Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (May 1)

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What you will find in the May 1 edition:

Big changes in Little Washington

To the town of Washington in the months and years ahead, it seems inevitable that many changes are coming. To the town council after its Election Day next Tuesday (May 6), it’s business as usual, as the second town election in a row has just a single name next to every open position.

The few. The worried. The 2015 budget.

Slightly less than one person per 10 cents of next year’s proposed property tax rate — 69 cents per $100 of assessed value, should the fiscal year 2015 budget be adopted as is — rose to spoke at Monday night’s board of supervisors budget hearing at Rappahannock County High School.

The Rapp for May 1

RAAC screens “The Book Thief,” RCHS hosts its coffee house, Americana music comes to Avon Hall, the Mitchell Fund grant winners are announced, Jessamine Hill hosts a Pantry Day dinner and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Next week’s Give Local campaign gets a $100K head start

The Fauquier Health Foundation has given the first-ever Give Local Piedmont 24-hour fundraising drive a $100,000 boost, providing the online challenge fundraiser its first major boost.

RCHS ranked 37th of 322 Va. schools by U.S. News

In addition to its scenic vistas and rural charms, Rappahannock County now boasts the 37th best high school in Virginia, superintendent Dr. Donna Matthews informed the county school board Thursday night (April 24).

Castleton brings the music to WCDS

The Castleton Festival visited Wakefield Country Day School students Friday morning (April 25) for a musically focused seminar — part of the festival’s continued attempts to reach out to, and interact with, the community at-large.

Famed aviatrix Ruth Elder visits Sperryville

Ruth Elder was a famed aviatrix, though little remembered today. In the fall of 1927, five months after Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic, Elder, a pretty 23-year-old from Florida with only two years of flying experience, set off to become the first woman to fly the Atlantic.

Editorial: Tuesday, May 6

Mark the date! It’s not a Tuesday to vote in a special election but, rather, a Tuesday to donate to your special cause. It’s Give Local Piedmont day!

150 Years Ago This Week: Death in the White House

On Monday, April 25, Maj. Gen. Robert Ransom was assigned to command the Department of Richmond. That same day, following the capture of Plymouth, N.C., on April 20, the Confederates began evacuating nearby Washington, N.C.

And more . . .

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