Here In Hanover
Sue Randolph has served Hanover County residents in many ways. She was the first Black woman to join Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. She entered as a deputy in the Court Services Unit in 1978 and retired as captain in 2020. Her work ethic and leadership were instrumental in the development of the unit.
Randolph is also part the Community Services Board and previously served as secretary. She is a mom to eight foster children and two sons of her own.
Following his marriage to Sarah Shelton, Hanover County’s Patrick Henry lived on a 300-acre lot off Rural Point Road known as Pine Slash. Little did the man remembered as the “Voice of the Revolution” know another would begin right there on the property over 150 years later.
Pine Slash resident Lucian Hunter revolutionized school transportation for Black students across the country. The farmer and son of a slave purchased a bus in the early 1930s and arranged for three of his sons – Clarence, Earl and Chester – to drive students to school.
Before the Hunter family bus, Black students were forced to walk miles to school – from eastern Hanover to Ashland – if they had any dream of getting an education. This $50 purchase made Lucian the first person in Virginia to provide a bus for Black students.
Three hundred years after his birth, he continues to live on through his espousal of religious freedom and his impact on a young man whose cry of “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” still resounds in the hearts and minds of Americans.
The Rev. Samuel Davies was the leader of a group of Hanoverians who dissented from the notion that all must belong to the established Church of England. His Presbyterians sought religious freedom to worship in their own way, and many of them met in what we know as the historic Polegreen Church on Rural Point Road.
In honor of National Women's Small Business Month, we are spotlighting May Gonzalez and her at-home sewing studio, Sew Brave.
Whether you work best one-on-one or in groups, May Ab-SEW-lutely has what you are looking for! And if your mom is your bestie, she has you covered too.
Learn more by visiting www.sewbraverva.com.
Hanover County Fire-EMS cut the ribbon on its new state-of-the-art Class B burn building. The $3.9 million tactical training tower offers a safer environment for firefighters to train for residential, commercial and technical rescues.
“We are extremely excited about our new burn building,” said Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland. “It is a state-of-the-art facility that provides our firefighters real world training scenarios while providing top tier safety procedures.”
“My dad always told me never settle,” Don recalls. “I didn’t.”
After graduating from Matoaca High in 1984, he bounced from job to job before taking an entry level position as a custodian for Chesterfield County Public Schools. His father Harry, who worked for VDOT for many years, had touted the value of a steady government job with good benefits and health insurance.
Custodian work wasn’t exactly the field he was looking to break into. He was interested in automobile repair and had taken auto technician classes at Chesterfield Technical Center. But his upbringing by two loving parents on a small family farm in rural Chesterfield had taught him some valuable lessons that he still applies in his life, such as:
Hanover County is reducing the copay cost for riders who use the Hanover DASH specialized transportation program from $6 to $5 per ride. Operation hours for the program are expanding to seven days a week effective Sunday, Oct. 1.
The program provides personalized transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, employment and formal social programs for the disabled and residents 65 years and older.
Team Hanover came together with community members and not-for-profits to participate in this year's National 9/11 Day of Service. From beautifying our schools to cleaning up our roadsides, we did it all! Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this day special for our community.
With 40 flavors of pound cake, Gimme Pound is bound to have a treat that satisfies your sweet tooth. In honor of Black Business Month, we visited Kimberly Fox-Knight, a Hanover native bringing the community together one pound cake at a time. She makes around 25 cakes a week that are available in stores throughout the area. Learn where to get yours and how to order your dream pound cake at www.gimmepound.com.
Hanover County's supported employment program collaborates with community partners and businesses to help residents with disabilities find a job.
This program creates self-sufficient, responsible and confident employees just like Corey.
Mike Flagg managed it all – solid waste and recycling, road construction, project management, compliance with environmental regulations, crisis response, flood mitigation and Hanover’s airport, to name just a few. That might sound daunting, but for Hanover County’s retiring Public Works Director, responsibility and initiative are fundamental parts of his character.
One of the newest members of Team Hanover comes to us all the way from Quebec, Canada! Fannie Giguere is a recreation coordinator with Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Her husband's career landed the family of five in Ashland, making us the luckiest team in the universe. We are excited to introduce to you another member of Team Hanover working to make our community fun, educational and safe for our little ones.
Montpelier Recreation Center and Library has gone vertical! There are walls, floors, rooms and we are excited to watch Western Hanover’s community hub come to life.
The 20,000-square-foot building will house a recreation center with a full-size gymnasium and two classrooms in addition to a new library with a conference space and study rooms. It's expected to be complete later next year.
Keep up with the project's progress here.
The Hanover Tomato Festival is right around the corner! We went behind the scenes with Hanover Vegetable Farm to see how their tomatoes get from the farm to the festival. The farm is supplying 500 boxes for the festival, which is nearly 6 acres of tomatoes! Watch to see how this family farm is preparing for the County’s biggest event of the year.
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and Hanover is blessed with the best! Agriberry Farm grows blackberries, raspberries and more and is the only fruit-oriented CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in the Richmond area. This allows customers to purchase products during preseason, supporting local farmers during winter months.
Pick your own berries every other Saturday through August from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the farm, 6289 River Road.
Hanover Master Gardeners’ Horticultural Learning Center is looking a lot different these days! We broke ground on the center last October and plant beds are now filled!
Watch the garden come to life with the help of talented volunteers and generous donations.
To get involved or learn more about the center, visit www.hanovermastergardeners.org.
Meet other Hanover residents at Senior Connections’ new Friendship Café in Mechanicsville!
Seniors can enjoy a nutritious midday meal while interacting with good friends and participating in diverse activities.
Step out of your comfort zone and meet community members just like you!
Learn more about the County's three Friendship Cafés by visiting bit.ly/3WCSgpx.
What started as a coffee cart in Memorial Regional Medical Center is now a brick-and-mortar store on Route 360. This year's National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day feature is Rivers Edge Coffee Company!
Watch to learn more about brothers Jett and Micah Odle's coffee community that may be coming to a neighborhood near you very soon.
Hanover residents who have turned 100 years of age were celebrated April 13 as the centerpiece of the County’s “Finding Value in Your Prime” event for senior citizens.
Nine residents ranging in age from 99 to 103 received a certificate of recognition from the County Administrator and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in a collective “Happy Birthday” event attended by about 280.
“It was so lovely,” said Ardenar Giles, who will turn 101 next month. “I could feel the love.”