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

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What you will find in the Dec. 26 edition:

The year ahead: old bridges, new jail, emergency response costs

Among the issues county officials expect to tackle in 2014 is taking a closer look at the long-term viability and funding of Rappahannock County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies, as well replacing three county bridges and closing the jail.

A slight adjustment

To help with your goal to keep moving, Tom Papke  . . . has moved. Not to worry though — his location may have changed, but his services aren’t going anywhere.

DNA solves a Rappahannock family puzzle

It was actually because of her border collie that Deborah Napier set about trying to find the identity of her maternal grandfather. She had long been interested in her family history, but had settled for oral history before this summer.

Gun pointed; deal reached; case dismissed

A misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm, placed this summer against a 56-year-old Culpeper man who’d claimed he was defending himself and his mother from a possible attack, was dismissed Thursday (Dec. 19) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

Jackson’s anti-bank mandate

Part two of Don Audette’s history of the year 1833, as Andrew Jackson wages a one-man war against the Second National Bank of the United States and its proprietor, Nicholas Biddle.

The Rapp for Dec. 26

The News takes a week off to move, Washington preps another Christmas tree bonfire, Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band returns to the Theatre and the Democrats hold their reorganization caucus in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: O Little Town of . . . Shijiao?

Perhaps it was Santa who first introduced us to the concept of what is now called globalization — including the so-called globalization of junk.

Wild Ideas: Farewell to bugs, and to a loyal friend

Pam Owen will always think of 2013 as the Year of the Bug, and the year she lost a long-time companion — her dog, Mai Coh.

150 Years Ago This Week: Spending the holidays at war

On Saturday, Dec. 19, marking the beginning of the week before Christmas, several skirmishes in Virginia and West Virginia resulted from the long-continuing Federal cavalry raids on the railroads connecting southwest Virginia and West Virginia with the eastern seaboard.

And more . . .

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