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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 10)

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This week’s headlines include: County wants less salt • ‘One amazing Saturday’ at Ben Venue • Baltimore man pleads guilty to having sex with 14-year-old • RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one • The Rapp for April 10 • Editorial: At home abroad • Wild Ideas: Black bear hibernation, part 2 •...
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RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one

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April 10
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After a school employee reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking behind Rappahannock County Elementary School just before the school day ended Tuesday, the school and sheriff’s office put the school in lockdown mode for most of an hour while deputies searched the grounds.
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The Rapp for April 10

Learn more about the attempt to bring this horse back from extinction this Friday.

RAAC’s library series covers SCBI’s attempts to save an endangered horse, dulcimer virtuoso Madeline MacNeil performs at Flint Hill Baptist, “Rappahannock Creates” opens at RDA, PEC honors Belle Meade’s garden and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: At home abroad

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April 10
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The grazed and cultivated farmland, the good food and drink, the historical sense of time and place . . . even the ticks that carry Lyme disease. In many ways, Vienna, Austria bears a striking resemblance to Rappahannock County.
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Taking the scenic root 

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April 3
Joneve Murphy is leaving her job at the Inn to travel abroad for a year volunteering on various farms.

In just a few months, soon-to-be former Inn at Little Washington farmer Joneve Murphy will be leaving Rappahannock County — as well as her job at the Inn at Little Washington — to travel around the world, volunteering on farms across Europe, Asia and South America.
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Rapp school programs make VSBA ‘showcase’ list

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April 3
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The Virginia School Boards Association recently released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including two from Rappahannock: Books & Barks and the service learning class.
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Roy’s Orchard: A farm store with more

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April 3
Roy and Janet Alther pose with one of their signature pies ordered earlier that day (in this case, cherry). They plan to continue operating the store until old age forces their retirement.

At first glance, it looks like a normal orchard and farm, complete with a split-level home surrounded by numerous outbuildings, perched at the top of a hill. But at the end is an eclectic wonderland with hundreds of items one would expect in an orchard and farm store — and hundreds one wouldn’t.
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Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea

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April 3
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Driving offenses took center stage during a quick session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday morning (March 28), as one defendant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and another was granted a restricted permit.
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Fire and rescue, broadband, road salt policies on Monday’s agenda

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April 3
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 and again at 7 p.m. Monday (April 7) in the courthouse.
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The Rapp for April 3

Detail of a work by Wayne Paige in Middle Street’s April exhibit.

SNP launches a special quarter, Leipzig String Quartet visit Castleton, Bach and Sinatra share a weekend at the Theatre, Middle Street open a new show, the Taste of Rappahannock is scheduled and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Lucky us . . .

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April 3
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Ours is a privileged, protected perch here in Rappahannock County. While we have had a “bad” winter, elsewhere water supplies are drying up, coastal communities are being flooded, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying and fish are going extinct.
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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 3)

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This week's headlines include: Taking the scenic root • Rapp programs make VSBA 'showcase' list • Roy's Orchard: A farm store with more • Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea • The Rapp for April 3 • Editorial: Lucky us . . . • Wild Ideas: Do black bears hibernate? • and more.
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School board, supervisors tout a ‘frugal budget’

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March 27
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Despite informing the county board of supervisors that they were able to allocate an additional $59,000 toward the 2014-15 school budget last Thursday (March 20), Rappahannock County’s school board is still not requesting any additional funds from the county — or the public.
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2014’s snowfall put a blanket over business

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March 27
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Many retail and visitor-related businesses in Rappahannock County — where business is never anywhere as good in January and February as it is in spring and fall — can’t wait to see the winter of 2014’s record snowfall get into the record books — and off the streets.
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At ODH, interest high for younger hunt set

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March 27
Ross Salter, huntsman for the Old Dominion Hounds, rides the ODH youth group home during a meet earlier this winter.

Members of the Old Dominion Hounds were back in the saddle March 22 for a Junior Meet, a fox hunt held several times a year by the 90-year-old organization to keep interest in the sport alive in the next generation.
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Neighbors object; planners reject family apartment

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March 27
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved one housing permit while denying another at its monthly meeting Wednesday night (March 19).
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Rappahannock’s Facebook Top 20

By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

Though the web might not be as big a fact of life within Rappahannock County as it is elsewhere, certain organizations and businesses located in the county have built impressive fan bases on Facebook.
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The Rapp for March 27

Paul Reisler (third from right) and Howard Levy (left) perform at A Thousand Questions’ concerts April 5 in Charlottesville and April 6 in Little Washington.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday takes a month off, Piedmont Softball’s Chili Bowl 2014 is open to entrants, RAAC screens “Captain Phillips,” Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions perform two local concerts, the Master Naturalists guide visitors through Montpelier’s forest and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Full disclosure

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March 27
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A small confession: I once received a speeding ticket on my way to work here in Rappahannock, further proving that nothing — not even editorials — remains abstract in small towns. Indeed, everything is personal.
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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (March 27)

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This week’s headlines include: 2014′s snow fall put a blanket over business • School board, supervisors tout a ‘frugal’ budget • At ODH, interest high for younger hunt set • Planners agree with neighbors and reject family apartment • The Rapp for March 27 • Editorial: Full disclosure • Wild Ideas: Spring finally arrives...
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Board rejects extending school year

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March 20
A table full of manipulatives, RCPS’ newest math program addition.

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday night (March 11), the Rappahannock County School Board debated at length whether to add two more days to the school calendar, eventually deciding against it.
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Castleton plans to bring music to schools

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March 20
Thirteen educators discussed ideas on how the Castleton Festival can assist the music programs at area schools with festival general manager Nancy Gustafson (foreground) on March 6.

The Castleton Festival is a favorite destination of classical and operatic music lovers as it enters its sixth year. This year, however, the festival organization has plans to reach out to schoolchildren in Rappahannock and surrounding counties.
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Sponsored Content: Vet’s Corner, March 2014

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March 20
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Sometimes the most rewarding cases come along on Friday afternoon . . . By Lori Blankenship, Ph.D., DVM, CVA A few months ago, I was finishing up some office work when a call came in that there was an elderly and very sick dog who had been seizuring most of the day and It...
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The Rapp for March 20

Seventh-graders assemble raised-bed frames at RCES last week.

Pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, RAAC presents two comedies later this month, Heritage Hollow Farms is “Outstanding in the Field,” Lion Jim Blubaugh is honored by the organization and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Planners postpone golf course

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March 20
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was tabled at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission once again considered Cliff Miller’s proposed nine-hole golf course in Sperryville at last night’s (March 19) meeting.
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Snow vs. spring

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March 20
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Spring officially arrives today. Not a moment too soon.
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Editorial: When money talks . . .

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March 20
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Even here in Rappahannock County we recognize the truth in the notion that “we all live downstream.” Which makes the Farm Bureau’s ongoing war against the EPA’s ”pollution diet” all the more disquieting.
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Inside this week’s News (March 20)

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This week’s headlines include: Board rejects extending school year • Snow vs. spring • The Rapp for March 20 • Castleton plans to bring music to schools • Planners reconsider golf course • Editorial: When money talks . . . • Wild Ideas: Not an angry bird, but a clever grackle • and more.
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Low-salt diet asked of VDOT

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March 13
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At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ snow-delayed monthly meeting last Wednesday afternoon (March 5), David Konick spoke to the board about exploring other chemical compounds to help melt the snow that was still adorning parts of the county roads.
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Drug, alcohol-related guilty pleas, sentences

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March 13
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Guilty pleas were entered and sentences were handed down on a variety of charges Monday afternoon (March 10) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Music fest at Avon Hall in May, council hears

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March 13
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Americana music is coming to the town of Washington in May, Harris Hollow residents Ben Jones and Alma Viator confirmed at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night (March 10).
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Boneta Act: Mandate or mishmash?

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March 13
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The signing of a bill last Thursday by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is being hailed as a victory for small farmers against burdensome regulations. But the Boneta Act is also causing some confusion as to what, exactly, it covers.
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The Rapp for March 13

Flint Hill Public House chef Marvin Swaner.

A Flint Hill chef is named one of the best in the south, pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, Coterie celebrates St. Patrick’s Day one day early, Tom Mullany mounts another one-man exhibit at R.H. Ballard and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Misplaced priorities?

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March 13
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For budgetary and personnel reasons, the RCSO no longer participates in the State-Police-sponsored Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gangs Task Force — despite the fact that illicit drug use in rural areas is on the rise.
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Inside this week’s News (March 13)

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This week’s headlines include: Low-salt diet asked of VDOT • Drug, alcohol-related guilty pleas, sentences • Boneta Act: Mandate or mishmash? • Music fest at Avon Hall in May, council hears • The Rapp for March 13 • Editorial: Misplaced priorities? • Wild Ideas: Where is spring? • and more
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Less than half of felonies come to trial

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March 6
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According to statistics from the Virginia Circuit Court’s caseload reporting system, since 2010, more than half the felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court are resolved by guilty pleas prior to any kind of trial.
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Area drug activity up sharply in 2013, task force says

Marijuana seized in a Blue Ridge Task Force raid last year.

In 2013, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force seized more than $1.2 million in illegal narcotics and initiated 265 investigations involving drugs, gangs and other criminal activity. Seizures of heroin and marijuana also increased dramatically in 2013.
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Rappahannock realtor dreams up a pet stretcher

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March 6
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The idea came to her while she slept. In her dream a portable stretcher unfolded and refolded in front of her. That was the extent of the dream, said Trish Bartholomew, creator of Madison’s Stretcher Pack, a portable transport system for dogs.
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The Rapp for March 6

Part of the "Monochrome" exhibit at Middle Street Gallery.

Guitar and balalaika music return to the Theatre, “Memoirs of a Geisha” author Arthur Golden explores the writing process with RAAC, “Monochrome” opens at Middle Street Gallery, the Community Clean-Up rings in spring and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Bad medicine

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March 6
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News for the 40 percent of seniors who take five or more prescription medications a day: 40 percent of our drugs now imported.
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