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Roger Piantadosi is the editor of the Rappahannock News. He was an editor, staff writer and information architect at The Washington Post for almost 30 years before retiring (or so he thought) in 2008. He and his wife, Charmaine Lee, have lived in Washington, Va., since 1999.


County opposes pipeline

Jul. 10, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors became one of the first local governing bodies in the Northern Piedmont region Monday to say “no” to a natural-gas transmission line proposed by Spectra Energy.
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Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center

Jul. 10, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors gave its blessing to Narmada Winery’s proposal to build a 2,800-square-foot weddings-and-events center Monday night (July 7), but not without significant pre-nuptial agreements.
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Mower-truck crash victim flown to U.Va. hospital

Jul. 10, 2014

A pickup truck driven collided with a zero-turn mower operated by Floyd Grigsby on Long Mountain Road near Ridge View Tuesday afternoon, after which the victim was flown by medical helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

Jun. 26, 2014
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As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
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Residents react to Abdo plans at council meeting

Jun. 19, 2014
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Unsurprisingly, what dominated public comment at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday (June 16) was the controversy over a recent Washington Post profile of Jim Abdo, a developer known best for his neighborhood-rehab work in Washington, D.C.
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Community forum tonight: development in Washington

Jun. 19, 2014
Little Washington from above by Laurie Smith and Mark Reinhardt

Do you have something to say, or ask, about development in the town of Washington? Be at the Theatre at Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, for a "Rapp Live" community forum with all the current players.
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Photos: Jail time

Jun. 19, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Officials from three counties cut the ribbon for the new Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Tuesday morning (June 15) at an opening ceremony.
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Little Washington is big news in Big Washington

Jun. 18, 2014
Abdo's White Moose Inn.

The phrase "Washington correspondent" seems to be taking on new meaning in the nation's capital.
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Two chases end in arrests

Jun. 12, 2014
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In separate incidents, police chased two drivers Saturday — one of them with an infant and toddler in his vehicle in Amissville, the other on a motorcycle traveling at speeds surpassing 120 mph.
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Big news?

Jun. 12, 2014
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A profile in The Washington Post’s Business section last weekend of well-known D.C. developer and longtime Rappahannock County weekender Jim Abdo caused a bit of a stir this week.
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Photo: From porch to ‘Torch’

Jun. 12, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

More than 300 parked in a field and sat before the granite amphitheater carved out of a hillside at John Henry and Ann Crittenden’s Stone Hill Farm near Flint Hill Saturday afternoon.
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Approved: uncertain budget, drier golf course

Jun. 5, 2014
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Facing a full agenda and a not-so-full courthouse, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Monday (June 2) for about two hours in the afternoon and less than an hour in the evening, during which the board passed its $21.99 million budget, among other matters.
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Sperryville sewer rate increase proposed

Jun. 5, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority plans a public hearing at 7 p.m. next Thursday (June 12) at the county courthouse on its proposed increase to wastewater system rates for residential and business customers in the village of Sperryville.
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Webert meets with Bunch over lunch

May. 29, 2014
Virginia Del. Michael Webert (R-18th) second from left, talks with Lunch Bunchers and others Tuesday on the patio at Tula’s in Washington.

Virginia Del. Michael Webert (R-18th), Rappahannock’s man in Richmond, met the informal, itinerant, five-day-a-week gathering known as the Lunch Bunch this Tuesday (May 27) at Tula’s off Main to discuss the county’s LCI and state budget situations.
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Our phones are down

May. 22, 2014

The landline phones at the Rappahannock News are out of service, if you've been trying to call since midafternoon.
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Heroin: It’s here, and there are consequences

May. 22, 2014
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Today, heroin is cheaper and easier for addicts to obtain than prescription painkillers. And the consequences are not just making headlines across the country and in the neighboring counties and cities of Virginia’s Piedmont. They’re here.
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News Briefs for May 22

May. 22, 2014

Stonyman Gourmet sues to stay through 2016, while Jim Abdo purchases the former Virginia Department of Transportation yard just outside Washington.
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Robin and Linda Williams, at home in Americana

May. 15, 2014
Robin and Linda Williams, in town Saturday evening.

After more than 40 years of traveling and performing together — including to this Saturday’s first-ever Rappahannock Americana Music Festival here in Washington — Robin and Linda Williams have heard it all.
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Town’s least talkative budget hearing

May. 15, 2014
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The Washington Town Council held its official public hearing on the town’s $907,500 fiscal 2015 budget at its regular monthly meeting Monday (May 12) at town hall.
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Gas pipeline could pass through Rappahannock

May. 15, 2014
Courtesy of Spectra Energy

A 427-mile natural-gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to North Carolina proposed by Spectra Energy would pass through eastern Rappahannock County, according to a map released this week by the Houston-based pipeline and distribution-system company.
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School budget: Aye

May. 8, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors quietly adopted a school budget during its monthly meeting Monday (May 5) at the courthouse, and then talked even more quietly about noise.
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The few. The worried. The 2015 budget.

May. 1, 2014
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Slightly less than one person per 10 cents of next year’s proposed property tax rate — 69 cents per $100 of assessed value, should the fiscal year 2015 budget be adopted as is — rose to spoke at Monday night’s board of supervisors budget hearing at Rappahannock County High School.
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Big changes in Little Washington

May. 1, 2014
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Many changes are coming to the town of Washington in the months and years ahead. To the town council after its Election Day next Tuesday (May 6), it’s business as usual, as the second town election in a row has just a single name next to every open position.
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Photos: Step right up

May. 1, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Amissville certified fitness instructors Lindsey Wangsgard and Donna Comer lead twice-weekly cardio-strength-building classes for the PTO — and now for anyone who's interested.
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Photos: Welcome to Tapas-hannock

May. 1, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Owner Emilio Fontan, head chef Andres Delgado and manager Rosita Mendoza welcome guests attending a pre-opening reception at El Quijote.
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Photo: Up in flames

May. 1, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Thirty-foot flames engulf a woodworking workshop owned by Peter Kreyling on Hunters Road at 4 a.m. Saturday (April 26).
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Sheriff says more staff, or ‘complete restructuring,’ is needed

Apr. 24, 2014
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Two big question marks lingering in this annual season of bottom-line budget juggling — a partisan stalemate in Richmond, and the county’s impending move from its small local jail to a large regional facility — are worrying Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith.
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Photos: Tula’s pre-opening dinner

Apr. 24, 2014

Celebrating the reopening of Tula’s off Main last week at a pre-opening dinner.
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Four-cent tax increase proposed

Apr. 17, 2014
Possibly for the last time ever (since the county is considering doing away with them next year), citizens line up outside the county treasurer's office in Washington on Monday (April 14), including (far left) a certain chair of the county supervisors who shall remain nameless.

It’s a tricky budget season — on Gay Street in Little Washington, and across the state, since Virginia legislators remain locked in a partisan health care-driven battle in Richmond and haven’t yet approved state spending for the budget year that starts July 1.
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Photos: Play ball!

Apr. 17, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Al Kellert throws out the first pitch at opening day last Saturday morning of the Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball League.
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RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one

Apr. 10, 2014
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After a school employee reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking behind Rappahannock County Elementary School just before the school day ended Tuesday, the school and sheriff’s office put the school in lockdown mode for most of an hour while deputies searched the grounds.
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2014’s snowfall put a blanket over business

Mar. 27, 2014
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Many retail and visitor-related businesses in Rappahannock County — where business is never anywhere as good in January and February as it is in spring and fall — can’t wait to see the winter of 2014’s record snowfall get into the record books — and off the streets.
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Snow vs. spring

Mar. 20, 2014
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Spring officially arrives today. Not a moment too soon.
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Late snow closes down Rappahannock

Mar. 17, 2014
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Last night and today's late-winter storm dumped another six- to 10 inches through Rappahannock County and the Piedmont region. Rappahannock's schools, county government and courts are closed today.
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Photo: Crash on Sunday

Mar. 3, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Crash on U.S. 211 in Washington Sunday.
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Sheriff says FBI investigated, cleared her

Feb. 27, 2014
Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith was investigated and cleared by the FBI earlier this year.

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith was the subject of an investigation last fall by the FBI, the sheriff confirmed this week.
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County chooses Knick to head treasurer’s office

Feb. 20, 2014
Debbie Knick will start March 3 as Rappahannock County’s deputy treasurer and take over as treasurer in May.

Debbie Knick, director of finance at Randolph-Macon Academy and a lifelong resident of Harris Hollow who’s “always been an admirer of the position” of Rappahannock County treasurer, will soon be doing more than admiring the job.
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Your snow-day newspaper

Feb. 13, 2014
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Thursday's print edition delivery could be slowed by the snowstorm. Get the details here.
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Supervisors decline to oppose AG’s actions

Feb. 6, 2014
More than 30 county residents spoke during the one hour and 15 minute public comment period at Monday's board of supervisors meeting.

At Monday’s (Feb. 3) meeting of the county board of supervisors, more than 30 citizens had something to say about whether the board should accept or reject a resolution protesting Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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Two arrests and a spate of thefts

Feb. 6, 2014
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A Culpeper man and Boston woman were charged this week with grand larceny in one of what the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office says has been a recent string of thefts of equipment, tools and other items over the last month.
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