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CVEC announces new broadband access project

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has unveiled a plan that could bring high-speed internet to customers across its 14-county service area.

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Gold StarKhizr Khan, the father of fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan who repudiated then-candidate Donald Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, told a crowd of Fluvanna residents that journalism keeps America free.

Khan, a Muslim American, spoke before a crowd of 150 people gathered at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Monday night (Jan. 29). His rousing 40-minute speech was bracketed by standing ovations.

“The press is the voice of democracy,” he said to a journalist. “This nation will be forever grateful. Believe me, once these clouds are gone, you will see that the press has maintained its service to democracy, to our Constitution, to our nation, and it will be remembered. It will be written in history in golden letters, so thank you. Thank you for your service.”

The Gold Star father who offered the humbling words of thanks lost his son in 2004 when he was killed while on active duty in Iraq.

Khan told the crowd he has twice lived in countries that did not recognize what he called “human dignities.”

“Dictators don’t like free press and the rule of law,” Khan said. Speaking from the perspective of a dictator, he said, “These judges are no good; throw them out. I will decide what is good for the country.”

He paused. “You draw the conclusions of what we are facing today – without naming names,” he said.

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WaterFluvanna’s Zion Crossroads area will not have water from the James River this year after all.

A necessary permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the James River Water Authority (JRWA) project has not arrived. The expected completion date of the project has now shifted back a year from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019, said County Administrator Steve Nichols. 

The JRWA project, a joint venture between Fluvanna and Louisa Counties, consists of a water intake facility on the Point of Fork where the James and Rivanna Rivers meet near Columbia, and a raw water pipeline stretching a little over a mile to Route 6.

From that point, the Louisa County Water Authority will construct its own pipeline at its own expense to funnel water northwest through Fluvanna to Louisa County. Louisa has agreed to “make all reasonable efforts” to provide up to 400,000 gallons of treated water per day to Fluvanna’s Zion Crossroads area by the end of 2018.

But the historic nature of Point of Fork, on which the intake facility will be built, has complicated the issue and delayed the issuance of a permit necessary for construction.
Point of Fork housed Rassawek, the capital city of the Monacan Indians, and a Revolutionary War arsenal. Several Fluvanna residents have expressed the belief that Native American artifacts will be disturbed or destroyed by construction on the site.

Point of Fork’s history has necessitated a so-called Section 106 review before USACE can issue a permit for construction of the water intake facility.
“Section 106 of the historic resources federal law basically states that we have to evaluate any impact to historic resources if there’s a federal undertaking, and that includes if there’s a federal permit,” said Patrick Bloodgood, USACE spokesperson.

“They are going through what they call a Phase 1 archaeological investigation on the project site to see what exactly is out there that they’re going to encounter,” Bloodgood said. “We are working in coordination with the historical preservation office as well as different consulting parties.” 

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Lake Monticello police to enforce low-level speeding

Drivers, beware. Exceeding Lake Monticello’s 25 miles per hour (mph) speed limit could soon result in a $50 fine.

Currently, the Lake Monticello Police Department (LMPD) only issues Fluvanna County traffic citations for drivers caught going 39 mph or above. 

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Two defendants plead guilty in 2016 shootout

Two men charged in a 2016 attempted robbery and gunfight at a private garage off Lake Monticello Road entered guilty pleas to multiple felony charges in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Thursday (Jan. 18). 

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