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Local public hearings ordered for Aqua increase

Higher rates go into effect Feb. 10

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) announced Tuesday (Dec. 19) that people affected by Aqua Virginia’s requested rate increase will have the opportunity to speak out at public hearings held in Fluvanna.

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School Board meeting turns bittersweet as Carr and Washington end tenure

The Fluvanna County School Board meeting on Wednesday (Dec. 13) began and ended with an emotional goodbye to longtime members Carol Tracy Carr and Camilla Washington.

“This is going to be rough for me,” Superintendent Chuck Winkler said at the start. “They told me not to tear up.”

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Columbia task force sees bright future for former town

When the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors chartered the Columbia Area Renewal Effort (CARE) Task Force earlier this year, it was unclear how involved residents would want to become.

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Sheriff’s office hosts church safety forum

More than 100 people gathered at the public library Thursday night (Dec. 7) for a place of worship security forum put on by the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

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Toys Happy FaceIn a world seemingly divided in every way, hundreds came together to spread good will Saturday (Dec. 2).

Fluvanna’s faith community continued its more than 40-year legacy of giving to the less fortunate with the Happy Face event at Central Elementary. The Fluvanna Christian Service Society coordinates toy, food, cash and coat donations from the community to provide holiday cheer to Fluvanna’s neediest residents.

More than 200 children from 100 families crowded into the auditorium to sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story, answer holiday trivia and wait to see if they won a new bike or video game.

Zonita Bell sat with her three children, LaTrell, Lyric and Lamark. Bell said she relocated to Fluvanna a few months ago because she inherited a house.

A single mom, Bell works part-time and said it’s hard to make ends meet. The Happy Face event helps out a lot. “It means a great deal to me. With three kids and doing it all yourself – having bills to pay and not being supported. This is a big help,” she said.

“It’s their Christmas,” she added, nodding toward her children.

Bell said she and Lyric even had their picture taken sitting on Santa’s lap.

Chrissy Blackwell is a photographer with her own business, Shuttered Dreams. She said four years ago she got a panicked call from her pastor asking if she could take pictures of children with Santa.  At the last minute, the person who had been taking them couldn’t do it.

“I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Blackwell, standing next to her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah. “We just love it. This starts our Christmas season.”
Families walk away with a printed copy of the photo.
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