This week’s Rappahannock News (Jan. 24)

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What you will find in the Jan. 24 edition:

People Inc. abandons housing plan

After provoking months of letters, debates, public hearings and surprise twists, People Inc.’s proposal to convert the Old Washington School gymnasium to low- and moderate-income housing has been withdrawn. The property owners, Child Care and Learning Center, have acceptd a counter offer on the property by a group of local investors that includes the mayor and a council member. (Plus Ben Jones expresses his disbelief of how the whole thing went down, in “Laws and sausages,” his latest Up in the Hollow column.)

The Rapp for Jan. 24

It’s Fourth (Estate) Friday at Tula’s this Friday morning at 9; it’s time to get your team together for the Rappahannock Relay for Life; there’s a children’s book sale going on at the Book Barn; Stephanie Nakasian pays tribute to the “great ladies of song” at Castleton; and more.

From Slate Mills to canine prime time

Karen Wilson of Slate Mills is a certified dog show judge – and this year she’ll be judging the sporting dog group at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show in New York, probably the best known show of them all.

Aileen copper thief gets 17 months in jail

Austin Duane Settle, the 26-year-old Castleton resident convicted of committing six felonies at the former Aileen factory in Flint Hill was sentenced to 17 months in jail Tuesday morning (Jan. 22).

Editorial: Just another day in Rappahannock

Here in Rappahannock, reporting the news (and hearing, but not reporting, the gossip) turns conventional wisdom on its head, proving that life in the country is anything but sleepy and simple.

Wild Ideas: Davids vs. Goliath

Recently I saw two red-tailed hawks being chased by crows. In banding together to drive off this much larger predator, the crows were exhibiting a set of common behaviors known as “mobbing.”

Plus . . .

The latest “Quibbles & Quark” (in which the ghost of Dick Buney follows his actually bleeding heart), and more heartfelt Letters to the Editors, including one from a Pennsylvania woman who says her sister, accused in Rappahannock of child abuse and attempted murder, is being “railroaded”; and another from a reader and frequent visitor to the county who thought last week’s editorial – which directed Rep. Robert Hurt to go back to Washington and work things out – was mean-spirited and un-Rappahannock-like.

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