Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Sept. 5)

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What you will find in the Sept 5 edition:

Fatal motorcycle accident involves Sperryville man

As of Wednesday afternoon, Culpeper police had neither charged nor identified the 84-year-old Sperryville man who allegedly pulled into the path of a motorcycle last Thursday (Aug. 29), causing it to fishtail and killing its driver, James Morrison.

County’s Lyme cases fourth-highest in state

Preliminary data released by the Virginia Department of Health confirmed Lyme disease for 2011 in Rappahannock County totaled only four cases. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently acknowledged underreporting of Lyme by at least ten-fold over past figures.

Rappahannock tourism 2.0

Several efforts are underway to increase tourism in Rappahannock County, and decrease the amount of time and effort local visitor-dependent businesses must spend to promote their attractions in the wider world, including a new county tourism website.

Blue Ridge project honors those who sacrificed their homes

As far back as the 1880s there had been talk of developing a national park in the Southern Appalachians. While parks in the west didn’t displace anyone, the area designated for Shenandoah National Park was inhabited by at least 3,000 people!

The Rapp for Sept. 5

RDA explores our “Apple Heritage,” Middle Street spotlights its new artists, Shakespeare and CAST return to the Theatre, the local Republicans host a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Obenshain, WCDS explores the “Making of America” and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Imagine this . . .

It’s worth remembering that without Shenandoah National Park, Rappahannock would most likely look drastically different. It’s also worth remembering those who were displaced in order to build the park.

Wild Ideas: There will be blood

It’s just been a great year for bugs, and a great year to observe and write about them — the good, the bad and the ugly — so Pam Owen can’t resist doing one more before moving on to other topics.

150 Years Ago This Week: Confederate attack bandits in Mexico

The month of August 1863 closed with the Confederates at Fort Sumter digging their cannons out of the rubble and moving them into the city of Charleston, S.C. in an anticipated defense of the city.

And more . . .

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