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This week’s eEdition

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Highlights from this week's Rappahannock News eEdition, the digital version of the newspaper available at rappnews.com/eEdition every Wednesday night.
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Town re-abandons street at meeting abandoned by decorum

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At a memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons meeting Monday night (May 11) at town hall, the Washington Town Council definitively — or defiantly, depending on the view from your pew — reaffirmed an action it first took in 2013 to abandon the stub end of Middle Street.
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The pasture and the present  

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May 14
Lesley Arnold (and her dog, Ben) run near the rolling fields of Huntly Stage.

Lesley Arnold carries on with her lifelong love of horses, and hard work, at her Huntly Stage farm: here's a thousand words, and pictures worth ten times as much, by photojournalist Andrew Councill.
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An update and invitation to Nepal trip fundraiser

On a visit to the Nepalese village of Kalche several years ago, Surja Tamang and wife Medge Carter flank Surja’s mother, Ama.

An update on Medge Carter's husband Surja Tamang's family in Nepal, and an invitation to a fundraiser to help son Amrit do some good when he travels to the hard-hit Nuwakot District later in May.
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‘Rappahannock University’ seeks a degree of promise

Right now, Rappahannock University exists primarily in the mind of longtime financial and investment advisor Doug Schiffman, who hopes that is about to change.
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The Rapp for May 14

Cooter's in the Country opens in Sperryville.

Cooters in the Country's grand opening, Hill House Nursery's open house May 23 and Flint Hill Public House's annual backyard party coming up June 13, in this week's The Rapp.
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Burglary investigation brings two arrests

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Culpeper men this week and charged them with grand larceny in connection with a burglary last month at Lee Orchards.
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Letter: County needs to change special-use process

Imagine waking up to find out your next-door neighbor had moved and turned their home into a junkyard or a chicken fertilizer plant or even a race track. Well, in Rappahannock County that can happen without your even knowing it.
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Solar co-op concept generates heat

A crowd of more than 60 county residents gathered at the Theater at Washington April 26 for a  Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection-hosted information session on residential solar electricity.
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Supervisors trim, approve school budget

By a 3-2 vote at its afternoon meeting Monday (May 4), the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors passed Piedmont supervisor Mike Biniek’s motion to reduce this year’s proposed $94,000 increase in the county’s share of a $12.9 million school budget by about $44,000.
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The Rapp for May 7

“Island” is among the arresting works by BK Noh at Haley Fine Art in Sperryville this month and next.

A full weekend, new exhibits at Haley Fine Art and River District Arts in Sperryville, a new performance coming up at Stone Hill's unique amphitheater, Paul Reisler and friends at the Hylton Center in Manssasas, and recent awards for Gray Ghost Winery.
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Rappahannock at Home: neighbors helping neighbors 

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May 7
Mary Proctor (left) of Capitol Hill Village talks with Sherry Filler of Heartland Hospital and Darcy Canton (right) of the Rappahannock Senior Center during the April 30 Rapp at Home meeting at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church.

The senior population of Rappahannock County, as in many other communities around the country, is growing. Community activist Hal Hunter, inspired by working village organizations around the country, has been working on an organization called Rappahannock at Home to help seniors age in place.
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Cashing in at Belvoir Recycling

Putting the “monster grappler” through its paces loading scrap metal into a container truck at Belvoir Recycling.

Belvoir Recycling, located in Belvoir, an unincorporated hamlet on Route 709 just south of Route 55 between Marshall and The Plains, offers cash for your scrap metal and many other recyclable items.
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Griffin’s Donehey elected chair of VHTA board

Debbie Donehey of Griffin Tavern

Members of the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association elected Rappahannock County restaurateur Debbie Donehey chairman of the board at the statewide association’s annual membership meeting last month at Massanutten Resort.
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On Common Ground: The Fed has no interest in seniors

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May 7

Last week’s front-page story highlighted how rising property taxes in Rappahannock County are causing big problems for middle-aged and senior citizens living on fixed incomes. It doesn't help that the Federal Reserve has no interest in seniors or savers.
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School and sports news for May 7

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May 7
The championship JP girls soccer team poses with their trophy, including (back row, from left)  Mariah Sours, Logan Woodward, Hannah East, Taylor Settle, Samantha Luthi, Kayla Compton, Coach Seth Wyatt, (middle row)  Alivia Tuel, Lauren Petty, Adriana Switzer, Ava Genho, Havilah Kleppinger, Katie Bedortha and (front) Skylar Culbertson, Payton Luthi, Cassia Gainer, Jaden Cillo and Catherine Daly.

In a week filled with nature’s finest and nature’s fury, Rapp athletes put in some fine and furious performances of their own, bringing home some personal records and one championship.
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Give Local web-a-thon raises $730K for local nonprofits

Give Local Piedmont, the annual web-based give-a-thon sponsored by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, raised $730,757.48 in 24 hours on Tuesday (May 5) for 137 area nonprofit organizations.
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Saturday is Pantry’s day in the spotlight 

At the start of 2014 Pantry Day Pet Parade, pets — dogs, a horse, a couple of goats — participated in the annual Pantry Pet Parade co-sponsored by the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League at the Food Pantry on Mount Salem Avenue.

The Rappahannock Food Pantry is a treasure, a cornerstone of the county’s caring community, and May 9 is Food Pantry Day in Rappahannock County, an opportunity to raise awareness and money to keep the treasure shining — with a benefit dinner, food drives, flower and bake sales and the always-popular Pet Parade. An independent...
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Deal found competent to stand trial for murder

Judy Kay Deal was found to be competent but that matter of where she will remain until her murder trial in late August has yet to be determined.
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Tax rate up 3 percent; hearing attendance down 50 percent

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April 30

Once again, Rappahannock County’s property tax rate appears to be going up, while the number of citizens who attend public hearings on county and school budgets isn’t.
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Sides argue Konick’s ‘standing’ in lawsuit against town

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April 30

At the close of an hour-long hearing in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday morning, at which lawyers for the town of Washington and the Inn at Little Washington argued against lawyer David Konick’s “standing” to legally bring suit against both of them, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker took the matter home (the legal term being...
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Viewtown couple awaits word on family in Nepal

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April 30
On a visit to the Nepalese village of Kalche several years ago, Surja Tamang and wife Medge Carter flank Surja’s mother, Ama.

Viewtown residents Surja Tamang and Medge Carter were still waiting Wednesday for a definitive word from Surja’s elderly parents and other family in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Letter: Aiming for $1 million in Give Local Piedmont 2015

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April 30
Give Local Piedmont participants and volunteers shout (or at least show off) this year’s online fundraising campaign date from the rooftops.

If there is one thing Rappahannock is known for, it’s our sense of community — we proved that last year during the inaugural Give Local Piedmont event when we raised $675,000, of which the 24 participating Rappahannock County nonprofits raised an impressive $155,071.
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The Rapp for April 30

One of the intricate drawings by visionary artist Fred Kahler on view at River District Arts.

Art, music, movies, play, dance and more this weekend, plus the RCHS Band's upcoming Coffee House fundraiser and a talk by PEC president Chris Miller in this week's The Rapp.
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Pet parade, flowers, food and fun for Pantry Day May 9

Dog and sheep get to know each other at the 2014 Food Pantry Pet Parade.

It’s time to join friends and neighbors for a lively day commemorating Food Pantry Day in Rappahannock County on Saturday, May 9 — a day that includes a pet parade and flower sale and ends with a gala dinner.
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Another successful Fodderstack 10-K race! 

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Marijuana, false ID charges bring jail time

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April 30

In district court April 21, 23-year-old Cory Patrick Rinker of Bristow was found guilty by Judge J. Gregory Ashwell of possessing marijuana and sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 24 days suspended and the rest to be served weekends.
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News Briefs: Whitson enters race for Hampton supervisor seat

Keir Whitson is running for supervisor in the Hampton district this November.

Harris Hollow resident and Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority vice-chairman Keir Whitson announced this week that he’ll seek the Hampton District seat on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors.
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News Briefs: Murdoch Sure-Foots it to Germany

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April 30
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Horse instructor and clinician Wendy Murdoch, who lives in the town of Washington, was in Germany last month for Equitana, the largest horse-related expo in the world — and was there because she and her Sure Foot Equine Stability Program had been nominated for one of Equitana’s prestigious Innovation Awards.
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News Briefs: Castleton is Cooke Foundation awardee

Rappahannock County's Castleton Festival was among the nine nonprofits in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to whom the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently awarded $238,770 for its 2015 Good Neighbor Grants, given to organizations focused on academic programs, college access initiatives and arts education.
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News Briefs: Trinity pledges reach $500K

Rev. Jennings “Jenks” Hobson announced at Trinity Episcopal Church's April 26 worship services that the parish had received roughly $500,000 in pledges to its "Welcoming the Future, Honoring the Past" capital fund campaign.
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News Briefs: GMU Law headed by Huntly’s Henry Butler

George Mason University School of Law professor Henry N. Butler, a Huntly resident, was recently named named dean of the law school.
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School and sports news for April 30

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April 30
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Headwaters announces a new scholarship program that focuses on persons with disabilities, their friends and family, and the AD reports on Rappahannock's latest sports successes.
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Your Next Best Friend: Jackson

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Hello, I’m a German Shepherd named Jackson. I came to RAWL with my brother Thor. He’s found his new home and I’m trying to find mine.
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Konick: No vendetta, just violations

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April 23

In a response to the Inn at Little Washington and owner Patrick O’Connell’s attempt the week before to quash attorney David Konick’s lawsuit, Konick said this week that the Inn's claims about his motivations for bringing suit are “absolutely false.”
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The Rapp for April 23

By Steve Eastham

Fourth (Estate) Friday The still-standing staff of the Rappahannock News will once again be seated at Washington’s Country Cafe at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 24) for our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday community story conference — your chance to suggest, criticize and discuss stories and coverage, past and future, with the people who put...
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Cooter’s scraps outdoor-music plan

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April 23
Plenty of Generals Lee showed up for a 2006 "Dukes Fest" at Cooter's Place in Sperryville.

After a lengthy stretch of questions and concern from commissioners, and a neighboring property owner’s worries about noise and traffic, Ben “Cooter” Jones and Alma Viator withdrew the application they’d made to the county planning commission for a special-exception permit.
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Rappahannock at Home: new county-wide senior support program 

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April 23
Rappahannock at Home organizers (from left) Jenks Hobson, Sallie Morgan, Eve Brooks and Hal Hunter.

Ask longtime Rappahannock County resident and community activist Hal Hunter what he’s been up to lately and he’ll be quick to tell you: Rapp at Home. It’s a new county-wide senior support program he is organizing to help area seniors share resources so they can remain in their homes as they grow older. ...
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Rapp, Culpeper go metro

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April 23

The federal Office of Management and Budget added Rappahannock and Culpeper counties earlier this month to the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria statistical metropolitan area (SMA). What does it mean?
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School and sports news for April 23

On the set of NBC-4’s long-running “It’s Academic!” show in Washington last Saturday are Rappahannock County High School Scholastic Bowl teammates (from left) Henry Mason, James MacLeod and Jon Streu — who bested four other teams in two rounds to win the Central Virginia Championship.

A Rapp Quiz Bowl team victory on "It's Academic!", more RCHS updates, and honors for Burnett at Virginia Tech.
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