Fluvanna Review

Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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Between 30 and 50 of Fluvanna County Sheriff Eric Hess’s campaign signs were stolen off of Rt. 53 around midnight Monday (Sept. 15).
One of Hess’s campaign workers was putting out signs late so as to avoid holding up traffic, Hess said. But as he turned around to go home, he noticed that the signs he had put up were already gone. “He had virtually just put them out,” Hess said.
The campaign worker had noticed a white Ford F150 parked by a street where some of the signs were stolen but hadn’t paid any attention to it at the time, Hess said, so the sheriff’s office doesn’t have a license plate or physical description to use.
Hess’s challenger for the sheriff’s position, Mark Belew, has also had about 15 signs go missing from homeowner property in the Fork Union and Kents Store area, which Belew said makes the theft a crime against the homeowner. He has urged those affected to contact the sheriff’s office.
“It’s petty and it’s criminal,” Belew said of the sign theft. “I would never condone that. I encourage people to support a candidate at the polls and not through any criminal activities.”
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Missing emails from the account of former Fluvanna County Administrator Cabell Lawton have been found, according to an email sent from the county’s attorneys to lawyers representing Davenport.
Davenport’s attorneys requested access to these emails three years ago as part of a discovery motion in the county’s lawsuit, which alleges that Davenport gave bad financial advice to the county about the purchase of bonds to fund the construction of the new high school. The county asserts that this advice cost the county money.
An attorney for the county admitted in a hearing on Aug. 14 that the emails were lost. Judge Albert Swersky then gave the county a two week deadline to produce the emails, which the county missed.
Although the emails have been located, they have not yet been submitted to Davenport’s attorneys. The county first must go through the emails to make certain that no privileged communications are released.
According to the county’s attorneys, a change in how old emails were stored, which took place before the current information technology director was employed by Fluvanna, meant that anyone wanting to access those records had to go in through a separate portal in order to do so. When Fluvanna’s IT director contacted the vendor’s support team, they were able to locate the missing emails.
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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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Robert Mayfield, Jason Smith and Jerry Crouse. Photo courtesy of Tenaska

To celebrate its 10th anniversary in Fluvanna County, Tenaska Virginia invited state and local leaders, Tenaska Energy corporate figures, and all 29 of its employees to a dinner at Pleasant Grove Tuesday night (Sept. 9).
In honor of the anniversary, Plant Manager Dr. Robert Mayfield presented a check for $2,500 to Jason Smith, director of Fluvanna’s parks and recreation department, for the “continuing development of the Pleasant Grove area.”
Thanking Tenaska for being a “dedicated community partner,” Smith announced the money will be used to construct a 760-square foot permanent stage at Pleasant Grove. “Whether the amphitheater is used for a wedding, sunrise yoga classes, awards ceremony for the Boy Scouts or any of our special events where music entertainment takes place, this contribution is going to help make many positive memories,” Smith said.
As she spoke to the gathering, Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Mozell Booker recalled the controversy that surrounded Tenaska when it first located within the county. But despite the dispute, “It did not take long to realize what a jewel we had in Tenaska,” Booker said. “Tenaska was our community supporter.”

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