Fluvanna Review

John HalpinJohn Halpin was the last person to realize what everyone around him already knew: He was an addict.

Now a substance abuse counselor living with his wife and children at Lake Monticello, 30-odd years ago Halpin was living in a friend’s basement in his native southern New Jersey. The drinking and drug use that had once been “a lot of fun” had turned into something destructive.

Halpin grew up in an environment where drug and alcohol abuse was common and where alcohol, in particular, was always around. “It would have been unusual if I didn’t drink,” he said.

Like many who develop substance abuse problems, he didn’t recognize that his need to keep using was not a matter of choice but rather a physical dependence that became harder and harder to rationalize away.

“I wasn’t really working,” he said of those days. “My family had written me off.” He was facing multiple DUIs and drug possession charges. To top it off, he crashed his car and went through the windshield, causing injuries to his face and eyes that required several rounds of plastic surgery to repair. “Not just emotionally and not just spiritually, but physically...I was in pretty bad shape,” he said. Add a comment

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Nichols focused his suggestions more on enhancing systems already in place than on establishing new taxes and fees. But one new initiative – a meals tax – sparked a Board argument by touching too closely on a frequent philosophical impasse.

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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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Supervisors honor Rudy GarciaThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors clashed over the definition of good stewardship as it examined $29,000 in additional money for county staff pay Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Some supported stewarding funds by keeping an eye on dollars spent while others championed stewarding people by looking out for county workers.

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Historic photographI can’t remember the first time I went to a store, but I do remember when the store would come to us. The Raleigh Man drove a bright yellow enclosed wagon pulled by a horse, and he would come by our place about once every three months. His arrival was a big event for our mother, and also for us kids. The Raleigh Man sold a lot of small things the nearest store would not have. It was really interesting to see the great variety and quantity of merchandise he could pack in a wagon. Add a comment

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