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Hedy Schiller Watson and Dr. Bonnie MackeyFor most of us the alphabet is something we take for granted. We learn it, form words and communicate but never stop to think about its origins.

Dr. Bonnie Mackey has made a study of it. The alphabet is the subject of a book she co-authored with her niece, Hedy Schiller Watson. The book, titled Alphabet Books: The K-12 Educators’ Power Tool, provides an interesting perspective on a subject we seldom think about.

Mackey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in art history from Mary Washington College, her Master of Education in educational administration from the University of Texas, and her Doctorate in philosophy, educational curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on language literacy and culture from Texas A&M University. Mackey’s passion about learning and education is evident.

This is not Mackey’s first book. She has written others as well as numerous opinions and theories on the subject. Add a comment

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Two School Board seats up for grabs

Two Fluvanna County School Board members serving the last year of their terms announced at Wednesday’s (April 12) meeting they will not seek re-election.

Neither the Board chair nor vice chair will be returning. Add a comment

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Supervisors raise taxes nearly 3 percent

Taxes in Fluvanna County are going up by almost 3 percent.

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The public’s right to know was a topic of spirited conversation at a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training session on Thursday morning (April 6).

About 20 county workers gathered at the high school to learn from Maria Everett, executive director of the Virginia FOIA Council. Many of them are responsible for responding to freedom of information requests from Fluvanna residents.

Everett, who called herself “head FOIA geek,” led a lively interactive session that satisfied FOIA training requirements for her listeners and sparked some interesting discussion.

Throughout the session, Everett called on her listeners to see themselves not just as county workers but also as private citizens, such as parents investigating concerning information regarding their children’s schools. Having that perspective makes a difference when thinking about FOIA, she said.

County workers are a key face of government, Everett said. She joked that her listeners would go home and put on “jeans that ought to have been thrown away years ago and ratty t-shirts.” But, she said, “When you woke up this morning and donned the uniform, you became the government.”

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VPA AwardsThe Fluvanna Review won nine Virginia Press Association (VPA) awards for its news and cover design work in 2016. The announcement was made at the annual VPA banquet held Saturday (April 8) in Richmond.

Editor Christina Dimeo won six awards and Lisa C. Hurdle, advertising designer, won three awards.

“Christina and Lisa have done a fantastic job for the paper,” said Carlos Santos, publisher. “Christina took over as editor in August and has been excellent. The Fluvanna Review is a great community newspaper. They richly deserve these awards. I’m proud of them both.” Add a comment

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