Inside this week’s News (March 12)

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What you will find in the March 12 edition:

Town will take ‘second look’ at its beautification-project actions

Washington Mayor John Sullivan says that the town council will reconsider the measures it adopted in 2013’s town-center beautification partnership with Trinity Church and the Inn. Meanwhile lawyer David Konick serves notice that he’s filing a petition in circuit court to force the town to release related emails.

Former fire chief jailed on sexual abuse charge

The 29-year-old Flint Hill resident who last year was chief of the Flint Hill fire department remains in RSW Jail without bond, charged with sexually abusing a juvenile and abduction with intent to defile, and the driver who caused and fled a four-car crash in Woodville last October pleads guilty.

Late cold brings livestock losses

Recent record-breaking cold in the region made life harder for local farm animals and the men and women who raise them, even spelling disaster for the most vulnerable — newborn calves and lambs and aged animals already weakened by high winds and snow that just wouldn’t go away.

The Rapp for March 12

A spring-like late-winter weekend of events, Give Local Piedmont gears up, St. Patrick’s treats, a hospital open house, changes at CCLC and a celebration of cello in this week’s The Rapp column.

Editorial: Hello?

As part of a renewed mission to provide solutions-oriented reporting and writing, the Rappahannock News is working to make it easier for readers and community members to keep in touch with us online. If you’re interested in participating, we would love to hear from you.

Point-to-point season: Sure cure for cabin fever

Cold and snow postponed the start of the point-to-point season, with Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds rescheduled to April 19 and Blue Ridge Hunt, second on the calendar, now running March 22. A preview of the racing season that Warrenton Hunt kicks off this Saturday.

Unpaved Roadshow: Storage solutions in early homes (one size fits all)

In the 19th century, when rooms were few and often multipurpose, furniture also had to to be made to multitask as well. Michelle Galler looks at chests, pie safes and more in this month’s “Unpaved Roadshow” antiques column.

Wild Ideas: Pollinator, bird count updates

In this week’s Wild Ideas column, Shenandoah National Park announces a new research project on pollinators, a new guide on managing bees and wasps is published, Great Backyard Bird Count results are in and a website is launched for a local nature preserve.

Plus: School and Sports News, Sperryville Column, Courts, the Crossword and more.

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