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Fluvanna sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision

Many across America worried when they heard that the USS Fitzgerald, a 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer, had collided with the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship off the coast of Japan Saturday (June 17). Seven sailors were missing after the collision.

But in Palmyra the worry was more intense. Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, a Lake Monticello firefighter, was among the missing.

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VDOT hosts discussion on county’s third roundabout

Major changes are coming to the intersection of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road). The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has unveiled plans to install a roundabout at that location by late 2020.

The plans were presented at a June 13 public meeting at Fluvanna County Public Library.

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Reception for John ThompsonWhat’s that old saying about looking in a dictionary under (fill in the blank) and you’ll see a picture of (fill in the blank)?
It’s pretty much unanimous among those whose lives he’s touched that John Thompson’s photo can be found under: friendly, approachable, leader, knowledgeable and committed.

Thompson, Fluvanna’s agricultural agent at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, has all those characteristics and more. Higher ups are rewarding Thompson’s hard work, dedication and diplomacy by promoting him to the position of Northern District director.

On Thursday (June 8) Thompson’s coworkers celebrated him with a reception. Scores went to the extension office in Fork Union to say goodbye and to enjoy refreshments.

Kim Mayo is Fluvanna’s 4-H agent. She has worked with Thompson since he first came to Fluvanna in 2005.

“I was a 4-H volunteer and he was the 4-H agent,” Mayo said. “What can I say? He has been wonderful to work with. It’s been real nice to have a partner who understands how important it is to involve children and how to get things done.”

Brittney Redmon just started working at the extension office a year ago. Redmon said Thompson has “great leadership skills” and praised “his guidance. His knowledge. He helps you to learn.”

Faye Anderson heads up the extension’s family nutrition program for adults.

“It has been a true pleasure working with John,” Anderson said. “When he first came, he fit right in. He was a fine young man who grew into a great leader. He truly cares and has a great heart for extension. He’ll make a fabulous district director. I’m sorry to see him go but I know he’ll do well.” Add a comment

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New details emerge in shooting, standoff

Fresh details emerged on the April 29 standoff between Little Joe Roach, Jr., and law enforcement at a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning (June 13).

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enny Thompson, Louisa County 4-H extension agent, explained the identifying characteristics of venomous and non-venomous snakes.Be able to identify poison ivy (leaves of three) when hiking. Never wrap a lead rope around your hand while leading a horse. Make sure the driver sees you when approaching a tractor.

These were just a few of the numerous tips discussed as over 60 4-H members from Louisa and Fluvanna counties, including livestock clubs, horse clubs, Cloverbuds (pre-4-H ages), and Future Farmers of America members, rotated through the 10 stations at Youth Safety Day. Parents were welcome and younger visitors were even invited to a story time, which featured farm-themed books.

Organized by the Louisa County Women’s Committee of the Virginia Farm Bureau, the May 9 event was held at Charles and Betty Rosson’s Quaker Hill Farm in Trevilians. The goal of the evening’s sessions was to present a comprehensive, educational overview on farm safety focusing on youth involvement, with emphasis on animals, plants, insects and reptiles, machinery, all-terrain vehicles and food safety.

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