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As soon as I read that the Fluvanna County Republicans voted to politicize the office of county sheriff, I agreed to having a campaign sign put up, in my front yard, for Sheriff Eric Hess. Politics as usual brought down to the local level. Why else would Republican Rob Bell endorse a young man with less education and police experience than Sheriff Hess? I am sure that Sheriff Hess will not, as (I am paraphrasing) Ronald Reagan once said, “make age an issue of this campaign. He is not going to exploit for political purposes his opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Seriously, I want our sheriff to have been around the county once or twice and I don’t mean the next county. Being our sheriff is more than playing high school football. It is good that the sheriff has experience on the “beat,” but he needs the experience of supervising and managing. After all, the sheriff is the “top dog” in the county’s public safety department. He not only needs to interact with the community, but also with the county leadership. Sheriff Hess has that experience, not only as sheriff, but also as deputy sheriff under Sheriff Ryant Washington. Sheriff Hess has 21 years law enforcement experience verses his opponent’s 10 years. When it comes to politics, the Republicans side with their causes over the public good. Tell them, Fluvanna County is not Washington or Richmond where politics is the name of the game.

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Mark Belew displays the qualities of a leader and is quickly becoming the person that others want to follow. His talent is a gift, but his character is a choice. His character and integrity are the foundation for his success. Mark has excellent communication skills that are absolutely essential for effective leadership. He is an exceptional listener and encourages others to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear. Mark is constantly building relationships that are imperative for the success of a leader in public service as well as the future of our sheriff’s office. Mark’s campaign and followers are a mirror of his positive attitude. Leading with a positive attitude will bring indispensable new energy and enthusiasm to the sheriff’s office. The level of competence that Mark possesses clearly motivates and inspires others. The grass roots effort to elect Mark Belew is growing every day and undoubtedly illustrates the support that so many citizens have for him. Finally, Mark’s commitment to Fluvanna County clearly sets him apart. He was born and raised as a Fluco, attended our public school system, raises his children here and intends to serve the community that has invested in him. Please vote Mark Belew for sheriff on Nov. 4!

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I would like to thank everyone who helped with The T-Shirt Project whether it has been donating items, giving a spot for collections, or wanting to help pack them. I really enjoy knowing people want to help. I will be continuing collecting until the end of October and hope to give them to The Haven the first part of November. I still have a box at EW Thomas Store and Palmyra United Methodist Church. A box has been added at Ed Lauterbach’s Chiropractic Office.  There will also be collection taken Oct. 24 at Fluvanna County High School Homecoming Parade. I am still collecting any personal care donations but some items that are low are combs, washcloths, deodorant, razors, floss, and toothbrush holders. Thanks again for everybody’s support I am so glad I can do this project with the help of this community.

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Just read Christina (Guseman’s) article regarding the customer complaints with Aqua about increased water bills. I phoned Aqua about the same issue when my own bill arrived after the meter switch. My bill doubled.
The first half of the month, as usual, reflected my normal usage of 64 gallons per day. During the transition time, my usage went to 143 gallons per day, says Aqua. I called and they came out to check for a leak which was their only explanation since I had no change in behavior within my house and no visitors taking extra showers. Of course they found no leak and no explanation. This current month, of course, my usage has returned to what it always has been.
They are up to something and I hope others join in writing about their own experience. Thank you for writing this article.

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I am writing to put my two cents in to the upcoming election for sheriff of Fluvanna County. I am Sheriff Eric Hess’s former sister-in-law, and I would like to tell you what sort of man he is. I’ve known Eric for more than 25 years, and will tell you that, apart from his clear law enforcement qualifications, he is a very fine soul, a person of the highest character. He is patient, honest, kindhearted and caring, a committed friend, and without doubt the best father I’ve ever known. And as for his family – well, he has always gone out of his way to be as loving and supportive as possible and has always gone to great lengths to take care of us. You can trust Eric to serve you as he does his family. That is what I’d want for my community.

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