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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Photo by Tricia JohnsonThe Holland sisters – Julia Davidson, Mary Jane Sheridan, and Sophia Pryor – visited the location where their father’s store once stood. Julia Davidson held the auction bill dated 1962, the year when E. F. Holland’s store was sold and dismantled.
“When we were girls, Columbia had four stores, and their own fire department… an ice plant and a watch maker…  they were supposed to have their own law…  the town had a fire truck and once our uncle went to get the fire truck and there wasn’t any gas in it – he was running back down the street with the gas can in his hand – that was when the Baptist Church caught on fire. They used the fire truck to wash the mud out of the stores after the floods.
This was our father’s store – it was up on stilts, so it survived 14 floods. Our father was F. H. Holland who had the store and was the pulp wood dealer.“

Photographer Tricia Johnson took these photos of  people who have heartfelt ties to the town of Columbia.  They posed in places that meant the most to them. Their words reflect how they see Fluvanna’s sleepy little river town. To see the photo essay download this weeks issue.

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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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Photo by Tricia JohnsonUnofficial election data shows that Fluvanna County voted solidly Republican on Nov. 4.
Only one precinct – Fork Union – favored Sen. Mark Warner over challenger Ed Gillespie, by a slim margin of 1.5 percentage points. The Columbia, Palmyra and Rivanna Districts and absentee voters preferred Gillespie by between 10 and 12 percentage points. Fluvanna’s most conservative district, Cunningham, went for Gillespie by a comfortable 27.5 percentage points. Overall the county selected Gillespie by 11 percentage points, awarding him 4,477 votes to Warner’s 3,559.
All five of Fluvanna’s precincts plus the absentee voters preferred Rep. Robert Hurt over challenger Lawrence Gaughan. Hurt’s slimmest margin of victory came in Fork Union, in which voters selected him over Gaughan by almost 20 percentage points. His coziest margin of victory occurred in Cunningham, when voters favored him by a whopping 43 percentage points. Fluvanna as a whole selected Hurt by 28 percentage points, with 5,107 votes to Gaughan’s 2,809.
Interestingly, Columbia’s voting percentages closely mirrored those of Fluvanna County as a whole in both the Senate and House races. Columbia voters gave Gillespie 53.24 percent and Warner 43.38 percent of their votes, and Fluvanna County voters awarded Gillespie 53.87 percent and Warner 42.83 percent of their votes. Likewise, Columbia voters gave Hurt 61.22 percent and Gaughan 34.50 percent of their votes, and Fluvanna County voters awarded Hurt 61.96 percent and Gaughan 34.08 percent of their votes.
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