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The Louisa County Water Authority will begin smoke testing the sanitary sewer collection system in the Zion Crossroads service area the week of March 30 through April 3. It will do the same in the Louisa service area April 6 through April 10.

Instead of a party, one little girl in Louisa got a parade to celebrate her birthday. Friends and family drove from miles away to celebrate her birthday from the curb as their way of practicing social distancing. 

A company that received the county government’s approval in 2017 to install solar panels on about 1,000 acres near the town of Louisa wants to add another 500 acres nearby.

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Among the many places that have closed their doors as the coronavirus spreads is the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center on Industrial Drive. That means organizations that normally offer services there cannot do so for the foreseeable future. 

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The coronavirus continues to have a dramatic impact on life and work in Louisa County. Here are a few things that have happened over the past week:

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In an unprecedented move on March 23, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that all K-12 schools in the state would be closed for the rest of the academic year. School administrators and teachers have worked closely to come up with a plan for educating students at home.

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Louisa County Public Schools officials released some information today to answer parents and students' questions about the rest of the school year — and what happens after that. "Please keep in mind that we are dealing with an ever-evolving and unprecedented situation," school officials wrot…

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Health care providers in Louisa County say the biggest concern they have in the coming weeks and months is to make sure they have adequate supplies to protect themselves and patients from the coronavirus.

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UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed the pipe replacement on Jefferson Highway (Route 33) in the town of Louisa, previously scheduled for Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1.

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Louisa residents may soon feel the economic effects of the coronavirus in their wallets. For some residents, relief will come in the form of a check. For businesses, it may be forgivable loans. 

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Louisa County Sheriff Donald Lowe and Rusty McGuire, Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney, said on March 24 they will consider the release of some people charged with nonviolent offenses from Central Virginia Regional Jail pending trial to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus among inmates.

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The Virginia Department of Education issued guidance today on how school districts can ensure high school seniors who were on track to graduate can do so, even with classes cancelled for the remainder of the academic year.

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An emergency fund established by the Charlottesville Area Community Fund and several partner agencies will offer at least $2 million in grants to individuals and households affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including in Louisa County.

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How concerned are you about the spread of coronavirus in Louisa County?

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Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools to close for the rest of this academic year as the state ramps up measures to fight the coronavirus.

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Note: This article has been updated to correct an error that appeared in the original press release sent by Louisa County. The individual was tested on March 19 and the test results came back today.

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 Note: This story has been updated slightly from the print version to reflect new information.

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In an attempt to ease the pain of restaurants crippled by restrictions on their operations, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) said today it would allow licensed establishments to sell wine and beer for curbside pickup or delivery to customers' homes.

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Sheriff Donald Lowe warned this afternoon in a statement that restaurants could be forced to close if they do not obey the governor's order to limit the number of patrons at any given time to 10 or fewer.

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Governor Ralph Northam said this afternoon that state sales and use taxes that retailers were supposed to pay by Friday and individuals' tax payments due by May 1 can now be paid one month late.

Everyone hoping to enjoy baseball or soccer season as the weather begins to warm will have to wait a little while longer. As the coronavirus spreads across the country, spring sports season in Virginia has been suspended, postponing not just the games that were on the schedule, but also practices.

Update: Since this article was written, the county government has decided to close public buildings completely to visitors. Beginning on Monday, March 23, public access to the County Office Building will be restricted to the Sheriff’s Office /Emergency Services foyer to handle functions spec…

Gordmans replaced Peebles this week as the new clothing retailer in the town of Louisa's Glen Marye Shopping Center.

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The Louisa County Board of Supervisors responded to the coronavirus emergency by cancelling its budget session and regular meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Senators and delegates in the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up a tumultuous session on March 12, after working five days beyond their allotted 60-day time frame to pass a flurry of important bills.

Watch LCPS students with special needs play basketball against their peers from Greene County in a friendly competition on March 10 at Louisa County High School. This was the eighth and final game before playoffs. 

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Check this page often for updates about the coronavirus' impact in the local area. We will add new information as it becomes available. Scroll down for revised hours at Louisa County Resource Council.

Note: The following letter was sent to The Central Virginian, but addressed to members of the boards of supervisors of Fluvanna and Louisa counties.

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The Monacan Indian Nation says it wants to work with the James River Water Authority to determine if a site two miles upstream from the planned pump station and water pipeline is a reasonable alternative.

Some 100 residents of Louisa, Charlottesville, Richmond and surrounding areas attended the James River Water Authority meeting on March 11 at Spring Creek Sports Club to urge the authority to change the location of a planned pump station and water pipeline.

A pastor at a Louisa County church died on March 9, apparently from burns suffered outside his home while he was taking care of his bees.

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A grand jury indicted a Louisa teenager on 14 counts, including shooting an elderly man to death and seriously injuring his wife.