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Pedestrian killed

A pedestrian who was struck on Kents Store Way Monday evening (Oct. 23) has died from his injuries, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

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Former Columbia School will become K9 training facility

The two-year saga to sell to two closed Fluvanna County school buildings finally came to an end Wednesday (Oct. 18) as the Board of Supervisors approved the sale of the former Columbia Elementary School to Rivanna K9 Services for $85,000.

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PanelWay back in October 1788, Fluvanna County became part of the first case of gerrymandering in U.S. history when Patrick Henry led a movement to draw the lines of what would become the 5th District in such a way as to keep his political enemy, James Madison, out of office.

The effort failed, but the principle of creating voting districts that favor one political party is alive and well 229 years later. 

Last week, about two dozen Fluvannians assembled at the Historic Courthouse in Palmyra for a day-long look at the issue of redistricting.

Organized by artist Lindsay Nolting and author and historian Mac Griswold, with the assistance of the non-partisan advocacy group OneVirginia2021, the conference brought together activists, politicians, and academics who talked about everything from the moral and ethical aspects of the practice down to the nitty-gritty of algorithms that make gerrymandering so effective and so often damaging.

Most states look at redrawing voting districts in the year following the decennial census, ostensibly to readjust political representation based on whether the population has increased or decreased over the previous 10 years.
The problem is that the politicians themselves draw the lines, and the party in power of a state’s legislature at the time of redistricting controls much of the process. The incentive to draw the map to favor their own party, or “gerrymander,” is strong. Add a comment

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Winget-Hernandez named 2017 Business of the Year

About 60 people gathered at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Tuesday night (Oct. 17) to hear Winget-Hernandez, P.C., named 2017 Business of the Year at the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.

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School Board dives into student transportation data

Studies cost of disadvantaged student programs

At the Fluvanna County School Board meeting Oct. 11, School Board member Charles Rittenhouse (Cunningham) heard answers to his questions on school buses, student transportation and programs for disadvantaged students.

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