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Tricia Johnson, Executive director, Fluvanna Historical SocietyTo quote Kool & the Gang, “It’s a celebration!” The Fluvanna Historical Society is hosting a “Celebration of Fluvanna County’s African American History” on Aug. 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Maggie’s House, adjacent to the Old Stone Jail in downtown Palmyra. Cookies and lemonade will be served.


“When I was first with the Fluvanna Historical Society, I was so impressed with the archives that have been assembled, but disturbed about the paucity of information on African Americans in Fluvanna,” said Tricia Johnson, executive director. “For a good part of the county’s history, almost 50 percent of the county population was African American, but they’re definitely not 50 percent of the archives.” In fact, there is an entire room full of archives dealing with the county’s white history, but only two containing black history information.

 

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Gabriela Billings Movie money looks real enough on television. Made for the motion picture industry, the fake money seems authentic to a casual movie-goer, but is deliberately designed with enough differences to distinguish it from the real thing. But recently thieves have used movie money to cheat two Fluvanna businesses out of real dollars.
On Aug. 10 a customer gave a Food Lion cashier a movie money $20 bill – and got back $20 worth of real change. On the same day, someone used another movie money $20 to pay for a purchase at Dunkin’ Donuts. A manager was dismayed to discover the bill that evening as she tallied up the day’s purchases.
Gabriela Billings-Franze of Nelson County has been charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, a misdemeanor, in connection with the Food Lion crime. She has been released without bail and will be arraigned in Fluvanna’s General District Court on Aug. 23.

 

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Fluvanna’s county fair offers so much to hear, see and do you might not know where to start.Ride in a hot air balloon? It’s free during Thursday’s pep rally. Pie-eating contest? C’mon, you know you can’t resist showing off your gastronomical prowess.Win money? Just buy tickets to the golf ball drop and hope yours lands closest to the tee. And of course there will be animals – fine specimens raised by local 4-H participants just waiting to answer questions about animal husbandry.
The fair offers something for everyone. Festivities begin Wednesday evening Aug. 17 with the carnival. The carnival will run throughout the fair which officially begins Thursday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. Add a comment

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Sandra Parrish poses with a deed book.Sandra Parrish, fresh out of Carysbrook High School in 1976, took a three–month job at the Fluvanna County Clerk’s Office. Forty years later, she is chief deputy clerk – the one everyone goes to for assistance – and she still loves her work.

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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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