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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 28)

Aug. 28, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Old business, new business in town • Newcamp to undergo mental evaluation • The Rapp for Aug. 28 • ‘The Rangers' rove into Rappahannock • Comp plan’s revision postponed for deputy’s arrival • Editorial: In memoriam • and more.
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The Rapp for Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2014
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Panther football kicks off tomorrow night, the Democrats host their annual Dog Days Yard Sale, RCHS and the RCSO plan fall fundraisers, RAAC screens “American Hustle,” local Richard Viguerie speaks on the future of the Republican party and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2014
Varsity football kicks off its season tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Panther football season kicks off tomorrow night, JMU welcomes the Class of 2018 to campus and RCHS offers more college credit courses in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photos: Fantastic night

Aug. 28, 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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Photo: A Washington for Washington

Aug. 28, 2014
Photo by Russ Collins

Washington Ladies Auxiliary volunteers present a framed print of Gilbert Stuart’s iconic portrait of George Washington to the Washington Town Council.
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Photo: Welcome to WCDS

Aug. 28, 2014
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Wakefield Country Day School mascot Leonidas poses with the school’s three new teachers.
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Photo: Choice cheese

Aug. 28, 2014
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Stonyman Gourmet Farmer joined an all-star cast of culinary leaders earlier this month at “Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience.”
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Photo: The sunflower rises

Aug. 28, 2014
Photo by Megan Smith

Bart Ciuba, Deverell Pendersen and Peter Hause pose in the shade of a giant sunflower photographer Megan Smith grew.
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Castleton adds Marsalis-led jazz academy session

Aug. 21, 2014
Lorin Maazel, left, and Wynton Marsalis talked about their collaboration in an interview in January.

The Castleton Festival announced this week that it has extended its season next summer to accommodate a two-week Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy.
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Deal gets more time for evaluation

Aug. 21, 2014
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Judge Jeffrey Parker granted Judy Deal another six months of analysis to determine whether she was mentally competent to stand trial for the alleged first-degree murder of her estranged husband.
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Driver charged in head-on crash

Aug. 21, 2014

Virginia State Police this week charged Kenneth Lee Bruske, 29, of Boston, with failure to maintain proper control and driving without a license after his pickup truck collided with another Aug. 11.
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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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School & sports news for Aug. 21

Aug. 21, 2014

Last week Rapp Sports opened their fall season with some home scrimmages. More are scheduled this week as we prepare for our regular season openers on Aug. 26.
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Letter: Privileged to be a Pre-K teacher

Aug. 21, 2014

Last Tuesday (Aug. 12), I spoke to the Rappahannock County School Board and shared my feelings of gratitude concerning the efforts to build a Pre-K program for our students. I would like to share my comments with the community and extend my thanks to all who have assisted to make this program a reality....
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Bright green bug proves bad as its billing

Aug. 21, 2014
The emerald ash borer is small but its potential for damage is great.

The emerald ash borer, a visitor from Asia, is steadily eating its way through our forests. Environmental officials ordered quarantines, but the orders were ignored. Perhaps we should heed such notices, writes Tim Rowland.
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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