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Fewer SOL tests for Louisa elementary students

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

The Virginia General Assembly reduced the number of Standards of Learning tests that elementary school students will take beginning this year. Third-graders will no longer take science or history tests and the fifth-grade writing test has been removed from the equation. In addition, sixth and seventh-graders will no longer have to take the history tests. The testing window this year is from April 27 to May 22, and Superintendent Dr.

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  • Fiber optics line passes through Louisa County

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Century Link work vans have been spotted on School Bus Road and on Route 33 in Louisa, but they are not providing local residents with high-speed Internet service. The company is in the process of connecting its Montpelier and Charlottesville offices, according to Simone Alley, spokesperson for Century Link. The fiber provides more bandwidth and higher speeds to those who are connected to Century Link’s Internet services. To connect the

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  • Unpaid debt prompts suit against town of Mineral

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa County Water Authority and the board of supervisors filed a suit against the Town of Mineral on April 3 for unpaid water fees. The water authority is seeking between $33,000 to nearly $86,000 in underpaid fees over the last six months, along with late fees and interest. The suit stems from a dispute  over the legality of a 40-year contract signed between the town, the water authority and

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An artists rendering of Lake Anna Resort shows the location of the multi-faceted project near the Rt. 208 Bridge on the Louisa County side near Lake Anna Plaza.

Lake Anna resort developer plans upscale hotel, spa

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

Plans are underway to develop one of the few remaining high density growth areas areas of Lake Anna into a mix of hotels, condos, restaurants and a spa. Developer Ed Blount has been working for several years to bring Lake Anna Resort to the waterfront area near the Route 208 bridge on the Louisa County side. The prime location is just across the water from Mitchell’s Point. Blount’s dream is

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  • Signs of progress on Louisa’s Sheetz parcel

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Preparations of the soon-to-be Sheetz location at the corner of Main Street and Courthouse Road in Louisa have begun. Contractors are in the process of removing two underground  storage tanks, per an agreement between Sheetz and landlord MWW Realty Group of Richmond. Tom Anastasi, Sheetz permit project manager, said the company would be accepting bids for construction of the new gas station and eatery starting sometime next week. Little is

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  • New barbecue eatery beckons customers at Lake Anna

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Greg Shalawylo slices up some Billiken’s Barbecue beef brisket, which melts in the mouth like an errant ice cream scoop on a hot summer sidewalk.

    “What’s a billiken?” is probably the most asked question at Billiken’s Barbecue at Lake Anna. A billiken is a good luck charm and revered in some parts of the world as the god of “things that should be.” As far as Greg and Sharon Shalawylo’s barbecue joint goes, it’s the way barbecue should be. The name carries another meaning that’s a little closer to Greg’s heart. Two of his’s older

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Technology

Editorial

Mental illness is no laughing matter

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

In last week’s issue, an unedited version of the editorial entitled “Goodbye,” unfortunately slipped through the pagination process. In it, the writer makes an insensitive reference to schizophrenia. For that, I deeply apologize. As editor of The Central Virginian, I would never intentionally let something like that run in the newspaper—mental illness is not something to make light of. My grandmother suffered more than 60 years with the devastating disease

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  • Religious freedoms restored at last!

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I can drop a baby from 50 feet in the air and social services can’t touch me so long as I hold a sincere belief in Islam. This is what happens when you hear government and religion making strange sounds in the other room late at night. Nine months later a Religious Freedom Restoration Act is born. Indiana’s RFRA has received plenty of attention lately, but what many don’t realize

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  • We all do stupid things, so don’t hate

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I was the disc jockey at a wedding one time and they had these beautiful ice swans flanking the buffet table. They were about five feet tall and there was a guest admiring them as I walked by. “What do they do with those ice sculptures after they melt?” I’m not talking that kind of stupidity here, but I felt like that was a good place to set a bar.

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