Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Sept 12)

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What you will find in the Sept. 12 edition:

Four plead guilty to drug, driving, other offenses

Four defendants entered guilty pleas — and two were subsequently sentenced — to a variety of drug, driving and property-destruction charges last Thursday (Sept. 5) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court. Five others were indicted on 17 felony charges by a grand jury convened Monday (Sept. 9).

Fauquier Hospital merger could benefit county

Fauquier Hospital’s announcement last week of a signed merger agreement with LifePoint Hospitals is more a sign of the times than a reason to worry that health care for Rappahannock County patients will undergo any drastic changes.

Washington nature trail takes shape

Recently some Old Rag Master Naturalists (ORMN), accompanied by Washington mayor John Sullivan, led two Virginia Master Naturalist coordinators on a tour of a habitat restoration project at the town’s wastewater treatment facility property.

Supervisors OK rescue fees, RRCS borrowing

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved two proposed borrowing resolutions by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB) and adopted the rates for the county’s new paid EMS transports at its holiday-delayed monthly meeting last Thursday afternoon (Sept. 5).

High school drama, well represented

It’s a theatrical crowd, this year’s drama club at Rappahannock County High School. Bright eyes, emphatic gesticulations and exclamations erupted from four of the club members as they honed their skills Monday afternoon in preparation for the Rappahannock-hosted One Act Play Competition on Nov. 2.

The Rapp for Sept. 12

Shakespeare and Mark Russell return to the Theatre, details on the first annual Wellness Festival, Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days, RAAC awards three more Mitchell Fund grants, Old Rag Photography teaches you how to take better pictures with your iPhone and one last chance to join the Panther Pride Golf Tournament in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Salubrious sounds of silence

Rappahannock County is normally so quiet that, paradoxically, the slightest unwelcome noise becomes that much more annoying. Thus any unexpected environmental noise calls attention to itself. Not only is that an annoying distraction, but also, according to health professionals, releases harmful stress hormones.

Wild Ideas: A mournful whinny haunts the night

The screech owl’s name is actually misleading, writes Pam Owen, as its call is less a screech and more, as Roger Tory Peterson writes in his “Eastern Birds” field guide, “a mournful whinny, or wail; tremulous, descending in pitch.”

150 Years Ago This Week: Confederate ironclads detained in London

For some time, Federal authorities in Britain and Washington had been apprehensive over official British quiet approval of the construction of Confederate ironclad vessels in shipyards in Liverpool.

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