Fluvanna Review

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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To the casual observer driving through Fluvanna’s historic yet shabby little river community of Columbia, it may not appear that much is being done to improve conditions there. Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols says just the opposite is true; progress is being made – it just can’t see be seen yet

“We are just in the preliminary phases of the process,” Nichols said, referring to the county’s plans to use grant money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase blighted properties in the flood zone and tear them down. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has worked with the county to obtain the grant and is assisting with the administration of it. Add a comment

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The Fluco girls’ and boys’ track and field squads have been busy and successful in the past two weeks. On Thursday (May 18) they hosted the 3A Conference 29 track and field year-end event, and the girls’ squad emerged victorious, while the boys’ team finished a very respectable third. The previous Friday (May 12), the two teams hosted the annual Fluvanna Invitational track meet and both performed extremely well.

The girls’ team had a number of outstanding performances in the Conference event. Senior Matasha Martin was the Conference champion in three events. She won the 100-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Martin also won all three of these events at the Fluvanna Invitational, a meet that involved more and different schools than the Conference meet. At the conference meet, Martin won the 100-meter dash by a very impressive margin of almost two seconds.

Cyan Coates, a senior, was also a winner of more than one event. She was the Conference champion in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Additionally, she finished in third place in the 100-meter dash. Coates finished third in the 400-meter at the Invitational. At the Conference meet, Coates was under one minute in the 400-meter dash.
Another Conference champion for the girls’ team was senior Renee Custer, who won the discus competition and finished fourth in the shot put. Custer’s winning discus toss was the best by an impressive distance of nearly eight feet. At the Invitational, Custer also won the discus throw and she took second in the shot put.

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Aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in Fluvanna County have an ally in the local branch of the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC).

Funded by the Small Business Administration and a network of public and private partners, the CVSBDC offers free, confidential counseling and a host of free and low-cost training and development resources. 

“You’re their counselor, you’re their cheerleader, and sometimes, you’re their mother,” said local business counselor Diane Arnold.

Arnold retired to Lake Monticello last year after a 10-year stint as director of the Longwood Small Business Development Center in Danville and a long career in teaching, marketing, and government procurement. Not long after her arrival, she was asked by CVSBDC Director Betty Hoge to help out. 

Now she provides one-on-one counseling and advice around the Center’s five-county service area. In Fluvanna, she holds counseling sessions on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. She currently works with three to four Fluvanna businesses owners per month.

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Questions about the community pool and food service dominated a candidates’ forum hosted by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Wednesday night (May 17) at the new Fairway Clubhouse.
LMOA Board President Rich Barringer, Secretary Tom Braithwaite, and Director Bing Spitler are running unopposed for new three-year terms.

Barringer voiced “extreme disappointment” that “we couldn’t get three people together to run for the Board.” Their reelection bids were rooted primarily in ongoing projects they want to see through to completion.

“I think the last two or three years have been pretty exciting years here,” said Barringer.

With the clubhouse renovations now complete, each candidate listed off multiple goals for the next three years and beyond: walking trails, changes to the marina, continued upgrades to the playground and beaches, expansion of the dredging program, and reviews of staffing procedures and safety protocols.  

“And I’ve always wanted a zip-line,” Spitler joked, “but I’ve been told not to bring it up.” Add a comment

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