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aya Saucedo snaps a photo with her now-missing camera. Naya Saucedo and Matt Wright quit their jobs and set off on a year-long backpacking jaunt around the world. But when they returned they discovered to their dismay that their priceless memories had been sold for $19.99. Saucedo, 33, used her Canon Digital EOS Rebel T3i to take pictures of the adventures she and Wright, 30, had backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia. But when they returned and started downsizing their belongings, a bag containing her camera was accidentally donated to the Good Will store on Heritage Dr. near Food Lion.
When the couple realized their mistake on July 31, they frantically called Good Will to see if the camera and its memory card was still there – but learned, to their horror, that the camera had been sold the day before.

Now they are desperately seeking the camera’s new owner. They will be glad to buy the camera back, Saucedo said, but what they really want is the camera’s memory card, which contains the photos. “This mistaken donation of my camera means the photos of my dream-come-true trip are now with someone else,” Saucedo said. “I’ve waited years to have the experiences documented within its memory card. Imagine how devastating it was to learn that my camera and all of my memories were sold for $20. The camera itself is worth about $500 – yet that memory card is absolutely priceless!”

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Residents waited more than three hours through an intense work session of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday (Aug. 17) focusing on land use policies in the county. When they finally got a chance to speak, they overwhelmingly supported keeping land use as it currently exists. All seven of the residents who spoke urged the Board to keep land use in place in its current form. Land use, which gives significant tax breaks to land owners who dedicate their properties to farming, forestry, or open space, has come under the microscope in recent months.An eighth resident, Channing Snoddy, vice president of the Fluvanna Farm Bureau, sparred with Supervisor Tony O’Brien during the work session. O’Brien has been the driving force in the recent call to examine how land use is applied in Fluvanna.

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Tricia Johnson, Executive director, Fluvanna Historical SocietyTo quote Kool & the Gang, “It’s a celebration!” The Fluvanna Historical Society is hosting a “Celebration of Fluvanna County’s African American History” on Aug. 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Maggie’s House, adjacent to the Old Stone Jail in downtown Palmyra. Cookies and lemonade will be served.


“When I was first with the Fluvanna Historical Society, I was so impressed with the archives that have been assembled, but disturbed about the paucity of information on African Americans in Fluvanna,” said Tricia Johnson, executive director. “For a good part of the county’s history, almost 50 percent of the county population was African American, but they’re definitely not 50 percent of the archives.” In fact, there is an entire room full of archives dealing with the county’s white history, but only two containing black history information.

 

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Supervisors honor Rudy GarciaThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors clashed over the definition of good stewardship as it examined $29,000 in additional money for county staff pay Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Some supported stewarding funds by keeping an eye on dollars spent while others championed stewarding people by looking out for county workers.

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Gabriela Billings Movie money looks real enough on television. Made for the motion picture industry, the fake money seems authentic to a casual movie-goer, but is deliberately designed with enough differences to distinguish it from the real thing. But recently thieves have used movie money to cheat two Fluvanna businesses out of real dollars.
On Aug. 10 a customer gave a Food Lion cashier a movie money $20 bill – and got back $20 worth of real change. On the same day, someone used another movie money $20 to pay for a purchase at Dunkin’ Donuts. A manager was dismayed to discover the bill that evening as she tallied up the day’s purchases.
Gabriela Billings-Franze of Nelson County has been charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, a misdemeanor, in connection with the Food Lion crime. She has been released without bail and will be arraigned in Fluvanna’s General District Court on Aug. 23.

 

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