FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK NEWS

Inside this week’s News (Sept. 25)

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This week’s headlines include: ‘Tourism numbers, funding on the rise • A 101-mile hike for park charities • The Rapp for Sept. 25 • Salt & Pepper’ makes for a tasty meal • Through the Tiger Valley looking glass • Editorial: Beyond the here and now • and more.
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Upcoming lane, road closures

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VDOT plans overnight work Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on a failed drainage pipe that runs under U.S. 522 near Fletcher’s Mill Road (Route 620), just south of the village of Sperryville.
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The Rapp for Sept. 25

1000 Faces brings its magnificent masks to Stone Hill on Oct. 25 for a Halloween performance.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Old Hollow Store, RAAC screens “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 1000 Faces returns to Stone Hill, Mark Russell performs at the Theatre, “No Ordinary Person” preps for its 16th season and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Beyond the here and now

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Sept. 25
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Almost 100 marchers in the People's Climate March came from Rappahannock County! Only kidding! For, blessed as we are to live here, Rappahannock’s demographics are precisely those associated with American citizens who view climate concerns as not serious.
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Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home

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Sept. 18
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After three months of delays, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing on a special-use permit application Monday night at town hall that would allow White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo’s hotel staff to book and manage an occasional tourist home at 199 Main St.
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Rapp schools fully accredited

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Sept. 18
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New state accreditation standards were released Tuesday (Sept. 16) by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and report that RCES, “accredited with warning” last year, is fully accredited this year.
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RCHS’s project-based environment

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Sept. 18
Environmental science students (from left) Samantha Keys, Hope Carr and Autumn King take measurements in Cliff Miller’s Sperryville stream.

“Project-based learning” may be a new buzzword in the education community, but Rappahannock County High School’s environmental science is ahead of the curve, and has been using PBL techniques for years.
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Stickerless shock?

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Sept. 18
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In this year’s personal property tax bills, county residents will notice an increase meant to compensate for the discontinuance of the flat $20-per-vehicle tax collected in exchange for a county windshield sticker these last 30 years.
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The Rapp for Sept. 18

A Gary Anthes photograph of Japan on exhibit at Middle Street.

The fall season brings a slew of events this weekend, Middle Street hosts a new all-photography exhibit, R.H. Ballard debuts Viviane deKosinski’s “View with a Room,” the Historical Society explores the history of Amissville, the new ping pong club is already a success and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Autumn’s changing ways

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Sept. 18
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As this newspaper was going to press came word of a new government census: Exactly how many stink bugs are there? That’s kind of like asking how hot the sun is. As a harbinger of autumn, we now have stink bugs instead of apples.
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 18)

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This week’s headlines include: Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home • Rapp schools fully accredited • The Rapp for Sept. 18 • RCHS’s project-based environment • Coming in the mail, stickerless shock? • Editorial: Autumn’s changing ways • Wild Ideas: Sorting out the sumacs as summer subsides • and more.
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Central absentee voting OK’d; vehicle stickers on the way out

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Sept. 11
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At holiday-delayed sessions last Wednesday (Sept. 10), the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors discussed several ordinance changes, including doing away with county motor vehicle stickers creating a central absentee voting precinct.
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Galleries gear up for 10th annual art tour 

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Sept. 11
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All seven of Rappahannock’s art galleries are holding special exhibits during the 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery tour Nov. 1-2, transforming Rappahannock County into an art mecca.
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Heroin charges among grand jury indictments

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Sept. 11
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Five people were indicted by a grand jury convened Monday morning (Sept. 8) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, including four charged with distributing heroin.
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The goal: a good turnout

Democratic hopeful Lawrence Gaughan.

An interview with Lawrence Gaughan, the Democrats’ choice to face second-term incumbent Republican Robert Hurt in the Nov. 4 election for Virginia’s 5th congressional district.
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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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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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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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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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