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This fall, the halls of Rappahannock County High School have a new, exciting feel about them as Mr. Carlos Seward has filled the position of principal. In the past few weeks, Seward has positively changed the atmosphere of our high school. Not only has he made students feel more valued, he has also brought newfound liveliness and school spirit to RCHS. 

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Following hours and hours of research over the past 18 months on the COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and the virus itself, and as a scientist who spent four years in a lab studying DNA and running PCRs for my master’s thesis, I wanted to help thwart off possible sickness here in Rappahannock County for those of us you (myself included) that have grown tired of remaining vigilant against virus by wearing worn out masks and limiting social interaction. 

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It was the crime of the century in Rappahannock County when Diane Kidwell fired from her pickup truck and shot Rance Spellman, the manager of the farm next door, off his bulldozer on November 9, 1982. It drew national coverage in newspapers and magazines and cast a shadow on the local election for Rappahannock’s commonwealth’s attorney.  

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The petition below was created by me to communicate to our public servants public opinion in favor of following the Virginia Department of Health Guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended Covid-19 mitigation practices to hasten the end of the pandemic in our community.

If it bleeds, it leads. This widely accepted formula for selling news may be good for bottom lines, but it is it good for our own self perception? More importantly, is it good for our perception of other countries and cultures where we have no context or reference points to balance “the bad?” Below, is a little story about a bad deed that deserved to be diluted by the outpouring of love and admiration it provoked.

I read Mr. Jones’s letter last week three times in the vain hope that a glimmer of reality might break through (“No, development isn’t inevitable,” July 15). Alas it was not to be. I would not venture to dispute Mr. Jones’ interpretation of King Cnut, or his passion for honoring our history, I would only note that when it comes to his recounting of Rappahannock’s own history or the intentions he attributes to Town of Washington officials, his reality falls short. 

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Mr. Hobson’s response (“Change is the order of existence,” June 17) to plans for the highest-density real-estate development in Rappahannock County’s history is to say: “Nothing in the universe stays the same … change is the order of existence.” That statement, however, defies logic and is akin to surrendering to the forces of unchecked commercialism that surrounds our county, and now threatens to penetrate the county line.

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Years ago, my late husband Jack Dwyer and I traveled to California to see some of the wondrous beauty there. Majestic Lake Tahoe was one stop and there I loved the striking sailboat surrounded by snow capped mountains. That called to my mind the quote, “You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

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After more than a year of darkness imposed by COVID-19, the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) Theater brought Rappahannock’s own theater back to life on Friday night with a magnificent performance of “Let Me Down Easy,” a very human play by Anna Deveare Smith. You can still see the performance online this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. You don’t want to miss it.

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The Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age on May 10. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed with recommendations endorsing use in this age group after their advisory group meeting on May 12. The American Academy of Pediatrics also supports this decision.

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The year 2020 was definitely one for the history books, and the events of last year are going to have a huge impact on our girls. During the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the nation abruptly. This forced parents and teachers to provide support and education under conditions unfathomable just a year before.

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