Inside this week’s News (Feb. 26)

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What you will find in the Feb. 26 edition:

Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned

Several critics of the town of Washington say the town’s council broke at least one state law in the summer of 2013 when it voted to contribute $20,000 to a effort by the Inn at Little Washington to improve the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot.

Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw

A critical look at the Rappahannock News’ coverage (or lack thereof) of the so-called “Inn crowd conspiracy,” and a possible step toward a spring thaw.

Up in the Hollow: ‘They Paved Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot’

Let’s review: The Inn got a free street and a nicer parking lot for the church, a lot the Inn uses. The church asked for and got $20,000 from the town for their parking lot, and the town apparently broke the law in the process.

The Rapp for Feb. 26

Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, ragtime at the Theatre at Washington, “Gone Girl” next weekend, the Rappahannock Historical Society’s annual Antique Appraisal coming up and a Governor’s Cup award for Rappahannock’s Narmada Winery in this week’s The Rapp.

Post office embezzlement plea, sentences for assault, eluding police

Serious crimes bring sentences and a guilty plea in this week’s Circuit Court sessions.

Deer harvest down 22 percent

VDGIF reports deer and turkey hunting-season harvests down significantly, bear slightly up.

6,500-plus acres protected in the Northern Piedmont in 2014

More than 6,500 acres in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s nine-county service region were permanently protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total acreage of land under conservation easement in the region to just over 375,000 acres.

Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count

This year Pam Owen joined other Rappahannock County residents in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a wildlife survey that takes an annual “snapshot” of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Plus . . . school and sports news, Amissville and Washington news, courts and crime news, the Crossword and more.

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