only recourse to eliminate what I think everybody in the subdivision considers to be an ongoing nuisance.” In other matters, deputy county administrator Jim Taylor presented an annual report on the county’s Human Services. Demands for service were up in most categories.

Brill is creating the sets. Choreographer Christy Tripp is working with the ensemble cast to develop gestures and movements that help drive home the steam punk theme and Keeton’s mother, who also is founding managing director of The Whistle Stop Theater Company and a talented costume designer, is making the costumes. One of the most rewarding parts about being involved in The Whistle Stop Theatre Company and its productions is hearing parents talk with their children about the stories performed on the theatre stage, Keeton said. There is one mother in particular who home schools her children and brings them to all of The Whistle Stop Theatre Company’s shows. She reads her children the story or fairy tale that is being performed before the show and talks to them afterward about what elements were different and which were the same, Keeton said. “It’s so thrilling to give families an opportunity to talk to their children about what they are seeing and how they are going to move forward with theater and literature in their lives,” Keeton said. “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23 at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, located at 500 S. Center St. in Ashland. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at or

The report includes the Department of Social Services, the Community Services Board, the Department of Community Resources, Juvenile Court Services and the Hanover Health Department. Dr. Tom Franck, Chickahominy Health District director, said premature deaths in Hanover County rose slightly over the past five years while most areas in the state recorded lower numbers. “Those are people who died before their time,” Franck said, referring to suicide rates and early deaths. Taylor said programs like Healthy Hanover will address those issues in an effort to prevent an increase in premature deaths. More than 21,000 volunteers assisted in the delivery of Human Services. “One in five residents is volunteering with the county in some capacity,” Taylor said. The Department of Social Services serves about 6,400 people monthly, down slightly from last year’s numbers.

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OPINION | The Local Views From the editor

Thank our veterans for the freedoms we enjoy By Melody Kinser Managing Editor


t 2 p.m. next Wednesday, Hanover County will continue a tradition of honoring our military veterans. We applaud all those involved with organizing and participating in this muchdeserved Veterans Day memorial ceremony for those who served our country to protect the freedoms we value and embrace. Somber and emotional, it’s an event that merits your attendance if possible. As the numbers dwindle of those who returned home from World War II, our nation still remembers their sacrifices as the Greatest Generation. Since the 1940s, our nation has been involved in battles in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. We have military personnel continuing to fight the evil in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. And, remember, it is for us that these men and women literally lay down their lives. As has been stated frequently, it is with great pride that many of my family members have served and continue to do their part for our country. In recent years, it has become a habit to thank a man or woman in uniform. All have been quite humbled by the acknowledgement. It certainly is the least I can do is to offer a sincere “Thank you for what you do.” Again, if you can take the time to attend the county ceremony at Hanover Wayside Park, we encourage you to do so. You will truly experience a moving and memorable tribute. To all of our veterans, let us join in saluting them. Most of all, we extend our heartfelt thanks.

‘Can you hear me?’ Sadly, yes By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local


he lady arrived at the over-packed dentist’s waiting room and searched for a seat, finally landing in the last available space located on a crowded sofa. As people read the ample supply of magazines waiting their turn to see the doctor, and others amused themselves with video games or worked on their computers, the lady removed an oversized cell phone from her bag and began calling. The tranquility of the waiting room was only disturbed by the constant beeping sounds emitted from her phone as she dialed number after number, finally connecting with someone on the other end. She was wishing someone a happy birthday, her voice breaking the silence of a room. “Tell me what you are doing today,” she continued, as her conversation suddenly became everyone else’s in the room. I’m no expert on cell phone etiquette, but it seems the popular device has allowed folks to ignore the laws of common courtesy and share their business with anyone within

listening distance. Should it bother me? Probably not. But, honestly, using a phone as entertainment and calling endless numbers just for the sake of killing time seems symptomatic of a culture that is losing its politeness. With each call, her voice got louder, and, finally, the entire room was involved with her conversations. Each call required an additional amount of volume from her end, and conversations ran the gambit of subject matter from weekend plans to her friend’s birthday party. There are no rules regarding cell phone use, but a good rule of thumb to follow is that if you feel you are doing something inconsiderate or obnoxious, then you probably are. Honestly, no one wants or needs to hear about your trip to the shoe store or the way someone’s hair looked at work today. It’s way too much information. So is it rude to carry on conversations in public places? Apparently not if one considers how many folks are doing it. But, I’m not sure that makes it acceptable or changes basic common courtesy when it comes to cell phones. But, to the person sitting there having to listen to your conversation, it’s beyond rude. Cell phones are not unique, see HEAR, pg. 7 

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AL Post 175 extends thanks to Casino Night sponsors The Mechanicsville American Legion Post 175 would like to thank all of our sponsors listed below as well as all of the following businesses or individuals for their support in helping to make our second Casino Night held on Oct. 17 a big success. Thank you! Venue sponsor was SMG-Richmond. Gold sponsors were Gary Higginbotham Auto Sales of Mechanicsville, Signal Hill Memorial Park, and Sean Davis. Silver sponsors were EVB Bank, Bennett Funeral Home, Bass Pro Shops, Commonwealth Construction Mgt,. Atwood Printing, Riverbound Café, Pitrnan Construction. Extreme Audio, Grindstaff Auction, Joe Yarbrough, HHHunt Corporation Jim and Elizabeth Kickler, Marty’s Grill and Brewville, Harold Padgett, Jimmy and Ann Grindstaff. Mechanicsville Drug Store, Peoples Community Bank,

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all of us are at least one-time violators — most of us habitual offenders in disobeying the Post guidelines. The Emily Post Institute lists the following as rules for good cell phone etiquette. Read ‘em and weep:  Be in control of your phone, don’t let it control you!  Speak softly.  Be courteous to those you are with; turn off your phone if it will be interrupting a conversation or activity.  Watch your language, especially when others can

overhear you.  Avoid talking about personal or confidential topics in a public place.  If it must be on and it could bother others, use the silent ring mode and move away to talk.  Don’t make calls in a library, theater, church or from your table in a restaurant.  Don’t text during class or a meeting at your job.  Private info can be forwarded, so don’t text it.  Never drive and use your phone at the same time.

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and most Americans have one so the need to display yours as a badge of courage long ago became passé. I asked a younger friend if there was such a thing as cell phone etiquette, and the reply was not encouraging. “I don’t think so.” I questioned my own perceptions of what is rude and what isn’t, and quickly realized that it’s a moving target. Things that Emily Post outlawed many years ago are now acceptable behavior. It used to be unacceptable to wear a hat inside, but it’s common behavior now. Want to call someone after 9 p.m.? Not a problem. Maybe I’m overreacting to a problem that doesn’t exist and it’s just my grumpy nature that is causing the problem. So I turned to the aforementioned Emily Post Institute for guidance on what exactly is accepted behavior regarding cell phones. The rules listed on their website are strict, and I fear

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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals LEWIS C. BREEDEN



Lewis C. Breeden, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maria T. Breeden; two daughters, Kathy “Dink” Gallagher (Mark) and Donna Jefferson (Gary); two granddaughters, Rebecca Richards (Ryan) and Amber Jennings (Matt); brother, C.B. Breeden (Barbara); sister, Nancy Cooperman (Richard); sister-in-law, Patricia Grover; BREEDEN and many wonderful nieces, nephews and close friends. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Blanche Breeden; and two sisters, Rachel Sydnor and Sandra Ellen Breeden. He graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1959 and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. After being honorably discharged in 1966, he began his career as a truck driver. For over 30 years, he worked hard building and running his own business, Breeden Hauling Inc., while being the exclusive hauler for B.C. Wood Products. In his spare time, he loved restoring old trucks, traveling and attending St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be designated to Bon Secours Hospice, online at or by mail to Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, 7229 Forest Ave., Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23226.

Crystal Rose Fix, age 33, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015. She was born in Buffalo, New York. She resided in Montpelier. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Connie Fix; her sister, Tiffany Darr (Andrew); her maternal grandparents, Thomas and Virginia VanDusen; and paternal grandparents, John and Frances Fix. Crystal was a kind and gentle person, FIX who was loved by all who knew her. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2015, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, located at 14048 Greenwood Church Road in Ashland. The family received friends one hour before the service.

Martha Ann Jackson died October 25, 2015, after a valiant battle with mesothelioma. Born January 16, 1961, in Danville, Ann attended Chatham Hall and graduated from St. Catherine’s School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from VCU. Ann was passionate about her work as a decorative artist and founded her own design firm, AJS Studios. JACKSON She was commissioned by the City of Richmond to create and execute murals and faux finishes at Main Street Station for its renaissance and reopening in 2003. Her painting adorned the Virginia Treatment Center as well as many private homes. A volunteer project near to her heart was the library mural at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Ann donated much of her time to organizations she loved such as Wings of Hope, a nonprofit that rescues horses while helping to heal their human counterparts. She loved living in the country in Montpelier with her many animals. Ann was always challenging herself to learn more; she recently had taken up ballroom dancing. Ann was predeceased by father, Arthur Lee Jackson. She is survived by her four children, Alison Jackson Ullman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary Martha Ullman of Richmond, Joseph Jackson Sandler of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Nina Giles Sandler of Montpelier; mother, Dorothy Dodd Jackson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; sisters, Laura Owens (Paul) of Hickory, North Carolina, Ellen Long (Chuck) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Amy Blackmer (Dana) of Richmond. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m, Thursday, October 29, 2015, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church at 15599 Mountain Road in Montpelier. The service was co-led by Debra Lucas, pastor of St. Peter’s, and Frances T. Goldman, Cantor Emerita at Congregation Beth Ahabah and Chaplain at Beth Sholom Home. The family wishes to thank Michelle Farmer for her steadfast and sustaining support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

SHELIA CLARKE Shelia Johnson Clarke, departed this life on October 24, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Clarke. She is survived by two brothers, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 30, 2015, at the Bethany Baptist Church in Montpelier. Interment folCLARKE lowed in Roselawn Memory Garden. Owens Funeral Services at 104 Green Chimney Court in Ashland was in charge of arrangements. The full obituary and online condolences may be found at


NORMA HARPER Norma Hart Harper, the matriarch of the family, passed away October 26, 2015, in Richmond, at the age of 95. Born in Dendron in 1920 to Edna and Clyde Hart, she spent her early years in Petersburg, Colonial Heights and South Richmond. In the late 1940s, Norma met a young Army officer at Ft. Lee in Petersburg, and later married him at Fort Hood, Texas. Norma lived in the Meadowbrook area of Chesterfield County. She loved baseball, family gatherings and music, especially The Beatles and Nat King Cole. Norma is survived by three sons and a daughter, John T. Harper Jr. of Manteo, North Carolina, and Glenn D. Harper (Patricia), Mark L. Harper (Donna) and Jeanine H. Maruca (Michael), all of Richmond. She also is survived by her sisters, Betty Hart King of Colonial Heights and Feigh Hart Hales of Ashland; as well as eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The Harper family wishes to thank the staffs of Gentiva Hospice and the Laurels of Bon Air for the care of their mother over the last year, and to LaCotney Chisholm, Norma’s aide, friend and confidante, since 2010. A private graveside service was held Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Wakefield Cemetery. Norma was laid to rest next to her parents and grandparents. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Norma Hart Harper may be made to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). Condolences may be registered at The E. Alvin Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights was in charge of arrangements.

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MATTIE ROBERTS Mattie Seay Jolly Roberts, of Doswell, born in Buckingham, passed away on October 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hennings Seay and Ethel Watson Seay;

her husbands, Ralph E. Roberts and Harlest William Jolly; sisters, Gladys Fulcher, Edna Woodson and Lucy Ragland; brothers, William Christian Seay, Richard “Dick” Seay, Abner Seay and Allen Seay; and children, Nora Jane Fox (Billy) and James Walter Jolly. She is survived by her children, Gladys Boatman (Mike King) of Knoxville, Lou Wilder of Ashland, Bill Jolly of Doswell, John Jolly (Jan) of Ashland and ROBERTS Debbie Jolly (Rusty Pitts) of Mechanicsville; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mattie was the owner of Matts Grocery in Gum Tree. She loved gardening, quilting and traveling. Mattie was a member of Union Baptist Church in Gladstone. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. Memorial contributions in Mattie’s name may be made to Encompass Hospice, 1030 Old Bon Air Road, Richmond, VA 23235. Online condolences may be registered at

SANDRA TALLEY Sandra Smith Talley, 65, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015, with her family by her side. Born in Louisa, Sandra was baptized at a very young age at Carmel Baptist Church, where she was a member for the majority of her life. In recent years, she attended Winn’s Baptist Church in Glen Allen. She spent the majority of her career at Mary Washington TALLEY Hospital in Fredericksburg and helped establish the original EEG Lab during her tenure. At her retirement, Mary Washington dedicated the lab to her. Survivors include two sons, Gregory Todd Talley of Glen Allen and Jason Flagg Talley (Tyfaney) of Spotsylvania; a daughter, Rebecca Kay O’Connor of Richmond; three brothers, Danny Smith (Mary), Larry Smith (Rose) and John Green (Nancy); two sisters, Donna Harvey (Dennis) and Pam Whittaker (Doug); see OBITUARIES, pg. 9 

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two aunts, Iris Bakos and Faye Padgett; a special double first cousin and best friend, Wendy Irvine and her husband, Dave; and their children, Heather and

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cheeses that would pair well with any number of the beers.” He also said that he “knows how important it is to create a welcoming environment with a great staff that is both inviting and knowledgeable.” Brewville features 56 rotating taps of beer made up of lots of Richmond staples such as Hardywood, Strangeways, Ardent, Center of the Universe, Legend and more, along with a selection of beer and ciders from all over the state. Not limited to just draft, Brewville also features a collection of high-end hard-to-get package beer that rotates seasonally with their tap selection. McDonald said the proper glassware for each style of beer is available for purchase at Brewville, as well as soft merchandise such as t-shirts and hats. Brewville is open seven days a week – from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 804-442-2989 or visit brewvilleva. com. Brewville can be found on Facebook at brewvilleva.

Courtney Irvine; four special nieces, Erin Smith, Abby Benton and Paige and Kathryn Whittaker; two nephews, Hunter and David Smith; and numerous cousins. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in Carmel Baptist

Church, with Rev. Gerald Castlebury officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ladysmith Rescue Squad or the Richmond SPCA. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Tuesday, Nov. 10

 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.

 “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 award-winning 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 804-798-1782, so the hostesses will have plenty of cookies. The event is open to anyone that is interested.

Friday, Nov. 6  West Hanover Pickers will perform from 6:45 to 9 p.m. during Heritage Music Bluegrass Night at The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. It is a free concert.  Richmond National Battlefield Park

Ranger Bert Dunkerly and Hanover Tavern Foundation Executive Director David Deal will lead a guided bus tour of Appomattox. Having served as a ranger at Appomattox and recently published a book on the surrender, Dunkerly is considered an expert on the final days of the fighting in the Eastern Theater. The tour will include stops at Sailer’s Creek Battlefield, Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox National Park and Lee’s Headquarters. Some walking is required. The bus will depart the Tavern at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 per person or $90 for members. Breakfast and lunch are included. To register, contact David Deal at ddeal@hanovertavern. org or by calling 804-537-5050, ext. 24.

Wednesday, Nov. 11  The Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association will present a free Educational Wellness and Wine Event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hanover Yoga Studio at 10962 Richardson Road, Suite E, in Hanover.

Friday, Nov. 13 Bingo will get underway at 7 p.m. at The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, featuring a Longaberger Basket theme. Games, prizes, auction and raffle will be included. The admission is $20 and covers 16 bingo games, snacks and a chance for door prizes.

Saturday, Nov. 14  All you can eat Salt Fish Breakfast, hosted by Independence Ruritan Club will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. to benefit Hanover Interfaith Free Clinic. Breakfast includes salt herring fillets, scrambled eggs, bacon, spiced apples, cornbread, grits, coffee and orange juice. The price

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is $9 for adults. The Ruritan Club Community House is located behind Independence Christian Church at 14033 Independence Road (off U.S. 54, west of Ashland). For more information, call 804-798-6579.  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 Hanover Democratic Committee will host a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Ashcreek Clubhouse at 10854 Linderwood Drive in Mechanicsville. Sen. Donald McEachin and local Democratic candidates will speak. The purpose of the event is to thank volunteers. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fried apples, coffee and orange juice. The event is free and all are welcome.

Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21  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 Road 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

Saturday, Nov. 21 A Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Independence Christian Church at 14023 Independence Road in Ashland. There will be handmade crafts, a silent auction and bake sale. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 Jennifer Gray, the school counselor, is lining up speakers for Career Day at John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland. Those who are interested in speaking to the students are asked to call Mrs. Gray at 804-365-4643 or email her at jwgray@hcps.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 The Hanover Industrial Air Park Association will present a Holiday party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at James River Cellars Winery at 11008 Washington Highway in Glen Allen.

Second Tuesdays The Hanover County Historical Society will be conducting free tours of the Old Hanover Courthouse on the Historic Courthouse Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Tuesday through December. The address is 13182 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. For more information, visit html.

HCES student to present Veteran’s Day program 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.”

Career Day being planned at Gandy Elementary Contributed Report ASHLAND – Jennifer Gray, school counselor at John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland, is lining up speakers for Career Day, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2

Those who would like to participate are asked to contact Jennifer Gray at 804-3654643 or jwgray@hcps. The event provides an opportunity to talk with the students about different occupations and the world of work.

‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ to be presented Nov. 6-7 at South Anna Elementary Contributed Report MONTPELIER — Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at South Anna Elementary School. The 60-minute musical, designed for elementary-aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The second through fifth grade cast contains 25 students led by Cammie Gemmill, director; Louis Hembrick, musical director; and Aimee Sergent, choreographer. The show will begin with a special feature performance by the “Rock Lobsters,” 16 students preforming a medley of beach-themed songs. “This is our seventh musical here at South Anna. I am proud to be a part of a team that pri-

orities music and the performing arts. This show is something worth seeing,” said Gemmill. This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.” takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice. All performances are open to the public. Admission is $5. Tickets are on sale from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Nov. 4-6 in the South Anna lobby. Tickets also will be on sale at the door. Seating is limited for each show.

Second Education Expo to be held Monday at Contributed Report ASHLAND – Hanover County Public Schools will hold its second Education Expo next week at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland. The event is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. Students and parents are invited to attend to learn more about some of the innovative educational programs and pathways available at the high school level, including:  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. This year was the first that

the school division presented the expo. The first of the two was held Oct. 20 at Hanover High School. It attracted a large crowd. A free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome, but the expo is considered especially helpful for eighth and ninth grade students and their parents as they begin planning their educational futures. Students will have the opportunity to apply for some of these programs starting this year. For more information, students and parents are encouraged to contact their school counselor or Dr. Robert Staley at or 804-365-4562. Information submitted by Chris R. Whitley, Hanover County Public Schools public information officer.

Free developmental screenings to be held today at local church ASHLAND – The Hanover County Public Schools Special Education Department will provide free developmental screenings for children birth to age 4 from 8 a.m. to noon today (Wednesday, Nov. 4) at the First Baptist Church at 800 Thompson St. in Ashland and the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church at 7356 Atlee Rd. in Mechanicsville. No appointment is necessary. Specialists will be on-site

to screen for developmental delays in the following areas: IF YOU GO . . . 8 a.m. to noon today First Baptist Church 800 Thompson St. Ashland and Mechanicsville United Methodist Church 7356 Atlee Rd. Mechanicsville

speech/language, social-emotional/adaptive, learning, and

gross/fine motor skills. This program assists with locating all children in Hanover County who may benefit from special education, infant, and preschool services. For more information, contact Kelly Jones of the Hanover County Public Schools Parent Resource Center at 804-365-4596. Information submitted by Chris R. Whitley, Hanover County Public Schools public information officer.

Turkey Shoot being held at Moose Family Center Fridays ASHLAND – A Turkey Shoot will be held at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Ashland Moose Family Center at 11299 Washington Highway in Ashland.

The event, which is open to the public, features 12 gauge stock shotguns. For more information, call 804-798-8477.

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Patriots run over by Springers in 42-0 loss By Andrew Spencer for the Hanover Local ASHLAND – Patrick Henry faced a nearly impossible task in its final home game of the season: beating Highland Springs. Unfortunately for the Patriots, the task proved impossible for them. The Springers their fourth straight shutout with a 42-0 victory. Despite the lopsided score, Patrick Henry did not go down easily. “We tried to control the clock from the start,” said Patriots head coach Bryan Davis, “We did that for most of the first half.” In fact, Patrick Henry dominated the Springers in the first quarter. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Patriots drove the ball to the Highland Springs’ 9 yard line, but were turned away on a fourth-andshort by a strong Springer defense. Four plays later, Highland Springs quarterback Juwan Carter threw his only interception of the game, and the Patriots again looked like they were in position to score. Patrick Henry kept the ball through the remainder of the first quarter, relying on the running attack that is the strength of the offense. But early in the second quarter, an interception in the end zone meant another promising drive ended in no


Atlee golfer second at VHSL girls open By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor

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Patrick Henry running back Josh Guerrero (22) looks to turn the corner against a stingy Highland Springs defense in the Patriots’ 42-0 loss to the visiting Springers Friday. Patrick Henry managed little offense against Highland Springs.

points for the Patriots. This time, the Springers would not blow their opportunity. Behind a steady mix of pass and run, Carter led them down the field, driving 88 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing series,

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Patrick Henry went three-andout after gaining a net of zero yards on the drive, then followed that with a 9-yard punt. The Springers again took advantage, with Carter finding wide receiver Greg Dortch – a Wake Forest commit – on a 37yard pass that yielded 6 more

points. That seemed to suck the air out of the Patriots’ offense, as it sputtered for the rest of the night. Running back Josh Guerrero went down with an injury in the second quarter, though coach Davis said following the game that he was

optimistic that Guerrero would be back next week. In the passing department, quarterback Hunter Hart would finish the night with four completions and three interceptions. see RUN OVER, pg. 13 

VIRGINIA BEACH – The conditions were less than ideal for golf: cool, windy and rainy. But Richmond-area golfers made their mark at the VHSL Girls Open tournament at Red Wing Lake anyway Monday and Tuesday, with three finishing at the top of the 61-girl field. Mills Godwin’s Diana Domenech and Atlee’s Erica Whitehouse finished in a tie for second place with a two-day total of 148, and Glen Allen’s Celadon Ramsey finished in a three-way tie for third with Centreville’s Jenny Cho and Galax’s Sirena see OPEN, pg. 14 

Davis, Moses finish in front of league pack Donovan said. “I still don’t feel good about my races.” She doesn’t let those feelings that she should be doing better weigh her down, however. “I just run for my team,” Donovan said. “I know that they’re counting on me. … If I ever want to give up, I just look at them. I see them and I just want to do better.” Donovan’s and Owen’s performance led the Raiders to a second place finish with 58 points to Albemarle’s 23. Patrick Henry-Roanoke was third with 74 points, followed by Patrick Henry (109), Orange (125) and Halifax (173). Dave Lawrence can be reached at

By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor ASHLAND – They went out together. They came in together. And when they crossed the finish line of the Conference 16 cross country championships at Patrick Henry High School, they proved themselves the top two boys runners in the conference Wednesday. Patrick Henry’s Grant Davis took off from the start with Atlee’s Connor Moses on his heels to start their race on a drizzle-dampened field. While Moses was not quite on Davis’ heels at the finish, both were well ahead of the rest of the pack. Davis finished in 17:04.16, followed by Moses in 17:16.57. Moses’ teammate Kameron Helminger was third with a 17:28.47 finish. Albemarle’s Jonathan Muhler (17:31.48) and Atlee’s Chad Foltz (17:35.59) rounded out the top five. Atlee’s Jake Dehetre finished seventh in 17:44.12. The Raiders won the boys title with 30 points. Albemarle (39) came in second, followed by Patrick Henry (83), Patrick Henry-Roanoke (87), Orange (150) and Halifax (165). Davis came in nearly in a sprint at the end. Despite his strong start and finish, he said he does get tired in the course of a 5,000-meter race. “You do get tired,” Davis said. “It’s just a huge amount of insanity that comes with keep-

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“We made some mistakes tonight. We blew some coverages,” Davis said. “Two turnovers at the goal line, you can’t do that.”

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Patrick Henry’s Grant Davis (left) and Atlee’s Connor Moses (247) finished where they started: ahead of the pack in the Conference 16 boys cross country championship at Patrick Henry Wednesday. Davis won in 17:04.16, with Moses second in 17:16.57.

ing that pace. It’s no easy task.” Moses did a good job keeping up, though he wanted to do better than just keep up. “The whole time I was thinking I was going to try to beat him,” Moses said. “It didn’t happen today, but I knew he was going to go out hard, so I had to go with him. … Then he started slowing down a little bit and I started closing on him, but he kicked it in and I couldn’t keep up with him.”

The competition between the two has pushed each other to be better runners this year. “It helps to have competition as great as Connor, and just a whole lot more fun,” Davis said. Moses finds Davis’ presence helps him do better on the course. “I always see Grant up ahead. Every time, I’m like, ‘I’m going to get him. I’m going to get him,’ ” Moses said. “It hasn’t

happened yet, but maybe at regionals it’ll happen.” Albemarle handily won the girls race with six runners in the top 10: Ryan Helmers first with a 19:41.98 finish, Kenzie Lloyd third (20:11.39, Gabbi Bock fourth (20:34.64), Jenn Wendleken seventh (21:14.91), Natalie Li eighth (21:15.94) and Emma Weaver ninth (21:16.92). Atlee’s Caitlin Donovan (20:48.23) and Laney Owen

(21:10.68) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Patrick Henry’s Ashli Cole was the only other area runner to crack the top 10, with a 10th place-finish in 21:20.64. It was a good finish for Donovan who has had some health issues sap her performance since the end of last year’s cross country season, but she would rather be in the top form she displayed last fall. “I know I can do better,”

This loss means that in order to have a chance at the post-season, the Patriots will have to win against Lee-Davis on Friday, November 6. “If we do things right – we don’t turn the ball over and we don’t mistakes – we can stand with anybody,” Davis said.

“That’s the way it’s been all season. Next week, we’re hopefully going to go out and play hard.” As for Highland Springs, they have secured their own playoff spot already, but they’re not counting anything as won yet. “At times, we’re really good,”

said Springers head coach Loren Johnson. “I appreciate what people are saying about us, but we don’t want to take anything for granted. Talk is cheap. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. You’ve got to play to win. We’re going to get everybody’s best game every week, and we’ve got to be ready

for that.” Judging by their performance against Patrick Henry – the Springers’ fourth consecutive shut-out performance this season – they look ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Patrick Henry staff is

Boys Team scores: 1. Atlee 03, 2. Albemarle 39, 3. Patrick Henry 83, 4. Patrick Henry-Roanoke 87, 5. Orange 150, 6. Halifax 165. Top 10: 1. Davis (PH) 17:04.16, 2. Moses (ATL) 17:16.57, 3. Helminger (ATL) 17:28.47, 4. Muhler (ALB) 17:31.48, 5. Foltz (ATL) 17:35.59, 6. Cohen (ALB) 17:38.30, 7. Dehetre (ATL) 17:44.12, 8. McGovern (ALB) 17:47.22, 9. Bailey (ALB) 17:55.97, 10. Bonere (PH-R) 18:00.21. Girls Team scores: 1. Albemarle 23, 2. Atlee 58, 3. Patrick Henry-Roanoke 74, 4. Patrick Henry 109, 5. Orange 125, 6. Halifax 173. Top 10: 1. Helmers (ALB) 19:41.98, 2. Marquis (OC) 19:49.86, 3. Kenzie Lloyd (ALB) 20:11.39, 4. Gabbi Bock (ALB) 20:34.64, 5. Donovan (ATL) 20:48.23, 6. Owens (ATL) 21:10.58, 7. Wendleken (ALB) 21:14.91, 8. Li (ALB) 21:15.94, 9. Weaver (ALB) 21:16.92, 10. Cole (PH) 21:20.64.

optimistic that several injured players – including Josh Guerrero – will be back for the game against Lee-Davis. If the Patriots can pull out the victory in that rivalry game, then they might just have a chance to make their own deep run in the post-season.

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Yellow Jackets grind out win against Shenandoah By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor ASHLAND – RandolphMacon’s football team has had a challenging season, but one might not have been able to tell from the way it played Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets put together the most well rounded performance of its season to defeat Shenandoah 31-13 at Day Field. It was just the second win of the season for RandolphMacon – its first against an Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent. While the Yellow Jackets (26, 1-4) were not perfect, they were much more solid on both sides of the line of scrimmage. “I thought we ran the ball pretty well,” said Patrick Henry head coach Pedro Arruza. I thought [quarterback Joe McBride] made some throws when he had to make some throws. I thought we played a lot better overall.” The Yellow Jackets gained 260 yards on 57 carries, picking up two touchdowns on 1-yard runs by Dom Kaopua and Yonis Blanco. McBride, fighting his way into the starting quarterback slot following an injury to Bubby Morgan earlier this sea-

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Walsh at 149. First Colonial’s Carley Rudolf won the tournament with an even-par 144 – four strokes ahead of Domenech and Whitehouse. Domenech shot a threeover 75 Monday, then improved upon that performance with a 73 Tuesday. The sophomore, who had bested her score in the Girls Open last year by


son, completed 13 of 16 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns – one a 3-yard strike to Steven Quinn and the other on a 25-yard pass to Christian Redman. Randolph-Macon’s defense held the Hornets (4-4, 1-4) to just 244 yards total offense. While the Yellow Jackets gave up the occasional big play, they stopped Shenandoah’s offense when they needed to. Of the nine Hornet drives not ended by a clock, the Yellow Jackets forced five punts, forced one turnover on downs and got an interception. “It was the type of game that Randolph-Macon likes to play,” said Shenandoah head coach Scott Yoder. “They’re going to run the football, play good defense. “You’ve got to tip your hat to them. We knew what was coming and we still didn’t have an answer that could get us off the field consistently. They made the plays when they needed to and their defense slowed us down and they won the game. They deserved to.” Running back John Byrd led the Yellow Jackets on the ground, gaining 125 yards on 24 carries. Eric Hoy had 12 carries for 81 yards. But the star of the Randolph-

Macon offense had to be McBride, who has given the Yellow Jackets a bit of stability late in the season. “I think we’ve had four quarterbacks play [this season]. I tell you, for the guy who coaches those guys it’s been a little bit unsettling,” Arruza said. “With an experienced quarterback,

you kind of add stuff every week and, by the time you get to this point in the season, you’re clicking. … You’re really on the same page with your quarterback. We haven’t had that opportunity.” But with two weeks of McBride in the backfield, that seems to be improving.

“I felt a lot more comfortable with Joe. I’m sure that he felt a lot more comfortable with me today than we did last week,” Arruza said. “I like Joe. I think he’s a good decision-maker. I think he’s got good leadership qualities. He’s a tough kid and he’ll do what he asks you to do.”

McBride’s counterpart on the Hornets’ squad, Hayden Bauserman, led Shenandoah offensively, completing 17 of 29 passes for 108 yards, but he was also sacked three times for minus 22 yards. Dave Lawrence can be reached at

nearly 30 strokes, was justifiably pleased with her result this year. “I feel good about my scores,” Domenech said. “[Tuesday] was a fun day. I think I did my best and put forth my best effort.” Whitehouse, a junior, was surprised to finish so high. Her first-day score Monday was a four-over 76, which left her in 11th place as quite a few girls handled the conditions – temperatures around 60 and winds around 15 miles per hour with gusts around 25 – fairly well.

She roared back into the medalist mix with an even-par card Tuesday. Whitehouse said her play was pretty solid for the most part Monday, with a few notable exceptions. “I was pretty happy with [the 76], other than two holes yesterday,” Whitehouse said. “If I could had those back, it would have been better, but it’s still good.” She said the weather posed something of a challenge. “The weather was definitely

different than what I’m used to because it was cold and windy and a little bit of rain mixed in,” Whitehouse said. “But overall, I played really well for the conditions.” Monocan’s Addie Parker, Dinwiddie’s Carson Durham and Glen Allen’s Cameron Cook finished in the top 25. Parker was in a tie for 11th with a 153, Durham was in a tie for 21st with a 159, and Cook in a tie for 24th with a 160. Patrick Henry’s Andrea Dill finished with a 170 – 85-85

– and Cosby’s Abby Gschwind with a 172. Dill’s teammate, Shea Burch finished with a 188, but her score was a win for her. Her first day card was a 102, but she turned in an 86 Tuesday – a 16stroke improvement. “I think just my attitude changed. I had a big shift last night,” Burch said. “The early tee time was quite difficult, but after that I kind of – I got in a groove. There was no pressure. I knew I wasn’t going to come in in the front, so I just played

and had fun today.” Dill and Burch both ended their high school golf careers Tuesday. “It’s gone by so quick, but I loved every minute of it,” Dill said. “It’s a little bitter sweet. You know you want to come out her and do good the last round, but it is what it is. I’m happy with how I played the past four years.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at

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Randolph-Macon running back John Byrd (34) sprints away from Shenandoah linebacker Malik Sims in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-13 victory over the Hornets at Day Field Saturday. Byrd led Randolph-Macon on the ground with 24 carries for 125 yards.

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More scenes from Ashland’s first Spooktacular

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Ashland businesses joined in the Halloween-themed Spooktacular, photo at left. At right, Jordan Fetty, left, and Taylor Fetty were dressed as a witch and Olaf the snowman from the movie “Frozen” for the town’s first Spooktacular. Meredith Rigsby/The Hanover Local

Football player Gabe Blair, left in the photo at left, hangs out with two kitties, Haleigh and Aleigh Blair at the Ashland Spooktacular event. At right, “All aboard!” A trolley provided transportation for Spooktacular events. Organizer Arthur Brill, right, helped get residents around Ashland. Meredith Rigsby/ The Hanover Local

Owen Gray, left, Fisher Sprouse, Pierson Gray, Hannah Moss and Ford Sprouse hang out with the Pink Panther at the Home Energy Store.

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Arthur Brill, creator of the Ashland Spooktacular event, said. … “We have corn hole set up over there, the pumpkin drop is being set up, we’ve got a selfie booth with silly sticks for costumes for kids to take pictures or their own costumes, trick-or-treat bag decorating and then a lot of the businesses in town are handing out candy and have story book themes.” Fifteen local businesses transformed their shops into storybook themes, including the library, which adopted “The Wizard of Oz;”


Fin & Feather, which adopted “Where the Wild Things Are;” Sugar Fix Bakery, which adopted “Hansel and Gretel;” The Giving Tree Depot, which adopted “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” and Trackside Grill, which adopted the “Headless Horseman.” The themed businesses also were handing out candy to all of the trick-or-treaters. Residents could listen to a reading of “The Raven” at Bell, Book & Candle and then head over to the Robinson Street Corridor to pick up some “Witches Stew” (Brunswick Stew) provided by the Iron Horse Restaurant, grab some hot cider from The Giving Tree Depot to benefit

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Charlie, left in the photo at left, Stephanie and Henry Miller have their pumpkin pails ready to collect candy from local businesses during Ashland’s Halloween Spooktacular. At right, Mallory Palmore dresses as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and stops by Sugar Fix for a sweet snack during the Halloween Spooktacular event.

foster families, drop off food for Hanover Safe Place, decorate trick-or-treat bags and participate in the costume parade. Also in the Robinson Street Corridor was The Great Pumpkin Drop, sponsored by the Home Energy Store and a visit from the Pink Panther. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., parents could take their goblins to the Hanover Arts and Activities Center to listen to the Hanover Concert Band or go to Ashland Coffee and Tea at 8 p.m. to listen to the band The Taters. “We put ‘The Bowman Body’ set on the stage [at Ashland Coffee & Tea],” Brill said. “So they’ll [The Taters will] be playing tonight in front of

‘The Bowman Body’ set. What’s neat about it is Bowman actually does a voiceover on their new CD for the opening and they are long-time Bowman fans.” At 9 p.m., there was an Ashland Halloween Spooktacular Kickoff Party with Josh Duncan at the England Street Tavern. The event culminated with the Ashland Haunted History Tour, which began at The Henry Clay Inn and ran from 9 to 11 p.m. With spooky decorations all along the downtown corridor, Ashland residents and local businesses all worked together to make the first Ashland Halloween Spooktacular a success.

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