Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
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• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Leake and Mary Winston.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonIt was 1940, and the Fluvanna Lake Dance Hall on Raccoon Creek was hopping. Country music drifted through the open door; dancers circled the floor to ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky,’ perhaps, or Hank William’s ‘Lovesick Blues.’ World War I was a distant memory now, and the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, which provoked America’s involvement in World War II, was more than a year away. The Great Depression had loosened its grip on the community; the end of an era of privation and fear had made even casual celebrations like the weekly dance more festive, somehow.
Seventeen-year-old Leake Winston had arrived from his home in Goochland County in fine style, driving six of his friends – three couples – to the dance in his 1934 Chevrolet. Mary Brookman, 16, was at the dance with her father. It didn’t take Leake long to spot Mary in the crowd. “She was a pretty girl,” he admitted, with an affectionate grin.
The dance hall was busy every Saturday night, with bands playing country favorites for guests to dance to – ‘square dancing or round dancing’ reads one old flyer. Alcohol was strictly forbidden, but that didn’t stop some people from hiding liquor in their cars, and slipping out now and then for a drink.
Leake Winston danced several dances with Mary, and then asked if he could give her a ride home from the dance. “She wouldn’t tell me yes, I could take her home,” he remembered; “I had to go ask her dad.”
Mary’s father was her only living parent; her mother had died when she was just three years old. As a young man, her father had been a musician. “He used to could play instruments,” Mary remembered, “and he said sometimes he would play all night when he was younger...guitar, or fiddle – that was before he ever married.”  His love for music apparently never faded. “Best dancer in the room, he was,” Mary said with pride, nodding.
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James Arnold Moses III. Photo courtesy of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s OfficeThe man accused of abducting his 3-year-old daughter turned himself in to the Waynesboro Police Department Monday night (Feb. 8), according to the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.
James Arnold Moses III, 25, of Lyndhurst in Augusta County, had been on the run since the abduction of Haven Melina Moses.
James Moses took his biological daughter from a caretaker’s home at 5128 West River Road near Scottsville in Fluvanna County on Friday evening (Feb. 5) in violation of a protective order, according to the sheriff’s office.
Haven was returned safely to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday evening (Feb. 7) after being missing for about two days, according to authorities.
The incident prompted the Virginia State Police to issue an AMBER alert declaring her to be in “extreme danger.”
“We talked to some of Moses’ family members and explained the best thing we could do was get Haven to a safe place,” said Lt. David Wells of the Fluvanna sheriff’s office. “Later Sunday evening a family member brought Haven to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.” The girl was safe and unharmed, and is now with her mother, Albemarle resident Nichole Melia, Wells said.
The Fluvanna sheriff’s office has obtained warrants for James Moses for violation of a protective order and parental abduction.
The abduction wasn’t reported until Saturday evening (Feb. 6), when an investigation launched. “We were concerned for her health, safety, and wellbeing with him,” said Wells.

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