Fluvanna Review

Sage Garden owners Roberta and John Mann and their golden retriever Tara.The proposal. It’s one of those family stories their now grown children have heard countless times. John and Roberta attended the same high school in New Jersey, but never met until they ran into each other in Colorado several years later. They started dating and discovered how much they had in common. When John felt it was time to pop the big question, Roberta had a question for him.

“Yes, but only if we live on a farm,” she replied. “I’m going back East to be closer to my family, and I’m going to buy a farm. Are you on board?”

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A dangerous stretch of road that has seen more than its share of car crashes will be studied by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in the hopes that safety improvements can be made.
Last year there were 10 or 11 accidents on the stretch of Rt. 600 between Broken Island and Lake Monticello’s Riverside Gate, said Sheriff Eric Hess. “Around early December there was a group of five or so,” he said, including a fatality.
“Everybody’s concerned with that area,” said Hess. “There’s really not much difference between those curves and some of the other curves around the county, but there must be other contributing factors.”
So Hess brought Jamie Glass, VDOT residency program manager, along for a ride down Rt. 600 on Thursday (Jan. 28) to see if VDOT could study the area and figure out how to mitigate its danger.
“I’m sending a request to our traffic engineering section asking that they perform a safety review of the corridor between Abby Road and Rt. 618, and specifically concentrate on the series of curves where most of the accidents have taken place,” said Glass.
Glass noted that the road’s speed limit of 45 miles per hour is “already reduced.” He declined to predict what safety improvements VDOT may recommend.
“They may suggest adding extra asphalt along the roadway on both sides to give a little more of a lift to the road, or adding rumble strips,” said Hess. “Then it will come down to whether there is any money for fixing it up.”
Hess hopes to have the report by the end of February. “We’ll go forward with whatever they recommend as long as they’ve got the money,” he said. “We’ll get with the Board of Supervisors and see what we can do.”

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Kelly Williams owns the Painted Horse Ranch.The Painted Horse Ranch Bed and Breakfast isn’t all things to all people, but it could be exactly what you need.

Kelly and Mike Williams own the Painted Horse Ranch just east of the Hardware River on Rt. 6. They call it home and so do about a dozen horses the couple train. Kelly envisioned having a place on their peaceful ranch for people who come to have their horses trained could stay and relax.

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Lake candidatesLake Monticello Owners Association members will vote for two new board members on June 30. Running for the two seats are Dick Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles Harrelson. The election will fill vacancies created by the expiration of the second three-year term of Don Fickes and the vacant term created by the resignation of Benita Ellen in January.

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Matthew Cody Williamson, 28, of Fluvanna was sentenced Friday (Jan. 29) in Fluvanna Circuit Court to 39 years and six months by Circuit Court Judge Susan L. Whitlock for violating conditions of his probation on child pornography charges.
Williamson pled guilty to nine charges of possession of child pornography in Fluvanna Circuit Court in 2007 and was sentenced to 40 years with all but 6 months suspended. At the time of his first conviction, Williamson was 18 years old and a resident of Lake Monticello.
On January 28, in Federal District Court in Charlottesville, Williamson was convicted of two new child pornography charges and was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison. These charges stemmed from internet communications with a 14-year-old Canadian boy. The boy’s mother discovered pornographic images on her son’s cell phone and called the authorities, which led to Williamson’s eventual arrest, according to court documents. Williamson had promised the child gifts in exchange for explicit images the child sent to him.
According to court documents, Williamson’s electronic devices were seized and found to contain a large amount of child pornographic material; particularly of interest to authorities were communications between Williamson, who was living in Bybee at the time, and a man who was producing child pornography by posing as a girl on the internet and enticing young men to send photographs and videos of themselves in sexually explicit poses. Williamson cooperated with authorities in their investigation of this individual, who lives out of state.
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