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Rappahannock Media acquires Culpeper Times

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It was announced Friday (July 11) that the Culpeper Times, a local weekly under the umbrella of the Virginia News Group, was sold to Rappahannock Media.
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The Rapp for July 17

Tom Nash, executive chef of Tula’s Off Main, takes a break in the restaurant’s newly opened bar.

Tula’s off Main enters “phase two” with the opening of its new bar, while Russell Paulette returns to the RAAC Theatre to direct “The Real Inspector Hound” in this week’s Rapp column.
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Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center

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July 10
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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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The Rapp for July 10

The winery as it appears now.

Gray Ghost Winery celebrates 20 years this weekend, Kevin Adams (and two RCHS Panthers) paint a mural for CCLC, Laurel Mills reopens under new management and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Land that we love . . .

An aerial view of the SVFD Fourth of July festivities. Photo by Robin Burke via Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue

Photo: Hiking in his footsteps

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Letter: To all who made the Fourth spectacular . . . 

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department sponsored their eighth annual Rappahannock County July Fourth Celebration at the Thornton Hill Hounds Racecourse last weekend. Independence Day was celebrated in spectacular fashion as the American flag flew high over the event, reminding everyone of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. A good time was had...
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Washington column for July 10

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July 10
Artist Jill Banks paints along Main Street.

Washington hosts 14 plein air artists, the WVFR hosts its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast and the Fourth of July was another successful show in this week's Washington column.
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Pipeline resources

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July 8
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A resource guide for information and opinion on natural gas pipelines.
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After safety debate, BZA permits B&B

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July 3
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Building permits and bed and breakfast safety were the primary concerns last Wednesday night (June 25), as the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals considered — and ultimately approved — a request to operate a B&B in Amissville.
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The Rapp for July 3

The Turkey Ridge String Band performs at the Culpeper State Theatre.

A busy weekend of concerts and fireworks begins today (July 3), the Public House is accepting nominations for a surprise party and the Turkey Ridge String Band heads to the Culpeper State Theatre in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Don and Me: Chronicles of a Castleton walk-on

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Lifelong opera lover Gus Edwards chronicles his time as a “walk-on” performer in the production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the 2014 Castleton Festival.
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Castleton Chamber Players’ stellar launch of the 2014 festival

Photo by Sarah Cohn

At the intimate Castleton Theater, tucked into a flowering rural hillside, violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and pianist Bradley Moore performed three contrasting chamber music pieces.
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Photo: Your tips to God’s ears

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July 3
Photo by Matt Wingfield

Letter: Appreciating Rappahannock

From the time I first climbed Bald Mountain as a kid in the Adirondacks in New York, I have wanted to live in the mountains. In 1987, I bought five acres with a shack and no running water on a no name road on Oventop Mountain and in 1995 bought a small log cabin...
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Washington column for July 3

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July 3

Trinity’s busy weekend, Tula’s new hours (and bar), the county’s July Fourth celebrations and the Caltterbuck family’s picnic in this week’s Washington column.
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Pulse taken

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June 26
Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing.
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Public speakers

Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

A selection of the comments from the June 19 "Rapp Live" public forum, with an emphasis on those of the audience members rather than panelists’.
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

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June 26
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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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Planners OK Narmada expansion

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June 26
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.
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The Rapp for June 26

From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

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June 26
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If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.
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Photos: Out and (volunteering) about

Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Letter: Astounding beauty vs. toxic ugliness

I was somewhere between here and the West Coast when I read the thread on Facebook’s Rappnet group about Jim Abdo’s properties in Little Washington. I made one comment and then stepped out of the fray because the tone and language being used appeared to be a repeat of how many residents here respond...
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Sperryville column for June 19

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June 26
Senior center manager Darcy Canton (right), bus driver Ronnie Dennis (left, across from Canton) and a group of seniors dined at the Headmaster’s Pub as part of their bimonthly day trips.

Chris Doxzen had the privilege of meeting some of Rappahannock's seniors while they were lunching at the Headmaster’s Pub and shopping at the Sperryville Schoolhouse retail establishments — part of their bi-monthly day trips.
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Washington column for June 26

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June 26
Former Rappahannock News editor (and jack-of-all-trades) Sarah Latham (right) and her daughter Sally Haynes stopped in last Friday to share their fond memories of the Linotype machine.

The town of Washington is abuzz with news of Washington, D.C. developer Jim Abdo's long-term plans for the town, while a former Rapp News editor gets reacquainted with the Linotype machine she helped run in this week's Washington column.
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Audio and Transcript: ‘Rapp Live’ community forum

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Stream or download the audio (or download a transcript) of the June 19 "Rapp Live" community forum on the subject of development in the town of Washington and surrounding Rappahannock County.
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Residents react to Abdo plans at council meeting

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June 19
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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

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June 19
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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The Rapp for June 19

Little Eldon Farm is the site of CCLC’s Summer Solstice Garden Party fundraiser this Saturday.

Castleton and Sperryville’s 4th of July celebrations, the Virginia Equine Artists Association’s new RDA exhibit, CCLC’s summer solstice party, RLEP’s house and garden tour, Artifacts-on-Main’s opening and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Receive Local

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Photos: Jail time

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June 19
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Photo: Concrete assistance

Photo by Bill Pragluski

Letter: Nothing (new) to see here

The recent stories of Mr. Jim Abdo and his real estate investments have resulted in good discussions for the Town of Washington and the county, though this is not the first time someone has come into the county with a splash and grand plans. Actually, these people are good for the county. They come...
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Letter: Mr. Jones does not speak for the locals

Dear Ben Jones, I am responding to your recent editorial in The Washington Post opinion section. I wish to address what I believe are your flawed arguments and rather objectionable commentary regarding D.C. real estate developer Jim Abdo’s recent real estate purchases in the town of Little Washington, in Rappahannock County. In particular, I’d like...
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Letter: So many axes, so little action

Editor’s Note: Many dozens of posts on the subject of Jim Abdo’s plans for Washington were made over the past couple of weeks to Rappnet, the local email list-serv. This one, in slightly edited form, was re-sent to us as a letter. I am a resident of Little Washington, one of the few here...
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Letter: A mayor’s perspective

Much has been written about Little Washington this past week and I understand the concerns and the passion because all of us who live here care deeply about the special nature of our county seat. I want to offer my perspective — some history and some facts, and most of all emphasize there is...
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Letter: Transparency is a two-way street

I attended the public hearing for the Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed rate increases last week. No matter what opinion anyone may have of the rate increases and whether or not they should have gone forward, you could not deny that the board members had done a lot of work thinking through the...
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Letter: A dime novel for our times

Picture this: You and your lifelong friends are swapping stories and playing checkers at the town watering hole. A gunslinger (who also happens to be town sheriff, name of Sullivan) walks in with his guns a-blazing and hollers: “Listen up here folks. This here ’stablishment is under new management.” The locals stop everything and...
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Letter: Civic ‘improvement’ and the price of wool 

At the end of the 18th century, wealthy landlords, both Scottish and English, looked upon the indigenous peoples of the Scottish Highlands and saw a backward, rustic, simple society of barefoot laborers eking out a rudimentary existence on small plots called crofts. These crofters utilized enough land to provide for themselves and their immediate...
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