Inside this week’s News (July 31)

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What you will find in the July 31 edition:

Put out by bridge out?

A two-lane bridge scheduled for replacement by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) starting next week will likely cause some school bus route complications.

Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines

Innkeepers, artists, musicians and others have sunk roots in Rappahannock County, and now so has Jonathan Hickox — literally, in his case, as he’s recently planted grapevines on part of a 115-acre parcel of land he bought along Rock Mills Road.

The Rapp for July 31

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.

Once an English teacher

Tuesday (July 29) was a big day for Chester Gap author and high school English teacher Sheila Lamb, as her first novel, “Once a Goddess,” was officially published.

Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales

There’s reason for those who make their living in real estate to feel better about the nation’s economy, and by extension the economy of the state of Virginia and the Piedmont area.

Editorial: Shaping the future

While ever-growing tourism dollars are welcome, they may not provide the painless panacea that many of our leaders seem to be counting upon. For in becoming simply a “tourist destination,” like Nantucket or Telluride, will we be selling our soul? And what’s the alternative?

Wild Ideas: Some frogs are landlubbers

We often think of frogs as being aquatic creatures, but many spend some or most of their lives on land, returning to water only to breed. Among these is the pickerel frog, which often turns up in Pam Owen’s yard.

150 Years Ago This Week: The world explodes

Marching north on the Valley Turnpike (Route 11 today), Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s entire Confederate army was headed to Kernstown, just south of Winchester, where Gen. George Crooke’s Federal troops were posted.

And more . . .

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