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Louisa Sheriff’s Office arrests former dispatcher, youth minister for online solicitation of minors

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

Two men were arrested this month by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office on class 5 felony charges of solicitation of a minor by computer or other electronic means. Ray Calvin Lester, 29, of Reva and Jonathan A. Schnyer, 54, of Charlottesville, were both being investigated by the LCSO Internet Crimes Against Children task force. Lester, a former dispatcher for Culpeper County, was arrested on Jan. 5 by the LCSO and Albemarle

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An example of some of the elements that could be included in the all-inclusive park if Louisa is chosen as the place to build it. Submitted photo

Proposed all-inclusive park in Louisa may change lives of disabled

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

The County of Louisa may have something to boast about this fall if a $1.9 million research grant is approved to build an all-inclusive park and playground that is nothing like anything else in the nation. Jane Shelhorse, director of Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, envisions the park as someplace where a wounded warrior could bring his or her children to play, or where disabled children can play alongside

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  • Mark your calendar for Casino Night at Lake Anna

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

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    The excitement is growing as a big night approaches for Lake Anna. The Lake Anna Business Partnership’s Valentine’s Day/Vegas Night event will be held Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lake Anna Winery. The event is expected to draw folks from all over the region looking for a mid-winter lift in a setting usually found over 2,000 miles to the west in Las Vegas. The annual event

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  • ‘Guilty’ plea in stabbing charge

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Louisa resident Christopher Pendleton, 44, charged with stabbing his roommate with a pocket knife on Sept. 21, 2014, pleaded guilty on Jan. 26 to a felony malicious wounding charge. The victim was lying in bed watching television when Pendleton entered the room and stabbed him twice without provocation, according to Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire. The victim fled  the house and to a neighbor’s apartment to call 911 while Pendleton

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Sports

These Lions are Looney

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm

It’s Jan. 20, and a Western Albemarle guard is preparing to attempt his first free throw of the night. The hometown Louisa Lions are down by a dozen points and in the midst of a scoring drought. Momentum in the cramped gym that holds just a few hundred people seems lost. But as the Warriors guard dribbles for the final time before entering his shooting motion, the gym’s metallic walls

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  • Lions win Jefferson District Tournament for second consecutive year

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    R.J. Rustick and the rest of Louisa’s wrestling team had a firm grip on success Saturday, dominating the field. Photo by Mary Jess Ibarra Rustick.

    This season, the Lions wrestling team had a new coach, new leaders and a new gymnasium. But they got the same results. For the second straight season, Louisa dominated the two-day Jefferson District Tournament on Friday and Saturday, winning all eight of their matches en route to winning consecutive district titles for the first time since 2008-2009. “It feels great to accomplish that,” first year head coach Trevor Gallo said.

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  • Warriors’ post presence topples Louisa

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Louisa forward Malik Bell led Louisa with 12 points. His five fourth quarter points were the team’s only ones of the period.

    Looking to extend their winning streak to five games, Louisa’s junior varsity basketball team ran into a foe that was just too tough on Tuesday night. They were also too tall. Riding on the shoulders of their 6’4 center Mitchell Larkin, who ended the game with 27 points, the Western Albemarle Warriors defeated Louisa 43-31, snapping the team’s longest winning streak of the season. “I feel like we went backwards

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Lifestyles

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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  • Louisa’s service clubs in sharp decline

    Posted on January 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

    A dozen years ago, when John Skelly arrived at his monthly Belmont Ruritan Club meetings, he was joined by nearly all of his fellow 82 members of the organization. The discussions for how to further the national group’s mission of “fellowship, goodwill and community service” were often lively, upbeat and promising. Today, Skelly is still attending the meetings, but instead of being met with packs of enthusiastic colleagues, he’s met

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  • Local church bringing outreach center to Mineral

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Calvary Chapel of Louisa preacher Dave Hansen was all smiles while working on restoring the Mineral Avenue building on Monday.

    It’s a cold Monday morning and just a few days after Christmas, but Dave Hansen is ready to put in a full day’s worth of hard work. Joined by a few friends, Hansen is on a mission to renovate a battered building on Main Street in Mineral that once housed a pet store. He’s armed with paintbrushes, ladders and brooms. A beaten-up boombox – resting among coffee cups and Hardees

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Entertainment

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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  • Mark your calendar for Casino Night at Lake Anna

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

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    The excitement is growing as a big night approaches for Lake Anna. The Lake Anna Business Partnership’s Valentine’s Day/Vegas Night event will be held Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lake Anna Winery. The event is expected to draw folks from all over the region looking for a mid-winter lift in a setting usually found over 2,000 miles to the west in Las Vegas. The annual event

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  • Mark the day

    Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

    After 14 years of service to the Town of Louisa, Brian Marks is retiring from his position as town manager. The town of Louisa is holding an open house from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at town hall, Friday, Jan. 30 complete with refreshments. “It’s like a backwards inauguration,” Marks said. The event was suggested by Councilman Matt Kersey after the Jan. 20 Town of Louisa council meeting. “I think

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