Fluvanna Review

Sharon ArgoBy day, Sharon Argo is the executive assistant to the CEO of the University of Virginia’s Investment Management Company, but by night, she lets her artistic side take over as she creates one-of-a-kind pieces.

Her inspiration came from her mother, who was a self-taught artist, and her siblings who were artistic and creative in all types of media, including ceramics and drawing.

“My mother was a closet artist,” Argo laughed. “Everything she did was on-the-job training. She even taught herself piano. She had an ear for music and picked it up quickly.”

Like her mother, Argo is self-taught, which can be a challenging and fun journey of discovery. “It took me awhile to settle on a medium I liked,” she said.

 

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Trevor Hammond, fishing club Bass anglers can now enjoy the sport at school.

Last year was the first for the fishing club at Fluvanna County High School, said Mark Belew, a local competitive fisherman who coaches the team. Two students competed in tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year. School Resource Officer Tim Shiflett started the team as its sponsor.

Jerry Custer sponsors the club this year. He said eight students have shown an interest in competing in the first tournament Sept. 10 on the Potomac River at Aquia Creek.

Why a fishing club?

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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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John and Theresa AtkinsWhere can you find fantastic barbecue in Fluvanna?  The answer lies in what BBQ Connection’s pitmaster and owner, John Atkins, calls “the best-kept secret in Fluvanna County.

As a member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and certified barbecue judge, Atkins is no stranger to good barbecue. Judging by the talent, passion and flavor that lies in a small building just past Fork Union, BBQ Connection and its award-winning barbecue will not stay a secret for very long.
There is no denying that you can usually find multiple barbecue joints in every town, but Fluco residents probably have no idea of the history and talent behind BBQ Connection and the husband and wife team who run it.

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The Fourth of July this year was dreary and overcast with frequent periods of drizzle and some short bursts of heavy rain. Athletes at Lake Monticello were undeterred.

The annual Spirit 5K run came off on schedule at 7 a.m. Although it drizzled before the start, the runners were mostly dry during the event. The threatening weather did reduce the number of participants this year, but a substantial 164 athletes participated.

 

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