Albemarle County Police Department driving instructor David Rhodes explains the easy drift system that simulates losing control of a vehicle

Officers hone driving skills at Louisa airport

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

The Albemarle County Police Department is going to driving school in Louisa, and not because they have points on their license. Kids running into the road, hitting loose gravel, parallel parking, and learning the dimensions of all the vehicles ACPD officers could drive are some of the situations these officers train for. Louisa County Sheriff’s Office uses the lot to train officers on the Police Pursuit Utility vehicles and has

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  • Family celebrates rich history of matriarch

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Most people spend the middle of the autumn season waiting for Thanksgiving and Christmas to arrive. Louisa County resident Helen Taylor Hiter was just waiting for Nov. 6. That’s because that Thursday marked a special occasion: Hiter’s 100th birthday. Hiter spent the day celebrating with her family. The longtime Louisa resident lives with her daughter, Jean Bazzanella, owner of Christopher Run Campground. “They’re treating me halfway nice,” Hiter said, her

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  • The most unusual birthday gifts for this Louisa boy

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rylan Seay got together with family and friends to celebrate his 11th birthday and Halloween on Friday, Oct. 24.  In today’s society, it is often heard that kids are self-centered, selfish, unconcerned and entitled; but this special boy in the community put the welfare of others before himself. Usually, piles of gifts for the birthday boy would be brought to the party; but not with this amazing young man. Seay

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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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Staff from a Wells Fargo call center in Short Pump spent a day in the country cleaning up the nature trail at Jouett Elementary School. Marc Cramer (l to r); Garrett Dearman; Marquite Harris; Chris Reddell; Tara Madison; Shanja Scott; Denise Preston; Will MacDougall; Lisa Hart; Safia Khan; Howard Fulton; and Marc Pendleton.

Many hands make light work of nature trails

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

Will MacDougall was looking for a volunteer project that he and his staff at a Wells Fargo Bank call center in Short Pump could take on as a community project. He asked Jouett Elementary School Principal Mike Pelloni what could be done at the school to help the students, and was told the nature trail needed sprucing up. Having three children who attended the school, the oldest is now at

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  • These local girls have plenty of horse sense

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    For Abby Strickland, Chelsea Bickly and Mariah Casady, their upcoming competition at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky is the culmination of years of hard work. Members of the Fluvanna County 4-H, the trio garnered first place in the state 4-H hippology competition and horse bowls earlier this year, garnering them a spot in the nationals. But they had to choose which competition to enter

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  • School dedication honors past educators

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Eldon Burton, of Sen. Mark Warner’s office, presented Principal Candace Wilkerson a flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

    Candace Wilkerson, principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, had just started her first year at the helm of the school when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed the building. For the past three years, her job has been anything but normal. On the day of the quake, Wilkerson made sure that everyone in the building was safe and calm, helped staff, students and parents transition to the new trailer campus adjacent

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Church calendar Nov. 27 publication

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

Wednesday, Nov. 26 St. Thomas Baptist Church will host a combined  pre-Thanksgiving service with Mt. Garland Baptist, Bumpass; Union Baptist, Beaverdam; and Watchtower Baptist, Bumpass. Pastor Edward Moody will deliver the word and the Union Baptist Church Choir will render music. A light meal will be served from 6:00 until 7:15 p.m., followed by worship services at 7:30 p.m. The church is  located  at 1567 Bumpass Road, Bumpass. For more

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  • Church calendar Nov. 20 publication

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Saturday Nov. 22 The Charles E. Lewis Memorial Choir will celebrate its 50th anniversary at 6 p.m.  The Maynard Jones Family will be the guest choir.  Light refreshments will be served following the service.  House of God Church is locate on 5442 Columbia Road, Gordonsville.   New Anna Baptist Church will hold an ordination service for Minister Evelima Thurston at 3 p.m. The Combined Choir will render the music. The

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  • Church calendar Nov. 13 publication

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Saturday, Nov. 16 Free Union Gospel Church will celebrate its choir’s 30th anniversary at 5 p.m. Various choirs will render the music. The church is located at 10378 Louisa Road, Gordonsville.   Huntington Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene will host the Dominion Boys in concert at 11 a.m.  This talented father/son duo is from Salem and perform southern  gospel, bluegrass, traditional and contemporary songs. There is no admission fee,

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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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