This week’s Rappahannock News (May 23)

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What you will find in the May 23 edition:

Board works on reducing tax rise to 4 cents  

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors considered a $158,747 reduction in its proposed $22.5 million budget for 2013-2014 at a work session last Wednesday night (May 15) – cuts that would shave another cent off what would otherwise be a 5-cent increase in the real estate tax rate.

Bond revoked, murder suspect re-hospitalized

Murder suspect Judy K. Deal will spend the next six months under around-the-clock observation at Central State Hospital. Deal, 59, who is charged with the November 2011 murder of her estranged husband, John Michael Deal, was admitted to the Petersburg psychiatric hospital at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 18).

At Castleton, it’s homes away from home 

Where do the talented Castleton Festival performers stay when they’re not on stage? Either at one of Castleton Farm’s own properties or the permanent home of generous locals, who routinely open their guest rooms and cottages for up to six weeks to welcome in relative strangers.

The Rapp for May 23 

Our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday meeting, Coterie and Narmada’s weekend offerings, acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber’s return to the Theatre, Middle Street Gallery opens its “Beauty Around Us” exhibit and RAAC’s opening casting call for all area women for “Love, Loss and What I Wore” in this week’s Rapp column.

Rappahannock Park, ramped up and ready

While most Rappahannockers probably can’t tell the difference between a nosegrind and a darkslide, anyone who’s interested now has the opportunity to learn, with the unveiling of the county’s newest addition – a brand new skatepark.

Editorial: The sound you hear, the food you eat 

How best to describe that sound now bringing the Rappahannock hills alive? Humming? Droning? Whirring? Buzzing? Whining? It’s not Congress arguing over the farm bill but the sound of something more in the natural rhythm of things: The Brood II cicadas, which emerge from their underground hermitage every 17 years to propagate.

Massie’s goal in Madison advances Lady Panthers

Rappahannock County High School’s varsity girls soccer players made history in Monday night’s (May 20) Bull Run District quarterfinals match when they defeated Madison County, 1-0, in a hard-fought battle on the Mountaineers’ own field.

Plus . . .

The annual two-page spread of RCHS graduates, the week’s Crime & Courts report, Sperryville and Washington news and more.

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