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Larry and Sharon StraussLake Monticello resident Larry Strauss has been counseling people for over 40 years and spoke about his experiences, from 9/11 to the recent event in Charlottesville, and how these events have shaped society.

“In natural or man-made disasters there are different stages survivors go through and stress is the normal reaction of course, but the commonality is loss, displacement, feelings of futility and fear of the future,” he said. “Mostly my job is to listen and help them with resources. I have an appreciation for what they’ve been through.”

Strauss recalled growing up in Brooklyn and later working in the area where the Twin Towers went down.

“When I was a kid I used to make deliveries around that area,” he said. “I was startled for the first 24 hours after it happened.”

Strauss’ own past may have been an influence on helping others through trying times. His family, Russian immigrants, fled Eastern Europe in the late 1900s, beginning a new life in America, but the new life came with its own share of difficulties. In 1918 his grandfather was killed in a robbery. In 1921 his mother came over from Europe and the ship she was on sank. “She was never able to board a boat or a ship after that experience,” he said.

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Roach found competent to stand trial

Joe Kain Roach, Jr., the Scottsville man who sparked a seven-hour standoff with law enforcement last April, has been found competent to stand trial.

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Supervisors return $515,000 to schools

“Carryover” was the word of the night at the regular meeting of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors Wednesday (Nov. 15), as representatives from the public schools, the sheriff’s office, and the county courts asked that unspent money from the previous fiscal year be carried over to the current year.

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Now that the dust has settled over the Nov. 7 election, political junkies can enjoy poring over data reflecting how Fluvanna County voted.

The best approximation of voter turnout in Fluvanna is probably the governor’s race, which generated the most votes cast county-wide. About 51 percent of the county’s nearly 18,000 registered voters chose to cast a ballot for governor.

Joyce Pace, Fluvanna registrar, said that voter turnout in 2015, the last non-presidential election year, was 29 percent. In general, however, this year’s turnout was fairly typical for a non-presidential election with several local races.

Fluvanna voted Republican in all five non-local races: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, 58th District delegate and 65th District delegate. Statewide, Democrats prevailed in the first three races, but Fluvanna’s two incumbent Republican delegates retained their seats.

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Fluvanna went for Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for governor, by 52.7 percent. Democrat Ralph Northam, who took the race statewide with 53.9 percent of the vote, won only 46.3 percent of Fluvanna voters. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra earned less than 1 percent of Fluvanna’s vote.

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School Board reviews discipline statistics

Male students account for nearly three-quarters of all suspensions.

Of all students disciplined, most are in high school.

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