HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The recent appointments of two Hanover County Board of Supervisors members to a regional library board is sparking concerns about whether book removals are in the future for public libraries in the area.

“She is hoping Rachel Levy can swing a Republican leaning district based in western Hanover County, Louisa County, and a small part of western Henrico where Del. Buddy Fowler, R-Hanover, is in a three-way nomination contest…. Her record working with others shapes her endorsements

The Richmond Times-Dispatch asked all local statehouse candidates the same nine questions. Below, see the responses for Republicans Graven Craig, Del. Buddy Fowler and Philip Strother and Democrat Rachel Levy, who are running in the 59th House District that includes parts of Hanover, Louisa and Henrico counties.

Where there is smoke, there is fire. In a bid to curb the use of cigarettes and vape devices that annoy non-smokers in open public spaces, Hanover County and Chesterfield County are now among 13 Virginia localities that have committed to tobacco-free parks with the help of a statewide, youth-led program.

ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — The decision to combine two Hanover County elementary schools has sparked a fierce debate over what the combined school’s name should be. The district announced plans to consolidate Henry Clay and John Gandy Elementary Schools in 2018. While some people want to name the school something new, others want to keep one of the current names to preserve history.

The name of the consolidated Henry Clay and John M. Gandy elementary schools in Ashland seemed like a settled matter. In 2018, a consensus was reached to retain the Gandy name on the new building, to open during the 2024-25 school year on the current Gandy campus. This was a nod to the historical significance of Gandy, which opened in 1950 to accommodate Black Hanover County students during a school segregation era that was long on “separate” but short on “equal.”

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