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Audio: Robert Hurt interview, Aug. 27, 2013

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Audio excerpts of our interview with Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) at the Rappahannock News world headquarters on Main Street in Washington, Va.
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Photo: Good morning, deer

Photo by Kaye Kohler

The early morning mists cleared last Sunday to reveal this family of deer on High Hill Lane, just east of Massies Corner.
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Photo: Jump start

Photo by Janet Robey

Rappahannock County High School’s fall sports season is officially underway, with varsity, junior varsity and Junior Panther seasons just days away from their official home-openers.
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Our building’s for sale, but our business isn’t going anywhere

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Aug. 26

If you’ve driven by the Rappahannock News building on Main Street in Washington, you might have noticed a For Sale sign. Though many struggling newspapers around the country have put their longtime homes on the market, that is not what’s happening in our case.
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Photo: Stay away from Gainesville this weekend

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Aug. 22
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Motorists can expect major delays in Gainesville this weekend (Aug. 24-25) as VDOT shifts U.S. 29 traffic onto the new bridge and eliminates the at-grade railroad crossing.
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Photo: Early adoption

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Ben McDonald (left) and his parents traveled from New Jersey to Front Royal earlier this month to visit the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) cheetah science facility and to present Dr. Adrienne Crosier (right) with money Ben had raised.
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Farm Bureau AgPAC endorses Cuccinelli, Northam, Obenshain

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC announces its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor; Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; and Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general.
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Photo: Still life  

Photo by Gary Anthes

In a pond in Castleton last weekend, photographer Gary Anthes discovered what anyone who pauses long enough in Rappahannock knows.
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Photo: The top llama

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Marian Bragg’s llama WLK Cee N Cee, posed here with handler Josh Meador, took home the Best in Show award at the West Virginia State Fair llama show last weekend.
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Cell service out in Washington

Sprint's cellular tower on the Miller farm near the town of Washington has been out since yesterday (Thursday) morning, an outage that affects several hundred regular users in the village — including most of the Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office.
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Photo: Tick, tock . . . Tech

Photo by Brenda Van Ness

This fall, Gid Brown Hollow resident Lucy Arden Van Ness will be attending Virginia Tech as an incoming freshman.
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Photo: A little travelin’ music

Photo by Nikki Brady

Seated on synchronized hay bales in their float in the Flint Hill Fire Department’s annual carnival parade last Friday (Aug. 2) are Tyler Johnson and Richard Brady.
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Do you know me?

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Someone is missing me. I’m a 7-month-old male cattle dog/Jack Russell terrier mix who wants to go home.
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Photo: Castleton comraderie

Photo by Karla Henwood

About a week ago, as the Castleton Festival moved toward its last days of this summer’s season, Nina and Colby May hosted a barbecue at their house near Sperryville for the cast and crew of the annual music and opera fest.
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Photos: Back to school — but first . . .

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

New buses to get back to school with — but first, the pool.
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Park Service denies Madison request for park entrance

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced today he has denied Madison County’s request to establish a new entrance for motor vehicles into the national park on Rapidan Road in Madison County.
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Photo: RappCats Kittens of the Week

Photo by Cindy Lou Willson

Calico kitten Patch and her black-and-white siblings, momentarily semi-stationary, survived their first few weeks in the wild and have been hand-raised since. They're now about 9 weeks old.
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Photo: A troll in the country

Photo: A troll in the country

There are no toll bridges in Rappahannock County — but apparently, or at least occasionally, there are troll bridges.
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RC Baseball’s 32-run Saturday

A loss Friday and two more big wins Saturday for the Rappahannock Culpeper 16-18 team at the state tournament. Update from the league's Chris Dibble.
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RC Baseball update:16-18 state tournament win

Congratulations to our 16-18 year old team on its win last night in their opening game of state tournament, defeating Brunswick 8-4.
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A midsummer’s photo gallery: Castleton 2013

CATS member Dustin Scott reviews the score outside the Festival Theatre before the July 6 premiere of “Girl of the Golden West.”

A few photos from the Castleton Festival's 2013 season, including opening-night gala, performances and behind the scenes.
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Deal: Half-price Castleton tickets this weekend

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If you've missed out on this season's top-notch opera, theater and classical music performances so far, here's a reason to make it to the Castleton Festival this weekend: Half-price tickets for Rappahannock News subscribers to three upcoming performances.
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Photos: The Fourth, family-style

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A whole gallery of photos from Rappahannock County's annual (and highly successful) July 4 celebration in Sperryville.
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SNP hosts special programs

Shenandoah National Park and the SNP Association are host two special programs June 8 and 15 featuring renowned authors who will inspire enthusiasm and care for nature and the outdoors.
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Home schooling on the rise in Virginia

Amy Wilson, left, director of governmental affairs at Organization of VaHomeschoolers, sits with the organization’s president, Parrish Mort, at a recent conference. Photo by VCU CNS.

The number of home-schoolers in Virginia has increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, to more than 32,000 children. If they were a school district, it would be the ninth-largest in the state – with almost as many students as the Norfolk Public Schools.
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A most moving video on . . . cicadas

Return of the Cicadas from motionkicker on Vimeo.

Indiana-based filmmaker Samuel Orr has been working an a one-hour documentary on cicadas since 2007, shooting more than 600 hours of footage of the creatures that are now filling trees (and ears) throughout most of Rappahannock County. This astonishingly beautiful seven-minute short, meant to highlight Orr’s Kickstarter fundraising effort for the film, may actually bring tears to your eyes. Definitely watch it full-screen if you can.

Virginia State Parks support Get Outdoors Day June 8

All 35 Virginia State Parks will host special programs and events Saturday, June 8, as part of the fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
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Lady Panthers best Madison, 1-0, in soccer quarterfinal

Lady Panthers best Madison, 1-0, in soccer quarterfinal

Rappahannock County High School's varsity girls soccer team came away with a 1-0 win at Madison County in the quarterfinals of the Bull Run District tournament — the first time in more than a decade that the Lady Panthers bested the arch-rival Mountaineers in a district tournament.
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Ex-felon’s voting rights, and hopes, restored

Michael Maupin. Photo by CNS/VCU.

About 12 years ago, Michael Maupin lost his right to vote in Virginia because of a felony drug conviction. But Maupin has hope for the future because he just received a letter from Gov. Bob McDonnell restoring his civil rights.
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For Virginia inmates, little hope of parole 

The Virginia Parole Board last year granted parole in less than 4 percent of the cases it considered. Even old men – prisoners in their 70s and 80s who have served decades behind bars – were routinely denied parole.
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Groups, legislators tackle human trafficking

Human trafficking survivors and support groups are speaking out and working with state legislators to combat the problem of human trafficking in Virginia.
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RAWL Dogs: Senior lab found

Do you know me? If so, contact RAWL and come get me.

This week's RAWL dog is a lost senior lab. If you know him, please help return him to his owners.
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Gallery: The hats have it at Gold Cup

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A few dozen fab photos by Luke Christopher of the hat contest and crowds at last Saturday's Gold Cup races at Great Meadow in Fauquier County.
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Virginia’s suicide rate highest in 13 years

Virginia’s suicide rate is the highest it’s been in 13 years, according to the state’s chief medical examiner. Experts say the causes may include the poor economy and lack of mental health services.
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Legislative issues fueled partisan ill will

Governor Bob McDonnell signing the budget bill. Photo courtesy Gov. McDonnell’s office.

An ominous “MLK Day plot.” A proposed overhaul of the Electoral College system. Voter ID legislation. Those are issues that fueled partisanship at the Virginia Capitol this year and turned the bad blood between Republicans and Democrats into one of the most talked-about topics of the General Assembly’s session.
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Transportation creates rift among lawmakers

Traffic backup on I-95 north in Richmond. VDOT photo.

No General Assembly session is without its ups and downs, quarrels and disputes. However, the 2013 session may have taken the trophy for the most sparring between Democrats and Republicans – especially when it came to transportation.
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A good Rappahannock read

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Check out restaurant reviewer (and longtime Rappahannock weekender) Walter Nicholls' amiable and informed hike though Sperryville's hotspots in the May-June Bethesda magazine.
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Up in the Hollow: A response to Mr. Miller’s cutting remarks

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To say that “every budget can be cut” misses a grand point. The question is not whether or not a budget “can” be cut, but whether or not a budget “should” be cut. And Rappahannock County's proposed 2013-14 school budget should not be touched any further.
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Colin Harris is Democrats’ 18th district candidate

The Democratic committees of Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Warren counties canceled their caucus scheduled for this week after just one candidate, Colin Harris, met Saturday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline. Harris will face incumbent first-term Republican Michael Webert in the Nov. 5 general election.
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Law against texting will save lives, group says

A new state law to stiffen penalties for Virginians caught texting while driving will save countless lives, the head of a nonprofit driving safety organization says.
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