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New reality for Rapp schools signals need for social worker

For those who might question the need for a social worker, Dr. Grimsley said it would fill a role necessitated by a disturbing new reality for even small rural school districts.“ We’re seeing more issues extending from the increase of students living in poverty,” she said. “We see more issues of substance abuse, neglect, homelessness. Things that we haven’t really encountered too much before.” […]

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CCLC looks to broaden children, family reach

Rappahannock’s population trends have not been good news for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). In fact, there have been times in recent years when the nonprofit, which has been providing day care and education for young kids in the county since the 1970s, has faced the prospect of shutting down because it didn’t seem it would be able to sustain the enrollment needed to keep operating. […]

Doing Good Together

On a Mission

Part two of the special report, “Doing Good Together:” As the county’s demographics and economy evolve, nonprofits like Rappahannock Benevolent Fund and the Child Care Learning Center are looking at what that means to their missions and how they can adjust. […]

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Foothills Forum looks to the future

The annual meeting gathering of Foothills Forum was last Friday at the tasting room of Gadino Cellars, and included dozens of community supporters of the nonprofit’s research and explanatory reporting on Rappahannock matters. […]

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Conversation begins on the future of Rappahannock County

“We either choose to guide that change or we choose to get run over by it,” warned Rev. Jennings “Jenks” Hobson, among the residents appearing at Mountainside Physical Therapy to expand on this summer’s multipart Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the Rappahannock economy — past, present, and future. […]

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Video: Rural Health Care — What’s Next?

Video of the community discussion co-sponsored Oct. 8 at the Washington fire hall by the Rappahannock News, Foothills Forum, Aging Together and Rapp at Home to assess the findings of “A Troubling Diagnosis,” the recent three-part explanatory journalism series published in the Rappahannock News. […]

Economy

The Land, a Plan, a Future.

Part one of a Rappahannock News – Foothills Forum Special Report: As the county prepares to adopt minor changes to its Comprehensive Plan, major challenges remain to the delicate balance that keeps Rappahannock unique. […]

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A land use glossary

25-acre zoning: A defining feature of Rappahannock, this unusually restrictive zoning outside of the county’s villages has effectively blocked the development of suburban subdivisions spreading over farmland. […]