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County slashes charge to food pantry

Fluvanna County has slashed the amount it plans to charge the food pantry for its land lease from $600 to $180 per year, the Board of Supervisors learned Wednesday (Aug. 2).

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Football team ramps up for season

The Flying Flucos football team was already in serious practice mode in late July preparing for the 2017 season. Head Coach Steve Szarmach had his 38 varsity players working out in the morning on July 27-28. Luckily, although it was muggy, the temperature was tolerable. Brutally high temperatures are a real risk when the football season opens in the summer, as is the case here in Central Virginia.

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Inmates died of natural causes

The deaths of two inmates at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) in Troy have been ruled as “natural” by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond.

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Maddie Jamison jumps in the poolJuly is the hottest month of the year for Central Virginia, and that’s rarely been more true than this July.

In the first 21 days of the month, Fluvanna County weather stations recorded daytime highs in the 90s on 19 days, and you have to go all the way back to July 9 to find a day that was merely in the upper 80s.

The average temperature for this time of year is around 86 degrees.

Combined with high humidity threatening to push the heat index as high as 109 degrees, it’s no surprise that Cheryl Elliott, Fluvanna County emergency management coordinator, issued a press release on Friday warning residents to beware of the potentially dangerous temperatures and recommending that people in need of cooling head to the Fluvanna County Library or, for Lake Monticello residents, the Fairway Clubhouse. Add a comment

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It may come as a surprise that people other than parents read the list of A and B students printed in the paper.

But as Lake Monticello resident Jack Byers looked at the latest list, he noticed something he questioned.

“There are an extraordinarily high number of students getting As,” Byers said. “By my count, one grade level had a third of the class with all As. Either we’ve got a bunch of geniuses or something’s amiss.”

Brenda Gilliam, executive director in charge of curriculum instruction and finance, said the Fluvanna school system doesn’t examine how many students have top grades.

“We do not analyze data relative to grade distributions and the percentage of students earning honor roll or straight As,” Gilliam wrote in an email.

Byers wondered what constitutes an A in Fluvanna schools. He is familiar with Fairfax schools where his children and grandchildren attended. Add a comment

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