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Rappahannock County’s five supervisors, two of whom still had no electricity at home after last week’s storm, spent a couple of hours at the (air-conditioned) courthouse for their regular monthly meeting Monday (July 2), devising ways to maximize limited space and state-reduced budgets.
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The Sperryville column for June 14

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New creative collaboration at the Schoolhouse, birthday greetings, clean energy company relocates to Washington, and a book club with a cause.
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Whorton named master agent

Whorton named master agent

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services named Pat Whorton as a 2012 Master Agent during its annual sales conference in Richmond. The Master Agent title recognizes agents for excellent overall performance in every aspect of their job. Whorton, who works out of the Rappahannock County office, has served as an agent with Virginia Farm Bureau...
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Virtual office, cafe in the works along Gay Street

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Many Americans may still have to go out of their way to find encouraging economic news, but certain Rappahannock County entrepreneurs are going about quietly making their own.
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Letter: Local VDOT heads off Attack of the Cones

Susan McCarthy, Eve Willis and I want to publicly thank David Cubbage and the whole local VDOT crew for coming to our aid recently. In case you haven’t noticed (joke), they are replacing the bridge from Sperryville to U.S. 211 near the old Schoolhouse. Since that was a main route to our shop, Monkey...
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Sperryville column for June 7

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June 7
Sperryville column for June 7

Mt. Vernon Farm hosts weddings, art directory for Sperryville, and community greetings.
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Sperryville column for May 31

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May 31

Original edibles from Sperryville! Music news, both local and international, and Main Street beautification to enjoy at a leisurely 25 mph speed limit.
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Letter: Business Link: The credits

Many thanks to Carl and Donna Henrickson of Little Washington Winery for hosting our May Business Link Networking Social. In spite of the uncooperative weather, we had more than 35 supporters of the Rappahannock business community in attendance. The views from the winery, even on a stormy evening, were spectacular. The Rappahannock NonProfit Center...
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Don’t call it a gun store!

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May 24
1905 Belgian Vello Dog .25 caliber pistol

Proprietor George Rosenbaum (behind the counter) prefers to call his newly opened shop on U.S. 211 in Washington a “weapons history museum.”
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Town’s 9-acre deal seen as a potential conservation model

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The town of Washington plans to purchase one of the county's most develop-able commercial real estate tracts and, if all goes right, never develop it — except as a showcase of conservation.
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Mr. Hurt goes to Washington

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For once, a U.S. Congressman was spending some time in the right Washington.
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Photos: The fruits of cooperation

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April 26
Photos: The fruits of cooperation

Rappahannock fruit growers meet with visiting agricultural scientists from Senegal.
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News Briefs for April 26

Appleton Campbell’s service award Appleton Campbell Inc. has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award.  This honor is bestowed annually on only about five percent of all of the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews of local service companies. This award reflects the Warrenton-based company’s consistently high...
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Virginia’s economy ranked 3rd in the U.S.

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Despite a long recession, Virginia ranks among the top five states with the best economic climates, according to a report from a national lobbying organization.
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Virginia ham in China, soybeans in Morocco, apples in Cuba

Carter Bruce restored and painted this 1950 Farm All H tractor in Rappahannock High School shop class. Photo by Manly Bruce.

Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr says he's spent his life working in agriculture in the state, but in those 40 years has never seen anything quite like what is happening now with the state's exports to other countries.
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Soybean, corn planting up; hay, cotton down

  The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that acres planted in soybeans, corn and peanuts are up this year. Virginia’s soybean producers intend to increase acreage in 2012 to 590,000. If realized, planted acreage would be 30,000 acres above last year. Farmers announced their planting intentions in response to...
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Letter: Thanks for keeping businesses connected

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March 29

Last Tuesday, the Flint Hill Public House and Country Inn (John Gruber, William Waybourn) and Rappahannock Cellars (Kelly Delmar) were underwriters for our sixth quarterly Rappahannock Business Link, a networking social. The food provided by the Public House and wine from Rappahannock Cellars were enjoyed by more than 35 members, and supporters, of our...
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Public House — and Flint Hill — back on the map

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March 15
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Though the recent cultural revival of Sperryville is well documented, less than 15 miles to the north another county village has emerged as a visitor destination for food and art. The restored Flint Hill Public House and Country Inn is the latest cosmopolitan addition to the rejuvenated town.
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NRCS funds bay-related forestry practices

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $120,000 available to Virginia landowners in the York and Rappahannock watersheds who agree to implement forestry practices that will help restore the Chesapeake Bay. “For nearly two decades, NRCS has partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to develop innovative approaches to conserving natural resources...
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The Rapp for March 8

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Civil War painterly photos at Middle Street and a benefit art show in Madison; update on AT&T cell towers and Piedmont Broadband plans; the annual county cleanup is underway; Angus news around the county.
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Editorial: Made in Rappahannock

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Feb. 23
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You lose money on every unit sold, but you make it up in volume. So goes the old joke, which perhaps encapsulates what was wrong with the “old” economy – the same globalized, mass-production, industrial-scale, high-volume, scaled-up, low-margin economy that ground to a virtual standstill four years ago. Now that this economy appears to...
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Antiques at Middle Street

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Partners at the new Antiques at Middle Street shop, next door to the Inn at Little Washington in the space long occupied by Middle Street Gallery, include (front row from left), Lee and Bonnie Cole of Culpeper, and (back row) Monica and Al Harris of Amissville, and Jo Tartt Jr. of Warrenton. The five,...
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Cafe for lease but Rapp Central stays

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Reports of the death of Rappahannock Central have been greatly exaggerated.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 19

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Jan. 19

Matthew Hamilton, Rudy's Pizza's passionate new manager; Helen Wasmund, a living testament to Fauquier Hospital's spinal surgeons.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 12

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Jan. 12

Getting to know Knit Wit Yarn Shop's color and creativity at its new location, and there's a new yoga teacher in town.
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Editorial: A new year

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Dec. 29, 2011
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Two years ago, this newspaper’s longtime publisher, the late Arthur “Nick” Arundel, who loved the Rappahannock News because he loved Rappahannock County, decided it was time to sell. At about the same time, he sold another rural, county-seat-based paper, the Clarke Courier in Berryville. Today, the Courier no longer exists, but the Rappahannock News...
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County will pay off lights rather than loan interest

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Dec. 8, 2011
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With $220,000 outstanding, the note being paid by the county for the stadium lights installed three years ago at the high school has been accruing interest at the rate of $30 a day. The Board of Supervisors put an end to that and voted to pay the note off.
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Retail back to ‘School’

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Dec. 1, 2011
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Retail businesses return to Sperryville School House (formerly the Link), and business is looking up elsewhere.
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Can you hear me now?

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A brief update on AT&T's cell tower construction plans.
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County’s resources: on the rise?

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Oct. 28, 2011
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When Richard Lykes died in February 2009, he left the majority of his estate – about $2 million – to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. His only stipulation was that the money be used to benefit Rappahannock County, his adopted home. It is up to NPCF executive director Cole Johnson, and the rest of...
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Cafe Indigo hires Inn sous chef

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Aug. 20, 2011

Sperryville’s Cafe Indigo has hired as its new chef former Inn at Little Washington sous chef Anthony Ahrens. The 26-year-old Ahrens is the second sous chef in as many months to leave the renowned Washington restaurant not for one chef Patrick O’Connell’s many high-end competitors around the U.S. and Europe but for a restaurant...
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Farm Tour vendors wanted

The Rappahannock County Farm Tour’s “All Things Rappahannock Market” at The Link is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Space is available for vendors to sell produce, plants, food items, textiles, soap, crafts, etc. or to provide information regarding their organization. Vendors and organizations must have ties to the land and/or farming in...
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River of rocks

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Though it’s the season for low water levels, those levels — illustrated here by the meager flow of the the Thornton River Wednesday in front of the Glassworks Gallery on U.S. 211 in Sperryville — are the subject of a draft of a county water supply plan, which will be presented to the Rappahannock...
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Little Washington landlord pleads guilty

An alert reader sent in this link to a Local Kicks story about Alexandria publisher Peter Labovitz’s guilty plea in the IRS and Justice Department’s case against him for failing to pay $940,000 in employment taxes. Labovitz represents the trust that owns the building just vacated by Middle Street Gallery and Cory Caulfield Gallery,...
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Sustainability: The dance goes on

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July 15, 2011
Farm at Sunnyside owner Nick Lapham stands amid a yellow sea of lance-leaved coreopsis, eastern gama grass and echinacea in one of his native-plant meadows. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

As if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to follow all the rules and guidelines necessary to have your products designated as “organic,” Nick Lapham has also tackled . . . biodiversity. Certain newspapers that would attempt to cover certain rural Virginia counties filled with singularly distinctive people must exercise caution when calling out...
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AT&T cell towers are a done deal

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April 7, 2011
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Welcomed or not, the cell tower configuration for Rappahannock County is on course to be in operation as early as this fall. In its Monday night meeting, the board of supervisors approved the last of five AT&T cell facility applications.
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Tourism up countywide, many report

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March 31, 2011
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More unfamiliar but welcome faces are apparently showing up in the streets, guest rooms and dining tables of Little Washington and elsewhere in the county.
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Town finds tourism up for 2010

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March 17, 2011
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After shrinking for three years, Washington's tourism-fueled tax receipts are growing again.
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Innkeepers offered a PBS series

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March 17, 2011
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It appears that innkeepers John and Diane MacPherson of Washington’s Foster Harris House will soon have a lot more to make than breakfast and bike trips. After nearly three years of work on a food/lifestyle/cooking pilot called “In Season,” the MacPhersons were offered a broadcasting and distribution deal by PBS this week.
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Homing in on Rappahannock

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March 17, 2011
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A visit with the doves that Mark and Liz Rhein keep on their nine-acre Cornucopia Farm in Washington -- and release regularly at the request of clients across Northern Virginia.
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