Inside this week’s News (Dec. 24)

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Citizen of the Year: Mimi Forbes


Mimi Forbes is a force of nature. The director of the Rappahannock Food Pantry has a welcoming smile so bright and so real that she can create sunshine on a cloudy day for customers and volunteers alike. The Rappahannock News’ Citizen of the Year for 2015, she blows away worries with hurricane force, floods troubles with sympathy, washes away despair with care and warms hearts with compassion.

Fatal shooting investigation, reaction continues

The investigation continues into the Dec. 15 shooting death in Chester Gap of 25-year-old Brittney Koster of Woodbridge, whose boyfriend David Michael Williams, 22, remains in custody without bond, charged with involuntary manslaughter and two other gun-related felonies. Public reaction online is an emotional mix of anger and sadness.

News about the News

Rappahannock News’ editor, Roger Piantadosi, is stepping down after five years; publisher Dennis Brack will add “editor” to his title; and a familiar face to many, Alex Sharp VIII, is returning as reporter and chief news gatherer.

The Rapp: Cookies and gratitude; songwriting and understanding

Check out The Rapp for a weekly taste of things to do and see in and around Rappahannock County.

Washington man arrested in Fauquier break-ins

Rappahannock County resident Thomas Edward Lee III, 33, remains in custody in Fauquier County after being charged with two counts of breaking and entering after a homeowner found him inside their home.

Wild Ideas: Good reads for long winter nights

Although this winter is forecast to be mild, a good pile of nature books to read can help with the season’s long nights. See what’s on Pam Owen’s winter reading list in this week’s Wild Ideas column.

Plus: Richard Brady’s Clark Hollow Ramblings column, the Amissville, Washington and Sperryville columns, Events, the Crossword and more.

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