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After hearing testimony Thursday (Feb. 2) about Sammie Morris bothering a 16-year-old Sheetz clerk, Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore ordered Morris to serve a year behind bars.
“I don’t think I can trust him,” Moore said.

In 2013 the court found Morris guilty of using a communication device to solicit a minor. He had to register as a sex offender. Even though he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, he was released with time served after a judge suspended the rest of the sentence.

Morris was ordered to spend that time on probation and to follow strict guidelines. Those included staying away from minors.

Since then, Morris was arrested twice for failing to register as a sex offender. Morris said Thursday he had been homeless and didn’t know that when he moved to Louisa he had to change his address. Add a comment

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Only one person showed up at the Fluvanna School Board meeting Wednesday (Feb. 1) to weigh in on the superintendent search.

The Board held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. to talk about the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal and dedicated time at 7 p.m. to hear from the community about what it wants in a new superintendent.

Gena Keller, who was Fluvanna’s superintendent for seven years, began working in January for the Virginia Department of Education.

Then-assistant superintendent Chuck Winkler stepped up to fill the job in the interim. Winkler made it clear he wants the job permanently.

The Board has until July 1 to decide and said it wants input from the public.

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Girl's basketballThe Charlottesville Black Knights rode into town with a 17-2 record and a decisive win over Fluvanna earlier in the year under their belt. They may have expected to coast to another easy win, but they would have been wrong. The Fluco girls under Coach Chad White have been getting better and better as the year has progressed. The Black Knights were fortunate on Tuesday (Jan. 31) to eke out a four point win with a score of 56-52.

Charlottesville opened the game strong with a couple of three-point shots and several inside lay-ups. The Black Knights led early by nine points at 14-5. Late in the quarter, Fluco senior guard Chaniya Brown drained a three-point shot and freshman guard Nevaeh Ivory scored on a rebound to reduce Charlottesville’s lead to five at the end of the quarter. The Flucos also had a basket in the quarter by junior center Jemika Johnson on a clever feed from freshman guard Jules Shepherd, and a short jump shot by freshman forward Mya Wright. Add a comment

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Sue and Al Mink in FlorenceFor Sue and Al Mink, traveling is not just another trip but a cultural experience. They call Lake Monticello home but they hang their hat in other places every three months during the year. Currently they are in Panama.

“People often ask us, ‘How do you do it?’” said Sue Mink, who explained  how she and her husband afford the lifestyle that some who have a passion for travel only dream of. They recently started a blog discussing the strategies they use for getting away from it all.

“We’ve always been adventurous. We moved frequently with the Air Force and soon learned that we can make anywhere a home as long as we are together,” said Mink. “We have explored much of Europe and have taken major trips to Central America, Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan. Each time we traveled, we discovered wonderful places, but only really got a taste of any one location. We wondered what it would be like to actually live in these beautiful or exotic settings instead of just visiting them.”

Mink described how she and her husband took their dreams and made them a reality.  It was after Sue’s mother was diagnosed with a terrible disease and died relatively young. As they were driving home from her funeral, they realized that their time could be much shorter than they had always thought.

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Virginia Public Access ProjectAbout 100 Lake Monticello Newcomers and Old Friends members heard about the scourge of gerrymandering Sunday (Jan. 29) at a meeting at the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department.

It’s an issue with unusual bipartisan support that has far-reaching effects on who represents the people, said Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, a group dedicated to changing gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries for political power – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and One Virginia 2021.

Whatever party is in power in a state when districts are redrawn every 10 years will legally draw those lines to maximize its base of support, Cannon said.

One need not go far to see an example: the 22nd Senate District of Virginia, to which Fluvanna belongs. The district snakes through six counties and includes parts of Lynchburg and Louisa County. It is a largely Republican district and the Republican candidate Mark Peake won the Jan. 10 special election.

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