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Philip Floyd and Andi Cumbo-FloydWhen people ask Andi Cumbo-Floyd, 42, if she has children, she can list the names of her beloved pets, Mosey and Meander, and readily awaits a surprised look. It’s easier to clarify that she has “fur babies” than to admit she and her husband, Philip Floyd, 39, have experienced difficulty while trying to start a family.

However, she may soon be able to add a child to that list thanks to friends like Jodi LeFebvre Jackson who want to see it happen. Jackson, who graduated from Fluvanna County High School with Cumbo-Floyd in 1993, brought the couple an idea.

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Alli SearsSunday (Jan. 29) was bittersweet for the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline who filled Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store to pay respects to the family of their sister brownie Allianna Sears of Troop 1484. One week earlier, sudden illness had claimed her life.

At the celebration of life party held after the funeral services, many of Alli’s friends, family, and a flood of sister Girl Scouts came to show their love and support and to share great stories. There was dancing, singing, and an astonishing amount of food donated from people throughout Fluvanna – even some who’d never met Alli, said her mom, Alicia Martinez.

“I know some people felt that the party wasn’t right for an 8 year old,” Martinez said. “They thought it was wrong, but Alli loved balloons and she would have loved it.”

Martinez spoke about Alli’s sudden illness. “When she woke up that morning she was a little lethargic watching cartoons,” said Martinez. “She got her clothes on and [Girl Scout] vest on and brushed her hair. When we got out of the driveway, she said her throat felt funny.”

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Jason AbbottKicking off a new year of programs at its monthly meeting on Jan. 20, the Fluvanna Art Association welcomed artist Jason Abbott, who focused on the business of art.

Somewhat shy, Abbott broke out of his shell by using humor.

“Public speaking is worse than death,” he said. “So if you’re at a funeral, you’re better off in the box than giving the eulogy.” The members laughed at his opening, immediately warming to him and setting the stage for a frank discussion about his career in the often-competitive art world.

He began by talking about his yearning to become a commercial artist. He got sidetracked by other career obligations suggested by outside forces, he said, and ignored his inner artist.

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County treasurer charged with misdemeanor

Fluvanna County Circuit Court records show Treasurer Linda Lenherr was issued a summons to appear Thursday (Feb. 2) on a charge of violating a Virginia statute governing state and local employee conduct.

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Flucos fight but fade, losing 46-65

The Flying Flucos boys’ basketball team hosted the Mustangs from Monticello High on Friday, Jan. 27. The Mustangs were quicker and shot more accurately through the first two periods, leading by 14 points at halftime with a score of 27-13.

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