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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 21)

Aug. 21, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Castleton adds Marsalis-led jazz academy session • ARB likes Mt. Prospect redo, Kramer Building signage • The Rapp for Aug. 21 • Miller plans to fill Schoolhouse with antiques • Deal gets more time for evaluation • Editorial: Mystery at the manor • and more.
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The Rapp for Aug. 21

Aug. 21, 2014
Ella Schultz of Amissville in “The Tempest” at American Shakespeare Center’s summer-camp performances at Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled, Tula’s hosts a tomato-themed dinner, tickets are going fast for this year’s Taste of Rappahannock, two local students spend their summer performing Shakespeare and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Fantastic night

Aug. 21, 2014
Photo by Don Audette

Children, staff, and medical volunteers from the National Institutes of Health mingle in the crowded pavilion at the annual Camp Fantastic.
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Spectra suspends pipeline

Aug. 14, 2014
Flickr user rickz (www.flickr.com/photos/rickz/); licensed via Creative Commons

Spectra Energy says it has suspended work on the proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Rappahannock County.
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The Rapp for Aug. 14

Aug. 14, 2014
Bel Canto during a June performance.

RAAC performs “The Real Inspector Hound,” Bel Canto holds open singing auditions, “En Plein Air” opens at RDA and Knights of the Vine visit Narmada in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 14

Aug. 14, 2014
School & sports news for Aug. 14

Rapp sports kicks off its fall seasons with a football game tomorrow night, RCHS hosts two guest speakers for Convocation Day and RM-A hands out its end-of-year awards in this week's school and sports news.
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PRACEP honors graduates

Aug. 14, 2014

Thirty adults are set to graduate from Piedmont Regional Adult & Continuing Education Programs (PRACEP) with a GED on Aug. 27.
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Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Aug. 14, 2014
Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Walker Jones is pleased to announce that Michael Brown has joined the firm as a member and is managing its new Rappahannock County office in Washington.
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Photos: Pickups collide

Aug. 14, 2014
Courtesy of Sperryville Volunteer Fire Company

Virginia State Police are still investigating the 8:20 p.m. crash on U.S. 522 near Scrabble Sunday in which two pickup trucks collided head-on.
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Photo: Uh-oh

Aug. 14, 2014
Photo by Larry Sherertz

This black bear cub was caught by photographer Larry Sherertz last week before he could turn and trot off with yet another golden delicious.
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Photo: Supply officers

Aug. 14, 2014
Courtesy photo

RCSO staff hands out school supplies at last week’s Rappahannock County Public Schools’ back-to-school night for parents.
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Letter: Headwaters thanks Union First and local restaurants

Aug. 14, 2014

On behalf of the Headwaters Foundation and all the Rappahannock County Public Schools staff, we thank our local restaurants for providing a fabulous meal for the teachers, administrators and support staff of our public schools, and we thank Union First Market Bank for underwriting the luncheon. On Aug. 6, after a morning of speakers...
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Letter: Farm Tour needs your help

Aug. 14, 2014

A new Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival committee has reduced the cost of the Sept. 27-28 event by more than half, while expanding venues to more than 30. Fiscally, we run a tight ship, but we need money to attract more visitors, to spend their money at local restaurants, shops and lodging establishments,...
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Pressing our delegate to mind the ‘Medicaid Gap’

Aug. 14, 2014
Constituents at Del. Michael Webert's health care conference included (clockwise from Webert, in hat) legislative director Nick Blessing, Greta Hayden-Pless, Olivia Hayden-Pless, Lori Bergholz, Helen Stanley, Howard Coon, Kim Hayden and Mara Seaforest.

A group of constituents from the Virginia House of Delegates’ 18th district met last week with the district’s Del. Michael J. Webert at the Warrenton Agricultural Extension office to tell him how lack of adequate health care is affecting them and to enlist his support for a solution.
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 14)

Aug. 14, 2014
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This week's headlines include: School board OKs talks with tower company • Spectra suspends pipeline project • The Rapp for Aug. 14 • Permit postponed, transparency defended • 10 years, 50-plus artists: Art Tour gears up • Editorial: Eerie parallels • and more.
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Bill Walton joins NPCF board

Aug. 7, 2014
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Harris Hollow resident Bill Walton is one of the newest members of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s board of directors, continuing his trend of positively impacting Rappahannock.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

Aug. 7, 2014
“The Rangers,” a local indie web series, shoots in Rappahannock later this month.

PEC hosts a Pollinators Walk through Bruce Jones’ nature preserve, the Panthers cook up a spaghetti dinner football fundraiser, Rappahannock doubles as Andrasil for “The Rangers” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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RCPS 2014-2015 Bus Routes

Aug. 7, 2014
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The 2014-2015 Rappahannock County Public Schools bus routes are here, for download or print.
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School & sports news for Aug. 7

Aug. 7, 2014
WCDS students, including Owen Youngquist, Douglas Griffin, Aaron Corbett and Joe Dowell, march with the Virginia Delegation at the recent NJCL Latin convention.

Panther athletes return to the field (and gym, and track, and practice courts), while WCDS students win big at the VJCL Lation Convention in this week's school and sports news.
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Park visitor spending down but still worth $72.4 million

Aug. 7, 2014

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park, down from the park’s 2012 tally.
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Five ways, and funding, for forest owners to attract quail

Aug. 7, 2014

Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted in recent years due to loss of appropriate habitat. Now, forest landowners who want to create good habitat have a new source of funds to support them.
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Photo: Camp togetherness

Aug. 7, 2014
Courtesy photo

Seventeen members of Rappahannock’s Boy Scout Troop 36 (shown here at their first dining hall meal) spent a recent week at Camp Rock Enon.
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Photo: Building ‘Earth Allegiance’

Aug. 7, 2014
Photo by Larry “Bud” Meyer

Volunteers install the last six panels of Living Sky Foundation’s “Earth Allegiance” mural.
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Photo: New to our schools

Aug. 7, 2014
Photo by Jan Clatterbuck

Rappahannock County Public Schools welcomed five new teachers to the fold Monday morning (Aug. 4).
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Leaving Candyland

Aug. 7, 2014

Humans are attracted to sweetness–not just in food, but in media fare. The urge to avoid bitter realities and sweets that comfort makes us vulnerable to plenty of sticky disinformation, writes Liza Field, in this examination of bees, pesticides and PR.
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 7)

Aug. 7, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: EMS study gets go ahead • Bus route changes in Tiger Valley • The Rapp for Aug. 7 • Scouting's global service • Bill Walton join NPCF board • Editorial: Summertime, and the livin’ is dangerous • Wild Ideas: Celebrating the underappreciated moth • and more.
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Five dead in Rixeyville home

Aug. 4, 2014
A family of two adults and three juveniles were found shot to death inside this home off Rixeyville Road in Culpeper Sunday night.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a multiple homicide reported Sunday night (Aug. 3) after a family of five was discovered dead inside their home off Rixeyville Road.
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Deputies arrest second fugitive

Jul. 31, 2014
Cesar Enrique Garcia

Cesar Enrique Garcia, who police say is the brother of a man arrested and held for extradition to California on July 14, was arrested last Friday (July 25) on a fugitive warrant.
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The Rapp for July 31

Jul. 31, 2014
Grass Fed’s Brian Chafin, Dan Mudge and Colin Chinsammy.

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for July 31 

Jul. 31, 2014
Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.

Panther football practice kicks off, Castleton Alive! enriches students at WCDS and in Headwaters’ summer school sessions and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photo: Eyewitness: Devastated

Jul. 31, 2014
Photo by L. Todd Spencer for the Virginian Pilot

The tornado that touched down last Thursday (July 24) at Cherrystone Campground near Cape Charles, Va., left a Rappahannock County family with some seriously traumatic memories.
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Photos: Flowing funds to teens

Jul. 31, 2014
Photo by Richard Gill

Carolyn Thornton RappFLOW hands a donation check to Paul Kearney of Trout Unlimited in the Thornton River in Sperryville recently.
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Letter: For us, volunteer service is appropriate

Jul. 31, 2014

There is something that is just plain wrong about last week’s letter “Every minute counts!” The Sealocks and Smoots are families with deep roots in this county. They have lived and worked here for generations and know full well that we live in the country. We live in a rural county. Our fire and...
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Letter: Sexual battery and no consequences

Jul. 31, 2014

I want to compliment you on your July 17 editorial, “Sex and consequences.” In fact, I applaud your recognition of the excellent efforts of our school system to educate our children. I have two kids in the system and myself am a graduate of Rappahannock County High School, class of ’83. However, in the...
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Letter: Rappahannock resolution

Jul. 31, 2014

Recently, your board of supervisors resolved, in essence, that the villain Spectra was persona non grata in Rappahannock County. Spectra is a huge pipeline-building company with a preliminary proposal on the table to run a natural-gas pipeline through Rappahannock, not for the benefit of this county, but to sell fracked gas to Duke Energy...
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Letter: Thanks for supporting the CMR Farm Fair

Jul. 31, 2014

The Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club would like to thank the following donors for their support of our livestock projects at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Fair on July 10-14: Rappahannock Farm Bureau, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Livestock, Fauquier Livestock Exchange, Cheri Woodard Realty, Meadow Grove Farm, Front Royal Southern States, Service Tire and Battery Inc.,...
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Spectra vs. Rappahannock County

Jul. 31, 2014

Spectra, a $6 billion company proposes to force a pipeline through Rappahannock County, which would carry natural gas from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to Duke Energy in North Carolina. Say no!
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Inside this week’s News (July 31)

Jul. 31, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Put out by bridge out? • Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines • The Rapp for July 31 • Once an English teacher • Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales • Editorial: Shaping the future • Wild Ideas: Some frogs are landlubbers • and more.
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Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive

Jul. 24, 2014
Victor Manuel Garcia

A team from the U.S. Marshals Service arrived in the county on July 14 in search of a fugitive from San Diego County, Calif., staking out his house in Sperryville but failing to find him.
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The Rapp for July 24

Jul. 24, 2014
Great Falls artist Jill Banks painted this while in town earlier this month for RDA’s first Plein Air Paint Out.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Cafe, painter Nedra Smith is featured in the AIS National Art Exhibit, RAWL raffle tickets are still available, BizRapp starts a new membership year, Skyland Resort celebrates blackberries and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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