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Photos: Play ball!

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April 17
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Photo: Pitching in

Photo by Francie Schroeder

Photo: Burned out

Photo by Cody Dodson

Senate budget reinstates Marketplace Virginia

Capital News Service

The battle for a passable Virginia budget continues in the General Assembly after the Senate passed a budget bill Tuesday that the House of Delegates likely will reject, replacing Medicaid with Marketplace Virginia.
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Four-cent tax increase proposed

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April 10

Despite the absence of an official state budget from Richmond, County Administrator John McCarthy has drafted a budget proposing a 4-cent real estate tax increase and the elimination of county decals.
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Photo: Overturned

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Photo: Python meets Robin Hood at WCDS

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Photo: Scientifically minded

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RappCats Cat of the Week

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April 10
TC

TC is a grand older gal, with ‘cattitude’ to spare.
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RAWL Dogs: Maggie

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April 10
Maggie

I’m an 8-year-old German short-haired pointer and weigh about 60 pounds. I’m from a hunting dog breed and need a fenced-in yard.
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Clean-up on Middle Street

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Have you seen The Washington Post's Home section feature on how Inn at Little Washington midnight custodian Jack Judd and others keep the Inn's famous kitchen looking clean and new every day, and why chef Patrick O'Connell likes it that way?
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Photo: Not horsing around

Photo by Marion Sharp

Katie Sharp, a seventh grader at Rappahannock County Elementary School, was part of the first-place winning Golden Horseshoe 4-H team.
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Missing clues found!

Crossword for March 27

The crossword in the March 27 print edition left out the last 10 Down clues, so we’re posting them here.
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U.S. Mint launches Shenandoah National Park quarter this week

The Shenandoah National Park Quarter

Officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service will be visiting Rappahannock County and Front Royal this Thursday and Friday for the official launch of the Shenandoah National Park quarter.
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Photo: Ahead, a spring of service

Photo by Beth Gall

The new spring semester service learning group at Rappahannock County High School.
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Legislation restricting fox pens awaits governor’s signature

Capital News Service

Anyone erecting or maintaining an enclosure for the purpose of pursuing, hunting or killing fox or coyote with dogs will face Class 1 misdemeanor charges if Senate Bill 42 is signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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Photos: Black & white and . . . March

Photo by Gary Anthes

Photos: Little Fork’s large-animal unit to the rescue

Shawn Walters

Rappahannock Youth Basketball 2014

Girls 7-9 Champions are (from left) Ashley Herzog, Belle Perdieu, Katie Courhah, Coach Herzog, Savannah Loving, Faith Kennedy, Payton Cillo and Kammie Brown.

Late snow closes down Rappahannock

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March 17
Pond in Castleton. File photo.

Last night and today's late-winter storm dumped another six- to 10 inches through Rappahannock County and the Piedmont region. Rappahannock's schools, county government and courts are closed today.
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Photo: It’s not April yet

Photo by Susannah McNear

Photo: Rare and new

By Dolores Reed/SCBI

Photo: Yield

With some help from purple paint and cardboard (and a dozen roses), RCHS junior Mikey Mitchell asked fellow junior Kellie Baker to prom March 12 before school.

Sunday hunting bill signed into law

Capital News Service

Virginians will have the right to hunt on Sunday beginning July 1, 2014 according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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GOP House leaders request special session on Medicaid expansion

Capital News Service

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just three days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn.
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Trash ordinance revised

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March 6

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved several amendments to the county’s trash ordinance at Wednesday night’s (March 5) monthly meeting.
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Photos: Last blast?

Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Just after the latest (and hopefully last) snowstorm dumped five to seven inches on Rappahannock County, the sun set behind the mountains on Tiger Valley Road.
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Photos: It’s a (frozen) jungle out there

Photo by Shawn Walters

Photo: Crash on Sunday

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March 3
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

CVS readies for future, will stop selling tobacco Oct. 1

Capital News Service

The giant U.S. pharmacy chain CVS announced it will stop selling all tobacco products nationwide as of Oct. 1, 2014.
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Photo: Still at large

Photo by Missy McCool

A young, apparently orphaned black bear seen near several homes in Harris Hollow over the last few weeks climbs atop the trap this week set by state wildlife authorities.
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Photo: Small team, big finish

Photo by Amy Hitt

The Rappahannock County High School Panthers’ wrestling squad celebrated a successful trip to the state tournament in Salem last weekend.
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Faulty furnace, but no fire

Photo by Shawn Walters

GA delaying individual school grading system

Capital News Service

The House Education Committee approved a bill delaying the implementation of a new grading system for schools this past week, but some delegates are questioning if the new system meets the needs of Virginia schools, parents and communities.
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Census provides snapshot of agriculture in U.S. and Virginia

Virginia’s farms saw a dramatic increase in both the market value of production and the average value of products sold per farm, according to the preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture.
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Medicaid expansion battle foreshadows potential Va. government shutdown

Capital News Service

Virginia’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates and Democratic Senate both passed competing versions of a two-year, $96 billion state budget bill this past week, but not before the GOP reinforced its stern opposition to Medicaid expansion.
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Bill gives officers more options, dogs more chances

Capital News Service

A bill giving animal control officers flexibility in dealing with livestock-injuring dogs is heading to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature, after passing the Senate unanimously this week.
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Photos: Another snow day

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Photo: Conference champs

Photo by Janie Jenkins

Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther girls’ basketball team clinched a middle-school conference championship against St. Joseph’s Parrish on Feb. 6.
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Herring supports court’s gay-marriage decision

Capital News Service

The fight for marriage equality for same-sex couples in Virginia continues to progress through the courts this week after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Federal District Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down the law used in the controversial Bostic v. Rainey case as unconstitutional.
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