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Kevin WardAt any level of baseball from Little League to Major League Baseball, whether the game is six innings, seven innings, or nine innings, it is very rare for a pitcher to record a perfect game. A perfect game is one in which no batter on the opposing team reaches base. No hits, no walks, no errors, no hit batters, no third strike getting past the catcher. No one makes it on base, period.

On Tuesday (April 18) Flying Fluco freshman pitcher Kevin Ward achieved this feat against the Monticello Mustangs’ varsity baseball team in a game played on the Mustangs’ field. Add a comment

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The Powhatan Indians and the Western Albemarle Warriors track and field squads came to Fluvanna on Wednesday (April 19). Boys’ teams and girls’ teams competed on a damp and dreary day. There was also a Champions Together competition for special needs students that preceded the regular event.

The Flying Flucos girls’ team turned in some excellent performances. In the 100-meter hurdles senior Madison Brown finished first in a time of 19.14, besting the second place finisher by an impressive 0.81 seconds.

In the 100-meter dash, the Flucos were completely dominant. Fluco senior Cyan Coates was the winner with a time of 13.26, and she was followed by three other Flucos. Senior Chaniyah Brown and senior Alexandria Daniels were second and third, while freshman Jules Shephard finished fourth. Coates and Brown were also standouts for the Flucos in soccer and basketball respectively.

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Butterfly garden at Pleasant GroveRecently there has been fear among scientists regarding the decline of the bee population. Many cite the loss of pollinators as a devastating blow to the food chain. Without pollinators, like bees, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife. This is why there is concern about how this will affect agriculture. Many experts view hazards in the environment as the cause of the decline.

Insects are the main pollinators, but so are hummingbirds and bats. Wildlife experts are working with communities to combat the problem and build an environment that increases the species of various pollinators. The Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee is teaming up with the Virginia Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists for a program about how we can help increase the pollinating population while building a better environment for them and for ourselves.

“The purpose is to expand the focus on wildlife habitats while supporting pollinators and a diverse population of wildlife,” said master gardener Sue Tepper. She will be one of three presenters, along with master gardener and master naturalist Walter Hussey, and Amber Houk, who will discuss beekeeping. Add a comment

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Economic development topped the list of concerns among Fluvanna County residents who participated in the 2017 Residents Survey, County Administrator Steve Nichols told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting April 5.

The survey, which ran from Jan. 26 to March 31, received 325 individual responses. Of those who responded, 67 percent were age 50 or older, 64 percent have lived in Fluvanna for more than 10 years, and 61 percent live outside Lake Monticello.

Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with living in Fluvanna and the quality of the county’s services. They were also asked what they thought should be prioritized by the Board of Supervisors in the coming year.

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Aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in Fluvanna County have an ally in the local branch of the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC).

Funded by the Small Business Administration and a network of public and private partners, the CVSBDC offers free, confidential counseling and a host of free and low-cost training and development resources. 

“You’re their counselor, you’re their cheerleader, and sometimes, you’re their mother,” said local business counselor Diane Arnold.

Arnold retired to Lake Monticello last year after a 10-year stint as director of the Longwood Small Business Development Center in Danville and a long career in teaching, marketing, and government procurement. Not long after her arrival, she was asked by CVSBDC Director Betty Hoge to help out. 

Now she provides one-on-one counseling and advice around the Center’s five-county service area. In Fluvanna, she holds counseling sessions on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. She currently works with three to four Fluvanna businesses owners per month.

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