Inside this week’s Rapp News (Aug. 1)

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What you will find in the Aug. 1 edition:

Two inns, two apartments cleared for takeoff  

“You’ll get a permit in the mail,” was a common refrain as the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals approved all six projects that came before it last Wednesday night (July 24), including two new B&Bs and two efficiency apartments.

Foreclosure, yes. Going quietly, no.

Longtime Sperryville resident Elizabeth Lee says she presumes that her nearly two-year battle to keep her property on Main Street was lost at a trustee sale last month on the courthouse steps in Washington, but she has filed a “harassment and abuse” suit against her mortgage company.

Editorial: Farmers at the public trough

Agriculture may be big in Rappahannock County, but it’s not Big Ag. So it goes that, although agriculture remains indeed the biggest part of the Rappahannock economy, we are only minor beneficiaries of the latest farm bill passed by Congress.

Sperryville teacher follows call to Ethiopia

Joy Heddleston, a 23-year-old Sperryville resident, found her calling after college to be elsewhere. She chose to join a two-year missionary program in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, where she’s been teaching kindergarten for the past year.

Have camera, will travel: the Schmidts book another winner

One thing that the woolly, wide-open spaces of Rappahannock County make easy is keeping things to yourself — even if that includes your own successes. Which brings us to the photography-writing-styling duo Franklin and Esther Schmidt of Woodville.

The Rapp for Aug. 1

Businesses, all types, invited to join RHVA at a picnic and in its new mission; two Rappahannock attractions are officially top-of-the-line; a celebration of 100 years of landscapes at RDA; audition for parts in “Alice in Wonderland,” RAAC’s Christmas play; a class in spontaneous painting, and a desktop stormwater calculator, in this week’s Rapp.

Up in the Hollow: Well, maybe there’s room for a quiz

Ben Jones has a few more things to say about response to his defense of Paula Deen — and since letter-writer Clay Fulghum says that she “would fare pretty well in a ‘More Southern than thou’ competition,” he also went ahead and created the very first “Up in the Hollow More Southern Than Thou Quiz.”

Plus . . .

Pam Owen’s “Wild Ideas” column takes a closer look at pokeweed, Episode 2 of Kelly Atlas-Bauche’s “By the Bootstraps” comic and more.

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