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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 11)

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This week’s headlines include: Central absentee voting OK’d; vehicle stickers on the way out • Heroin charges among grand jury indictments • The Rapp for Sept. 11 • The goal: a good turnout • Grown, picked, crafted, aged roasted (and more) in Rapp • Galleries gear up for 10th annual art tour • and...
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Grown, picked, crafted, aged, roasted (and more) in Rapp

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Sept. 11
A Jersey cow takes a break at Reality Farm in Gid Brown Hollow, one of the 33 venues of the Sept. 27-28 Farm Tour.

Scheduled this year for Sept. 27-28, the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival is bigger than ever, with 33 venues offering almost three dozen ways to learn and have fun.
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The Rapp for Sept. 11

A family of Rough Riders signals their readiness for last year’s event (from left): Sabrina, Sherry, Madeleine, Ava and Chris Hayes.

Second Friday at the Library features a talk by Cliff Miller, the annual Rough Ride is Sept. 20, CAST performs “Much Ado About Nothing,” RCHS hosts a trivia night, CDSMP discusses how to manage chronic diseases and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Where the wild things are

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Sept. 11
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It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time not so long ago the federal government wasn’t dysfunctional and the Congress actually passed meaningful legislation. Fifty years ago last week, for example, the Wilderness Act was signed into law.
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Bee health remains fragile

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Sept. 4
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Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate throughout Virginia, according to a Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) survey that found between last October and this April nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies perished.
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Meet the artists: Ben Mason and Christina Leigh

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Sept. 4
Mixed-media artists Ben Mason (right) works on a piece about a dog bite he received as a paperboy, while Christina Leigh looks on.

The Castleton property of artists Ben Mason and fiancee Christina Leigh is an art piece in itself and well worth a visit during the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s 10th annual Studio and Gallery Tour held Nov. 1-2.
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Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors

Next Step director Kathryn Habib.

Headwaters, Rappahannock County’s education foundation, announced the hire of two new program directors for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
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Homes away from home

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Sept. 4
The view from the patio and pergola of The King Mountain House in Washington.

Because of the county’s rural nature, tourists might think they have to seek lodging in a motel in another county. But nestled inconspicuously among the fields are vacation rental homes and B&Bs that offer something no motel can — a true taste of Rappahannock County living.
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Governor endorses Dominion pipeline

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week endorsed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an up to $5 billion, 550-mile proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through West Virginia to North Carolina.
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The Rapp for Sept. 4

The cast of “Salt & Pepper” includes (from left) John Lesinski, Mimi Forbes, Gary Grossman, Petrina Huston, Geoff Gowen, Barbara Black and Donna Chabot.

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: We’re special, aren’t we?

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Sept. 4
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With current Rappahannock events paralleling those in Paris and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” perhaps it’s time to realize our community isn’t as special as we like to think.
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 4)

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This week’s headlines include: Bee health remains fragile • Gov. endorses pipeline to the west • Meet the artists: Ben Mason and Christina Leigh • The Rapp for Sept. 4 • Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors • Homes away from home • Editorial: We’re special, aren’t we? • and more.
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Old business, new business in town

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Aug. 28
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More changes are afoot in the town of Washington, as the town council now promises that a thrice-delayed public hearing will definitely happen at its Sept. 15 session and Eve and Stew Willis’ Rare Finds plans a return to Main Street.
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Newcamp to undergo mental evaluation

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Aug. 28
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A young Castleton man withdrew a guilty plea Tuesday morning (Aug. 26) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, and will undergo a mental competency evaluation in the next 90 days.
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‘The Rangers’ rove into Rappahannock

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Aug. 28
The titular Rangers take a break from protecting Andrasil to pose for a picture.

To many visitors, Rappahannock’s rolling hills and fields already seem like a fantasy realm. But last week, they became an actual fantasy realm — doubling as Andrasil, the setting of director Ron Newcomb’s upcoming fantasy web series, “The Rangers.”
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Comp plan revision postponed for deputy’s arrival

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Aug. 28
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At the request of County/Zoning Administrator John McCarthy, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission agreed to halt its routine five-year revision of the county comprehensive plan until 2015, when the county expects to have a deputy administrator.
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The Rapp for Aug. 28

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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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Editorial: In memoriam

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Aug. 28
F. Preston Pulliam passed away Sunday at the age of 92.

Like many native sons, F. Preston Pulliam left Rappahannock County at an early age to seek his fortune elsewhere. But Pres, who died on Sunday at the age of 92, never really left, for he kept returning, falling in love all over again with the beauty of Rappahannock.
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Sponsored content: Vet’s Corner, August 2014

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Aug. 28
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Serious medical conditions can be helped with holistic medicine, allowing for increased comfort and longevity for the majority of our patients.
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School & sports news for Aug. 28

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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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 28)

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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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ARB likes Mt. Prospect redo, Kramer Building signage

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Aug. 21
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Though it issued none of its coveted certificates of appropriateness Tuesday night (Aug. 19), Washington’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) liked most everything brought before it at its latest monthly meeting at town hall.
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Castleton adds Marsalis-led jazz academy session

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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Miller plans to fill Schoolhouse with antiques

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Aug. 21
The (new) view from outside the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex. Photo by Don Audette

Cliff Miller IV, owner of the Sperryville Schoolhouse, has notified three retail tenants in the complex’s main building that starting early next month he will be taking over the entire building, primarily for what he says is expansion of his burgeoning antiques business.
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Deal gets more time for evaluation

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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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The Rapp for Aug. 21

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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Editorial: Mystery at the manor

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Aug. 21
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What Rappahannock needs is a good murder mystery. Not the real thing, of course (in which someone would have to be actually killed), but a fictional whodunit. And it did, last week, in the form of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound.”
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 21)

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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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School board OKs talks with tower company

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Aug. 14
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On the eve of a new school year, the Rappahannock County School Board agreed to enter into negotiations with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), which has offered to place on school property a cell phone tower it would lease to carriers.
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Spectra suspends pipeline

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Spectra Energy says it has suspended work on the proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Rappahannock County.
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Permit postponed, transparency defended

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Aug. 14
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After postponing a public hearing on a special-use permit for the third time in as many months at its regular meeting Monday night (Aug. 11), the Washington Town Council found itself hosting an unscheduled public hearing on a related subject.
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10 years, 50-plus artists: Art Tour gears up

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Aug. 14
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The Rappahannock Association for Arts in the Community (RAAC) is getting ready for the 10-year anniversary of the Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, scheduled this year for Nov. 1-2.
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The Rapp for Aug. 14

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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Editorial: Eerie parallels

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Aug. 14
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Exactly 100 years ago this summer commenced World War One, now universally acknowledged as a totally unnecessary catastrophe. It didn’t have to happen — eerily analogous to the climate change situation Rappahannock County finds itself in now.
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 14)

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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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EMS study gets go-ahead

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Aug. 7
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The possibility of paid emergency medical services in Rappahannock County inched closer to probability Monday afternoon (Aug. 4), as the board of supervisors awarded the contract for an in-depth study of the county’s current volunteer-based EMS program.
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Scouting’s global service

Kashmir Boy Scout leader Nazir Khan speaks to Troop 36 and guests Monday at the Washington fire hall.

Scouting lessons and inspiring stories from the other side of the world were met with rapt attention by Rappahannock County’s only Boy Scout troop and a dozen or so interested citizens who came by the Washington fire hall Monday night (Aug. 4).
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Bill Walton joins NPCF board

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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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Bus route changes in Tiger Valley

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Aug. 7
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The estimated six-week closing of Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) by the Virginia Department of Transportation while it replaces a bridge over the Rush River is affecting the road’s residents and two of the school system’s bus routes.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

“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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