Inside this week’s News (Nov. 20)

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What you will find in the Nov. 20 edition:

Local budget on track, board hears

In a budget work session Monday afternoon, the supervisors learn that the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is back on track — at least for now — due to sheriff’s office changes, but could still suffer from budget-based caution in Richmond.

Holidays on the Trail — and inside the paper

A look at the offerings of the members of Rappahannock’s Artisan Trail, and a Holiday Gift Guide inside this week’s paper.

Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

Julia Wood takes her second state cross country championship, and Rapp girls comes within two points of bringing home the Virginia High School League team runner-up trophy in the 1A state tournament.

Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises

Rappahannock farm owners Rick and Dorothy Lessard and Stephen and Annette Willis receive awards for conservation stewardship at the annual Clean Water Farm Awards dinner.

Today’s topic: ‘Affordable Rappahannock’

The issue of whether Rappahannock County needs affordable housing was debated at this week’s  when the county’s board of supervisors considered a special-use permit application to build apartments on the former Sperryville Emporium site.

Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food

While climate change, Ebola and politics may make it hard to enjoy the holiday season, here in Little Washington and environs, the world keeps right on spinning on its axis — offering hope and appreciation to its inhabitants.

Telling stories of her ancestors’ stand against Civil War savagery  

Kirsten Eve Beachy, a young Mennonite raised near Harrisonburg, recently gave a Rappahannock Historical Society presentation about Brethren and Mennonite women in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.

The Rapp for Nov. 20 

A sing-along and a music concert to benefit the Food Pantry, RLEP’s annual gathering, seasonal changes at Shenandoah National Park and Amissville winery festivities are in this week’s The Rapp column.

Wild Ideas: A little snowbird is back

Last week Rappahannock got its first dusting of snow, but our annual avian winter visitors arrived earlier, including a tiny brown bird displaying unexpected behavior at Pam Owen’s house.

150 Years Ago This Week: March to the sea, and eloquence misplaced  

[Online only this week] On Monday, Nov. 14, 1864, Maj. Gen. William Sherman and his 62,000 men were in and around Atlanta, preparing to depart for the Atlantic coast, while the cavalry was already on the move.

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