Riots break out in Charlotte over racial divide

Laura Swain

In this past month, a Mechanicsville resident, David Swain, was in the face of imminent danger while he was on a business trip in Charlotte, North Carolina.

After the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, on September 20, local members of the social movement, Black Lives Matter, were in an uproar. Violent riots soon followed as people paraded through the streets, chanting and damaging property as they went.

The second night, Wednesday, September 21, was when Swain felt the overwhelming intensity of the situation. There was an anxious feeling at the conference that Swain was attending after the horrors of the first night. A manager of precision agriculture at Southern States Co-Op in Richmond, Swain was with a group of fellow workers staying at the Omni Hotel.

“We were at conference, and they made an announcement at the end of the day to basically ‘Get where you’re gonna go, and stay in.’ It was supposed to be a peaceful protest and there was supposed to be a candlelight vigil after that, so we had expected that it would happen, take care of it, and then they would move on. But there was concern, before we even got to it, that there was gonna be some problems,” Swain said.

And there were problems as violence rose while David Swain was leaving his conference to go to dinner with few of his vendors.

“At that time it was just a protest… Of course the police were out to make sure of it, but at that time there was no problem. When we finished dinner, we were kind of on the opposite corner from the hotel and from the situation. And we came out and it was just a busy night in downtown Charlotte. There really was no indication on that opposite corner that there was any problem. It was when we turned the corner, I got a phone call from a coworker that asked where I was and was really concerned and said we couldn’t get back to the hotel because of the riots. There were riot police. There were problems. There was tear gas. Everything was shut down” Swain explained.

Swain soon made it back to his hotel after going through the back in an alley in order to avoid the protests, locking doors behind them along the way. After staying in the lobby, Swain and his group were told to close their tabs at the bar and go up to their hotels.

“My room faced the inside of the block and I could look out and there were helicopters that had spotlights and were checking rooftops to make sure there were no problems on that too. So it was really kind of wild to see it from that side and then go out and watch it on the street and seeing the riot police, seeing the tear gas, seeing everything that was happening, hear the flash bang grenades going off in real life and then hearing the echo of it on TV.”

Outside of the hotel, the riots turned dangerous for both sides. One protester was shot and taken to the hospital afterwards. He was pronounced dead.

The governor of North Carolina called a state of emergency shortly after. The National Guard and state troopers came the next morning and  assisted police in taking back control of Charlotte.

Afterwards, the nation was left in shock at the videos and pictures from these nights of terror. There are still disputes on the context of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the protester.

“My first reaction was to try to get the facts, cause I think the reaction of the general public in the last couple years is to react. And to protest without really knowing what they are protesting. So, through the last couple years, my reaction has been just wait.” Officer Wills, Hanover High’s police officer said.

However, these riots do not symbolize the entirety of the Black Lives Matter movement. Most protests held are peaceful and looking for change in the way that black people are perceived by the police.

“I was kind of upset because I feel like people think that Black Lives Matter is a violent movement anyways, and I feel it’s more of a peaceful movement. The majority of the protests are peaceful,” Kauryn Wilson, a member of Black Lives Matter said.

David Swain made it home to his family the day after the riot, but with a story to tell. Afterwards, he went back to North Carolina weeks after on October 10.

“It just amazes me, some of the foolishness that was going on. Also watching to individuals, that were civilians, with their backs to the police officers and facing the rioters, and trying to get them to back off. They were trying to get peace.” Swain stated.

Many events from that night are still unclear. There is still an ongoing investigation into the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and the protester’s deaths. However, the certainty of these nights was the chaos and fear that enveloped Charlotte.

New academic learning center is making grades

Michelle Christian

The teachers have banded together and created a helpful center available to all students. Students can go get help with anything they need, anytime they need it. It’s available during the whole school day, so there is no need to stress about finding time to get help; simply go during your study hall.

This new addition to Hanover High School is the Academic Learning Center. The Academic Learning Center is located next to the library, in room 200, and it’s available to students primarily during flex or their study hall.

Students can get help with any topic, including reviewing what they’ve learned in class that day, assistance with homework and even pre-teaching upcoming units. SOL remediation is also available.

Tracey Milligan, one of the available teachers in the center, commented that, “Students can benefit from the Academic Learning Center because it increases their independence by having them sign-up for a spot in the mornings.”

Students also have independence while using computers. Some students who use read-aloud accommodations have complete control of the tool, being able to choose which questions get repeated, being able to fast forward, rewind, increase the volume and decrease the volume.

Available resources in the Academic Learning Center include various textbooks, dictionaries and access to computers. Students who wish to receive help should sign up in the Academic Learning Center, providing their name, teacher, and desired subject of focus.

The Career Center, as well as Karla Taylor, is available to students on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Fridays, with an advisor coming in to help students each Monday. It’s current location is in the 300’s pod.

Improvements to the career center include a new seating arrangement in the pod, an employment binder with a list of jobs available to students, and an updated website. Students wishing to consult with Taylor, the head of the career center, should sign up on the updated Career Center website, available through the Hanover High School homepage.

An available feature in the pod area is books for students to check out, including college information, preparation for upcoming SAT’s and getting financial assistance for attending the college of your choice.

A favorite feature of Taylor’s is the calendar of events tab. Students can sync this calendar with their own personal Google calendar, or even subscribe for notifications.

During November, which is career development month, Taylor will be meeting with classes to review the sixteen career clusters. Students will get the chance to take quizzes regarding their career interests, skills, and values.

Taylor would like to inform students that college visits are open to all students, however seniors will get priority if spaces become limited. Taylor encourages students from all grade levels to participate in the college visits. Students should not wait until their senior year to prepare for college, they should plan well before then.

It’s important for students to utilize the Career Center. “Whatever the students need, it’s here, they just need to take advantage of it,” Taylor said. Taylor is looking forward to seeing all of the new faces come to the career center.


Summer time jobs and easy money

Stephen Williams


31 percent of teenagers had jobs during the
summer of 2015. Photo by Reese Sayles

With the summer season starting
soon, seniors, juniors, and sophomores
are leaving the comfort of
their homes and looking for jobs.
Because who doesn’t like a little
extra spending money?
“I wanted a job because I’m going
on a trip to Europe soon and I
also just brought a car,” sophomore
Brian Lepeter said
Some of the most popular jobs
sought after by students are Sweet
Frog, Kings Dominion, Chick-Fil-
A and other fast food restaurants.
Other favored jobs are lifeguard,
baby sitting and house watching for
“I work at Stevie B’s as a cashier
and customer greeter. I also put up
the pizzas on display for people
to see,” sophomore Ann Elizabeth
Ryan said.
People also get jobs to places
they visited before. They feel mesmerized
by the place and would
love to work there.
“I like my job at King’s Dominion
as a ride director and I look
forward to it every day. I like the
experiences I meet with the other
employees and I love learning the
rides. Everyone I work with knows
how to have fun and are super
chill,” sophomore Philip Hokirk
Other times people get a job to
get free discounts from where they
“I work at Dominos, everyone
is really cool and it’s not stressful.
The best part is that it’s easy to
get promotions and I get free pizza
sometimes,” senior Haley Parrish
Though these jobs sound easy
and enjoyable, they do not pay a
lot of money. At King’s Dominion,
hourly ride operators get $7.88
an hour while line employees get
$7.64 per hour.
Cashiers at King’s Dominon get
$8.18 an hour and servers get $7.79
per hour. Store merchants are paid
$7.64 for every hour, and area supervisors
receive $12.78 per hour.
Also, most of these positions require
employees to stand outside in
the sun for an extended period of
“One thing I hate about King’s
Dominion is the heat. I’m outside
all day and there is no air conditioning.
It is a struggle trying to
keep cool all day,” Hokirk said.
In the United States, minimum
wage is only $7.25 per hour. So do
not expect to go on shopping sprees
with this pay check.
“If I could change anything,
it would by my wage. I get payed
eight bucks an hour and I would
like to get payed more,” Lepeter
Other hated ascpects of summer
jobs are the other employees. For
most workers, their own coworkers
are causing the most problem.
“I hate the people I’m working
with, all they do is sleep in their
positions while I cover for them,
Ryan said.
Even if these jobs do not have the
most enjoyable tasks and provides
the minimum about money available,
students across the country
still get these summer jobs to pass
the time and to meet new people.
“I like meeting new and unique
people. What makes these people
unique is why they come to Mc-
Donald’s. Some people who come
in are funny and enjoy conversations,
while others are just weird,”
sophomore Walker Leake said.

Development expands across Hanover

Willie Sadler

There seems to be a certain theme
about Hanover County this year: development.
Between Kroger adding
on to their grocery stores and a new
plan for residential and commercial
buildings by 301, Hanover is experiencing
some change.
Now, residents on Studley Road
are going to be seeing some construction.
Back in October of 2014,
a plan to build a new neighborhood
on Studley Road next to Burkwood
Swim and Racquet Club was approved.
Before the homes begin construction,
a sewer line has to be built to
serve the new homes. This sewer
line is currently being built by the
developer, Meridian. After the completion
of the sewer line, construction
on the homes will begin.
Currently, there is not a set finish
date for the construction of
the homes, but it is expected to
last about a few years. This all depends
on how quickly the lots and
resulting homes are sold. The specific
homes being built are going to
be single family homes in the +/-
$400,000 price range. With the addition
of a new neighborhood, older
neighborhoods’ property values will
help to be maintained and might increase.
With all the new homes being
constructed, there will be an effect
on the surrounding area. There
are supposed to be around 142 new
homes being built, so the impact
they have will not be small either.
This has led to some concerns in the
One of the concerns is about
which school district the new
neighborhood will be in. This issue
was solved by the Board of Supervisors
and the School Board by using
an “administrative redistricting”.
So, residents of the new homes will
attend Rural Point Elementary and
not Henry Clay. This means they
will go on to Oak Knoll and then
finally graduate from Hanover. Due
to the age of Rural Point however, it
will certainly come up with special
challenges for the school.
“Feelings about the project vary
among members of the community.
Members of Burkwoood and the adjacent
church are excited about the
addition of a new neighborhood.
Still others were concerned about
increased traffic, although the independent
traffic study indicates that
while there will certainly be more
cares in the area, that overall service
levels will not dramatically change
due to the addition of turning lanes
and other accommodations,” Supervisor
Angela Kelly-Wiecek said.
It also should be noted that the
particular area of the new neighborhood
is a residential area of the
county. This is how the rural areas
in Hanover, which make up about
80% of the county, are preserved.
Although this area is becoming more
populated, it is only to preserve the
rural parts of Hanover.

Whats going on around HHS?

~Senior and junior prom will be
held on June 4.
~ The SAT exam will be held on
June 4.
~Senior trip to Bush Gardens will be
on June 7.
~The senior class picture will be
held on June 9.
~The ACT exam will be be on June
~Senior Baccalaureate Ceremony
will be held on June 12
~Exam days and early closing for
middle and high schools are on June
13 and June 14.
~Exam days and early closing for
K-12 are on June 15 through June
~Final day for school K-12 on June
~Report card distribution for elementary
schools June 16.
~Teacher work day June 17.
~Senior graduation ceromony on
June 18.
~Middle and high school report card
distribution on June 23.
~Summer school begins on June 27.

Students to the rescue

Madison Lee


Students gather outside Central High in protest to keep their principal. Photo by: NBC12.

Some believe that high schoolers
don’t have a voice; but King and
Queen County students have proven
that they can definitely have an impact
with their speech.
On Friday, April 29, Central High
School Principal Antione Monroe
was escorted out of his building by
police without explanation.
Students were shocked because
Principal Monroe was admired
and respected during his tenure as
principal by students, parents, and
the community. Last year was the
first time in years that Central High
School was fully accredited and
many credited Principal Monroe’s
leadership for the success.
On Monday, May 2, students
from Central High School staged a
walkout in response to the removal
of Principal Monroe. Over 100 students
walked out of classes and sat
outside of the building all day on
Monday. They came equipped with
signs and chants. Superintendent
Carol Carter then locked the school
to prevent the remaining students
from leaving to join the rebellion.
At least 20 parents showed up in
solidarity with their students. They
provided drinks and pizza for the
students locked outside.
The protest continued from Tuesday
through Thursday with students
participating in a sit in inside the
Central High School gym. Despite
the valiant effort of Monroe’s adoring
students, Monroe made the decision
to resign before a School Board
meeting on Thursday, May 5. Worried
about the potential uprising
from the students, Superintendent
Carter shut down all Queen and
King County Public Schools on Friday,
May 6. According to an anonymous
source that has been directly
involved in the situation, Monroe’s
decision to resign was influenced by
an attempt to protect his students
from any adverse consequences as a
result of their protests.
King and Queen County Superintendent
Carter, refused to comment
on the reason for Principal
Monroe’s removal; and her response
to the student protesters has drawn
sharp criticism from the community.
Superintendent Carter previously
initiated disciplinary actions
against several school employees
during her term as Principal of King
and Queen Elementary School and
some people believe she continues
to unfairly target employees in her
new position of superintendent.
Some students, parents and employees
believe that Carter’s adverse
employment actions are racially
motivated. She has threatened the
student protesters with the cancellation
of extracurricular activities
such as participation in sports and
exclusion from important school
events such as prom.

Supermarket feud coming to an end

Madison Lee

The divide as old as Montague
and Capulet may be soon coming
to an end as a result of a pending
merge between the rival grocery
provider of Food Lion and Mar-
The parent company of Food
Lion, Delhaize Group, and Royal
Ahold NV, which owns Martins,
Giant Food and Stop & Shop, plans
to merge by next year. After the
consolidation of the two the offi-
cial company name will be Ahold
Delhaize, the equivalent of a high
school ship name. This will give
the company an opportunity to
serve more than 50 million cus-
tomers a week with over 6,500
Both companies have been ap-
proved by their shareholders,
however, the companies must still
make it through the gates of the
federal regulation which may pose
a threat to their potential merger.
In Richmond there is a signifi-
cant number of both Martins and
Food Lions. Both of these compa-
nies account for a large portion of
the market share with Martins as
the number one grocer in Rich-
mond, possessing about 15 percent
of the market and Food Lion being
third with about 14 percent. This
merger would allow the one com-
pany to own a large portion of the
market. While there is no other
areas in the nation that poses this
threat to the company’s merger
other than Richmond, the one city
could be detrimental to the pro-
posed plan.
“I disagree with the decision
because Martins and Food Lion
have always been two seperate
things and they already changed
Ukrops to Martins and now that
they’re mergin Food Lion’s prices
will propably be higher,” senior
Nikki Gooding said.
To avoid being blocked by fed-
eral regulation Martins may be
selling many of their Richmond
location. Currently they are plan-
ning to close at least three stores
in Petersburg, Mechanicsville and
Richmond. These closures will in-
clude the Martins located on Bell
Creek Road as well as on Stony
Point Road in Richmond. In ad-
dition, the Martins chain may also
be selling at least nineteen more
stores within Virginia and eighty
three in total across the nation, in
order to abide by government reg-
ulations, which is currently under
review by the Federal Trade Com-
Belgium regulations may also
pose a threat to the potential
merger to which the companies
will have to respond to by selling
several overlapping locations. It
is predicted that Kroger Co. and
Publix Super Market chain will be
the primary buyers.
Martins assured the 357 em-
ployees that will be affected by
these closures that they will be
given assistance by allowing them
to apply for jobs at near by Mar-
tins locations as well as providing
them with “transition support”
and “separation benefits”.
In 2010 the Ukrop’s Super Mar-
ket chain was sold to Martin’s.
After the sale Ukrop’s Homestyle
Foods was opened. The new busi-
ness now provides products such
as baked goods to local supermar-
kets. Bobby Ukrop, CEO of the
family business, stated that busi-
ness with proceed as usual.
“We will continue to encourage
and work with area grocery stores
and any retailers that may be com-
ing to the Greater Richmond Re-
gion in the future, to carry the
great-tasting baked goods, entrees,
sides, and salads that Richmonders
have come to expect and enjoy for
more than 40 years.