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Tom Jones receives a meal.Fluvanna Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers have prepared, packed and delivered over 100,000 meals to their clients as of November.

According to Jackie Geer, MOW Board of Directors secretary, the operation’s achievement could never have happened without the selfless men and women who assist “out of the kindness of their hearts.”

“We currently have 71 clients we are delivering to right now,” she said. “We deliver meals for seven days a week.” Volunteer drivers average about 200 miles a day over six separate routes that include recipients from Troy to Lake Monticello to Scottsville, serving freshly-prepared foods to 10 to 14 homes apiece. Add a comment

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A recent news story posted on the Fluvanna Review’s Facebook page polarized the community.

When news broke that a former teacher was arrested on misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, some of the commenters on our Facebook page came to the suspect’s defense. In the process, some criticized the paper for reporting on his arrest.

Our news article, which each of the commenters presumably chose to click on and read, contained little more than the information present in the sheriff’s office press release. Yet we were accused of slander, insensitivity and dragging the accused’s name through the mud.

Because this man was, by those accounts, a popular and caring teacher with a local family, the Fluvanna Review ought to have exercised sensitivity and quashed the story – or so many of the commenters said.

The danger behind this perspective is too immense to be ignored. Add a comment

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The 2017 sports year began early for Fluco athletes when the boys’ and girls’ swim and dive team traveled to Woodberry Forest on Jan. 2 and to the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center on Jan. 3 to participate in the annual Ben Hair event.

This is the largest high school swim meet of the season in Central Virginia. Eleven teams competed in the boys’ competition and 10 teams competed on the girls’ side.  This event was named for a 2006 graduate of Albemarle High who was a top student and swimmer.

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Fred LangAs a boy, Dr. Fred Lang grew up in Vallejo, Calif., next to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard where they built submarines. The submarines fascinated him as did the many wartime stories their commanders told. The stories he heard and his interest in politics were shaped by his early experiences and influenced his career choices later in life; from getting his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara to a master’s degree in public administration to his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Lang became a professor for the University of Phoenix in its online doctorate program in the ‘90s. He had difficulty transitioning from the brick and mortar classroom to a virtual one, he said. His doctoral dissertation focused upon distance learning and how to teach in a virtual classroom. Today he teaches leadership seminars online for Bellevue University.

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The special election set for Jan. 10 could determine the balance of power in the Virginia Senate.

Competing for the 22nd District seat are Democrat Ryant Washington, Independent Joe Hines and Republican Mark Peake.

If Washington wins, the Senate will be evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. The tiebreaking vote falls to the lieutenant governor, an office currently held by Democrat Ralph Northam.

A vacancy in the state Senate was created when former Senator Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) won the race for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 8.

Garrett was elected to the seat in 2012, continuing a long list of Republicans who have held the seat since 1992. The last Democrat to hold the seat was Dudley J. “Buzz” Emick from 1976 to 1992.

The district covers a wide swath of Central Virginia, including Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland and Prince Edward Counties, parts of Louisa County, and the City of Lynchburg.

The Fluvanna Review sent questions to all three candidates. Their responses have been lightly edited for spelling and newspaper style, such as capitalization, but otherwise left alone.

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