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John J. Hammond Jr. was reelected as mayor of the tiny river town of Columbia in Fluvanna County with 12 write-in votes.

The results of the Nov. 6 election in Columbia were released Tuesday (Nov. 13).

The following candidates were also elected to the town council, all by write-in votes:

  • Samuel C. Hancox, 13 votes
  • Bennett Q. Saunders, 12 votes
  • Kerry L. Murphy-Hammond, 12 votes
  • Courtney Howard, 11 votes
  • Cathy G. Saunders, 9 votes
  • Walter S. Howard, IV, 9 votes

The town traditionally chooses its elected officials by write-in votes. Only about 50 families live in the town, which has fewer than 40 registered voters.

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Jennie Shulkis is the new director of the Fluvanna SPCAThe new director of the Fluvanna SPCA is proud of the work her predecessor Tricia Johnson accomplished. Johnson resigned due to health issues but remains as a consultant and volunteer. Jennie Shulkis, the current director, wants to continue with the goals that Johnson and the board set and has added some ideas of her own.

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One of many trees at the Williams’ home.Five Lake Monticello families are ready to open their doors to share their holiday traditions during the 24th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday (Dec. 8).
Open this year are the West home, 30 Seminole Trail; the Seehaver home, 40A Marwood Drive; the Williams home, 9 Adrian Road; the Stenger home, 23 Whippoorwill Lane; and the LaRosa home, 6 Hawk’s Place.

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The Grandstaff brothers: (front) Thomas, James, Henry, (back) Paul, Charles and Raymond.It is an understatement to say Clara and Thomas Grandstaff had their hands full raising six rambunctious boys on their Palmyra farm. Those were happy times for the close-knit family, and though eight decades have come and gone, Raymond remembers the good days – and the difficult years that followed – as if they were yesterday.

“We were close, but we would pick on each other all the time,” Raymond said. “When Dad took a load of vegetables or cows to Richmond to sell, he told each of us what he expected us to do around the farm that day. We did what he asked, but we would fight as we did it.”

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Thomas Bugg and his daughter, Carolyn Butler, with a 1945 Western Union telegram announcing Bugg’s homecoming.Thomas Bugg, Jr. was a newlywed and had just completed his junior year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute when the war in Europe turned his world upside down.

Bugg was 22. His bride, Dorothy Graham, was 20. Even as they celebrated their wedding day on Feb. 26, 1943, thoughts of inevitable separation loomed in their minds.

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