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Dakota Rigsby may be getting a post office named in his honor.

Less than a month after Rigsby, 19, died in an accident aboard the USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan, Representative Tom Garrett (R-5th District) has introduced House Resolution 3183 to designate “the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Va., as the ‘U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office.’”

There are more than 31,000 post offices in the United States and the vast majority of them are unnamed. Bills to dedicate them in honor of notable local residents have mushroomed in recent years. According the Congressional Research Service, at least 20 percent of all public laws passed by Congress are naming bills. 

The process, while simple, can take several months to complete. Garrett’s bill has already been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Once approved by the committee, it will be sent to the House for a simple voice or roll call vote before heading to the Senate, where it will likely pass by unanimous consent.

The local post office will later dedicate a small place somewhere in the lobby saying the building had been named after Rigsby by an act of Congress.

Garrett has also submitted a bill to name a post office on the University of Virginia (U.Va.) campus in honor of Captain Humayun Khan, the U.Va. alumnus who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The congressman’s office said in a press release that both the Rigsby and Khan families approved the bills.

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Susan LangSalvador Dali once said “Drawing is the honesty of art; it’s either good or its bad.” For some artists, particularly loose painters used to impressionism, drawing is a dreary necessity. For others it is an art form that is so intense they lose themselves in it. Artist Susan Lang, known for her rich and vibrant oil paintings, had her illustrations featured in Leadership Lessons from Great World Leaders, a book written by her husband, Professor Frederick Lang.

For someone used to painting, predominantly in oils – which is the most forgiving of the paint mediums – she used only graphite to create her illustrations of 10 of the most influential leaders of past centuries, including Alexander the Great, Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill, Catherine the Great and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lang, who had never taken on a project like this before, discussed what she learned. She began with reference photos, paintings and sculptures. It took her over a month to render approximately 16 drawings to choose her final illustrations. She began mixing charcoal and graphite but ended up only using graphite.

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School year finishes with surplus

At its most recent meeting on Wednesday (July 12) the Fluvanna County School Board found out that fiscal year 2017 (FY17) is ending with a surplus.

Brenda Gilliam, executive director in charge of curriculum instruction and finance, said about $408,000 will be carried into the FY18 budget.

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Gillespie presents mental health, addiction plan in Kents Store

Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for Virginia governor, stopped by the Kents Store firehouse Wednesday (July 12) to discuss his plan to improve the state’s mental health system and combat the opioid epidemic.

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Church/stateSeparation of church and state – a concern often reserved for state or federal government – hit home Wednesday (July 5) in a complicated discussion over relocating Fluvanna’s food pantry.

Fluvanna Christian Service Society (FCSS) learned at a Board of Supervisors meeting that Fluvanna County will begin charging FCSS rent for the land on which its buildings sit behind the Carysbrook complex.

Though the rent, about $600 per year, is small compared to typical rent charges, FCSS member Susan Hughes said the bill will create a hardship for the donation-dependent organization.

Hughes said she feels that the county is penalizing her organization for its religious affiliation. Add a comment

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