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Taking the bad with the good

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

For many members of our community, this past week has been full of terrible, horrible news. A fatal accident. A suspicious business fire and possible hate crime. A shooting at a gas station. Politicians charged with assault. And more. These are difficult days for many of us in Louisa County, and we have many more ahead of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those affected.

And yet, Louisa County is a region filled with hope, with promise. We have our tragic events, yes. But we also have our stories of trial and triumph.

This past weekend, Louisa’s Javanique Burruss set the state record for 55 meter hurdles. She also set many personal bests this weekend, as did other local athletes. In fact, the girls’ track team finished third overall. For the boys, Louisa’s Raeshawn Bishop set school records, as well. For more on this great weekend for our track stars, turn to our sports page this week or visit us online.

As you already know if you’ve read the front page, about 300 blacksmiths visited Louisa recently to fellowship and learn, keeping alive a tradition that is ages old.

And, as we told you last week, Louisa sent many students to the Honor Band in Blacksburg.

In case you’re looking for some great music, Mechanicsville Baptist Church will host The Virginia Baptist Women’s Chorale on Saturday, March 17 at 6 p.m., in the church sanctuary. The concert is free and everyone is welcome.

Jaimie Portelle was named to the Dean’s List at Mary Baldwin College.

Third-grader Robert Sisk made the honor roll at Jouett.

Read Across America will be held at the public library on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Presbyterian church in Louisa is having a free clothing giveaway on March 12 and 13.

A book group for middle school girls is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6.

Parks and Rec has kicked off its annual Peeps Contest.

Louisa County is, like every place we’ve ever visited, a mix of beautiful people and tragic events, of happiness and horrors, of great news and terrible news.

When tragedy visits members in our community, there’s no Pollyanna ray of sunshine that will make it all better. There’s no cute saying on a greeting card that will hold your hand until you’re all cried out.

But when tragedy does come to Louisa County, we have a community that can comfort each other. We have our friends and families and churches, our classmates and our co-workers to help.

Yes, terrible things – unspeakable horrors – take place here. We have bad weeks. Families suffer tragedies. But we have our glorious days, too. Our parades and our proms. Though we have our share of funerals, we have wonderful weddings and blessed births each day, as well.

So, if you hear people complaining about how bad things are in Louisa County, if the television news swoops in for the next “Bad Thing In Louisa Story Of Awfulness,” then tell them about Javanique Burruss. Invite them to enter the peeps contest. Drive them to the Louisa County library for a great event.

We’re Louisa County. When the earth shakes beneath us, we just hold each other a little tighter.