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The chart shows where the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit and the following aftershocks along the two identified fault lines. Courtesy of USGS

New book chronicles 2011 Mineral earthquake

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

The infamous, magnitude 5.8 Mineral earthquake that rattled residents in 2011 has helped researchers discover a previously unknown fault zone and very well may have been the most felt earthquake in U.S. history says a new book recently released on the incident. The 23-chapter book entitled “The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America,” features comprehensive contributions from geologists, seismologists and civil engineers,

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  • School board adopts $55.8 million budget

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

    It’s going to cost the county of Louisa $1.2 million more in the upcoming budget year to fund schools. The Louisa County School Board unanimously adopted a $55.8 million budget for FY-2016 at its special called meeting on Tuesday night. While there are still many unknowns, according to Superintendent Dr. Deborah Pettit, the numbers are her best estimates as of Feb. 24. The General Assembly hasn’t passed the state budget

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  • Louisa’s sheriff honored at state level

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Louisa Sheriff Ashland D. Fortune (c) was honored recently at the Virginia General Assembly. Senators Tom Garrett (l) and Bryce Reeves (r), who both represent portions of Louisa County, were present.

    Do you want to be a cop? That is the life-changing question Sheriff Ashland Fortune was asked 50 years ago by former Mayor Reverend Joe Carson. Fortune was told by Carson, “You come highly recommended.” The young Fortune was perplexed. Who recommended him? Why? Although his curiosity had been sparked, it mattered little in the end. According to Fortune he found Carson a week later and asked, “If I say

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  • Louisa detective ‘digs’ his job

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Detective Mark Stanton (l) of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office is presented Louisa Crime Solvers' Officer of the Year award by the organization's president, Jim Kogle.

    Detective Mark Stanton is used to digging up clues, but had none when it came to the Louisa County Crime Solvers’ Officer of the Year Award. Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire nominated Stanton for the award for his work in a string of thefts targeting at vacant homes. The perpetrators stole heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units and sold them for scrap metal, leaving the victims spending thousands to replace

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  • Mineral Town Council makes next move on derelict property

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Mineral Town Council plans to file a “show cause” order with Louisa Circuit Court against Ronald Morgan for his failure to maintain the former Mineral Elementary School, which he now owns.

    Members of Mineral Town Council are once again facing a controversy concerning the derelict building on Louisa Avenue that once housed Mineral Elementary School. In their monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, town council members voted 4-1 to file a “show cause” order with Louisa Circuit Court against the building’s owner, Ronald Morgan, for his failure to maintain the facility. Beginning in March 2013, Morgan was mandated by court order

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  • Louisa hires new town manager

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Tom Filer

    The Louisa Town Council has hired Tom Filer, formerly employed by Virginia Community Bank, as the new town manager. “The position gives me an opportunity to give back to my hometown,” Filer said. Filer is excited about the new opportunity to lend a hand to the town he has called home his entire life. The $70,000 position requires oversight of monetary operations throughout the town. Filer will be expected to

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  • Reap benefits of becoming a Master Gardener

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    The 2015 Louisa Master Gardener course will begin on Thursday, Feb. 26 and continue through May 5.  Classes are held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and most are held in the upstairs meeting room of the Louisa County Office Building. The course will deal with all aspects of gardening and there will be several field trips to various places for “hands on” demonstrations. The cost is $150 per person;

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  • Love is in the airwaves in Louisa

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Tony and Rebecca Day first met over the airwaves via ham radio and married three years later.

    As Becky Day makes her way down her driveway on Friday night, the ham-radio receiver buzzes on her dashboard. It’s her husband, Tony, getting a head start on greeting her from the comfort of his office. Becky, whose call sign is KS4RX, quickly gives her reply, breaking the pause of static. Tony, known as KC4AUF, quickly signs off and heads for a more personal greeting at the front door. The

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  • Protection needed during Valentine’s weekend cold, health officials say

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    The Virginia Departments of Health and Emergency Management encourage everyone to protect themselves against serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. “With the bitter cold forecast for this Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day long weekend,”  State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP said on Friday, “we all need to take precautions and be mindful of how much time we are spending out of doors.

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