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School board adopts $55.8 million budget

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

It’s going to cost the county of Louisa $1.2 million more in the upcoming budget year to fund schools. The Louisa County School Board unanimously adopted a $55.8 million budget for FY-2016 at its special called meeting on Tuesday night. While there are still many unknowns, according to Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit, the numbers are her best estimates as of Feb. 24. The General Assembly hasn’t passed the state budget

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School board adopts $55.8 million budget

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

It’s going to cost the county of Louisa $1.2 million more in the upcoming budget year to fund schools. The Louisa County School Board unanimously adopted a $55.8 million budget for FY-2016 at its special called meeting on Tuesday night. While there are still many unknowns, according to Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit, the numbers are her best estimates as of Feb. 24. The General Assembly hasn’t passed the state budget

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  • Louisa’s sheriff honored at state level

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Louisa Sheriff Ashland D. Fortune (c) was honored recently at the Virginia General Assembly. Senators Tom Garrett (l) and Bryce Reeves (r), who both represent portions of Louisa County, were present.

    Do you want to be a cop? That is the life-changing question Sheriff Ashland Fortune was asked 50 years ago by former Mayor Reverend Joe Carson. Fortune was told by Carson, “You come highly recommended.” The young Fortune was perplexed. Who recommended him? Why? Although his curiosity had been sparked, it mattered little in the end. According to Fortune he found Carson a week later and asked, “If I say

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  • Louisa detective ‘digs’ his job

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Detective Mark Stanton (l) of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office is presented Louisa Crime Solvers' Officer of the Year award by the organization's president, Jim Kogle.

    Detective Mark Stanton is used to digging up clues, but had none when it came to the Louisa County Crime Solvers’ Officer of the Year Award. Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire nominated Stanton for the award for his work in a string of thefts targeting at vacant homes. The perpetrators stole heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units and sold them for scrap metal, leaving the victims spending thousands to replace

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Sports

Louisa dive team beats odds and competition

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Unlike most teams that compete, Louisa County High School’s dive team has no nearby facility. For their three weekly practices, the four-member team is required to take a 45-minute bus ride to Fork Union Military Academy. The divers don’t get home until 9:30 p.m. It’s no small task. Apparently, it’s no problem, either. All four divers put up top-five performances in the Virginia High School League State Tournament on Friday,

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  • Wrestling season not over for these two Louisa guys

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Sean Alberts (top) and R.J. Rustick (bottom) are the two LCHS wrestlers headed to  the VHSL state tournament in Salem on Feb. 20-21.

    The wrestling season continues on for a couple of Louisa County High School wrestlers. R.J. Rustick, a 132-pound sophomore, and Sean Alberts, a 182-pound senior, qualified for the Virginia High School League State Tournament on Feb. 20-21 at the Salem Civic Center. The duo qualified for the honor by virtue of finishing in the top four of their respective weight class at the 4A North Regional Tournament on Feb. 13-14

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  • Swim and dive sending seven to regional tourney

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

    In just its fifth year in existence, Louisa County High School’s swim and dive team had seven members qualify for the 4A North Regional Tournament. “We are very excited to have seven kids advance to regionals,” head coach Jennifer Thorpe said. “This is the most athletes Louisa has ever sent.” To earn a spot in the tournament, swimmers and divers had to finish in the top six of their respective

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Lifestyles

Burruss

Ties to the Civil Rights movement

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Local Renaissance Man Melvin Burruss has lived in New York, California and Texas. But when he semi-retired last year, the Vietnam veteran decided to enjoy a quieter, more slow-paced existence and finally settle down full-time in Louisa County, where his family has deep roots. A full century before the Civil Rights movement, Burruss’ great-great grandmother, Ellen, purchased some land of her own in the Zion Crossroads area, and the family

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  • Community matriarch celebrates a century

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Eugenia Bumpass

    Eugenia Trainum Bumpass celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 2 with hundreds of friends who attended a party in her honor at Gilboa Christian Church. The impact she has made on so many through her century of living was evident as those who love and respect the diminutive woman formed a line to offer their accolades to the centenarian. Born at home in the Melton’s community of Louisa County to

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  • Rotary looks to grow in downtown Louisa

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

    It’s no secret that the Louisa County Rotary Club likes to help every facet of the community, be it students, businesses or the residents themselves. From passing out 300 dictionaries per year to local students or organizing play presentations, their mission is clear. Hard work isn’t avoided. That’s why, when brainstorming for their next big project, the group combined all of their passion, hands-on involvement and community improvement into a

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Entertainment

4-H Camp registration open

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

Louisa County Junior 4-H Camp is scheduled for June 1 through 5. June 1 and 2 are calendared snow days for Louisa County Public Schools. If June 1 becomes a school day, camp will be from June 2 through 6.  If June 2 also becomes a school day, camp will be from June 3 through 7. 4-H camp is a fun and exciting way for youth ages 9 through 13

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  • Concert supports housing needs

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Charlottesville District United Methodist Vision Team in partnership with Heart Havens will sponsor a concert featuring Bill Henderson, accompanied by pianist Jeff Suling, on Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. at the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville. The concert is free, however, a love offering will be accepted. Heart Havens works to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities with housing options that

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  • ASALH scholarship fundraiser

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on Saturday, Feb. 14 for a multi-celebration from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center. The annual banquet and fashion show is a fundraiser for scholarships for high school seniors from Fluvanna, Goochland and Louisa counties. The theme for this year’s speaker, Gloria Pope, will be “A Century of Black Life, History and

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