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Nichols focused his suggestions more on enhancing systems already in place than on establishing new taxes and fees. But one new initiative – a meals tax – sparked a Board argument by touching too closely on a frequent philosophical impasse.

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The Rt. 15/53 roundabout project in Palmyra was advertised for construction bids Tuesday, June 14, according to a press release from VDOT.

 

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Think twice before you light up a cigarette the next time you drive.

Virginia is cracking down on smoking in a motor vehicle with young children around. As of July 1 it will be against the law to smoke in a vehicle, whether moving or at rest, if a child under age 8 is in the vehicle.

Breaking this law will be deemed a secondary offense, “which means we cannot initiate a traffic stop or take enforcement action unless there is some other criminal violation,” said Lt. Dave Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

The offense will be enforced much like seat belt violations, Wells said. “If a driver is stopped for another offense and they are smoking with a person younger than 8 in the vehicle, they can be ticketed,” he said. “The burden is on us to prove that the child is less than 8 years of age.”

Breaking the law will result in a civil penalty punished by a $100 fine which will be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, according to Virginia code.

People breaking the law will not be arrested but may receive a ticket, Wells said.

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Coal ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power’s Bremo Power Plant are leaking contaminants into the environment, according to a report from scientists at Duke University.

The study, conducted in the summer and fall of 2015 by scientists at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and funded by the Southern Environmental Law Center, showed that 21 facilities in five different states are leaching coal ash contaminants.  In Fluvanna, the team tested water from a creek above the power plant and then below the plant, where the creek joined the James River. Water from the James River itself was tested as well.

 

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The little known sport of curling, invented in medieval Scotland, is gaining in popularity in the U.S.

And one local has found this sport intriguing and fun.

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