Fluvanna Review

In five years Fluvanna County may have a very different reputation throughout Central Virginia – and even within the county’s own borders – than it does now. Prospective businesses may see Fluvanna as a prime place to set up shop, and new and established residents alike may view their county as “a great place to live, learn, work, and play,” as the county tagline reads.
That’s because a group of concerned citizens, disturbed by the tumultuous local politics of 2012 and 2013 and the resulting “negative press” for Fluvanna, decided to flip the tables and do something positive.
“In one of our Focus on Fluvanna’s Future meetings last year,” said the group’s co-founder, Bill Sullivan, “we were discussing how great Fluvanna is and how it’s a shame that we haven’t been able to promote all that we love about our county. This is when we came up with the idea of a contest that not only engages the entire community, but highlights those positives and helps rebuild the pride we all have in Fluvanna.”
And so the Market Fluvanna campaign was born. Various county leaders jumped on board with the idea, which ties neatly into one of the strategic initiatives the Board of Supervisors developed earlier this year of strengthening community partnerships, with a specific emphasis on creating a “This is Fluvanna County” video.
A video? Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins, who is heading up the county side of Market Fluvanna, explained that “the goal for this campaign is to produce materials the county can use in future marketing efforts… It is a way to get community members further invested in describing and celebrating what we value about our community.”
Right now there are two initiatives under the Market Fluvanna umbrella.
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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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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanMore than two dozen people showed up at Lowe’s in Zion Crossroads on Saturday (Sept. 6) for an event highlighting the mysterious disappearance of Fluvanna resident Renee Field.
The event was put on by Help Save the Next Girl, an organization founded by Dan and Gil Harrington in honor of their daughter Morgan Harrington, who was abducted and murdered in the Charlottesville area in 2009.
Lewis Field, who was the last to see his wife when she disappeared on July 2, attended the event along with several other family members. Despite the fact that his wife has been missing for over two months, Lewis Field is thinking positive. “I think she is [still alive],” he said. “I know at this point it’s less likely, but at the same time, there’s been several cases where – for medical or whatever reason – they appear a while later. So I’m still going with that.”
With that in mind, he and his wife’s father, Waverly Branch, went to Richmond a couple weeks ago to put flyers around the area. Renee Field was familiar with the west end of Richmond, Lewis Field has said. They’re also placing an ad in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he said, to try to “cover some more ground with people seeing her.”
Investigators continue their search, he said, by monitoring his wife’s accounts. They also checked the JAUNT bus that occasionally runs out to the park and ride where her car was found, he said, looking for signs that she had ridden it. But so far nothing has popped.
What would really help the case, Lewis Field said, is “if somebody, because of an event like this, suddenly remembers, ‘Hold it, you meant that red Forester. Yeah, I happened to be there when I saw whatever happened.’ I mean, that’s basically it, I guess, until somebody who’s seen something recognizes that they need to say something.”
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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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