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Inside this week’s News (March 5)

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This week's headlines: Lee won’t seek Hampton supervisor seat • News signs coverage, content agreement with new nonprofit • Foothills Forum: Helping uncover the stories we all need to hear • Editorial: More depth + more reporting = better solutions • Supervisors simplify motor vehicle tax • Up in flames • and more.
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Rappahannock News signs coverage, content agreement with new nonprofit

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March 5
Foothills Forum

As part of an ongoing effort to improve coverage of Rappahannock County’s most pressing issues and important stories, the Rappahannock News has signed an agreement with Foothills Forum, a  newly organized nonprofit whose mission encompasses such improved local coverage.
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Foothills Forum: Helping uncover the stories we all need to hear

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March 5
Original photo by Molly M. Peterson

Every voice at the table. That’s the idea behind Foothills Forum. For those of you who care as deeply about Rappahannock County as we do, the arrival of this independent, nonpartisan nonprofit is good news.
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Editorial: More depth + more reporting = better solutions

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March 5
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The health of our community newspaper goes hand-in-hand with the vitality of our community. It's because of our commitment to solutions-oriented journalism that we welcome a partnership with Rappahannock's new Foothills Forum.
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The Rapp for March 5

Flint Hill stone connoisseur John Henry speaks at the Library at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

John Henry talks about his stone obsession, there's bluegrass at the Theatre, Alec Baldwin headlines a human- and animal-rights program at Castleton, the Flint Hill Public House goes southern, a healing workshop for those with movement disorders.
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Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned

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Feb. 26
An artist's rendering of what the new Trinity Church parking lot will look like when refinished.

Several critics of the town of Washington say the town’s council broke at least one state law in the summer of 2013 when it voted to contribute $20,000 to a effort by the Inn at Little Washington to improve the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot.
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Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw

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Feb. 26

A critical look at the Rappahannock News' coverage (or lack thereof) of the so-called "Inn crowd conspiracy," and a possible step toward a spring thaw.
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Up in the Hollow: ‘They Destroyed Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot’

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Feb. 26

Let's review: The Inn got a free street and a nicer parking lot for the church, a lot the Inn uses. The church asked for and got $20,000 from the town for their parking lot, and the town apparently broke the law in the process.
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Virginia deer harvest down 22 percent

Special deer hunts at Virginia State Parks this year.

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), after compiling the preliminary figures for the 2014-15 fall/winter hunting season, reported significant declines in deer and turkey harvests this year.
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School and sports news for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26

The AD’s report In a week bookended by blizzards, our Rapp athletes still managed to get in some postseason performances and produce some record-breaking performances along the way. Varsity wrestling traveled to the state tourney in Salem last Friday (Feb. 20), arriving in town just ahead of some dire weather that shortened the season...
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Your Next Best Friend: Banks

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Hi, Banks, the black and tan coonhound here. I’m 3 to 4 years old and have never hunted a day in my life: I’m a lovable, crawl-in-your-lap kind of dog, a homebody who just wants to hang out with you or snooze on my dog bed watching the day go by. It’s unconditional love...
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6,500-plus acres protected in the Northern Piedmont in 2014

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More than 6,500 acres in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s nine-county service region were permanently protected by conservation easements in 2014, including 116 new acres of conservation easement-protected land in Rappahannock County.
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 26)

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This week's headlines: Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned • Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw • Up in the Hollow: 'They Paved Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot' • The Rapp for Feb. 26 • Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count • and more
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Sponsored Content: Vet’s Corner, February 2015

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As a holistic practice, we are often called to visit animals with unusual symptoms. We see animals with specific personality or behavior traits that came along with the physical symptom the owner recognizes as abnormal.
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Storm-free budget season ahead?

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Feb. 19

Following two consecutive years of 4-cent increases in Rappahannock County’s property tax rate, early signs point to an annual local-government budget season this spring that might offer taxpayers a break from bad news.
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The Rapp for Feb. 19

Belle Meade’s Equestrian Club sponsors a fundraising trail ride April 12.

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Stop taking ’cides

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Feb. 19
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Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Writer Liza Field has a few antibiotic-free ideas.
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Draft school budget starts by holding the line

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Feb. 19

Although school board members spent some time afterwards discussing adding more than $100,000 for athletics-related positions, superintendent Donna Matthews presented a draft 2015-2016 budget last Thursday (Feb. 12) at the high school that would increase last year’s $9.09 million county-funding tab by just $27,700.
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School and sports news for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19
Members and coaches of RCHS’s varsity wrestling team gather for the traditional grapplers’ version of a group hug, celebrating their runner-up trophy at last week’s regionals tournament. More important: All six medalists are headed to the state wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday in Salem.

RCHS wrestlers and quiz bowl teams head for state championship tourneys, WCDS students tackle history and break a basketball scoring record and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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Editorial: Let it snow

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Feb. 19
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Learning to appreciate snow, and the not-quite-New-England winters we have here in Rappahannock County.
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Your Next Best Friend: Wilford

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: What you see is what you get

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Feb. 19

Columnist Richard Brady is thankful to be able to tell stories in the Rappahannock News, and apologetic about one in particular.
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 19)

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This week's headlines: Storm-free budget season ahead? • Draft school budget starts by holding the line • RCHS wrestlers and Quiz Bowl teams headed for states • Editorial: Let it snow • The Rapp for Feb. 19 • Wild Ideas: $3.2 million to restore monarch butterfly habitat • and more.
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Castleton founders receive Outstanding Virginians award

At the governor’s mansion in Richmond Tuesday following the General Assembly’s recognition of Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel as Outstanding Virginians of 2015, are (from left): Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dietlinde Maazel, County Administrator John McCarthy (rear), First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Orson Maazel.

Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel, founders of Rappahannock County’s annual Castleton Festival, were honored Tuesday (Feb. 10) by the Virginia General Assembly as the “Outstanding Virginians of 2015” at a ceremony on the floor of the State House in Richmond.
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A Rappahannock Romance

Rappahannock resident Denise Chandler says her husband, Donald, carved this into a tree in Great Falls while she took a nap. That was in 1995; they go back every few years, she says, to visit “our tree.”

Their love twinkled, and their initials in a tree along their favorite hike was more than an idle description. A Valentine's poem by Char Duguid.
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School budget tonight — but first, some appreciation

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Feb. 12

The school board — which holds its first public hearing on its 2015-2016 budget Thursday, Feb. 12 in the high school auditorium — took a few lighthearted moments between controversy and budget-crunching at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night to appreciate its staff (and be appreciated in return).
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New home, new gallery, familiar names on town’s agenda

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Feb. 12

The Washington Town Council took the first steps at its monthly meeting Monday night (Feb. 9) toward bringing a new weekend home and a new gallery to Gay Street.
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Keeping fit, happy and healthy in Rappahannock

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Feb. 12
A class at Stonewall Abbey Yoga and Qigong in Sperryville.

We all know January is the month when lots of us make New Year’s resolutions and set lofty health and wellness goals for ourselves, but did you also know February is when most of us fall off the fitness wagon? A Rappahannock resource guide to help avoid the fitness cliff.
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The Rapp for Feb. 12

Percussionist and 21st-century one-man band Tom Teasley performs this Sunday at Castleton.

A "Decisions and Consequences" Library lecture, two abstract artists seeing "I" to "I" at Middle Street, percussionist Tom Teasley at Castleton and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Twin championships again for Rapp’s J.P. basketball teams 

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Feb. 12
The three-time conference champs Rappahannock Boys Junior Panther Basketball Team poses with coach Wayne Sumner (left ) and assistant coach Judd Hanberry (right).

Dreams are made of the accomplishments of Rappahannock County's middle-school boys and girls basketball teams in their recently concluded 2014-15 seasons.
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School and sports news for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12
Good Answerers: Rappahannock County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team (front row, Tatyana Yates and Jacob Sheffield; back row, Coach Naser, Virginia Wyatt, Coach Weeks; middle row, from left, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, James MacLeod, Jon Streu, Henry Mason, Savannah Stevens and Jane Purnell) last week won the regional trophy as well — and are headed to the state tournament in Williamsburg Feb. 28.

The RCHS Scholastic Bowl team is headed for States, and more winter-sports successes in this week's School and Sports News.
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Editorial: Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Feb. 12
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To C.S. Lewis’s four types of love, a proposed fifth: Call it Amor Terrae — or “Love of the Land.”
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Probation violations dominate docket

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Feb. 12

Probation violations lead to jail time Feb. 5 and 9 in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Letter: Virginia’s domestic violence solution: Get your own gun

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According to the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, victims in domestic disputes in Virginia should purchase a gun, sleep with one eye open for months, waiting for an ex to launch an attack. And if said attack ends in a shootout in front of kids, that’s okay, as long as the...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The responsibility of leadership

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Feb. 12
Special deer hunts at Virginia State Parks this year.

Do most county residents feel they are getting a fair shake from our county leaders? Though he's inclined to think that we are better off than most, the supervisors' recent decision to participate in the state's "Earn a Buck" program is worrying columnist Richard Brady.
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 12)

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This week's headlines include: Castleton founders receive Outstanding Virginian award • School budget tonight — but first, some appreciation • New home, new gallery, familiar names on town’s agenda • The Rapp for Feb. 12 • Editorial: Happy Valentine’s Day! • Beat the winter blues: Keeping fit healthy and happy in Rappahannock • Twin...
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2015: A ‘big’ local election year

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More than a dozen government posts in Rappahannock County — from sheriff to supervisors, school board members and soil conservation directors — are up for grabs this fall.
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Stickers gone; flat-rate vehicle tax is back

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Many tax-related issues across the land will no doubt continue to grow more complex in the years to come — but in Rappahannock County this fall, a simple line item for a flat-rate county motor vehicle tax will reappear on most everyone’s tax bills.
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NPCF begins search for new director

Cole Johnson celebrated the NPCF’s first Give Local Piedmont fundraising tally last May, a one-day event that raised more than $675,000 for 107 local nonprofits.

As its executive director moves on to a new post with SCBI, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation bids her a fond farewell and sets a steady course for the community foundation’s future.
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The Rapp for Feb. 5

With vocalist Tracy Walton and conductor Peter Jaffe, Paul Reisler and school kids perform last month with the Stockton Symphony in California.

The Inn’s looking for your snapshots from their first year (yes, 1978); Kid Pan Alley performs with a California symphony; the founders explain themselves on Presidents Day in Little Washington; Bel Canto auditions and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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