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Perriello solicits Fluvanna support in governor race

Tom Perriello, former 5th District Congressman and current Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, spoke about his progressive ideas to close to 100 people Saturday (March 25).

The group Lefty Lunch Ladies sponsored the meeting at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

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Dog search shows high school clear of drugs, explosives

The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office used dogs to search for drugs and explosives at Fluvanna County High School Friday morning (March 24).

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Former teacher pleads guilty to contributing to delinquency of a minor

A former Fluvanna County High School history teacher has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Dogs search high school for drugs

The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office used dogs to search for drugs at Fluvanna County High School Friday morning (March 24), according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

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John HalpinJohn Halpin was the last person to realize what everyone around him already knew: He was an addict.

Now a substance abuse counselor living with his wife and children at Lake Monticello, 30-odd years ago Halpin was living in a friend’s basement in his native southern New Jersey. The drinking and drug use that had once been “a lot of fun” had turned into something destructive.

Halpin grew up in an environment where drug and alcohol abuse was common and where alcohol, in particular, was always around. “It would have been unusual if I didn’t drink,” he said.

Like many who develop substance abuse problems, he didn’t recognize that his need to keep using was not a matter of choice but rather a physical dependence that became harder and harder to rationalize away.

“I wasn’t really working,” he said of those days. “My family had written me off.” He was facing multiple DUIs and drug possession charges. To top it off, he crashed his car and went through the windshield, causing injuries to his face and eyes that required several rounds of plastic surgery to repair. “Not just emotionally and not just spiritually, but physically...I was in pretty bad shape,” he said. Add a comment

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