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In the bygone days of my youth the golden-throated poet Joni Mitchell sang: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Ain’t it the truth. In hopes that we might avoid that pitfall here in Rappahannock, I would like to set down a few words regarding the historical and architectural significance of our old courthouse — a building whose fate now teeters precariously between posterity and the wrecking ball. 

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While it was interesting to read Ron Maxwell’s Commentary, “The Noah Option” (Rappahannock News, Aug. 11), it also made me pause to think through his actual proposal to practice the Half Earth principles set forth in Edward O. Wilson’s book Half Earth (additionally described in title as “The Planet’s Fight for Life”).

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An alarming study reveals that the population of North American birds has dropped nearly 30% since 1970. Each day, an estimated 6,000 acres of open space are converted to development of one form or another – seemingly endless seas of concrete and asphalt covering the living land. Nearby Clevengers’s Corner is a harbinger of the looming menace.

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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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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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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.

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President Ronald Reagan was known to state, “Trust, but verify,” which I think is appropriate when hearing Supervisor Ron Frazier, during the April 4, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting, state that the newly opened Washington Post Office had no exterior lighting so was too dark for some citizens to get their mail late in the day. 

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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.