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Four seek South Anna HCSB seat By Jim Ridolphi for Ashland-Hanover Local


ANOVER -- Four candidates placed their names in nomination for the South Anna District seat on the Hanover County School Board during last Wednesday’s meeting of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. The appointee will replace former representative Sue Dibble, who resigned the seat to assume her slot representing South Anna on the board of supervisors. Dibble will announce her decision at the Jan. 22 meeting of the supervisors. In the interim, she said she plans to meet with all of the candidates and

study the resumes. Hanover County is the largest school district in the Commonwealth utilizing the appointed school board system. Most districts elect their local school boards. Dibble was appointed by former supervisor Wayne Hazzard in 2013. Each of the prospecDIBBLE tive candidates spoke at last week’s meeting, outlining their qualifications for the position. Amy Cheeley, the mother of three children

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SHLAND – Market Ashland Partnership 2020 Annual Membership Meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Hanover Golf Club at 14314 Country Club Drive in Ashland. The meeting will get underway promptly at 6 p.m. with a welcome from the president. In addition to the 6 p.m. welcome, the agenda includes: dinner; a presentation of 2019 awards and

introduction of the 2020 Board of Directors at 7:15 p.m.; and an adjournment at 8 p.m. The date to RSVP closed on Monday, Jan. 13. The cost is $10 per person. Guests and/or spouses are welcome. Advance registration is required. Payments will be collected through invoicing or can be paid at the door. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email SecretaryofMAP@

associated with Hanover County Public Schools, has lived in the county for three decades. “I bring a wealth of experience in local government and community advocacy and a myriad of ideas and enthusiasm for our children and their futures,” she said. Cheeley's past experience includes service as a classroom tutor, room parent, and volunteer in county schools. She also participated in programs like Reading Olympics. Cheeley was a nominee for the South Anna seat in 2013, and said she would not support a salary increase for school board members. “Our school board is already compensated fairly see SOUTH ANNA, pg. 4 

Online registration available for Hanover Idol Auditions Staff Report ASHLAND -- Hanover Idol Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center at 500 S. Center St. in Ashland. Online sign-up started on Jan. 8 at www. The Hanover Idol/Hanover Junior Idol Competition is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, at the Ashland Theatre. To sign up for audition slots, go to go/60b0544a9a62aa1f94-hanover. Those wishing to take part need to know: „ Each audition slot is eight minutes and participants should have an a cappella piece to sing for the audition judges. „ Please arrive five minutes early to fill

Stanley, in 37th year, elected HCBOS chair By Jim Ridolphi for Ashland-Hanover Local HANOVER – Aubrey “Bucky” Stanley will begin his 37th year as a member of the Hanover County County Board of Supervisors with a gavel in his hand. The Beaverdam District representative was unanimously elected by his fellow board STANLEY members at an annual organizational meeting held last week. see STANLEY, pg. 9 

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out an audition form. „ Junior Idol (10 to 15 years) audition slots are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Hanover Idol audition slots are from 1to 4 p.m. Email Lorie Foley or Sue Watson for more information about times. „ Former Junior Idol winners over the age of 15 are eligible to audition for Hanover Idol. „ Any singer that has participated, but not won before is welcome to audition again, including runners-up.

ASHLAND – The Downtown Ashland Association is seeking the community's input on the concept of a Railroad Park. Lorie Foley, president of the organization, said, “We invite you to a presentation and discussion on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in Ashland Library. Please come to hear about our proposal and share your thoughts.” According to Foley the Downtown Ashland Association is suggesting “creating a permanent walking tour through see DOWNTOWN, pg. 8 

Business After Hours hosted by Richweb and Pixel Factory Staff Report ASHLAND – Richweb and Pixel Factory will host Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 9680 Atlee Commons Drive in Ashland. According to the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Richweb specializes in Cloud, Managed Services and Web with its own Data center that delivers high quality engineered solutions for small to medium businesses.

With the Business After Hours series, Chamber members tour the county and visit 10 Hanover companies. The events are described as relaxing while offering an opportunity for networking. Guests or a customer are invited to attend with a member. Registration is $20 for members (early) or $35 for non-members. Nibbles and beverages will be provided. Payment online; check or cash only on-site.



Montpelier resident chosen as VBPD executive director

work of that committee. Most recently, Morgan has served as the Developmental Disabilities Program Manager RICHMOND – A Montpelier resident has with the Department of Medical Assistance been named the new executive director of the Services. Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. "It was an honor to be selected as the Teri Morgan will officially assume her new board's new executive director and I'm position on Jan. 25. thrilled to get started with this great agency," She has spent the past 30 years of her said Morgan. "We have a lot of work ahead career learning from and supporting indiof us!" " viduals with disabilities. "Ms. Morgan has a well-estabMorgan formerly worked in lished history of working with Michigan for a private non-profit individuals with disabilities, residential services provider, first stakeholders and with other state as a Residential Counselor and agencies," said John Cimino, the later as a Residential Supervisor of board's deputy director and acting a community based ICF/IID. executive director."Her expertise After moving to Richmond, in disability services and previous she continued her work in resiexperience with the Board will be dential services managing and overseeing an array of home and invaluable moving forward in the community-based services. busy 2020 legislative session and TERI MORGAN "We are very pleased to beyond." announce the appointment of Ms. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science Morgan after a long and thorough search pro- degree from Eastern Michigan University and cess," said Dr. Ethel Parris Gainer, the board's a Master of Business Administration with chair. "She will bring a wealth of experience in a concentration in Healthcare Management disability and advocacy to our already amazfrom Western Governors University. ing staff and will do a fantastic job leading our She lives in Montpelier with her husband agency as we begin the new decade." and dogs and enjoys spending time with famIn 2001, Morgan transitioned to state govily and friends. ernment and worked for the Virginia Board The board serves as the Developmental for People with Disabilities as a Program Disabilities Council, addressing the needs Manager. During this time, she managed the board's Partners in Policymaking and Youth of people with developmental disabilities as Leadership Forum (now Youth Leadership established under the federal Developmental Academy) programs and supported a board Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act committee and the related grants and policy and the Virginians with Disabilities Act.

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HANOVER – The schedule for the Hanover Home Gardening Series Winter 2020 has been released by the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Topics, dates scheduled, locations, and presenters are as follow: „ 10:15 a.m. Jan. 25 – Atlee Library – Roses, Dave Myers. „ 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 – Mechanicsville Library – Bats, Richard Wood. „ 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 – Ashland Library – Perennial Flowers, Dave Myers. „ 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15 – Mechanicsville Library – Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden, Ed

Wall. „ 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22 – Ashland Library – Pruning Basics, Doris Gullotta. „ 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29 – Mechanicsville Library – Organic Gardening, Ed Wall. „ 9:30 a.m. March 7 – Mechanicsville Library – Native & Honey Bees, Brenda Burke. „ 10:15 a.m. March 21 – Atlee Library – How to Plant a Tree So It Gets a Fighting Chance at Survival, Elizabeth Karalius. „ 9:30 a.m. March 28 – Ashland Library – Birds, Becky Watson. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

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Hanover Tavern creates an escape room adventure Contributed Report HANOVER –Hanover Tavern Foundation is offering a new public program “cadaver� an escape room adventure. Participants investigate one of the post-Civil War Tavern rooms in an attempt to uncover clues related to recent missing persons’ reports in the area. This challenging and fun experience will test participants’ ability to solve puzzles, discover clues, and accomplish tasks in order to find proof of foul play and escape the Tavern. The escape room is open on select dates in January and February. To see a full list of dates, visit For more information and group reservations, contact Kendrick Gibbs at 804-5375050, extension 21. Individual tickets may be purchased at HanoverTavern. org. Reservations are required. Proceeds from this event benefit Hanover Tavern Foundation with a mission is to preserve, interpret, and utilize Historic Hanover Tavern as an historic, educational, community, and cultural resource center for the enjoyment of all.

SHERIFF’S REPORTS | Crime, Accidents, Fire & Rescue Dec. 5 

Profane and threatening language over public airway was reported in the 8000 block of Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville. Possession of marijuana, subsequent offense, was reported in the 37 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville.

Petit larceny, $500 not from a person, was reported in the 14500 block of Bud Lane, Glen Allen.

Grand larceny building was reported in the 12400 block of West Patrick Henry Road, Ashland.

All other county/city ordinances-misdemeanors were reported in the 10300 block of Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville.

Driving after forfeiture of license was reported in the 10200 block of Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland.

Possession of marijuana, first offense, was reported in the 8100 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike/Elm Drive, Mechanicsville.

DWI, first offense, was reported in the 7200 block of Cold Harbor Road/Harbor Hill Drive, Mechanicsville.

Petit larceny, $500 not from a person, was reported in the 11100 block of Patjay Lane, Glen Allen. Destruction of property, monument, was reported in the 11300 block of Hanover Avenue, Ashland. Unlawful purchase or possession of alcoholic beverage was reported in the 9300 block of Blacksmith Drive, Mechanicsville.

the 7600 block of Autumn Park Way, Mechanicsville. 

Assault on law enforcement, court, doctor, fire, medical was reported in the 8200 block of Atlee Road, Mechanicsville. Possession of marijuana, subsequent offense, was reported in the 7500 block of Mechanicsville Bypass/Cold Harbor Road to Mechanicsville, Mechanicsville.

Simple assault was reported in the 12300 block of Starting Gate Way, Ashland.

Assault and battery of a family member was reported in the 7000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville.

Breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony was reported in the 4400 block of Sandy Valley Road, Mechanicsville.

Simple assault was reported in the 16000 block of Theme Park Way, Doswell.

Threats of death or bodily injury by letter or electronic means were reported in the 8200 block of Gethsemane Court, Mechanicsville.

Destruction of property, monument, was reported in the 8200 block of Meadowview Lane, Mechanicsville. Issuing bad checks, $200, was reported in the 14000 block of Nursery Road, Ashland. Issuing bad checks, $200, was reported in the 14000 block of Nursery Road, Ashland. Petit larceny, $500 not from a person, was reported in






Dec. 7 

Breaking and entering to house to commit larceny and assault was reported in the 16200 block of Railway Lane, Beaverdam. Destruction of property, monument, was reported in the 16400 block of Washington Highway, Doswell.

Simple assault was reported in the 7000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville.

Dec. 6

Possession of Schedule I and II controlled substance was reported in the 10200 block of Washington Highway, Glen Allen.

Possession of Schedule I and II controlled substance was reported in the 7400 block of Matroka Road, Mechanicsville.

Assault and battery of a family member was reported in the 18000 block of Dixie Belle Lane, Bumpass. Driver did not report an accident with damages, $1,000, in the 10100 block of Lewistown Road, Ashland.

Driver did not report an accident with damages, $1,000, in the 6400 block of Walgrove Court/Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville.



Possession of marijuana, first offense, was reported in the 7100 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike/Wynbrook Lane, Mechanicsville.

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Possession of marijuana, first offense, was reported in the 800 block of England Street, Ashland.

DWI, first offense, was reported in the 7100 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville.

DWI: drugs, first offense, were reported in the 11400 block of Karen Drive, Ashland.

Concealment, price altering merchandise, $500, was reported in the 7800 block of Compass Point Lane, Mechanicsville.

Killing deer illegally was reported in the 14100 block

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Pets of the Week Photos submitted by Andrew Hodnett

The Hanover County Pound, located at 12471 Taylor Complex Lane in Ashland, has wonderful pets available to a good home. Princess, Animal ID# 571846, is a 3-year-old female spayed canine/hound mix. He has had his first set of vaccines given and is Heartworm test negative. Princess has been at the shelter for about a month. She was surrendered due to the owner losing their home. Princess is a sweet girl who does well around most people. She is loyal and wants to be around you. Princess is house-trained and does well around small to medium sized dogs. She will do best in a household where she gets lots of love and attention. Tip Toe, Animal ID# 569390, is a 4-month-old male domestic short-haired feline. He has had his first set of vaccines and is FELV/FIV test negative. Tip Toe is a playful ball of love. He is your typical kitten, meaning that he has tons of energy. Tip Toe also loves to play with other cats. He seems to be littertrained and domesticated. He will make a great pet for someone looking for an indoor cat. For more information on these great pets, as well as the many more still in need of homes at the Hanover County Pound Facility, call 804-365-6485 during the day. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The facility is closed on Sunday and county holidays. You also can visit the website to see other animals available for adoption at http://hanovercounty. gov/Animals/Adopt-a-Pet/.

Youth can apply for livestock exhibitor scholarships Contributed Report DOSWELL —Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2019 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 scholarships offered by the State Fair. Additionally, two other scholarship opportunities — worth a total of $3,500 — are open to any youth who exhibited during the 2019 fair. Details and applications are available in the “Education” section of the fair’s website at Applications must be completed electronically and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Funds allocated for the scholarships represent a portion of the proceeds from the annual Black Tie & Boots Scholarship Gala, which was held Sept. 26, and the fifth annual Youth Livestock Sale of Champions auction, which was held Oct. 5.


The 12 scholarships for livestock exhibitors, totaling $19,640, will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate (13-15) and Seniors (16 and older). Groups are based on exhibitors’ ages as of Sept. 30, 2019. Since 2013, the State Fair has awarded 1,469 scholarships and has awarded over $500,000 to support youth education. The fair offers youth more than $80,000 each year in scholarship funds through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions. The 2020 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. Information is available at The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County and attracts 250,000 fair-goers. The event celebrates the best of Virginia’s past, present and future through scholarship initiatives, creative programming and a focus on the commonwealth’s agriculture and natural resources industries.

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and I would prefer to keep salaries commensurate with the per pupil average for our area,” she said. Kelly Evko also is being considered for the South Anna seat and is the parent of two daughters, both graduates of Hanover schools. “I began volunteering in Hanover schools when Taylor (daughter) entered kindergarten,” Evko said. “My focus in the beginning was supporting the staff and working in the classroom.” She was active in the PTA and supported numerous fundraising efforts for her daughters’ schools. Evko said she has spent the last 25 years working in business development, sales leadership, and marketing, including tenures at two Fortune 500 companies. “I have extensive experience in leading small groups in strategies, budgets, and business development,” Evko said. “I’m not afraid to ask questions and look for creative solutions.” Evko said her experience well prepares her for the challenges of the position. “I believe my extensive business experience, combined with my understanding of the needs of parents students, teachers and the key administrators, will allow me to be an asset to the board,” Evko said.

Alfred Cappellanti also submitted his name for consideration, and listed his experience in education as a critical factor in his desire to seek the position. “I am a retired educator with over 36 years of experience, having been a school counselor, guidance director, and assistant principal, and principal,” Cappellanti said. Following his retirement in 2016, he has continued to work with young people as a substitute teacher and homebound instructor in Hanover County. “In the past two years I have been working with specific elementary students as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Beaverdam Elementary [School],” Cappellanti told board members. He said his vast experience provides a “perspective other candidates may not have and makes me a viable candidate.” Bob May also is vying for the vacated seat, and has a recognizable voice in the community. He’s the football and basketball announcer for RandolphMacon College and Patrick Henry High School home games. “I served 26 years in the United States Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel,” May said. “We chose to raise our children in Hanover County due to the quality of education in our county,” the father of three said. “Our three children are the 9100 block of Wickham Drive, Ashland.

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of Waltons Tavern Road, Montpelier. 

Petit larceny, $500 not from a person, was reported in the 7000 block of Stand Circle, Mechanicsville. Destruction of property, monument, was reported in the 14300 block of Greenwood Church Road, Ashland. Obtaining money or signature by false pretenses was reported in

Possession of marijuana, subsequent offense, was reported in the 10300 block of Sliding Hill Road, Ashland.

Concealment, price altering merchandise, $500, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.

Possession of marijuana, first offense, was reported in the 10000 block of Kings Dominion Boulevard,

all college graduates, married, and starting their own lives, all thanks to the solid foundation they received by having a Hanover County education,” May said. Since his retirement, May said he has remained active in his community through his volunteer service that includes duties as a Little League coach, responsibilities at his church, and efforts to assist the homeless. May was a small business owner as a government contractor following his retirement, and currently serves as CFO for a small veteran-owned business. “I am an accomplished leader, a decision maker, a public speaker, instructor, and manager,” May said. “My deep affection for the Hanover County school system has led me to this decision, and I would cherish the opportunity to serve on the school board and aid in preserving a tradition of excellence in Hanover schools,” May concluded. “I think your job is not going to be easy, Ms. Dibble, because you have some outstanding candidates,” board chair Aubrey “Bucky” Stanley said following the candidates’ remarks. “Having been on the school board for the past six and one half years, this appointment is very important for me,” Dibble said. “Hanover County schools is a rock solid organization.” Doswell. 

Unauthorized use of vehicle, boat or animal was reported in the 10000 block of Leadbetter Road, Ashland.

Possession of Schedule I and II controlled substance was reported in the 8200 block of Atlee Road, Mechanicsville.

DWI, first offense, was reported in the 7400 block of Old Hickory Drive/ Mechanicsville Turnpike, see SHERIFF’s, pg. 8 

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MECHANICSVILLE -- The Pamunkey Woman’s Club’s 2020 Historic Hanover calendar is available for $10 each at the following locations: In Mechanicsville at Mechanicsville Drug and Colonial Pharmacy,

In Ashland at the Henry Clay Inn, In Montpelier at Montpelier Drug Store, and In theAirpark at GlassWorks by Alex. According to Virginia Darnell, who has spearheaded the club’s scholarship fundraiser for decades, the calendar is celebrating Hanover County’s 300th anniversary in 2020 “so pick up your copy early before they sell out.�

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ASHLAND – “The Iron Giant� will get underway at noon on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Ashland Theatre at 205 England St. in Ashland as part of the “Ausome Movies� series. Ausome Movies, which is presented by the Ashland Theatre and Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, is a free monthly sensory-friendly film series for children with special sensory needs and their families. The program creates an inclusive space for families with children on the autism spectrum to enjoy a stress-free show at Ashland Theatre. There is no need to be concerned if a child talks, yells, dances, sings, or strolls. It is all acceptable and welcome at Ausome Movies. Ausome Movies is a yearlong program that will offer frequency and repetition to allow children with ASD to strengthen their social skills. Additional features are: „ For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. „ Phone reservation is required to attend

each showing. „ Movie starts at a precise time (no trailers are shown). „ Lights are dim, not totally dark. „ Sound is lowered. „ Allocated floor space is available for children who prefer to watch from the ground instead of a chair. „ Outside snacks and drinks permitted. „ Trained volunteers on site to assist. „ Supervised activities offered in lobby if child needs a safe space to take a break from the show. To secure your free seats, call 804-401-7007, extension 210. Leave a voicemail reservation with your name, phone number, and number of people in your party (up to four per family), as seating is limited. Submitted Logo An Ashland Theatre staff person will call back to confirm the reservation. To learn more about the series, go to www. or contact: Maggie Latimer at 804-401-7007, extension 202, or maggie@ or Susan Cantrell at

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If you aren’t on the transplant list, do so ASAP By Melody Kinser Managing Editor er kidney function is 5%; she is undergoing dialysis three days a week. She needs a transplant. But, without question, her faith in God is unwavering. We have been best friends for 20 years. She is one of those people that you don’t need to talk to every day. It may be weeks or months at a time when we get on the phone, but it’s as if we spoke the day before. I called last week to talk about their holidays and, sadly, her ongoing health issues. She has been seriously ill for 10 years, but she


doesn’t complain. She is amazing and an inspiration. I am blessed to have her in my life. Rather than feel sorry for herself, she thinks about those who are in what she considers more serious health crises. I fought back tears when she told me that two of the men she had gotten to know during dialysis had died. She talked matter-of-factly about her own status. She had been on a transplant list at one of the country’s top hospitals for the procedure when an illness struck that delayed the surgery. Now she is waiting to be placed on the list again. If I am a match, I wouldn’t hesitate to give

my friend a kidney. Since her transplant had to be delayed, they’re almost back at square one in the process. Her voice sounded a big stronger last week, but she has little, if any, appetite. Her husband is a godsend. He had tried to woo her for about five years when she finally accepted a dinner invitation. They married in 2009. He dotes on her with the love and devotion that uphold their wedding vows. They are truly united as one. I’m an organ donor. Are you? If not, please contact UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) at I’ve shared the story before about a friend’s

brother who was killed. He was in his 30s and healthy. His mother agreed to donate his organs. A nurse said about 100 people would benefit with organs and skin grafts. I expect he still lives on in many people’s bodies. My dad’s corneas were donated when he died suddenly. As a cancer victim, few organs would be acceptable for transplant. I hope when I leave this life that my organs can prolong the lives of many. In the meantime, I will pray for my friend and keep updated on the transplant status. Again, if you aren’t an organ donor, please give the gift of life to others.

It may be a new decade, but the good will of people is constant By Jim Ridolphi Contributing Columnist I rarely indulge in end of year wrap-up type stories. It seems much too routine, cliche and rehearsed for my pursuits, and never mind the fact that every columnist in America is or has completed writing their 2019 reflections. This year seems a bit different as we enter a new decade, a moment in time that usually provides hope and optimism for the future. With conflict

and natural disaster claiming the first headlines of 2020, it seems best to focus on some of the people that were more than worthy of my attention as I choked out the last 52 columns. As I glanced back over the past 12 months and my contributions, I realized that — with all the strife, confusion and misfortune in our world — there are still amazing special people performing incredible feats of kindness and compassion. It made me consider that this evolving sense of self-think and

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evolving tribal alienations is perhaps a reflection of a society, but maybe not the people who comprise it. Perhaps, the real hope for 2020 does not lie in the ability of governments or conglomerates to solve what sometimes seem like impossible problems, but in the one remaining constant in turbulent times: the good will of people and their ability to blossom. In 2019, I told the story of a group of football fans who began a new tradition at the University of Iowa. At the end of the first period in every home

game, the teams and fans stand and salute children being treated at the adjoining Children’s Hospital, many of the kids suffering from chronic and critical illnesses. It was a small gesture with enormous meaning that captures the attention of a nation. In a similar category, I continued the story of a local football team that continued a decade-long relationship with a child with a terminal disease. The team dedicated a game to him, raised money and aware-

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ness, and, more importantly, displayed a sense of personal compassion that won’t be forgotten. That child happens to be my son Jack, and the team involved in those heroic efforts is the Goochland Bulldogs varsity football team. But, it’s the continued support of Jack’s many friends and supporters in the Goochland community that always make the columns regarding their efforts easy to compose and a labor of love. These are only small examples of the meaningful work performed daily by the people who surround us, live in our neighborhoods without recognition. I’d like to think they represent the real story of America as we move into a new decade. By far, the column that evoked the most response was a piece regarding the early morning memories of a paper boy. It seems many people, and not just boys, remember carrying papers doorto-door. Many said it was that early entry into entrepeurship that inspired them to achieve success in their lives. And my sister also liked the colsee DECADE, pg. 7 

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Doswell Ruritan Club will sponsor a Salt Fish Breakfast -from 6 to 9 a.m. at 16433 N. Washington Hwy in Doswell. the all-you-care-to-eat breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrown potatoes, spiced apples, biscuits, cornbread, coffee, and juice. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4 to 10. Take-outs are available. Proceeds support the Doswell Community Center.

A Commanders Coffee is held from 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. at the Beaverdam Post at 17662 Beaver Dam Rd. in Beaverdam. Members discuss issues of interest/befits of the American Legion. There also will be donuts. Eugene Truitt is the Post commander. He can be contacted at 804-746-4734.

Hanover Family Support Group, a support group for family members of a loved one with a mental illness, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday evening of each month at the Ashland office of Hanover Community Services located at 12300 Washington Highway in Ashland. Attendees support one another, share experiences, challenges and resources and to advocate for their loved ones. For more information, contact Kathy Redfearn, LCSW at 804675-4230.

Saturdays Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland Campus, located at 11515 Ashcake Road in Ashland two miles west of U.S. 1, holds it church service at 5 p.m. with Pastor Roy Minnix, senior pastor, and Nycholas Greig, associate pastor. For more information, visit www. or call 804-270-9626.

Sundays Outside the Walls, a new Narcotics Anonymous group, has been organized and will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Pamunkey Regional Jail at 7240 Courtland Farm Rd. in Hanover. For more information, contact John Shinholser, McShin president, at 804-249-1845. The website is

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umn, but quickly pointed out what seemed to her like a glaring omission. She sent a message reminding me that she also spent numerous mornings helping with that paper route. As usual, she’s right and I stand corrected. I wrote more than a few columns recalling past events, people, products, and each seemed to resurrect specific

The Hanover Concert Band rehearses from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, mid-January through mid December, at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center at 500 S. Railroad Ave. in Ashland, just south of U.S. 54. Membership is open to anyone who can read music and play a non-string instrument. High school students are welcome with parents’ permission. For more information, visit or call 804-789-0536.

Thursdays The Rotary Club of Ashland meets at noon for lunch at the Iron Horse Restaurant at 100 S. Railroad Ave. in in Ashland. For more information, contact Steve Dunham at 804-496-6093 or

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

The Hanover County Community Services Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at 12300 Washington Hwy. in Ashland.

The Clay Spring Garden Club in Ashland meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except for the month of July at the First Baptist Church in Ashland off of U.S. 54. Barbara Boor is the president. Doors are open to anyone who would like to attend.

memories for different readers. One composed and sent the nicest compliment of the year when they posted, “Your memories make me think of my memories and that puts a smile on my face. Thanks!” But other responses were polite, honest and revealing. “I like the way you write, but sometimes don’t know what you are talking about.” I suppose that comment is generation-based, and I understand the sentiment.

So with all the turmoil and challenge the news of the day may present, I’ll continue to search for the path less travelled and tell the stories of a few, or the obsolete … or the forgotten. After all, we are, indeed, a nation of individuals on separate paths, united in a vision for a better tomorrow, each with a story to tell and something significant to offer. Those are the stories I’ll be looking or in 2020.

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The January meeting of the Pamunkey Woman's Club will be a soup and salad supper at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the home of a member. For more information about the meeting, or becoming a club member, contact Peggy Arnold, club membership chairman, at 804-723-4156 or go the Facebook page at pamunkeywc.

Hanover government offices and solid waste centers to close Jan. 17 and Jan. 20 HANOVER -- Hanover County government offices and solid waste centers will be closed on Friday, Jan. 17, for Lee-Jackson Day and on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Day. Branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be open on both days. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

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VPS launches trooper recruitment website Contributed Report RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police is welcoming the New Year and a new decade with a new recruitment website. Located at, the site is the first of its kind for the department and highlights the Virginia State Police mission, culture, Academy life and extensive career opportunities available to trooper-trainees. “This website has been a long time coming and we recognize its vital importance

towards attracting a new generation of diverse applicants to join the state police family,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “The site is mobilefriendly and highlights the multitude of unique career opportunities the Virginia State Police has to offer those interested in a law enforcement career.” The new website, created in partnership with CapTech Consulting, provides a userfriendly, informative experience for those visiting the site.

In an effort to reach a broader, more diverse population of applicants, the site provides a behind-the-scenes narrative of life as a trooper, the steps to becoming a Virginia trooper, training, career opportunities, benefits, Recruitment Unit contacts and direct access to an employment application. The mobile-friendly website will soon include video vignettes featuring state police personnel and their stories. “We, as a statewide law enforcement agency, must reflect the populations we



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serve and protect across the Commonwealth,” said Colonel Settle. “Every trooper is held to an oath to perform his or her duties ‘… without fear, favor, or prejudice.’ This

“This website has been a long time coming and we recognize its vital importance towards attracting a new generation of diverse applicants to join the state police family.” COLONEL GARY T SETTLE VPS superintendent

new recruitment website is specifically designed to reinforce our employees’ dedication to duty with each and every contact we have with the public. The Virginia State Police is fully committed to embrace inclusivity and diversity in all its forms, especially among its workforce.” “There are a host of best practices to advance workforce diversity and inclusion,” said Dr. Janice Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. “This recruitment website is only one of those many tools and an important step in Virginia State Police’s overall

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commitment to diversifying its workforce. While we have much more to do, this step signals the state police’s continuing efforts to achieve a fundamental shift in its sworn

workforce and the overall culture of the agency, so that it can more effectively serve and protect a diverse Commonwealth. I am looking forward to working together to further this important work, so that the agency becomes a national exemplar for issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in law enforcement.” By the end of this year, the state police Recruitment Unit will have made contact with more than 2,300 Virginians and out-of-state residents in its ongoing efforts to build a more diversified workforce by attracting women and men of the highest quality and character.

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Downtown Ashland, presented as a series of small parks. Each park or exhibit would tell a piece of Ashland's railroad story, from the 1830s through today.” “The goal is for the Railroad Park to serve as an attraction and entertainment in Downtown

“Virginia’s robust economy makes for a very competitive field among all employers to attract and retain qualified job seekers,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “In an effort to help state police fill critical positions, Governor Northam committed this year to pay raises for all state employees and previously supported an increase in the starting salary for new state troopers. The launch of the state police recruitment website expands the Department’s reach and access to potential applicants.” Starting salary for a new trooper entering the Virginia State Police Academy is $44,290. Not only do troopertrainees earn a salary while training at the Academy, but also receive benefits including life insurance, health insurance, sick leave and paid vacation. Twelve months following graduation from the State Police Academy, a new trooper’s annual salary increases to $48,719. Troopers assigned to the Northern Virginia region start at $55,340 upon graduation and then, 12 months after graduation, their annual salary increases to $60,874. For more information on salary, benefits, training, etc., go to and contact a state police recruiter. Ashland, showcasing our town's unique story and increasing foot traffic to support local businesses,” she added. Residents’ opinions are requested, whether they are able to take part in the meeting. The online survey may be found at https://www. s u r v e y m o n k e y. c o m / r / KZFD7QJ.

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Henry District supervisor Sean Davis was elected vice chair for the upcoming year. Outgoing chair Canova Peterson handed over the gavel after issuing his exit remarks that began with his appreciation for his colleagues for their support during his 12-month tenure, his second as board chair. He also reflected on a year that presented its fair share of challenges, some of them continuing as the new officers take charge. “2019 had definitely been a memorable year,” Peterson said. “We have dealt with primaries, conventions, and general elections. We’ve been visited by outside groups hoping to cause disruption, unsuccessfully I’m happy to say.” He also noted the exit of county attorney Sterling Rives and pending retirement of county administrator Rhu Harris, and the school board’s continuing lawsuit filed by the local chapter of the NAACP regarding the names of two schools in Hanover County Public Schools. “With all these happenings, a lesser board may have found it difficult to keep their attention on good, representative government,” he added. “I’m so proud to be part of a board that never lost its focus. Peterson said the many successes of the past year are a tribute to his colleagues and their hard work, and said he hoped his efforts fulfilled their high standard. “I have worked hard to live up to the confidence you have shown in me, and I hope I have met your expectations,” Peterson said as he surrendered the gavel to Stanley. Citing a long list of upcoming events and issues, Stanley said the issue of selecting a new county administrator is

1,300 Hanover residents paramong the top priorities. “That’s going to be a tough ticipate in the program that act because all of us have an costs the county around $1.4 idea of what we’d like to see in million annually. The program has not been a new county administrator,” Stanley said. “We’ve been so adjusted in a dozen years, and used to Mr. Harris for so long Harris asked the supervisors to and he’s been a part of this increase the maximum levels county growing the way it has.” by $2,500. “We want to be responsible He also noted some immediate items that require atten- to the needs of our citizens,” tion like the Cedar Lane zon- Harris said. The board adopted the ing issue and two school board adjustment by a appointments. unanimous vote. Regarding the During a citihiring of a new counzens comment ty administrator, the period, Cliff board will begin Parker told the its Jan. 22 meeting board a recent at 3:30 p.m. with a issue regarding workshop session to his wife and an hear an update from unruly student a firm hired to assist in her Hanover in the search for a County classnew leader. DAVIS room has been The chair resolved, but described himself as “old school”, noting he prefers he still listed his complaints a phone conversation to an concerning discipline in the county’s schools. email. “My wife is a teach“A lot of people will email me and say things that I don’t er,” Parker said. “She’s been think they would say just talk- harassed, intimidated, and assaulted in her classroom for ing to me,” he said. Stanley said he prefers the last four months. After to delegate and urged board five police reports, four board members to address issues in presentations, two letters to a principal, and a meeting with their jurisdictions. “If it’s in your district, take Dr. [Michael] Gill [superintendent of HCPS] and Mr. [Chris] charge,” he said. In other matters, Whitley [HCPS public inforCommissioner of Revenue mation officer] the issue has Scott Harris asked supervi- somewhat been resolved.” Parker hinted that rules sors to consider an adjustment to the county’s Senior and and regulations, privacy requirements and the like Disabled Tax Relief program. Citizens must be 65 years combined to allow troubled old or permanently disabled to students to hide behind what qualify for the relief, and cur- he termed smoke and mirror rently earn less than $50,000 “excuses.” He suggested removing annually and have less than $200,000 in accumulated troubled elementary students from classrooms and placing wealth. The relief is based on the them in a special school. “We need consequences applicant’s income with those with less than $10,000 annu- and we need respect in the al income pay no real estate classroom — respect for taxes, while someone making teachers and respect for other $50,000 receive a 25 percent students, and respect for the learning environment,” Parker reduction. Harris said more than said.

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Col. David R. Hines, left, sheriff of Hanover County, and Sgt. David Parrish accepted an award as the 2019 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge for “Excellence In Safety Traffic” from Dana G. Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Chiefs of Police Foundation.

Sheriff ’s Office awarded for the 2019 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge HANOVER -- Last week, the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office was recognized by the Virginia Association Chiefs Of Police & Foundation (VACP) “for their continued dedication to saving lives on our roadways”. CoI. David R. Hines, sheriff, said, “It is an honor to be recognized in the 2019 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge for “Excellence In Traffic Safety”. The Sheriff ’s Office placed first in the category of Sheriff ’s Office with 151 officers or more for efforts in 2018. The award was presented by Dana G. Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Chiefs of Police Foundation. Hines and Sgt. David Parrish accepted the award on behalf of the Sheriff ’s Office. According to the award: “For 2018, Hanover County once again demonstrated a higher percentage of seat belt use compared to the rest of the state – 91% vs. 84%. This is no doubt due to the Sheriff ’s Office’s concerted efforts to educate the public and enforce occupant protection laws. Through seminars conducted by SROs in high schools and information presented in the Police Explorers program, the Youth Police Academy, Citizens Police Academy and Senior Citizens Police Academy,

the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office has educated drivers young and old about the life-saving difference seat belts and properly-installed child safety seats can have when one is involved in a crash. Occupant enforcement efforts during campaigns like Click It or Ticket also make a difference in reminding drivers and passengers to properly buckle up. The Sheriff ’s Office enforcement efforts resulted in fewer crashes that involved unrestrained occupants and fewer resulting injuries. However, educating people about properly using seat belts and child safety seats is only half the battle when it comes to reducing injuries and fatalities. As such, the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office also strives to combat causative factors such as speeding and impaired driving”. “The care and safety of Hanover County will always be a concerted effort through the Sheriff ’s Office and the participation and support of the community we serve,” the sheriff said. “By partnering, educating and special enforcement efforts, it is our commitment to ‘saving lives on the roadways’ of Hanover County.” Information submitted by Sgt. Steve DiLoreto, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

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Upcoming programs for Ashland area libraries Contributed Report HANOVER – Librarian Carolyn Garner has announced upcoming programs for Ashlandarea libraries in the Pamunkey Regional Library system.

Richard S. Gillis Jr./Ashland Branch Library For more information, call 804-798-4072 or visit the library at 201 S. Railroad Ave. Stitchin’ Time! -- Monday, Jan. 20 & 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Grab your needles, yarn, and patterns and join in on fun conversation and stitching at the drop-in fiber crafts group. From knitters to cross-stitchers, crocheters to handsewers, all are welcome. Chess Club -- Thursday, Jan. 16, 23 & 30, 4:30-6 p.m. for ages 5-18. Do you like to play chess? Play a few games with the chess club! Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Ashland Afternoon Bridge Club -- Friday, Jan. 24, 1-5 p.m. The Ashland Afternoon Bridge Club is open to up to 16 players with a familiarity and affinity for bridge. Computer Basics -- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4-6 p.m. Covers beginning computer skills like finding out about the parts of a computer, learning how to use a mouse, beginning to explore & search the Internet, and how to create and save documents with Microsoft Word. Rock Painting for Teens! -- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for ages 11-18. Do you have a special message or design that you would like to share with the world? Why not paint it on a rock? It’s fun. Supplies and snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Morning Book Club -- Friday, Jan. 17, 10-11 a.m. Read the book of the month and engage in a lively discussion about it. Share views about the book and author and share reading recommendations. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Long-term Care: Living Life on Your Terms -- Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The need for long term care can happen to anyone at any time. It can result from a chronic illness, a severe cognitive impairment, or an unexpected accident or injury. Find out how to navigate the process if this happens to you or a loved one. Medicare 101 -- Saturday, Jan. 18, 1-2:30 p.m. A professional Medicare expert will help you learn to navigate Medicare (including Parts A, B, C, and D), Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplements. This presentation will


also include information on when and how to sign up for Medicare, the costs involved, and how to avoid enrollment penalties. Afternoon Book Club -- Monday, Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m. Read the book of the month and engage in a lively discussion about it. Share views about the book and author and share reading recommendations. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Wiregrass Chronicles: Long Rows to Hoe -Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Long Rows to Hoe, the first in the “Wiregrass Chronicles” series by Glenda Stroud-Peace, focuses on early settlers and indigenous people in Southeast Alabama’s Wiregrass region. Go to to learn more about this exciting new series of interest to Civil War buffs and lovers of historical and southern fiction alike. Ashland Evening Book Club -- Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7- 8 p.m. Join the Ashland Branch Library Afternoon Book Club by reading the book of the month and engage in a lively discussion about the book. Share views about the book and author and share reading recommendations. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. Why Water, Not Wipes? -- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Get ahead of the yucky flu season. Learn and understand why there are such rigorous guidelines for handwashing, diapering and toileting in infant and toddler settings. All Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network training sessions are geared for those who care for children from birth to 36 months. DIY Rejuvenating Body Scrub -- Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join in for a make and take body scrub activity that will make your skin glow. Storytimes -- Mondays (Jan. 20 & 27), Mother Goose, 10 a.m., and Family, 10:45 a.m.; Tuesdays (Jan. 21 & 28), Toddler, 10 a.m., and Preschool, 10:45 a.m.

Hanover Branch Library For more information, call 804-365-6210 or visit the library at 7527 Library Drive. Homeschool Germs Alive -- Friday, Jan. 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Want to know how fast a sneeze travels? Or maybe learn a song to help you better wash your hands? Explore the different types of germs and how to avoid spreading them. Storytimes -- Fridays (Jan. 17, 24 & 31), Family, 10:45 a.m.

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For more information, call 804-883-7116 or visit the library at 17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane. DIY Kaleidoscopes -- Monday, Jan. 20, 3-4 p.m. Ready to use color and patterns to change your world? Design and assemble your own working kaleidoscope using mirrors, markers, and imagination. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library. Lock & Talk Virginia: Lethal Means Safety -- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Want to find out what it takes to become a Lock & Talk Virginia family? Laura Robertson, prevention specialist, Hanover Community Services Board, will talk about lethal means safety. Free resources. Snacks will be provided by Friends of the Montpelier Library. Family Storytimes -- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 22 & 29, 10 a.m.

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library For more information, call 804-749-3146 or visit the library at 16600 Pouncey Tract Rd. Scrapbooking -- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7-8 p.m. Do you have pictures from holidays and vacations packed away or stuck on your phone? Learn to scrapbook. You’ll learn some scrapbooking basics and make a couple of pages to get you started. Just bring some printed photos and the library will provide the rest. Read 2 Rover -- Monday, Jan. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Read 2 Rover provides comfort and motivation for beginning readers as they read aloud to therapy dogs. Call or visit the library for more information or to register for this rewarding program. Snow Much Fun! -- Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-noon. It’s winter and that means snow. But have you ever wondered what snow is and how it happens? What does a snowflake look like? You’ll learn all about snow through this fun, interactive, STEAM-centered program. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library. LEGOs! -- Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. for ages 5-12. Use your engineering skills to create a LEGO design all your own. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library. Rockville Book Club -- Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Discover new books and authors. Join in book discussions and share your reading suggestions. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library. Family Storytimes -- Fridays, Jan 17, 24 & 31, 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Garner may be contacted at or 804-746-3176.

Dr. Roberson to discuss school division at Ashland Museum History Talk Contributed Report ASHLAND -- Stewart D. Roberson will lead off the 2020 Ashland Museum History Talk series with his talk, “Building A Successful Public School District – A Historical Perspective,” at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 15) at The Center at 500 S. Center St. in Ashland. He will discuss how events in Hanover’s history have led, cumulatively, to the success of today’s school district. This event is free and open to the public. Roberson served Hanover County Public Schools for 16 years as the district’s 11th school superintendent. Before that, he was the superintendent of schools in Falls Church. His earliest service was as a middle school teacher, middle and high school principal, director of instruction, and assistant superintendent of finance. He served as an educator for 42 years and continues as a Professor of Practice for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. When he retired from HCPS, he was named Superintendent Emeritus by the Hanover County School Board. RandolphMacon College awarded him the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. A Patrick County native, his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees were earned at UVA. Since August 2011, Stewart has been the president of Moseley Architects, the leading education design firm in the mid-Atlantic. In cooperation with The Center (Hanover Arts and Activities Center), Ashland Museum History Talk will continue on Feb. 5. Cameron Patterson, director of the Moton Museum, will speak at 7 p.m. at The Center. The Moton Museum is the former Moton High School in Farmville, which had a role in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case. This event is free and open to the public.



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Patriots, Hawks earn split in doubleheader By Rob Witham for Ashland-Hanover Local

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Patrick Henry’s Ava Smith (left) battles with Hanover’s Jordan Davis for a loose ball in the Hawks’ 69-26 win at Hanover Friday.

MECHANICSVILLE – Victories mean different things to different teams. Thursday night at Hanover High School, one team kept an unbeaten season alive, while another continued to put a winless season far into their rear-view mirror. The Hawks’ girls team played relentless defense and unselfish offense to improve to 10-0, holding a good Patrick Henry offense to only 7 points in the second half in a resounding 69-26 triumph. A defense, used by Hanover normally to try to disrupt their opponent’s point guard, was turned up a notch in trying to keep Patrick Henry’s Logan Nuckols from finding her shooting rhythm. It worked. While Nuckols scored 13 points to lead the Patriots (5-5), the combination of defensive pressure designed to make passes difficult at best and dangerous at worst, along with Hanover’s speed made for a long evening for Patrick Henry. “The main thing is we try to keep the guards in front of us,” said Hanover head coach Mike Rohr of the defensive scheme. “It makes the passing angles a little tougher and makes them go away from the 3-point line instead of to it.” Hanover continually built

its lead, reaching 20 points at halftime at 39-19. The Hawks extended the advantage in the second half thanks to defense, but also to offensive decisions which are building a team where eight or nine different players could lead in scoring. On this night, it was Adrianna Jacobs, working inside for a 16-point performance. Interior partner Emily Mott scored 10, as did freshman Erin Woodson, 8 of them in the first half. “All our bigs played really well,” Rohr said. “Tonight happened to be Adrianna’s night. She was really getting up and down the floor.” In the nightcap, the new look Patrick Henry boys are proving their future is now. Leading 24-23 with just under 3 minutes left in the first half, the Patriots used a 7-0 run to take a 31-23 lead to the locker room. “We’ve been talking as a staff about changing our routine and rhythm of things we do when we come out of the locker room,” said Patrick Henry head coach Randy Anderson, noting his team’s tendency to start slow in the third period. “I’m looking at the floor, and there’s a freshman, three sophomores and a senior.” Whatever the Patriots did on this night worked. They ripped off another 7-0 run early in the quarter. With the lead see SPLIT, pg. 12 

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R-MC men wobbly, but recovering from loss By Rob Witham for Ashland-Hanover Local ASHLAND – How would No. 4 Randolph-Macon men’s basketball respond Saturday coming off their first loss of the season? The answer was complex. Failing to score in the final 2:11 of a 70-65 loss at Mary Washington the previous Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets seemed to get their offense back in gear, with 27 points in the first 12 minutes of their 57-40 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win over the Ferrum Panthers. But as the final score indicates, the Yellow Jackets struggled in long stretches trying to score. Luckily, the Panthers’ struggles were even worse. While Randolph-Macon (12-1, 5-0 ODAC) shot 38.6 percent from the floor, making just 6 of 24 3-point tries, Ferrum (7-7, 2-3) only made 13 of their 57 shot attempts. The Panthers were just 6 of 26 from beyond the arc. The one constant for Randolph-Macon was freshman Miles Mallory, who registered his third double-double of the season, leading the Yellow Jackets with 19 points while grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds. Despite the uneven performance, Mallory noted it wasn’t due to lack of concern over the Mary Washington loss. “We were motivated. Once we saw the film, we wanted to put it behind us, and move on to the next game,” Mallory noted. “We had open shots down the stretch (at Mary Washington) and didn’t knock them down.” On Saturday, Mallory did, shooting 7 of 13 from the floor, knocking down all four of his free throws. Buzz Anthony, coming off his second career triple-double Wednesday, scored 8 points, snared six


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Left: Randolph-Macon’s Buzz Anthony (5) scores in the Yellow Jacket men’s 57-40 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Ferrum at Crenshaw Gymnasium Saturday. Above: Randolph-Macon forward Michal Ross lays it up as Guilford’s Miracle Walters arrives a moment too late in the Yellow Jacket women’s 63-69 win over the visiting Quakers.

rebounds, and dished out nine assists, while Terry Woods scored 6 points off the bench. “Sometimes, they aren’t all pretty,” said Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Merkel. “Some nights it doesn’t feel like you can miss, but maybe tonight ... we’ll look at the film. We’ll see what we can do.” It was the second time this season Randolph-Macon held an opponent to only 40 total points. Next, the women took the floor at Crenshaw Gymnasium to face a Guilford Quaker squad that also entered this game with a 3-3 ODAC record. Even this early in conference play, a fourth loss would hurt a team’s chances to land a top four finish in the ODAC standings, and with it, a bye to the confer-

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Randolph-Macon fought back to tie the game at 32 apiece at halftime, then took control in the third period to hold off Guilford 63-59. Hatfield, who led the Yellow

Jackets with 21 points, and Kelly Williams, who added 15, each hit 3-point shots in the first 2 minutes of the period, fueling an 8-0 run. Hatfield made two more triples and completed a traditional 3-point play to finish with 12 points in the period as the Yellow Jackets built a 53-47 lead. After the Quakers cut the deficit to 2 points, another Hatfield triple made it 56-51 with 7:09 remaining. Guilford scored the next 5 points to tie the contest, but a Becca Arrington free throw with 4:07 left gave Randolph-Macon the lead for good. The game’s conclusion left fans bewildered, as RandolphMacon had the ball with 28 seconds remaining up 63-59. Inexplicably, the Quakers never fouled to stop the clock, and the Yellow Jackets gladly dribbled away the final moments to improve to 4-3 in ODAC play, and 5-7 overall. Now tied for sixth place in the conference with Lynchburg, the Yellow Jackets head to Randolph College Wednesday night before hosting Roanoke Saturday at 2 p.m. for their annual “Back To The Hive” homecoming celebration. Rob Witham can be reached at

ence tournament quarterfinals in late February. The Yellow Jackets, coming off a Wednesday loss at Bridgewater where the Eagles built an early lead and kept

Randolph-Macon at bay for the rest of the game, saw the Quakers open the game on a 9-0 run. But led by the stellar play of blossoming sophomore point guard Cheridan Hatfield,


of the key on offense, scoring 7 points and facilitating the basketball well. For Hanover, Jack Belcastro led with 12 points while Charlie Rohr scored 9. After a 4-1 start, the Hawks have now lost five straight contests. Both schools are back in action facing county rivals this Friday, as Patrick Henry will host Atlee, while Hanover travels to Lee-Davis. Varsity doubleheaders at both locations begin with the girls games at 6 p.m. Joel Klein for The Local Rob Witham can be reached Hanover forward Trevor Brooks grabs a rebound away from at Patrick Henry’s Camden Byrd (1) and Tysen Brown (23) Friday.

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in double digits, while fighting hard, Hanover never launched a legitimate comeback attempt as the Patriots (4-2) won 60-45. Tysen Brown, a top scorer from a year ago, led Patrick Henry with 14 points, while Jayden Mines added 10 and Aaron Brown contributed 9. Off the bench, Camden Byrd provided quality minutes working relentlessly at the top

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Heart Havens Open Interview Day Wednesday, January 29th 11am-1pm and 3-5pm Ashland Branch Library, 201 S. Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005



FULL-TIME: MANUFACTURING / ASSEMBLY PART-TIME: SEWING WILL TRAIN Music Industry’s leading case manufacturer needs highly-motivated and responsible team members with positive attitude. TKL offers: • Fully-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance • Paid vacation and holidays Located 10 minutes West of Innsbrook / Short Pump, off I-64 Oilville Exit 167, then 1/4 mile North on Route 617

Open your heart and help adults with developmental disabilities to live full and happy lives as a direct support professional, starting pay is $12.00 per hour. We also have an opening for a Lead as well. Heart Havens offers a sign-on bonus, competitive benefits package and training.

Must have reliable transportation • Drug Testing Required

You must be 21, with a valid driver’s license and high school diploma or GED.

TKL Products Corp. 2545 Turkey Creek Rd, Oilville, VA 23129 (804) 749-8300

Visit to learn more. FLOORS



J.A.W. Flooring Installation, Repairs, Sand & Refinish Joe Woody, Owner / Operator Licensed / Insured 804-714-4016

Junk Removal Will clean junk from attics, basements, garages, hauling brush piles, furniture & appliances. 804-514-2938


Merchandise MISC. ITEMS WANTED BUYING ALL U.S. GOLD OR SILVER Coins & Collections, Bullion Gold & Silver, Jewelry, Diamonds, Gold Watched, Broken or Scrap Gold, Sterling Silver Sets. For Collections, House Calls Made! $$Cash Paid$$ 804-218-9233


TAX RETURN DATA ENTRY/ TAX PREPARER POSITION Growing CPA firm in King William looking to hire a data entry personnel for tax season. This is a seasonal position (Mid Jan-May) with the potential to grow into a full-time position, starting at an hourly rate of $16- $20+/hour depending on experience. Tax Preparation & QuickBooks experience a plus. Organized & Detailed Oriented. Email resume to

Purcell Construction Custom Builder Hunter Purcell 804972-2215 www.Purcell Construction.Biz Historical Renovations ∂ Custom Homes built on your land ∂ Insurance Claims ∂ Additions ∂ Barns ∂ Siding & Replacement Windows ∂ Sunrooms ∂ Decks ∂ Porches ∂ Inter/Exter Renova∂ tions ∂ Tenant Build Outs Kitchen & Bath Remodels ∂ Handicap Ramps ∂ Termite Damage Rehab ∂ Lic/Ins Res/Comm ∂ 36 yrs exp ∂ A+ Rating with the BBB & Angie’s List ∂ Senior Citizens Discount Dont Move....Improve!

Full Service Tree Company. (Removal, trimming, topping, stump grinding & firewood delivery) Offering free estimates and providing fully insured work.

Tree & Shrub Pruning, Removals, Stump Grinding. Health/Risk Assessments. Insured. Free Estimates. 804-779-2170 Certified Arborist and MD LTE

PLUMBING Paul Brown Plumbing - in Business Since 1983. New Residential, Light Commercial, Renovations, Additions & Service. We do it all! Senior Citizen Discounts. For free estimate, 746-5030

Trimming & Take Downs. Stump Grinding. If it’s tree work we do it! Insured. Free Est. BBB THANK YOU!!! MC/VISA/Discover.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Listed below is the Board of Supervisors adopted meeting schedule for 2020. All meetings are scheduled to be held in the Board Room of the Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover Courthouse, Hanover, Virginia, unless otherwise noted.


January – December 2020: Date January 8, 2020 January 22, 2020

Day Wednesday Wednesday

Time 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

February 12, 2020 February 19, 2020 February 26, 2020 March 11, 2020 March 25, 2020 April 1, 2020 April 8, 2020 April 22 2020 May 13, 2020 May 27, 2020 June 24, 2020 July 22, 2020 August 26, 2020 September 9, 2020 September 23, 2020 October 14, 2020 October 28, 2020

Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Type of Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting, 7501 Library Drive, Hanover Courthouse Regular Board Meeting Special Budget Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Budget Public Hearing Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting

November 18, 2020 December 9, 2020

Wednesday Wednesday

3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Regular Board Meeting Regular Board Meeting

If you need further information, please call the County Administrator’s Office at 365-6005.


Cecil R. Harris, Jr. County Administrator


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Notice is hereby given that the Hanover County School Board has set Tuesday, at 7:00 7:00 PM PM Tuesday, January January 28, 22, 2020, 2019 at in the School Board Administration Building, 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, Virginia, as a time and place for a Public Hearing inviting citizen input Fiscal Year on the Superintendent’s 2019-2020 2020-2021 Proposed Budget. Proposed Budget.










Notice is hereby given that the Hanover County

Notice is hereby given that the Hanover County Board of Supervisors will hold a regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at the Emergency Communications Building, 7501 Library Drive at Hanover Courthouse, Hanover Virginia. This is a change from the previously published notice.

Board of Supervisors has set Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, at Hanover Courthouse, Hanover, Virginia, as the time, date and place for a public hearing on the appointment of a school board member for the Mechanicsville Magisterial District, in accordance with Section 22.1-29.1 of the Code of Virginia.

If you need further information, please call the County Administrator’s Office at 365-6005.

All persons desiring to nominate or support candidates for this position may appear at the above time

Cecil R. Harris, Jr. County Administrator



and place. Cecil R. Harris, Jr., County Administrator

TOWN OF ASHLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that on the 21st day of January at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Town Hall, 101 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA, the Ashland Town Council will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of receiving input, and may take action on the following: 2040 TRANSPORTATION PLAN & COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF ASHLAND HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED AND UPDATED AND THE NEW 2040 TRANSPORTATION PLAN WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR APPROVAL AND ADDITION TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF ASHLAND. The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public input and all interested persons are encouraged to attend and express their views. Copies of documents related to this matter may be obtained by contacting Town Hall at 798-9219 (101 Thompson Street, Ashland, Virginia 23005) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Written comments may be submitted to Bernadette Cornelius, Clerk of the Planning Commission, via email at or through regular mail to Clerk of the Planning Commission, Town of Ashland, P.O. Box 1600, Ashland, VA 23005. Any person with a disability requiring assistance in order to participate in the public hearings is asked to contact Town Hall in advance so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Hanover County Board of Supervisors has set Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 7:00 P.M., in the Board Room of the Hanover County Government Building at Hanover Courthouse, Hanover, Virginia, as the day, date, time, and place for a public hearing to consider the following cases, at which public comments will be accepted: REZONINGS REZ2019-00023, HOMETOWN REALTY SERVICES, INC. Request(s) to rezone from A-1, Agricultural District, and R-1, Single-Family District, to RS(c), Single- Family Residential District with conditions on GPIN 8706-62-5060, consisting of approximately 12.98 acres, and located on the east line of Shady Grove Road (State Route 640) at its intersection with Old Oaklawn Drive (State Route 1201). The subject property is designated on the General Land Use Plan Map as Suburban General (1.5 – 3 dwelling units per acre). The proposed zoning amendment would permit the use of the dwelling as office. (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: Chickahominy REZ2019-00024, CALDWELL PARTNERS, L.L.C. AND HHHUNT CALDWELL, L.L.C. Request(s) an amendment to the conceptual plan and proffers approved with rezoning request C-14-14(c), Mary Lynne McDougle, et al. (Scotchtown Partners, L.L.C.), on GPINs 8706-58-5695, 8706-49-5063, 8706-58-3434, 8706-58-6162, 8706-48-8991, 8706-59-0093, 8706-58-8910, 870669-3782, 8707-60-1621, 8707-61-2365, 8707-51-3243, 8707-51-3841, and 8707-61-6614, consisting of approximately 107.56 acres, zoned RS(c) Single Family Residential District with conditions, RM(c) Multi-Family Residential District with conditions, and B-3(c), General Business District with conditions. The request is also to rezone approximately 15.89 acres from A-1, Agricultural District and RM(c) Multi-Family Residential District with conditions to B-3(c), General Business District with conditions. The property is located on the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Chamberlayne Road (U.S. Route 301) and New Ashcake Road (State Route 643). The subject property is designated on the General Land Use Plan Map as Multi-Use. The proposed zoning amendment would permit reconfiguration of the overall commercial and residential development, reduces the number of apartments from 286 to 232 units, and increases the number of townhomes from 131 to 185 units. (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: Chickahominy CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS CUP2019-00007, HOMETOWN REALTY SERVICES, INC. Request(s) a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with Sections 26-59.6 and 26-59.10 of the Hanover County Zoning Ordinance to permit use as an office and a recreational facility on GPIN 8706-62-5060, consisting of approximately 12.98 acres, zoned A-1, Agricultural District, and R-1, SingleFamily Residential District (pending rezoning request, REZ2019-00023, to rezone to RS(c), Single-Family Residential District with conditions), and located on the east line of Shady Grove Road (State Route 640) at its intersection with Old Oaklawn Drive (State Route 1201). The subject property is designated on the General Land Use Plan Map as Suburban General (1.5 – 3 dwelling units per acre). (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: Chickahominy CUP2019-00009, MARK T. MOTLEY Request(s) a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with Section 26-20.14 and 26-130.1 of the Hanover County Zoning Ordinance to permit a recreation facility/event venue on GPIN 7787-37-3848(part), consisting of approximately 1.57 acres, zoned A-1, Agricultural District, and B-3, General Business District, and located on the east line of Washington Highway (U.S. Route 1) approximately 925 feet north of its intersection with Old Telegraph Road (State Route 661). The subject property is designated on the General Land Use Plan Map as Commercial. (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: South Anna SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS SE2019-00013, KELLI PARKER Request(s) a Special Exception Permit in accordance with Section 26-21.3 of the Hanover County Zoning Ordinance to permit a commercial dog kennel and dog training facility on GPINs 7837-05-3322 and 7837-05-7400, consisting of approximately 20.1 acres, zoned A-1, Agricultural District, and located on the west line of Beaver Den Lane (State Route 1097) at its intersection with Anderson Mill Way (State Route 1096). (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: BEAVERDAM SE2019-00014, C-FALLS, L.L.C. Request(s) a Special Exception Permit in accordance with Section 26-21.10 of the Hanover County Zoning Ordinance to permit a temporary sales office for an approved subdivision on GPIN 7787-06-9949, consisting of approximately 10.0 acres, zoned A-1, Agricultural District, and located on the south line of Cedar Lane (State Route 623) at its intersection with Woodside Farm Drive (state route pending). (PUBLIC HEARING) Magisterial District: South Anna Copies of the above case may be reviewed in the Planning Office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


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R-MC events set Contributed Report ASHLAND – The following programs are scheduled for the new year at Randolph-Macon College. 2 p.m. Jan. 15 -- Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King Jr., -- Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts at 205 Henry St. Nathaniel L. Bishop, senior associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and student vitality at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, will serve as the keynote speaker. 2 p.m. Feb. 9 -- Richmond Symphony Orchestra Metro Collection -- Pre-Doncert Lecture SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons at 304 Henry St. 3 p.m. Concert, Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts. Laura Jackson, conductor. Daisuke Yamamoto, violin. Molly Sharp, viola. Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertina Cusqueño, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major. K. 364, Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Opus 10, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. Contact: Richmond Symphony Box Office 804-788-1212 Feb. 23-March 28 – 3 to 5 p.m. Opening Reception on Feb. 23; exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 23 to March 28 at Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall at 211 N. Center St. An invitational show of nationally recognized and emerging ceramic artists curated by Mike Jabbur and Birdie Boone. This exhibit includes works by Birdie Boone, Katie Fee, Stuart Gair, Chris Gustin, Hiroe Hanazono, Mike Jabbur, Maggie Jaszczak, Candice Methe, Lindsay Oesterritter, Mark Pharis, Jane Shellenbarger, and Chris Staley and offers a deeper look into the artistic process and life of the ceramic vessel.

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