Rappahannock News - - COMMENT. - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Aug. 25, 1999

Changes are un­der­way at Rap­pa­han­nock Na­tional Bank.

Bet Jones, Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors, says that “it's an ex­cit­ing time for the bank.” The bank is striv­ing to be­come more com­mu­nity-ori­ented, and to be bet­ter able to serve the peo­ple of Rap­pa­han­nock County.

Part of the bank’s strate­gic plan is for the bank to in­tro­duce new prod­ucts and ser­vices for its cus­tomers and the com­mu­nity, ser­vices that they had not been able to of­fer in the past. “The peo­ple of Rap­pa­han­nock County should have a bank they can trust and be­lieve in,” says bank Vice Pres­i­dent

Mike Leake.

The bank’s plan is di­vided into three phases. Phase one, which is com­plete, in­cludes three com­po­nents: check imag­ing, a VISA Check card/ATM card and the re­cently in­stalled ATM at 211 Quicke Mart.

Phase two should be com­plete by Oct. 1. It in­cludes in­ter­est-bear­ing check­ing for cus­tomers over 50, over­draft pro­tec­tion for check­ing ac­counts, and in­ter­est-bear­ing Now ac­counts: Money Man­ager and Su­per Money Man­ager.

Phase three is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Nov. 1. In­cluded in this phase are ex­pan­sion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of their CD­line, and an 800 num­ber for tele­phone bank­ing. In ad­di­tion, Jones says that through Union Bankshares, they are able to of­fer full-line in­vest­ment ser­vices (in­clud­ing stocks and bonds) and trust funds.

The Rap­pa­han­nock Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ad­dressed telecommun­ications tow­ers and com­mer­cial ar­eas dur­ing its Au­gust meet­ing.

The com­mis­sion unan­i­mously passed a res­o­lu­tion to ad­ver­tise for a pub­lic hear­ing on the lo­cal telecommun­ications or­di­nance. The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will hold their pub­lic hear­ing at its next meet­ing, Sept. 15 at the court­house. The Board of Su­per­vi­sors will hold a pub­lic hear­ing on the mat­ter at its Oc­to­ber meet­ing.

The or­di­nance was the main topic of dis­cus­sion for the evening. County Ad­min­is­tra­tor John McCarthy in­formed the board that one ma­jor change had been made.

Nov. 6, 2003

Sharon Win­ter, who has worked at Cooter’s Place in Sper­ryville for the last five years, was won­der­ing what she would do when the fa­mous Dukes of Haz­zard road­side mu­seum closed for good this month.

One re­cent morn­ing she was eat­ing break­fast at Diana’s Coun­try Diner on Sper­ryville’s his­toric Main Street, when owner Diana Sek­ford told Sharon she was ready to give up her busi­nesses if she could find some­one to take over her lease. Bingo!

Just like that, Wimer saw her fu­ture un­fold­ing and after a quick call to the build­ing owner, the Blue Ridge Diner was born.

The new Main Street eatery opened last week and by the week­end was al­ready do­ing a boom­ing busi­ness thanks to the heavy flow of au­tumn leaf-peep­ers who visit Rap­pa­han­nock County every fall.

Restau­rants have been com­ing and go­ing in Sper­ryville so fast lately that you al­most need a score­card to keep track. A place called Tom­fool­ery opened on Main Street and then closed be­fore most peo­ple even knew about it. The Blue Moon Cafe on High­way 211 closed this year and was suc­ceeded by a Tex-Mex place called the Coy­ote Cafe. Sun­ny­side Farms just opened an open-air burger bar at its new “Fa­mous Rest Stop” on the high­way, and soon the Sper­ryville Cor­ner Store will open a new grill res­tau­rant at the flash­ing red light on Main Street.

The Rap­pa­han­nock County As­so­ci­a­tion for the Arts and the Com­mu­nity (RAAC) wel­comes lo­cal res­i­dent Richard Antony who will talk about his re­cently re­leased book, “Moun­tain of My Dream,” as part of the Sec­ond Fri­day at the Li­brary Se­ries on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Rap­pa­han­nock County li­brary.

Antony and his wife San­dra are the own­ers of Long Moun­tain Nurs­ery.

“Moun­tain of My Dream” tells the story of the cou­ple’s evolv­ing dreams and their strug­gle to cre­ate an aza­lea nurs­ery on a Rap­pa­han­nock moun­tain­side though they had no for­mal hor­ti­cul­tural train­ing, no real busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, few me­chan­i­cal skills and ab­so­lutely no idea what they were get­ting into.

Dur­ing the years they op­er­ated their small busi­ness, a num­ber of piv­otal events oc­curred that en­cour­aged them to fol­low through with their dream.

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