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Sixteen-year-old Taylor Schweikart stood outside various local businesses to collect signatures for her petition to bring a traffic light to the intersection of Route 522 and Route 208. Submitted photo.

Louisa student launches campaign for safer roads

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, 16-year-old Louisa County High School junior Taylor Schweikart was looking to turn left off Route 208 onto Route 522 at Dickinson’s Store on her way to school. It’s an intersection Schweikart remembered being warned about in driving school. Unfortunately, a car traveling north in the Route 522 right turn lane created a dangerous blind spot in Schweikart’s line of sight. Moments later, she found herself involved

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  • New name for Mineral park

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Walton Park will now be known as Walton-Noel Park.

    Walton Park has a new name. Based on the recommendation of James “Jimmie” Dodd, longtime operator of the Mineral Bluegrass Festival, Mineral Town Council members voted 3-2 on Monday to change the park’s name to “Walton-Noel Park.” The additional surname commemorates the contributions of Peyton Noel, a longtime Mineral resident who was instrumental in securing the donation and refurbishing the park. Noel died in April of 2007 at the age

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  • Charges dropped against Louisa substitute teacher

    Posted on November 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Simple assault and battery charges that were levied against a substitute teacher at Louisa County Middle School have been dropped by the family of the accuser. Now, speaking out about the incident for the first time, the exonerated teacher is ready for her name to be cleared. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, a sixth grade LCMS student – whose name has not been released – accused substitute teacher Crystal Harris of

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  • Former coach sentenced to five years in prison

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The striped uniforms former youth sports coach Steven M. Smith will see for the next five years will not be those of a referee, but instead will be those of fellow inmates. Smith was sentenced on Nov. 17 to five years in prison on a conviction of aggravated sexual battery. The conviction stems from an original arrest on March 2 in which an officer from the Louisa Police Department responded

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  • Two Louisa students arrested at mall during field trip to State Capitol

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Two Louisa County High School students who were part of a school-sponsored government class trip to the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 20 were arrested at Short Pump Town Center. Macy’s contacted Henrico County Police after a store employee noticed suspicious activity by the pair. Two police officers responded to the store at around 1:30 p.m. Officers reported the 17-year-old boys had taken and concealed cologne. “They were stopped

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  • No death penalty in Quick case

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Six defendants in the Waynesboro Police Reserves Captain Kevin Quick murder case appeared in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville on Nov. 14 for a trial date hearing. During the hearing, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy announced that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would not seek the death penalty in the case. The defendants were re-arraigned so they could enter  pleas for the superseded indictments that were handed down on Oct. 22.

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  • Twice convicted sex offender from Louisa faces for jail time

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    A Louisa man who was just released from jail in May was convicted on Nov. 19 for failing to register his social media and email accounts with the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. Charles N. Durrette Jr., 32, was convicted of the rape of a child in 2002 and carnal knowledge of a minor in 2007.  He was most recently released from custody on May 9, 2014, according to Louisa Commonwealth’s

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  • Supervisors confused by rumors of ending land use tax break

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa County Planning Commission made recommended changes to the county Code and Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, Nov. 13 to bolster and protect land use taxation exemption. But supervisors and county staff are scratching their heads wondering how the subject ever came about.  None of the board members or county staff that The Central Virginian spoke with claim to have any knowledge of discussing eliminating land use taxation. If Louisa

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  • Traffic accident leaves Louisa residents in the dark overnight

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Maintenance workers from Dominion Virginia Power assess damage to a utility pole struck by a vehicle on Louisa Road on Tuesday at approximately 1 p.m.

    A Tuesday afternoon car accident caused traffic woes and left 734 people without power in Louisa while the temperature dropped into the teens overnight Louisa Road between the town of Louisa and westward toward Waldrop Church Rd. was closed from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday in what was expected to only be an eight hour closure, according to Stacey Londrey at the Virginia Department of Transportation. The road

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