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School Board dives into student transportation data

Studies cost of disadvantaged student programs

At the Fluvanna County School Board meeting Oct. 11, School Board member Charles Rittenhouse (Cunningham) heard answers to his questions on school buses, student transportation and programs for disadvantaged students.

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Bank robbery suspect arraignment postponed

The arraignment of Jeffrey W. Troxell, Jr., 27, the suspect in the Oct. 10 robbery of the Union Bank & Trust in Palmyra, has been postponed until Dec. 12. Troxell has been charged with robbery.

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Delegate candidates debate

Eighty-five people packed Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall Thursday evening (Oct. 12) to hear three delegate candidates try to win their votes in the upcoming Nov. 7 election.

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Bank robbery suspect in custody

A suspect in the robbery of the Union Bank & Trust in Palmyra is in custody, Capt. David Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release at about 4 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 12).

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Cheryl ElliottI blame my brother. He was the one who proclaimed: “May 2016 be a year of adventure and blessing!” I had no choice but to respond with “challenge accepted,” and treat last year’s unexpected breast cancer diagnosis as both adventure and blessing.

For me, his proclamation became: “May this breast cancer adventure bring unusual and exciting experiences, bursting with God’s favor, protection and well-being!” Although he also said I was going through a lot of trouble just for a boob job! Brothers!

As it turns out, my breast cancer journey – in which I experienced the whole gamut:  chemotherapy and its ugly side effects, breast surgery, immune system collapse, and reconstruction – has brought both adventure (and some misadventure) and blessing. I’m told I’ve handled the diagnosis and treatment a little differently than most women, and I pray that sharing my journey will bring hope and encouragement. Here are a few ponderings from my cancer adventure.

Facing fears

A breast cancer diagnosis unleashes a storm of fears. Fear of the unknown: Did I cause this? What’s going to happen to me?  Fear of pain: Will it hurt? Fear of losing control. Fear of dying and fear of a life unlived. Information is often the antidote for fear because I am most afraid of what I don’t know. If I’m going to buy a refrigerator, I have to learn everything I can about refrigerators before making a final choice. The same is true when dealing with a diagnosis. Make decisions based on the information available and advice of doctors. Sorry, but “Doctor Google” should not be a trusted advisor.
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