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Tom GarrettNewly-elected U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) visited Fluvanna County High School on Wednesday (Jan. 18) to talk to about 100 seniors.

Garrett admitted he hoped the soon-to-be voters would support him in the next election. But he also talked emphatically about rights, privilege and opportunity. “The reason I’m here right now is because I believe in you,” he said.

“We are a nation of flawed people founded on a premise that is about as flawless as could be,” said Garrett as he paced back and forth before the government students in the auditorium. He spoke of Martin Luther King, Jr., Patrick Henry and Barbara Johns – three heroes on whose shoulders the students stand, he said.

When Garrett opened the floor for questions, the students kept up a steady stream until long after the bell had rung for dismissal.

“You’ve spoken very passionately about equality, but in 2016 you voted against a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in housing practices,” said one student. Add a comment

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Deborah NixonOnce Deborah Nixon found her inspiration as an artist, she never stopped. Her interest in art was a result of her mother’s yearning to become an artist, Nixon said. But like many women of the pre-World War II generation, she didn’t cultivate such aspirations and instead became a secretary. But her desire to become a painter never left her and after retiring, Nixon’s mother began painting again, taking Nixon’s sister, Beverly, with her to an art in the park class on Saturday mornings. At first Nixon didn’t join them, but years later when her mother’s vision began to fail and she could no longer drive, Nixon joined the group.

“My mother and I would make each other crazy because she was very precise,” Nixon said. “She started in one corner and worked down and out from that.  After I saw an exhibit in Spain of Pablo Picasso, I became very wild in my painting.” Nixon said she became very proficient at copying Pablo Picasso and signed her copies D Picasso.

“Picasso and his free style, which is actually as brilliant as we imagine, has influenced my painting since then,” Nixon said. “If you get a line or a color wrong, it matters. You’d think, just looking at Picasso, that he just threw paint on the canvas, but I learned when I tried to copy him that if you got the line wrong, it ruined the painting.” Picasso and the impressionists became her inspiration and it shows in her fluid, sweeping motions and the vibrant colors seen in her work. 

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Girls’ basketball
Coming off their previous win earlier this season, the Fluco girls’ basketball players took on the Louisa Lions again on Jan. 13. The Flucos were ahead at the half with a score of 25-17, but later came up on the short end of a long, physical game with a final score of 48-55.

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Board of supervisorsAs the five members of the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors consider how to run the county, certain goals take precedence over others. The Fluvanna Review asked supervisors to explain their top two priorities for Fluvanna in 2017. This is how they responded.

Chairman Mike Sheridan (Columbia)
My two biggest things are the E911 radio project and getting the water line at Zion Crossroads done.

I said two years ago when we started talking about the water project that unless we were willing to invest in the Route 15 corridor and Route 250, we were throwing water away with the James River Water Authority line. We have to have pipes in the ground on our side so that when the water gets there, we’re prepared to use it. I think that’s going to allow us to have that corridor grow on our side. Add a comment

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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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