Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Sept. 26)

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What you will find in the Sept. 26 edition:

Jury finds Darnell not guilty of 2010 rape

After two days of testimony and nearly three hours of deliberation, a 12-member jury found Jeffersonton resident Bascom Darnell Jr. not guilty of one charge of rape in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday afternoon (Sept. 21).

Dinner is served

Between raising 7-year-old son Finn, and running a B&B and a seasonal bicycling-and-dining tours for most of the last decade, John and Diane MacPherson don’t get out very to dinner very often. Now, however, they have a plan to solve that — by bringing diners to their B&B.

A place where swans, and friends, are welcome

The newest house on the 58th annual house tour this year is Swan Lake Farm, a 13-year project of owner Lynn Sullivan, who has lived part time in Washington for the past 25 years. She first built the blue barn for her horses and now delights in the open spaces and sweeping views of her finished home on Rediviva Lane.

The care — and feeding — of your pond

As part of an Arkansas-based fish hatchery’s two-week Virginia road trip, the Fish Wagon — a semi truck loaded with more than 20,000 live fish — posts up in the Rappahannock Farmer’s Coop parking lot for an hour every month year-round, and local pond owners line up to replenish their fish populations — those who are paying attention to the health of their ponds, that is.

The Rapp for Sept. 26

It’s Fourth Friday again in Sperryville, the annual Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days intersect this weekend, RAAC screen Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead,” chamber music returns to the Theatre, the Lions prep their annual ChiliFest, Patrick O’Connell is named a Grand Visionary and Gray Ghost wins more awards in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Rappahannock from 30,000 feet

What a happy surprise! I had no idea that the fight path to Salt Lake City would take me directly over Rappahannock County. The world-weary passenger seated beside me didn’t know quite what to think as I eagerly pointed.

Wild Ideas: Strange ‘cats’ are eating my plants

The cavalcade of bugs around Pam Owen’s yard have been a joy to observe, photograph and wonder about this year. Some of her favorites have been the larvae of butterflies and moths, better known as caterpillars — or “cats,” as Lepidoptera enthusiasts call them.

150 Years Ago This Week: Bloodiest battle in the west

The Union Army of the Cumberland, gathered its 58,000 troops along the west side of Chickamauga Creek in northwest Georgia, not far south of Chattanooga, Tenn., across the stream from Gen. Braxton Bragg and his 66,000-strong Confederate Army of Tennessee.

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