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School Board passes $39.6 million budget for upcoming year
Expects previous year-end surplus of $400,000 to $700,000

During its Wednesday (June 14) meeting the Fluvanna County School Board passed its initial fiscal year 2018 budget of $39.6 million, which encompasses the 2018-2019 school year, but not without a bit of dissent.

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Fluvanna sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision

Many across America worried when they heard that the USS Fitzgerald, a 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer, had collided with the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship off the coast of Japan Saturday (June 17). Seven sailors were missing after the collision.

But in Palmyra the worry was more intense. Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, a Lake Monticello firefighter, was among the missing.

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VDOT hosts discussion on county’s third roundabout

Major changes are coming to the intersection of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road). The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has unveiled plans to install a roundabout at that location by late 2020.

The plans were presented at a June 13 public meeting at Fluvanna County Public Library.

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New details emerge in shooting, standoff

Fresh details emerged on the April 29 standoff between Little Joe Roach, Jr., and law enforcement at a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning (June 13).

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Reception for John ThompsonWhat’s that old saying about looking in a dictionary under (fill in the blank) and you’ll see a picture of (fill in the blank)?
It’s pretty much unanimous among those whose lives he’s touched that John Thompson’s photo can be found under: friendly, approachable, leader, knowledgeable and committed.

Thompson, Fluvanna’s agricultural agent at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, has all those characteristics and more. Higher ups are rewarding Thompson’s hard work, dedication and diplomacy by promoting him to the position of Northern District director.

On Thursday (June 8) Thompson’s coworkers celebrated him with a reception. Scores went to the extension office in Fork Union to say goodbye and to enjoy refreshments.

Kim Mayo is Fluvanna’s 4-H agent. She has worked with Thompson since he first came to Fluvanna in 2005.

“I was a 4-H volunteer and he was the 4-H agent,” Mayo said. “What can I say? He has been wonderful to work with. It’s been real nice to have a partner who understands how important it is to involve children and how to get things done.”

Brittney Redmon just started working at the extension office a year ago. Redmon said Thompson has “great leadership skills” and praised “his guidance. His knowledge. He helps you to learn.”

Faye Anderson heads up the extension’s family nutrition program for adults.

“It has been a true pleasure working with John,” Anderson said. “When he first came, he fit right in. He was a fine young man who grew into a great leader. He truly cares and has a great heart for extension. He’ll make a fabulous district director. I’m sorry to see him go but I know he’ll do well.” Add a comment

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