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Secret to face trial for arson and attempted murder charges in January

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Suspected arsonist Nicholas Secret appeared in Louisa Circuit Court on Thursday Dec. 11 for a mental health hearing on charges of arson and 18 counts of attempted murder. According to court documents, Secret allegedly set fire to a residential building at the Acorn community in Yanceyville around 5 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2013 while residents of the community were sleeping inside. One of the residents had been up in the

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  • Mineral reverses its own decision on Walton Park name

    Posted on December 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The name “Walton Park” lasted for more than five decades. “Walton-Noel Park,” however, did not. Members of Mineral Town Council voted 3-0-1 on Monday, Dec. 8 to return to the name “Walton Park” for the five-acre parcel owned by the town, reversing a decision the same council had made just one month earlier. The park was named for Elizabeth Trice Walton, a prominent member of the community who donated the

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  • Downtown project afterthoughts

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Portions of the Main Street sidewalk have been renovated featuring improved sidewalks, bump-outs and new streetlights.

    With the downtown project 50 percent complete, business owners on Main Street shared 100 percent of their thoughts. Construction started in January 2014 and is expected to be completed in mid to late spring of 2015. So far, Main Street business owners have seen widened sidewalks, decorative streetlights and bump outs in the sidewalk that slows traffic and makes pedestrians who are crossing more visible to motorists according to Brad

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  • Mother fights for equal education for all students

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Erin and Phillip Johnson of Gordonsville have a soft spot when it comes to children—especially those who are the most vulnerable. The couple already had two sons of their own, but after viewing a documentary that depicted how orphaned, disabled children in the Ukraine were treated, they decided to reach out in 2010 and adopt a child from that country. “Everyone told us we were nuts—even our social worker,” Erin

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  • Town treasurer to resign

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The town of Louisa is looking to hire a new town treasurer after Carol Brown’s recent resignation. Brown’s resignation was due to unforeseen circumstances, according to Louisa Town Manager Brian Marks. “We’re all sad to see her leave,” Marks said of Brown, whose last day will be Dec. 12. The Town welcomed Brown to the treasurer position back in March after Donna Pinter, former treasurer, retired at the end of

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  • Headstone headed to local veteran’s resting site

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Mamie Johnson reminisces as she looks at pictures of her husband, Carl. She looks forward to a headstone being placed on his grave.

    Carl L. Johnson served his country for three-and-a-half years as a member of the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. During World War II, he rose to the rank of a Technician Fifth Grade – called a TEC 5 for short – which is a title with responsibilities similar to that of a corporal. It has been nearly 70 years since Johnson left the Army and more than 11 years

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  • Middle school teacher found guilty of assault and battery

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hashim Davis, a 7th grade social studies teacher at Louisa County Middle School, was found guilty of assault and battery on Dec. 5 in Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. On Nov. 12, of 2013, Davis was conducting his fourth period social studies class when a 13-year-old student asked to go to the bathroom. According to a written statement from Davis to school officials, Davis told the student that he

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  • Landfill issue heats up

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    A battle is looming in the heart of Louisa County. But citizens are getting weary of having to go through the same dogfight over the landfill for a third time. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is once again considering importing garbage from sources outside of the county to pay for a number of capital projects, particularly a $40 million James River water pipeline. “It’s not a Cuckoo or Mineral

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  • Two trucks collide on Chopping Road in Mineral

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Chopping Road is closed to traffic following a head-on collision earlier today involving a box truck and a semi. The two drivers were the occupants of vehicles at the time of the crash and both were taken to University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Police Officer Vernon. According to Sandra Jordan, a witness following behind the semi, the driver of the semi-truck did

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