This week’s eEdition (June 4)


Cell tower considered, budget reconsidered

In open session Monday afternoon, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors decided to take its fiscal-year 2016 budget off the table for a couple of weeks. In closed session, it agreed to put a proposal to build a cell tower on county property back on the table.

Sanctions motion on today’s docket

Attorneys for the town of Washington and The Inn at Little Washington, along with attorney David Konick, whose recent suit against the town and Inn was rebuffed last week by Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker, return to Parker’s courtroom in Washington today for a hearing on the respondents’ motion for sanctions against Konick. (A brief update on that hearing is online here.)

Revenue commissioner is three-way race

The pending vacancy of Rappahannock County’s commissioner of the revenue post — a position filled for the last 30 years by Beverly Atkins, who’s retiring — has now attracted three candidates.

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The Rapp for June 4

“Sherman the Peacemaker” premieres among the stones in Flint Hill on Saturday; ice cream and appreciation of the Hobsons on Sunday; fireworks in Sperryville July 4; Neighbors Day in the park and more in this week’s The Rapp.

The play’s the thing: a magical mirror

Walter Nicklin looks at James Reston Jr.’s play “Sherman the Peacemaker,” to be performed in Flint Hill this Saturday, and its take on Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s role in history.

Clark Hollow Ramblings: For the love of nature

Richard Brady’s nature-loving credentials are impeccable, but he wonders when good intentions go too far.

Wild Ideas: The drab little bird with the distinctive voice

The eastern wood-pewee, a drab little forest bird with a distinctive call, is rarely seen but often heard throughout the forests of eastern North America during the spring and summer.

150 Years Ago This Week: A weak start to Reconstruction

Confederate Lt. Gen. Simon B. Buckner entered into a military convention with Union Maj. Gen. Peter Osterhaus. Under the terms of surrender, all resistance would cease and officers and men were to be paroled under terms similar to those offered at Appomattox on April 9. Meanwhile, President Johnson issued an amnesty and pardon proclamation to all persons who “directly or indirectly participated in the existing rebellion” with some exceptions.

Plus . . .

School and sports news, crime and court coverage, the Washington column, the Crossword and more in this week’s Rappahannock News eEdition.

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