Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Oct. 10)

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What you will find in the Oct. 10 edition:

Williams hospitalized; trial postponed

A Huntly man facing 22 felony charges was declared mentally unfit to stand trial at this time and committed to Western State Hospital in an effort to restore his competency Thursday morning (Oct. 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

County has to borrow to pay its bills

A sharply reduced surplus and apparent issues with new accounting software in the treasurer’s office forced County Administrator John McCarthy to ask the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to approve a measure allowing the county to borrow up to $1 million to pay its bills this month — which the board did, not quite happily, at its regular monthly meeting Monday (Oct. 7).

The farmer businessman vs. the government graduate

With up-for-grabs school board and supervisors seats in the Piedmont and Stonewall-Hawthorne districts uncontested this fall, Rappahannock County voters are left with just one contested race in the state House of Delegates — between 22-year-old Democrat challenger Colin Harris and incumbent Republican Michael Webert.

Learning to stay SAFE from abuse

Every five days, a Virginian is killed by an intimate partner. The incidence for domestic violence in Rappahannock County is equally staggering: 100 or more of its approximate 7,500 citizens most likely face abuse by a loved one each year, equating to roughly 1.33 percent of its population.

Fully schooled, and fired up, for November’s artist tour

The Rappahannock Association of Arts in the Community welcomes one new host artist (and many returning) in this year’s ninth annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Flint Hill artists Tom and Kerrie Mullany are opening the doors to “The Studio School” for the first time, while potter Lynne Horning fires up her kiln and returns to the tour.

The Rapp for Oct. 10

Some alternative events to partake in, in lieu of the park still being shut down; a musical story of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to the Theatre; and the first (hopefully annual) fall festival comes to RCHS, complete with helicopter rides for those who reserve their seat, in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Independent solution?

Like the government’s new health care website, ours crashed last week. Evidently not because of malicious hacking, but because of unanticipated demand. In the government’s case, that meant millions of Americans wanted to explore the benefits of so-called Obamacare. In the newspaper’s case, almost 40,000 people wanted to read our front-page story on the local economic effects of the government shutdown.

Wild Ideas: The park’s shut, but nature is still open

Pam Owen’s brother Dana usually comes to visit for a week once a year in the spring or fall. With both of them being big nature fans, they try to take advantage of the great natural resource of Shenandoah National Park. This year, his visit coincided with the start of the government shutdown and they had to look for other opportunities to enjoy nature.

150 Years Ago This Week: David takes on Goliath

Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler and his Confederate cavalry raided the countryside around Chattanooga as October of 1863 opened, worsening the siege of the city where Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and his Union Army of the Cumberland were entrenched.

And more . . .

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