Inside this week’s News (Jan. 9)

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What you will find in the Jan. 9 edition:

Mental health: Virginia’s urgent priority in 2014

Acts of violence by mentally unstable persons continue to make for tragic headlines across the country. And while many expect Richmond’s general assembly to address the matter, improvements are already underway — and making a difference — in Rappahannock.

Foster stepping down after 52 years

It was “with regret” that the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors accepted treasurer Frances Foster’s letter of resignation Monday evening (Jan. 6). Foster, who has served as treasurer for the last 52 years, will step down on April 30.

Three bridges on 2014 fix list

Rappahannock County is getting in shape for 2014, as the supervisors approved three bridge replacements and wrapped up discussions on a revised county trash ordinance and the old Lombardy restaurant at their meeting Monday afternoon (Jan. 6).

School board weighs meeting time change

In a brief organizational meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 7), the Rappahannock County School Board floated the idea of changing the start times, and possibly dates, of its monthly school board meetings.

The Rapp for Jan. 9

Dark Hollows returns this Saturday (Jan. 11), Tula’s reopens, Middle Street Gallery and R.H. Ballard welcome new (and many returning) artists this month, Old Rag Photography offers photography classes, Dabney Kirchman teaches a six-hour felting workshop and Mitchell grant season officially begins in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Rappahannock the Beautiful

A lot of things divide us, needless to say. But at the start of a new year, let’s focus on what’s positive and bipartisan — the things that unite us.

Wild Ideas: For some, it’s torpor time

Not being a lover of the cold, Pam Owen is not enjoying this winter so far. One bitterly cold day, she ventured outdoors and found herself contemplating how animals cope with this weather. Namely, hibernation.

150 Years Ago This Week: Armies at rest

The Confederate Congress confirmed Sen. George Davis of North Carolina as Attorney General on Saturday, Jan. 2, 1864, allowing him to succeed Wade Keyes, who had served as interim Attorney General since September, 1863. Sen. Davis, formerly a pro-Union Whig, had eventually supported secession.

And more . . .

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