This week’s Rappahannock News (March 14)

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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 March 14 edition:

Attempted murder charge dropped in Castleton child abuse case

In circuit court, an attempted murder charge is dropped against Brenda Holly Lyons-Lenchick in exchange for the Castleton woman’s guilty plea to child abuse and cruelty charges; a jury sends a Sperryville “sovereign citizen” to jail; two are indicted on drug-related charges.

The Rapp for March 14

RCHS plays host to a jazz band coffee house and the triumphant (and long-awaited) return of Donkey Basketball, Empty Bowls provides an artistic way to help support the Food Pantry, “A Time to Break Silence” comes to the Castleton Theatre House and three Democratic candidates visit in this week’s Rapp.

These bugs don’t stink, but millions are due this spring

As if Rappahannock farmers don’t have enough to worry about with what could be a record number of brown marmorated stink bugs expected to emerge this spring, masses of another bug – the periodical cicada – are also due to come out about the same time.

Town’s water rates likely to rise slightly

The budget season continues as the Washington Town council entertained the idea of raising the town’s water user charge as part of its 2013-14 budget at its monthly meeting Monday night.

Editorial: Arrest us before we pollute again

Given Rappahannock County’s disproportionate number of older citizens and Baby Boomers, the conversation here is often about the things we think we’re now entitled to. But what of the things we Boomers owe to others?

Park tourism worth $73.9 million

A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 1.2 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park spent $73.9 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 1,050 jobs in the local area.

Plus . . .

Dozens of events listings, the latest “Quibbles & Quark,” a page of the latest school and sports news and letters to the editor explaining, respectively, how hard Rappahannock County’s public school teachers work, and questioning why the school division’s budget keeps going up.

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