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Mineral Town Council holds status quo, no increase in tax, sewer and water rates

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

It will be business as usual for the town of Mineral during the 2015-16 fiscal year, as the $681,556 proposed budget will remain, relatively unchanged, at about $5,000 less than the current budget. Town council voted to move forward with the recommended budget, which will include no increases in real estate tax rates or sewer and water rates for citizens. The real estate tax rate will remain at 24 cents

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  • Louisa Board of Supervisors cuts funding to Industrial Development Authority

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    *Corrected tax rate 04/24/15 (number used in print edition was a typo) A Louisa County homeowner whose real estate is assessed at $200,000 can expect to pay $80 more in real estate taxes this year under the new rate of 72 cents per hundred, adopted by the board of supervisors Monday night. The tax hike is expected to balance the $98.5 million budget that the board adopted at the same

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  • Louisa’s dispatchers honored

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Colleen Dubé monitors incoming calls to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

    Although not on the road, dispatchers play a vital role in the safety of a community by relaying vital information to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical staff before they arrive on the scene. April 12 through 18 is Virginia Public-Safety Telecommunicator Week, providing recognition for those who work behind the scenes. In Louisa County, there are 13 full-time and six part-time dispatchers who do much more than just answer

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  • Fewer SOL tests for Louisa elementary students

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Virginia General Assembly reduced the number of Standards of Learning tests that elementary school students will take beginning this year. Third-graders will no longer take science or history tests and the fifth-grade writing test has been removed from the equation. In addition, sixth and seventh-graders will no longer have to take the history tests. The testing window this year is from April 27 to May 22, and Superintendent Dr.

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  • Fiber optics line passes through Louisa County

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Century Link work vans have been spotted on School Bus Road and on Route 33 in Louisa, but they are not providing local residents with high-speed Internet service. The company is in the process of connecting its Montpelier and Charlottesville offices, according to Simone Alley, spokesperson for Century Link. The fiber provides more bandwidth and higher speeds to those who are connected to Century Link’s Internet services. To connect the

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  • Unpaid debt prompts suit against town of Mineral

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa County Water Authority and the board of supervisors filed a suit against the Town of Mineral on April 3 for unpaid water fees. The water authority is seeking between $33,000 to nearly $86,000 in underpaid fees over the last six months, along with late fees and interest. The suit stems from a dispute  over the legality of a 40-year contract signed between the town, the water authority and

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  • Two charged in Internet crimes against children sting appear in Louisa circuit court

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Two men arrested in a multi-jurisdictional Internet Crimes Against Children sting operation appeared in Louisa General District Court Tuesday, April 7. Ray Lester, 29, of Reva, and Jonathan Schnyer, 54, of Charlottesville, were arrested on charges of proposing sexual acts via computer to a minor under the age of 15. Lester waived his rights to a preliminary hearing, resulting in his charges being certified to Circuit Court. He is expected

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  • Tractor trailers fight turn at busy Louisa intersection

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

    A car prepares to turn left near Hardee’s at the intersection of Routes 22/33 in the town of Louisa. Thirty-two accidents have occurred here since 2008, with many involving tractor trailers.

    When Town of Louisa Chief of Police Ronnie Roberts heard that there had been numerous accidents at the intersection of Routes 22/33, he decided to investigate. Of the 32 car accidents that have occurred at the intersection since 2008, tractor trailers have been involved in eight of them, or, 25 percent. “I thought that was pretty significant for a small community,” Roberts said. The victims of the tractor-trailer collisions have

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  • Two life sentences for Louisa man

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Jerry Wayne Mullins, 70, of Louisa, was sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to two counts of sodomy in Louisa County Circuit Court on April 1. The abuse occurred over the course of three years before the acts were reported by the 11 year old. During an interview with investigators about the claims, Mullins confessed that he had committed the crimes, according to Major Donald Lowe of Louisa

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