Inside this week’s News (Oct. 9)

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What you will find in the Oct. 9 edition:

Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass

Though listed as an “informational” item, no one really expected the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to take any official action on recent challenges to the town of Washington’s right to govern itself. And it didn’t — though it did express doubt that it ever would.

At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E

Rappahannock County High School has deployed a new program this fall that is not designed to raise math and reading test scores, at least not directly. It is meant to ensure every student feels connected — both to a teacher and to fellow students with similar interests.

The Rapp for Oct. 9

Play some corn hole or get a helicopter ride at the RCHS fall festival, celebrate Craft Week with Coterie, win a lifetime membership to the Schoolhouse Nine course, view the photographs from SNP’s first artist-in-residence and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Artists explore dreams and inner music

When you visit the shared studio of Matthew Black and Darien Reece on Fletchers Mill Road, you will find a special space. Located in a wild flower field, it is used in many creative ways: for photography, painting, sculpture, meditation and movement classes.

Amissville of old, brought to life

It’s easy to think there’s not much to Amissville. Yet once there was a real town which, in 1900, was home to more than 150 people served by four merchant stores, five physicians, a jeweler, a cobbler, two grist mills, a large sawmill and a blacksmith named Jackson.

Pond news is good news

After a brief discussion of recent challenges to the town’s charter and government the Washington Town Council listened at its monthly meeting Monday night to an update on the Avon Hall pond by RappFLOW founder Beverly Hunter and others who’ve helped with recent efforts to clean it up.

Editorial: In search of clarity

Early Sunday morning, for many Rappahannock residents, brought the season’s first frost. And with it comes a certain clarity of vision — it’s the perfect time of year to reacquaint yourself with your favorite poems.

Wild Ideas: Planting the right tree at the right time

Leaves are already starting to turn color and are expected to peak soon. With winter approaching, it might seem counterintuitive to plant trees, but this is actually the perfect time.

150 Years Ago This Week: ‘Hold the fort. We are coming.’

As October 1864 opened, the significance of the capture of Atlanta by the Federals in September was obvious to both North and South. To the North, it was helpful to Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for re-election; to the South, it was an intolerable incursion.

And more . . .

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