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As a county resident since 1994 I can tell you that our sheriff’s office has been used as a training ground for other agencies since I have resided here. It’s sad that our county is used in such a matter but it is very sad for me to read in the most recent issue of the Fluvanna Review that a new hire makes more money than an existing deputy. What is wrong with this picture? Having worked in law enforcement after retirement from the federal government I know all too well that most in law enforcement in this state are overworked and underpaid.
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Did I miss something? I believe I read nearly everything written in this paper about needing more water at Zion Cross Roads for more needed development. If a Lowe’s or Walmart size business could not build there due to insufficient water, where is the water coming from for all the new homes being built across from Spring Creek? Please do not ask me to believe they will use less water that several businesses.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash ponds at their Bremo Bluff power plant are classified with a “significant hazard” rating. This means unlined impoundments that can easily leak toxic pollutants to the nearby groundwater and river. For over eight decades Virginia’s oldest coal-fueled power station has spewed toxic waste including arsenic, mercury and lead into the air, the soil and most likely the ground water near the James River. Now Dominion plans to use the James River as a “mixing zone” to dispose of a diluted form of the same coal ash material. This means that for 80 years Dominion has kept utility rates low and profits high by simply dumping the toxic coal ash into unlined ponds. If Dominion cared about the James River they would allocate some of those profits to the technology available to completely cleaning the wastewater of these chemicals before the water is discharged. Failing to do this means they will be polluting the very river that Fluvanna and Louisa County have just agreed to pump water from for human consumption in Zion Crossroads. What kind of irony or insanity does this imply?
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I want to thank Sen. Thomas Garrett for his vote against Senate Bill 560 during the Senate Courts of Justice committee meeting on Feb. 8.
With his continued support we can ensure that foreclosure notices will continue to be published in local community newspapers.
Voting no to Senate Bill 560 insures that the public interest will be protected and keeps transparency in the foreclosure process. Almost all states require significant notice to the public before courts or foreclosure trustees can take the extreme action of kicking people out of their homes and allowing the borrowers (or innocent renters) a fair chance to save their homes.
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Consumer Cellular is running a month-long contest throughout February called the Fantastic Family Photo Contest. Each day, the public gets to vote for their top five favorite family photos. At the end of each day, judges from Consumer Cellular select a grand prize winner based on creativity to receive a new Motorola smartphone.
I submitted a photo of my great-grandparents, Orville and Grace Meek Knighton, and their photo was chosen as the winner for Day 6. (https://www.consumercellular.com/FamilyPhotoContest). Last I checked on Feb. 7, the contest had close to 3,000 entries. So just getting into the top five was a surprise for me. I never imagined the photo would be selected as the winner for that particular day.

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