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School budget includes employee raise $180.8 million proposal targets technology issues By Jim Ridolphi for The Mechanicsville Local

Jim Ridolphi for The Local

Hanover County Public Schools superintendent Michael Gill presented his 2018 proposed budget at last week’s Hanover County School Board meeting.

ASHLAND — Hanover County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Gill presented a proposed $180.8 million 2018 operating budget last week at a special meeting of the Hanover County School Board. The new operating budget provides a 2 percent salary increase for all employees, increases staffing by six posi-

tions, and funds the county’s increased share for the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). More significantly, the Capital Plan portion of Gill’s proposal takes major steps in

“We are entering a time . . . when technology is not a luxury. It is the expectation.” DR. MICHAEL GILL Superintendent

addressing a technology deficit in county schools. The document proposes spending of more than $16

Seventh-grader wins bee with ‘sentries’ ASHLAND – After 16 rounds, Blake Jenkins, a seventh grade student at Liberty Middle School, won the Hanover County Public Schools’ 2016-2017 Division Spelling Bee.

The winning word was “sentries.” Michael Dennehy, a fifth grade student at John M. Gandy Elementary School, was the runner-up. The competition was held Wednesday,

Jan. 25, at the Hanover County School Board Office in Ashland. It is the second of four levels of the National Spelling Bee. As the division champion, Blake will repsee BEE, pg. 19 

million in the next five years to address technology infrastructure and maintenance and provide laptops for all teachers beginning at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The plan also calls for students to receive one-on-one devices beginning in year 2021, and also provides technical staffing to support the upgrades. Gill said the technologies would provide more than just a “replacement for pen and paper,” pointing to expanded educational opportunities offered though computerbased programs. see RAISE, pg. 5  Photo submitted by Chris R. Whitley

Blake Jenkins, a seventh grade student at Liberty Middle School, won the Hanover County Public Schools’ 2016-2017 Division Spelling Bee last week.

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Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ECHANICSVILLE – The Challenger Sports Division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church will host its first Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, aat the Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. Over 100 volunteers, children from the Challenger Sports Division and their families will gather for two hours to package over 15,000 meals. The Challenger Sports Division of

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By invitation only Teacher Job Fair set Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – Hanover County Public Schools will hold a Teacher Job Fair on Feb. 25 by invitation only. According to Chris R. Whitley, public information officer for Hanover County Public Schools, licensed applicants or those who will be licensed by August should visit http://bit.ly/2eOJ7sv to request

an interview. The deadline to apply for an interview was Tuesday, Jan. 31. There are a limited number of slots available for this event, but a completed application allows for follow-up at a future date. Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, Feb. 3, if selected for an interview. All candidates will be required to submit an appli-

cation with supporting documents for any specific teaching vacancy posted for the 20162017 school year. Additional information also will be available at the event on the following topics:  Benefits  Athletics  Summer School  Extended School Year (Special Education)  Substitute Teaching

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17 GOVERNMENT Supervisors updated on status of legislative bills.

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Bond revoked for teen charged in two deaths in spring 2016 Staff Report news@mechlocal.com

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HANOVER — Bond has been revoked in the case of Nikolas Seth Fleming, 19, of Mechanicsville, who was indicted in the deaths of Dylan Ballard, 17, and Elliott Hinton, 22, both of Mechanicsville. Chief Judge J. Overton Harris revoked Fleming’s bond following an incident on Jan. 11

in which he was said to have violated conditions of his release. Fleming was arrested on Jan. 12 and is scheduled to return to Hanover County Circuit Court on Feb. 21. The fatal crash took place Saturday, April 23, at 6089 Cold Harbor Rd. in Mechanicsville. Fleming was driving a 2001 four-door Dodge Ram pickup truck that struck a tree headon. Ballard and Hinton were

pronounced dead at the scene. Other passengers in the truck were Thomas B. Lumpkin of Aylett and Becca Clements and Patrick Hinton, both of Mechanicsville. Elliott was Patrick’s brother. The investigation was a joint effort of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office and the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

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SHERIFF’S REPORTS signature by false pretenses was reported in the 12400 block of Ashland Vineyard Lane, Ashland.

Jan. 20 

Possession of Schedule I and II controlled substances was reported in the 8200 block of Signal Hill Road/Elm Drive, Mechanicsville.



Petit larceny from auto was reported in the 4100 block of Old Church Road, Mechanicsville.



Driver did not report an accident with damages, $1,000, in the 7400 block of Verdi Lane, Mechanicsville.



Concealment, price altering merchandise, $200, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.









Entering property with intent to damage was eported in the 11600 block of Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland.







Credit card fraud, $200 in six months, was reported in the 6400 block of Birch Tree Trace, Mechanicsville. Larceny of bank notes and checks was reported in the 9200 block of Rural Point Drive, Mechanicsville. Assault and battery of a family member was reported in the 10300 block of Shellie Lee Drive, Ashland.

Jan. 21 

Petit larceny from auto was reported in the 6300 block of Camille Drive, Mechanicsville.



Concealment, price altering merchandise, $200, was reported in the 11100 block of Leadbetter Road, Ashland.

Destruction of property, monument, was reported in the 5300 block of Via Farm Drive, Mechanicsville.



Simple assault was reported in the 9200 block of Atlee Station Road/Craney Island Road, Mechanicsville.

Destruction of property, monument, $1,000, was reported in the 11200 block of Carters Heights Road, Ashland.



Obtaining money or

Grand larceny, $200 or more not from a person, was reported in the 13000 block of Deer Hollow Lane, Ashland.





Petit larceny, $200 not from a person, was reported in the 6600 block of Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville. Assault and battery of a family member was reported in the 19200 block of Holly Court Lane, Rockville.

Jan. 22 





Threats of death or bodily injury by letter or electronic means was reported in the 6000 block of Ironworks Court, Mechanicsville. Hit and run injury or death and failure to notify police were reported in the 9100 block of Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville. Concealment, price altering of merchandise, $200, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.

Jan. 23 



Petit larceny from vehicle was reported in the 7300 block of Luck Lane, Mechanicsville. Fraudulent credit card application loss, $200, was reported in the 11200 block of Washington Highway,

Glen Allen. 

Driver did not report an accident with damages, $250, in the 7000 block of Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville.



Unauthorized use of name or picture was reported in the 11000 block of Air Park Drive, Ashland.



Receiving goods from credit card fraud, $200, was reported in the 11000 block of Air Park Drive, Ashland.



Concealment, price altering merchandise, $200, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.

Jan. 24 

Unauthorized use of a vehicle, boat or animal was reported in the 10100 block of Kings Dominion Boulevard, Doswell.



Petit larceny from auto was reported in the 7300 block of Highlander Place, Mechanicsville.



Grand larceny from auto was reported in the 9100 block of Berkwood Court, Mechanicsville. see SHERIFF’S, pg. 4 

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Saturday, FEBRUARY 11, 2017 8:00AM–4:00PM LEE-DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL will be hosting their 7th Annual Navy JROTC Drill Meet. Multiple schools from all over Virginia are scheduled to compete in various events such as Armed and Unarmed Exhibitions, Color Guard Exhibitions and Unit Personnel Inspections. This event is FREE to the public! Concessions will be available for purchase to benefit the NJROTC Program. For questions or donations, please contact ldnjrotcbooster@gmail. com. Come cheer on our Lee-Davis HS and Hanover HS NJROTC Cadets!

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Deputies escape injury after man Walmart cleared tries to run them over with vehicle after bomb threat ing.

Staff Report news@mechlocal.com HANOVER – A 31-year-old Mechanicsville man has been arrested and charged with attempted capital murder after driving towaraJacob Bryan Cahoon also was charged with eluding police, obstruction of justice, and possession of Schedule I and II narcotics. According to Sgt. James R. Cooper of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office, Cahoon was taken into custody around 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, during a traffic stop on a vehicle the accused was operat-

Cooper said Cahoon stopped the vehicle on Jennifer Lane in Me ch an i c s v i l l e. Cahoon had the vehicle facing the deputies. “As the deputies exited their vehicles, Cahoon accelerated CAHOON rapidly towards the deputies that were on foot, forcing them

to jump out of the way in order to avoid getting struck. The vehicle then fled the scene,” Cooper aid. The sergeant said the vehicle was located abandoned behind Harbor Square Apartments. A perimeter was immediately established by deputies. Cahoon was located and taken into custody without incident. Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office at 804365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Virginia Lottery invites nominations for Super Teacher Award Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com Virginia’s true heroes of education will be celebrated

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Attempted capital murder law enforcement was reported in the 7100 block of Edgewood Road, Mechanicsville.





Grand larceny from auto was reported in the 7200 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville. Concealment, price altering merchandise, $200, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville. Simple assault was reported in the 20000 block

Staff Report news@mechlocal.com M E C HA N I C S V I L L E — After a Walmart employee received a bomb threat by telephone Wednesday, Jan. 25, the store in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville was evacuated. Sgt. James R. Cooper of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office said deputies responded around 8:37 p.m. They assisted with evacuating the store and clearing the parking lot. “Once deputies verified the business was clear of all customers, bomb detecting canines and Sheriff ’s Office

of Landora Bridge Road, Ruther Glen.

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Violating preliminary protective order was reported in the 8200 block of Ellerson Wood Court, Mechanicsville. Profane and threatening language over a public airway was reported in the 7200 block of Courtland Farm Road, Hanover. ID theft obtaining ID to avoid arrest was reported in the 7800 block of Compass Point Lane.

Jan. 25 

Possession of marijuana,

first offense, was reported in the 13500 block of Mountain Road/Winns Church Road, Glen Allen. 







Credit card theft was reported in the 13200 block of Depot Road, Hanover. Breaking and entering at night with intent to commit felony was reported in the 10400 block of Washington Highway, Ashland. Vandalism was reported in the 11500 block of Sun Shade Lane, Ashland. Simple assault was reported in the 7000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike,

personnel conducted security sweeps of the building,” Cooper said. “Nothing suspicious was located inside the business.” Walmart management reopened the store. Cooper said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office at 804-3656140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-7801000. Citizens also can text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous. Mechanicsville. 

Grand larceny building was reported in the 12300 block of Wildwood Boulevard, Ashland.



Possession of marijuana, subsequent offense, was reported in the 7400 block of Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville.



Grand larceny building was reported in the 6300 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville.



Firearms, regardless of value, not from a person, was reported in the 6300 block of War Horse Lane, Mechanicsville.

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CHALLENGER Continued from pg. 2 

Challenger Sports Division, along with his team, decided that they needed to go bigger than they ever have before. They wanted to give back to the community, to the nation, in a way that they knew would

have a major impact and they knew that Stop Hunger Now was the way to go. The Challenger Sports team, players and families are asking for your help. Did you know that the cost of a family of four to eat one fast-food meal, nearly 100 meals can be prepared and shipped overseas?

Want to make a big impact? Eat at home and donate the cost of your dinner toward their Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing Event. You can donate in two ways: You may either write a check to Cool Spring Baptist Church and put Challenger Sports in the memo line

or you may use this link to donate securely online: http:// www.events.stophungernow. org/ChallengerSports2017. The deadline to donate is Friday, Feb. 10. All checks may be sent to Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Rd., Mechanicsville VA 23116.


RAISE Continued from pg. 1 

“We are entering a time ‌ when technology is not a luxury. It is the expectation,â€? Gill said. “Some have even gone as far to call technology the literacy of the 21st century. If we believe that education at its fundamental core is to help students be prepared to live and work and thrive in the world they will inherit upon graduation, then we also have the responsibility to teach the literacy of the 21st century.â€? The proposed budget provides the salary increases and other additional expenditures despite lowered shares from the Commonwealth. Gov. Terry McAuliffe outlined his budget last month, and no funding is provided for salary increases and proposed that VRS local contributions increase. It added up to a $4.8 million increase from last year’s operating budget, with a large amount (up $3.2 million

from last year) of that increase derived from local funds. “Just to maintain where we are is going to take additional revenue,� Gill said. “If it’s not coming from the state, it obviously has to come from the locality.� That local share accounts for 46 percent of total 2018 revenue in the amount of $82.3 million, while the state provides about 49 percent or $89 million McAuliffe’s budget could be adjusted after General Assembly debate and final approval, and funding could fluctuate, but the current document provides a 1.5 percent bonus for Standard of Quality (SOQ) school personnel, about 68 percent of the actual number of teachers and support personnel employed in most districts, including Hanover. Gill said it’s important for Hanover salaries to remain competitive, and noted the state bonus is a one-time payment. That reasoning prompted Gill

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Chairman John Axselle, left, Bob Hundley and Marla Coleman listen intently to Dr. Michael Gill’s presentation that outlined his 2018 budget proposal.

to use the bonus money with additional funds to provide the 2 percent across-the-board raise, an increase that remains in the employee’s salary base. Gill said the system’s successes, like the second highest graduation rate among large school divisions and one of the lowest dropout rates, are a result of the teachers and other staff who provide the instruction, and the salary increase displays a commitment to

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these dedicated employees. “We have to recognize why we have all of those accolades that you saw happened in the first place,� Gill said. “There are many reasons but there is one constant. You can’t have any of those accolades without great people in every department.� The proposed budget also provides funds for eight students slots in a new regional project that prepares students

for careers in Coding, one of the fastest growing job markets in the technology field. Code RVA is located in Richmond and will accommodate about 100 regional students. Also included in the Capital Improvement budget is $2.3 million for auditorium renovations at Patrick Henry High School and Lee-Davis High School. Those projects are slated for 2019 and will utilize this year’s allotment with

previously approved funds to complete these two projects. Under the proposed fiveyear technology plan, middle school teachers will receive laptops in the fall of 2017 with high school and elementary teachers scheduled to receive their units the following year. The same plan of distribution is slated for student devices slated to begin in 2021. The Capital Improvement proposal outlines $16.9 million in spending for technology during the next five years, with an additional $4 million derived from the General Fund. “I’m excited about this budget,� Gill said. “Not only do I believe that we have been able to overcome all of the challenges, but we are presenting a budget that I feel is going to drive our instruction and our county forward in a way that may not be comparable to something in recent memory.� Henry District representasee RAISE, pg. 31 



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OPINION | The Local Views From the editor

It isn’t about skin color — it’s about the individual By Melody Kinser Managing Editor She is one of the most honorable people I know. She is a dedicated Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, friend — and she is black. But her skin color does not identify her — it never has. I first encountered Audrey in 1998 when interviewing for an editor’s job in a town 30 miles south of my hometown. The first thing I noticed was the cute hat she was wearing. With thick hair, I don’t have a good “hat head.” Her first comment to me was “Run. Run while you can.” This was while the publisher was giving me a tour of the newspaper building. Well, that made for an unusual impression. I got the job and Audrey became my right hand in the newsroom’s operations. She remains what I consider the queen of breaking news. As soon as she heard the scanner, she was out the door. Many times she arrived at the scene before law enforcement or emergency services.

I’ve always been “color blind” in terms of race. I grew up with various ethnicities, religions and cultures. That was life in the coalfields and we didn’t give it much thought. Were there racists in our communities? Of course — there’s no escaping that hatred. I’ll never understand what skin color has to do with anything. If you’re a good person, you’re a good person. If you’re not, you’re not. You’ll find both in all peoples. Much to my concern, a recent phone conversation addressed a serious situation — and one we really had never had to discuss. We’ve been friends since 1999. Whether we talk every week, every month or every three months, that friendship is unwavering and with complete loyalty. She has a husband, children and grandchildren and worries about the future based on the attitudes exhibited during last year’s presidential election. Blacks and Muslims became targets of insults and threats. This was unfamiliar territory for our talks.

She had known about racial profiling when her son was coming home for a visit. He was stopped in a predominately white town in the county where he was raised. He asked the police officer why he was pulled over. He didn’t get a legitimate response, and was sent on his way. Suffice it to say, his mother, who as a reporter covered town council meetings where he had been detained, was outraged. When she took her complaints to the mayor and police chief, the explanation was “Well, he had out of state tags. If we had known he was your son . . .” That’s when she cut them off. Without hesitation, she asked if he was stopped because he is black. Of course that was denied. That incident occurred before she and I met. When she relived what her son had been through, the rage and heartbreak surfaced again. No parent wants their child to experience that kind of treatment. A mutual friend told us about being

denied service at a soda fountain in a drug store when she was a teen in the 1970s. This was incomprehensible to me. I consider myself blessed to have such a good friend. Her skin color is a non-issue. I’m proud to say she’s one of my best friends. The number of posts I’ve seen on Facebook exposing the true feelings of people I’ve known for years has been enlightening and frightening. Some blame it on the election, but I think that racists and hate-mongers used the nasty twists and turns as an opportunity to come out. (I remember when that had a completely different meaning.) Prayer has become a larger part of my daily routine. Audrey is such a strong woman of faith. Whenever she faces situations that most of us would freak out over, she maintains: “It is what it is.” The bottom line is we must return to a united nation. Division because of race or religion is not acceptable.

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The days of the circus coming to town are about to end By Jim Ridolphi Contributing Columnist Turn out the lights the party’s over.

The fat lady has sung! You pick the cliché, but most would accurately describe the feelings of millions as they heard the news

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that Ringling Brothers will be making its last tour this winter and closing up shop forever. After 146 years of capturing imag-

inations of the young at heart, owners of the famed circus announced the curtain will fall for the last time in May with a closing show in Uniondale,

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New York. Fortunately, Richmond is on the final schedule and the circus will come to town one final time for local devotees in March. Officials are urging folks to get their tickets early for the farewell performances. Apparently, the circus doesn’t hold the same appeal for current generations as it does for those who remember the good old days when the “Greatest Show on Earth” represented excitement and a chance to experience exotic people and places. As a youth, the circus was the central theme in a number of movies, and the city celebrated its arrival with a huge parade, complete with elephants see CIRCUS, pg. 8 


EDUCATION | School Board, Student News & Announcements ASHLAND — Olivia J. Dillard, a graduate of Atlee High School’s class of 2016, recently was included in Randolph-Macon College’s Dean’s List for outstanding academic success. A freshman, she is the daughter of Mechanicsville residents Tripp and Diane Dillard. While attending R-MC as an R. Purnell Bailey Scholar, Dillard is pursuing a double major in Religion and Sociology. ——CONWAY, South Carolina — Paris Winters of Mechanicsville, a junior majoring in marketing, has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2016 semester. To qualify for the President’s List for high academic achievement, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full time. ——WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut —The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Dalton Ruch of Mechanicsville has been named to its Dean’s List for Fall 2016. ——HARRISONBURG — James Madison University is pleased to announce that the following students made the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semeste: Caroline Haynes of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in communication sciences & disorders. Chase Kirby of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in accounting. Stephen Koch of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in psychology. Danielle Orlandi of Mechanicsville, who is sched-

uled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in biology. ——DUBLIN – Philip Hudson and Jonathan Irving of Mechanicsville have been placed on the Dean’s List in recognition of academic excellence during the fall 2016 semester at New River Community College. A Dean’s List student is one who has taken 12 college-level semester hours of credit or more and attained a grade point average of 3.2 for any one semester. ——BURLINGTON, Vermont – Alexandra Ledwith and Austin Yates, both of Mechanicsville, have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school. ——HARRISONBURG — James Madison University is pleased to announce that the following students made the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester: Savannah Evans of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in accounting. Ryan Hooper of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in accounting. Allison McLaughlin of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in accounting. Eric Price of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in athletic training. Alyssa Smith of Ashland, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in biology. Nicholas Kane of Mechanicsville, who is sched-

uled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in chemistry. Hannah Ogburn of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in communication sciences & disorders. Anthony Hughson of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and is majoring in computer information systems. Allyson Butler of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in earth science. Emily Deaton of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in English. Cameron Pearson of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in English. Austin Spencer of Montpelier, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in finance. Erin Thorn of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and is majoring in graphic design. Somer Adkins of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in health sciences. Christian Difruscio of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in health sciences. Ryder Elder of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in health sciences. Zachary Emerson of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in health sciences. Lindsey Payne of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in health sciences. Zachary Radolinski of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in health sciences. Alexa Taylor of

Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in health sciences. Kassidy Taylor of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in health sciences. Kayla Bennett of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in health services administration. Anne Banton of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in history.

Mary Mulvaney of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in history. Kaylin Mathes of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in hospitality management. Harold Barney of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Jordan Brooks of Mechanicsville, who is sched-

uled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Brian Elliott of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Connor Ganley of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Brantley Gilbert of Mechanicsville, who is schedsee EDUCATION, pg. 8 

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Beaverdam, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in kinesiology. Rebecca Hoover of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in kinesiology. Tiffany Reynolds of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in kinesiology. Olivia Tuck of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in kinesiology. Caroline Yeager of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in kinesiology. Preston Gilbert of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in marketing. Sarah Puckett of Montpelier, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in marketing. Raine Wilson of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in marketing. Victoria Gambriel of

Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in media arts and design. Cailey Gribben of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and is majoring in media arts and design. Faith Whittemore of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in media arts and design. Samantha Barnitt of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in media arts and design. Michael Gefell of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in media arts and design. Samuel Rettig of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in media arts and design. Erin Dixon of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is

majoring in music. Allison Satterwhite of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in music. Savannah Kramer of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and is majoring in nursing. ——HARRISONBURG — James Madison University is pleased to announce that the following students made the president’s list for the fall 2016 semester: Kathryn Outhous of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in accounting and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Russell Swanson of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in accounting and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Victoria Balducci of Hanover, who is majoring in athletic training and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Gerardo Alvarez of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in biology and is scheduled to graduate in 2017.

Kara Satterwhite of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in chemistry and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Caroline Ryan of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in dance and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Sarah Anderson of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in earth science and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Michael Carlson of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in finance and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Isabella Lassiter of Beaverdam, who is majoring in graphic design and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Erin Swierczewski of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in health sciences and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Madison Whitehurst of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in integrated science and technology and is scheduled to graduate in 2020. Olivia Balducci of Hanover, who is majoring in interdisci-

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Looking back, I suppose the circus had already begun its period of decline, but you wouldn’t have known it judging by the collection of characters I met on that brief visit. Many employees were kids who fulfilled a dream many of us thought of as a child: to grow up and join the circus and travel around the world. I even spoke briefly to a small man whose job lacked dignity in the eyes of many. He was responsible for walking behind the elephants and cleaning up the resulting debris. The train was a lively hub of activity, full of camaraderie and social interaction, and I left thinking these people were a band of brothers who truly enjoyed their jobs. Upon reflection, I consider myself lucky that I got to see the operation before it changed into a mass market appeal,

public relations minded marketing event and somehow lost the flavor of the old sawdust and canvas. For many generations, the circus has been a staple of Americana that I suppose we took for granted, and we never envisioned the words “Ladies and Gentlemen and kids of all ages” would fade into obscurity. Experts say the circus didn’t change with the times and short attention spans and rising admission prices finally sunk the giant operation that employed more than 500 people. Circus officials say high operating costs and sinking attendance dealt the final blow. In an effort to appease social concerns and ease expenses, the circus removed elephants from the show last year. It was too late to help. Like many, I didn’t dismay

when the operation moved from the big top to modern coliseums and brick and mortar venues. I also didn’t lament when the elephants were 86ed. But, there’s something inherently sad about Ringling Brothers shutting down the Greatest Show on Earth that tugs on the heartstrings of anyone who experienced the magic of the big top and the feeling it evoked in, well, children of all ages. When the news was announced earlier this month, I couldn’t help but think of that happy little man with the shovel. And, somewhere, that iconic tear that appears just below the eye of one of the most famous clowns who appeared on posters all over the globe seems real. The circus comes to town one last time March 23. Get your tickets early.

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uled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Scott Utterback of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in integrated science and technology. Christopher O’Donnell of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in intelligence analysis. Haley Graves of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Kaitlyn Grizzard of Hanover, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Courtney Gunn of

Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Evelyn Payne of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Rachel Smith of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Megan Jones of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in justice studies. Rachel Thinnes of Mechanicsville, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017 and is majoring in justice studies. Chelsea Thomas of Montpelier, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in justice studies. Makenzie Gittman of

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plinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Emily Bogaev of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Kaelin Jernigan of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Alexandria Lumpkin of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Abigail Myers of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Anna O’Flaherty of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Emily Pennington of

Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Jennifer Vieni of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Lauren Wiener of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Emily Clapp of Hanover, who is majoring in management and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Hannah Cuya of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in management and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. John Edelman of Ashland, who is majoring in marketing and is scheduled to graduate in 2020. Nancy Wood of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in media arts and design and is scheduled to graduate in 2018.

Sara Cole of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in nursing and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Mary Dustin of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in nursing and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Hailey Hulser of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in nursing and is scheduled to graduate in 2020. Melanie Lyons of Ashland, who is majoring in nursing and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. Molly Murphy of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in nursing and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. David Boyd of Montpelier, who is majoring in psychology and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Eryn Donovan of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in psychology and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Stephen Koch of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in psychology and is sched-

uled to graduate in 2017. Morgan Pennington of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in social work and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. Margaret Weber of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in social work and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Maura Long of Mechanicsville, who is majoring in sport & recreation management and is scheduled to graduate in 2017. Catherine Burch of Ashland, who is majoring in studio art and is scheduled to graduate in 2020. ——WHEATON, Illinois — Wheaton College student Delaney Turner of Mechanicsville, Virginia was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

——-BRIDGEWATER — The Dean’s List for the fall semester at Bridgewater College includes: Megan Elisabeth Adkins, a freshman majoring in psychology, from Mechanicsville; Scarlett Bavin, a junior majoring in liberal studies, from Mechanicsville; Jonathan Chudoba, a sophomore majoring in history and political science, from Mechanicsville; Aidan Fennelly, a freshman majoring in physics and mathematics, from Mechanicsville; Rachel Gaston, a freshman majoring in health and exercise science, from Mechanicsville; Molly K. Hinkle, a senior majoring in communication, technology and culture, from Mechanicsville; and Keon D. Nesmith, a freshman majoring in business administration, from Mechanicsville. Students on the Dean’s List have attained a 3.4 or better

grade point average of a possible 4.0. ——FRONT ROYAL — Darrell Campbell of Mechanicsville, a sophomore at RandolphMacon Academy (R-MA), received the boys’ JV soccer Coaches Award. Noah is the son of Susan Gutshall of Charlottesville. ——GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Emily May of Mechanicsville was named to the President’s List at Bob Jones University for high academic achievement during the Fall 2016 semester. She is a senior communication major. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. ——NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2016 semester: Karli Kury see EDUCATION, pg. 15 

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TRUDY BOURNE Trudy Barber Bourne, 53, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Kenneth Wayne Johnson and William Lee Bourne; and daughter, Jennifer Renee Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Bessie McGuire; brother, Wayne Barber; six children, Elizabeth White (Joshua), Michael Johnson (Bahola), KathBOURNE leen Weidman (Kasey), Brandon Kemp (Angie), Brad Kemp and Samantha Bourne; as well as three grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 8005 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite

CARL BROOKS Carl (“Buffalo”, “Big Cat Daddy”, “Carl T” and “Stud”) Brooks, of Hanover, unexpectedly gained his angel wings on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the age of 60. Carl was a gentle man, kindhearted, funny, BROOKS generous, hardworking, and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a wonderful husband to Debbie, his high school sweetheart and wife of almost 40 years, and an incredible father to his three beautiful daughters; Niki Brooks Jones and husband Michael; Ashlee Brooks Steigwardt and husband Martin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and LeeAnna Brooks and her fiancé, Zachary. In addition to his wife and daughters, Carl is survived by his brother, Bill Brooks and wife Nancy; sister, Darlin Lisa Hill and

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husband Adam of Buxton, North Carolina; as well as numerous extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Louis Brooks and Dorothy Constance Meeks, and grandson Draven. Carl graduated from Lee-Davis High School in 1975 and was employed by Carter Machinery for 24 years. Always active, he loved softball, bowling, volleyball, and baseball; his beloved team was the Boston Red Sox. He also loved riding his Harley. Carl was a member of Shalom Baptist Church and very active in the Men’s Ministry. He also was a member of the Masons Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344. All who knew him will miss Carl dearly. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at Monaghan Funeral Home at 7300 Creighton Parkway in Mechanicsville. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. A Masonic Service was held at the graveside.

RICHARD BROWN Richard Talbott Brown, 95, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2017. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard “Ricky” Brown Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of BROWN 75 years, Dorothy Fifer Brown; daughters, Brenda Brown Woolard and Janice Brown Bricker (Joe); grandchildren, Bonnie Woolard, Brian Woolard (Debbie), Richie Woolard and Lisa Bricker Marshall (Andy); eight great-grandsons, one

great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He worked for local Union #10 and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 9808. He enjoyed gardening, artistic painting, sports and most of all, his family. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 31,2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 4000 Pilots Lane in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s honor to the charity of your choice. The Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road was in charge of arrangements.

WOODFORD DAVIS Woodford Bristow Davis, 89, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by wife, Doris Walton Davis; parents, Lee and Lucy Davis; two sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his children, Daniel Ray Davis (Brenda) and Robin Davis Creasey (Robert); two grandchildren, Robert Creasey IV and Olivia Davis; two great-grandchildren, Mollie and Ryan Creasey; twin brother, John William “Sweet Pea” Davis (Alice Mae); nephew, Johnny Davis; and half-brother, Jimmy Beazley (Nora). Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060. The family wishes to express their thanks to special caregivers and neighbors.

THOMAS HALL Thomas Ray “Tom” Hall, of Lanexa, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert T. and Blanche “Teny” Hall. Tom is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vickey; children, Jennifer Fleet and husband, Chuck, and Chad Hubbard and wife, Chastity; grandchildren; Zack Griffen, Trey Fleet, Kenneth, Andrew HALL and Alyssa Whalen; and his sister Carolyn Webster and husband, Dan. Tom enjoyed fishing, boating and Nascar as well as his beloved Raiders. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in the spring at their river home in Lanexa. Tom brought so much to the lives he touched and will live on in our hearts forever. Arrangements were handled by Monaghan Funeral Home.

MARY JOHNSON Mary Sipiczky Johnson, of Mechanicsville, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, JOHNSON Andrew Sipiczky and Magdalene Laslo Sipiczky Batta; a brother, Andrew Edward Sipiczky (Joyce); two daughters, Virginia Dawn and Stacey Ann Johnson; her first husband, James Calvin Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Stuart P. Williamson Jr.; two brothers, Robert Paul Sipiczky (Nancy) and Daniel Batta Jr. (Becky); a daughter, Gail Woo (Ralph); a son, B. Wayne Johnson; one stepson, Shawn Allen Williamson; six grandchildren, Erica Valenti (Chris), Chad Vaughn, Steven Woo, Brian Woo, Amber Bunker (Jimmy) and Liam Williamson; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local animal shelters. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Memorial Regional Medical Center.

LORENA KING Lorena Reed “Lori” King, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a long cancer battle. She was born October 5, 1949, in Marietta, Ohio, to the late Harold L. and Zena Harper Reed formerly of Dexter City, Ohio. She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1967 and from Salem College in West Virginia KING in 1971, with her B.S. in elementary education. Then, while teaching school, she graduated with her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. She taught school in Ohio and in Virginia for 10 years. She married Norman E. King Jr. and has two children, Jessica (Christoph) see OBITUARIES, pg. 11 


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Weindl living in Glen Allen and Matthew King living in Richmond. She leaves five siblings: Leroy (Jan) Reed of Naples, Florida, Emily (David) Conley of Hartville, Ohio, Emma (Robert) Elliott of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Mary Jo (Jim) Hohman of Oldsmar, Florida, and Randy (Patty) Reed of Newark, Ohio. She leaves 15 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and nephews. Lorena was a devout Christian, homeschooled her children and loved traveling. She traveled to Europe several times. She, alone, spent one summer camping across our great country with her two children, Jessica and Matthew. She also loved flower gardening and was a great cook. During her college years, she worked in Lake George, New York, and in her later years, she worked in the gift shop in the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Hospital in Mechanicsville. Lorena fought the long and hard battle against cancer, driving herself to her chemo treatments for over two long years. One of her doctors summed her up very well by saying that he was very impressed with her fighting spirit. She would never give up, fighting one new challenge after another. Graveside services were held Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at bennettfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Healing for the Nations (Brian Wills) at healingforthenations.org or Mercy Ships at mercyships.org.

JOHN LLOYD John Carter Lloyd, 64, of Glen Allen, passed away on January 26, 2017. Son of Mary Wyatt Lloyd and the late John Edward Lloyd, he grew up in Glen Allen and

graduated from Hermitage High School in 1972. He was “a car guy” and owned and operated Richmond Battery Service for nearly 30 years. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Wyatt Lloyd; as well as “Pop,” Grandma and his beloved “Uncle Slug.” He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Barbara Trevvett Lloyd; his mother, Mary Wyatt Lloyd of Richmond; his sister, Susan Lloyd Caddell, and her husband, Bobby Glenn Caddell of Durham, North Carolina; his sister-in-law, Dee Trevvett Dove of Richmond; and his nephew, Sasha Dove, of Richmond. John “Johnny” will be missed by his uncle and aunt, William Andrew Lloyd and Anne Donahue Lloyd of Chester; aunts, Elizabeth “Betty” Grubbs Lloyd of Glen Allen, Saeko Haraquchi “Chicken” Wyatt of Luray and Barbara Farmer Wyatt of Mechanicsville; many Lloyd and Wyatt cousins and extended family he considered friends; and a host of close friends whom he considered family. He enjoyed playing golf, participating in car shows with his ‘65 Chevelle Malibu SS, playing with his favorite four-legged friends, -Crockett and Shiloh, and spending time with and helping the people he loved. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 4000 Pilots Lane in Richmond. The interment will be followed by a celebration of his life at approximately 2 p.m. in the Cardinal Ballroom at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 2880 Mountain Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bon Secours Nursing Excellence Care Fund, c/o Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, 7229 Forest Ave., Ste. 200, Richmond, VA 23226, in honor of the nurses and others at St. Mary’s who cared for John and his family, or to a charity of your choice.

RYAN MALONE Ryan Thomas Malone, born June 7, 1984, our beloved son and brother, was called home to God too early on January 22, 2017. Ryan is survived by his parents, Nancy and Chris Malone; three MALONE brothers, Matthew, Chad (Susie) and Brandon; a sister, Cecelia; his maternal grandparents, Donald and Patricia Webb; niece, Kara; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Ryan loved his family deeply. We will miss his brilliant sense of humor, his keen intellect, his devotion to all of us and his big heart. Ryan graduated from Atlee High School in 2002. Soon after, he began his career in aviation mechanics. He was employed by Express Jet at Richmond International Airport. Ryan was an Eagle Scout from Troop 521. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Richmond.

VERONICA PALMORE Mrs. Veronica Yurachek “Dickie” Palmore, 97, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Tyler’s Retreat at Ironbridge in Chester. She was the widow of Clay Bagby Palmore Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ann U. and John Paul Yurachek; three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary see OBITUARIES, pg. 12 

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Catherine “MC� Palmore Jones, and her husband, Ralph Garland Jones; a granddaughter, Molly Anne Jones; a grandson, Garland Bagby Jones, and his wife, Maria; and several nieces and nephews. Dickie loved working in her yard at her home. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 4000 Pilots Lane in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 7356 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home of Chester was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

ROBERT RICHARDS Robert “Bob� Edward Richards, aged 68, went to sleep peacefully on January 3, 2017. Bob was born August

7, 1948, in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Immediately after graduating from Hermitage High School, Bob joined the Army and served four years in overseas posts, to include Okinawa. Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed model railroading, watching Westerns, was an avid reader, and a devoted Washington Redskins fan. He also was a faithful member of the Meadowbridge Seventhday Adventist Church in Mechanicsville, serving as a deacon to the congregation. In 1968, Bob married the love of his life, Judith Anne Richards. Following his service in the United States Army, they moved to Glen Allen, where they raised their family of four children, including one daughter and three sons. Bob started his career with Bell Atlantic, and proudly retired from Verizon after 35 years of service. Bob had a passion for serving the church, its congregation, and church youth. It was a priority for him to support and encourage young

people to follow the Lord and to help others. Bob is survived by his daughter, Misty Richards of Louisa; sons, James Richards RICHARDS of Cleveland, Tennessee, Jason Richards of Richmond and Ryan Richards of Mechanicsville; four granddaughters and a number of other relatives and close friends.

REGINALD TATUM Reginald “Dale� Tatum, 65, passed peacefully on December 21, 2016, at his nephew’s home in Charlotte Court House. Mr. Tatum was born on August 14, 1951, in Farmville, to the late Johnnie Stonewall Tatum and the late Sara Jane Flowers Tatum. He obtained a Bachelor’s

Degree in Human Services. Mr. Tatum had many years of dedicated service to the Prince Edward County Sheriffs’ Office. After a disabling accident, Dale began dealing in antiques. He was married to Lois Newman Tatum, and she preceded him in death. Dale is survived by one uncle, Lewis, and wife, Virginia Tatum of Mechanicsville; one aunt, Rebecca Bowe of Colonial Heights; and three nieces and three nephews. One special nephew and wife, Brian and Rhonda Distler, of Charlotte Court House, with three great-nieces and three greatnephews and one great-great niece; nephew, John Distler Jr. and wife, Dawn, with one great-nephew and two greatnieces of St. Mary’s, Georgia; niece, Cynthia Johnson, and husband, TL, with one greatnephew and one-great niece and a great-great-nephew from Meherrin; niece, Darlene Winn, and husband, Randy, with one great-nephew and one great-niece and one great-

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HCBOS committee considers revived vehicle fee HANOVER — Last month, County Attorney Sterling Rives laid out an historical path that revealed a trend in state funding that is straining local budgets regarding transportation and education. Since 2005, the state has allotted less money for local schools, and, in real dollars, only this year returned to 2009 levels. “With inflation adjusted dollars, we are really back to where we were in 2005 in terms of state funding, a big share of public education,” Rives said at a Hanover County Board

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and Kyle Hernandez; six great-grandchildren; as well as two nephews. Mrs. Winters graduated from Surry High School, attended Mary Washington College and returned to teach at Surry High School for two years. She was a long-time active member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church, where she served WINTERS on several committees, was church secretary and founded the “Friends” Sunday School Class. Mrs. Winters was also a secretary at Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Cub Scout Den Mother and was a past president of the Pamunkey Woman’s Club. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, February 1, 2017) at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church,

of Supervisors meeting earlier this month. During that period, the number of students requiring special services has “increased dramatically. “School divisions across the state face everincreasing challenges.” Even more challenging is the county’s ability to meet growing transportation needs, including $74 million of identified new road projects, most of them considered critical to continuing development. Rives said secondary road funding for localities have dropped since 2004 when state funding for secondary road improvements was $229 million. By 2016, that figure

had dipped to $22 million, less than 10 percent of what it was in 2004. “Hanover’s numbers reflect that same reduction,” Rives said. “It was about $4 million in 2004 and somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 this year,” Rives said. The reduction in available state funding, “combined with the challenges we and other localities across the state now have in not accepting proffers from new developers ensuring new development pays for its fair share of new road improvements, has put every locality, including Hanover in a financial bind.” Last week, Hanover’s

Community Development Committee took those words to heart and began devising options to fund the county’s mounting road needs. One of those options that received the most discussion was revamping an annual county motor vehicle fee, a practice that disappeared in 2006, replaced by a one-time vehicle fee of $23 that was scrapped in 2011 during an election year. Chesterfield and Henrico counties still charge annual vehicle fees. In the past, County Administrator Cecil R. “Rhu Harris Jr. has estimated the county will need about $33 million, or $3.5 million annu-

ally, to fund the six major projects still remaining on the 15-year plan for transportation initiated in 2012. Joined by co-committee members Canova Peterson and Wayne Hazzard, chair Sean Davis said it’s the committee’s responsibility to come up with a plan to address the shortfalls regarding road construction. The committee endorsed a plan that would levy an annual vehicle fee, probably in the $25 range, to offset the mounting road construction costs. “This is our plan to address the problem,” Davis said. “We looked at other options and this seemed like the most viable, but it’s only a plan that we

will present to the full board of supervisors. It would have been irresponsible for us to do nothing when faced with a 90 percent reduction in state road funding.” Davis said he would wait until the budget process is concluded so more concrete figures can be considered to finalize the details of the plan and present it to fellow board members. While some point to the removal of proffers in 2013 as a major factor in the county’s inability to meet its road construction needs, Davis pointed out the county still collected

with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Grove Baptist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 428, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road was in charge of arrangements.

her husband and best friend of 22 years, Bart. She is survived by her daugh-

she will be dearly missed. Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Sandston Baptist Church. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family

requests donations be made in Karen’s memory to the Lung Cancer Alliance at P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241-8372 or by phone at 1-800-298-2436. The family wishes to thank the staff at

Hospice of Virginia as well as the many doctors and nurses involved in Karen’s care.The Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road was in charge of arrangements.

KAREN ZEKERT Karen Hill Zekert, 56, of Mechanicsville, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Karen was born July 14, 1960, in Richmond, to George and the late Catherine Throckmorton. She was a 1978 graduate of Chickahominy Academy High School and a 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech. Karen was a 33-year employee of SunTrust Mortgage Company, where she excelled due to her unparalleled work ethic, creative thinking and ability to challenge the status quo in an industry once dominated by men in dark suits. Karen leaves behind

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Eighth grade students at Chickahominy Middle School recently participated in the annual Cupcake Wars. Students in Amanda Cashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life Management classes were divided into groups to research, develop, and practice an original cupcake recipe. As a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) activity, students also had to design and build their own cupcake display. The morning of the competition, the students were surprised with a secret ingredient that needed to be included. They had an hour and 25 minutes to incorporate the secret ingredient, bake the cupcakes, make the frosting, and arrange the display. Teachers and administrators judged each group on taste, creativity, appearance, and ability to incorporate the secret ingredient.

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Tax relief available to elderly and permanently disabled HANOVER — Hanover County makes real estate tax relief available for residents who are elderly or permanently disabled and who have a net worth of $200,000 or less, and combined household gross income of $50,000 or less. The application period for the upcoming year began Jan. 3. The deadline is March 1, 2017, for the relief to be applied to the tax bills due (first half) on June 5. Applicants must be 65 years old or permanently disabled and must own or partially own the property and have lived in it on Dec. 31. If the applicant is in a hospital or

and William Libby, both of Mechanicsville. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. ——TUSCALO OSA, Alabama – Charles Russell of Mechanicsville received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama during winter commencement on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. ——BATONROUGE,Louisiana — The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines: Jospeh Spengler of Mechanicsville was initiated at Virginia Commonwealth University. Miranda Norvell of Mechanicsville was initiated at Virginia Tech. Toni Sorrell of Mechanicsville was initiated at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The discount percentage is based on a sliding scale of the total income. About 1425 households currently participate in Hanover County’s tax relief for the elderly and disabled program. The average tax savings is about $960 for those households; about 34% of the participating households pay no County real estate tax at all as a result of the program. Because of this program, qualifying Hanover County residents had their real estate taxes reduced by about $1.3 million last year. Disabled applicants must provide certification of disability. This can be a statement from

Carolina — Emily May of Mechanicsvlle has been selected to appear in the 2017 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A senior majoring in communication at Bob Jones University,

the Social Security Administration, a statement from the Veterans Administration, a statement from the Railroad Retirement Board or a sworn affidavit from two (2) medical doctors. Once an application is on file, only an affidavit is needed for the following two (2) years, unless there is a significant change in income or net worth. A new application is necessary only every third year. All information on the application is confidential and is not open to public inspection. Applicants must sign up by March 1 for the relief to be applied to the real

May is one of a select number of students honored this year for academic achievement, campus leadership, service to the community, and potential for continued success. May served as a peer leader at Bob Jones University for the fall

estate tax bills that will be sent out later this spring and which are due (first half) on June 5, 2017. “This is a great program designed to help those taxpayers who most need the help,” said Scott Harris, Hanover’s Commissioner of the Revenue. “We invite all residents who think they might qualify to call our office.” To apply, call the Commissioner of the Revenue at 804-365-6128. If you have computer access, application forms can also be downloaded from www.hanovercounty.gov. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

2016 semester. ——BALTIMORE, Maryland — Molly Jarvis, from Mechanicsville, is a member of the class of 2020 at Loyola University Maryland. ——-

LEWISTON, Maine — Rebeccah Bassell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Bassell of Mechanicsville, graduated from Bates College with a degree in rhetoric. She is a 2012 graduate of Atlee High School.

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Town works to improve safety at rail crossings ASHLAND — The past week has seen some extraordinary activity at grade crossings within the Town of Ashland. Within the town limits, CSX Transportation maintains 2.34 miles of parallel rails for cargo and passenger travel. Within that two-mile stretch, there are seven at grade crossings traversed by an estimated 32,000 motor vehicle trips per day (*source: 2015 VDOT traffic counts). On average, Ashland sees 60-80 trains per day when combining cargo and passenger trips. Due to the recent alarming incidents at the Ashcake Road crossing and England Street crossing in the past week, the Ashland Police Table of train incidents on page 17

Department completed a detailed analysis of the reported incidents involving motor vehicles and the railroad tracks since 2007. This is a summary of the results:  APD responded to 18 incidents on the railroad tracks involving a motor vehicle.  Four incidents involved actual collisions with trains. Fortunately, none involved fatal injuries.  78% of the 18 total incidents were at times of darkness.  67% involved the consumption of alcohol as a contributing factor.  50% of the incidents occurred at the

England Street grade crossing with the balance occurring at the remaining six grade crossing or along the tracks.  In addition to these 18 incidents, APD is aware of another 12 incidents that were reported by citizens but the vehicle was gone upon officers’ arrival or was captured by private camera systems and later reported without any further incident.  Several incidents involved GPS directions that may have contributed to drivers making a turn “too early” onto the tracks versus Center Street that runs parallel adjacent to the tracks.  2016 saw the highest number of incidents with five total incidents (three at times of darkness, two involving alcohol).  Anecdotal evidence would indicate that the distraction of smart phones, whether texting and driving or reliance on GPS directions may be to blame for the recent uptick in the past few years. As safety at the crossings and around the rails is of paramount concern to the town the police department’s recent initiatives to enhance security include:  The addition of enhanced roadway striping at the England Street grade crossing in 2011 to better delineate the travel lanes for motor vehicle traffic.  The installation of LED street lamps along Railroad Avenue during the 2013

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Sue Watson talks to Ashland Musical Variety Show performers at the first scheduled rehearsal. The number they were rehearsing last Tuesday night was “Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello Dolly. “We are using a concert version sung by Ethel Merman in which she moves from a slow beginning to a strong ending with a parade rhythm, making the cast able to march with strength, appropriate for the words and intent of the song and the act,” Watson said. “The song speaks to the challenge of women to play many roles and to be true to themselves and to be strong.” The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 and April 1, at the Blackwell Auditorium on the campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

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Area students included on Dean’s List at colleges, universities YORK, Pennsylvania — Drew Newman of Ashland, a freshman mechanical engineering major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher. ——BURLINGTON, Vermont — Joshua Kukuvka of Ashland has been named to the

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Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Kukuvka is majoring in international business. ——KINGSTON, Rhode Island – Sydney Anne Wall of Ruther Glen, who is majoring in nursing, qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island. ——-WILLIAMSBURG – Erin Lee Kitchens

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of Beaverdam and Zachary Isaiah Allen of Montpelier recently were named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the Fall 2016 semester. In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester. ——-HARRISONBURG – Joanna Pottle of Glen Allen, who is majoring in studio art and is

scheduled to graduate in 2018, and Taylor Webb of Ruther Glen, who is majoring in health sciences and is scheduled to graduate in 2017, were named to the President’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at James Madison University. ——-MANHATTAN, Kansas – Lauren Ivey of Montpelier earned semester honors from see STUDENTS, pg. 17 


Atlee Road bids come in higher than anticipated HANOVER — When the Department of Public Works received bids for the Atlee Road Extension and Route 360- Route 643 intersection, there was a problem. Original estimates for the project were about $1 million above the actual lowest bid received. “We received bids in December,” said Mike Flagg, director of Pubic Works for Hanover County, as last week’s meeting of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. “The lowest responding bidder was $14.5 million. Our engineer’s estimate was about $13 million. Our estimate numbers tracked a little behind.” The department received bids from the above referenced $14.5 million to $24 million. “There was a big spread.” Flagg said that estimate was about 11 percent short of the actual cost of the project, but there remains room to realize some savings on the project. “Under federal regulations, we cannot negotiate with the bidder prior to award,” Flagg said. “We can consider value engineering proposals after we award the contract, and we look forward to doing that.” Flagg requested the county transfer almost $4 million to supplement the costs and allow the county to accept the lowest

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Kansas State University for her academic performance in the Fall 2016 semester. Students earning a grade point aver-

bid for the project. “We believe we have come up with some sums of funds that we believe could be realistically transferred to cover the shortfall,” Flagg said. The department discovered funds left over from other projects and revenue sharing that could provide the extra money. The $3,954,012 request will draw down all available Virginia Department of Transportation funds for the project, make up for the underamount on the bid and cover additional VDOT charges and third party costs for inspection services required for the project. Mechanicsville supervisor Canova Peterson questioned Flagg regarding the effects of moving money from one project to another. “You are borrowing from some other projects, particularly the Route 360-Lee Davis interchange project,” Peterson said. “Is this borrowing in any way going to delay the work that needs to be done there?” “This particular action will not delay the project,” Flagg responded. The board unanimously approved the transfer. In other matters, County Attorney Sterling Rives said his office is examining more than 3,000 bills filed so far in the short session of the Virginia General Assembly. age for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 credit hours receive semester honors along with commendations from their deans. The honors also are recorded on their permanent academic records.

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County Attorney Sterling Rives and his staff are busy tracking more than 3,000 bills introduced in this short session of the General Assembly. He updates the board on proposed legislation that could affect Hanover County.

local government, highlight those bills, and contact legislators when a direct impact on Hanover County is established. “This is the short session but it appears no one told the members because there’s well over 3,000 bills that have been filed,” Rives said. see BIDS, pg. 22 

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Time of Day Year

Incidents

Light

Dusk

Dark

Alcohol Related

Collision With Train

At 54 Grade Grade Crossings

All Other not at Grade

Other Incidents not at Grade Crossing

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2008

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1

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2010

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Michael Dennehy, left, a fifth grade student at John M. Gandy Elementary School, the 2016-2017 Division Spelling Bee RunnerUp, is shown with Champion, Blake Jenkins, a seventh-grader at Liberty Middle School

DiGiacomo, grade 4.  Liberty Middle School – Blake Jenkins, grade 7.  Mechanicsville Elementary School – Shelby Hall, grade 5.  Oak Knoll Middle School – Evelyn Pritchard, grade 7.  Pearson’s Corner Elementary School – Matthew Shields, grade 4.  Pole Green Elementary

School – Ryan Palmer, grade 3.  Rural Point Elementary School – Kamden Fulcher, grade 4.  South Anna Elementary School – Ansleigh Toone, grade 5.  Stonewall Jackson Middle School – Jackie Carter, grade 8.  Washington-Henry Elementary School – Bethany Lewis, grade 5

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resent Hanover County Public Schools on Saturday, March 11, at the Library of Virginia in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee. Gill extended congratulations on behalf of the school division to each of the 18 winners of elementary and middle school level spelling competitions who competed in the Division Spelling Bee. They are:  Battlefield Park Elementary School – Jude Lenhart, grade 4.  Beaverdam Elementary School – Kaeden Ballos, grade 4.  Chickahominy Middle School – Sophia Cassis, grade 7.  Cold Harbor Elementary School – Kaden Lynn, grade 5.  Cool Spring Elementary School – Joshua Matshushima, grade 4.  Elmont Elementary School – Caden Schrunk, grade 5.  John M. Gandy Elementary School – Michael Dennehy, grade 5.  Kersey Creek Elementary School – Grace Poyer, grade 4.  Laurel Meadow Elementary School – Nathan

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CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Wednesday, Feb. 1 A Business Kickoff Luncheon for Relay For Life of Mechanicsville will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Christian Center at 8601 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Checkin and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Jan. 26 to Lisa.Goodall@ cancer.org or 804-397-9922. Lunch is being donated by Wegman’s. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/ MechanicsvilleVA.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Studley Ruritan Club is taking orders for its “Super Bowl Chili,” which will be available for pick-up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Studley Store/Post Office on the corner of Studley Road and Williamsville Road. The price is $8 a quart. Proceeds go to benefit the community. For more information, or to order, call Douglas Newcomb at 804-730-0570 or any Studley Ruritan member. American Legion Post 175 will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8700 Bell Creek Rd. in Mechanicsville. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, contact Mickey Jennings at 804-874-9773. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Sunday, Feb. 5 GriefShare, a support group to help and encourage those who have lost a loved one meets from 2:30 to 4 pm. on Sundays — Feb. 5, through May 7 — except for Easter Sunday in Room E106 at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church at 8209 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville. For more information, contact shadygroveumc.org/griefsupport or 804-746-9073. Grief recovery topics, featuring

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Tuesday Feb. 7 If you are currently separated, going through divorce, or have experienced divorce, then DivorceCare is for you. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Come find help, hope, and healing in a group led by those who understand and have experienced what you are going through. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery. The 13week seminar sessions include topics like “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.” You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. DivorceCare is a Christ-centered, videobased, Divorce/Separation Recovery Program. Atlee Church will begin a new 13week DivorceCare group on Feb. 14. Meetings are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, located at 7171 Verdi Lane in Mechanicsville. A Kick-Off Dinner will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the dinner and children are invited. You will learn how the program works and meet the group leaders. For more information, to RSVP for the kick-off dinner, or to register for the DivorceCare program, call the church office at 804-730-3676 or visit the DivorceCare web-

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site at https://www.divorcecare. org/groups/75309 and send a message. Child care will be offered during this program.

information students brought home. For more information, contact Barry Simon at bsimon@hcps.us.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Monday, Feb. 20

Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. in rooms 111-113 at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church at the corner of Shady Grove Road and Meadowbridge Road just off Interstate 295. President Liz Martin said this will be the “big club meeting of the year,” with other garden clubs being invited to participate. Jenny Boyenga will discuss “Traditional Mass Period Designs.” A silent auction will be held. For more information, call Martin at 804-559-0898.

Robin Scott, manager of Imaging & Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Suzi Poe, clinical lead specialist for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, will address the Pamunkey Woman’s Club at 7 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. They will talk about women’s heart issues. Those interested in attending the club meeting and/or becoming a member, contact Debbie Walker, the club’s membership chairman, at 804-730-2311 or visit the club’s website, www. PAMUNKEYWC.org.

Saturday, Feb. 13 The Virginia Folk/Bluegrass Music Association Inc., a nonprofit volunteer organization since 1948, will present a bluegrass concert to benefit the McShin Foundation from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church at 2300 Dumbarton Rd. in Richmond. Seven bluegrass bands, including Josh Grisby & County Line and Heritage will perform. Doors open at noon. The cost is $10 at the door. The event will feature food, drinks and vendors. For more information, contact Alden Gregory at aldeng@mcshin. org or 804-837-5383.

Monday, Feb. 13, to Friday, Feb. 17 Mechanicsville Elementary School will take part in Jump Rope for Heart, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association. The event will be held during physical education classes. Donations may be made in cash or check to the AHA. An online account also may be set up using the

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Kersey Creek Elementary is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive through the Pint-Size Hero program. The blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. This program will introduce students to the importance of blood donation and will provide lifesaving blood products for hospital patients. Each student who has an adult donate will be recognized as a PintSize Hero with a fun gift from the Red Cross. You can support this program by donating blood, recruiting other donors or volunteering at the blood drive. Blood donation appointments may be scheduled at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code “CaringComets,” by downloading the Blood Donor App or contact Teresa Nelson, school nurse, at 804-723-3444 or tnelson@hanover.k12.va.us.

ax submissions to calendar to 804-730-0476, email to mkinser@mechlocal.com or mail to 8460 TimesDispatch, Mechanicsville VA 23116. Deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday for the following week’s issue. Calendar announcements cannot be taken by phone. We reserve the right to edit all items submitted to The Local.

Ongoing Families Anonymous Support Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Creator at 7159 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville. The group is a self-help fellowship for the friends and family members of addicts who are in need of understanding and healing themselves. For details, call Sandy at 804-730-4812 or email sandy.leigh@verizon.net. Overcomers Outreach and Women’s Codependency, a Christ-centered anonymous support program offering hope and healing for recovering alcoholics, addicts and their families meet every Monday at 7 p.m., at the Mechanicsville Christian Center at 8061 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville. For more information, call 804366-9645 or email kjfaith1@ gmail.com.

Sundays All Souls Episcopal Church will look at the history of the various denominations of Christianity and the ecumenical movement through the season of Epiphany. Special guests will highlight the conversations. All Souls worships at 9:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist and 10:45 a.m. Adult and Children’s Formation meet at Messiah Lutheran Church located at 8154 Atlee Rd. in Mechanicsville. The Vicar is Amelie Wilmer Minor. For momree information, visit the website at http://allsoulsva. org/.

Tuesdays 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 www.hanoverconcertband.org or call 804-789-0536. The Rotary Club of Ashland meets at noon for lunch at the Henry Clay Inn at 114 N. Railroad Ave. in Ashland. For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at 804-314-2834 or jfox@barnesfamilylaw.com.

Second Mondays The WEB of Hope meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Monday of each month (Jan. 10, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11) at the Black Creek Baptist Church at 6289 McClellan Road in Mechanicsville. The WEB of Hope group, an extension of the American Red Cross, meets to knit, crochet, sew and quilt for those that need assistance. Gifts are distributed to such groups as the Pregnancy Resource Center, MCEF, Bless the Children, various Native American Reservations, etc. Participants will learn how to knit and crochet if they don’t know how. For more information, Laurie Wagner at 804781-0338. Alzheimer’s/Dementia support group for caregivers and others who want to help and encourage those who have loved ones with dementia illnesses meets at 7 p.m. on the see CALENDAR, pg. 26 


Sticker Shock brings attention to underage drinking By Melody Kinser Managing Editor MECHANICVILLE — From the time Deputy Jason Ryder arrived at Atlee High School as a resource officer from the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office, he has been approached by students offering to take part in Project Sticker Shock. The program is nothing new at the school but it was a first for Ryder at RYDER his new assignment. Atlee teacher Mary Ellen Colangelo is the liaison

between the school and the Sheriff ’s Office. Sgt. James R. Cooper, public information officer for Col. David R. Hines, sheriff, joins COLANGELO with Ryder and Colangelo in preparing for this week’s Project Sticker Shock. From 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Cooper said the youthled prevention program will support existing and encourage new community activism, cooperative efforts, and community capacity building to combat underage drinking and its related problems,

specifically adults providing alcohol to minors. “Project Sticker Shock seeks to reach those persons 21 years of age or older who might illegally purchase alcohol and provide it to minors,” Cooper explained. “Youth will visit participating retailers accompanied by the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and members from Hanover County Community Services. They will place prevention stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers, and other alcohol products that might appeal to underage drinkers,” he added. The stickers display a warning message about the penalties for purchasing or providing alcohol to minors. According to Cooper, the project represents a partnership between youth, licensed establishments, concerned

parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating persons 21 and older of the underage law and raising public awareness about underage drinking. The COOPER Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, through a federal grant from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides funding for Project Sticker Shock. At Atlee, Colangelo said the same students ask to participate.

Also working with Project Sticker Shock are members of the Teens Care Too group. Colangelo said, “My nephew did it for three years and now he’s at JMU [James Madison University] and misses not coming.” She said Sticker Shock “taught him good decisionmaking,” as well as the impact of what the students “do to spread the good work of not drinking with teens.” Sticker Shock is always coordinated to be held over the Super Bowl Weekend. “We want to remind those 21 and older that they are not allowed to purchase alcohol for anyone under the age of 21,” Colangelo said. “In working with the ABC board, Deputy Ryder had to take an online class and we had to get all the stickers we need.” Colangelo said a bonus of the program is the friend-

ships that are developed with all four of Hanover County Public Schools’ high schools – Atlee, Hanover, Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry – taking part. “I started talking about this [Sticker Shock] in midSeptember,” Ryder said. “Kids that had done it in previous years were waiting on word for Sticker Stock that wanted to do it again.” As of last week, 39 students were committed to participate on Friday. Ryder said he needs 40 to proceed. Cooper said the sheriff “looks forward to this every single year.” He also said Hines notes the partnership his office has with parents, community members and professionals. The sergeant emphasized that the project is geared toward spotlighting underage drinking.

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Axselle re-elected chair of Maggie Walker board

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RICHMOND â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Maggie L. Walker Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School Regional Board re-elected John F. Axselle III, representing the Hanover County School Board, as chairman for 2017 during its Jan. 19 meeting. Axselle has served the regional school board since August 2004, including prior terms as chairman in 2006, 2007, and 2016. Sarah Barber, representing New Kent School Board, was re-elected vice-chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to thank my colleagues for allowing me to continue to serve as chairman, as together we continue the critical process of selecting the next director of this marvelous school,â&#x20AC;? Axselle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a pleasure to serve with the wonderful and dedicated people of our regional board, superintendents, staff, faculty, students and the community that is known as The Maggie L. Walker Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School.â&#x20AC;? Joining Axselle and Barber are school board members from participating divisions,

Meetings will generally be held at 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month on school grounds, Room 153, with the exception of July and November. The approved calendar can be viewed here: http:// m lw g s . c om / w p - c onte nt / uploads/2013/08/RegionalBoard-Calendar-17-18.pdf ABOUT MAGGIE L. WALKER GOVERNORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SCHOOL

JOHN F. AXSELLE III including Martha Harris from Charles City, Dr. Javaid Siddiqi from Chesterfield, John Wright from Goochland, Michelle Ogburn from Henrico, Dr. Deborah Marks from Hopewell, Kenneth Pritchett from Petersburg, Valarie Ayers from Powhatan, Reeve Ashcraft from Prince George, and James Barlow from Richmond. The regional school board also set its meeting schedule.

The Maggie L. Walker Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School for Government and International Studies is a highly-selective, regional public school that serves students throughout the metropolitan Richmond area. The participating school divisions are Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King and Queen, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, and Richmond. The school is located at 1000 N. Lombardy St. in Richmond. For more information, call 804-354-6800 or visit www.mlwgs.com.

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ASHLAND â&#x20AC;&#x201D; On Tuesday evenings from Feb. 7 through April 11, the Hanover County Department of Social Services is offering free help with tax returns for qualified individu-

als and families. To be eligible to receive the assistance, income cannot exceed $54,000. You must bring the following: original W-2s, Social

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R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhuâ&#x20AC;? Harris Jr. confirmed that Edwin Gaskin has resigned from his post as the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Director effective Feb. 28. The position is currently listed on the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.

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During the session, Rives presents legislative updates to the board to ensure no surprises when the final list of approved bills is published.

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Spirit of Volunteerism Awards nominations being accepted HANOVER — Nominations are now being accepted for Hanover’s 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. March 17 is the deadline to submit nominations recognizing outstanding volunteer service throughout our county. These awards allow the community to acknowledge the work for those whose efforts change the lives of many. County officials are asking the public to help them recognize these “unsung heroes” who help make Hanover County such a great place to live. Awards are granted in the following categories:  Spirit of One (honoring an individual over 18); Spirit of Youth (honorzing youth or youth group up to age 18 or still in high school);  Spirit of Dedication (honoring an individual 60 and over);  Spirit of Team (honoring two or more adult volunteers working toward a common cause);  Spirit of Family (honoring two or more family

members working together toward a common purpose); Spirit of Inspiration (honoring an individual who has volunteered 20 years or more for a specific organization); and  Commitment to Community (recognizing a Hanover business which has demonstrated a sustained

will be announced at the Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the Hanover High School auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The goal of the celebration is to pay tribute to all volunteers within our community, as

Online submission information and other details are available at www.hanovervolunteers.org or by contacting the Hanover County Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300.

commitment to supporting the community). Award recipients will be selected from each category. All will receive an engraved plaque and a financial donation of up to $250 made in their honor to the tax-exempt organization designated on the honoree’s nomination form. The county also will nominate the award recipient for the statewide Governor’s Community Service and Volunteerism Awards. All nominees will be recognized and award recipients

well as honor award nominees and announce the 2017 award recipients. Nomination forms for Hanover’s 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism awards became available on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Online submission information and other details are available at www.hanovervolunteers.org or by contacting the Hanover County Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4300. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

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needs. Pre-orders are required and the deadline for ordering is 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The cost is $9 per pound, with cash or checks (payable to HVFD Co. 6) welcomed. To order, email Earl Boswell at henryfunddrive@ comcast.net with your name, phone number and the quantity desired. A drive-thru system will be ready to make pick-up convenient.

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Local man coordinating AARP Tax-Aide Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com M E C HA N IC S V I L L E â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Mechanicsville TaxAide office opened at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, offering free tax preparation services for Richmond-area residents, with special attention to older, low-income taxpayers. Program volunteers help people file basic tax return forms, including the 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040, and Virginia state returns. The man in charge is Ralph Kirk, local coordina-

tor in Mechanicsville for the AARP Foundation-sponsored Tax-Aide program, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance service. The Mechanicville site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and accepts walk-ins but appointments are preferred. Call 804417-6721. The Tax-Aide office is located at the Goodwill Employment Center at 7147 Brandy Run Drive in Mechanicsville. The site is one of nine Tax-Aide locations in

the Metro Richmond area. The program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, began in 1968. This is Kirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third year with the AARP Tax-Aide program; he helped to open the Mechanicsville Tax-Aide office in 2016. He says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his 19th year doing taxes. He spent 50 years doing computer work, mostly in the financial area, which included three CPA firms. He spends 100 hours of preparation each year for tax season. Those seeking assistance

from Tax-Aide should bring the following documents or information: photo ID, (for both taxpayer and spouse), Social Security card for everyone on the tax return, tax information such as W-2s, 1099s, any yearend health insurance coveragerelated documents, checkbook with bank account numbers for direct deposit, and a copy of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax return and supporting documents, if available. The Tax-Aide office will be Submitted photo open this year thought April Ralph Kirk is the local coordinator in Mechanicsville for the AARP Foundation-sponsored Tax-Aide program. 18.

KickoďŹ&#x20AC; luncheon to be held today for Mechanicsville Chapter of American Cancer Society MECHANICSVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Mechanicsville Chapter of the American Cancer Society is hosting a kickoff luncheon from11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 1) at the Mechanicsville Christian Center. Businesses, churches, schools

and civic organizations are invited to attend. Everyone has felt or witnessed the effects of cancer to some extent. For this reason, the American Cancer Society is striving to make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relay the biggest and best that the

community has ever seen. This goal can only be met with your help, so come learn about the different opportunities available to get involved. Up to three representatives from each business are welcome to join. Lunch will be provided by

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CROSSINGS Continued from pg. 18 

improve safety along the rail corridor:  Installation of small, high-visibility reflective pavement markers along the edge of the roadway to better delineate the travel lanes.  Working with various navigation apps and aids to include a warning when using GPS directions that advises drivers of the proximity of the railroad tracks.  Exploring the possibility of additional lighting to illuminate the grade crossing, especially at the England Street crossing. Rail safety is everyone’s concern and we offer the following safety tips courtesy of

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third Monday of each month in Room E106 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Operation Lifesaver (www. oli.org):  Trains and cars don’t mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.  The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.  Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football fields!  Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the

emergency number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.  Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.  If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle. If a train is approaching, run toward the train but away from the tracks at a 45-degree angle. If you run in

the same direction a train is traveling, you could be injured by flying debris.  At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.  When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.  ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules. Information submitted by Officer Chip Watts, public information and community policing, Ashland Police Department.

at 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. For more information, contact Jennifer Bean at 804-559-2805, Mark Elliott at 804-746-8288 or the church office at 804-746-9073.

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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 Jennifer K. Edelman, LCSW, at 804-365-4145. 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 http://www.hanoverhistorical.org/index.html.

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road construction proffers after 2013, and only recently restricted that program when the Virginia General Assembly placed restrictions on the

Technical School Night set tomorrow HANOVER — The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology will present its 7th Annual Technical School Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Hanover Center for Trades and Technology at 10002 Learning Lane in Mechanicsville. This unique night will give students and parents the opportunity to meet with representatives from various postsecondary schools and businesses to explore the fantastic training and/or career opportunities available after high

school. These experts will be able to provide information and answer questions about how you can enter lucrative careers with high income potential. The following technical schools/organizations will showcase their information: Advanced Technology Institute, Aquage, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Carter Machinery Company, Central Virginia Electrical Association, Comfort Systems USA - Colonial Webb. Cosmo Prof, Culinary

Alzheimer’s Association and the Hanover Adult Center will host a caregiver support group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Hanover Adult Center at 7231 Stonewall Parkway in Mechanicsville. The meetings will provide an opportunity for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s to exchange coping skills and give mutual support. Cofacilitators are Vivian Bagby and Barbara Allen. For more information, call the Greater Richmond Alzheimer’s Association chapter at 804-967-2580.

Bartle at 804-730-0427 or Rick Starling at 804-550-1112.

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First Thursday Hillcrest Baptist Church will host First Thursday Hymn Sing at 10 a.m. on the corner of U.S. 301 and Hillcrest Road. The morning will include the singing of old hymns and a snack lunch. For more information, call 804-730-1500.

Second Thursday

The Mechanicsville Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. at Calabash and the first Wednesday of the month as a volunteer opportunity to help with a bingo game for the veterans at McGuire Medical Center. For more information, contact Pam

If gardening is your passion or hobby, consider attending the Hanover Towne Gardening Club. The Hanover Towne Garden Club meets the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Evangelical Friends Church at 6420 Mechanicsville Tpk. (back entrance) in Mechanicsville. Educational For more information, contact hanovertownegc2@gmail.com.

program that made it almost impossible for counties to negotiate proffers. “The notion that this was caused by the loss of proffers in absolutely incorrect,” Davis said. “That comes from a political standpoint more than from

empirical data.” Davis explained that the county did eliminate a sweeping proffer policy of a fee of more than $19,000 for each new residential construction, but maintained a road proffer of $2,306.

Third Wednesday


Rotary Club of Hanover sponsoring third annual essay contest for fifth graders The Rotary Club of Hanover County is sponsoring the third annual essay contest for interested fifth grade students in Hanover County. The topic is “Rotary’s Four Way Test and What It Means to the Conduct of my Daily Life.” The Rotary 4-Way Test consists of 24 words that can help us create an attitude and

atmosphere in which to better relate, share, and implement ideas. The 4-Way Test asks to consider these four questions when making decisions about what we think, say or do … 1. Is it TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOOD WILL

and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? All fifth grade students in Hanover County (public, private, and homeschooled students) are eligible. The essay must not exceed 300 words in length. It may either be neatly handwritten single sided on white paper or typed. If typed,

use Microsoft Word format either Arial or Times New Roman font; print size 12 point; double spaced; printed on white paper, size 8½x11. Do not insert graphics, use of bold, italics, or underlining. The essay must be the original work of the student submitting the essay for competition. Team writing and/or the use of work written by other

sources, even if foot-noted, is not authorized. Instructions and Cover Sheet can be found at the Hanover County branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library System (Ashland, Atlee, Hanover, Mechanicsville, Lois Wickham Jones/ Montpelier and Cochrane Rockville Branch), on the Hanover

Rotary website www.hanoverrotary.org. or by emailing jomeaker@yahoo.com. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Feb. 28. Send all submissions to: Hanover Rotary Club, PO Box 6451 Ashland VA 23005. For more information, visit the club’s website at www. hanoverrotary.org.

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Sports Backers bringing Bike Walk RVA to county Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com RICHMOND – Sports Backers is bringing its Bike Walk RVA to Hanover County. The program helps communities advocate for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The goal is to move toward a region where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can get around safely on foot or by bike via a network of infrastructure that works for

everyone – sidewalks, crosswalks, paved trails, protected bike lanes, and safe neighborhood streets. Sports Backers has been successful in building support for the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian friendly, policies, plans, and projects in the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, and Henrico County, and is looking forward to building community support for these improvements in Hanover County and Ashland. Bike Walk Talks will be held

from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at at Mexico Restaurant at 7162 Mechanicsville Tpk. in Mechanicsville and Thursday, Feb. 9, at Center of the Universe at 11293 Air Park Road in Ashland. Both talks are described as “informal ‘happy hour’ type events where we’ll speak with and listen to Hanover County and Ashland residents about what improvements they would like to see made for biking and walking in their communities. The goal with these talks is to start the conversa-

tion about better biking and walking in Hanover County, begin the process of building an advocacy community, and map out future opportunities for residents to get involved in bringing about the changes in their communities that they want to see.” The Bike Walk RVA Academy is one of Sports Backers’ core programs designed to develop grassroots advocates like those the group expects to attend the BW Talks into leaders for the biking and walking movement in their

communities. The Academy spans eight weeks beginning in midMarch and going through early May, and will touch on a number of topics, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure types, grassroots recruiting and event organizing, media and communications, and local government structure. Upon graduating, participants earn the title of “Champion” and join a growing team of biking and walking advocates from across the

region. Sports Backers has run the Academy four times now: twice in Richmond and once each in Chesterfield and Henrico. For more information about the Bike Walk, check these blogs: Bike Walk RVA Academy: Hanover – http:// www.sportsbackers.org/blog/ applications-due-february24-bike-walk-rva-academyhanover/ Bike Walk Talks - http:// www.sportsbackers.org/blog/ hanover-county-bike-walkrva-wants-hear/ .

Land Use enrollment program closes at end of business today HANOVER — Hanover County offers a Land Use Taxation Program under which qualified landowners can have

their property assessed at “use value” which may be lower than market value and reduce taxes owed.

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The minimum qualifying acreages are five acres for agricultural, horticultural and open space and 20 acres for forest use. Property that has been zoned Rural Conservation (RC) also can qualify for the Land Use program. If the land use is changed, the tax reduction must be

Hanover County Board of Supervisors modified the program to allow property rezoned for specified, more intense, uses to remain eligible for land use. Under this change, property rezoned for manufacturing; transportation and warehousing; professional, scientific and technical services; hotels and motels;

and professional offices can still be in the land use program. Rollback taxes would not apply until the actual use is changed. About 3,550 parcels and 155,000 acres are currently enrolled in Hanover County’s Land Use Taxation program. This represents about 53% of the county’s total acreage. The total tax deferral realized by these property owners is about $5 million. For more information about the Land Use Program or other tax relief programs offered by Hanover County, call the Commissioner of the Revenue at 804-365-6128 or visit the Land Use page for the Commissioner of the Revenue at www.hanovercounty.gov. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

RETURNS

The Hanover Department of Social Services is an IRS Volunteer Site, which is located at 12304 Washington Hwy in Ashland. The tax preparation services are available beginning at 5 p.m.

on a walk-in basis. Services are first-come, first-served. For more information, call 804-365-6646. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

their property in agricultural or horticultural for at least five years, or wish to use the open space or forestry categories, can qualify for the land use program.

About 3,550 parcels and 155,000 acres are currently enrolled in Hanover County’s Land Use Taxation program. This represents about 53% of the county’s total acreage. The total tax deferral realized by these property owners is about $5 million.

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tive Marla Coleman also had positive comments regarding the proposal. “Our educators and students have been working with a handicap for some time,” Coleman said. “We are making a system that will stand up against any school system.” Cold Harbor representa-

tive Norman Sulser agreed. “I’m really, really happy that we have addressed the challenges in technology, particularly the teachers’ laptops. It’s long overdue.” Gill and school board members commended county leadership for supporting these efforts, and meetings between Gill and county administrator Cecil R. “Rhu” Harris Jr. that began months ago. “We couldn’t have done

Johnson & Wales University, Laura D’s Hair and Day Spa, Ohio Technical College, Reynolds Community College. Richard Bland College, Richmond Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training

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this without the county administrator’s commitment and that strong partnership with the county.” The school board will consider the proposed budget at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and a budget workshop was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Central Office. The 2018 proposal includes a School Nutrition Plan of $7.05 million, making the total proposed budget $195,395,104.

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to put a spotlight on those educators who go the extra mile each and every day, demonstrating passion, innovation, collaboration and creativity in the classroom. A blue-ribbon panel of judges will select one teacher from each of eight geographic regions of the state to join 72

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Dedication describes L-D Hall Class of ’17 By Chip Knighton For The Mechanicsville Local MECHANICSVILLE – The word to describe the Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is “dedication.” One inductee hasn’t had a job outside of football since high school. Another grew up around the school as the child of two teachers. A third stuck it out at Virginia Tech waiting for a scholarship that never came. Collectively, they helped build the school’s athletic program to the status it enjoys today. These are the 2017 inductees of the Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Joe Douglas, Class of 1994 Joe Douglas says football “pretty much saved my life,” and accordingly, he’s devoted his life to the sport. A four-year letterman and first-team all-state selection as an offensive lineman at Lee-Davis – as well as a letterman in the shot put in indoor and outdoor track – he started 45 games at the University of Richmond before serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Spiders. From there, he worked as a player personnel assistant for the Baltimore Ravens, then advanced through that organization before moving to the Chicago Bears, then to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he serves as vice president of player personnel.

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The Lee-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was honored at halftime of the Confederates’ boys basketball game against Patrick Henry Friday. From left to right: Joe Douglas, Buddy Gregory, Gail (Kelley) Russell, Glenn Mitchell and Lance Gray.

Douglas’s devotion to football is a reflection of what the sport gave him as a child. “I was always a big kid. When you’re a big kid, things can be tough for you,” he said. “Football kind of gave me purpose, watching how passionate my family was about watching football, cheering on their favorite team and watching

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other family members play. When you’re a big kid, everyone sees you and it kind of boosts your self-esteem. When you’re a big kid who didn’t have a lot of self esteem, it helped you a lot.” Even Douglas’s random side jobs since graduating from college dealt with football. After losing out on a position in scouting, he heard from

a friend’s girlfriend about a director in Maryland looking for lineman-sized extras for a movie he was shooting. That’s how Douglas wound up acting alongside Keanu Reeves in “The Replacements.” “I didn’t think I was going to make a career out of doing what I’m doing now, but I love football – everything about it

from practices to preparation to learning about the game,” he said. “I had the chance to play at the University of Richmond and learn more from more great coaches. Getting to stay in football has been a true blessing.” Lance Gray, Class of 2001 Lance Gray is equally grateful for the opportunities that

began when he played football at Lee-Davis. A two-year all-Capital District selection, he played linebacker at the University of Richmond before getting a unique opportunity to continue his football career in Europe. “The ability for football to let me go over and see the world is one of the things I tell a lot of guys who are playing in college whenever I go back and see some of the kids at Richmond,” he said. “If you’re not going to make the CFL and you’re not going to make the NFL, go overseas. The competition’s good, and you can see the world while you get to play a game.” Gray was busy in high school, playing four years on varsity in football, basketball and baseball. He was a four-year all-district baseball selection as a first baseman and served as captain on the Confederates’ team that won the 2001 Group AAA state championship. At Richmond, Gray served as captain of the football team as a senior and was part of the 2005 Atlantic 10 championship team. But the truly unique experience in his life came after, when he played for a professional team in Austria. While he’s happy now living back home in Mechanicsville with one child and another on the way, he wouldn’t trade his see HALL, pg. 33 


Armentrout’s 27 against Hawks tops career best By Andrew Spencer For The Mechanicsville Local MECHANICSVILLE – Alyse Armentrout turned in a career-best performance Friday night, scoring 27 of the Raiders’ points to keep the a point a head of host Hanover in a 54-53 Atlee victory on the first game of a boys/girls basketball doubleheader at Hanover Friday night. The Hawks’ boys overpowered the Raiders in the nightcap, pulling away in the fourth quarter to take a 73-63 win. Armentrout put on a clinic in the girls’ game, grabbing 12 rebounds as well. But even her double-double numbers weren’t enough to put the Hawks away with ease. Hanover’s Keri Kane’s four 3-pointers kept the score close, keeping fans from both schools anxious until the very end. With just over eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Raiders’ lead was cut to 1 when Jordan Davis drove to the basket for a layup. But Armentrout went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line on Atlee’s next two possessions to make it a 4-point game. Kane nailed a 3-point jump shot at the buzzer, but it was not enough. “The kids played awesome tonight,” said Hanover head coach Mike Rohr. “I’m just so proud of this team. They played hard right to the end. There was a point in the second quarter when we could have gotten blown out, but they fought hard. And we put ourselves in the position to win. It’s hard to

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European experience for anything. “I went to six different countries,” he said. “I ran with the

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Hanover’s Nik Morrison drives in for a layup in the Hawks’ 73-63 victory over Atlee Friday night. He led the Hawks’ with 16 points.

complain about that.” When it was the boys’ turn to take the court, expectations were high for Hanover’s Ryan Payne.

bulls. I went to Rome. That was on my bucket list. I saw the Eiffel Tower. It was just incredible.” Buddy Gregory, former football coach Buddy Gregory stands alone

The Hawks’ height advantage It was memorable, just points which came on a single was evident, and Payne’s high not for the reasons he and the basket late in the fourth quarnumbers this season promised Hanover faithful had expected. ter. a memorable night. Payne finished the night with 2 “We tried to shut him down tonight,” said Atlee head boys basketball coach Phil Reynolds. among his Hall of Fame class- ning the 1974 Colonial District “We put some smaller, faster mates as a graduate of John championship. He also served guys on him, and that worked. Marshall High School. But he’s as head track coach at Lee- But you pick your poison with as devoted to Lee-Davis as any Davis before retiring from edu- these guys. We kept Ryan in of them. check, but they had some other cation in 1995. Gregory served as the “I coached in some form players step up that we couldn’t Confederates’ head football stop.” coach from 1967-1977, winWith Payne silenced, four see HALL, pg. 34 

Hanover players managed to fill that void by scoring in double figures. Jaylin Ross, Nik Morrison, and Josh Plummer each scored 14 points on the night, and Nick Zona contributed 11. “I’ve been saying all season that anybody on our roster can step up and contribute in a big way,” said Hanover head boys basketball coach Darren Thornton. “I think tonight showed that. Our second unit really turned the game around for us and won it tonight.” The Hawks had break-out offensive showings in both the second and fourth quarters, which helped to propel them to the win. Atlee led after the first quarter and, even after giving up the lead to the Hawks, managed to keep the score close deep into the fourth. With just under six minutes to play in the game, the Raiders tied the game on a three-pointer by Leo Reynolds. Atlee’s three-point shooting prowess was on display, with three players notching goals from beyond the arc. In addition to Reynolds, Tyler Warren scored three 3-pointers. But top honors for the night went to the Raiders’ Graham Williamson, who notched five 3-point goals on his way to a career-high 17 points. “Graham is a very good three-point shooter,” Phil Reynolds said. “Those 3-pointers were keeping us in the game tonight.” For both Hanover teams, free-throws were an Achilles’ heel. The girls went 11-23 from the line, and the boys were 1025. “It’s something we’ve been working on this season,” Rohr said. “We’ve got to get the ball in the basket when we have those chances.” Andrew Spencer can be reached at sports@mechlocal. com.

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Patrick Henry boys, girls sweep Lee-Davis By Wayne Epps For The Mechanicsville Local MECHANICSVILLE – In the week of practice before a showdown at Lee-Davis, Patrick Henry head boys basketball coach Randy Anderson said he challenged junior Ryan Boone and senior Arias Holman. He said he had high expectations of them. And, after the opening tip Friday night, Boone, Holman and the rest of the Patriots squad responded in a big way. Boone’s 19 points and Holman’s 18 led Patrick Henry to a 62-52 victory. The Patriots jumped all over Lee-Davis early. Boone scored 12 of his points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, as Patrick Henry opened up a 21-6 lead on the Confederates. According to Anderson, that was part of the plan. The Patriots wanted to match LeeDavis’ intensity. “And the goal was to try to build that big lead,” Anderson said. “And then try to execute.” Meanwhile, turnovers were a problem for the Confederates, hindering their ability to find a rhythm on offense and to chip away at that Patrick Henry lead. Lee-Davis had a 3-2 advantage

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there for 16 years,” he said. “That was a major part of my life, a major memory of my life. My children graduated from Lee-Davis. My son played for me there. It was just a good period. I feel I’ve been blessed all my life, but that was a major blessing – the people I met, the players I coached.” Out of all the teams Gregory coached, the 1974 team stands

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Patrick Henry’s Ryan Boone threads his way to the basket through a trio of Lee-Davis defenders in the Patriots’ 62-52 win Friday.

early on, but after Boone’s first 3-pointer made it 5-3 Patrick Henry with 5:39 to play in the first quarter, the Confederates never led again. The Patriots

began to pull away from there. “They punched us in the mouth and we didn’t respond,” said Lee-Davis head boys basketball coach Chad Bishop.

For Patrick Henry, the stingy defense was another point of emphasis, and a catalyst for the team’s success on the offensive end.

“That’s the one main thing we focus on in practice,” Boone said. “Our defense is always intense. We try to get our offense from our defense.”

out as special, and not just because he collected his only championship that year. The quarterback on that team was his son, Greg, who went on to play at the University of Richmond and later served as head coach at Missouri Southern State University. “I wasn’t a coach to get on kids much, but probably because he was my son, I was on him more than anybody else,” Gregory said. “It was just one of those things. But he was a good player and a good kid,

and I’m glad I had the oppor- ever knew about what we did. Unfortunately, the ones who tunity.” came before me, the really talented ones, nobody really knew Gail Kelley Russell, who they are. Nobody promotClass of 1975 Gail Kelley Russell was a ed it and there was nowhere for true trailblazer at Lee-Davis, it to go.” Russell matriculated at playing on some of the first girls teams to have success at Virginia Tech to play basketball the school. She lettered three just one year after the first colyears in basketball, softball and lege scholarships were offered track, playing in every quarter to female athletes. She chose of every game during her bas- the Hokies over Old Dominion University on the promise that ketball career. “There was no press on she would receive a scholarship what we did,” she said. “Nobody as a sophomore, but the money

never materialized after a pair of coaching changes. Russell also excelled in track and softball, coming within shouting distance of an Olympic berth after tying the world record unofficially in a windaided jump at Virginia Tech. But her favorite track memory was of a joke she pulled after breaking her foot during the season, then getting cleared to compete just before the state meet. “I went to the state meet on crutches to fool everybody,” she

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AndPatrickHenry’seffectiveness on offense was enhanced by its shots from deep. The Patriots hit seven total 3-pointers Friday, including five in the first half and two apiece from Boone and Holman. Junior Jamel Jackson also had a pair of 3-pointers, part of his 10 total points. Senior Shephon Wattie added 11 points for Patrick Henry. Senior Jamon Coffey led Lee-Davis with 15 points. The Patrick Henry girls also left Lee-Davis with a win in the evening’s first game. Seniors Taylor Derricott and Grayson Radcliffe led the way with 11 and 9 points respectively in a 48-27 Patriot win. Derricott also made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. “Tonight, they came out, they played hard,” said Patrick Henry head girls basketball coach Phillip Cobb. “We had some great leadership from Taylor Derricott and Grayson Radcliffe, our seniors and captains, and that was the big difference tonight.” Freshman Jamie Hughes and sophomore JaBryah Haverkamp added 7 points apiece for Patrick Henry. Junior Hadiyah Nelson led Lee-Davis with 9 points. Wayne Epps can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

said. “When it came time to run the relay, I gave my friend the crutches and ran the first leg. It freaked everybody out.” Glenn Mitchell, Class of 1982 Glenn Mitchell grew up at Lee-Davis. His mother, Gay, was the school librarian, and his father, Roger, taught shop and agriculture. When it came time for his own high school career, he took full advantage, lettering see HALL, pg. 35 


Randolph-Macon men turn back Generals By Chip Knighton and Wayne Epps For The Mechanicsville Local ASHLAND – While Randolph-Macon and Washington & Lee own two of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s top three defenses, the first half of their matchup Saturday seemed like a little too much of a good thing. Things picked up after that. The Yellow Jackets shrugged off an ice-cold start and withstood a spirited Generals rally to win their 11th consecutive game, 65-57, and stay unbeaten atop the ODAC. Randolph-Macon led by 17 points with six minutes remaining and looked poised to cruise to the finish line before letting the Generals back into the game with five turnovers. Andy Kleinlein sank two threes in the final minute to cut a double-digit lead to four points with 24 seconds remaining. But Michael Taylor made two free throws for Randolph-Macon and Kleinlein fumbled a pass out of bounds, taking with it the Generals’ last chance to get within striking distance. “We could have handled situations better, taken care of the ball more in the ending minutes,” Taylor said. “But we

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three years in basketball and baseball. “My parents taught school at Lee-Davis from its inception until the time they retired,” he said. “I’ve been immersed in Lee-Davis High School since the day I was born.” Mitchell scored 967 points during his high school career, good for the school’s all-time

ended up closing it out.” “They played harder and we got soft with the ball,” Randolph-Macon coach Josh Merkel said. “We just didn’t take care of it.” Taylor finished with 12 points to lead a balanced Randolph-Macon (14-5, 100 ODAC) attack. Daniel Noe and Montese Adams had 10 each, along with nine and seven rebounds, respectively, and Darryl Williams scored all nine of his points in the second half. Washington & Lee (7-11, 36) led 28-27 at the half, largely on the strength of a defense that held Randolph-Macon to 31 percent shooting, including a 3-of-13 start from 3-point range. The game turned in the second half when the Yellow Jackets started attacking the rim more consistently. “The way that they packed it in the lane, we were open from outside,” Merkel said. “It’s hard to turn that down. ... We want to attack the paint and we didn’t do the best job of that. We did it much better in the second half.” The Yellow Jackets led by 4 points early in the second half before kicking off the methodical run that gave them just enough of a cushion. Adams scored in the post, and Jermaine

record until 2004, when current baseball coach Tyler Johnson surpassed him. (He says he hopes to be in attendance when Johnson gets his own induction into the Hall of Fame.) Despite his scoring prowess, Mitchell made his greatest fame on the baseball diamond, where he played pitcher, first base and outfield. He was a stalwart on the 1980 Colonial District championship team before moving on to play at Longwood and Virginia Tech.

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Randolph-Macon’s Darryl Williams (10) is fouled by Washington & Lee’s Austin York (44) on a layup attempt in the Yellow Jackets’ 65-57 victory over the visiting Generals Saturday.

Johnson stole the ball from Roy McMillan on the next Generals possession. Johnson missed a contested layup, but Jon Nowell was there for a follow dunk that gave the Yellow Jackets a 43-35 lead that would grow as high as 17 with six minutes remaining. Devin Kearns led Washington & Lee with 19 points. Kleinlein had 16 points and Clayton Murtha had 14

“I just wanted to do whatever to help us win. That’s all that mattered,” he said. “All we wanted to do was to beat those West End schools like J.R. Tucker and Douglas Freeman. They were our nemeses. “The Colonial District was a hotbed of baseball. You had to be on your game to compete with those guys.” Chip Knighton can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

to go with a game-high 12 rebounds. But the rest of the Generals combined for just eight points, while 10 players got into the scoring column for Randolph-Macon. Randolph-Macon 80, Randolph 42 ASHLAND – RandolphMacon head coach Carroll LaHaye said that, after every game, she takes a quick look at her players’ faces in the locker room to pick up on what’s going on. And, after Saturday afternoon’s game at Crenshaw Gymnasium, she said that she felt good about what she saw. She had good reason to. The Yellow Jackets had just finished what LaHaye agreed was the best full-game performance of their season thus far, an 80-42 triumph over visiting Randolph. Randolph-Macon dominated all afternoon and led the entire game. “I thought we did a great job

of taking control and keeping ourselves in control for the 40 minutes,” LaHaye said. “And I was really pleased. That’s not always been something that we’ve been able to do for 40 minutes throughout the season.” The Yellow Jackets (10-8, 5-5 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) used effective defense and ball movement to keep the Wildcats (9-10, 4-6 ODAC) at bay and open up a sizable lead. Randolph turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, and RandolphMacon cashed those in for 11 points on its own end. And, of the 11 made field goals the Yellow Jackets had in the first quarter, 10 were assisted. By the end of the quarter, Randolph-Macon had a 26-8 lead. “I thought we did a great job of moving the ball and getting people in positions to score and giving them the ball where they

could score,” LaHaye said. Getting high-percentage shots was a goal, and the Yellow Jackets were able to knock those down. It showed in their 52.5 percent shooting from the field for the game, their secondhighest shooting percentage of the season. And their lead ballooned – it was 44 at its highest midway through the fourth quarter. “The coaches are always telling us that we need to go for high percentage shots,” freshman forward Kelly Williams said. “And she said we proved tonight that we win when we shoot high percentage shots, and we also shoot a high percentage.” Williams, who leads Randolph-Macon with 17.1 points per game, led all scorers Saturday with 18 points, and also added a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Michal Ross had 15 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Marisha Berry added 15 points as well. And the Yellow Jackets’ sharing didn’t stop in the first quarter – they assisted on 25 of their 31 total made baskets. It was an overall positive performance for RandolphMacon, and something to build on. The Yellow Jackets played at Washington and Lee Tuesday and return home to play Guilford, the second-place team in the ODAC, on Saturday. That day will also mark the program’s 28th annual Back to the Hive alumnae celebration, which will include an 11 a.m. alumnae game before the 2 p.m. tipoff against Guilford. “It gives us big confidence, because we have big games coming up,” Williams said. Chip Knighton and Wayne Epps can be reached at sports@ mechlocal.com.

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CONSTRUCTION & TRADES Assembler/Electrical $25/hr Panel lay-out/industrial/PLC Assembler/mechanical $22/hr Machine/conveyor assembly exp Resume to: bswartz@shspersonnel.com Details/visit: www.shspersonnel.com

GENERAL Full-Time: Fertilizer Applicator CDL & farm experience preferred but not required. Drug Test & DMV Records Required. Please apply in person. E.O.E. Crop Production Services, Aylett. 804-769-9200. Pearson & Company, PC is looking for a seasonal tax preparer January through April 2017. The candidate should have experience with prior CPA firm and preparing business and individual income tax returns. Ultratax experience preferred, but not necessary. Telecommuting is a possibility. Please email Lisa White @ lisaw hite@cpas4u.net for further details.

HEALTHCARE FT LPN - with benefits, for primary care practice in King William. Office experience/EHR preferred. Submit resume to 804-769-1253 / e-mail hr@cvhsinc.org. EOE

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Drivers: Regional & OTR. Excellent Pay + Rider Program. Family Medical/Dental Benefits. Great Hometime + Weekends. CDL-A, 1 yr. EXP. 877-758-3905

Housekeeper Randolph-Macon College seeks an individual to be a part of its housekeeping team in the physical plant department. The position is centered in the department of athletics with areas to include the administrative offices, gymnasiums, locker rooms, press box, etc. Prior cleaning experience is preferred. Experience in an athletic facility and familiarity with associated equipment preferred. Occasional lifting or moving of materials up to 50 lbs. is required. High school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license required. Excellent benefits including retirement and tuition remission. Position is 40 hours per week with work hours 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Flexible schedule for athletic events is required. Apply online here h ttps://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/ap ply/posting.html?client=randolmacc&j obId=182815&lang=en_US&source=CC 2 OR complete an application M-F from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Human Resources, Peele Hall, 204 Henry Street, Ashland, VA 23005. EOE

OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS Full-Time / Part-Time: Seasonal Truck Driver with overtime opportunities. CDL, Drug Test, DMV Records Required. Retired Person Welcomed. Please apply in person. E.O.E. Crop Production Service, Aylett. 804-769-9200

Looking for a rewarding job with free parking? Employer in Mechanicsville seeks a full-time Real Estate/Legal Assistant who enjoys person to person contact and wants employment where their work is appreciated. You will stay busy with Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, as well as serious traffic violations. We are a fast paced legal environment. If you have a strong work ethic, can adhere to strict deadlines, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, we would love to Requirehear from you. Essential ments: At least 2 years of experience working with real estate closings; Proficient in SoftPro, especially ProForm, and MS Office required; Detail oriented, able to multi-task, and punctual; and Ability to communicate professionally and effectively. Please send resume to Resumes, P. O. Box 1810, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 or by fax to 804-7301444. No Calls Please.

RESTAURANT & FOOD SERV. The Dairy Bar Restaurant, family operated for 70 years, now hiring PT/FT Daytime Skilled Line Cooks with some Supervisory Experience, Servers & Dishwashers. Off major holidays. Weekends a must. Perfect for those who need the afternoon & evenings off! Call Bill or Tricia, between the hours of 7 am & 11 am only. 355-1937. dairybarrestaurant.com

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MECHANICSVILLE CHURCHES EPISCOPAL

All Souls Episcopal Church Worshiping at Messiah Lutheran 8154 Atlee Rd Sunday Worship 9:15am Holy Eucharist 10:45am Christian Ed We are a welcoming, Inclusive faith community. Nursery Provided o 804-559-9302 The Rev. Amelie Wilmer Minor, Vicar allsoulsepiscopalva@gmail.com

On the web: www.allsoulsva.org Immanuel Episcopal Welcomes You! 779-3454. 3263 Old Church Rd. Sundays: 10a Holy Eucharist, 10-11a Nursery, 11:15a Refreshments & Adult Christian Ed. immanueloc.org. The Episcopal Church of the Creator 7159 Mechanicsville Pike, 746-8765 Christ Centered, Biblically Focused 8:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Nursery provided @ 9:00am & 10:15am. Sunday School 9:30-10:15am www.creatorfamily.net creatorcontact@comcast.net

EVANGELICAL FRIENDS Hanover Evangelical Friends 6420 Mech Trnpk. 804-730-9512, friendlychurch.org Worship: Sun. 10:30AM Sunday School @ 9:15AM

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INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN Fairmount Christian Church, 559-8070 6502 Creighton Rd. Sunday AM Worship Traditional 8:15 & 11:00, Contemporary 9:30 & 11:00, Bible School at 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00. Rick Raines, Senior Minister; Chris Santasiere, Associate Minister; Mike Langley, Associate Minister; Tracy Thomas, Worship & Music Minister; Mike Campbell, Youth Minister; Ashley Sears, Children’s Director. fairmountchristian.org Gethsemane Church of Christ 5146 Mechanicsville Turnpike Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00 AM Sunday School 10:00 AM 804-779-2044 Bill Wines, Senior Minister www.gethsemanechristians.org

INDEPENDENT BAPTIST Hanover Baptist Church (3 mi from Va Ctr Commons Mall). Practical Bible preaching & conservative, sacred music. Active teens & children’s master club. Family oriented & God-centered. Emphasize personal salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. 798-7190 www.hbcva.org LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH 4000 Creighton Rd., 1.8 mi. west of I295. "The Church With Your Family At Heart" Sunday School 9:45; Worship 11:00 Evening Service 6:00; Wednesday Evening AWANA (KJV) 7pm, Prayer Service 7:30 Pastor Don Sumpter. Find out more on our web: lbcrichmond.com Rural Point Baptist Church 6548 Studley Road, 730-3226 www.ruralpointbaptist.com

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INDEPENDENT BAPTIST Truth Baptist Church, 627-2170 COME & SEE! All info at: www.truthbaptistchurch.com

LUTHERAN Messiah Lutheran Church 8154 Atlee Road 746-7134 messiahmech.com Sunday Service- 10:45 am Sunday School 9:15 am St Paul Lutheran Church (LCMS) 427-7500 ∂ 8100 Shady Grove Rd, saintpaul-lcms.com Rev. Rodney Bitely, Pastor; Sun. Sch. 9:15am, Worship 10:30am

NAZARENE Hope Community Church 8391 Atlee Rd, www.hopenow.cc Atlee Christian Academy PK-5th grade, (746-3900) atleechristianacademy.com

PRESBYTERIAN Fairfield Presbyterian Church Worship: 9am Contemporary 11am Traditional 6930 Cold Harbor Rd, 23111. www.fairfieldpcusa.org Knox Reformed PCA 4883 Southard Lane Sunday School 9:30 Worship 11AM Scriptural, Confessional & Traditional

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Meadowbridge Seventh-Day Adventist Church 7400 Antique Lane Mech., Saturday Services: Sabbath School, 9:30am. Worship Service, 11am. Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 7pm. Church phone: 746-2788

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Black Creek Baptist Church, 6289 McClellan Rd. Bible Study, 9am; Worship 10:15 am (Nursery Prov.) Youth Bible Study, Children’s Choir 4:00 pm; Wed. Night Activities: Family Dinner 6:00 pm, Children in Action Missions Time, Adult Bible Study and Youth 6:30 pm, Adult Choir 7:30 pm, Rev. Joe Kendrick, Pastor. www.blackcreek.org or call 781-0330

Hillcrest Baptist Church 11342 Hillcrest Road Hanover, VA. 23069 730-1500. Wed Eve 6 p.m.-Dinner & Study, Sunday 11am Service 9:45 a.m. Sunday School. www.HillcrestHanover.org

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, 5351 Pole Green Rd. Mechanicsville 23116. 8:45am Traditional Worship 10am Bible Study for all ages, 11am Contemporary Worship, Phil Peacock, Pastor. #779-2700 broaduschurch.org Cool Spring Baptist Church 9283 Atlee Station Rd. For info, activities & worship times visit www.coolspring.org or call 746-0800 FCC - Fellowship Community Church Teaching the Word of God and watching for the miraculous. Hanover High School 9:45am www.fellowshipcc.com Grace United Family Church "Where Grace Unites Us" 7252 Beulah Church Road (Site of Historic Beulah Church) Mechanicsville, 23111 Sundays, 10:30AM & Wednesdays, 6:00PM For info, call 335-6728 Web: graceunitedfc.org Our Mission: "Love God, Learn the Bible, Care for People" Glenn Hawkins, Pastor

Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 8016 Atlee Rd, 746-7253 Dr. Rev. Tim Madison 8:30am Contemporary, 9:45 Bible Study & 11am Trad. Worship www.mechanicsvillebaptist.org New Bethesda Baptist Church 9019 New Bethesda Rd. 779-2101 Todd Combee, Pastor Sunday School 9:30AM, Worship 10:45 am. Bible Study/Youth activities 6pm Wednesday Dinner/Prayer/Youth/Children 6pm www.newbethesda.org New Highland Baptist Church Bible Study for all ages: 9:15 am, Blended Worship 10:30 AM, 9200 New Ashcake Rd, 550-9601 www.newhighlandbaptist.org Shalom Baptist Church 6395 Mech Trnpk 746-7737 Sunday Activities: 8:30am Worship 9:20am HE Brews Cafe 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Wednesday Night Activities: 5:30pm Supper (Sept- May) 6:15pm Children, Youth & Adults Bible Studies www.shalombaptist.net

SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST New Hope Baptist - Located at 5452 Spotslee Circle, Mech. Sunday school 9:45 am, Morning worship 10:30 am, afternoon 1pm, Wednesday Prayer & Bible study 7:30 pm. L. Ronald Staley, Pastor. For more info 321-2110. www.sovereigngraceinmechanicsville.org

UNITED METHODIST Enon United Methodist Church 6156 Studley Rd; 746-4719 ReNe’e Teague, Pastor Join us for Sunday School, for all ages, 9:45am Worship Service at 11am (Nursery provided) www.enonumc.org office@enonumc.org Lebanon United Methodist Church, 8492 Peaks Rd, 746-0980, R. Spencer Broce, Pastor Sunday Worship 9am & 11am (Nursery Provided) Sunday School all ages. 10 am. Staff Youth Director. www.lebanonumc.org Mechanicsville United Methodist Church 7356 Atlee Road, Join us for Sunday School at 9:45AM, Worship at 8:30 & 11 am. & Wed. night worship service at 6:45pm. Kerry D. Boggs, Pastor. 746-5118 Shady Grove United Methodist Celebrate Christ on Sunday Mornings. Traditional worship: 8:15 & 11:15. Contemporary worship: 9:45, Sunday School: 9:30 & 11:15am. All Ages. Nursery for infants & toddlers at all services. Corner of Meadowbridge & Shady Grove Rd, Mechanicsville. Jay Kelchner Pastor. 746-9073 shadygroveumc.org

ROMAN CATHOLIC Church of the Redeemer 8275 Meadowbridge Road 746-4911 www.churchredeemer.org Mass celebrated on Saturday 5:30 PM Sunday 8:00 & 10:00 AM

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HOME IMPROVEMENT SPECIALISTS CARPENTRY

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Affordable Home Repairs Carpentry, Roofing, Siding, Replacement Windows, Gutters & Decks. Lic/Ins. Jim Martin, 347-3812

CHIMNEY CLEANING Hanover Chimney Sweeps Serving area since 1981. Ins. Chimney & Gutter Cleaning. 746-1056

ELECTRICAL Affordable Generator - Installations, Sales, Service & Repairs Free Estimates. BBB. Call 746-4350 www.mallory-electric.com

CRH Electric - Local Contractor - BBB Excellent w/Troubleshooting, Panel Upgrades, Recess Lighting, Class A Master Electrician - Lic / Cert. www.crh-electric.com or 804-439-3470

Danny Electric Specializing in Residential Service. Professional work that you can afford! Lic/Ins. Danny Hinton, 804-640-5044

Electrical Services Res. & Comm. - Lic. & Ins. Whole House Generators Authorized Generac Dealer 730-9000 www.minsonpower.com

FENCING **Fence Scapes** 559-8797 Custom Wood, Chain-Link, Vinyl, Ornamental Aluminum. www.fencescapesllc.com

*SUPERIOR FENCE CO* for the BEST VALUE on a Quality Wood Fence Call 559-2211 Repairs & Improvements of All Sizes Licensed & Insured. Free Estimates.

Winters Fencing 627-2935 Best Prices! Licensed & Insured. Free Estimates.

GARAGE A & E Door Company, LLC Eddie Funai, Owner/Operator Garage Doors & Openers Replaced or Repaired. Over 25 yrs. exp. Free Est.! Lic/Ins. Call 804-402-8522

Purcell Construction Hunter Purcell 804972-2215

www.PurcellConstruction.Biz Custom Homes & Additions ∂ Barns ∂ Siding & Replacement Windows ∂ Roofing ∂ Sunrooms ∂ Decks ∂ Porches ∂ Inter/Exter Renovations ∂ Kitchen & Bath Remodels ∂ Free Est. ∂ Lic/Ins Res/Comm ∂ 33 yrs exp ∂ BBB ∂ Angie’s List ∂ Senior Citizens Discount Available.

Broaddus Builders New Homes, Additions, Renovations Garages, Decks, Home Improvements Free Estimates Just added Snow Removal! Call Billy at (804)516-3310

GUTTER GUTTER CLEANING Licensed /Insured Free Estimates Call Ernie Perdue, 328-1668

Gutter Specialist Seamless Gutters, Guards, Cleanings & Repairs, 18 yrs. exp. Lic/Ins. Free Est. Stronghold Construction 804-218-1136

Additions • New Construction • Remodeling • Low Cost Drywall Repair Class A Lic. Free Estimates. 40 yrs Exp. Home Owner and Realtor Punch Lists George at 804-690-2767

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ALLSHOUSE PAINTING Powerwashing, Sheet Rock Repairs, Gutter Cleaning, Commercial/Residential. Lic/Insured. Int./Ext. Call 730-6531 or 402-6531

Drywall Repairs- Small jobs welcome. Clean & Dependable. Licensed & Insured 30 years experience. Dean~ 803-8417

E.J. Hornung Excellent References. Interior & Exterior. Great Rates. 746-5613

Herring Home ImprovementWindows, Decks, Sheds, Repairs Licensed & Insured. Call 537-5755

Guy Stinchfield Painting & Repair Int./Ext. Painting, Carpentry, Drywall Repair, Pressure Washing, Wallpaper Removal. Lic/Ins. 20 yrs experience Refereneces. Free Est. 804-439-7700

HOUSEWASHING A BROWN’S HOUSE WASHING ROOF STAINS REMOVAL 804-937-8351 HANOVER HANDY SERVICES Low Pressure Powerwashing Gutter Cleaning Lic. & Ins. Call 363-8393 www.hanoverhandy.com

HAULING VL Carter For All Your Hauling Needs Stone - Fill Dirt - Topsoil - Sand 804-513-0266 or 804-994-9615

BELL CREEK Heating Cooling Service & Preventative Maintenance. 31 yrs exp. Lic. Call 559-1045.

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Painting By George Interior & Exterior Reasonable Rates. Call 550-3260

PCT Remodeling Exterior/Interior Painting. Licensed/Insured. 264-9352

PLUMBING LAWN CARE BASHAM LAWN CARE Offering local residents High Quality Services at an Affordable Rate. Mulch • Leaf Removal • Gutter Cleaning CALL 398-8287

KJLC Landscape Management Commercial & Residential Landscape Grading, Pavers, Sidewalk, Patios & Retaining Walls, Drainage, Fertilization, Aeration, Seeding, Pruning, Mulch, Fence Installation & Repair. Call 746-0827, ext. 2.

HANDYMAN EXPRESS Your Small Job Specialist Painting, Repairs, and Maintenance Call Steve Hall 426-8544

Indoor/Outdoor Handyman: Sheetrock Repairs, Painting, Hardwood Floor Installation & Refinishing, Plumbing, Light Electrical & Landscaping. Call Bryan Henley 804-980-5324

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Stanley Home Improvement Repairs inside & outside your home. No job too small. 20 years experience. Licensed & Insured Ken 262-8845 or 840-0464

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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

TREE SERVICE FINE PRUNING Tree Services, LLC Tree & Shrub Pruning, Removals, Stump Grinding. Health/Risk Assessments. Insured. Free Est. 804-779-2170 Certified Arborist and MD LTE

Roofing - All Types of Installation & Repair. 40+ years of experience. Licensed / Insured. Call 804-347-3812

SIDING EXTERIOR PAINTING & CARPENTRY REPAIRS Call Jacob’s Ladder 804-409-2856 info@jacobsladderinc.com

Tree Removal, Trimming, Stump Grinding, etc. No Job too BIG or small. Lic/Ins. Free Estimates.

TILE PCT Remodeling Tile / Kitchens & Baths Free Est. Licensed & Insured. Call 264-9352

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24 Hour Emergency Storm Service Trimming, Topping, Tree & Stump Removal. Firewood. Lic. & Ins. / Res. & Comm 804-937-3671 William A. Silva Jr., Owner/Operator

Tree Services: Deadwood/Thinning, Weight/Height Reduction, Tree/Stump Removal, Emergency Services. Hardscape Services: Patio Installs/ Designs, Sidewalks, Retaining Walls, Repairs. For free estimates call, 804-779-3464. Fully Insured. hanoverpruningandhardscapeinc.com

ROOFING A W Austin/ Q R & R Vinyl Siding, Thermal Windows, Seamless Alum. gutters, Roofing & Painting, 5 yr. warr. Free Est. Class A #2705133754. Ins. BBB. Call 226-9293

Committed Experience Over 20Years! New & Re-roofs Residential & Commercial Certified/Master Installers for GAF & Certainteed Standing Seam, Metal &Copper, Gutter Installation. BBB Member VA Class A Licensed - Fully Insured We accept all major credit cards.Call today for your FREE Estimate, 559-4144

PAINTING Affordable House Painting & Repairs Int. & Ext. Painting, Staining, Power Washing, Textured Ceilings, Sheetrock & Wall Papering Lic. & Ins. - Kevin Taylor, 241-5016

Davidson Roofing Co. Residential Roofing & Repair Specialists. Lic/Insured GAF Master Elite Contractor BBB /Free Estimates 804-672-0540 www.davidsonroofing.com

Gary’s Plumbing Repair Service. Lic./Ins. 218-1467

LAWN CARE PLUS - Complete Lawn Care & Landscaping Year Round Maintenance Programs Available Fully Lic/Ins. Free Estimates 730-2367

R. J. Davis Lawncare, Inc. Complete Lawn Care Services & Turf Care Packages 798-0492 www.RJDavisLawnCare.com

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ADAM S. MEDEK MEDEK TREE SERVICE, INC. Resid. & Comm. Services Tree Removal, Pruning, Stump Grinding Emergency Services Class A VA License Fully Insured – accepting VISA/MC/AmEx Call today for your FREE EST. 746-8580

A People’s Tree Service Professional work at a reasonable rate. Insured. Free Estimates. Mulch. Call 730-2163.

Ernie’s Tree Service - Trimming, Removal & Stump Grinding. Free Est. 75ft. Bucket Truck. BBB. 730-6563 or 833-9663

Tree & Stump Removal ∂ Lot Clearing ∂ Brush Removal Topping & Trimming Insured Free Estimates 804-730-0600

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

WALLPAPERING Wallpaper Hanging & Removal. References. Reliable. Call Jane Watkins 746-9025 www.janeswallcovering.com


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54. Rebelliousness 56. Ancient Greek city 58. Clothing company (abbr.) 59. Member of the cabbage family 60. Softens or smooths 63. Mass of coagulated liquid 64. Problems 65. Irish Republic CLUES DOWN 1. Dress 2. Deadly 3. Says aloud 4. PT Anderson film ‘__ Nights’ 5. Teacher (abbr.) 6. Anesthetized 7. Anno Domini (in the year of Our Lord) 8. __ and behold 9. French young women (abbr.) 10. Scorch 13. Notre Dame 14. Express disapproval 15. Cars need these 20. Not off 21. Unit of mass 22. You 23. Concealed

27. Parent-teacher organizations 29. Approximately 3.14159 30. Chinese conception of poetry 31. Satisfaction 32. College degree 33. Formerly Ceylon: __ Lanka 34. Effeminate 35. Something to solve 36. Horses like these 37. Intelligence organization 38. Blood type 40. Exhibition 41. Poisonous plant 42. Aluminum 44. Possesses 45. Penetrate with a sharp instrument 46. Ring-shaped objects 47. Speaks at church 48. Form in the mind 50. Selectors 51. Probability of default 52. 2001 Spielberg film 54. Where to get a sandwich 55. Newts 57. Modus operandi 61. Exists 62. Politico-economic union

CANCER • Jun 22/Jul 22 You may notice a strange vibe in the air this week, Cancer. You might feel your intuition kick into high gear. Trusts your instincts on this one and see where it goes.

LIBRA • Sept 23/Oct 23 It may be difficult to pull yourself out of a slump this week, Libra. However, if you surround yourself with upbeat friends, the week will end up being positive.

TAURUS • Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, your heart is telling you to aim for the highest peak because anything is possible if you put your mind to it. It might be a bit scary, but you wonÕt know unless you try.

LEO • Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you have a generous heart and you often see the good in all of those around you. This can make you an excellent friend for anyone to have on their side.

SCORPIO • Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, try not to drift on autopilot this week; otherwise, you may miss crucial details along the way. Try to be engaged even if it is challenging at this juncture.

GEMINI • May 22/Jun 21 Your reputation will precedes you, Gemini. That reputation may elicit positive feelings in some and negative sentiments in others. DonÕt let the detractors get to you.

VIRGO • Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you may become preoccupied with what others think of you. Try not worry so much about what others think. If youÕre comfortable with yourself, that will reflect positively.

SAGITTARIUS • Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, make extra time for your immediate family and other loved ones this week. Enjoy the warmth and laughter, and embrace the companionship that family provides.

CAPRICORN • Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, do not beat yourself up for little mistakes you might make. No one is keeping a tally, so just go with the flow instead of trying to control every little thing. AQUARIUS • Jan 21/Feb 18 Wishing and hoping for dreams to come true will only get you so far, Aquarius. You must take certain steps to make plans come to fruition. If you must, go it alone. PISCES • Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, give an important decision ample consideration. A solid foundation of careful thought will make you feel more confident.

THIS WEEK’S ANSWERS

CLUES ACROSS 1. Baseball team 5. Hymns 11. Actor Jared 12. Fragrance 16. __ Von Bismarck, Iron Chancellor 17. Nordic God 18. Weighed down 19. Coppola’s mob epic 24. Nanogram 25. Famed street artist 26. Identifier 27. 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet 28. In addition 29. Micturated 30. Shock 31. Accept 33. Allotment 34. Eras 38. Emerges 39. Cape Verde capital 40. __, United Arab Emirates capital 43. Small amount 44. Back of the foot 45. Pakrit language 49. Home of ‘60 Minutes’ 50. Condemn 51. Ailed 53. Elevated railroad

ARIES • Mar 21/Apr 20 It may hard to separate reality from fiction this week, Aries. You need to find a way to distinguish the two so you can move forward with confidence.

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Low maintenance 3 bed, 3 bath, 1,894 sq ft brick rancher on 2.5 acres in King & Queen w/private dock & covered boat lift! Lovely wooded lot plus a bulk head! Vaulted ceiling living room, dining room, kitchen, large family room addition w/fireplace. Full front porch which is perfect for enjoying the view! $399,950 Please call The Woody Hogg Team 427-5100

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Spacious 5 Bedroom, 2 ½ Bathroom, 2 story home w/a lake view and lake access on 1+ acre lot! Formal dining room, eat in kitchen w/ breakfast nook, large family room w/gas fp. 5th bedroom is a large space that could be used as an upstairs game room! Kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances and offers gas cooking! Enjoy fishing and Situated on 10 acres, Including a 4 Stall Barn boating on the 12 acre community lake! The rear drive also & Fenced Pasture! offers a very nice basketball court! The yard also features a gazebo! One year ERA Buyers Warranty! $374,950 This lovely 4,738 sq ft home has 4 Bedrooms Please call Woody Hogg 357-0969 & 3½ Baths. Brand new double pane windows,

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Call The Thiel-Morris Team at 804-467-9022 or 804-652-9025 Breckenridge/Hanover High 5 bd, 2½ bth, 3160 sq. ft., rear entry 2-car garage, paved driveway, new roof, & heat pump, detached shed, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, lg. covered porch. Formal living rm. & dining rm w/hdwd flrs. Lg. kitchen w/island, pantry, morning rm w/wet bar, gas FP, family rm. w/wood FP. Rec rm. w/ built-ins. Master bd. w/ hdwd firs, walk-in closet, full en suite. Bd. 2,3 & 4 w/ hdwd firs. & lg. closet, bd 5 w/lg closet. Offered for $449,950

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High Point Farms

Cape w/4 bd, 2 ba, 1,296 sq ft oversized 2-car garage. New roof, paved driveway, carport, lg above-ground pool. Lg open living rm w/laminate fl., lg open eat-in kitchen w/tile fl., stainless appl. 1st fl master w/laminate fl. 2nd downstairs bdrm w/laminate fl. Additional lrg. 2nd flr bd. Updated 1st flr bath. One year home warranty included! Offered for $215,000

Five Lakes East On the 12th tee! Beautiful Cape features 4 BRs, 3 BAs & 2,511 sq. ft. on over a half acre lot. Offers 2-car attached garage w/workshop, country front porch, rear deck with partial awning, & fully fenced rear yard. Spacious family room w/ gas FP, eat-in kitchen w/hdwd flrs, custom cabinets, wall oven, new stainless stove & opens to the formal dining room w/ bay window. 1st floor BR w/WIC & full bath. Master w/ en suite full bath w/Jacuzzi tub & shower & huge rec room that could be a 5th BR w/ wet bar. $279,950.

12.9 Acres in Old Church 3 bds, 2 ba., 1,848 sq ft, 2-car attached garage, large rear deck, lrg. private rear yard. Open flr plan w/spacious family rm w/hrdwood fl., vaulted ceiling, gas fp, eat-in kitchen w/tile fl., granite, stainless appl, vaulted ceiling, pantry, b-fast bar & nook, formal dining rm. w/ hrdwood fl. Master suite w/walk-in closet & en suite. 2 additional bds w/carpet & lrg closets & additional bth w/tile fl. Offered for $324,950

HORSE FARM

50 plus acres with 25 in fenced pasture! The barn has over 8,000 square feet with 6 stalls and a huge loft! There is also a separate hay barn! There is 1300 square feet of finished living space! There are 2 baths, and the drain field is approved for 308 people! This would make a perfect Equine Center! There is also a new, vinyl sided Updated 2,000 sqft Rancher chicken coop! The property can be divided also! This is Beautifully Renovated 3 Bed, 1½ Bath home on ½ acre lot! Hdwd flrs & new truly a unique property waiting for the right owner to take ceramic tile throughout. Kitchen w/new countertops, advantage of all that it has! $399,500 Old Church tiled backsplash & new appliances. New vinyl tilt out Call The Woody Hogg Team 427-5100 4 bedroom/4 bathroom two story Colonial windows, Large bonus room w/exposed beams, vaulted on 6.6 wooded acres with a full basement. If ceilings, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, new sliding glass W you want privacy, here it is. This one is tucked doors leading to the screened porch and large deck. 2+ NERICE P back off the road and offers peace and quiet car garage is great for working on cars or a workshop. on this serene setting. Brand new dimensional The heat pump/central air new inside and out. $234,950

EK E W NE O Old Church N I SOLD

Rancher w/Basement in Avondale Lovely brick rancher w/walk-out basement. Maintenance free exterior. Dimension shingles & gutter guards. Florida room addition w/lots of natural sunlight (heat and air). First flr w/3 bdrms & 2 full ba. Beautiful refinished hrdwd flrs. Upstairs freshly repainted throughout. Open plan w/ kitchen flowing into the family rm. Basement w/recreation room & fourth bdrm/office. $239,950 Please call The Woody Hogg Team 427-5100

S Y A D IN 2 D L Lovely SO remodeled Cape Cod!

two new heat pumps and a renovated eat-in kitchen that features new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances! This open plan features an inviting, open foyer when you enter, a music/living room, a formal dining room, spacious family room and a large Florida Room. The rear, double tiered deck includes an awning to shield the afternoon sun. The seller is leaving all of the appliances, including the refrigerator, washer and dryer. $564,950 Please Call Bradley Boykin 804-427-5104

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Like new in Honey Meadows 3 bed, 2½ bath w/open 1st flr plan w/morning room, kitchen w/granite countertops, spacious great rm & wood flrs throughout! Master suite w/tray ceiling, lg walk-in closet & luxury master bath w/soaking tub & separate glassed-in shower! Like new washer and dryer. One Year ERA Warranty! Club house, pool, equipped workout room and a large gathering room w/kitchen. $274,950 Please call The Woody Hogg Team 427-5100

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shingle roof. Meticulously renovated kitchen with granite countertops, new tile floors and new appliances. Living room with a corner fireplace, an office/study with a corner fireplace and a formal dining room. The basement offers a recreation room with another fireplace. The walk-out basement can easily serve as an in-law suite, as there a full bath. The downstairs bedroom also has a fireplace. $399,950 Please call The Woody Hogg Team 427-5100

Berkeley Forest This immaculate Transitional Rancher offers 2,600 sq ft, 4 BRs, 2.5 BAs, 2 car garage, and nice cul de sac lot, all in the Atlee High School District. The exterior also offers new roof w/new skylights, new rear fence, whole yard irrigation system, rear deck w/patio & rear shed. Interior offers a great open flow, family rm w/vaulted ceiling & sunroom off the rear, eat in kitchen w/new granite top, master retreat w/2 walk in closets & en suite. $363,900.

D SOL Pebble Creek

4 bd, 2½ bth, 2774 sq ft, 2-car garage. Paved drive, fenced rear yd, detached storage shed & huge 2-tier deck. Hdwd fl.& crown molding throughout first flr. Eat-in gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appl., tile bcksplsh, lrg. pantry, b-fast nook & bar. Lrg. open family rm. w/tile gas FP. Master w/ his/her walk-in closets, fully renovated en suite. Bd 2 w/ bamboo fl., walk-in closet, crown molding. Add. 2 bd w/lrg. closet & carpet. 2nd fl. laundry rm. Offered for $309,950

The Ridges in Mechanicsville This charming 2 BR, 1 BA rancher is close in Mechanicsville & sits on a large level lot. Featuring fenced rear yard, concrete patio, replacement windows & detached storage shed on a little over half an acre lot. The interior includes all new carpet, large LR w/carpet & CF, open eat-in kitchen w/ white cabinets & black appliances.. This charming home is ready for you to move in! $149,950.

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Windy Hill Estates All brick rancher w/3 BR, 1.5 baths & 1,890 sq. ft., replacement windows w/vinyl wrapped exterior, carport w/ direct entry, rear patio, lg. level back yard & lg. detached storage shed. Formal living rm w/hdwd fl., dining rm w/ hdwd fl., chair rail & sliding glass doors. Kitchen w/lots of cabinets & counter space, huge family rm w/built-ins & wood burning FP. The basement w/Rec rm., storage rm., & lg. FP, workshop & lg. laundry area. $214,950

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