Inside this week’s News (March 19)

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What you will find in the March 19 edition:

Town complies with FOIA request

The lawyer and self-described watchdog who’s been pursuing a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) request from the town of Washington said this week the town has complied, or is in the process of complying, with all his requests.

$12.56 million school budget sent to supervisors

The Rappahannock County School Board adopted a $12.56 million 2015-2016 budget Monday night that would increase the county’s share of school-division expenses by about $94,000 — or just over 1 percent of the $9.089 million the county approved spending last year on its public schools.

Empty house destroyed

A long-empty frame house on Piedmont Avenue, about a half-mile from Washington’s Main Street, burned to the ground Sunday night in a fire authorities first thought might have been deliberately set but later judged to be accidental.

The Rapp for March 19

Kid Pan Alley circles back to its Rappahannock home for a songwriting residency and concert, and Narmada Winery takes a “giant step” in Richmond in this week’s The Rapp.

More early election notes

One of three candidates for the Hampton district seat on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors has changed her mind this week, and another school board member announced her intention to seek reelection Nov. 3.

Fire and Rescue Association names 2014 awardees

The Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association’s volunteers honor some of their own for their service to the community in 2014.

On Common Ground: Tempests in Paradise

Whether your family has been here for generations or just arrived, we all have a sense of being connected to this place. Bill Walton suggests we stop defining what is and is not “authentic” Rappahannock, and welcome the diversity that helps define us.

Actor, musicians, activism

Actor and animal-rights activist Alec Baldwin was among those on stage at the Castleton Festival’s “A Time to Break Silence” Saturday night for a moving evening of music, video and talk.

Plus: School and Sports News, the Sperryville and Washington column, the Crossword, a Summer Camps advertising section and lots more.

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