This week’s eEdition (May 21)


Atkins not seeking reelection; Hitt will run for supervisor

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Rappahannock County Commissioner of the Revenue Beverly Atkins has decided not to run for reelection Nov. 3, after serving in the position for 30 years, and deputy commissioner Sharon Dodson says she will run for her longtime boss’s job on Nov. 3.

School board member Amy Hitt, meanwhile, confirmed this week that instead of seeking a second term on the school board, as she previously announced, she’s decided to oppose Jackson district supervisor Ron Frazier.

School increase reduced, yearbook policy criticized

The Rappahannock County School Board dealt at its May 12 meeting with a muted rebuke by the board of supervisors — which had decided by a 3-2 vote the week before that the school division needed to to cut some $44,000 from a proposed nearly $100,000 increase in local funding of its 2015-16 budget — and listened silently to the not-so-muted rebuke of a parent who claimed her daughter’s grades were unfairly threatened last fall by policies in the high school’s photojournalism/yearbook course.

RAAC’s 2015 Claudia Mitchell Fund grants announced

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) announced 18 grants this week to Rappahannock artists and organizations.

Delayed delivery

The fate of the U.S. Post Office in Washington remains unclear — although Sue Brennan, a spokesperson for the Postal Service in that other Washington, said Wednesday that “we hope to resolve this issue in time to occupy the alternate space” sometime before the postal service’s current one-year lease — with The Inn at Little Washington — expires in August.

The Rapp column

Fourth (Estate) Friday; the Democrats of spring; a NYT bestseller in town; a broadband community forum in July and more.

Plus . . .

Event calendar, the Unpaved Roadshow antiques column, the Washington and Sperryville columns, courts/crime news and more.

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