This week’s Rappahannock News (Feb. 21)

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What you will find in the Feb. 21 edition:

School budget rise pruned to $417K

Cuts were made and a revised budget developed Tuesday night at a Rappahannock County School Board budget work session. After 90 minutes of discussion and several tough decisions, the board trimmed about $200,000 from the working budget, which is still $417,000 over last year’s $12.01 million budget.

Bridging the Washington gap

Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) met briefly Tuesday with Rappahannock County officials and talked about some of the challenges and strategies for governing the newly expanded 5th Congressional District.

The Rapp for Feb. 21

The many features of Fourth Friday, the fortuitous birth of the Castleton Chamber Players, the Bland Music Contest winners, “Argo” at the Theatre, Jackie Labovitz’s “Understory,” growing an edible paradise and the return of donkey basketball in this week’s Rapp.

Rapp students: Back to school at Scrabble?

Curriculum changes are afoot at Rappahannock County Public Schools, as the elementary school is eyeing a substantial modification to its black history curriculum: a partnership with Scrabble School.

Fire companies shine bright at awards

The Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association held their annual awards banquet and dance at the Amissville fire hall last Saturday evening (Feb. 16) and honored their own for their service in 2012.

Leopold and Fritz, just two good ol’ boys

Leopold Kohr and E.F. “Fritz” Schumacher never visited Rappahannock County. But surely they would have recognized in this good rural life the core of their smaller-is-better philosophies and their hopes for the future.

Learn improv, mask-making at RAAC workshops

RAAC Community Theatre has just the thing (or two) for beating the winter blues. In March, the theatre is offering two exciting workshops: one in improvisational acting, the other in mask making.

Letter of the week: Feeling that Panther Pride

From RCHS athletic director Jimmy Swindler, responding to last week’s letter from a parent questioning the behavior of school board members in both open-air bleachers and closed-door personnel sessions: “I invite all readers of this paper, and all members of the Rapp community, to come out to one of our events and judge for yourself the quality of our competitiveness and our crowds. I believe that if you do it is not embarrassment you will feel but pride, Panther Pride. I know I do.”

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