Inside this week’s News (Dec. 11)

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What you will find in the Dec. 11 edition:

There may be room at the Inn for a post office  

Negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and The Inn at Little Washington are reported to be focused on keeping the post office in the same building at Main and Middle streets that the Inn has leased to the postal facility for more than 25 years.

Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.

Little Washington’s big Christmas

A whole bunch of photos of the big event on Sunday, plus the parade committee chair’s recap. (Even more online.)

Blue Rock restaurant will close

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.

Editorial: Recommended reading

The tranquility of Rappahannock County in winter invites reflection and reading. Some recommendations from the Rappahannock Philosophical Society.

The Rapp for Dec. 11

Holiday concerts, local arts grants, a Constitutional advocate at Gray Ghost, a run/walk fundraiser for the “Shop with a Deputy” program, holiday-related art workshops and more in this week’s The Rapp.

Gift Rapp’d for Christmas

Barney and Mary O’Meara donated a 25-foot Norway spruce from their Slate Mills farm that became the centerpiece of the Capitol’s annual “Grand Illumination” ceremony last Friday in Richmond. A photo of the Rappahannock-grown Capitol Christmas tree.

Democracy award to Rappahannock’s own Ben Goddard

It was a career highlight for Rappahannock County resident Ben Goddard when he was awarded the prestigious Democracy Medal by the International Association of Political Consultants last month.

Wild Ideas: Are animals smarter than we think?  

Just how smart are we as a species? Pam Owen explores some of the amazing things other species can do in this week’s Wild Ideas column.

150 Years Ago This Week: The burning in Loudoun County

Winter did not impede military operations in December 1864, while, in Washington, Congress was about to consider the thorny issues of reconstruction and abolishing slavery.

And more . . .

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