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Henna body art. For hundreds of years, face painting has been used across cultures, from the Picts of Scotland to the Lakota Tribes of North America, the Zulu in Africa, the Maori in New Zealand, and the Aborigines in Australia, India and other areas of Asia and South America. Wherever early peoples formed tribal groups, they would adorn themselves with symbols or color, communicating to others their religious and spiritual beliefs.

Face painting has evolved over the centuries from being largely symbolic with special meanings to being used as camouflage by the military or as theatrical makeup. The opera was the first theatrical venue for face painting to enhance the character. Later clowns became a specialty in the circus. Nowadays women will not leave the house without putting on “their face.”

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Before/AfterWant to lose 10 pounds? Make more money? Live clean? Now’s the time to list life goals and set up for success.

A look ahead at this coming year can produce several worthwhile resolution ideas, but a majority of them end up slowly dying away. This kind of gradual disappearance is a big reason why it’s so hard for people to stick to their resolutions.

To make real change people must make more than a list. They must make a commitment. And it always helps to have supportive people around to tackle resolutions together.

These Fluvanna residents took big strides toward success in 2016.

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Joe HinesJoseph C. “Joe” Hines has officially qualified to be on the ballot for the Jan. 10 special election for the Virginia Senate.  Hines will focus his efforts on creating jobs and greater economic opportunity throughout the district.

“We need a strong leader who will fight for us,” said Hines, who grew up on a farm in the district. “When people are worrying about paying their bills, we need to focus on creating greater opportunities for them to advance their lives and careers.  With more economic development policy to be determined in the next three years than in recent Virginia history, we have incredible opportunity to bring jobs and prosperity home to our district. I’m committed to being the independent voice this district needs to ensure long-term economic growth.”

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In February, Fluvanna County High School held its annual winter banquet to honor its top athletes in winter sports. A number of coaches had a variety of honors to announce, but leading the way in recognition was indoor track and field athlete Matasha Martin. Coach Rose Brogan reported that Martin was all-conference in four events and all-region in five events. She was named the Region 3A female track athlete of the year and Region 3A female runner of the year.  Leading the boys in indoor track and field was Keegan Campanelli who was conference champion in pole vault and all-region in the event.

Another award winner, Kate Stutz, was first team all-conference in basketball and Jefferson District player of the year. The boys’ basketball team had a down year, but the really big news was that long-time and highly successful boys’ basketball Coach Munro Rateau announced he was stepping down. The basketball court at the high school has now been named in his honor. Add a comment

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Fifth grade students in the language arts class of Melody Morgan and Theresa Osani reflected on the ups and downs of 2016 and their hopes and goals for 2017.

Emma Johnston-Jure
2016 was a great year though we had our ups and downs over all it was a great and fun year! The year went by fast and I had a blast with my friends and horses. The summer of 2016 was a great and rough time for me. The great time for me was that I had worked up the courage to ride a horse now I can do show! Now the rough time was when I was with my grandma and we were driving into Falcuire when a bad storm had came now all was good but then well…all I can remember now is that we got into a accident but everyone is alright! 2016 was great and fun I turned 10 that year.

I can’t wait for 2017 cause that’s when I turn 11! 2017 will be the best year. I will make it the best year! My goal for next year is that I do my very first show on my horse and that nothing will go wrong with a car!

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