May 18

  • By Langden Mason
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There are lots of theories regarding our country’s declining economic situation. Personally, I think we’d see a rise in buying trends if more folks put their phones away and provided a little service.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Despite the general favoritism tossed the way of the largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, and the ever-elusive musky in the state of Virginia, offer me a day of catching dozens of hard-fighting river fish weighing between one and five pounds on light tackle, and I, for one, wouldn’t finish my coffee before hopping in the truck, “glamour species” be damned.

  • By Langden Mason
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A few weeks ago I mowed the yard for the first time this season. You can’t really call the first spring mowing “cutting the grass” because there isn’t much grass to cut. You’re merely making sure the wild onions, dandelions, and all the other prolific, unwanted weeds are reduced to the same height.

  • By Langden Mason
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Miss Lynetta Purvis had the perfect yard for Easter egg hunts. It wasn’t one of those fancy topiary and rose garden filled lawns you see on a PBS murder mystery. Copious amounts of wild onions, flower beds, and lawn ornaments became perfect hiding places for plastic and hardboiled eggs.

  • BY LANGDEN MASON
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Spring cleaning translates to dragging junk out of the garage, basement and attic, looking at it for an hour, deciding you can’t do without any of it, and then dragging it back into the garage, basement and attic for another year.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Trodding deliberately through an oak grove and the dynamic air of a fading season, swollen neck and tined, bone-white crown extended in hot-blooded search, the majesty of a mature, rutting whitetail buck commands a certain level of respect. 

  • By Langden Mason
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I have been feeling strange. Sluggish. Irritable. Disoriented. I have wanted to eat at odd hours of the day. Though the symptoms are synonymous with some pregnancies, after reviewing the chapter on reproduction in an eighth-grade biology book, I discounted that condition as an explanation. I…

  • BY MATTHEW REILLY | For The Rural Virginian
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On Nov. 28, 2016, a wildfire of unprecedented scale swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spilled over into the surrounding community of Gatlinburg, claiming 14 lives and burning a total of 17,904 acres, and forever changing the lives of those in the greater park community.

STAUNTON — Gillian Henderson, of Palmyra, was named to the fall 2016 honors list at Mary Baldwin University. Students named to the list earned grade point averages of 3.75 to 4.00. To be eligible, a student must be a degree candidate and must have earned at least 12 semester hours for the gr…

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Fifteen cadets from Fork Union Military Academy’s debate team have qualified to compete in the Virginia Catholic Forensic League State Tournament to be held on March 11 at Eastern View High School in Culpeper.

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The February meeting of the Point of Fork Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution meeting was held in the Bremo slave chapel which now serves as the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff.

  • By Matthew Reilly special to the Rural Virginian
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An infatuation with small streams is a romantic profession of that thing we fish for that isn’t a fish.

  • By Matthew Reilly | special to the Rural Virginian
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The weather is highly variable in southwestern Virginia, but a few things are for certain. If it’s gonna get cold and spit, pour or dump snow, it’s gonna be in February and I’ll be holed up, sleeping late in my on-campus apartment with no school or possibility of fishing to busy me. And even…

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Cold weather can bring discomfort and worry about higher winter bills, but Dominion Virginia Power is working to help customers stay warm this winter by providing energy education, flexible payment options, and energy assistance.

  • BY ROBERT ZULLO and PATRICK WILSON | Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Two years ago, the General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe halted biennial reviews of base rates for Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power, as well as refunds for customers if the utilities overcharged, ostensibly to help them weather the financial challenge posed by President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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On Jan. 21, from noon to midnight, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum will host its annual Birthday Bash in honor of the 208th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After winning the Indianapolis 500 pole, collecting a $100,000 check and doing the usual interview circuit, Scott Dixon tried to relax.

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T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, well, maybe a mouse.

One time, a hot summer evening, I caught a beaver. Rather, I almost did. I was bass fishing a small farm pond when I eyed hopefully a beaver hut in a few feet of water...

Pity the poor snowflakes — so sensitive they must be shielded from speech that might hurt their tender feelings. Campus liberals? Nope. We’re talking about supposedly serious grown-ups, including some veterans and Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman.

Community members come together to create special Christmas for all