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Since 1976, Americans have been celebrating Black History Month. That is when President Gerald R. Ford expanded the week-long celebration began in 1926 by historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the first week of February as “Negro History Week” because it encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
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Gloria and George Vest  with daughter Cameron Vest.  Photo by Ruthann CarrGloria and George Vest have deep roots in Fluvanna County and have been serving its citizens for most of their lives.
The pair said they are two of about 20 active emergency service workers on the Fluvanna County squad. When they started, there were more than 60, Gloria said.
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Jenny Faulknier and Debbie Haney flank Mrs. Rick Wells  with Dr. Rick Wells in the background. The group will help raise money for a program for abused women and children as part of an Effort Baptist Church sponsored Spa Day set for Saturday (Feb. 16) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by  Classic Impressions and Lake Chiropractic. Area hair-stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and beauty consultants will volunteer their talents and time for the cause. Free blood pressure checks and scoliosis screenings will also be offered.  Photo  by O.T. HolenFeb. 16 fundraiser to assist domestic abuse victims in Fluvanna
What would you do if you were a 13-year-old girl whose stepfather sexually assaults you? A recovering cocaine addict who served time for dealing drugs? You want to stay clean and regain custody of your two children, but no one will hire you because you are a convicted felon. Or a socialite from a prominent family whose husband turns violent when he has too much to drink?
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Blake Chiovaro spelled the winning word manuscript. Photos by Ruthann CarrFifth grader Blake Chiovaro didn’t let a little problem with the lights stop him from winning a spelling bee two years in a row.
On Wednesday, (Jan. 30) Chiovaro beat 18 other Fluvanna Middle School spellers and earned the right to represent Fluvanna in the Regional Spelling Bee in Charlottesville March 23.
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Junior Alex Sprouse was the only boy swimmer to qualify for regionals. Photo by JAltieri PhotographyThe Fork Union Aquatics Center hosted the High School District Swimming District Championship meet this past weekend. The top five finishers for each individual event at districts qualify to move on to the Regional Championship Meet scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 9).

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