Inside this week’s Rapp News (July 25)

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What you will find in the July 25 edition:

Lightning strikes twice  

Two Rappahannock County homes were struck by lightning and damaged by ensuing four- to six-alarm fires within an hour of each other by thunderstorms that passed through the region Sunday afternoon (July 21).

Lenchick sentenced to 8 months in child abuse case

Joseph Anthony Lenchick, half of the Castleton couple guilty of child abuse and cruelty charges, was sentenced to eight months in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Tuesday morning (July 23).

Mohsin Ahmad’s connection-based faith 

The remarkable Mohsin Ahmad made his way back to Rappahannock County for a brief stop at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 14 for an afternoon that saw Ahmad once again step out of his comfort zone and engage in a religious dialogue with Trinity’s Rev. Jenks Hobson.

The Rapp for July 25

Our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday returns, a Wellness Festival is planned by Jackie Meuse and the Little Washington Spa, sign-ups for the Farm Tour begin, the Piedmont Virginian Showcase comes to River District Arts and the USDA offers another way to mitigate the damage from Sandy in this week’s Rapp column.

Planners okay B&B, apartment permits  

In a busy meeting July 17 at the courthouse, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved two efficiency apartment permits, two new bed and breakfasts and one cottage industry request.

Editorial: The perfect perch

The truly amazing thing about Rappahannock County: It’s so small and yet so wide-ranging in what it offers. You may think you know the county like the back of your hand; yet if you’re curious and keep your eyes open, there’s always something new to discover.

Wild Ideas: The world of insects just outside

With more than 900,000 known species, insects comprise approximately 80 percent of the world’s species of organisms, which makes them the most diverse group, according to Encyclopedia Smithsonian.

By the Bootstraps

Episode 1 of Kelly Atlas-Bauche’s new comic, in which a budding beekeeper discovers a calling and loses a queen.

And more . . .

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