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Faulconer employee Nick Stanley goes to work repairing the engine and transmission from one of the company’s dump trucks.

Firm lays foundation in Louisa

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Faulconer Construction Company is ready to join what they perceive to be a growing economy in Louisa County. The contracting firm’s new 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building off of Three Notch Road near Ferncliff opened for business at the beginning of April. “We feel the economy is starting to change. It’s the right time for us to take the next step of growth as a company,” Faulconer executive vice president Fran Burke

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  • Mineral cutting ties with trees

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The trees lining Mineral Avenue at Miller’s Market have impaired the view of drivers turning onto the road in recent years. As a result, town council voted to remove the trees as soon as possible.

    Residents have voiced their opposition to the stretch of trees that line Mineral Avenue for almost a year now. In its monthly meeting on Monday night, members of Mineral Town Council finally took action. Based on a suggestion in a monthly report from Mineral Town Manager Sal Luciano, council voted 4-1 to remove approximately 10 trees that run the stretch of road from E. Fifth Street and W. Sixth Street

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  • Mineral resident faces 18 counts of attempted murder

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Nicholas Secret

    A Mineral man is facing multiple attempted murder charges and one count of arson for his alleged role in trying to burn down a home with 18 people sleeping inside. Nicholas Charles Secret, 26, received a direct indictment from the Louisa County Grand Jury on Monday, July 14, for 17 counts of attempted murder and a true bill on one count of attempted first degree murder and arson. In the

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  • Louisa natives accused of stabbing incident

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm


    Two former Louisa County High School graduates were arrested on Saturday, July 12 and charged with the malicious wounding of two 19-year-old Arlington men at a college student apartment complex in Charlottesville. Jarrett Scott Talley, 20, of Mineral, and Michael Casey Harlow, 22, of Louisa, were arrested and charged that evening. According to a press release from the Charlottesville Police Department, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, police were called

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  • Federal court sentences Mineral man to more than 24 years

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    A Mineral man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday, July 17, to more than 24 years on charges of kidnapping, interstate domestic violence and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Thomas Earl Faulls Sr., 48, was convicted in February for the kidnapping of his ex-wife, Lori,  on August 22, 2012. Faulls drove her to West Virginia and sexually assaulted her. The victim escaped from

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  • Mineral Bluegrass Festival returns to Walton Park

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The bluegrass is headed back to Mineral The 31st annual Mineral Bluegrass Festival will be held at Walton Park in Mineral from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19. Fifteen performers are scheduled to take the stage during the three-day event that organizers estimate will draw 2,500 spectators. “People love bluegrass, regardless of who is playing,” said George Shifflett, of Shifflett Family Entertainment, who is organizing the event. “They come

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  • Louisa domestic violence victims recant statements

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Domestic violence can happen to anyone and the victims will often change their original story during trial or sentencing, thinking they are easing their situation with their abuser. In Louisa County Circuit Court on Wednesday, July 2, two separate assault and battery of a family member charges were heard, and in both cases, the victims of the assault recanted their original statements. Andrew Michael Tarnef, 24, of Mineral, and Michael

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  • Louisa’s parade tribute to its chief

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Mineral Hillbillies during the annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade on Thursday, July 3. Louisa Fire Chief Robert “Perk” Perkins, who for the first time wasn’t able to make the short drive to attend the event due to his declining health, can still say he’s never missed a parade.  The route took a decided turn to the west as parade participants strayed from the regular route to file past Perkins’ Harris Creek Road home.

    A little rain didn’t stop the 72nd annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade from going on as scheduled on Thursday, July 3, but the procession was anything but routine. Everything was moving along according to the usual plan when all the fire trucks and ambulances took a sudden and unexpected turn to the west and disappeared from the line-up. Unbeknown to parade-goers, the vehicles were headed to the home of long-time Louisa

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  • Spectra Energy explores 425-mile route that could go through Louisa

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    A Houston-based energy company is exploring whether to build a $4 billion natural gas interstate pipeline that could travel through Louisa County on its possible 425-mile path between Pennsylvania and Fayetteville, North Carolina. “We’re in the early stages,” Arthur Diestle, Spectra Energy LP’s spokesperson said in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning.  “We’ve reached out to federal, state and local officials and have begun to send out introductory letters.” The

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