Inside this week’s News (May 8)

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What you will find in the May 8 edition:

Give Local effort nets $675K

By the time the clock struck midnight on the first successful Give Local Piedmont campaign, supporters had made 3,369 gifts totalling an extraordinary $675,069.27.

School budget: Aye

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors quietly adopted a school budget during its monthly meeting Monday (May 5) at the courthouse, and then talked even more quietly about noise.

The Rapp for May 8

Relay for Life begins at RCHS, Sam Mullany opens at Haley Fine Art, renowned chef Frederik De Pue visits the White Moose Inn, Middle Street opens a new exhibit, Avon Hall hosts Americana music and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Country air, meet Airbnb

A ruling in the New York Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications for renters on Airbnb.com and VRBO.com, and all who rent their rooms in more traditional ways — including the B&Bs and tourist homes of Rappahannock County.

Supporting — and celebrating — the Food Pantry

In just five years, the Rappahannock Food Pantry has become an integral piece of the local safety net people point to when they talk about the county’s culture of caring.

Editorial: Healthy competition

“You can’t fight city hall!” used to be the old adage expressing the powerlessness of the individual. Nowadays, however, “You can’t fight Comcast!” (and its ever-bigger cable monopoly) seems more appropriate.

150 Years Ago This Week: Into the Wilderness

During the first couple of days in May, 1864, fighting between opposing troops took place primarily west of the Mississippi River. Confederates captured the U.S. river transport Emma at David’s Ferry, followed by four days of skirmishing at former Governor Thomas O. Moore’s plantation.

And more . . .

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