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When the call came into Rapp at Home that a Woodville resident’s refrigerator had stopped working, his food was spoiling, and he — Mr. Edward Williams — at the age of 90, had virtually nothing to eat, we began a journey that we couldn’t have taken without our Rappahannock community. Nor could we have imagined the outpouring of those wanting to help.

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The history of boundary changes for the Town of Washington, Virginia, begins with a petition on Nov.10, 1796, by George Calvert, James Jett Jr., and James Wheeler to the General Assembly of Virginia to "establish a town by the name of Washington on land of your said petitioners." The town was to be named for George Washington, who had announced his retirement from the presidency six weeks earlier. The General Assembly responded by passing an act on Dec.14, 1796, establishing the Town of Washington on 25 acres of land of the three petitioners, to be laid off in “lots of half an acre each, with convenient streets.”

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Rappahannock County Public Schools (RCPS) have recently introduced a new snowboarding and skiing club that is open to elementary and high school students. The new program runs for six weeks with students leaving the school at 3:00 p.m. every Friday afternoon for Bryce Resort in Basye. There, they have the options of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. 

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Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) ended the 2021 year with many new beginnings. With the stress of finals and end of the semester testing, the school came up with many unique ways of having some fun and stress relief for students. In December, RCHS hosted its first-ever Winter-Wonderland Gala, along with their first Renaissance Day, and had a student vs. faculty volleyball game. 

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Across the United States, a battle for the souls of rural counties is being waged. The battle is fought not in major news outlets, but in local government meetings and the opinion columns of local newspapers. Despite the lack of national coverage, the cumulative outcome of these localized conflicts will change the American landscape for generations to come.

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We are fortunate to be in a community bursting with creative and talented persons willing to share their stories, art, wisdom, skills and interests. The Library’s local author section reflects this, as the section includes works by more than 120 different local authors, many of whom have created multiple works, leaving our collection at over 230 titles and growing. 

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Although Republicans would have you believe that they are the party of economic growth and prosperous businesses, by every measure the opposite is true if you look at historical data. Donald Trump admitted as much in an interview before he ran for president: "It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans."