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Charcoal drawing by Connor ReillyAt the annual Fluvanna County High School art show (May 6), a variety of art students emerged in different categories featuring some traditional mediums and more contemporary art forms. In past shows, judges from the Fluvanna Art Association saw more paintings, often picking a painting as Best in Show; but in the last few years, pencil and charcoal have been the winning mediums, showing the students’ solid grasp of anatomy and understanding of the medium itself.

Out of the over 100 students that participated this year, Reanna DeVarennes won for her pencil drawing of a child hugging an elderly veteran with the American flag as a backdrop. Not yet a senior, DeVarennes has been a rising star. She is not timid in her pencil work as some are, with washed out tones, but her use of strong contrast and flawless execution of detail is what made her piece stand out from the rest. She also won first in her category of pencil drawing.

It was a tough choice for the judges who also praised Connor Reilly’s charcoal/Conte crayon work which was striking in its sharp contrasts and dramatic appeal. Both captured their subjects’ emotions, highlighting their awareness and feeling. Add a comment

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Harris denied bond in Columbia shooting

Floyd Henry Harris was denied bond in a hearing in Fluvanna County General District Court Tuesday morning (May 16).

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First-time winner takes Faulconer golf tournament

In his two prior attempts to capture the Faulconer golf tournament crown, Brian Bassett came up short, finishing second each time. On Sunday (May 14), he decisively ended his runner-up string. In the second round of the tournament, playing from the challenging blue tees, Bassett fired a very impressive two under par 70. His two-day score of 142 was three strokes better than the 145 recorded by longtime Faulconer standout, Phil Mahone.

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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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