This week’s Rappahannock News (Jan. 31)

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What you will find in the Jan. 31 edition:

Grove will fill in as superintendent

The Rappahannock County School Board announced Monday that Kathleen F. Grove has agreed to serve as interim superintendent. The same day, current superintendent Aldridge Boone sent a farewell email to the school division’s staff in which he said the school board forced his hand.

‘I chose to be master of my own fate’

The text of outgoing superintendent Aldridge Boone’s email to the school division staff.

The Rapp for Jan 31

Saying goodbye to our hard-working Sperryville columnist, spending a week at Nature and 4-H Camps, watching the newest RAAC movie, exploring the “Art of Aging in Rappahannock,” celebrating Mardi Gras at the Theatre and more in this week’s Rapp.

Appreciation: The tireless, far-sighted Newbill Miller

The man most credited with spearheading the 1960 efforts that made Rappahannock County what it is today — that is, not much different from what it was back then — passed away on Saturday. Jackson Newbill Miller was 77.

At the Schoolhouse, it’s Miller time

On the cusp of February, traditionally Rappahannock’s worst tourism month, here’s a nice change of pace: news of a restaurant opening instead of closing. Sometime this spring, Cliff Miller IV says he plans to open a neighborhood pub and lunch spot in the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex.

Editorial: Something to think about 

Recent news got me thinking about a new book on Italy’s Venice – that “exquisite corpse,” its beauty embalmed, its once vibrant commercial and city life now lying in state. Let’s not let our county wind up the same.

Waiters, diners serve up $30K of benevolence

The Celebrity Waiters Dinner, the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund annual fundraiser, helped bring in almost $30,000 and was a good time for all. A photo gallery and report.

Wild Ideas: Hanging out with your peeps in winter 

Winter is not my favorite time of year for several reasons, including the fact that a lot of wildlife have gone south for the winter or are hibernating. But when wildlife are out and about, it’s often in groups.

Plus . . .

The latest “Quibbles & Quark” (in which there’s a difference of opinion at newly armed Quarkville Bunny Elementary), and more Letters to the Editors, including one from Rappahannock farmer Dick McNear, who’s been paying attention to land use and zoning for a long time. He regrets the loss of Newbill Miller — and of elected officials who don’t see the long-term wisdom of making it easier for farmers to keep farming, and for villages to be more open to appropriate development.

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