The artists rendering shows what the columbarium will look like after all phases have been completed.

Long awaited columbarium approved

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

  A project that was once dead in the water has found  life in the new year. Louisa Town Council approved the construction of a columbarium in the Hillcrest Cemetery at its November meeting. A columbarium is an above ground depository for cremated remains, and after multiple requests, the town council resurrected the 2008 plan. When the columbarium was originally proposed, the economy took a nose dive. “We just kept

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  • Looking past her lymphoma

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    At the 5K held in her honor, Jodi Martin braved the cold temperatures to high-five participants thanking them for their support.

    Jodi Martin knows that for every problem, there’s a way to work through it. That’s what being an instructional assistant for 10 years does to you. Martin takes pride in making sure no student is left behind during lessons. There are 442 students at Trevilians Elementary School where Martin assists kindergarten and first-grade teachers, and not all of those pupils are wired the same way. “If the teacher is teaching

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  • Louisa dog handler to participate in Eukanuba National Championships

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hope Matkins, with Grizz, will participate in the Eukanuba National Championships, the second largest dog show in the nation.

    They say that dog is a man’s best friend. But the ladylike charm that 14-year-old handler Hope Matkins exudes with her canine companions may call for a revision of that long-held maxim. A freshman at Louisa County High School, Matkins has been working as a Junior handler since she was four years old. Her hard work has culminated into earning a spot in the prestigious 2014 Eukanuba National Championships on

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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 Dec. 18 publication

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

Saturday, Dec. 20 Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s Music Ministry will celebrate the season with a musical presentation at 3 p.m.  Mt. Zion’s newest ministry, the Angels of Mt. Zion Praise Dancers, will offer their second performance.  The church is located at 3909 Holly Grove Road, Bumpass.   Sunday, Dec. 21 Zion Travelers Baptist Church will hold its children’s Christmas program “Keeping Jesus in Christmas, Our Gifts” at 2:30 p.m. The

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  • Church calendar Dec. 11 publication

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Friday, Dec. 12 Bethpage Christian Church will  present “More Than a Manger” on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Music will be presented by the Living Christmas Tree Choir. The church is located at 4491 Fredericks Hall Road, Mineral. For more information, visit the church’s Facebook page, or email   Saturday, Dec. 13 Mineral Baptist Church youth will

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  • Church calendar Dec. 4 publication

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Thursday, Dec. 4 The Servant Ladies of Servants of Christ Baptist Church will host their annual Ladies Night Out at 6:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker Debbie Hoyle. There will be plenty of fellowship, food and festivities including games, door prizes and a silent auction. The church is located at 60 Sommerfield Drive, Route 15 at Zion  Crossroads next to the UVA Community Credit.   Friday, Dec. 5 Macedonia United Methodist

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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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