Fluvanna Review

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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Leslie, Christy and George Cushnie enjoy their new tasting room. Photo by O.T. Holen.Fluvanna’s only winery is growing more than grapes.

Thistle Gate owners George and Leslie Cushnie have opened a tasting room, though the official grand opening is scheduled for early October.

 

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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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Quashon Marikus James of Charlottesville will serve 13 years in prison for his role in the 2013 robberies of two Fluvanna County convenience stores - the Columbia Corner Market and Kidd’s Store.
James was sentenced to 88 years in prison on May 7 by Circuit Court Judge Susan R. Whitlock but the judge suspended all but 13 years of active jail time. Whitlock’s sentence also required James to be of good behavior for life; he also must submit to three years of supervised probation.
James was the only one of three men suspected in the robberies who chose not to cooperate with law enforcement; Bradford Bullock and Dennis Thomas, both of Fluvanna, testified against James during his trial.
Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip was pleased with the conviction and the sentence in this case, and he credits the courage of the victims and the work of local law enforcement with making the conviction happen.
“This outcome would not have been possible without the bravery of the victims who came forward and testified in these cases and the hard work of the deputies and investigators of the FCSO.”
Trial dates are being set for Bullock and Thomas.

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Rovelle C. Brown  Photo courtesy of Rovelle C. Brown Rovelle C. Brown, 40, announced April 28 that he is running for clerk of circuit court in Fluvanna County.
“The elected office of clerk of circuit court requires an experienced professional who is capable of managing all of our essential resources – people, technology and finances – with skill and ability,” said Brown. “My credentials and experience have provided me with the professional and analytical tools to encourage more effective and efficient operations within the Fluvanna circuit court office.”
Brown has three goals for the clerk’s office: to focus on modernization and efficiency, to use technology to enhance customer service, and to encourage community engagement outreach.
In addition to providing for e-filing of court papers, Brown wants to make records more accessible to the community. “Currently if people want a copy of their marriage license, for example, they have to travel to the courthouse,” he said. “I want to make these records available online.”
He also wants to set up workshops that would educate residents about various court filings, such as marriage licenses, wills, and concealed handgun permits.

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