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Augusta County: Terry Kelley for Beverley Manor District

1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Terry Kelley has no opposition for his first run for public office after his opponent dropped out of the race this summer. So why would I endorse a candidate who is not in my district, and is a shoe-in for the job?

I’ve known Terry and his family since my family moved to Augusta County 20 years ago and became involved in the local homeschool organization, Parent Educators of Augusta County Homes (PEACH). His wife Denise and I served side-by-side on PEACH’s board for years, heading up field trips and meetings and consulting with new folks as they joined our ranks. More recently we both served together on the Augusta County Library Board of Trustees. Our children grew up together … their son Lee was part of the homeschool teen group that was at my house for many events, and son Tommy was a political junkie and Bill Bolling supporter when he was about 12. We’ve spent time at their house … they’ve spent time at ours.

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David Karaffa steps down as Augusta County supervisor

David Karaffa

David Karaffa (photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Beverley Manor District Supervisor David Karaffa submitted his resignation to Augusta County at Wednesday night’s meeting, citing relocation out of state with family due to family issues.

David, who was the youngest member of the board at 30 and was completing his first term with an eye to reelection in November, had been instrumental in bringing change to the board. That included staggered terms to bring the board in line with surrounding localities, funding fire and rescue, and working with fellow supervisors on the Courthouse issue.

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Augusta County residents organize against pipeline

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

PipelineSaturday, September 6th, saw a great number of Augusta County residents at the Verona Government Center. The topic of discussion was the Dominion Virginia Power Natural Gas Pipeline that has been much discussed since letters started appearing in citizens’ mailboxes. The letters have been asking landowners to allow Dominion representatives and their subcontractors to come onto their land and survey for the proposed route. This request has not been welcomed by the majority of landowners in Augusta.

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Augusta County schools 10-year construction and closing plan

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On Monday, August 25th, the Augusta County School Board presented the Board of Supervisors with their adopted 10-year capital/ construction/ school closure plan. The plan which was sent out weeks prior to the meeting is about 100 pages long and covers everything from technology, infrastructure, building repair and upgrade, to new construction, redistricting, and school closure.

The plan calls for the construction of a new Riverheads Elementary School (RES) on land next to the current RES to be completed and opened in 2016. Almost at the same time it calls for the construction of a new Cassell Elementary School that would open in 2017. These two construction projects would allow for Beverley Manor Elementary and Verona Elementary to be closed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Verona Elementary children would be sent to Clymore, Cassell, and Churchville elementary schools while Beverley Manor Elementary children would be sent to the new Riverheads Elementary. Some Clymore students would be sent to North River Elementary to make room for Verona children.

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