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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While the largest search in Virginia’s history turned up the apparent remains of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, Fluvanna authorities are still investigating their own missing person cases – the disappearances of Renee Field and Robert Lee Hourihan.
Field has been missing for over three months. Hourihan has been missing for over three years.
Fluvanna Review reporter Christina Dimeo Guseman interviewed Renee Field’s husband Lewis, and Hourihan’s wife, Tara, who are still trying to understand what happened to their spouses.

Renee Field missing for three months
Renee and Lewis Field met at their best friends’ wedding 27 years ago. “She knew the bride and I knew the groom, so we met at their rehearsal,” Lewis Field recalled. He was a groomsman and she was a bridesmaid. One year later they were married.
And 26 years later Renee Field vanished from their Scottsville-area home.
Her husband was the last to see her on July 2. In the early hours of July 4, her car was discovered in the park and ride commuter lot at Zion Crossroads, with her keys, purse, and cell phone still there but her cash, credit cards, and license missing. And now three months later there is still no trace of her.
“I’m still thinking that [she’ll come back],” Lewis Field told the Fluvanna Review, “but I realize at this point that I’m probably one of the few, just because it’s gone so long. Most folks are trying to say that it probably isn’t as likely as it may have been two months ago. I guess I don’t really dwell on that aspect of it and just go with the premise that she’ll be back here at some point and then we can figure out what the hell happened.”
Before they married, Renee Field graduated from James Madison University in 1987 with her nursing degree. Three years earlier, Lewis Field had graduated with an engineering degree from Widener College, now Widener University, in Pennsylvania. He entered the Army and was active duty for “half a dozen years” at Fort Bragg. He and Renee Field married while he was stationed there.
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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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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.
Fluvanna High School
• 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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Sgt. Frank Lopez demonstrated the new security system at the middle school.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonStudents in Fluvanna elementary and middle schools are safer now thanks to a new secure entry system.
Frank Leech, director of student services for Fluvanna County schools, described the new process. “It includes a buzzer system where the doors are locked and visitors buzz the main office. It has a camera and the secretary can then see them and identify them and release the door for them to come into the building.”
People wanting to enter the schools must now have a photo ID with them and must present it before they will be allowed into the building. “Parents are requested to have a photo ID ready when they come to the schools.” Leech said that a driver’s license or photo work ID are acceptable forms of identification.
He added that the buzzers are just the first part of an ongoing plan to ensure Fluvanna students are kept out of harm’s way. “We are also looking at doing some restructuring within the entrances of the schools as well, so anyone entering the schools will be funneled into the main office.”
Fluvanna Middle School Principal Brad Stang was pleased to see the new security system put into place, and said he gave the new system “A thumbs up right away,” when he heard they were going to be installed. “I come from a district that had the same system in place,” said Stang. “It is one more layer of security for our students.”
When asked what parents thought of the new procedures, Stang said “Offhand, I haven’t heard any negative feedback here or at any other school I have ever been at – I never heard anything negative,” he said.
Kate and Rob Urry, whose son William is a kindergartener at West Central Primary, appreciate the new security. “I like the idea of a record of who is entering the building,” said Kate Urry. “At West Central Primary, you were supposed to go into the main office and sign in, but some people were not aware of that or were only stepping into the first room in the hallway and skipped that step.” She added that the new check-in process doesn’t seem as if it will take any more time than signing in did in the past.
“I have worked for companies with far more advanced security measures,” said Rob Urry, “to protect things far less important than our children.”
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