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The Rapp column for Oct. 18
Ongoing events around the county — including the Trinity House Tour, “No Ordinary Person” and RAWL’s halloween party, Relay For Life’s dinner-dance for cancer survivors, Zagat’s top rating for the Inn at Little Washington and more gold for Gray Ghost.
5th district debate highlights differences
In their second debate – and the only such meeting at this, the northern end of Virginia’s largest congressional district, the state-spanning 5th – candidates John Douglass, the Democratic challenger, and incumbent Republican Rep. Robert Hurt defined their differences in front of a crowd of several hundred in Warrenton.
Meet the Artist: Jerry Smith
Most people don’t see an artistic form when they see a fallen tree limb, but Jerry Smith does. At his Sleepywood Rustic Furniture, Smith creates functional works with fanciful forms from the wood he finds in nature.
Panther football ends on a high note
Panther varsity football seniors play the last game of their high school careers and treat their fans to a dramatic 42-30 homecoming victory against St. John’s Saints High School last Friday night.
Counterfeiter pleads guilty
A Castleton man charged with producing counterfeit bills pleaded guilty to all charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court on Oct. 4.
Hot issue: school and county employee benefits
More letters on the issue of teacher compensation and county employee benefits adjustments, both from those who believe the school board made a mistake to decline the advice of its citizen panel, and those who think the panel’s recommendations are “shortsighted and anti-working-family.”
Putting the uranium cart before the horse
In 2007, Virginia Uranium began lobbying hard to lift the General Assembly’s standing moratorium on uranium mining and milling. The corporation has big plans to start an operation in Pittsylvania County, and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and allies have fought them every step of the way. Here’s why.
Wild Ideas: Chorusing katydids ring in fall
Other than the ubiquitous deer and a yearling bear who skittered across the road on the way up Skyline Drive, what nature columnist Pam Owen finds on a hike in the park are katydids in full chorus, their loud chattering filling the crisp fall air.
The ash borer is on its way
The emerald ash borer – a tree-eating machine that kills ash trees regardless of age or health – is probably on its way to a tree near you.