Inside this week’s News (Dec. 18)

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What you will find in the Dec. 18 edition:

NPCF awards $75K to local nonprofits

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation last week awarded $75,357 in grants to local nonprofit organizations from the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund, including $25,000 for the Castleton Festival’s educational outreach programs.

Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

Police chased a man in a pickup truck from Flint Hill into the center of the county’s commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and sped across a lawn into an empty house.

Town council adds Aichele

The Washington Town Council appointed Gay Street Inn co-owner Gary Aichele to fill the seat left vacant by Dan Spethmann’s resignation in early November.

Castleton announces 2015 season

Castleton Festival announces its opera and theatrical plans for next summer, when the Metropolitan Opera’s Luisi will join Maazel protoges and a new Marsalis-led jazz academy begins.

What’s all the digging? 

Projects underway in Rappahannock County will bring about single-container recycling next month, and possible higher-speed mobile broadband at some future date.

The Rapp for Dec. 18

Rappahannock News takes a break over Christmas, RAAC kicks off its winter film season, and guest bartenders help raise money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.

Editorial: A Charlie Brown Christmas tree

It may get no respect, but in Walter Nicklin’s mind, the Eastern red cedar is the most authentic of Christmas trees — and the one that is most identified with Rappahannock County.

Wild Ideas: Of Gaeaf, Golda and birds

Pam Owen contemplates what to do with a stray cat that’s been hanging around.

150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Nashville

In mid-December 1864, the Civil War ends in the west with a decisive battle at Nashville, while in Savannah, Gen. Sherman demands the surrender of the city from Confederate Gen. Hardee.

And more . . .

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