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Lake golf course readies for member-member tournament

Summer has arrived in force in Fluvanna County and the only golf course in the county is in full swing. The Lake Monticello Golf Course will be holding its annual member-member tournament on Saturday, July 30. This one-day event is open to men and women. Two-player teams compete in a best ball format for prizes in both gross and net scores. This competition is open to all Lake Monticello homeowners and golf contract holders. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

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School year finishes with surplus

At its most recent meeting on Wednesday (July 12) the Fluvanna County School Board found out that fiscal year 2017 (FY17) is ending with a surplus.

Brenda Gilliam, executive director in charge of curriculum instruction and finance, said about $408,000 will be carried into the FY18 budget.

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Gillespie presents mental health, addiction plan in Kents Store

Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for Virginia governor, stopped by the Kents Store firehouse Wednesday (July 12) to discuss his plan to improve the state’s mental health system and combat the opioid epidemic.

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Church/stateSeparation of church and state – a concern often reserved for state or federal government – hit home Wednesday (July 5) in a complicated discussion over relocating Fluvanna’s food pantry.

Fluvanna Christian Service Society (FCSS) learned at a Board of Supervisors meeting that Fluvanna County will begin charging FCSS rent for the land on which its buildings sit behind the Carysbrook complex.

Though the rent, about $600 per year, is small compared to typical rent charges, FCSS member Susan Hughes said the bill will create a hardship for the donation-dependent organization.

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Teri Lamb and Ruth Anne EarhartThe agency promoting family health and well-being has a new office at Zion Crossroads on Route 250.

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and open house from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 23.

For years, workers for the Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHIP) that covers Fluvanna operated out of a storefront in the Village of Palmyra.

But when an opportunity came to merge the Fluvanna and Louisa offices, they took it, said Terri Lamb, a registered nurse.

Prior to the June 12 move, each satellite office had just two staff members.

“With more CHIP staff working together I have already noticed we can share tips about managing our work load so we can meet the professional standards that our organization commands,” Lamb said. “Additionally, when our families are facing very stressful issues (like intimate partner violence, incarceration, substance use, mental health challenges) or have a very unique need (like a weighted blanket for a child with sensory issues or a supportive feeding chair for a child with low muscle tone) it can be very stressful for staff members to know where to start. By having more CHIP staff in one space we have been able to identify resources more readily,  meet the families’ priorities more efficiently, which in turn helps us feel more successful in our work.” Add a comment

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