Accidents/Fires/Floods

Mop up continues on Neighbor Mountain Fire

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Crews are now focused on mop up around the entire perimeter of the Neighbor Mountain Fire within Shenandoah National Park in Page County, a fire estimated at 2,138 acres as of 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
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With power knocked out, volunteer power kicks in

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Though surely neighbors aided neighbors throughout the huge swath of mid-Atlantic infrastructure that had its plug pulled Friday, the stories of what happened in Rappahannock County during and after the storm prove that coping is one of this county’s top local industries.
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Trees, powerlines are worst casualties

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July 5
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Friday’s storm started in the Midwest and took about 12 hours to reach and ravage Rappahannock County. Along the way, millions of people were left without power.
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Truck’s shortcut cuts power

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June 28

Detour signs forbidding commercial truck traffic from Sperryville’s Main Street while the U.S. 522 bridge is under construction were missed or ignored early Friday by a tractor trailer operator, whose failed, illegal right turn from Main Street onto eastbound U.S. 211 tied up traffic and turned off power to the village for about an...
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Editorial: Remembering Agnes

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June 28
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Rappahannock County derives its name, of course, from the eponymous river, whose headwaters arise within our jurisdictional borders. So we should take some stakeholder interest in what happens downstream, particularly to the Chesapeake Bay, into which the Rappahannock’s waters ultimately empty.
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Neighbor Mountain fire forces trail closures

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The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the fire. 
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Photo: Wreck on 211

Wednesday wreck on U.S. 211

An injured occupant of one of three cars involved in an accident Wednesday (June 20) on U.S. 211 at Gid Brown Hollow Road is carried into a Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue ambulance early Wednesday afternoon.
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Plane crashes, burns in Huntly; N.H. couple lives

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March 8
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A New Hampshire woman remains in critical condition after she and her husband apparently walked away from the crash of their single-engine plane in a pasture on a farm north of Flint Hill.
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‘Worst road’ almost claims another

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A tricky turn on Route 729 almost claimed another life last week.
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Two airlifted in 211 accident

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Sept. 19, 2011
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Two young men extracted by rescuers from a car with Maryland license plates were airlifted to area medical centers just after 6 p.m. Monday, where both were reported Tuesday to be in critical but stable condition in the facilities’ intensive care units. The driver of the car was identified by Virginia State Police Trooper...
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Washed out

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April 21, 2011
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Residents and visitors faced unexpected challenges traveling in Rappahannock County this past weekend as torrents of rain flooded roads, stranded travelers and carved new potholes and gullies.
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Photo: Change of plans

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April 21, 2011
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Robert Fountain (right), 18, says he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel running across Sharp Rock Road and slid on loose gravel into a tree — yes, that tree — first thing Monday morning just south of Sperryville. Neither he nor passenger Justin Kim (left), 17, remembers seeing the tree fall. "It was like...
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Letter: Our sincere appreciation

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We would like to send special thanks to our coworkers and everyone else for their phone calls, cards, food and visits since the automobile accident. Sharon is recovering nicely and Brenda has quite a ways to go. We would like to thank the Inova Fairfax Hospital staff for all the special care given to...
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Photo: Wreck injures Rappahannock residents

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March 24, 2011
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The two Rappahannock sisters headed home from work in this Jeep were injured Monday afternoon when they collided with a truck at U.S. 211 and Route 688 near Orlean.
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Huntly man dies in 522 accident

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A Huntly man died Dec. 29 after a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 522 in northern Rappahannock County. Jerry Lee Gray Sr., 51, died of his injuries while being transported to a hospital in Warren County, according to Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police. Statewide, on the extended Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends before...
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The subject is water

The subject is water

Monday’s post-storm flood waters, which caused a slew of temporary closings throughout the county but no serious injuries, may have been great for kayaks, but were not good — never are — for cars and trucks. Experienced kayaker and Tyler Holtzman is shown shooting the rapids on the upper Thornton River, above Sperryville, on...
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