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Local EatsMembers of the county business community, government, and a bunch of hungry Fluvannans turned out on Thursday (Aug. 24) to celebrate the official opening of Local Eats on Joshua Lane in Palmyra.

Owner Amy Myers said she got the idea for the micro-restaurant and grocery after visiting The Store in Staunton last February. Opened in 2012 by John and Stella Matheny, the farm-to-table cafe/grocery has become a popular spot for Staunton foodies, and Myers soon found herself asking the Mathenys about the nuts and bolts of their business.

“Finally I decided, why not do it?” said Myers. “Sink or swim.”

Working with the support of the Fluvanna business development community and the Small Business Development Center, she got underway earlier this year in the space formerly occupied by the Christian Outreach Thrift Shop. Add a comment


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Flucos win opener

The Flying Fluco football team opened its 2017 season tonight (Aug. 25)  with a tense 14-12 win over the visiting Bluestone High Barons. 

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AquaAqua Virginia, the company that provides water and sewer service to much of Fluvanna, filed a request Aug. 1 for a rate increase with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) that could raise customer bills by 7.4 percent.

The average household in the Lake Monticello system uses 3,200 gallons of water and sewage service per month, said Aqua Virginia President John Aulbach.

That puts the average customer bill at $118.61 per month. Once the rate changes go into effect, that bill will increase to $127.38 per month.

Aqua is permitted to charge its new rates before the SCC rules on the case. If the SCC ultimately approves a rate increase lower than Aqua’s new charges, Aqua must refund the difference plus interest to its customers.

The rate case requests that the SCC allow Aqua to begin charging its new rates “no later than 180 days after the company’s application is deemed complete.” Gretchen Toner, Aqua America spokesperson, said that the company will wait to hear from the SCC before implementing the new rates.

Aqua provides water and sewer service to nearly 5,000 homes, offices and other buildings in the Lake Monticello system. Lake Monticello, Sycamore Square, Nahor Village and Piedmont Village comprise the Lake Monticello system, which is Aqua’s largest system in the state.

Aqua also provides water to 40 locations in Columbia, 31 locations in Palmyra, and 28 locations in the Stage Coach neighborhood. Add a comment


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Herman TolliverThe operators of the county’s food pantry have extended a challenge to Fluvanna residents.

If everyone in the county gives $1, the food pantry can move into its new digs and launch operations that will better serve Fluvanna’s hungry.

Fluvanna Christian Service Society (FCSS), which operates the food pantry, hopes that local churches will take up “love offerings,” or special collections, as part of the challenge.

FCSS needs $35,000 for its new setup. Counted toward that goal is $11,520 that Fluvanna County will pay to acquire one of its buildings.

That leaves $23,480. FCSS hopes that each of the 26,000 residents of Fluvanna will throw in a buck to help out their neighbors.

The food pantry needs to move. Currently FCSS owns two small buildings in the Carysbrook complex and uses space inside a county public works building to house some of its operations. But the arrangement has become inadequate for both FCSS and public works.

FCSS is selling a stick-built building to the county and moving a second shed-like building about 200 feet, from behind the social services building to behind the Carysbook gym. The organization also hopes to purchase two new shed-like buildings.

The cost of the move, including the new buildings, wiring, insulation and other needs, totals $35,000.

Included in that figure is the cost of a new industrial-size refrigerator and industrial-size freezer. “We have eight or 10 refrigerators that have been donated. They go on the fritz,” said FCSS member Susan Hughes.

Because FCSS pays its own electric bill, the cost can be enormous. FCSS hopes to save money and boost reliability with the two new appliances.

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House fireA Lake Monticello family is safe after escaping an early-morning fire that destroyed their home on Seminole Trail in Cherokee Section today.

Delton and Donna Hanson were asleep in the basement master suite when Delton awoke to see their ceiling in flames at around 3:40 a.m. on Monday (Aug 21).

They were able to get their children and the family dogs outside and call the Lake Monticello Fire Department for help. One daughter sustained minor burns on her hand as they exited.

Hanson said the smoke detectors didn’t go off until the house was almost fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters did what they could to salvage some of the family’s possessions while extinguishing the fire, but the fast-moving blaze left little behind. Add a comment