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Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - COM­PILED BY JAN CLAT­TER­BUCK

50 YEARS AGO

Septem­ber 13, 1962

Spe­cial­ist Robert E. Atkins, who is sta­tioned with the United States Army in Worms, West Ger­many, has been awarded an en­graved cig­a­rette lighter and a let­ter of com­men­da­tion for driv­ing a mil­i­tary mo­tor ve­hi­cle 15,000 accident- and in­ci­dent-free miles in the com­mand. The award and con­grat­u­la­tions were pre­sented by Ma­jor Kil­cauley at cer­e­monies in Worms. Spe­cial­ist Atkins is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh S. Atkins Sr. of Sper­ryville. An­nounce­ment is made this week of a change in own­er­ship of Rap­pa­han­nock News. Basil C. Burke, at­tor­ney of Madi­son, has sold the news­pa­per and real es­tate to An­gus M. and R. Duff Green of Culpeper and Orange. Own­er­ship was ef­fec­tive Sept. 1, with last week’s is­sue be­ing printed at the plant of The Orange Re­view, in Orange. The larger size pa­per of this week is ex­pected to be con­tin­ued.

25 YEARS AGO

April 23, 1987

Call­ing fruit pro­duc­tion “the only vi­able agri­cul­tural in­dus­try for Rap­pa­han­nock County right now” and in­sist­ing that local farm la­bor is “re­ally a myth,” New­bill Miller led his fel­low plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers to a com­pro­mise rec­om­men­da­tion on a mi­grant la­bor camp af­ter a pro­tracted de­bate at last Wed­nes­day’s pub­lic hear­ing. At is­sue is a spe­cial ex­cep­tion ap­pli­ca­tion from or­chardist Alex Sharp to ex­pand his ex­ist­ing camp in Har­ris Hol­low to house 16 mi­grants and al­low the fa­cil­ity to be used year-round. (Mr. Sharp’s 1984 per­mit, clar­i­fied last year by the Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals, lim­its the camp to 10 work­ers and spec­i­fies that they may be housed there only dur­ing the ap­ple har­vest sea­son.)

10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 2, 2002

Amer­ica may be fas­ci­nated by fan­tasy and fic­tion, but book buy­ers in Rap­pa­han­nock County showed a strong in­cli­na­tion to read his­tory this year, judg­ing by the best­sellers of 2001 at the Old Sper­ryville Book­shop. Here, based in the past year, are the 10 best sell­ing new books of 2001: 1. “Eye of the Storm,” writ­ten and illustrate­d by Pri­vate Robert Knox Sne­den ( hard­cover, $ 37.50). This is a lost treasure of the Civil War, a beau­ti­fully pack­aged me­moir of a Union sol­dier – a map­maker and artist – and his strik­ing water­col­ors of the camps, bat­tle­fields, pris­ons and other scenes of the con­flict. Two his­to­ri­ans of the Vir­ginia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in Rich­mond tracked down Sne­den’s pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered art­works and man­u­script, and edited them into one of the best first- per­son ac­counts of the Civil War ever done. This book was so suc­cess­ful that a se­quel, “Im­ages of the Storm,” has been pub­lished, fea­tur­ing many more of the 500- plus art­works he pro­duced . . . [ A decade af­ter the pre­ced­ing was pub­lished, Sne­den’s story was fea­tured on a Civil War Trails marker in Woodville; see the box above.]

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