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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.

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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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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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.

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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.

Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves, who represents Louisa County in the Virginia General Assembly, explained his vote yesterday for a bill allowing localities to remove war monuments, including those honoring Confederate generals.

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A recent Louisa County High School graduate has organized a free prom dress shop to help girls who may have trouble paying to go to the big dance.

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It will take $67,000 of new Louisa County funding to keep the Friendly Oaks clubhouse in Mineral open, Region Ten officials said this week.

The Louisa County Commissioner of the Revenue began mailing 2020 tax assessments to property owners on March 3. Across the county, real estate property value for existing construction is expected to increase four percent this year, although individual property values may not increase by that…

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The Louisa County Broadband Authority asked the board of supervisors on March 2 for $100,000 to complete the wireless tower project. These funds are on top of the $1.09 million the board approved four years ago.

Nearly 4,500 of Louisa’s residents voted on March 3 in the Democratic Party presidential primary. The overwhelming majority picked Joe Biden as their candidate of choice, with Bernie Sanders in a distant second place and Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren well behind.

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Starting July 1, residents will pay a little more to dispose of household trash and other solid waste at the county landfill.

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The decision by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 18 to advertise no increase in the real estate tax rate had the air of finality about it. But it was not the last word.

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, which serves about 3,500 customers in the western portion of Louisa County, will use a $28 million federal grant and loan to help provide high-speed internet service to its members.

Only one percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) students earn the organization’s highest honor, the American FFA Degree. Two Louisa County High School graduates earned the honor in 2019 and are now setting their sights on inspiring a new generation of farmers. 

The James River Water Authority spent the past few months studying eight alternative locations where it could draw water for Louisa County’s future needs. Of those eight, the least damaging but feasible option is the one Louisa and Fluvanna counties chose more than six years ago.

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Louisa County Public Schools awarded $25,000 in grants for educational projects that encourage teachers and students to think outside the box.

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Dominique McLaughlin always liked stepping out in front of an audience, going back to her days at Louisa County High School when she ran track, sang in the chorus and took part in fashion shows.

A bid for $500,000 in state funding to increase testing of harmful algae blooms on freshwater bodies, including Lake Anna, appeared to run out of steam this week in the Virginia General Assembly.

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Clarification: The article has been changed from the original version to reflect the fact that the board's Feb. 18 vote was to advertise no increase in the tax rate. The board does not actually set the tax rate until May. If the board decides between now and that point to raise the rate, it …

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Of the many things people who struggle to put food on the table may have to give up in exchange, feminine hygiene products may not be the first that comes to mind.

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This week The Central Virginian introduces a new column by Randy Holladay, a retired Louisa County High School Earth Science teacher. Stay tuned for more of his insights like the following about life in Louisa, on and off the ground.

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On Jan. 28, five members of the Louisa County 4-H Nature Explorers participated in the State Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Contest at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox.

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“How long have you been married?” I ask Clineth and Ernest Graves. “Too long!” Ernest quickly responds, then he laughs and she laughs with him.