Inside this week’s News (Dec. 4)

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What you will find in the Dec. 4 edition:

Citizen Jenks

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III has been around Rappahannock County long enough that nothing surprises him, and just about everything delights him, including the fact that Rappahannock News has named him their 2014 Citizen of the Year (for the second time).

The multifamily issue: postponed

The supervisors remove a zoning amendment that would have allowed People Inc. to proceed with its affordable housing proposal in Sperryville, passing the issue to the planning commission.

The Washington Post Office loses its lease

The Washington Post Office is losing its lease on Main Street; it’s unclear why.

The Rapp for Dec. 4

Rappahannock’s holiday season kicks off with Christmas in Little Washington, “The Wizard of Oz” opens, Nol Putnam’s book on National Cathedral iron work, a picturesque birthday, a RappCats Christmas and lots more this week in The Rapp.

Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.

Editorial: A modest proposal

Last week’s Thanksgiving editorial touched on some of the countless things for which we here in Rappahannock County should be thankful. But perhaps that for which we should be most thankful are the very things we do not have.

Unpaved Roadshow: In search of Staffordshire portrait figures

Like many antique collectors, Michelle Galler’s penchant for collecting Staffordshire portrait figures comes from a desire to connect to the past, a sense of history and the thrill of the hunt, in the debut of our Piedmont-centric antiques column,  “The Unpaved Roadshow.”

Wild Ideas: Becoming the animal

Pam Owen usually goes into nature armed with a camera and other encumbrances, but sometimes meeting nature with only the clothes on our backs provides bigger rewards — a chance to become another species, if only for a few minutes.

Jed’s Eye View: The gray wave is here  

Rappahannock is in the midst of a type of growth that cannot be controlled by zoning, or any other way: The numbers of gray-haired folks are zooming upwards.

And more . . .

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