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WashingtonRyant Washington, Fluvanna’s long-time sheriff, will join the administration of Governor-Elect Ralph Northam (D) as deputy secretary of public safety and homeland security, according to a Dec. 19 release from Northam’s office.

In 2014 Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Washington as special policy advisor for law enforcement at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Before this appointment, Washington spent 14 years as Fluvanna’s popular sheriff. He has worked in law enforcement since 1990 as a deputy sheriff and Virginia state trooper. Washington and his wife, Camilla Washington, live in Palmyra. They have twin sons: Christopher and Nicholas.

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Lake AirBnB host urges Board to soften rental policy

A Lake Monticello resident cited earlier this year for renting space in his home via AirBnB in violation of community bylaws asked the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors to consider “a more liberal interpretation” of the rules to meet the modern era of short-term rentals.

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Supervisors take first step toward controversial auto salvage facility

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night (Dec. 20) to approve the rezoning of a 90-acre parcel off Route 250 in Troy, clearing the path for the construction of a 100,000-square foot automobile recycling facility.

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Ms. Eldridge classKids feel the magic of Christmas in a way that most grown-ups have forgotten. Knowing nothing of to-do lists and credit card interest, little children focus their round eyes instead on brightly-colored lights, fattened stockings, and far-off relatives come to visit.

As the holidays approach and the excitement builds, second grade students in Ms. Elizabeth Eldridge’s class at Central Elementary School took the time to explain the gifts they hope to receive (hint to parents: they want drones) and express their fervent hopes to escape less interesting presents (hint: no clothes).

They also reflected on the holiday itself – Christmas, for each of the students in Ms. Eldridge’s class. Written painstakingly and spelled creatively, these messages recall special Christmas memories, funny anecdotes, and musings on the meaning behind the celebration.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
Eating the food at the Christmas feast. (Karly Critzer)
I go to my mom’s dad’s and grandma’s house! (DeVar Palmer)
Every Christmas day we sip on hot chocolate and watch home alone. (Zoe Jeffries)
My favrit trdishan is going to chrch. (Milo Kyle)
I walk my dogs. (Marianne Creasy)
Decorate my Chrstmas tree. (Sammy McQueen)
Nanny & Papa come over. (Cheyanne Short)
Going to my granmall’s house. (James Feury)
Put the angle on the tree. (Sean Stewart)

What do you like most about Christmas?
When I open my presnt’s cause it’s suprizing! (Gavin McNaul)
Giving to others and being with my family. (Sophie Long)
It’s Jesus’s birthday. (Cheyanne Short)
I like presents the most! (DeVar Palmer)
We remembr Jeses dieing on the cross and wen he took are sin. (Milo Kyle)
Spending time to think about family and Jesus. (Anneliese Guseman)
Geting prestens is the best about Christmas. (Cooper Dringo)
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Christina and her fatherOne Christmas morning when he was a kid, my dad ripped into a camera box given to him by his beloved aunt and uncle. His glee faded, however, when he discovered that the box was packed with socks.

“Merry Christmas, Tony,” they told him. “Oh, and happy birthday, too.” My dad’s birthday was New Year’s Eve, so he always got his gifts lumped together. Not like the lucky kids who were fortunate enough to have birthdays in months other than December.

So my brother John, my mom and I delighted in making his New Year’s Eve birthday special for him. We kept the tree up, and a couple days after Christmas more presents would mysteriously appear. John and I racked our brains to figure out how to disguise the telltale shapes of our gifts – blank videocassettes, batteries and highlighters – meager presents he specifically requested because he knew we could afford them on our piddling high school job salaries.

We’d make him cards, too, and he’d pick them up and flap them around, just in case a check dropped out. He never got a check from me, but he did get a bunch of homemade coupon books for things like back scratches and dinners together.For some reason he loved those even more than the highlighters.

As part of his birthday tradition, we’d gorge ourselves on my mom’s lasagna topped with homemade sausage and meatballs, then head off to someone’s house for a New Year’s Eve party.

I loved those New Year’s Eves with him. He’d laugh with his friends, telling goofy jokes and talking about ideas. One time he convinced the entire room to drop what they were doing and drive back to our house to watch an action flick, because, if you listened to him, it was incredible on a laser disc with surround sound. Yep, laser disc. John and I were – heck, we still are – the only people in the state of Virginia who even knew what those were. Add a comment

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