Fluvanna Review

A debate which has dogged the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors since early spring was finally put to rest at its meeting Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 7) when a majority of supervisors voted to retain land use in its current form.

The 3-2 vote (Supervisors Tony O’Brien and Mozell Booker dissenting) came after heated discussion in which O’Brien, the only supervisor without land in the program, pointed to what he saw as conflicts of interest among other supervisors and suggested some of them recuse themselves from the vote.
Land use, a program conceived in the 1970s, gives substantial tax breaks to landowners who keep their property rural through agricultural, forestal, or open space uses. But it comes at a price. During the most recent budget season, county staff said that the land use program had cost Fluvanna $2.7 million in uncollected revenue the preceding year.

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A high level of activity has continued through the summer and into fall at the Lake Monticello golf course. Despite the recent heat and the lack of precipitation, the course remains in very playable condition and a variety of golfers are taking full advantage.

On Sept. 9 the senior men’s Gray Foxes organization held its annual picnic at the course with the Hole-in One restaurant handling the catering. The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole group that plays every Thursday morning and a nine-hole group that plays every Friday morning. Both groups and spouses combined for the picnic – a successful event every year.

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The small fire could have quickly engulfed the house. A tragedy was avoided this past Saturday (Nov. 12), thanks to a group of Lake Monticello teenagers who happened to be walking by at the right time.

Dillan Cobbs, Michelle Harris, Brycen Baber, Andrew Ward, Ethian Kidd, Ashton Brown and Michael Brown were talking a walk together in the Cherokee section of the Lake a little after 9 p.m. that night. The teens smelled smoke and noticed a fire on the porch at 19 Tuscarora Drive.

“It was on top of the porch and under the porch,” Cobbs, 13, said of the fire he saw as he walked by. Cobbs said Ward and Michael Brown immediately began to attempt to smother the fire while the others ran around the house, banging on doors and windows to alert the family who was sleeping inside.

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Fluco defense stand readyAs the Fluco fall sports season winds down, virtually all athletes have completed their season. However, the girls’ cross country team still has two athletes in action. On Friday (Nov. 11) junior Saige Haney and senior Jackie Rodriguez will be running in the State meet at Great Meadows.

Haney and Rodriguez qualified for the State meet by finishing 16th and 21st respectively in the Regional meet held on Nov. 1. Haney completed the three-mile run in a time of 20:06, while Rodriguez was clocked at a time of 20:27. On the boys side, in the Regional meet, junior Jack Rice turned in a personal best time of 17:19, which was a mere five seconds off the time needed to qualify for the boys’ State meet.

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Painting by Linda Bethke, First place winnerUnlike the annual judged show in the spring where one person judges the entire show, the Fluvanna Art Association has its People’s Choice Award Show in the fall, where the public decides the three best in each category.

This year the reception and judging took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fluvanna County Library. There were 54 entries and a variety of mediums. New this year was a category called the small wall, which featured works smaller than five by seven inches.

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