Opinions

Once again Fluvanna County is blessed with two fine men running for sheriff. Past experience shows that either will continue the standard of safety we now enjoy. Having known our past sheriff, Ryant Washington, most of my 37 years as a resident/taxpayer of Fluvanna, I am supporting his successor, Sheriff Eric Hess. Witnessing one of his deputies investigating a dispute involving my wife, I was impressed with the level of professionalism demonstrated and understanding of the situation shown. As race director of the Fork Union 4 Miler, I appreciate the effort of our sheriff’s department in keeping our runners and walkers safe.  As someone who lost his home in a fire, I was impressed with the thorough and considerate investigation by our sheriff’s department. Along with me, please vote for Sheriff Eric Hess.

Add a comment

I thought that since people continue to write in about why they and everyone else should vote Mark Belew on November 4, I would write in and tell everyone why they should not and moreover why Eric Hess is without question the more qualified candidate.
I have lived inside the Lake for the past 11 years. Since June I have heard about Belew’s deep seated roots and absolute dedication to Fluvanna County. I found it very interesting that when his candidacy for sheriff was announced it was the first time I had heard the name Mark Belew. I do not dispute his roots here but I am convinced however that his absolute dedication to this county has clearly escaped my knowledge and many people I have talked to for the past decade.
In the same hand, Eric Hess has worked within the county and with every single person at that office for a majority of the time I have lived here. I can say without a doubt, well before an election was imminent, I had met Sheriff Hess right here in our own community.
Add a comment

Read more...

I believe that Fluvanna is a very safe, friendly and beautiful county in which to live. I feel secure in knowing that our sheriff, Eric Hess, is so experienced and familiar with the people and the neighborhoods and outlying districts in Fluvanna that he should continue doing the excellent job he has been doing ever since he was, firstly, deputy sheriff, and then secondly, our sheriff. 
Nothing is broken and nothing needs to be fixed. It is not out of a sense of complacency that I want to see Sheriff Hess remain our sheriff, it is because I am confident his experience and knowledge are such that we are all in good hands with him at the helm.
I am voting for Sheriff Hess on Nov. 4 and I urge you all to vote for Eric as well.

Add a comment

I have been advised that some questions have been raised about the handling of child abuse cases in Fluvanna County. I want to assure everyone that child abuse cases are incredibly important to my office and we have worked for almost 20 years to assure that we are using the most child friendly, effective procedures to insure the best chances of a successful prosecution.
I want to give you a brief history of the investigation and prosecution of child abuse in Fluvanna County. The concept of a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach to child abuse cases has been used in Fluvanna for longer than the 19 years I have worked in this office. My assistant and/or I am a part of the monthly meetings (and we routinely meet and/or speak about cases more frequently when needed) involving the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) our office, Region Ten and other nurses and counselors when they could attend. For years we worked these cases as best we could given the resources available and the prevailing practices in the field.
Add a comment

Read more...

Her article in the Oct. 16 issue of the Fluvanna Review on page 22, was one of the best and most creative narratives to come along in quite a while. This clever and thoroughly entertaining collection of Ghost Tales with a good dose of history thrown in, was completely believable with just the right amount of scary. We were transported back in time.
I especially liked the line “the bullet that singed the sister-in-law’s eyebrows,” a picture painted with words!  Kudos to Ruth.

Add a comment