This week’s Rappahannock News (Feb. 28)

The Feb. 28 Rappahannock News
The Feb. 28 Rappahannock News

Here’s a quick look at this week’s Rappahannock News, on newsstands now through next Wednesday.

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What you will find in the Feb. 28 edition:

Stink bugs: a little better known; a lot more coming

Researchers uncover enough about the brown marmorated stink bug to expect a bumper crop in 2013.

The Rapp for Feb. 28

The steeplechase season begins this weekend in Sperryville, RAAC screens the Oscar winner “Argo,” Rappahannock Cellars wins Governor’s Cup gold, the Theatre honors Charlie Bird, “Ag in the Classroom” gets two new grants and plans are underway for the next Artists of Rappahannock tour in this week’s Rapp.

Chester Gap rape leads to 9-month jail term

After an emotional hour of pre-sentencing testimony, a Front Royal man who pleaded guilty in November to aggravated sexual battery was given nine months in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

Safety concerns delay Miller barn permit

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission voted unanimously to table until March a decision on Cliff Miller’s application for a permit to use his family’s old dairy barn to host events.

Editorial: Worth a conversation?

Two weeks ago this newspaper published a front-page story on the possibility of a Family Dollar store rising from Rappahannock’s bucolic landscape. The silence, as they say, has been deafening.

A long way from Puddleville

Columnist Ben Jones appreciates the late Gene Patterson as “a good man, one of the best that came out of the South in the 20th century.”

A snowball’s chance in . . .

Arthur Candenquist, in his “150 Years Ago This Week” column, revisits “one of the most memorable combats of the war” – an epic Confederate snowball fight near Fredericksburg.

Plus . . .

The latest “Quibbles & Quark,” in which practicality and mortality join hands to open a new restaurant, a page of the latest school and sports developments and Jan Clatterbuck’s Washington column, which bids farewell to familiar faces at the post office.

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