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I’ve been noodling with a funky tune entitled “Inside the Great Rappahannock Divide while Outside the Inn Crowd and Sadly Still Missing The Appetite Repair Shop and Randolph Clater at the Corner Store Blues.” But I fear the song could never be as evocative as the title, and this sort of material always works better as prose, unless you are Johnny Mercer or Willie Nelson.

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  • Humidity: 94%
  • Cloud Coverage: 42%
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  • UV Index: 9 Very High
  • Sunrise: 06:28:09 AM
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Today

A mix of clouds and sun this morning followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers this afternoon. High 79F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight

Some passing clouds. Low 59F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow

Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds light and variable.

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I have always enjoyed writing to a great extent, and always liked letting my creative side show through my writing. This is probably why English was always my favorite subject instead of science or math. I could go on reading and writing about anything for hours, but the second you ask me to balance a chemistry equation or solve an algebraic expression, my brain immediately  crashes.

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In 2020, Virginia ranked 44th of all states in how much it funds community colleges per student. At $5,000 per student, it is well below the national average of $8,000. It’s neighboring states, even West Virginia, are all above or near the national average. As a result, community college tuitions in Virginia are as much as 40% higher, and enrollment has declined in recent years.

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Middle Street Gallery will be moving to a new location later this month in the back of the old Tula’s building. A story in last week’s Rappahannock News implied that we are not happy with our new space. We actually feel very fortunate to find a place to move that is in an excellent location facing Main Street in Little Washington and is within our budget. 

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On the morning of April 8, I got to the high school at 3 a.m., much earlier than usual. I was greeted at the cafeteria doors by a teacher holding their coffee. The halls of the school were empty but bright, a tough contrast from the darkness outside. I walked through them to the opposite side of the school, where a classroom was overflowing with suitcases and duffle bags. Several more teachers sorted through the luggage. A handful of my classmates stood around the room and, even though it was early, excitement was buzzing in the air. 

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Chief Justice John Roberts has a problem that is eerily similar to one I faced years ago at the Federal Trade Commission. A year or so after President Reagan appointed me to chair the FTC, a story appeared in the press about a major merger we were investigating and a draft of preliminary findings.