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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 30)

Oct. 30, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Theatre gets a new, like-minded owner • Tanker crash closes down 522 • Tuesday is Election Day • 50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend's tour • The Rapp for Oct. 30 • The most important election . . . that no one knows about • Front Royal, Flint Hill men sentenced
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The Rapp for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014
Mennonite writer and teacher Kirsten Beachy speaks Nov. 9 in Huntly in a Rappahannock Historical Society program.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is at the Country Cafe, the movie “Chef” and a classical recital are coming to the Theatre in Washington, plus a whiskey-paired dinner at Skyland, an Aging Together Expo in Culpeper and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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School & Sports News for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014
After School students wait for the chance to check out the rocks at Patricia Lessard’s geology presentation last month.

The Panthers late-season successes, and an after-school geology lesson with Patricia Lessard at RCES.
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Photos: Burning . . . Mask

Oct. 30, 2014
By Joy Lorien

Photos and a video of the annual Halloween outdoor costume spectacular Saturday at John Henry and Ann Crittenden’s place in Flint Hill.
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Photo: It’s a wrap

Oct. 30, 2014
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St. Peter's Knights of Columbus Council members present Rappahannock County's social services department with 24 winter coats for local children.
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Your next best friend: Mickey

Oct. 30, 2014
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I’m Mickey, and I’m a “feist,” a breed developed in the U.S. to hunt squirrels. I love to play, especially to fetch stuff, and get along well with other dogs and cats. I’ve given up hunting, and RAWL is looking for a good home for me.
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Meetings and notices for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 3) at the courthouse. (There is no 7 p.m. meeting.) Agenda includes: sheriff’s office budget discussion; household hazardous waste pick up; EMS cost-recovery program; crisis intervention teams (CIT); RRCSB term of Sandra Maskas expires on Dec. 31; CDC guidance re: Ebola. The Knit Wit Yarn...
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522 reopens after early morning tanker crash

Oct. 27, 2014
After a tanker crashed on U.S. 522, steam rises from a spilled asphalt compound in the Boston area of Rappahannock Monday morning.

Authorities reopened U.S. 522 in the Boston area of Rappahannock County at about noon today, after a tanker overturned early this morning, causing a spill of emulsified asphalt and closing the two-lane highway between Sperryville and Culpeper for close to six hours.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 23)

Oct. 23, 2014
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This week’s headlines: Stonyman can stay through January • Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1 • Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office • A headmaster looks back at an era of change • The Rapp for Oct. 23 • and more.
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School & sports news for Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2014
Photo: Middle school, top slot | By Susanna McNear Members of Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther cross-country team — first in the Valley Middle School Conference regular-season point total and VMSC tournament champs — pose with trophies and coaches James Sharpe (left) and Mark Ramey (right), including (seated, from left): Luke Ellis, Nick Barnes, Savannah Hensley and Skylar Culbertson, and (standing between the coaches) Sam Barnes, Cassia Gainer, Mackensie Haunold, Danielle Frye and Lillian Jenkins. More school and sports news on page 9.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports teams head for the postseason, a close volleyball win, a RCES trip to Big Meadows and an important accreditation at Belle Meade School in this week’s School & Sports News column.
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Photo: Sperryville ace

Oct. 23, 2014
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Foxcroft School junior Kathleen “Kat” Forrest of Sperryville overcame recent struggles with her serve in a big way in a game last Tuesday against Wakefield Country Day School.
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News briefs for Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2014

Rain delays Resettlement Road bridge project; Park closes Skyline Drive at night during hunting season.
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This little light of ours

Oct. 23, 2014
Photo by Kaye Kohler

As the autumn daylight wanes, nature and the human body ordinarily adjust themselves for winter. But increasingly, we’re setting the world aglow 24/7 with all-night lighting. Liza Field takes a look at research illuminating a few of the fiscal, environmental and healthcare costs of that new light bill.
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Letter: Reliable data, please

Oct. 23, 2014

While we cannot say with certainty that cell phone service would have changed the outcome of the recent fatal incident in Sperryville, we can show a logical argument in favor of wider cell phone service providing a public good.   I would ask the opponents of cell phone service to present their logical argument...
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Letter: Veterans’ survivors a national obligation

Oct. 23, 2014

This is an “off-year” election. That doesn’t make it unimportant! Think before you vote. Our state delegate, Michael Webert, is supporting an amendment to our state constitution. The issue will be on the ballot Nov. 4 as a referendum. The question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of...
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Your Next Best Friend: Winnie

Oct. 23, 2014
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My name’s Winnie, and I’m a German short-haired pointer mix, about a year old.
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Photo: Amissville spread

Oct. 22, 2014
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Tom Woolman of Amissville, who uses his quad-rotor helicopter for graduate geology research, also used the drone last weekend to take this photo above Richmond Road.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 16)

Oct. 16, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: County revisits, sheriff defends budget • Culpeper man charged in four-car crash • The Rapp for Oct. 16 • Settlement for Stonyman? • Three artists, three mediums • Editorial: Centennial close to home • Wild Ideas: Fine weather and great fall outings • and more.
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The Rapp for Oct. 16

Oct. 16, 2014
One of the glass-on-glass works made at Candace Clough’s last workshop at Mullany Studio School.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, as “No Ordinary Person” returns to the RAAC Community Theatre with a two-night show, while Gilbert & Sullivan return to the Theatre and much more; meanwhile, Gray Ghost increases its medal count and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Oct. 16

Oct. 16, 2014
Winners from the eighth annual WCDS 5K Fun Run pose at the finish line Oct. 4 with their respective medals.

A complete Panthers sports update; Wakefield athletes of the month, 5K finishers and sports recaps; Chelsea Academy news; and a new grant helps the Owls "Keep Virginia Beautiful" in this week's school and sports news.
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Photo: Familiar scene

Oct. 16, 2014
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Bill Williams of Slate Mills took this photo of William Darren Dodson cutting hay last month.
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Photo: The war on drug demand

Oct. 16, 2014
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Lincoln Day, a fifth-grader at Wakefield Country Day School, reads a brief speech at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors.
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Letter: Thanks for your support of Biz Link

Oct. 16, 2014

The quarterly Rappahannock Business Link (Biz Link) networking socials continue to thrive! The latest event, hosted by Flint Hill Public House (thanks to the efforts of John Gruber, Marvin Swaner and their wonderful staff), was attended by approximately 45 members of our Rappahannock business community, with flyers and business cards in hand! Thanks to...
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Letter: A delicious ChiliFest, thanks to . . .

Oct. 16, 2014
Paul Grosso, left, accepts the Best Chili award from the Lions’ Jim Manwaring Saturday at the Washington fire hall.

“I never made chili before in my life!” The shocked quote matched the beaming smile from Paul Grosso minutes after the Amissville resident accepted the Best Chili plaque/home chef category in the 2014 Rappahannock Lions Club ChiliFest. He shared top honors with three-time commercial winner Debbie Donehey of Griffin Tavern. They were joined in...
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Letter: Preventable tragedies

Oct. 16, 2014

I was shocked, disheartened and deeply saddened to read about the circumstances surrounding Richard  Brown’s tragic death, as reported in last week’s edition of the Rappahannock News. If there had been adequate cell phone service, he most likely would be alive today. This 68-year-old man, a victim of a weed-eater accident, bled profusely while...
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Letter: Pitting neighbors against each other

Oct. 16, 2014

Mayor John Fox Sullivan’s cackling defense and characterization of folks who dare to speak in opposition to him and the town council reminds me of the sentiments expressed by some local elected officials from a bygone era. In the 1960s, small town mayors and sheriffs across the South railed against the influx of “outsiders” —...
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When a farm turns factory, what’s a town to do?

Oct. 16, 2014

A Pennsylvania law designed to protect farms from nuisance complaints has also allowed concentrated animal feeding operations — factory farms — to escape local land use controls, writes Tim Rowland.
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Sperryville man dies after weed-eater accident

Oct. 9, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and the state medical examiner are still investigating the death of a 66-year-old Sperryville man just before noon Saturday, the result of an apparent accident with a weedeater equipped with a blade.
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News briefs for Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2014
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Stonyman Gourmet’s suit against the sale of their property continues; SNP files first fall color report (updated weekly) and announces facilities’ closing dates; deer migration begins and drivers are urged to be more alert; fall wildfire season begins; and the SNP Trust gives the park $200K.
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The Rapp for Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2014
Kit Habib, whose mugs are pictured here, is among the artisans you can meet at Coterie this weekend.

Play some corn hole or get a helicopter ride at the RCHS fall festival, celebrate Craft Week with Coterie, win a lifetime membership to the Schoolhouse Nine course, view the photographs from SNP’s first artist-in-residence and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2014
High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.

CTE teacher Scott Schlosser becomes an RCHS celebrity, Champlain College welcomes the class of 2018, and the Panthers and Owls continue their march to the postseason in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photo: Trail wags dog

Oct. 9, 2014
Photo by Patricia Want

Sperryville’s Patty Lane (right) and Olivia pose on the winner’s hay bale after turning in the top score of 102 on RAWL’s man-made/natural obstacle-course competition.
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Photo: Panther, meet mule

Oct. 9, 2014
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As promised, Rappahannock County Schools athletic director Jimmy Swindler made out with his third farm animal in as many years last Friday (Oct. 3).
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Letter: Headmaster’s: A perfect fall capstone

Oct. 9, 2014

This past weekend was one of those magical Rappahannock weekends for me and my daughter. Not only was it perfect weather, but all of our local haunts had the spirit and atmosphere of an old-fashioned Christmas Eve afternoon where people are happy and helpful and just plain wonderful. Now, fasten your seatbelt, because our...
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Letter: Life, liberty and (not) the pursuit of fear

Oct. 9, 2014

I would like to respond to Mr. Klaus’ Sept. 25 letter, and his comments regarding your Sept. 11 interview with House of Representatives candidate Lawrence Gaughan. Rest assured the incumbent has been doing lots of things “for” people — they just aren’t the people who live in the 5th District of Virginia. They are the...
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Letter: Let’s also conserve our bitterness

Oct. 9, 2014

I would dearly love to read a letter or opinion piece regarding a conservation issue that didn’t start and end with an attempt to get me to hate the person (or, more commonly, corporation) that disagrees with the opinion writer. A case in point is last week’s piece submitted by Robert N. Whitescarver. While...
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 9)

Oct. 9, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass • At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E • The Rapp for Oct. 9 • Artists explore dreams and inner music • Amissville of old, brought to life • Pond news is good news • Editorial: In search of clarity • and more.
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UVA Medical Center, CRH finalize partnership

Oct. 7, 2014
Greg Napps, acting CEO, Mort Chiles, MD, vice president of Medical Staff Services, and Mary Kay Campbell, interim director of Marketing and Strategic Relations, display the new UVA Culpeper Hospital flag, while Tom McCoy, manager of Security/Emergency Management, assists during Friday’s ceremony to celebrate the finalized partnership.

The University of Virginia Medical Center and Culpeper Regional Health System have finalized an agreement for UVA to become the sole member of Culpeper Regional Hospital.
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News briefs for Oct. 2

Oct. 2, 2014
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The RSW Regional Jail Authority appoints a new superintendent; the planners and BZA approve a family apartment; the town ARB accepts Rare Finds’ and Ray Gooch’s projects; and three rabies cases were reported in Rappahannock last year.
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The Rapp for Oct. 2

Oct. 2, 2014
RCHS athletic director Jimmy Swindler promises to give a big kiss to a mule Friday night if enough folks come out to support the volleyball girls’ Dig Pink rally.

Support the volleyball teams’ annual Dig Pink campaigns, learn the history of Amissville, get a glimpse inside SCBI, view Old Rag Gallery’s new tree-inspired photo exhibit and listen to Bill Dietel recount running the nation’s oldest all-girls boarding school in this week’s Rapp column.
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