This week’s Rappahannock News (March 21)

March 21, 2013 front page
March 21, 2013 front page

Here’s a quick look at this week’s Rappahannock News, in newsstands, mailboxes and inboxes now through next Wednesday.

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What you will find in the March 21 edition:

County showing signs of economic life

Hard data – and any short drive around the county with the windows down – seem to indicate that business in Rappahannock County, if not booming, is definitely hammering its way back up from the basement.

School board OKs $12.6 million budget

At its public work session Tuesday night (March 19), the Rappahannock County School Board voted to adopt a formal budget proposal totalling $12,618,208 – a $445,932 increase over the 2012-13 budget.

The Rapp for March 21 

In this week’s Rapp: Fourth (Estate) Friday for us, Friday specials in Sperryville, a Mutt, Mix and Mingle at Gadino Cellars, a landmark Virginia landscape exhibit at Middle Street, Castleton connects art and human rights in a Saturday concert, Hearthstone has karaoke and the Emporium has a post office.

Hunger relief, delivered by backpack 

Americans who watch the news are probably aware of the child obesity epidemic facing the nation. What they might not know is that intermingled within the obesity epidemic, and standing alone as its own problem, is child hunger. Rappahannock’s new BackPack program aims to help stop that.

Virginia first to enact Lyme test disclosure law

A big step forward for Lyme-diagnosis advocates occurred last Thursday in Richmond as Virginia became the first state in the country to require its health-care providers disclose the limitations of Lyme disease testing to patients.

Editorial: Status and (Historical) Society 

In the “statusphere” that is Rappahannock County, good looks and influential jobs don’t count for much. Education, money and power – those old status standbys – maybe mean a bit more. But most important by far is family background – especially whether you have “roots” in the county.

Plus . . .

The latest Quibbles & Quark, an RCHS girls’ soccer win and more school and sports news, and, on the editorial page: news of not-running and straight-talking from Ben Jones, and letters in support of loud cheering, leaving things as they are and having a thoughtful attitude about being part of one’s community.

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