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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.

State races
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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"Tragedy beyond words" was preventable accident

Navy issues final report on Rigsby collision

The USS Fitzgerald was on a potential collision course with not one but three container vessels in the waters off the coast of Japan on the night it was struck by the ACX Crystal, killing Fluvanna native Dakota Rigsby and six other sailors.

In a scathing final report released by the Navy Nov. 1, investigators cited poor training, poor communication, and fatigue as the major causes of the June 17 collision.

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Running“Look at that,” Ivan Raiklin said as he rubbed his hand over the worn tread of his running shoe.  It’s not the first pair he’s worn down since late August.

Raiklin – a Green Beret, a start-up investor, and a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate – is running with a mission. He’s trying to bring awareness to the problem of veteran suicide by running 22 miles a day in recognition of the 22 veterans estimated to die by their own hand every day.

By running in all 95 Virginia counties and all 38 independent cities, he hopes to raise money from across the Commonwealth for those groups helping to combat this epidemic.

Arriving at Pleasant Grove on a recent Tuesday afternoon, he had just crossed 705 miles. He expected to reach 715 miles before stopping for the day.

Which left him 1,061 miles more to go.

The idea

Raiklin came up with the idea for his run back in March while attending the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

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