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Louisa County Public Schools bus driver Fran Farley scans one of 11 zones on her bus with the new device that will improve time and attendance tracking, as well as maintenance and safety-related issues.

Louisa school buses go high tech

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

When Louisa County Public Schools’ bus drivers hit the road on Wednesday, their every move was recorded and electronically transmitted back to the school division’s transportation department. In fact, if a parent were to call the schools and claim the bus didn’t drive by on a particular morning, transportation staff is able to retrieve reports that indicate precisely what time the bus passed the student’s house, what route the bus

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Louisa County Public Schools bus driver Fran Farley scans one of 11 zones on her bus with the new device that will improve time and attendance tracking, as well as maintenance and safety-related issues.

Louisa school buses go high tech

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

When Louisa County Public Schools’ bus drivers hit the road on Wednesday, their every move was recorded and electronically transmitted back to the school division’s transportation department. In fact, if a parent were to call the schools and claim the bus didn’t drive by on a particular morning, transportation staff is able to retrieve reports that indicate precisely what time the bus passed the student’s house, what route the bus

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  • Louisa Arts Center no longer the best kept secret

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Thanks to the driving force of Executive Director Michael Bollinger and the support of his board of directors, the Louisa Arts Center has seen a tremendous spike in attendance and private contributions this past season—but more is needed. Bollinger, who spoke at the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting held at the Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, Aug. 5, talked to attendees about the arts center and

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  • Town of Louisa mourns loss of its ‘Chief’

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Chief Perkins lost his battle with lung cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

    Louisa County residents mourned the loss of one of their own on Tuesday, Aug. 12, as longtime Louisa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Franklin Perkins passed away at the age of 89. Perkins had been battling lung cancer since May of 2013. Known by most simply as “Perk,” Perkins was one of the most accomplished and respected figures in the field of emergency services. “Perk did so much for the

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Sports

Greg Strickland, who serves as chairman of the Louisa County School Board, has officiated high school football for 21 years.  Strickland dropped by Louisa’s practice on Friday to discuss rule changes and safety with the team as well as  to answer questions players had about the sport. Strickland will speak with two more teams before the season begins. Due to Virginia High School League rules, Strickland is not allowed to officiate games in Louisa County.

Longtime official drops by Louisa football practice

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

On most days, people can expect to see Louisa County School Board Chairman Greg Strickland decked out in a suit and tie. But on Friday morning, Strickland was instead wearing a striped shirt and wielding a whistle, the two signature tools of the trade for another profession of his. Strickland, who has officiated high school football for 21 years now, spent the morning going over Virginia High School League rule

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  • Golf takes sixth place in district match

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa Lions golf team finished in sixth place in the Jefferson District’s first mini-match of the season on Monday, Aug. 11. Playing at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, the Lions ended the day with a score of 369. Albemarle, the event’s host, took first place with a score of 315. The match was Louisa’s second taste of action this season, as the team fell to Culpeper by two strokes

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  • Louisa soccer coach no longer, Abe set to fully focus on volleyball program

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Louisa varsity volleyball coach Joel Abe.

    A year ago, Lions volleyball coach Joel Abe was a juggler. Along with preparing to lead the volleyball program into what turned out to be a resurgent season, Abe was also trying to lure recruits for the boy’s soccer team, which he also coached. Something had to give, and one year later, Abe is a coach who has cut out the extracurricular activities. Stepping down from his position as head

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Lifestyles

Lexi Vonetes holds the July issue of Cooperative Living where her artwork is shown as the third place winner in the second grade class of the 2014 Youth Art contest held each year by Rappahannock Electric.

Mineral girl places in coop’s youth art contest

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

Eight-year-old Lexi Vonetes of Mineral recently won third place in the second grade division of the 12th annual 2014 Youth Art contest sponsored by Cooperative Living magazine published by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. In the magazine’s July issue, Lexi’s artwork was among the top 18 works of art displayed. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade across Virginia were invited to submit their artwork illustrating the theme “Here’s How I Help Other

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  • Secrets of finding treasure in others’ trash

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Tripp Walton’s favorite pastime is bidding at storage unit auctions.  It’s tough work, but Walton has found quite the treasure trove from other people’s forgotten castoffs, such as this cabinet.

      Christmas doesn’t just happen once a year for Bumpass native Tripp Walton, it happens almost every month. And the presents he gets can’t fit under a tree. Heck, they could barely fit into a room. That’s because for the past three years, Walton has delved into the world of storage unit auctions, where bidders gather for the public sale of units that have gone unclaimed for extended periods of

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  • Home saved by an astute Louisa deputy

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Neal and Irene Hart were all smiles when Pultz visited them at their house on Friday, Aug. 8.

    Sitting at the dinner table of their home near Lake Anna on Friday, Aug. 8, Neal and Irene Hart are all smiles. They know that, had it not been for the man sitting across from them, Deputy Sheriff J.W. Pultz of the Louisa County Sherriff’s Office, their home of 12 years likely wouldn’t still be standing. In fact, they might not be either. That’s because during the afternoon of Saturday,

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Entertainment

AARP trip

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Louisa AARP is planning a cruise to the Panama Canal Feb. 16 through Feb. 27, 2015. The 12 day, 11 night cruise will leave Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will visit Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, Panama Canal, Panama, Colon, Panama, Limon, Costa Rica, Ochos Rios, Jamaica and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. The cost of the trip includes round trip airfare from Washington Dulles, cruise, port charges, government fees, taxes and transfers

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  • Mineral Bluegrass Festival returns to Walton Park

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The bluegrass is headed back to Mineral The 31st annual Mineral Bluegrass Festival will be held at Walton Park in Mineral from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19. Fifteen performers are scheduled to take the stage during the three-day event that organizers estimate will draw 2,500 spectators. “People love bluegrass, regardless of who is playing,” said George Shifflett, of Shifflett Family Entertainment, who is organizing the event. “They come

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  • Independence Day fireworks shows in Louisa

    Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

    What is Independence Day without a few fireworks to celebrate the occasion? Louisa residents have two options this year to enjoy a fireworks show. On Friday, Small Country Campground, located at 4400 Byrd Mill Road, will kick off the evening with sparklers for the kids at 8:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display over Lake Ruth Ann beginning at about 9 p.m.  The cost is $10 per carload. During the

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