Fluvanna Review

Without much warning, Two J’s Smokehouse closed Sept. 1.

But barbeque lovers don’t despair, Two J’s is reopening around the corner in the same building, said co-owner Megan Ball.

 

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The plaque on the Dixie memorial. Photo by Christina Dimeo Guseman

More than a thousand people drive by Dixie every day, but not very many pull over to take a look at the Dixie Memorial that stands on the small triangle of land where Rt. 15 hits Rt. 6.
Beneath the trees a gray boulder bears a plaque that reads, “In honor of the men and women of Fluvanna County who served in World Wars I and II.”
The Dixie Memorial was dreamed up in 1949 by the Fluvanna County War Memorial Association, just four years after the end of World War II. Along with erecting the monument, the Association’s plan was to beautify Rt. 15 from the Bremo Bluff Bridge all the way up to its intersection with Rt. 250 at Zion Crossroads, thereby creating a memorial highway in honor of those who served in the world wars.
In 1950 the Dixie Memorial was dedicated, on a rainy Veterans Day morning. The governor of Virginia, John S. Battle, came to Fluvanna – crashing his car on the way – to speak at the ceremony, praising Fluvanna citizens for remembering those who died in the wars. Fluvanna’s chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented a flag to fly over the monument.
But not everything went smoothly with the Dixie Memorial. Pam Morris and her family have lived at Carysbrook since 1955, and Morris remembers that for a good chunk of time the flagpole at the memorial wasn’t even up. “It was down for several years,” she recalled. “It was in three different places in the park, but people kept knocking it down. We kept putting it back up, but eventually the highway department left it down for 10 years or so.”

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The varsity Flying Flucos volleyball team won the Conference 23 championship held on Thursday, Nov. 6.  (Front row): Tiffani Shaheen, Maddy Kline, Leslie Walters, Kylee Dixon and Lee Lee Robbins. (Back row):  Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett, Toria Belew, Tyler Haislip, Ashley Cordes, Bri Harris, Sophie Kershner, Brittney Koczan, Abby Sherman, Haley Dillon, Kate Stutz and Coach Susan Shields. Photo courtesy of Julie WaltersThe Flying Fluco volleyball team faced off with John Handley High School from Winchester on Nov. 6 for the Virginia High School League (VSHL) Conference 23 championship. Playing on their home court, before an enthusiastic crowd of mostly fellow students, the Flucos dominated.
The Flucos won the first game easily by a 25-13 margin. They faltered in the second game, allowing Handley to come from behind for a 25-22 win. However, Coach Christina Harlowe-Garrett’s squad buckled down and won the next two games by scores of 25-12 and 25-19 to win the match and the trophy.
There were a number of long impressive rallies in this match, but in the final analysis the Flucos were the superior team at the net. Kill shots are what normally decide a volleyball match and the Flucos were too strong in this aspect of the game for the Handley Judges.
In the first game of this match the Flucos relied on kills and service aces to jump to an early 8-2 lead, forcing the Handley coach to call an early timeout. The timeout was ineffective, as senior Maddy Kline blasted home two kill shots when play resumed to give the Flucos an insurmountable 10-2 early lead. The Flucos built their lead to 17-6 and Handley called another timeout. Again, the timeout was followed by two quick kill shots by Kline. The Flucos were outscored by the Judges 7-6 the rest of the way, but senior Kylee Dixon served the winning point for the Flucos for a comfortable eight point win
In game two, the Flucos led in mid-game by 12-8 and 15-11, with Kline and senior Leslie Walters unleashing vicious kill shots along the way. However, Handley rallied to tie at 16-16. The game was also tied at 20-20. Handley won several long rallies, and won the game 25-22.
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Photo by Tricia JohnsonWork on the house at Pleasant Grove has finished, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 6 to celebrate the culmination of a decade of planning and cooperation among the Fluvanna Historical Society, the Heritage Trail Foundation, and Fluvanna County.
Attendees at the ceremony included members of the Haden family – descendants of the farm’s original owners – who came from as far away as Florida and Ohio, as well as local government officials, county employees who had been instrumental in managing the work, and representatives from the Fluvanna Historical Society and the Heritage Trail Foundation.
The work was funded by grants from VDOT and Dominion, among others, with additional funding from the county. The building serves as a welcome center and museum, with current exhibits explaining the history of transportation in Fluvanna County by river, rail, and road. It also houses new offices for Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation.
An article with more detailed information on the history of the home, its use going forward, and an on-going project to restore the family cemetery nearby will follow in the next issue of the
Fluvanna Review.

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Erin Edgerton won Best In Show.There were not many entries in this years’ annual photo contest sponsored by Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation but those who participated showed some awe-inspiring work including Erin Edgerton, one of the youngest entrants at age 15.

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