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The 22nd Senate District vote crowned Republican Mark Peake of Lynchburg the winner, but former Fluvanna Sheriff Ryant Washington gave him a run for his money in Fluvanna.

Washington squeaked out a victory among Fluvanna voters, beating Peake by just 78 votes. One hundred voted for Independent Joe Hines of Prince Edward County.

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Fluco wrestlingIn a rare home wrestling match on Jan. 12, the young Fluvanna County High wrestling team fell to Albemarle 18-54 but bounced back to top Louisa County 48-27 and Monticello High 42-33.

Fluco Coach Michael Gore noted after the match that although his squad is very young, he is pleased that they are working hard and developing rapidly. The team has only one senior, Ian Dillon, and he is a very tough competitor. In this meet, Dillon took the mat three times for the Flucos at 160 pounds. In all three of his matches, he won by a pin. He showed extraordinary quickness – his movements were comparable in speed to a wrestler 30 pounds lighter. Dillon was able to quickly achieve take-downs for two points against all his opponents. Once he had his opponent down, if he was not satisfied that he had the opponent in an unfavorable enough position, he let the opponent escape for one point, and simply took him down again. Ultimately, this strategy worked, as he pinned all three opponents without ever being in any visible danger.

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Amy Kirchner teaches pickleballA couple of times a week, a group of dedicated sports enthusiasts meet at Carysbrook gym, using hard paddles to bat a polymer whiffle ball back and forth. It looks like tennis but the lines on the court are different. The net is similar to a tennis net but is mounted two inches lower. It’s not badminton and the equipment is nothing like most have encountered. Not many are familiar with this sport and when it’s mentioned, they’ll cock their heads and ask, “What’s pickleball?”

It is the latest sports craze you never heard of but is all the rage with the 50-plus crowd. Any age and skill level can play.  According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickleball is still the fastest growing sport in popularity. The Sports and Fitness Association estimates that it grew to 2.46 million players in 2015.

This is a racquet sport that combines all the elements of tennis, paddle tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court and the rules are simple.

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Tom Jones receives a meal.Fluvanna Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers have prepared, packed and delivered over 100,000 meals to their clients as of November.

According to Jackie Geer, MOW Board of Directors secretary, the operation’s achievement could never have happened without the selfless men and women who assist “out of the kindness of their hearts.”

“We currently have 71 clients we are delivering to right now,” she said. “We deliver meals for seven days a week.” Volunteer drivers average about 200 miles a day over six separate routes that include recipients from Troy to Lake Monticello to Scottsville, serving freshly-prepared foods to 10 to 14 homes apiece. Add a comment

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A recent news story posted on the Fluvanna Review’s Facebook page polarized the community.

When news broke that a former teacher was arrested on misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, some of the commenters on our Facebook page came to the suspect’s defense. In the process, some criticized the paper for reporting on his arrest.

Our news article, which each of the commenters presumably chose to click on and read, contained little more than the information present in the sheriff’s office press release. Yet we were accused of slander, insensitivity and dragging the accused’s name through the mud.

Because this man was, by those accounts, a popular and caring teacher with a local family, the Fluvanna Review ought to have exercised sensitivity and quashed the story – or so many of the commenters said.

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