Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 3)

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What you will find in the April 3 edition:

Taking the scenic root

In just a few months, soon-to-be former Inn at Little Washington farmer Joneve Murphy will be leaving Rappahannock County — as well as her job at the Inn at Little Washington — to travel around the world, volunteering on farms across Europe, Asia and South America.

Rapp programs make VSBA showcase list

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) recently released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including two from Rappahannock: Books & Barks and the service learning class.

Roy’s Orchard: A farm store with more

At first glance, it looks like a normal orchard and farm, complete with a split-level home surrounded by numerous outbuildings, perched at the top of a hill. But at the end is an eclectic wonderland with hundreds of items one would expect in an orchard and farm store — and hundreds one wouldn’t.

Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea

Driving offenses took center stage during a quick session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday morning (March 28), as one defendant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and another was granted a restricted permit.

The Rapp

SNP launches a special quarter, Leipzig String Quartet visit Castleton, Bach and Sinatra share a weekend at the Theatre, Middle Street Gallery opens a new show, the Taste of Rappahannock is scheduled and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Lucky us . . .

Ours is a privileged, protected perch here in Rappahannock County. While we have had a “bad” winter, elsewhere water supplies are drying up, coastal communities are being flooded, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying and fish are going extinct.

Wild Ideas: Do black bears hibernate? (Part 1)

Some black bears may have already emerged from winter dens, and more should emerge soon. Bear experts have long debated whether bears actually hibernate while in their winter dens, but Pam Owen has found that recent research may have settled that issue officially.

150 Years Ago This Week: Major confrontation north and south

About 100 Copperheads vented long pent-up feelings by attacking Union soldiers at home on furlough in Charleston. The fighting was quelled by troop reinforcements, leaving five men dead and more than 20 injured. It was the worst anti-war outbreak since the New York City draft riots in July 1863.

And more . . .

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