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Dittmar has needed skills
In this election season, there’s one thing many people agree on, regardless of their politics: Congress is dysfunctional. Members can’t agree. Deadlines are not met. Important business, like the budget, is stymied. Many formerly effective Congress members have given up and will not seek reelection.

A Gallup poll taken in August revealed that 88 percent of adults disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. What has to change for Congress to function effectively? What’s a voter to do?

Unfortunately there is no silver bullet. But fortunately, voters in the 5th Congressional District have the opportunity to elect someone with the skills to resolve many of these issues.

Jane Dittmar will bring to Washington her unique skillset and years of experience bringing people together. She has served as chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, past president of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and founder of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development. Dittmar has started and run many small businesses, including a travel business and an Angus beef operation, for the past 40 years. Most importantly, Dittmar is a certified mediator for the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Let’s send a bridge-builder to Washington – someone adept at compromise and collaboration. I urge you to vote for Dittmar to represent the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The number of drunk driving arrests in Fluvanna County has been declining since 2013. Arrests of people driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) have dropped by 44 percent – from 87 in 2013 to 46 in 2015.

Sheriff Eric Hess attributes a decline in the number of drunk driving arrests to three things.  “Public service announcements are a great educational tool – I am thinking of those put out by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and other organizations. I hope people are becoming more aware,” said Hess.

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Lee Ware, Scott Leake, Kevin Reynolds and Rob Bell at elected officials’ breakfast. County and state leaders gathered Tuesday morning (Sept. 20) at the library for an elected officials’ breakfast to discuss issues facing Fluvanna that require state attention.

County leaders raised the subjects of the state budget crisis, school funding, broadband access, financial incentives for first responders, insufficient numbers of deputies, and development at Zion Crossroads.

Representing the state were Del. Rob Bell, who represents part of Fluvanna in Virginia’s 58th District; Del. Lee Ware, who represents the other part of Fluvanna in Virginia’s 65th District; Kevin Reynolds, chief of staff for Sen. Tom Garrett, who represents all of Fluvanna in Virginia’s 22nd District; and Scott Leake, from the Charlottesville office of U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, who represents all of Fluvanna in the 5th Congressional District.

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Carol OwenAfter 26 years at the Fluvanna County Library, Carol Owen is retiring at the end of this month. She has been a familiar part of the library team for many years, working in many locations and under five directors, and has seen many changes. She admitted that she has enjoyed all of it. Most who have known Owen know someone who is quiet, accommodating, and serves others with a smile. Add a comment

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The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce hopes to draw visitors to Pleasant Grove this Saturday, Oct. 1 for the BBQ, Bands, Brews and Wine Festival.
The Chamber combined two popular festivals into one big party, attracting wine and beer lovers as well as barbecue enthusiasts.

Chamber member Rudy Garcia said it was a conscious decision to bring the two together.

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