Rachel Needham

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The Wellness Center began providing mental health counseling to students two days a week during the 2020-21 school year through a partnership with Health Connect America, a behavioral health treatment service with an office in Culpeper. But this year, students can go to the Wellness Center for much more. 

Director elections are underway at the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), with seats open in three regions including eastern Rappahannock County. The election period began July 1 and will continue until REC’s virtual annual meeting on Aug. 11. Member-owners can vote by mail by completing a paper proxy designation, online via MyREC Smarthub, or at the virtual meeting in August. In order to attend the meeting, member-owners must register between 7 a.m. on Aug. 5 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 6. 

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During his tenure at the Athens News, Ben covered the largest public corruption case in Ohio state history after the FBI revealed a coordinated bribery scheme in the state legislature that ultimately led to the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. 

Three internet service providers responded to the Rappahannock County Broadband Authority’s official request for information (RFI) last week, bringing the county one small step closer to procuring broadband for unserved areas. 

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As of last week, Rappahannock has a new ordinance on the books to control utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities, including wind and solar projects, on county land. After a late-night joint session with the Planning Commission on July 7, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the ordinance, with Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith and Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson dissenting.

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On Monday, July 12, the Washington Town Council obtained new sketches of the proposed Rush River Commons development on the edge of town. If approved by town officials, Rush River Commons could become the first mixed-use development in Washington.

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