Fluvanna Review

Photo simulation of proposed 195 foot radio tower adjacent to the Fluvanna County Library and sheriff’s office.Fluvanna County’s newly–envisioned E911 radio tower project is about to launch.

Construction will begin next month on Fluvanna’s newest county–owned tower, said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator. The 195–foot lattice tower will stand slightly to the south of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office at Pleasant Grove.

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Fluvanna County Clerk Tristana Treadway holding one of the books still needing preservation. Photos by Tricia Johnson

Tristana P. Treadway, Fluvanna’s clerk of court, is justifiably proud of the records room at the clerk’s office in Palmyra. The room is enormous. Its vaulted room accommodates tall shelves filled with large, heavy books – some of them more than 200 years old - that hold the history of Fluvanna on their pages. Lower shelves with slanted tops hold row after row of books that detail land ownership, wills, deaths, births and marriages, military service lists and more.

“We are very lucky as a county because our records do go back to 1777, which is the inception of the county, with no gaps in our land records,” said Treadway. County records in many localities throughout the South were destroyed by Union forces during the Civil War, in hopes that removing records of land ownership would sow confusion among the enemy. Records are also sometimes lost to accidents like fire or flood, or, as Treadway related about another Virginia locality, accidents as mundane as a sprinkler malfunction.

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The results of a recent traffic study on a fatal stretch of Fluvanna road have launched a plan to pepper the area with signs in an attempt to save lives.

Between 2011 and 2015, 62 crashes occurred on a 1.9–mile stretch of South Boston Rd. (Rt. 600) between its intersection with Lake Monticello Rd. (Rt. 618) and Abby Rd. by CVS. As a result of those crashes, one person died and 22 were injured. Add a comment

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One of many trees at the Williams’ home.Five Lake Monticello families are ready to open their doors to share their holiday traditions during the 24th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday (Dec. 8).
Open this year are the West home, 30 Seminole Trail; the Seehaver home, 40A Marwood Drive; the Williams home, 9 Adrian Road; the Stenger home, 23 Whippoorwill Lane; and the LaRosa home, 6 Hawk’s Place.

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Julann Griffin at her Palmyra home. Photo by Lisa Hurdle

Palmyra resident Julann Griffin hopped on a plane with her husband Merv Griffin in 1961 – and by the time she got off, she had created the popular game show Jeopardy.

Merv was trying to put together a new game, but Julann wasn’t too enthusiastic. “Is this going to be another one of those games where second-string actors are jumping all over, guessing what this is and guessing what that is?” she said she asked her husband. “Why don’t you make a game where people can use their brains?”

But the quiz show scandals of the 1950s had just swept the country, revealing that many contestants of popular TV game shows had secretly been given the answers. So Merv told his wife that new regulations would make her idea too problematic.

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