Up in the Hollow

Up in the Hollow: Hazzard County is our county on Aug. 13-14

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July 28, 2011
About a hundred of these restored specimens -- the General Lee -- will be in Sperryville Aug. 13-14.

Here comes Hazzard Nation for a two-day get-together in a beautiful field in Rappahannock County. We are calling it “Hazzard Homecoming.” So far, we have visitors coming from 36 states and from as far away as Scotland and New Zealand. If you are new here, it is hard to explain, but basically it will...
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Up in the Hollow: Ain’t gonna study war no more

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April 21, 2011

As the nation commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Ben Jones suggests that national mythologies "have completely washed out certain realities of the decades leading up to that terrible conflict," and presents some discussion points.
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Up in the Hollow: Gid me a break

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April 14, 2011
Ben Jones

Maybe it’s just me, but I was not only bemused, but downright astonished at the screed which Paul Hagstrom wrote regarding his distress at having to travel the wonderful treasure that is Gid Brown Hollow Road.
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Up in the Hollow: Schools and cell towers — git ‘er . . . educated

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Feb. 17, 2011
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, at the behest of AT&T, will vote at its March meeting on the tabled motion to place a cell tower at the Rappahannock High School. In a surprise move, according to the Rappahannock News, “an alternate site for the proposed 199-foot monopole at the high school had been...
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Up in the Hollow: Take the picture now

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Feb. 3, 2011

“Get your old Kodak out or maybe Rachel’s new digital high definition thing that pops ‘em right up” The old man on the porch in the late winter sun. Galluses like no one wears anymore, old stains of chaw across the chest pocket flaps. Buzzards circling over Mary’s Rock. “They’re waitin’ on me,” he...
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Up in the Hollow: Cell phones, a towering fancy

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Dec. 23, 2010
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All hail the things we can’t do without: the ice man, the “church key,” carbon paper, telegrams, spats, eight-track players, the outhouse, the truss, cell phones, whitewall tires and Wildroot Creme Oil. These were all things that people simply could not do without at one time or another; the latest craze, the badly needed...
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General Custer, Rappahannock County and me

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Dec. 2, 2010
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Lately I’ve been seeing strange headlines. “Man Swallows 100 -Year-Old Museum Exhibit.” “Woman Robbed by Clown While on Toilet.” “Man Forced to Eat His Own Beard.” And then “Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General,” this last courtesy of Fox News. It all got me to thinking, (which, for me, is also unusual...
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Fond memories shot through with holes

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July 22, 2010

I had an uncle who once shot his television set. I don’t know if it was a symbolic gesture involving his existential angst at the overwhelmingly nonsensical zeitgeist of late 20th century de-culturalization, or if he was just ticked off because “Bonanza” had been canceled, but he put a couple of slugs through the...
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The Twain is still running

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May 20, 2010
Samuel Longhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain.

By the time he was 30 years old, Samuel Langhorne Clemens used his nom de plume of “Mark Twain” every time he went out his front door into the public life. That way, he said, Mr. Clemens could blame all of his incendiary rhetoric on his look-alike, Mr. Twain. That scheme mostly worked, and...
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