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Supervisors discuss debt while approving $8.5 million bond sale

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors delved into the issue of county debt Wednesday (July 5) while unanimously approving an $8.5 million bond sale to finance the Zion Crossroads water and sewer system.

Supervisor Don Weaver said he was bothered that Fluvanna’s debt continues to rise. 

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Dakota RigsbyHundreds assembled at the Fluvanna County High School (FCHS) on Saturday (July 1) to say goodbye to Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Rigsby.

Rigsby, 19, was one of seven sailors killed in a collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan on June 17. 

A 2015 graduate of FCHS and Lake Monticello volunteer firefighter, his body was escorted back to the school early in the morning in a procession led by at least a dozen law enforcement officers on motorcycles. The Patriot Guard Riders, a volunteer group that serves as honor guards for military and first-responder funerals, lined the entrance.

By 12:30 p.m. several hundred people had arrived for the funeral service, including family, friends, classmates, fellow first responders, and local officials. Add a comment

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Holland Page Place MuseumFluvanna’s Historical Society is giving people a new reason to enjoy the Village of Palmyra and the nearby Holland Page Place.

Second Sundays is a celebration of Palmyra’s history and takes place – you guessed it – on the second Sunday of the summer months.

Tricia Johnson, executive director of the historical society, and many volunteers worked hard to bring families into town June 11 by offering guided tours of the Old Stone Jail and Maggie’s House, genealogists to help with family trees, and demonstrations of heritage crafts.

“Our first Second Sundays event, which focused on the Village of Palmyra, exceeded all of our expectations,” Johnson said. “Attendance was amazing – many people had come to see the preview of An Untold Story: Fluvanna’s African American History.”

An Untold Story: Fluvanna’s African American History is a new exhibit at the Old Stone Jail that uses photographs, documents, and artifacts to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of the county’s African American residents of the past.

One of the society’s goals is to engage visitors in exploring many facets of Fluvanna’s past, she said.

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The Fluvanna Review, like all newspapers, tries to keep its readership informed. We write stories about what our supervisors or School Board members are doing. We write about crime and accidents and about artists and heroes. We run obituaries, photos, letters from readers, and high school sports. We try to reflect the life of the county each week.

We are a free newspaper so our revenue comes solely from advertisement. With that revenue, we pay our hard-working staff and freelance reporters, printing costs for over 6,000 papers, distribution costs and all the other bills that come from running a small Fluvanna County business.

As the economics of running a newspaper become more difficult, we’ve had to change our policy on accepting free submissions. We will run a 50-word submission for events for free under our community events calendar. All other non-news submissions need to be run as ads. The editor, of course, determines what is news.

Some people, at times, seem disappointed at us for not running items for free, often noting that the articles are for a good cause or that their organization is a non-profit. We have always offered a discount in advertising for non-profits in the county, and will continue to do so as long as we can. We wish we could do more, but, like the local hardware store or restaurant, we must charge for our services to stay viable.  We hope you understand.

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In September 1867, Fluvanna residents crowded around the County Courthouse to choose a representative for the proposed Constitutional Convention in Richmond.

Two years after the end of the Civil War, much of the South lived under military occupation with limited self-governance. In the spring of 1867, Congress decreed that former Confederate states could rejoin the Union by holding racially-integrated constitution conventions and passing new constitutions guaranteeing the rights of freedmen.

Fluvannians met that September day to select a representative. Among the candidates assembled at the courthouse was James D. Barrett, a 34-year-old carpenter and shoemaker who lived near Palmyra.
Barrett had spent most of his life as a slave, and he had grabbed his newly-granted freedom with gusto. By 1867 he was gaining a reputation as a gifted speaker among local black churches. He had also become a political organizer, helping the local branch of the Northern-based Union League educate new freedmen and register them to vote.

Barrett made an eloquent speech asking for support, but the nomination initially went to County Clerk Abraham Shepherd, a white conservative. Undaunted, Barrett announced that he was still a candidate.

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