The Miss Louisa County Agricultural Fair 2014 beauty pageant was held Saturday, July 12 at the Louisa Arts Center. This year’s winners are Hannah Fletcher, Teen Miss; Olivia Riordan, Miss; Grace Rose, Young Miss; Cassie Duerson, Little Miss; Madison Gholson, Small Miss; and Kylie Loudin, Tiny Miss. The Louisa County Agricultural Fair will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at the Louisa County Fairgrounds.  The fair queens will be on hand to assist with various activities throughout the course of the event. Riordan will advance to compete in the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant in January at The Homestead in Hot Springs.

Smiles and waves for a greater cause

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

Since stepping onstage at the age of three to participate in her very first pageant, Olivia Riordan enjoyed the experience so much that she dreamed of one day becoming Miss Louisa Ag Fair. This was her year. “It feels great,” Riordan said. While it’s not the biggest pageant she’s ever participated in, the Louisa Ag Fair pageant is the one the 16-year-old said she has always aspired to win. Through

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  • Mineral Bluegrass Festival icons honored for service

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Jimmie Dodd (front, center) thanks the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department for its work on behalf of the Mineral Bluegrass Festival.  The department honored Dodd and his wife, Shirley, for 30 years of service.

    The Mineral Volunteer Fire Department wrapped up its final year of involvement with the Mineral Bluegrass Festival this weekend by honoring long-time supporters of the organization, Jimmie and Shirley Dodd of Mineral. The Dodds’ association with the bluegrass festival spans over three decades, until health issues forced the couple to step back last year. The fire department had planned to honor the couple at last year’s event, but the couple

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  • Louisa’s parade tribute to its chief

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Mineral Hillbillies during the annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade on Thursday, July 3. Louisa Fire Chief Robert “Perk” Perkins, who for the first time wasn’t able to make the short drive to attend the event due to his declining health, can still say he’s never missed a parade.  The route took a decided turn to the west as parade participants strayed from the regular route to file past Perkins’ Harris Creek Road home.

    A little rain didn’t stop the 72nd annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade from going on as scheduled on Thursday, July 3, but the procession was anything but routine. Everything was moving along according to the usual plan when all the fire trucks and ambulances took a sudden and unexpected turn to the west and disappeared from the line-up. Unbeknown to parade-goers, the vehicles were headed to the home of long-time Louisa

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Town police chief resigns

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

Town of Louisa Police Chief Jessie L. Shupe resigned his position with the department on Thursday, June 12. Shupe will serve as police chief for the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Airport Authority police department and will begin his new position on June 30. Shupe, a former Virginia State Police Trooper, became chief of the Town of Louisa police department on August 10, 2012. During his tenure in Louisa, Shupe brought overall continuity

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  • Gang suspected in Quick case, Louisa robbery cases connected

    Posted on May 22, 2014 at 9:00 am


    Gun fire, flash bangs, armed robberies, murder and abduction. These are activities expected in a big city, not in a rural area like Louisa County. Violent street gangs are here in the county. According to law enforcement, gangs are like a cancer that will continue to grow if communities are not proactive. Neighbors in the Cutler Avenue area of the town of Louisa have told of their experience of being

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Eight-year-old Bryce Snyder enjoys playing Asteroid Invasion, a game that he created in one week during an Engineering for Kids camp at the Louisa Arts Center.

Focused on their game

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Nine-year-old Lucas Hufner delivered a challenge to his 13 peers at the Louisa Arts Center on Friday. “None of you can beat my game!” he boasted, looking over his laptop screen. And as the challengers pass by one by one, Hufner is proven correct. His smile beams across the room. The reason for Hufner’s elated sense of pride lies in the fact that the game is indeed his own, the

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  • Recent Louisa graduate joins jarheads

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Growing up, James Cusick would sit on the floor of his bedroom with his toy soldiers, visualizing what it would be like to be in combat. Every scene was spurred on by the memory of his father, Joseph, a paratrooper in the Korean War, or his uncle Charlie, who was in the Marines. The passion continued in the years ahead as well, with Cusick watching whatever military mini-series popped up

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  • Former Louisa High School principal moves to central office

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Tom Smith, former principal of Louisa County High School, has been named director of secondary education for Louisa County Public Schools. He made the short move across the parking lot recently to set up his office in the LCPS Central Office Building. The position is relatively new, combining additional responsibilities to those of former Director of Accountability Services Thomas Schott, who moved on to become superintendent of Highland County Public

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Mineral ministry with bows and Bibles

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Just more than two years ago, Mineral Baptist Church member Jeremy Debaets was asked by church leadership to mix his two passions – archery and his faith – and turn them into a ministry. Two years later, that vision has turned into a reality. This past Saturday, nearly 300 people poured into the MBC community center for the church’s first Sportsmen of God event, which resembled the combination of a

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  • Church calendar July 24 publication

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Friday, July 25 First Baptist Church will sponsor a women’s retreat July 25 and July 26 at the Roslyn Center, Richmond. This year’s theme is “Women Working Together with a Spirit of Excellence.” Guest speakers include Sister Sheila Battle, the Revs. Thelma Greenlee, Rita Moore, June Rice, Brenda Brown. For directions and other information, contact Minister Terry Jones, director, at (540) 967-2734, or (434) 996-1026.   Saturday, July 26 Lighthouse

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  • Church calendar July 17 publication

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Saturday, July 19 New Anna Baptist Church will celebrate its All Choirs Day at 3 p.m. featuring Nikisha and One Accord Gospel singers in concert. The church is located at 11639 Cross County Rd., Mineral. For more information, contact the Rev. Beulah Minor at (540) 223-2088.   Evergreen Bibleway and Gordonsville Bibleway will present a conference featuring keynote speaker Evangelist Earnestine Clarke, Bread of Life Ministries, Richmond, from 8:00 a.m.

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Medicare informational session

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

Turning 65 or have questions about Medicare? A Medicare 101 Educational Event will be held Monday, April 7 providing information on the Parts and choices of Medicare with a question and answer session. This event is not a sales presentation and is only for educational purposes and no plan specific benefits or details will be shared. The event will be held in the Louisa County Library Conference Room from 5:30

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  • Get the facts about dental health and pregnancy

    Posted on July 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Many moms-to-be receive advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. Yet there seem to be myths about taking care of teeth and gums — if dental health is even mentioned at all. While pregnancy comes with many responsibilities, oral hygiene should be a top priority to ensure both mother and child are set up for healthy habits that will last a lifetime. What to Expect Hormonal changes can lead to an

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  • Good health habits for men

    Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This year, millions of New Year’s resolutions will be made – and then broken soon after. But there is one resolution that all men should keep: to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting one in six men, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In addition, heart disease killed 26 percent of the men who died in 2006. And half of the

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