Inside this week’s News (Sept. 4)

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What you will find in the Sept. 4 edition:

Bee health remains fragile

Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate throughout Virginia, according to a Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) survey that found between last October and this April nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies perished.

Gov. endorses pipeline to the west

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week endorsed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an up to $5 billion, 550-mile proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through West Virginia to North Carolina.

Meet the artists: Ben Mason and Christina Leigh

The Castleton property of artists Ben Mason and fiancee Christina Leigh is an art piece in itself and well worth a visit during the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s 10th annual Studio and Gallery Tour held Nov. 1-2.

The Rapp for Sept. 4

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors

Headwaters, Rappahannock County’s education foundation, announced the hire of two new program directors for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Homes away from home

Because of the county’s rural nature, tourists might think they have to seek lodging in a motel in another county. But nestled inconspicuously among the fields are vacation rental homes and B&Bs that offer something no motel can — a true taste of Rappahannock County living.

Editorial: We’re special, aren’t we?

With current Rappahannock events paralleling those in Paris and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” perhaps it’s time to realize our community isn’t as special as we like to think.

Wild Ideas: Beating the dog days by diving into fishes

With the dog days of August finally settling in last week, Pam Owen decided to visit the Rappahannock County Library’s Conservation Collection and dive into “Freshwater Fishes of Virginia,” an impressive reference that explores the 210 fish species in Virginia.

150 Years Ago This Week: ‘Fairly won.’

On Sunday, Aug. 28, in Charleston Harbor, S.C., the Union forces made an attempt to “shake” the remaining walls of Fort Sumter to pieces by sending a raft loaded with powder across the waters to the fort.

And more . . .

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