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(Back) Stephen Christianson, Sandra Fields, Marlean Davis, Troy Petty,  Kenney Fields, Susie Donovan, Doris See, Rob See, Virginia Petty, Gene Donovan. (Middle) Sarah Christianson, Gabriel Christianson, Bruce Hunter, Ben Guseman,  Anthony Guseman. (Front) Sammy Guseman, Anneliese Guseman. Photo by Christina GusemanBruce Hunter learned about a different sort of church following his grandmother around the coalfields of West Virginia. “Nobody had cars,” he remembered. “She drove them to the doctor, to get [welfare] commodities.…The churches she started were places where people in the community could truly turn for help.”
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Things are looking up for the Fluvanna SPCA. Naturally, the ideal situation would be if all cats and dogs were spayed and neutered and few were abandoned or surrendered to the shelter. Nevertheless, Jennie Shuklis, the executive director of the FSPCA is pleased with the support the shelter has received via dedicated volunteers and donations.

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Author Linda Fletcher  teaches Spanish 3 class at FCHS with students  Mary McGehee and Lauren Scanga. Photo by Cassandra HobbsHow many languages do you know? For the majority of Americans the answer is “one.” America is one of very few industrialized countries where multilingualism – the ability to speak two or more languages fluently – isn’t educationally stressed. Some believe this is because – with the English language known worldwide – the prevailing theory has been “They know our language, so we don’t need to know theirs.” However, some Americans believe that if other countries have learned about our language and culture, we should be shrewd and gracious enough to reciprocate, both for ourselves and our future. FCHS language teacher Linda Fletcher, who is currently writing a book on world languages, is one of those people.
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Former Board of Supervisor member Tom Payne never thought he’d play baseball again let alone catch in a World Series game. Photo by O.T. HolenFormer Board of Supervisor member Tom Payne never thought he’d play baseball again let alone catch in a World Series game.
But that is how Payne, 70, spent part of his November – at Jet Blue Stadium in Fort Meyers, Fla. catching for the Tri-Cities team in the Roy Hobbs World Series. Hobbs is adult amateur recreation baseball with teams across the United States.

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The Insurance Services Office just upgraded its rating for the Lake Monticello’s Volunteer Fire Department and that’s good news for people served by the department.
LMVF Chief Scott Carpenter said homeowner’s insurance premiums could go down by as much as $100 because of the new ISO rating.
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