Month: January 2016

A New Congressional Rep for Rappahannock

Congressman Robert Hurt, who currently serves Virginia’s 5th District (which includes Rappahannock County), announced in December that he will retire and not run for re-election. A number of individuals have indicated an interest in running for the seat.  The filing deadline is March 31 for the two major parties, so there may be more. On the Republican side, there are four individuals who have filed as candidates — 1) Michael Del Rosso, a technology executive (website); 2) Tom Garrett, a State Senator and former Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney (website); 3) Jim McKelvey, a real estate developer and businessman; and 4)...

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Pediavision — Vision Testing for the Little Ones

The Lions Club has been testing kids at the elementary and high school for sight and hearing problems for years.  But until now, it’s been difficult to do so for children too young to recognize letters and numbers.  The same has been true for intellectually disabled adults. That is all changing.  For the third year in a row, the Lions are providing sight testing for children at the Child Care and Learning Center, and have offered the service to the child care program in Sperryville and to the children in Head Start. The machine is remarkable.  The child sits...

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Little Annie Lewis

  Over the decades, many famous people have visited Rappahannock County.  Most have had recognizable names: President Herbert Hoover, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, etc.  Then there were the famous people who now lack recognizable names, such as Little Annie Lewis.  She was here in 1890, as noted in a short news item in the Washington Sunday Herald of July 7th of that year. She was still remembered decades later, as shown in this comment in the Washington Sunday Star of July 10, 1921. Why should we...

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State Funding for Schools Cut by $800M per Year

Since the 2008-2009 school year, Virginia legislators enacted 12 changes to the State Standards of Quality (SOQ) that have resulted in a cut of over  $800 million annually.  This finding is according to a January 2016 report issued by the Commonwealth Institute, a think tank focused on economic issues and their impact on low- and moderate-income people.  The Institute’s report echoes a charge made by the Virginia Education Association in 2012. Both organizations claim that Virginia’s contribution to education would have been higher if the General Assembly had not taken steps to lower Virginia’s education standards, and that the formula...

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Doctor Henkel’s Amazing Adventure

The following story is a slight re-write of a news item in the “Staunton Spectator” of Tuesday, May 25, 1880.  Graphics and clarifications have been added to enhance the story. On Monday, May 17, 1880, a Dr. A. M. Henkel of Staunton, VA, was making a journey back to Staunton from Little Washington, where he had taken his wife to visit her parents.  He was alone, traveling along in his horse and buggy. While he was going up the mountain to Thornton’s Gap, the bit of his bridle broke.  The following picture shows the parts of a horse’s bridle. ...

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