Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Oct. 3)

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What you will find in the Oct. 3 edition:

Leaf-season shutdown could hurt economy

There are many who live in Rappahannock County who like to boast that “it’s not on the way to anywhere,” but this week, many business owners who depend on visitors — especially during this, the busiest tourism month of the year — are worried about the consequences of a continued closure of the one thing Rappahannock is on the way to: Shenandoah National Park.

Rapp schools accredited, RCES with warning

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ elementary and high school received their state accreditation recently, though the elementary school was issued an “accredited with warning” status due to low math scores. Of the 1,828 schools in Virginia, RCPS was one of 1,413 school systems to receive full accreditation.

Local jail staff shrinkage will start soon

The impending opening of the new Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, still under construction in Front Royal, is likely to mean the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office could lose up to nine jail-related positions as the new facility works to fill its 130 soon-to-be-open positions.

Future conservationists get their feet wet

On the banks of the Thornton River in Sperryville last Thursday (Sept. 26), more than 200 young people were brought together by Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed (RappFLOW) for hands-on learning about water resources and watersheds in Rappahannock County.

History, and family, fill the rooms of Milly’s Cabin

Going down the hill on U.S. 522, over a low water bridge and up the mountain leads to what was once called “O’Leary’s Cabin,” the old name for the three-level log cabin built in 1740 — making it the oldest house on the tour this year.

The Rapp for Oct. 3

The Castleton in Performance season begins, Mandalele and Tinsmith perform this weekend, RDA hosts a Piedmont Artists showcase and apple harvest festival, RAAC screens “Copperhead” and explores “Baseball and the Road to God,” and Ben Jones reunites with some of his “Old Friends” in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Elections (and words) have consequences

It’s hard to say which is more lamentable: (1) The closing of the Shenandoah National Park or (2) Rep. Robert Hurt’s Orwellian misuse of the English language in justifying the U.S. House of Representatives votes leading to a government shutdown.

Wild Ideas: Tiny predators enjoy buggy year

At least a few native predators have been spotted munching on brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB), as well as numerous other native insects that have proliferated this year, writes Pam Owen in this week’s Wild Ideas column.

150 Years Ago This Week: Blame for defeat at Chickamauga

Several days after the Battle of Chickamauga, President Lincoln and members of his Cabinet were dismayed when they learned that the New York Post had revealed the movement of Union troops going to reinforce Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland at Chattanooga.

And more . . .

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