Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Dec. 5)

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What you will find in the Dec. 5 edition:

Room for smaller golf courses added to zoning laws

Following last week’s recommendation by the county’s planning commission, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the county’s zoning ordinance to allow construction of golf courses smaller than 18 holes — on a case-by-case, special-use permit basis.

Thompsons purchase Tula’s

The owners of several of Sperryville’s most successful businesses, including Thornton River Grille and the Sperryville Corner Store, have reached an agreement with proprietor Darla Morres to purchase her Tula’s off Main cafe and coffee shop in Washington, with plans to eventually turn it into a full-service restaurant.

Welch out as RCSO investigator

Former Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Capt. J. C. Welch has been replaced, Sheriff Connie C. Smith confirmed Tuesday. The office’s investigator is now former RCSO deputy Shawn Walters, 40, of Amissville.

The Rapp for Dec. 5

Christmas begins this weekend in Little Washington, Brother Sun and jazz guitarists return, Larry “Bud” Meyer autographs copies of his new book, the Studio School teaches everyone to make Christmas ornaments and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Where have all the acorns gone?

Roadkill is on the rise this year, but the motorists aren’t to blame. It’s instead due to a dearth of acorns — an important food source many animals have had to go without this year.

Wild Ideas: The raucous, acrobatic belted kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a stocky, medium-sized bird that is packed with power — and knows it. Loud, raucous, flashy, lively, quick, conspicuous and yet elusive, the kingfisher is a cocky bird that displays, as AllAboutBirds.org puts it, “an air of self-importance” as it patrols its territory.

150 Years Ago This Week: More fighting in Virginia and Tennessee

The major fighting at Chattanooga was over by Thursday, Nov. 26. Maj. Gen. George Thomas and Maj. Gen. William Sherman with their respective Union armies pursued Gen. Braxton Bragg’s army into north Georgia and ran into Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s rearguard Confederate units near Ringgold.

And more . . .

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