Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Dec. 19)

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What you will find in the Dec. 19 edition:

Brief chase ends in Viewtown wreck

A Culpeper man remained hospitalized Wednesday with serious injuries sustained when the car he was driving — while trying to elude a deputy — flipped over, hit a tree and slid down an embankment.

Community foundation gives away $85K in Lykes grants

Four years after his passing, Rappahannock County resident and photographer Richard Lykes lives on. Last Thursday (Dec. 12), the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation granted more than $85,000 to local nonprofits on behalf of the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund.

Rapp schools doing the math to keep up with changing SOLs

Rappahannock County students aren’t the only ones thinking about SOLs, as the school board heard a presentation last Wednesday night (Dec. 11) outlining the school system’s continued efforts to increase students’ test scores.

Castleton announces 2014 season

Artistic directors Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel will hold the sixth season of the Castleton Festival in their state-of-the-art performance venues set in the rolling meadows of Castleton Farms from June 28-July 20, 2014.

The Rapp for Dec. 19

Rappahannock Media packs up and moves, renowned pianist Bill Harris joins Ben Jones’ “RappHappy Holidays Concert,” the RAAC movie season begins again with “MUD,” the folk-singing Smith sisters reunite for the first time in a decade and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Christmas gift to citizens

As regular Rappahannock News readers are aware, the words in this space have frequently been critical of the county’s representatives, past and present, in Congress. So now let me — happily! — praise both politicians.

Wild Ideas: The mysteries of mast

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us may be looking forward to sharing the holidays with friends and families and eating. However, for wildlife, finding food can be tough this time of year, and apparent shortages of some mast crops could add more stress this year.

150 Years Ago This Week: Joseph E. Johnston takes command

John A. Seddon, the Confederate Secretary of War, submitted his annual report to President Jefferson Davis on Saturday, Dec. 11. In it, he admitted serious military defeats and reduced military effectiveness.

And more . . .

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