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Watercolor painting by Linda BethkeArtist Linda Bethke has her own philosophy when it comes to her watercolor paintings. She shared her thoughts and discussed her style and techniques at the monthly meeting of the Fluvanna Art Association (May 19).

She began talking about the unusual circumstances that led her to art as well as music in her childhood.

“When you can’t run and play you draw and play the piano,” she said, leaving some curious as to what she meant. She was told at an early age she would never walk due to deformed feet and twisted ankles. There seemed to be nothing that could be done for her club feet. The daughter of a military doctor, he found the only surgeon who could do the surgery but was told by the surgeon, “You can’t afford me.” That did not deter her parents who, through the Shriners, were able to have this surgeon perform what was close to a miracle for Bethke.

Once past the hurdles of her physical problems, Bethke could run and play but still chose to make art her focus. But when it came time for her to go to college her parents, like many, were skeptical that anyone could make a living from art, no matter how gifted.

“My father was a practical man, so I went to college and became a teacher and taught third grade,” she said. While she taught she continued to share her love of art with her students, which kept her passion alive.

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Sophia KershnerParents
Nicholas and Michelle Kershner

Destination after high school
University of Virginia

Plan of study
Pre-Med: Chemistry

Dual enrollment/AP credits
33 with six pending   

Achievements:
14 Academic Excellence Awards
National I Dare You! Leadership Award
William and Mary Leadership Award
AP Scholar Award
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Eva McGeheeParents
Theresa Carroll and Overton McGehee

Destination after high school
Georgetown University

Plan of study
I’m interested in art history, American studies, politics and women’s studies. I’m excited to explore all of the options.

Dual enrollment/AP credits
36 with nine pending   

Achievements:   
National AP Scholar Award
AP Scholar with Distinction
Commended National Merit recognition

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Fluvanna County High School celebrated the graduation of 273 students of the Class of 2017 Saturday (May 20) at the Phil Browning Stadium in the R.J. Searcy Sports Complex. Graduation 2017

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The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night (May 17) to move forward with a fiber network project that will benefit both the school system and county government.
The fiber project will connect key school spots, including the Abrams building, the School Board office and the bus garage, onto the same network. The schools are under a federal requirement to up their bandwidth by 2020.

This project will result in fiber being laid near key county buildings. In some cases, the fiber will cross in front of county building entrance roads. For this reason, the county can piggyback onto the project at a tremendously lower cost than if it undertook a fiber connectivity project on its own.

Supervisors therefore decided to connect the library, sheriff’s office, county administration building, Palmyra fire station, and social services building.

Money from a federal program known as E-rate and from the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) may help to significantly lower the cost of this project. Josh Gifford, IT director for the schools, estimated that the project has an 80 percent chance of securing those funds. It may take a year or more to learn whether the project was approved for E-rate and VPSA rebates, Gifford said.

Without any rebate, the total cost of the school project is $440,000. If the E-rate and VSPA dollars come through, the cost will plummet to $88,000.

Last December supervisors approved a $430,222 carryover of unspent fiscal year 2016 (FY16) school funds to the FY17 capital improvements plan (CIP) and earmarked it for the fiber network project.

The December price tag was an estimate as the project had not yet gone out for bid. Supervisors voted 4-0 Wednesday night (Chairman Mike Sheridan absent) to allocate a supplemental appropriation of $9,778 to fully finance the project.

They also voted 4-0 to approve a transfer of $43,500 from unassigned fund balance to the FY17 CIP for the county fiber network project.

Owning its own fiber will allow the county to cut the amount it pays for internet to the tune of $24,000 a year, according to information presented at a Jan. 18 meeting. The project will therefore pay for itself in less than two years, and additional savings will continue to accrue.

The library portion of the project is eligible for E-rate dollars. If that money comes through, the cost of the county project will decrease to $36,900.

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