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Louisa’s service clubs in sharp decline

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

A dozen years ago, when John Skelly arrived at his monthly Belmont Ruritan Club meetings, he was joined by nearly all of his fellow 82 members of the organization. The discussions for how to further the national group’s mission of “fellowship, goodwill and community service” were often lively, upbeat and promising. Today, Skelly is still attending the meetings, but instead of being met with packs of enthusiastic colleagues, he’s met

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  • Local church bringing outreach center to Mineral

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Calvary Chapel of Louisa preacher Dave Hansen was all smiles while working on restoring the Mineral Avenue building on Monday.

    It’s a cold Monday morning and just a few days after Christmas, but Dave Hansen is ready to put in a full day’s worth of hard work. Joined by a few friends, Hansen is on a mission to renovate a battered building on Main Street in Mineral that once housed a pet store. He’s armed with paintbrushes, ladders and brooms. A beaten-up boombox – resting among coffee cups and Hardees

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  • Louisa Santa Council wraps up another year

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Members of the Louisa County Middle School CATs team are one of several groups that wrap books for the Santa Council to distribute.

    The Santa Council of Louisa County has completed another successful year, thanks in large part to the generous support of the community, both financially and with volunteer hours. When distribution was finally completed, over 600 families had been served, and as of New Year’s Eve, over $36,000 had been contributed to the effort by the community. Once again this year, several groups helped the organization wrap the over 1,200 books

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  • Shop with a cop

    Posted on January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Town of Louisa Police Department Officer Brian Wilson (l to r) and Chief Ronnie Roberts assist T.J. Lloyd and his family in their newly created program “Shop with a Cop.”

    The town of Louisa Police Department is reaching out to the community this holiday season by introducing its “Shop with a Cop” program. The program is designed to bring a little holiday cheer to families that may not have the funds to buy things other than necessities. “There are children in every community that aren’t quite as fortunate to have a Christmas,” Ronnie Roberts, chief of the LPD, said. “This

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  • Long awaited columbarium approved

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The artists rendering shows what the columbarium will look like after all phases have been completed.

      A project that was once dead in the water has found  life in the new year. Louisa Town Council approved the construction of a columbarium in the Hillcrest Cemetery at its November meeting. A columbarium is an above ground depository for cremated remains, and after multiple requests, the town council resurrected the 2008 plan. When the columbarium was originally proposed, the economy took a nose dive. “We just kept

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  • Looking past her lymphoma

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    At the 5K held in her honor, Jodi Martin braved the cold temperatures to high-five participants thanking them for their support.

    Jodi Martin knows that for every problem, there’s a way to work through it. That’s what being an instructional assistant for 10 years does to you. Martin takes pride in making sure no student is left behind during lessons. There are 442 students at Trevilians Elementary School where Martin assists kindergarten and first-grade teachers, and not all of those pupils are wired the same way. “If the teacher is teaching

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  • Louisa dog handler to participate in Eukanuba National Championships

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hope Matkins, with Grizz, will participate in the Eukanuba National Championships, the second largest dog show in the nation.

    They say that dog is a man’s best friend. But the ladylike charm that 14-year-old handler Hope Matkins exudes with her canine companions may call for a revision of that long-held maxim. A freshman at Louisa County High School, Matkins has been working as a Junior handler since she was four years old. Her hard work has culminated into earning a spot in the prestigious 2014 Eukanuba National Championships on

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