Inside this week’s News (June 26)

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What you will find in the June 26 edition:

Pulse taken

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there (D.C developer Jim Abdo’s plans for the town of Washington) has had the town and county buzzing.

Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.

The Rapp for June 26

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the Castleton Festival adds some new talent, the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Planners OK Narmada expansion

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.

Berry gets 52 months for sex crimes

In Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (June 19), a 42-year-old Amissville man was sentenced to 52 months in jail for committing various sexual offenses.

Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.

Wild Ideas: Life goes on

Nature is amazing and endlessly fascinating, but not always pretty. Within it lie the forces of destruction as well as creation, as it constantly reminds us — and not always in subtle ways.

150 Years Ago This Week: CSS Alabama sunk

By June 18, Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant realized that the Union assaults against Petersburg were accomplishing very little besides losing large numbers of soldiers in the fighting. He came to a decision: Petersburg could not be taken by assault. The siege was on.

And more . . .

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