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A pep rally was held at Pleasant Grove Park.  Photo by Dee Dee Beninghove KentThe Flying Flucos were out in force on Thursday (Aug. 20). The fall sports teams and numerous Fluco fans gathered at the back of the Fluvanna County facility at Pleasant Grove for a big march and pep rally to celebrate the beginning of the fall sports season.
The Fluco marching band and the dance squad led the way in the parade, followed by the cheerleaders and members of the football team, the volleyball team, the cross country teams, and the golf team. JV and freshman football teams were also included.
The fair was in progress at the time, so the parade moved past many vendor booths, providing additional spectators. There is plenty of room at the enormous Pleasant Grove facility. The Fluco parade took its participants past the pole barn at the rear of Pleasant Grove and out on to the broad field at the pole barn for the pep rally.
The rally was intended to drum up support for the fall season sports program. The varsity football team had its final pre-season scrimmage the next day, and it kicks off its season at home on Aug. 28. A large BBQ tailgate event, co-sponsored by the Fluco athletic department and the local Rotary Club, will precede that game.
The Fluco volleyball team starts its season on Sept. 3. The cross country teams have had one event already, but many major races are yet to come. Big multiple team events are coming up on Sept. 5 and Sept. 8 at FUMA and at Ragged Mountain.
The golf team is half-way done with its season. It has meets on Sept. 3, 8 and 9. The competition cheer squad does not have meets until October.

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Robert Hurt with Bouson E. Peterson. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanRepublican Congressman Robert Hurt of Virginia’s 5th District stopped by the Fluvanna County Circuit Courtroom Tuesday morning (Aug. 18) to surprise Bouson E. Peterson with a flag in honor of his 26 years as clerk of the circuit court.
“We wanted to honor Mr. Peterson for his 26 years of service to the people of Fluvanna County and really to the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Hurt said as he presented an American flag that had flown over the Virginia State Capitol building. “It’s a huge responsibility, but as we both know, being in an elected office is also an honor. It’s an honor to be able to be trusted with that responsibility.”
“Thank you,” Peterson said as he shook Hurt’s hand. “It’s a real honor.”
When Hurt asked Peterson about the biggest changes in his job since he took office in 1989, Peterson replied that while technology has been the most pronounced change, the increased volume of work has been an adjustment as well. “I would imagine the caseload is more than quadruple what it used to be,” said Peterson. Though he started his tenure with two deputy clerks and now has seven, he said his office is still understaffed.
“How are you feeling about retiring?” asked Hurt.
“I have mixed emotions,” Peterson replied. A bachelor who lives in Scottsville, Peterson said he hasn’t figured out what he’ll do when his term of office expires on Dec. 31.
After the presentation Peterson thanked Hurt for the flag. “It is very, very wonderful that you came here and took your valuable time to make this presentation,” Peterson said. “I’m overwhelmed.”

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JRWA Board of Directors Joe Chesser, Goodman Duke, Steve Nichols, Christian Goodwin, Erick Gomez, and legal counsel Brendan Hefty. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe James River Water Authority (JRWA) is poised to kick into high gear with the receipt of its draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) perhaps by the end of the week, Joe Hines from the engineering firm Timmons Group told the JRWA Board of Directors at its meeting Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 18).
“We’re right on the one-yard line getting ready to punch this thing into the end zone,” Hines told the group.
The JRWA, a cooperation between Fluvanna and Louisa Counties, plans to pull up to three million gallons of water per day from the James River near Columbia, piping the water a short distance to Rt. 6 and constructing an intake facility. The Louisa County Water Authority will then construct a pipeline at its own expense northeast through Fluvanna into Louisa. Fluvanna may someday construct its own pipeline to bring water to various areas of the county.
The entire project is estimated to cost between $40 and $45 million, with the bulk of the costs borne by Louisa County. The JRWA’s portion of the cost will be about $5.5 million. Since the JRWA is an even partnership between the counties, each county will therefore contribute about $2.75 million toward the project.
The DEQ has been coordinating the JRWA’s project with other water projects within the same stretch of watershed, Hines told the Board. “We’re hoping by the end of the week we’ll have a draft permit which we can publicly advertise for the 30-day public comment period,” he said. “So, good news.”
Whether the permit needs to have a public hearing will depend on how much negative feedback is received during the public’s 30-day opportunity to comment on the draft permit. Substantial public opposition may make a public hearing necessary. Since a public hearing would delay the process, Hines said he hoped there wouldn’t be very many negative comments. “The DEQ has worked very hard to put a permit out there that is fair to the public and fair to all the others involved,” he said.
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Dixie was rescued from a culvert pipe. Photo by Tricia Johnson “Dixie always comes back by 8:30 (at night),” said Fork Union resident Jennifer Flores. “She always sleeps with my daughter.”
But that Aug. 15 night – and the next – the little beagle didn’t come home, and young Selena Flores slept alone, and worried.
“We went to the store, and when we came back, she wasn’t at the house,” said 13-year-old Selena.
“We went looking for her. We went to the cornfield because she normally goes there...but she wasn’t there. And she didn’t come back,” Selena added.
“The next morning, Selena didn’t want to go to school,” Flores remembered, “but I promised her that when she got home we would go and look for Dixie.”
For the next two days, Selena reluctantly went to school and hurried home in the afternoon to search for Dixie. On the second day, Jennifer Flores heard a dog whining, and the family tracked the sound to a section of culvert pipe on River Road West obscured by brambles. They used scissors to cut the briars away, and Selena crawled into the narrow opening only to find that Dixie’s head was stuck, and she couldn’t move.
It was obvious that they wouldn’t be able to save her without help, so Jennifer Flores called 911. The prompt, concerned response surprised her. “I really didn’t think they would take a call like this seriously. She was a dog, stuck in a pipe... their response – the deputy and the fire department – it was nice to see,” Flores said.
“It might just be a dog to everybody else,” said Fluvanna County Animal Control Officer Patrick Wood, “but to that little girl... it might be something special to her.” Wood arrived on the scene shortly after Fork Union Volunteer Fire Department members.
All of the first responders were surprised by what they found at the scene about two miles outside of Fork Union. The dog was not simply trapped in a section of drainpipe; she had actually pushed her head through a crack between two adjoining sections of pipe and into an air pocket in the soil.
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James River Brewing Company Manager Clay Hysell.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonLocal brewery wins two medals at Virginia Craft Beer Festival
The James River Brewing Company made quite an impression at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival with medal wins in the Virginia Brewers Cup in two categories – an impressive feat for a fledgling company under new ownership and management since March of 2015. The festival, held on Saturday, Aug. 22, awarded three medals each in 24 categories. There were a total of 306 submissions across all categories.
“Fluvanna Fluss – which is a name that we have recycled from the past, but with a new recipe – won gold as a German wheat beer,” said Manager Clay Hysell. The beer, which is brewed with half wheat and half barley, wheat “has a slightly fruitier and more mild taste,” Hysell explained, “whereas the other beers and ales we have are all barley.”
“The Green Eyed Lady is a Belgian Golden Strong,” said Hysell. “It is brewed using a particular Belgian yeast in the accepted style,” he said. The Green Eyed Lady, also a name from the past with a new recipe, won a bronze medal in the Belgian Strong category.
Hysell said that the brewing company has been growing in sales since March. “The quality of beer is very strong – it is top–notch,” he said. “We are brewing to the internationally accepted style of the beers, using primarily malt, water, barley, yeast, and hops,” he explained. In a time when many beers are advertised with added fruit and other flavorings, this style of brewing, being traditional, is almost revolutionary.
“The current owners – we have four of them – all have experience in managing hospitality businesses. They have run hotels, and restaurants, and bars, and they have brought that knowledge to this business,” Hysell said. “I am definitely a beer geek, and then they have hired consultants who are giving us their expertise in brewing the beers, and are helping to train the next generation of brewers here at JRB,” he added.
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