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Lemon’s Jewelry manager sentenced for embezzlement

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Louisa man appeared in Louisa County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 18 for sentencing on one count of embezzlement and received five years, with all but 90 days suspended. Charles Edward Walker, 45, was an employee of Lemon’s Jewelry in Louisa and was arrested for embezzling more than $15,000 from the company. Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire said that Walker had taken advantage of his employer over time,

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Lemon’s Jewelry manager sentenced for embezzlement

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Louisa man appeared in Louisa County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 18 for sentencing on one count of embezzlement and received five years, with all but 90 days suspended. Charles Edward Walker, 45, was an employee of Lemon’s Jewelry in Louisa and was arrested for embezzling more than $15,000 from the company. Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire said that Walker had taken advantage of his employer over time,

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  • Turbulence at Louisa’s airport

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The Louisa County Board of Supervisor attempted an operational takeover of Louisa County Airport. 
Photo by Paula Hawthorne

    A suggestion by county supervisors that they take over the Louisa Airport never got off the ground. Members of the Louisa County Industrial Development Authority saw red when they received an August 8 letter from Willie Gentry, chairman of the board of supervisors, expressing concerns whether the IDA’s dual role as both airport manager and economic development driver are in the best interest of the county. “To this end, it

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  • Louisa school buses go high tech

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Louisa County Public Schools bus driver Fran Farley scans one of 11 zones on her bus with the new device that will improve time and attendance tracking, as well as maintenance and safety-related issues.

    When Louisa County Public Schools’ bus drivers hit the road on Wednesday, their every move was recorded and electronically transmitted back to the school division’s transportation department. In fact, if a parent were to call the schools and claim the bus didn’t drive by on a particular morning, transportation staff is able to retrieve reports that indicate precisely what time the bus passed the student’s house, what route the bus

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In his 20 years of coaching high school football, Louiosa head coach mark Fischer said Thursday's scrimmage was the first time he pulled his team off the field.

Tempers flare at Louisa scrimmage

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

Louisa’s opening scrimmage of the season came to an early and unexpected halt on Thursday at the campus of J.R. Tucker High School in Richnibd after varsity head coach Mark Fischer observed what he called “obvious, dirty, late hits” by an opposing team. The trouble began in the team’s second and final scrimmage session of the day versus the Meadowbrook Monarchs.  After a Meadowbrook score, tempers flared when a Monarch

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  • Rebuilding Louisa’s field hockey team

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Louisa is hoping to capitalize on a strong midfield presence led by senior and two-time All-District member Skylar Reed.

    Building a winning field hockey program is tough. Doing so after you’ve lost nine seniors is even tougher. And in leading a program that has only six wins in the past two seasons, Louisa varsity head coach Meredith Williamson might just have the toughest job in the school’s athletic program. There’s no question the Lady Lions are facing a rebuilding project this season. With just five seniors heading into this

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  • Longtime official drops by Louisa football practice

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Greg Strickland, who serves as chairman of the Louisa County School Board, has officiated high school football for 21 years.  Strickland dropped by Louisa’s practice on Friday to discuss rule changes and safety with the team as well as  to answer questions players had about the sport. Strickland will speak with two more teams before the season begins. Due to Virginia High School League rules, Strickland is not allowed to officiate games in Louisa County.

    On most days, people can expect to see Louisa County School Board Chairman Greg Strickland decked out in a suit and tie. But on Friday morning, Strickland was instead wearing a striped shirt and wielding a whistle, the two signature tools of the trade for another profession of his. Strickland, who has officiated high school football for 21 years now, spent the morning going over Virginia High School League rule

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Lifestyles

Fire Chief Franklin “Perk” Perkins was laid to rest on Aug. 15.

Farewell to Louisa’s chief

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

An outpouring of community members paid their last respects on Friday, Aug. 15, to a man who was an icon in Louisa County and a mentor and friend to many. Robert Franklin “Perk” Perkins Jr., 89, died on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery after a memorial service at the Louisa Volunteer Fire Station. Perkins had battled lung cancer since May of 2013. He was

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  • Mineral girl places in coop’s youth art contest

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Lexi Vonetes holds the July issue of Cooperative Living where her artwork is shown as the third place winner in the second grade class of the 2014 Youth Art contest held each year by Rappahannock Electric.

    Eight-year-old Lexi Vonetes of Mineral recently won third place in the second grade division of the 12th annual 2014 Youth Art contest sponsored by Cooperative Living magazine published by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. In the magazine’s July issue, Lexi’s artwork was among the top 18 works of art displayed. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade across Virginia were invited to submit their artwork illustrating the theme “Here’s How I Help Other

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  • Secrets of finding treasure in others’ trash

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Tripp Walton’s favorite pastime is bidding at storage unit auctions.  It’s tough work, but Walton has found quite the treasure trove from other people’s forgotten castoffs, such as this cabinet.

      Christmas doesn’t just happen once a year for Bumpass native Tripp Walton, it happens almost every month. And the presents he gets can’t fit under a tree. Heck, they could barely fit into a room. That’s because for the past three years, Walton has delved into the world of storage unit auctions, where bidders gather for the public sale of units that have gone unclaimed for extended periods of

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Entertainment

Shriners to hold festival

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

Each year, the 40-member KENA Patriot’s Shrine Club aims to donate more than $12,000 to the 22 Shriners Hospitals across the country. And in a few short weeks, they’re hoping to get a huge boost to that mission. The club will host its first annual “Draw Down” get-together at Christopher Run Campground on Saturday, September 13. All guests will be able to enjoy good food, great music and even better,

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  • AARP trip

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Louisa AARP is planning a cruise to the Panama Canal Feb. 16 through Feb. 27, 2015. The 12 day, 11 night cruise will leave Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will visit Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, Panama Canal, Panama, Colon, Panama, Limon, Costa Rica, Ochos Rios, Jamaica and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. The cost of the trip includes round trip airfare from Washington Dulles, cruise, port charges, government fees, taxes and transfers

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  • Mineral Bluegrass Festival returns to Walton Park

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The bluegrass is headed back to Mineral The 31st annual Mineral Bluegrass Festival will be held at Walton Park in Mineral from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19. Fifteen performers are scheduled to take the stage during the three-day event that organizers estimate will draw 2,500 spectators. “People love bluegrass, regardless of who is playing,” said George Shifflett, of Shifflett Family Entertainment, who is organizing the event. “They come

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