Fluvanna Review

Fluco captains at midfieldThe Flying Fluco varsity football team took the field by storm in its home opener against Spotsylvania Friday night (Sept. 2) when the Flucos went all the way for a touchdown on their first snap.

The Flucos went on to top the Spotsylvania Knights 26-13 in the team’s first successful game after a winless season last year.
After the opening kick-off, the Flucos had the ball on their own 23-yard line. Senior quarterback Mark Grooms ran right on a keeper. He picked up a couple of nice blocks, broke a couple of arm tackles and then simply ran away from the Knights’ defenders for the score. Junior Ethan Graves kicked the extra point and the Flucos led 7-0 after 22 seconds of play.

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To the casual observer driving through Fluvanna’s historic yet shabby little river community of Columbia, it may not appear that much is being done to improve conditions there. Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols says just the opposite is true; progress is being made – it just can’t see be seen yet

“We are just in the preliminary phases of the process,” Nichols said, referring to the county’s plans to use grant money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase blighted properties in the flood zone and tear them down. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has worked with the county to obtain the grant and is assisting with the administration of it. Add a comment

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Artist Susan Lang in her studioArtists master their skills not only by learning techniques but practicing them. Artist Susan Lang believes in principle. Her inquisitiveness and drive has helped her to become a stronger artist. Lang, president of the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA), is one of those rare people who has become successful in life because of her voracious curiosity.  It has served her well throughout her life in her work and in her painting.

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Karl Bergstresser and Terry FurlongThe Gray Foxes senior golf groups at the Lake Monticello golf course held their annual year-end banquet at the Tavern on the Green at Spring Creek on Monday (Nov. 7).

The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole contingent that plays every Thursday morning and a nine-hole contingent that plays on Friday mornings. Players can compete in both groups, but few do.

The awards banquet business started with President Dan Foley announcing the officers for the 2017 season. Dan Foley will return as president, Bill Scanlon will be vice-president, Burt Marks will be treasurer, and the 18-hole and nine-hole coordinators will be Dan Atkinson and Lou Monte respectively. Foley also acknowledged the two guests of honor at the event: Lake Monticello PGA professional Mark Marshall and long-time Gray Foxes officer Bob Strohmayer.

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Fluvanna County High School Principal James Barlow. Bullies. Cliques. Mean girls. Cafeteria food. Sex. Peer pressure. Body issues. Diagnoses. Identity struggles. The high school experience can be the best years of a student’s life but for some it’s the worst.

Anyone who has ever felt alone or unsure of themselves could probably relate to Jimmy. He’s beginning his high school career in Fluvanna and, because he is overweight, is under the watchful eyes of classmates who can’t seem to find what’s good about him.

Two particular athletes are quite popular in the school and, though they are faced with their own pressures to perform well in the classroom as well as on the field, they sometimes point out Jimmy’s flaws, and also those of anyone else around them.

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