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GroundbreakingAt long last people gathered to turn over the first spade of soil signaling the Farm Heritage Museum is on its way.

On a chilly Wednesday (Jan. 10) afternoon, friends and family of John May, 95, pushed a golden shovel into the ground at Pleasant Grove.

“Because John’s doctors wouldn’t let him come today just means we can say more about him; brag about him a bit,” said Overton McGehee, May’s nephew.

May grew up on his family’s Fluvanna farm where he learned the art of horse farming.

He stayed home to keep the farm going while his brothers went to fight in World War II, McGehee said.

May, who at one time served on the Board of Supervisors, became interested in collecting old farm equipment. As his collection grew, he wanted others to enjoy it. That desire was the seed of Old Farm Day, first held in 1996 at Pleasant Grove.

So many attended Old Farm Day to see the old tractors, hand and field tools May collected, he thought of building a museum to house it.
May “wants us all to know the people we came from worked really, really hard and that we as people have always been innovating,” McGehee said. “In this museum you’ll see the evolution of farming from 1865 through 1965. Uncle John would want us to remember we always need to keep looking for new ways to plow the ground and improve what we produce.”

Marvin Moss, the president of the Fluvanna Historical Society executive committee, spoke to the crowd.

“When John May said he’d be willing to donate his collection, a group started raising money in 2011,” Moss said. “We started out with $70,000 in grants, and then raised $200,000 from people in Fluvanna County. This is a public-private partnership. Most jurisdictions don’t do this, but we do it well.”

The county put the project out to bid, and in November, awarded it to Fuog/Interbuild, Inc. At the same meeting, supervisors voted 4-1 to cover the difference between the $285,425 that had been raised and the anticipated final cost of $339,895. Add a comment

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Conditions improving on Central Virginia roads

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation continue snow operations across Central Virginia and Fluvanna as the early morning snow begins to taper to flurries, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

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Snow covered roads reported in central Va., Fluvanna

 Snow is reported across Piedmont Virginia, and drivers who are traveling this morning and afternoon should anticipate encountering slick conditions, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Major highways are in good condition, but secondary roads are snow-covered and slick in most areas.

The main roads, including Rt. 53, are clear in Fluvanna County, but side roads remain slick in some areas. Light snow was still falling as of 11 a.m. in the county, which had received about two inches of snow. Fluvanna schools, like most central Virginia schools, are closed.

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Blowe found guilty in 2016 shootout

Following a two-day trial in Fluvanna County Circuit Court, Gary N. Blowe was found guilty of multiple felony charges stemming from the November 2016 shooting off Lake Monticello Road that left one man seriously injured and caused chaos around the county. 

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Troxell pleads not guilty in bank robbery

Judge hears “puzzling” case

Jeffrey W. Troxell, Jr., entered a plea of not guilty to a single count of robbery during his arraignment in Fluvanna County Circuit Court Friday (Jan. 5). 

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