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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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Airport Manager Jarrod Powers checks one of the antiquated lights at the end of the runway at Louisa County Airport. A new lighting project is in the works for the airport abd the IDA has signed a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration.

New projects at Louisa County Airport

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

The Louisa County Industrial Development Authority is looking at paying approximately $30,000 for a $1.3 million runway light project for the Louisa County Airport, along with $220,000 for an estimated $1.4 million new terminal project. These two projects have been on the IDA’s airport improvement plan for a number of years. According to IDA Chairman Bernie Estes, the lights have been in the plan for three years and the terminal

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  • Rehab center names employee of the year

    Posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Each year, Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center hosts a special dinner for its 12 employees of the month and announces the business’ employee of the year honoree. The 2013 employee of the year was Janelle Carter, a licensed practical nurse who has been with the center for two years. All 12 employees of the month are in running for the honor of employee of the year. Residents, colleagues, family, friends

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  • Business is booming in Louisa

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hey Gorgeous Boutique is owned and operated by Eleanor Perkinson, who has brought a feel of old Hollywood with a modern twist to her women’s consignment shop. The boutique held its grand opening ribbon cutting on Saturday, Aug. 2. Perkinson, who has a love for fashion, decided to open a shop to help women feel beautiful. Women who bring in their clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for consignment receive half of the sales price that is set by Perkinson. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clothing store is located on Main Street in Louisa.

    There has been a big boom in local business this year, which is helping to strengthen Louisa County’s economy and has gotten people excited for the future of the county. “The new business growth we are experiencing is encouraging and I expect the positive momentum will continue,” Andy Wade, director of Louisa County Economic Development said. “We still face challenges as a smaller rural community competing with larger population centers

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Welcome back to The Jungle

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Friday, it comes back… On Friday, Louisa will again open its Jungle’s gates… On Friday, the Knights of Spotsylvania will make the trip from Post Oak across Lake Anna to the home of your Louisa Lions… On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the pillars will shake and Mineral will put itself back on the Richter Scale… On Friday, Aug. 29, regular season football comes back to Louisa County. The Lions

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  • When do you know you’ve grown up?

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

    No child has ever been asked if they want to go to a party and respond with, “oh, I don’t know…I’m tired, I don’t know who else will be there, and I really don’t want to have to get ready…and who knows how late I’ll be out?”  Nope, kids are raring to go.  “Party!?  Where?  Why at the pile of dirt?  Okay, whatever.  Can I wear my new shoes?  A

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  • Welcome home

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This week, teachers at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School opened their doors to students returning to school after the summer or starting their careers as students in Louisa County. Across the country, this ritual has been or will be participated in by teachers and students, but it means something more to the teachers and students at TJES; it means something more to the school board; it means something more to the

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