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Painting by Linda Bethke, First place winnerUnlike the annual judged show in the spring where one person judges the entire show, the Fluvanna Art Association has its People’s Choice Award Show in the fall, where the public decides the three best in each category.

This year the reception and judging took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fluvanna County Library. There were 54 entries and a variety of mediums. New this year was a category called the small wall, which featured works smaller than five by seven inches.

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Fluvanna County High School Principal James Barlow. Bullies. Cliques. Mean girls. Cafeteria food. Sex. Peer pressure. Body issues. Diagnoses. Identity struggles. The high school experience can be the best years of a student’s life but for some it’s the worst.

Anyone who has ever felt alone or unsure of themselves could probably relate to Jimmy. He’s beginning his high school career in Fluvanna and, because he is overweight, is under the watchful eyes of classmates who can’t seem to find what’s good about him.

Two particular athletes are quite popular in the school and, though they are faced with their own pressures to perform well in the classroom as well as on the field, they sometimes point out Jimmy’s flaws, and also those of anyone else around them.

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The Flying Fluco boys’ basketball team is under the tutelage of Jason Davis this season. Longtime Coach Munro Rateau has retired, and Davis, his assistant for many years, is now in charge. Rateau had a very successful run, but last year was a down year. Most of the starters last season were seniors, and the top underclassman on last year’s team has transferred out.

So Coach Davis will be fielding a team that is young and fairly inexperienced. The competition will be tough. The team opened its season at home on Nov. 29, hosting a highly regarded Waynesboro squad. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, they will host another powerhouse when they take on Western Albemarle.
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Whiskey bottles from the Scottsville Dispensary, collection of Jack Hammer.Jack Hamner, a Scottsville native, has a long history of collecting glass bottles of Scottsville-based products. Some of these bottles he found under the old Tavern on Main Street when he lived in that historic, and then drafty, structure years ago. His collection was somewhat depleted upon the birth of his first child, when his wife Ann suggested either the bottles went or she would. He’s kept a few.

“For a small town, Scottsville has produced an impressive array of bottling companies,” said Hamner. “While many of the bottles themselves were likely produced elsewhere, at least half a dozen boast ‘Scottsville, Virginia’ embossed on them. There were also numerous bottles with paper labels put on by local apothecaries, drug stores, spring water bottlers, and perhaps others.

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The small fire could have quickly engulfed the house. A tragedy was avoided this past Saturday (Nov. 12), thanks to a group of Lake Monticello teenagers who happened to be walking by at the right time.

Dillan Cobbs, Michelle Harris, Brycen Baber, Andrew Ward, Ethian Kidd, Ashton Brown and Michael Brown were talking a walk together in the Cherokee section of the Lake a little after 9 p.m. that night. The teens smelled smoke and noticed a fire on the porch at 19 Tuscarora Drive.

“It was on top of the porch and under the porch,” Cobbs, 13, said of the fire he saw as he walked by. Cobbs said Ward and Michael Brown immediately began to attempt to smother the fire while the others ran around the house, banging on doors and windows to alert the family who was sleeping inside.

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