Inside this week’s News (Feb. 20)

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What you will find in the Feb. 20 edition:

Board hears praise for ‘realistic’ school budget

The Rappahannock County School Board held its first public work session on the 2014-2015 school budget Tuesday night (Feb. 18), and while several people advocated for more public disclosure, almost no one had negative comments.

County chooses Knick to head treasurer’s office

Debbie Knick, director of finance at Randolph-Macon Academy and a lifelong resident of Harris Hollow who’s “always been an admirer of the position” of Rappahannock County treasurer, will soon be doing more than admiring the job.

Sunday hunting likely by 2015

Sunday hunting looks like it’s coming, like it or not — the likes leading the like-nots by about a 3-to-1 margin in Richmond, if not in Rappahannock County.

Double D’s plus three head to state tourney

If there’s a little more excitement among students at Rappahannock High School this week it may have more to do with what’s happening in Salem rather than Sochi, as five members of the Panthers wrestling team are headed for the state finals this Saturday.

The Rapp for Feb. 20

Guest bartenders compete for tips for RappCats, Thornton Hill kicks off the point-to-point season, RAAC’s studio tour is accepting applications and Stonyman’s Susan James chairs a program on backyard farming in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Women are people, too

Many political observers believe Virginia Republicans’ extreme positions on women’s rights issues cost them the election last fall. So it’s not surprising this year has seen fewer Republican-sponsored bills in those areas. Except one: A bill in the House that would prevent insurance companies from providing contraception.

Wild Ideas: Snowstorm impressions

The day after the latest snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in Rappahannock, Pam Owen put a snack, camera equipment, binoculars and the Falcon guide “Scats and Tracks of the Mid-Atlantic” into a day pack and headed outside to look for tracks.

150 Years Ago This Week: Meridian falls and Hunley sinks

On Friday, Feb. 12, President Jefferson Davis advised Gen. Joseph Johnston that the Federal advance in Mississippi “should be met before he reaches the Gulf and establishes a base by which supplies and reinforcements may be sent by sea.”

And more . . .

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