Fluvanna Review

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Eight area artists will be participating in the upcoming Second Annual Artist’s Studio Tour to benefit the Fluvanna County Historical Society on June 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Historical Society is sponsoring a studio tour to raise money for the Endowment Fund while promoting Fluvanna’s artists.
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Candidates Page Gifford, Dick Cummings and Charles Harrelson stood at the meeting where election results were announced. Charles Harrelson and Dick Cummings were elected as directors of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association, the LMOA announced Saturday (June 30).

The LMOA oversees the huge Lake Monticello subdivision in Fluvanna County.

Harrelson, a retired businessman, garnered 811 votes. Cummings, a retired CPA, got 810 votes. Page Gifford, a freelance writer and community volunteer, received 430 votes.

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Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has taken a position in opposition to the application by Aqua Virginia to increase its water and sewer rates. In November 2011, Aqua Virginia filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a statewide increase averaging 9.9%. The increase for Lake Monticello residents would be more than 13% for water and more than 11% for sewer. The application comes just months after Aqua Virginia attempted to impose ownership of grinder pumps onto homeowners. Aqua Virginia‘s last rate increase was approved in October 2010.

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Trevis Thomas’ car was rear-ended. Photo by Lisa HurdleThe state trooper who investigated the Aug. 12 rear -end crash involving Fluvanna County Deputy Karen Chambers said he didn’t charge the deputy because she might be punished by the sheriff’s office.
Trooper Justin Ruhlman drew a distinction between a “normal citizen” and a law enforcement agent in an interview with the Fluvanna Review. “With law enforcement agencies, they’ll do their own internal investigation and decide whether or not she’ll be disciplined and have to go through driving school and things like that, whereas a normal citizen doesn’t have that. So if I were to charge her it would be like double jeopardy.”
Chambers’ patrol car rear-ended another car. No one was injured.
Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said, in an email to the Fluvanna Review that, “a trooper is authorized to warn, summons or arrest. A trooper’s decision to (warn, summons or arrest) is based on the crash investigation, witness statements, statements provided by those involved, extent of injuries, damage to vehicles, causative factors, road conditions, weather conditions, etc. Our troopers take investigations very seriously and this crash was handled just like any other crash investigation. The sheriff requested state police to investigate the crash in order to provide an independent and objective handling of the matter.”

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Fluvanna County Public Schools (FCPS) saw a significant increase in student achievement in the Math Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) for the 2013-2014 school year, according to test results released by the state.
In Fluvanna, 75% of students passed the mathematics assessment for their grade level or course; this compares with 74% statewide. FCPS saw a seven point increase in student performance on the state math assessment. Grade six students saw their scores increase by 12 points: this surpassed the state average by 11 points.
FCPS had an emphasis on mathematics instruction during the 2013-2014 school year. Fluvanna Middle School was not fully accredited last year based on the SOL scores in math. FCPS should learn next month if the middle school has obtained accreditation when the state releases information on accreditation: they anticipate that all schools will be fully accredited. The Curriculum and Instruction Team conducted “Math Retreats” with teachers in grades three through eight. The teachers reviewed test items and discussed testing and instructional strategies.
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