Fluvanna Review

Flucos to inbound.  Fluco girls’ basketball Coach Chad White often repeats the axiom that “everything is built off our defense.” His team plays tight and aggressive man-to-man defense most of the time. That was certainly the case on Friday (Dec. 16) when the Flying Flucos hosted the Hornets from Orange County. The Hornets also played tough defense and the officials called the game extremely closely.

As a result, both teams piled up fouls and free throws. The Hornets went to the line on 13 successive possessions in the second half and took 40 free throws in the game. The Flucos’ leading scorer was senior point guard Chaniya Brown. She had 22 points, with 16 from the line.

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The 22nd Senate District vote crowned Republican Mark Peake of Lynchburg the winner, but former Fluvanna Sheriff Ryant Washington gave him a run for his money in Fluvanna.

Washington squeaked out a victory among Fluvanna voters, beating Peake by just 78 votes. One hundred voted for Independent Joe Hines of Prince Edward County.

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Andrew Pullen, Lee Ware, Tom Garrett, Jim Gilmore, Nick Freitas and Mel Sheridan. Photo by Tricia JohnsonOver 100 guests flocked to the home of Mel and Donna Sheridan in Kents Store on Saturday (July 30) to attend a fundraiser for Tom Garrett, Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives.

Garrett is campaigning against Jane Dittmar, a Democrat, for the seat vacated by the retirement of 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt. The 5th District, which encompasses all of Fluvanna County, is the largest congressional district in the state.

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Think twice before you light up a cigarette the next time you drive.

Virginia is cracking down on smoking in a motor vehicle with young children around. As of July 1 it will be against the law to smoke in a vehicle, whether moving or at rest, if a child under age 8 is in the vehicle.

Breaking this law will be deemed a secondary offense, “which means we cannot initiate a traffic stop or take enforcement action unless there is some other criminal violation,” said Lt. Dave Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

The offense will be enforced much like seat belt violations, Wells said. “If a driver is stopped for another offense and they are smoking with a person younger than 8 in the vehicle, they can be ticketed,” he said. “The burden is on us to prove that the child is less than 8 years of age.”

Breaking the law will result in a civil penalty punished by a $100 fine which will be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, according to Virginia code.

People breaking the law will not be arrested but may receive a ticket, Wells said.

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Aqua Virginia is doubling down on customers at Lake Monticello in the hopes of improving their often contentious relationship.To this end, the company hosted four 90-minute focus groups at the Clifton Inn on July 11. The groups were composed of Lake Monticello residents, including members of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors. There were 19 participants, said Gretchen Toner, Aqua America spokesperson.

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