Ashland Theatre Grand Reopening

 Hailey Lambert

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” proclaimed Mary Poppins as the Ashland Theatre reopened its doors December 26th, 2018. The historic Ashland Theatre has been void of laughing audiences and excited moviegoers for two years while construction teams attempted to restore the theatre to its previous glory. The Ashland Theatre has commonly been referred to as “the heart of Ashland,” and that might be because it has stood at 205 England Street for over seventy years, since its opening on August 10th, 1948.

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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. Continue reading “Riots break out in Charlotte over racial divide”

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.

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