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Courtesy of fluvannasportsphotography.comBased on the final score of 28-34, it might be assumed that the Flucos and the Powhatan Indians engaged in a fierce defensive battle on Friday (Jan. 19). That was not really the case.

Certainly both teams worked hard on the defensive end. In fact, after the game Fluco Coach Chad White praised his team for its hard work on defense, but the low score was actually more the result of off nights from the field by both teams.

The Flucos do not rely too heavily on outside shooting, but in this game they had none. The ball just would not go down. Powhatan, which came in with an impressive 9-3 record, had similar problems. Each team made only one three-point shot for the night, and the Flucos’ came at the final buzzer.

The best part of the game for the Flucos was the first four minutes. The Flucos’ usual full court press caused some problems for the Indians early. Sophomore Kyia Scott scored two quick baskets for the Flucos for a 4-0 lead. One of Scott’s baskets came on nice pass from senior center Jamika Johnson. Sophomore forward Mya Wright was fouled on a rebound put back attempt and made two free throws for a 6-0 lead. Powhatan made two free throws to make it 6-2.

Fluco sophomore guard Nevaeh Ivory grabbed a defensive rebound and took the ball the length of the court for a lay-up and the Flucos led 8-2. With a little over half of the quarter remaining, the Indians called time out. In the final four minutes of the quarter a lay-up by Powhatan was the only score.

Ominously for the Flucos, Wright went down with a sprained ankle with three minutes left in the quarter. She would not return. The Flucos were already without sophomore point guard Jules Shepherd, who was out ill. As a result they had to play the vast majority of the game against a strong opponent with two starters sidelined.

In the second quarter, Powhatan bounced back and they outscored the Flucos 12-8 to tie the game at the half 16-16. Ivory had three in the quarter and Johnson had two free throws. Tahirah Amos, off the bench, had a nice jumper from the lane and freshman Caitlyn Broderick had a free throw, which ended the scoring in the quarter. Add a comment

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Mary Ann MarloweShe is a computer programmer by day but by night, Mary Ann Marlowe writes romance. As a writer, she is able to draw on many life experiences, including living in 12 U.S. states and abroad, including France. She studied French literature, taught French and tutored in German, was a college radio disc jockey, a webmaster, a blogger, and has a second degree black belt in karate. But one desire she was reluctant to pursue was writing a novel.

“One day my karate teacher asked, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ I would write,” said Marlowe. This question can lead to a revelation about the choices people make.

The thought of writing over 75,000 words was overwhelming for Marlowe but Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird changed all that.

“You are allowed to write garbage but you are writing,” she said. “It’s like driving down a road but don’t look too far ahead. Instead focus on what is right in front of you.”

Marlowe started the book and soon learned to write by writing. She also learned something else about herself during the process.

“With my first book I didn’t know where I was going until I was immersed in it,” she said. She discovered she was a pantser. A pantser is a writer who works impulsively without an outline. It is more spontaneous, going where the story and characters take the writer, rather than the writer dictating every scene. It’s not a style for every writer but many employ it.

“Drafting is the most challenging. Nothing relates to anything else and starting out is so daunting,” Marlowe said. She added that plotters often remedy this by creating an elaborate system to revise their work, like a spreadsheet or chart. Marlowe uses what she calls a beat sheet for writers, or a worksheet that provides guidance on things like layout, characters, progression, and relationships.

Marlowe can write a book in a month but it takes longer to revise. She said she could complete a book every three months but there is only so much that can be published in a short amount of time. She has written two books, Some Kind of Magic and Crazy Kind of Love, which are at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. She is currently working on Dating by the Book, which should be out next year. Add a comment

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Scottsville Even though there were plenty of activities during the month of December to keep everyone busy, the Scottsville town governing body remained dedicated to town business. There was activity in several ongoing projects and work begun on new projects – all destined to improve both the town itself and those who call it home.
With town finances in good shape, the Town Council made several expenditures over the past several months, each with the welfare of the town as the motivating factor.

Sidewalk project advances
With the approval of Town Council, the Timmons Group, a well-known civil engineering company based in Richmond, was enlisted to do a preliminary engineering study of a proposed sidewalk project linking “downtown” Scottsville to the “uptown” economic area.

Phase one of the project calls for a sidewalk with associated improvements from the area of Warren Street along Valley Street to the area of the intersection between Route 6 and Route 20. Phase two would continue from that point up Route 6 to James River Road.

The cost of phase one is estimated to be around $2 million while phase two would cost an additional $850,000. There are several grant programs available to funds projects such as this one. The Scottsville Planning Commission and town administrator, with the help of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, are working to find the best grant program to finance this project. Add a comment

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GroundbreakingAt long last people gathered to turn over the first spade of soil signaling the Farm Heritage Museum is on its way.

On a chilly Wednesday (Jan. 10) afternoon, friends and family of John May, 95, pushed a golden shovel into the ground at Pleasant Grove.

“Because John’s doctors wouldn’t let him come today just means we can say more about him; brag about him a bit,” said Overton McGehee, May’s nephew.

May grew up on his family’s Fluvanna farm where he learned the art of horse farming.

He stayed home to keep the farm going while his brothers went to fight in World War II, McGehee said.

May, who at one time served on the Board of Supervisors, became interested in collecting old farm equipment. As his collection grew, he wanted others to enjoy it. That desire was the seed of Old Farm Day, first held in 1996 at Pleasant Grove.

So many attended Old Farm Day to see the old tractors, hand and field tools May collected, he thought of building a museum to house it.
May “wants us all to know the people we came from worked really, really hard and that we as people have always been innovating,” McGehee said. “In this museum you’ll see the evolution of farming from 1865 through 1965. Uncle John would want us to remember we always need to keep looking for new ways to plow the ground and improve what we produce.”

Marvin Moss, the president of the Fluvanna Historical Society executive committee, spoke to the crowd.

“When John May said he’d be willing to donate his collection, a group started raising money in 2011,” Moss said. “We started out with $70,000 in grants, and then raised $200,000 from people in Fluvanna County. This is a public-private partnership. Most jurisdictions don’t do this, but we do it well.”

The county put the project out to bid, and in November, awarded it to Fuog/Interbuild, Inc. At the same meeting, supervisors voted 4-1 to cover the difference between the $285,425 that had been raised and the anticipated final cost of $339,895. Add a comment

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Kyia Scott on defenseFluco Coach Chad White said that he had been encouraging sophomore guard Navaeh Ivory to be aggressive. Ivory took that advice to heart on Jan. 12 against the visiting Hornets from Orange County. She took the ball to the basket again and again in a James Hardin fashion. Not all her slashing attacks at the basket were successful, but there were plenty of good results. At halftime, the Fluco girls had a comfortable 36-20 lead and Ivory had posted 17 of her team’s points.

In the first quarter Ivory hit for nine points, scoring seven straight of the Flucos’ points in mid-quarter, including a three-point play and a lay-in on a nice feed from Mya Wright. The Fluco defense was strong and the Hornets turned the ball over and were forced into difficult shots. The Flucos led 16-8 after the first eight minutes.

The second quarter scoring started with a three-point basket by Fluco point guard Jules Shepherd, who, like Ivory, is only a sophomore. The Flucos had six players in the scoring column in the second quarter, as they outscored Orange 20-12 for their comfortable 16-point halftime lead. Ivory had eight in the quarter, while Shepherd had five.

In the third quarter, the Fluco offense seemed to sputter a bit. Orange showed some offensive punch and cut the lead to 12 at 40-28. However, the Flucos turned to sophomore back-up guard Maggie Wentz for two three-point shots and the quarter ended with the 12-point lead intact, at 48-36.

The Flucos outscored the Hornets 7-1 to start the fourth quarter and the game was effectively over. These seven points came on a three-point basket by Ivory and back-to-back scores inside by Kyia Scott, yet another sophomore. While Ivory led the scoring, Scott contributed 12 points. Next in scoring with eight was Destini Monroe, a freshman. Shepherd and Wentz had seven and six respectively. Add a comment

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