Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Jan. 23)

Here’s a quick look at this week’s Rappahannock News — at newsstands, mailboxes and inboxes now.

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What you will find in the Jan. 23 edition:

Real estate market leads, estate market follows

Rappahannock County may be a leader in some ways, but in terms of real estate trends it is often playing catch-up. Comparisons to jurisdictions further east, where real estate sales are said to be rebounding, can also be tricky, due to Rappahannock’s smaller real-estate universe and higher price tags.

Board supports school funding overhaul

In addition to planning the 2014-15 budget at last week’s meeting, the Rappahannock County School Board offered its support to Orange County’s petition asking Virginia’s representatives to reintroduce Senate Bill (SB) 1096, which would redefine the way the state’s local composite index (LCI) is determined.

Rapp granted $11K more for farmland preservation

Rappahannock County was among the eight jurisdictions statewide that Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week would receive fiscal-year 2014 farmland preservation grants.

RCHS students SOL scores markedly up

With just one exception, Rappahannock County High School’s SOL scores are on the rise — significantly, reported Carol Johnson at last week’s school board meeting.

The Rapp for Jan. 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday is tomorrow at the Country Cafe, there are still some open spots at the Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner, Jackie Labovitz’s photos are named one of D.C.’s ten best and Mandalele (with its newest member) performs at Coterie’s next benefit concert in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Let us now praise a famous town

Typically, newspaper editorials are critical, even carping. Still, it’s good to try to balance criticism for things that need criticizing with praise for those things that are praiseworthy — such as the recent goings on in the Town of Washington.

Wild Ideas: The wandering, whimsical water weasel

Last spring Pam Owen found a pile of fish scales down by the pond in what appeared to be some loose animal scat — the sign of a river otter’s visit. Having never seen a river otter in the wild, she looked forward to perhaps getting a chance to observe this one — that is, before she learned what ramblers these guys are.

150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy begins to unravel

Union forces under Maj. Gen. John Parke advanced on Dandridge, Tenn. on Saturday, Jan. 16, along the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, forcing Confederate troops commanded by Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to withdraw. Gen. Longstreet moved additional troops into the area and threatened the Union supply base at New Market.

And more . . .

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