Inside this week’s News (April 24)

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What you will find in the April 24 edition:

Sheriff says staff, or ‘complete restructuring,’ is needed

Two big question marks lingering in this annual season of bottom-line budget juggling — a partisan stalemate in Richmond, and the county’s impending move from its small local jail to a large regional facility — are worrying Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith.

Fill ’er up?

Despite being at their lowest point for this time of year since 2011, gas prices are on the rise nationwide — just in time for summer vacation. And Rappahannock County’s not immune.

Shocking developments at Avon Hall pond

Fifteen years ago, the dock leading into the middle of Avon Hall pond in Washington was lined with children dangling fingers into the water in hopes of snagging one of the thousands of sunfish just beneath the surface. Now, the town and select local environmental organizations are working to revive the pond.

‘Gone fishin’ for good’

Chester Gap Grocery, which has graced its mountainous namesake as an alternative to the bigger corporate grocery stores in nearby Front Royal for 64 years, closed its doors on April 12, as owners Brad and Mary Williams decided to officially retire.

Bragg sentencing for molesting sons postponed

The sentencing of a Strasburg man charged with aggravated sexual battery against a minor was delayed due to unnamed health issues last Thursday (April 17) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.

The Rapp for April 24

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to Tula’s off Main, El Quijote opens its doors, the 36th Fodderstack 10K gets underway, RCHS performs “The Music Man,” Frances Foster is honored with an outdoor social, Larry “Bud” Meyer speaks at RAAC’s last Second Friday and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Earth Day reflections

From a distance, they looked like gigantic Easter eggs. Oval and colored bright orange, these “eggs” dotted the shoulders of a short section of South Poes Road, at intervals of every 100 feet or so. But as the distance decreased, their true identity became clear: Trash bags!

Wild Ideas: Villain or hero, the brown-headed cowbird is unique

We humans have a propensity for labeling animals as heroes and villains — but usually this reflects more on us than on the animals. Such is the case with the cowbird. Often seen as a villain, to some extent it has become one, thanks to the dramatic changes we’ve made to the land.

150 Years Ago This Week: ‘In God We Trust’ first appears

At Knoxville, Tenn., Union military governor Andrew Johnson vigorously supported emancipation at a large pro-Union meeting. In Richmond, the Examiner expressed editorial concern about the forthcoming military campaign in Virginia.

And more . . .

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