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Mineral Bluegrass Festival loses longtime sponsor

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

Two years ago, the Mineral Bluegrass Festival dodged a bullet when Shifflett Family Entertainment took over as the event’s promoter after longtime head Jimmie Dodd stepped down. On Tuesday, August 19 the festival avoided yet another pitfall that could have led to the event’s demise. Mineral officials met with Shifflett Family Entertainment and agreed to a deal that will keep the festival in Mineral despite the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department’s

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  • Louisa students lend county summer support

    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Bailey Willis interned with the County of Louisa over the summer.

    Earlier this year when applying for summer jobs, Louisa County High School graduate Bailey Willis knew she wanted a position that could prepare her for the metaphorical “real world.” And for six weeks, that’s exactly what the County of Louisa gave her. Willis was one of seven interns who worked for various county departments this past summer. Serving as an office assistant for the general services department, Willis and her

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  • Vice chairman of Louisa Board of Supervisors pleads guilty in federal court of embezzling federal funds

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Fitzgerald Barnes, vice chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday, Aug. 29 to one misdemeanor count of embezzling federal money while employed as athletic director at Monticello High School. Reports indicate that Barnes failed to obtain three competitive bids from separate vendors for the purchase of athletic apparel for students totaling more than $1,000, a violation of Albemarle County Public Schools’ policy.

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  • Senator sees dollars in action in Louisa

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Senator Tim Kaine chats with Louisa County High School students while touring schools impacted by the 2011 Mineral Earthquake.

    Virginia Senator Tim Kaine visited the campuses of Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 26. During the trip – which is part of a scheduled two-week tour through the Commonwealth for Kaine – the senator praised the schools for their steadfast resiliency and discussed curriculum with the county’s school board. Kaine, who serves as a member of the Senate’s Budget Committee, said the completion

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  • Smaller tank could improve Louisa’s water quality

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    A new smaller capacity water tank is being erected for the Louisa County Water Authority and should be completed and online by the end of September.

    A new 250,000-gallon multi-leg water tank is going up in the Louisa County Industrial Air Park, right beside the existing 600,000-gallon standpipe water tank. Cincinatti-based Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, one of few water tank erection companies in the nation, has been hard at work over the past couple of weeks to build the $733,000 tank. The larger 30-year-old water tank structure will remain in place, but it will be taken

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  • Louisa man admits to assault and battery

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office amended a felony charge of strangulation to a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against Matthew Robert Craig, 29, of Louisa. The charge was reduced after a key witness died. During the May Grand Jury session a true bill was returned on Craig, who was charged with the strangulation of a person. Craig was arrested on May 21 and released on a $15,000 secured bond,

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  • Louisa man convicted of sexual assault of a minor

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Steven Michael Smith, 43,  was convicted in Louisa County Circuit Court in a trial by judge on Tuesday, Aug. 19 on a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a minor female child. On March 2, the Town of Louisa Police Department responded to the Louisa ABC store, where an officer gave Smith an alcohol breath test. His breath alcohol content was .20. Smith was taken into custody. During the investigation,

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  • Lemon’s Jewelry manager sentenced for embezzlement

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    A Louisa man appeared in Louisa County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 18 for sentencing on one count of embezzlement and received five years, with all but 90 days suspended. Charles Edward Walker, 45, was an employee of Lemon’s Jewelry in Louisa and was arrested for embezzling more than $15,000 from the company. Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire said that Walker had taken advantage of his employer over time,

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  • Turbulence at Louisa’s airport

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa County Board of Supervisor attempted an operational takeover of Louisa County Airport. 
Photo by Paula Hawthorne

    A suggestion by county supervisors that they take over the Louisa Airport never got off the ground. Members of the Louisa County Industrial Development Authority saw red when they received an August 8 letter from Willie Gentry, chairman of the board of supervisors, expressing concerns whether the IDA’s dual role as both airport manager and economic development driver are in the best interest of the county. “To this end, it

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