Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 17)

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What you will find in the April 17 edition:

Four-cent tax increase proposed

It’s a tricky budget season — on Gay Street in Little Washington, and across the state, since Virginia legislators remain locked in a partisan health care-driven battle in Richmond and haven’t yet approved state spending for the budget year that starts July 1.

Town’s rising visitor revenue . . . submerged?

As part of its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget — unveiled for the first time at its meeting Monday night (April 14) — the Washington Town Council decided to raise the town’s water usage rates for the first time in more than a decade, though the exact rate hasn’t been determined.

Technical ed scores higher, board hears

The continual process of raising educational standards in Rappahannock was on display at the Rappahannock County School Board’s meeting last Tuesday night (April 8).

The Rapp for April 17

New places open (and old ones return), Thornton Hill holds its point-to-point, Smithsonian Chamber Players return to the Theatre, Pantry Day preparations are underway, UUBridge tries to go green and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Opportunity for tax reform

This week’s newspaper falls equidistant between dread and hope: Tax deadline day this past Tuesday and Easter this coming Sunday. So this week’s words will be devoted to something requiring very little eloquence — namely, complaining about taxes.

Wild Ideas: The spring weather rapport

Spring may have gotten a late and fitful start, but by the first week in April amphibian eggs started appearing in pools where Pam Owen lives on Oventop Mountain. Being on the morning side of the mountain, spring typically comes a week or two later up here.

150 Years Ago This Week: Controversy at Fort Pillow

Heavy spring rains fell on most of Virginia at the end of the second week of April, 1864, washing out or damaging a number of bridges and keeping military operations at bay. Farther southwest, in Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks pulled his Union forces on the Red River back towards Grand Ecore.

And more . . .

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