Inside this week’s News (March 6)

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What you will find in the March 6 edition:

Less than half of felonies come to trial

According to statistics from the Virginia Circuit Court’s caseload reporting system, since 2010, more than half the felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court are resolved by guilty pleas prior to any kind of trial.

Area drug activity up sharply in 2013, task force says

In 2013, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force seized more than $1.2 million in illegal narcotics and initiated 265 investigations involving drugs, gangs and other criminal activity. Seizures of heroin and marijuana by the task force increased dramatically in 2013, according to an end-of-year report released last week.

Rappahannock realtor dreams up a pet stretcher

The idea came to her while she slept. In her dream a portable stretcher unfolded and refolded in front of her. That was the extent of the dream. “I woke up knowing I had to create this,” said Trish Bartholomew, creator of Madison’s Stretcher Pack, a portable transport system for dogs.

The Rapp for March 6

Guitar and balalaika music return to the Theatre, “Memoirs of a Geisha” author Arthur Golden explores the writing process with RAAC, “Monochrome” opens at Middle Street Gallery, two one-act plays close out the month, the Community Clean-Up rings in spring and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Bad medicine

News for the 40 percent of seniors who take five or more prescription medications a day: 40 percent of our drugs now imported.

Wild Ideas: The saga of Cubby the bear

When a small bear started visiting houses in Harris Hollow regularly this winter, some of the residents were concerned about their dogs and livestock, but mostly they worried about the bear’s survival.

150 Years Ago This Week: ‘Jefferson Davis must be killed.’

Following his meeting in Washington with President Abraham Lincoln two weeks before, Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick had returned to his headquarters at Rose Hill, and begun laying plans for a raid on Richmond.

And more . . .

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