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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 26)

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This week's headlines: Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned • Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw • Up in the Hollow: 'They Paved Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot' • The Rapp for Feb. 26 • Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count • and more
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Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned

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Feb. 26
An artist's rendering of what the new Trinity Church parking lot will look like when refinished.

Several critics of the town of Washington say the town’s council broke at least one state law in the summer of 2013 when it voted to contribute $20,000 to a effort by the Inn at Little Washington to improve the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot.
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Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw

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Feb. 26

A critical look at the Rappahannock News' coverage (or lack thereof) of the so-called "Inn crowd conspiracy," and a possible step toward a spring thaw.
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Up in the Hollow: ‘They Destroyed Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot’

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Feb. 26

Let's review: The Inn got a free street and a nicer parking lot for the church, a lot the Inn uses. The church asked for and got $20,000 from the town for their parking lot, and the town apparently broke the law in the process.
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Sponsored Content: Vet’s Corner, February 2015

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As a holistic practice, we are often called to visit animals with unusual symptoms. We see animals with specific personality or behavior traits that came along with the physical symptom the owner recognizes as abnormal.
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Storm-free budget season ahead?

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Feb. 19

Following two consecutive years of 4-cent increases in Rappahannock County’s property tax rate, early signs point to an annual local-government budget season this spring that might offer taxpayers a break from bad news.
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The Rapp for Feb. 19

Belle Meade’s Equestrian Club sponsors a fundraising trail ride April 12.

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Stop taking ’cides

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Feb. 19
MRSA, by NIAID via Wikimedia Commons

Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Writer Liza Field has a few antibiotic-free ideas.
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Draft school budget starts by holding the line

Although school board members spent some time afterwards discussing adding more than $100,000 for athletics-related positions, superintendent Donna Matthews presented a draft 2015-2016 budget last Thursday (Feb. 12) at the high school that would increase last year’s $9.09 million county-funding tab by just $27,700.
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School and sports news for Feb. 19

Members and coaches of RCHS’s varsity wrestling team gather for the traditional grapplers’ version of a group hug, celebrating their runner-up trophy at last week’s regionals tournament. More important: All six medalists are headed to the state wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday in Salem.

RCHS wrestlers and quiz bowl teams head for state championship tourneys, WCDS students tackle history and break a basketball scoring record and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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The News Feed

Governor praises budget’s passage

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Feb. 27
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Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is praising the Republican-controlled General Assembly for passing state budget amendments that will increase funding for education and provide pay raises for teachers, state troopers...
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Magic white-carpet ride

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Feb. 26
By Molly M. Peterson

Almost all-in-one

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Feb. 26
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Marijuana extracts OK’d for epilepsy treatment

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Feb. 20
By O'Dea via Wikimedia Commons

Two types of medical marijuana extracts would be legal to possess and recommend for epilepsy treatment in Virginia under legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday and sent...
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Virginia bans powdered alcohol

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Feb. 20
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Cocaine isn’t the only white powder on drug authorities’ radar these days. They’re also targeting Palcohol — powdered alcohol that can turn a glass of water into a mojito....
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Assembly blocks out-of-state access to handgun permits

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Feb. 20
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It is now up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued...
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Governor signs law allowing Uber, Lyft to operate

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Feb. 20
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After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in...
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House kills anti-gerrymandering bill

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Feb. 19
Sen. John Watkins discusses his bill, SB 840, with (from left) Dels. Steven Landes, Buddy Fowler and Margaret Ransone. The three would shortly vote to table SB 840.

A bill aimed at taking some of the politics out of redistricting was struck down by a House subcommittee early Thursday morning.
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Circles of ice

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Feb. 19
Photo by Paul Shumate

Senate passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for home-schoolers

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Feb. 19
By Peter Merholz via Wikimedia Commons

The Senate passed a bill this week that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.
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Wild Ideas nature column

During the Great Backyard Bird Count, citizens are invited to submit counts of birds they see, even those found at bird feeders, such as these common winter residents.

Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count

This year Pam Owen joined other Rappahannock County residents in the Great Backyard Bird...

Adult monarchs feed on a variety of nectar plants, including this Liatris pycnostachya, a native of the Midwest, at Bruce and Susan Jones’ naturalized property near the town of Washington.

Wild Ideas: $3.2 million to restore monarch butterfly habitat

Help for the beleaguered monarch butterfly is on the way through a new cooperative...

Although less than an inch long, bald-faced hornets are fierce predators and defenders of their nests.

Wild Ideas: Be careful or bee stung

Pam Owen’s passion for nature was tested last summer when she inadvertently entered into...

In snowy weather, when food may be hard to find, having some cached in the ground, in low holes in trees or other places may tide them over.

Wild Ideas: When food is plentiful, animals cache in

When foxes keep killing prey after they’ve had a full meal, are they being...

 
 

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