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Jimmie Dodd (front, center) thanks the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department for its work on behalf of the Mineral Bluegrass Festival.  The department honored Dodd and his wife, Shirley, for 30 years of service.

Mineral Bluegrass Festival icons honored for service

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Mineral Volunteer Fire Department wrapped up its final year of involvement with the Mineral Bluegrass Festival this weekend by honoring long-time supporters of the organization, Jimmie and Shirley Dodd of Mineral. The Dodds’ association with the bluegrass festival spans over three decades, until health issues forced the couple to step back last year. The fire department had planned to honor the couple at last year’s event, but the couple

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    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Mineral Hillbillies during the annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade on Thursday, July 3. Louisa Fire Chief Robert “Perk” Perkins, who for the first time wasn’t able to make the short drive to attend the event due to his declining health, can still say he’s never missed a parade.  The route took a decided turn to the west as parade participants strayed from the regular route to file past Perkins’ Harris Creek Road home.

    A little rain didn’t stop the 72nd annual Louisa Fireman’s Parade from going on as scheduled on Thursday, July 3, but the procession was anything but routine. Everything was moving along according to the usual plan when all the fire trucks and ambulances took a sudden and unexpected turn to the west and disappeared from the line-up. Unbeknown to parade-goers, the vehicles were headed to the home of long-time Louisa

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  • A journey not quite finished, Louisa teacher still active

    Posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Rosetta Robinson

    As a high school senior in 1969, Rosetta Robinson sat in the advisor’s office at A. G. Richardson High School and was told that she’d be lucky to attain a job any higher than a low-end vocational job. Back then, students were assigned one of four levels based on their perceived academic potential. “When you got into those groups, you stayed in those groups,” Robinson said. “You could feel like

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  • Trevilians Schoolhouse makes move

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Members of Rollin Wheels worked to relocate the Trevilians schoolhouse during the morning of Thursday, May 22. The schoolhouse now sits on the property of Walton Park in Mineral.

    If you traveled through Mineral around noon on Thursday, May 22, you probably found yourself in the middle of one of the most unique traffic jams in the town’s history. That’s because the old Trevilians Schoolhouse was uprooted, put on axles and moved down the road to Walton Park at the request of the building’s owner, Sally Johnson. “The town is glad to have it,” Mineral Vice-Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube said.

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  • Dedicated to remembering the fallen

    Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Lt. Col. Vincent J. Ciuccoli, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, presented American Legion Post 116 commander Charles Alvarez with an American flag and a citation of proud presentation during the Memorial Day program on Monday, May 26. Ciuccoli was the guest speaker at the program which was held on the Louisa County courthouse lawn.

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  • Gowns of Love

    Posted on May 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Jessica Kidd, founder of Gracie’s Gowns, provides free and personalized gowns to chronically ill children.

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  • Updated emergency equipment could help Louisa’s first responders

    Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Chris Lee, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office communications deputy director and volunteer medic, shows one of the outdated monitors currently being used in the county.

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