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Teacher Jason Barnett spoke about teacher morale.The new high school auditorium felt especially cavernous as the amplified voices of parents and teachers bounced off the walls.

Public comment lasted over an hour and a half, all people offering their voices as to how the Fluvanna County school board could recoup $308,173 of unanticipated expenditures on operating the new high school building.

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The overall theme of the Board of Supervisors meeting Wed. (Nov. 7) seemed to be getting Fluvanna County’s house in order.

The Board heard reports on debt service, obsolete committees, reassessment and county vehicles. Supervisors took action on several issues.

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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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