Inside this week’s News (Jan. 8)

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What you will find in the Jan. 8 edition:

School board pressed on cell tower details

A Sperryville resident who sent a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) request to the Rappahannock County School Board two weeks ago filed a civil petition in circuit court this Monday to compel the board to comply with the request.

Some snow, some salt, more brine

Rappahannock’s supervisors are told that VDOT studied the alternatives to rock salt — as a resolution passed by the supervisors in April had requested — but that no major change to snow and ice removal policies is planned.

Flu: A tenfold increase in and around Rappahannock

Several area hospitals reported this week a tenfold increase in flu cases this winter over last; advice and information from Washington doctor John McCue and other area health officials.

The Rapp for Jan. 8

Authors talk Friday at the library, Washingtonian responds to The Inn, a raffle to benefit the Free Clinic, celebrity-waiter dinner raises funds for the Benevolent Fund and more in this week’s The Rapp.

Editorial: Land preservation under attack 

As the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, on Jan. 14, some legislators are apparently considering cuts to land conservation programs as a way to alleviate the commonwealth’s projected budget shortfall.

Appointments and transitions

Konick appointed to BZA, retiring Weinbergs (both former BZA chair Robert and longtime Theatre owner Wendy) and RRCSB representative Sandra Maskas honored by board of supervisors.

Wild Ideas: Scatological ramblings

While wildlife watching is more limited during the winter, you can discover who has been out and about by what they leave behind, and monarch butterflies may be headed to the endangered species list, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.

150 Years Ago This Week: Debate on abolition of slavery

On Sunday, the first day of the new year of 1865, on the James River in Virginia southeast of Richmond, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, fresh from the debacle at Ft. Fisher, N.C., ordered a canal cut to bypass a large bend in the river at Dutch Gap . . .

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