Fluvanna Review

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors spent Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 3) deciding which road projects in the county deserve top consideration from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).Under VDOT’s new system, which was formerly known by its legislative name of HB2 and is now called Smart Scale, county leaders pick and choose which projects they want VDOT to consider. While VDOT may adopt projects of its own, it looks to leaders of individual counties to pinpoint which tricky local spots deserve attention. Add a comment

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Troy Weidenheimer with Fluvanna Art Association members who displayed their abstract artwork.Fluvanna Art Association member and art instructor Troy Weidenheimer returned for another workshop, this time to focus on learning to paint more freely.

That’s not an easy thing to do after years of learning how to structure one’s artwork. To do this, members of the association had to move toward abstraction.

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The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors gave the go ahead to Fluvanna’s first brewery on Wednesday night (May 18).

Antioch Brewing Company, owned by Raymond and Chrystan Bunch, has gotten rave reviews for its beer, said brewery representative Alan Crummette, but so far has been giving it away for free.

“We aren’t legal yet,” said Crummette. “And that’s why we want to hurry up and get this rolling so that we can start recovering our losses and growing our business.”

Located by the Bunch’s home on Branch Road in the Cunningham area, Antioch Brewing Company already has a line–up of different flavors to get started on. Right now the company grows its own hops to supplement those it buys and is looking to purchase other needed grains as locally as possible.

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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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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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