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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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Lisa Black receives awardDebbie Johnson-Craig rode with her husband Harold as he drove down Bybees Church Road toward Route 15. They were taking a friend into Charlottesville. It was Oct. 3, 2014. The sun had just set and it was raining.

When he reached the intersection at Route 15, Harold stopped at the stop sign. He planned on turning right, but he hesitated.

Debbie looked to her right. Up ahead she saw a Nissan Altima driving south on Route 15 toward them. In an instant, a van going north passed in front of them, crossed the center line and smashed head-on into the Nissan with such force it shoved it back up the highway. The car spun around and came to rest upon the grassy hill off the road.

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Dale WiseDale Wise is a man on a mission: a mission to preserve accordion music and pass its legacy on to a newer generation.
The key is a new generation of interested musicians, he said. He – along with other accordion enthusiasts – is carrying on the traditions of music that has roots in many cultures.

Wise, a teacher who majored in piano, is passionate about the accordion. However, Wise realizes that the accordion has lost favor in the music world over past decades and has been downgraded to remain in history as part of a variety of cultural folk music.
Wise spoke and played his accordion for a wistful crowd at the Friends of the Library’s annual café event Wednesday (May 3) night. The café atmosphere set the tone for Wise’s music, which included many familiar standards known worldwide. He took the audience on a trip, beginning in America with the folk festival held in Burr Hill, Va., where people from around the world will sometimes show up and participate. His point in telling these simple stories was to show how cultures can come together through the love of music, bridging the gap between the past and the present.
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Shooting suspect ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation

A Palmyra man arrested after a weekend shooting incident has been ordered by Fluvanna General District Court Judge Dale Durrer to undergo in-patient psychiatric evaluation at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) Medical Center.

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Suspect charged in Columbia shooting

A suspect has been charged in a Friday night (May 5) Columbia shooting, according to authorities.

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