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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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Abby and Charlie Searcy’s pet hamster will be on America’s Funniest Home Videos on Sunday (Nov. 11).Lifetime Fluvanna County resident Erinn Searcy had no idea that the video she recorded on Christmas morning in 2009 would be televised three years later on the popular ABC show America’s Funniest Home Videos. But that is exactly what is going to happen, and on November 11, viewers will get a chance to see the video that Searcy took. The video is of the Searcy family’s pet hamster riding a mechanical Zhu Zhu pet hamster.

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Schools wrestle to find money; jobs, furloughs on table

Discussing where to cut the school board budget felt like déjà vu. All of the programs examined six-months ago during the budget crisis were re-examined at Thursday’s (Nov. 1) school board budget session. Cutting positions, closing Cunningham and Columbia schools, getting rid of varsity athletics and the early retirement program – they were all back on the table.

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School Superintendent Gena Keller spoke at a Q & A forum held Nov. 1For the last six months, many parents in Fluvanna have felt exactly like Kerry Murphy-Hammond. They want to run.
“Reactively, I’d like to run. I’d like to sell my house and run back to Henrico County,” said Murphy-Hammond. But, she didn’t. Instead, she got involved.

“I’m not going to pushed out of this county and my kid is not going to be pushed out of this school,” said Murphy-Hammond, who helped to start a grassroots group called Focus on Fluvanna’s Future (FoFF).

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