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Pastor Marcus LeeDuring Black History Month in February, people often take the opportunity to delve into the numerous contributions African Americans have made locally and throughout the nation.

But, as one prominent member of the black community said recently, African Americans are contributing across Fluvanna County every day.

On Sunday (Feb. 12) at New Fork Baptist Church near Cohasset, the vitality and warmth of one black community was felt through gospel music, inspired preaching, and a ceaseless flow of welcoming hugs and handshakes.

“Every day is black history day, as far as I’m concerned,” Pastor Marcus Lee, Sr., told his congregation. “It’s not just 28 days. I’m living the reality of it.” Add a comment

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Fluvanna County courted business developers at the library Wednesday (Feb. 8) by supplying breakfast and information on water and other projects.

About 30 men and women heard how Fluvanna is pro-business. 

Jason Smith, the county’s economic development director, unveiled a new logo and brochure he’ll use to sell the benefits of choosing Fluvanna.

Smith said the county is offering free public listings on its website for those who want to sell property.

“We’re on the way to a new, more user-friendly county website and want to make you aware of the resources,” Smith said. “If you need help in the process [of creating a listing] we will gladly provide that help.” Add a comment

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A passionate discussion about how a certain chunk of money was spent dominated part of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1).

Comments made by Supervisor Trish Eager in a recent Fluvanna Review story dismayed Supervisors Mozell Booker and Tony O’Brien to the point that they decided to address them publicly.

In the Jan. 19 issue, the Fluvanna Review asked the five supervisors to outline their top two priorities for the county in 2017.

Eager said in part: “In fiscal year 2016 (FY16) there was a budget surplus of $1.679 million. The money could have been used to pay down debt or lower taxes, but half a million of it was requested and approved for different things, such as contract and professional services and capital purchases. Don Weaver and I voted against this request. We’re going to need to be borrowing money to pay for our public safety radio system and probably for the water project from the prison, and that’s why it’s my hope that the county will be more careful managing your money.”

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After hearing testimony Thursday (Feb. 2) about Sammie Morris bothering a 16-year-old Sheetz clerk, Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore ordered Morris to serve a year behind bars.
“I don’t think I can trust him,” Moore said.

In 2013 the court found Morris guilty of using a communication device to solicit a minor. He had to register as a sex offender. Even though he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, he was released with time served after a judge suspended the rest of the sentence.

Morris was ordered to spend that time on probation and to follow strict guidelines. Those included staying away from minors.

Since then, Morris was arrested twice for failing to register as a sex offender. Morris said Thursday he had been homeless and didn’t know that when he moved to Louisa he had to change his address. Add a comment

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Virginia Public Access ProjectAbout 100 Lake Monticello Newcomers and Old Friends members heard about the scourge of gerrymandering Sunday (Jan. 29) at a meeting at the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department.

It’s an issue with unusual bipartisan support that has far-reaching effects on who represents the people, said Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, a group dedicated to changing gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries for political power – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and One Virginia 2021.

Whatever party is in power in a state when districts are redrawn every 10 years will legally draw those lines to maximize its base of support, Cannon said.

One need not go far to see an example: the 22nd Senate District of Virginia, to which Fluvanna belongs. The district snakes through six counties and includes parts of Lynchburg and Louisa County. It is a largely Republican district and the Republican candidate Mark Peake won the Jan. 10 special election.

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