Fluvanna Review

Sheriff Bobby Hughes on his horse. Photos courtesy of John HughesThe Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Department is on a different kind of manhunt. Sheriff Eric Hess hopes, with the help of the Fluvanna Historical Society and Fluvanna’s citizens, to add to what is known about the men who served as law enforcement officers in Fluvanna’s past.
“The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county,” said Hess. “Even though throughout history things have changed, that is a unique position designated to every county, and I am interested in learning more about the sheriffs of the past. It will be interesting to see how it evolved from being an appointed to being an elected position.”
Surprisingly, no list of Fluvanna’s sheriffs and deputies seems to exist. Early sheriffs were appointed, and later elected for terms of two, three and finally four years. This irregularity complicates the research. Using information from the archives at the Fluvanna Historical Society, and court documents from the Fluvanna County Clerk’s Office, a partial list has been made. Research continues at the historical society, but both the society and the sheriff are also asking for help from the public.
The historical society is interested not only in completing the list of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, but also hoping to collect personal stories of interest about sheriffs of the past, and to see any documents, photographs, or artifacts that local citizens may have relating to local law enforcement.
“I do like history,” said Hess. “To have a progression of who the sheriffs were since the founding of Fluvanna County - I thought that would be a part of history that should be documented. The names of these men are family names, people who have living descendants here in the county.”
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he displays light up to the music of  ten different Christmas favorites like Little Drummer Boy, Carole of the Bells and the theme to A Charlie Brown Christmas.About half the population of Fluvanna County lives behind the gates of Monticello. If you aren’t one of them, now is the time to phone a friend to let you in.
Inside those gates at 4 Lewis Court you’ll find perhaps the best Christmas light show in the whole county.

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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 two lawsuits that helped propel the James River water project toward approval will be dropped.
“We got what we wanted,” said Mike Lockaby, Louisa County attorney for the James River water project. “A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but I think we can all safely say that the lawsuits are over.”
On Dec. 30 Louisa County and its supervisors filed suit against Fluvanna County and its supervisors for $40 million based upon Fluvanna’s Dec. 2 denial of permits for the James River water project. On Dec. 31 Louisa County and its supervisors were joined by the Louisa County Water Authority and James River Water Authority in a second suit chiefly concerned with whether Fluvanna should have required the permits in the first place.
On Jan. 20 Supervisor Tony O’Brien confirmed the widespread assumption that the lawsuits were what prompted supervisors to bring the permits back for a second vote that night. They passed unanimously Chairman Mike Sheridan was absent.
“To actually dismiss the case I need to discuss with my client,” said Lockaby, “but yes, we’re in the midst of going through that process. A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but as far as Louisa’s concerned, we’re done.”
The project will pull water from the James River and pipe in northeast through Fluvanna to Louisa, then on to Zion Crossroads. Louisa has promised to have 400,000 gallons of treated water to Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna’s use by the end of 2018.
“We’re very pleased that, despite this hiccup, Louisa and Fluvanna are working together again as we have for many years,” Lockaby said.

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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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