New plan saves single parents hundreds of dollars

A mistake will cost seven Fluvanna County retirees their supplemental health insurance.

But the decision to change insurance providers will slash the costs of 19 employees by hundreds of dollars, and save all employees a premium increase.

When the Board of Supervisors voted March 15 to switch health care providers as of July 1 from Anthem to Cigna, no one knew that meant some county retirees would lose their supplemental coverage.

No health insurance company will offer a full insurance plan to a Medicare-eligible retiree, said Gail Parrish, county human resources manager. But some, like Anthem, will offer a supplemental plan. Cigna does not. Add a comment


Entrance to HouchensFirst house nears completion

The sign pointing to Habitat for Humanity’s Houchens Place on South Boston Road has been up for nearly two years, but the gate barring the gravel into the planned development has always been closed.

That’s about to change, as the first home on the 64-acre property is nearing completion, with two dozen more to follow. Habitat hopes to have a family in the first house by early this summer.

“Now that the subdivision is ready to go, we’re so excited,” Gail Morace, director of the selection committee, told a crowd of about 25 local residents who attended a prospective homeowners orientation at Fluvanna County Library Wednesday night (May 10).

Executive Director Mike Himes said the process to get the subdivision through the county’s approval process took longer than expected but was finally completed about two months ago. “Now we’re trying to find a lot of people to put in homes,” he said.

As Morace walked the audience through the process, it became clear that it can be arduous.

“Habitat does not give homes away,” she said. “That’s a myth.” Add a comment


First-time winner takes Faulconer golf tournament

In his two prior attempts to capture the Faulconer golf tournament crown, Brian Bassett came up short, finishing second each time. On Sunday (May 14), he decisively ended his runner-up string. In the second round of the tournament, playing from the challenging blue tees, Bassett fired a very impressive two under par 70. His two-day score of 142 was three strokes better than the 145 recorded by longtime Faulconer standout, Phil Mahone.

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Harris denied bond in Columbia shooting

Floyd Henry Harris was denied bond in a hearing in Fluvanna County General District Court Tuesday morning (May 16).

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School Board announces bonuses

At Wednesday's meeting (May 10), the Fluvanna County School Board voted unanimously to give a $400 bonus to each full-time employee who worked the 2016-2017 school year and employed through May 19. Employees should expect to receive the bonus in June.

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