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The first man who stopped to help was Herbert Vial (above), a retired volunteer rescue squad member from Mineral in Louisa County.  Heather Harris (right) is recovering at her home in Fork Union. Photos by Tricia JohnsonShe was up at 3 a.m. to head to work, as always. Heather Harris of Fork Union works two jobs – one at the UPS Charlottesville Center loading trucks, and the other at Michie Tavern waiting tables. When her shift ended at UPS around 8:30 a.m. on March 25, she drove to a dentist appointment at Lake Monticello – after which she planned to work a shift at Michie Tavern.
But she didn’t get there. On Rt. 600 just about a mile south of 616, around 9:15 a.m., Harris was hit head-on by a car driven by a Palmyra woman.
Virginia State Trooper Garret Watkins, who investigated the accident, said the road “was wet but was not snow covered,” and while neither speed nor distraction appeared to play a role in the accident, the Palmyra woman – whose car was in the wrong lane–was charged with reckless driving. Trooper Watkins added that both Harris’s 2009 Chevy Malibu and the other car were a total loss. He characterized the accident as “serious.”
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Is Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington resigning to take a new job with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration?
That question has been asked throughout Fluvanna Monday (April 14) on Facebook and in emails about Washington - Fluvanna’s long-time, popular sheriff.
Washington, in a brief telephone interview with the Fluvanna Review, said he “can’t confirm or deny” the rumors, but referred questions to the governor’s office.
Brian Coy, the governor’s press secretary, refused to comment on Washington’s status.
Coy said the governor’s personnel appointments will be announced this week.
Prior to his election as sheriff in 1999, Washington served as a Fluvanna County deputy and as a Virginia state trooper.

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The woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1,000 from Fluvanna’s after-school program was sentenced March 27 to seven years in prison.
However, Circuit Judge Susan Whitlock suspended all seven years.
Constance Monique Bland, 27, faced 20 years in prison when she pleaded guilty Jan. 24.
Bland will serve one year on supervised probation, said Fluvanna Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip.
“Ms. Bland was ordered to pay restitution to the after school program in the amount of $1,300,” Haislip said.
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Shaun Kenney, who was named executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia on April 1, has taken on a tough job.
Republicans don’t hold a single state-wide office, Virginia’s two U.S. senators are Democrats, and the Virginia senate is under Democratic control.
The Republican Party is pinning its hopes on Kenney – the party’s former communications director – to turn their fortunes around. Kenney is also the former chairman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
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A free Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Pole Barns. This family-friendly event is all about helping Fluvanna clean up and learn new, environmentally-friendly ways of doing things, according to Jonathan Pace, recreation program specialist for the Fluvanna County Department of Parks and Recreation, which is co-hosting this event.
“This is an informative celebration to spread awareness and get people in the know about what they can do to help Fluvanna be ‘green’,” Pace said. “We want to build a good foundation this year, and then make this an annual event, so that Fluvanna residents know – every year around Earth Day, they can dispose of their hazardous waste, tires, and medications, and learn more about how they can help the environment.”
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