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Inside This Week’s News (April 23)

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This week's headlines: Konick: No vendetta, just violations • Cooter's scraps outdoor music plan • Rappahannock, Culpeper go metro • Rappahannock at Home: new senior support program • Panthers headed for Academic Super Bowl • The Rapp for April 23 • and more
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Draft county budget would mean 2-cent tax hike

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April 16

The $22.83 million FY 2016 draft budget released this week by Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy could mean a 2-cent increase in the county’s property tax rate.
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Town council hires lawyer, hears opinions, legal and otherwise

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April 16

The Washington Town Council hired a lawyer at a special meeting Monday afternoon, heard almost two hours of legal opinion in closed session about two pending lawsuits against the town and the Inn at Little Washington, then reconvened for another hour of citizen opinion on a controversial Inn-related boundary adjustment.
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School year calendar adopted

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April 16

The school board adopted a 2015-2016 calendar that adds two days to spring break, allows for nine snow days and starts classes on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
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What’s recyclable in Rappahannock?

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April 16
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A wrap-up of what you can now recycle at Rappahannock County recycling centers at Amissville and Flatwood.
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The Rapp for April 16

The finish of one of last year’s first-ever Stick Horse Stakes at the THFVH races last year in Sperryville.

Steeplechase races at Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Burgers N Things is back, Audrey Andrist's piano recital at the Theatre, a Reagan dinner, solar info session and Indian classical dance in this week's The Rapp.
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McCarthy: Reports of race being over are premature

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April 16
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John McCarthy's annual presentation of everything you need to know about this year's Fodderstack 10K race on Saturday, April 25 — including a few suggested discussion topics for fellow political existentialists.
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Your Next Best Friend: Reilly

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My name’s Reilly. I came to RAWL in a lot of pain and was really scared. Once I got to RAWL, my story got happy.
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Inside this week’s News (April 16)

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This week's headlines include: Draft county budget would mean 2-cent tax hike • Council hires lawyer, hears opinions, legal and otherwise • What's recyclable in Rapp? • McCarthy: Reports of race being over are premature • and more.
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Lawsuit is ‘homophobe’ vendetta, Inn attorney says

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April 9
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Inn at Little Washington's attorney characterizes lawsuit initiator Konick as a "homophobe with a vendetta" against O'Connell; meanwhile Konick files another suit, specifically alleging conflict-of-interest violations by O'Connell.
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Fire-rescue changes needed to keep volunteer system viable

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April 9

Rappahannock County’s supervisors were told by the consultants who assessed the county’s fire and rescue needs that the county faces a lengthy list of potentially difficult decisions to keep the all-volunteer system viable — as well as all-volunteer.
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The Rapp for April 9

The cast of YCTIWY rehearses at RAAC Theatre, including (seated, from left) Sam Clifton, Mimi Forbes and Howard Coon, and (standing, from left) Bob Hurley, Andy Platt, Mike Mahoney, Brendan Martyn, Lakota Coon, Gary Grossman, Stephanie Mastri, Patty Hardee, Dontez Harris and Carolina Leonard.

Another big weekend in Rappahannock • Working Woods Walk coming up at Montpelier • Virginia's climatologist speaks in Warrenton • RAAC Theatre's May comedy • Give Local Piedmont gears up • Appreciating the Book Barn • Belle Meade trail ride this weekend
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Letter: Beautification, development and conversation

Rappahannock is a beautiful and unique, special place. Letter-writer Stanley Reynolds reminds us to get involved, and to work together to keep it that way.
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Rappahannock’s first film festival: this weekend

A scene from "Red Dot on the Ocean," on screen Saturday at RAAC's first-ever Film Festival in Little Washington.

Tomorrow night (Friday, April 10), the first-ever Film Festival at Little Washington kicks off, and 13 films with Rappahannock County connections will light up the screen through Sunday at the Theatre at Washington.
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Roadwork alerts

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April 9
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Several VDOT and other projects might impact your travel in Rappahannock County this week and in the weeks to come.
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School and sports news for April 9

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April 9
Fourth graders pause on the steps following their tour of Scrabble School last month with teacher Kelly Estes and SSPF President Bob Lander in back row.

Rapp AD's update, fourth-graders visit Scrabble School, Old Dominion University honors for RCHS grad Trey Swindler.
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Swindler: A tough choice for his next team  

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April 2
Outgoing athletic director Jimmy Swindler pauses for a photo before a soccer match at Panther Stadium Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Swindler, RCPS athletics (and facilities) director for the past four years, says his most recent roster decision — on his own position with the team — was his most difficult.
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Retirement rumors premature, McCarthy says

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April 2
Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy says he's not retiring — yet.

John McCarthy, Rappahannock County’s chief executive for the last 30 years, said this week that rumors of his impending retirement are premature.
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Herring told mental health, drugs top police concerns

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April 2
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks with the region’s law enforcement officers Monday in Front Royal.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring heard from law enforcement officials in the region Monday in Front Royal that one of their biggest worries — in addition to drugs — is in dealing effectively with prisoners who require mental-health evaluations and treatment.
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School and sports news for April 2

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April 2
RCHS’ concert band, shown here on last week’s spring trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, brought back a “Superior” rating from March’s VBODA competition.

Rapp spring sports get going (or is it late winter?), the RCHS band is "Superior" again, and honors for Rappahannock County college students.
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Dietel is one of 2015’s ‘Five Over Fifty’

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Aging Together honors local citizens who have a history of contributing to their communities on Saturday, April 11 at the State Theatre — and one of their 2015 “Five Over Fifty” to be recognized is Rappahannock County’s own Linda Dietel.
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The Rapp for April 2

Six Pack artist Janet Brome’s “Turtle Screen & Wire” sculpture.

The Six Pack gang returns to Rappahannock for a show at R.H. Ballard, the Inn’s Patrick O’Connell puts out his first design book and a wellness author signs books at Mountainside Physical Therapy in this week’s The Rapp.
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Council meets to hire counsel

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April 2

The Washington Town Council has scheduled a special meeting, ostensibly to hire a lawyer to defend the town in a lawsuit alleging the town broke laws for its 2013 town-square beautification project.
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Kids’ musical energy unleashed

By Molly M. Peterson

Paul Reisler has made his Kid Pan Alley songwriting program known throughout the nation, but its home and heart is still right here in Rappahannock County — as last Friday's concert at RCES demonstrated.
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Inside this week’s News (April 2)

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Among the week's headlines: Retirement rumors premature, McCarthy says • Herring told mental health, drugs top police concern • Swindler: A tough choice for his next team • Council to hire counsel• The Rapp for April 2 • Kids’ musical energy, unleashed • Wild Ideas: Gobbling season begins • and more.
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Town beautification gets uglier

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March 26
A photo in the Dec. 13, 1962 Rappahannock News touted the “facelift” being given to the corner of Main and Middle streets, after Trinity Episcopal Church (far left) had purchased the lot and was tearing down several buildings to build a parking lot.

Efforts made two years ago to beautify the “town square” of Washington have landed the town, and its chief tourist attraction, in court. A lawsuit filed Friday also alleges that Inn at Little Washington owner and town council member Patrick O'Connell violated conflict-of-interest laws.
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Planners OK Castleton’s year-round events

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March 26

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval last Wednesday night of two event-related permits for the Castleton Festival.
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Scammers hit local victim, are (mostly) foiled

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March 26
By Donovan Graen via Flickr

A Woodville resident came forward this week to say she was conned earlier this month out of a large sum of money by the operators of a telephone scam in which callers posed as agents of the IRS and Treasury Department.
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Discover Rappahannock’s ‘Mountain Heritage’ on April 11

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March 26
The Savilla Harrell home, as it appeared while it was still standing near the Hull School Road.

Less than a century ago, the mountains of Shenandoah National Park were home to hundreds of families. Meet some of them and learn their stories April 11 in Sperryville, courtesy of the Rappahannock Historical Society and Piedmont Environmental Council.
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Narcotics, probation offenses spell jail time

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March 26

An Amissville woman who pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone and a Washington man who violated his probation both receive jail time in Circuit Court.
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Editorial: Bad news, good works

Aging Together's 2015 "Five Over Fifty" (including Linda Dietel, top row center).

Reports of disagreement and dispiriting behavior by humans around the world — including right here in Rappahannock — are ever harder to avoid. Which is one reason why those doing good works ought to be recognized — emulated, even.
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Stickers, no. Assessors, yes.

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March 26
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Two quick reminders from your county government: You don't need a vehicle sticker any more, and assessors will be visiting your property soon.
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School and sports news for March 26

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March 26
From left, Shannon Kelly, Eva Parios and Elizabeth Burns enjoy a brief snack with Ethan Frost at WCDS’ Medieval Faire.

The latest from Rapp athletics, plus a Medieval Faire at WCDS, a strong showing by Rapp middle-schoolers at the regional science fair and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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The Rapp for March 26

A few of the eggs created by students at Studio School’s last Pysanky workshop in Flint Hill.

It's Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, plus a free Kid Pan Alley concert, "Birdman" April 3, a serious egg decorating workshop, fantastical "Elementree Stories" at Middle Street, a MADD startup and more in The Rapp.
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Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering

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March 26

Authorities arrested Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, described by police as a member of the family that operates the Hillsdale Country Store on U.S. 211 near Washington. She is charged with lottery tampering, a felony.
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Letter: In South Africa, an ‘awe-inspiring’ children’s home

Tracy King, left, one of the King safe house’s Xhosa nannies and Kay Wilson hold three of the home’s 24 babies during Wilson’s visit.

Earlier this month, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a "safe house" for abandoned and abused babies found and rescued in the rural coastal area south of the Transkei.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Count your blessings

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March 26

Some things just warm the cockles of your heart and make you smile. And even though Richard Brady is not too sure just what the cockles of the heart are, such a thing happened at last Wednesday night's community Lenten services at the Washington Baptist Church.
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Your Next Best Friend: Lemon

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Inside this week’s News (March 26)

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This week's headlines include: Town beautification gets uglier • Planner’s okay Castleton’s year-round events • Scammers hit local victim, are (mostly) foiled • The Rapp for March 26 • Discover Rappahannock’s ‘Mountain Heritage’ on April 11 • Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering • Wild Ideas: Peepers, clackers and the sounds of spring • and more.
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$12.56 school budget sent to supervisors

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March 19

The Rappahannock County School Board adopted a $12.56 million 2015-2016 budget Monday night that would increase the county’s share of school-division expenses by about $94,000 — or just over 1 percent.
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