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February 19-25, 2015 | Culpeper, Virginia | Vol. 9, No. 7 |

Looking for aviators                                                                                                            Serious storage                                                  are a changin’!

Bernie Feaganes works for the                                                                                                   Snow on the ground makes it challenging                         MORE
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Of-                                                                                                   for many wild animals to find food. Fortu-                      LOCAL.
fice. He’s also an aviation afi-                                                                                                nately nature has endowed them with good                        MORE
cionado learning to pilot a large                                                                                               stashing skills. Naturalist Pam Owen                            COMMUNITY.
plane while flying his smaller radio controlled                                                                                 shares insights in her Wild Ideas column.                       MORE
one. A big event is planned in June. See B3.                                                                                    See Focus, B1.                                                  CONNECTED.

SCHOOL BOARD                                                                                                                                                    PHOTO BY IAN CHINI                   Stay
Search                             Skater’s Waltz
started                                                                                                                                                                                         CULPEPER
for top                            Mountain Run Lake on Tuesday morning played host to sledding children. But for those more inclined to dance                                                  HAS TALENT
teacher                            there was a performance on the frozen wintry stage. Perhaps not quite Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, they were more
                                   likely members of the Canadian Brass ballet. These geese know how to celebrate the beginning of a new day.                                                   Semi-finals
         By Alice Felts                                                                                                                                                                         Saturday
                                   GOVERNMENT                                                                                   Culpeper Courts: What’s
  SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES                                                                                                 up on the court docket?                                         There are 20 contest-
                                   Town planners look                                                                                                                                           ants performing Satur-
    Members of the Culpeper        to fund projects                                                                                  By Gary L. Close           that number, 15 actions were    day at the State Theatre,
County School Board began                                                                                                                                       continued to another date.      305 S. Main, vying for
rolling up their sleeves Thurs-         By Wally Bunker                                       ern.                              SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES   Another two were continued      one of the finalist spots
day, Feb. 12, when they met                                                                       Commissioner Charles                                          because the defendant could     in this year’s Culpeper
with the executive recruit-        SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES                                                                    The Culpeper Circuit        not be found. Nine actions      Has Talent competition.
ment team Bill and Barb Dean                                                                  Crist asked if the town staff     Court met three times the       were dismissed or nolle         Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets
of McPherson & Jacobson to             The Town of Culpeper                                   was under any financial con-      week of Feb. 9 and in the       prossed.                        $15-25.
plan the search for a new          Planning Commission got a                                  straints when considering         process 48 defendants came
school superintendent. The         look at the proposed five-                                 items for inclusion in the        before the court. Some de-          The jury trial of Juan      IT’S ALL LOCAL
Deans, involved in the last su-    year Capital Improvements                                  CIP.                              fendants faced more than        Pedro Martinez-Filguera
perintendent search, pre-          Plan (CIP) Tuesday night.                                                                    one charge. There were 95       was moved from Feb. 9 to        Tune in to TV
sented a full agenda for the                                                                      “Absolutely,” said Mulh-      separate cases processed.       May 1, 2015.
work session, including a              Town Planning Director                                 ern, noting this year’s                                                                           Join co-hosts editor
search calendar, selection cri-    Patrick Mulhern said proj-                                 budget was tight.                     The following are high-         He stands charged with      Anita Sherman and con-
teria, advertising, candidate      ects are ranked in order of                                                                  lights of the three days:       forcible rape, strangulation/   tributor Gary Close as
compensation, and stake-           priority. Some projects rep-                                   The planning director                                         wounding, protection order      they discuss the week’s
holder groups.                     resent an immediate need,                                  said some projects didn’t             The Feb. 9 session of Cir-                                  news and events. This
                                   while others are not.                                      make the cut and others that      cuit Court processed a total      See COURT, Page A6            week’s guests are Brian
    The proposed closing date                                                                                                   of 41 actions, or cases, in-                                    and Janet Stoppee of
for applications is April 2. Dur-      “We are trying to present                              See PLANNERS, Page A6             volving 26 defendants. Of                                       M2 Media Studios. Find
ing the week of April 29, the      a realistic CIP,” said Mulh-                                                                                                                                 on our homepage or at
School Board will receive the                                                                                                                                                                   Comcast Cable Channel
short list of candidates avail-                                                                                                                                                                 190.
able for interviews. The final
interviews and selection of the                                                                                                                                                                 INSIDE
superintendent are planned for                                                                                                                                                                  Calendar B2
the week of April 27. The new                                                                                                                                                                   Classified B3
superintendent is slated to                                                                                                                                                                     Opinion A5
begin on July 1.                                                                                                                                                                                Snapshot of Culpeper A2

    The most comprehensive                                                                                                                                                                      To place a classified
activity for the board at the                                                                                                                                                                   ad, call 540-347-4222.
work session was to deter-
mine selection criteria for the
new superintendent. Initially,
members named 28 items de-
sired for a new superinten-
dent. Out of these, the list was
narrowed. Some of the crite-
ria considered important
were that the candidate
should be: a strong instruc-
tional leader; a good listener
to all input; and a visionary
with the challenge to improve
staff and students. Board

  See SCHOOL, Page A6

                                                                                              River Bank Choir sings of freedom

                                                                        PHOTO BY ADAM GOINGS     By Anita L. Sherman            slaves from Culpeper County     wasn’t necessarily viewed as
                                                                                                                                plantations crossed the river   an emancipation army, many
Remembering the slaves crossing to freedom, John Davis                                          CULPEPER TIMES STAFF WRITER     at Cow’s Ford into Fauquier     slaves looked to be under the
Jr., left, Denise Benedetto, W. Jerry Jones and Lillian Garland                                                                 County with hopes of gaining    umbrella of their protection.
wade the Rappahannock River during a 2012 reenactment.                                            Marking the 150 anniver-      protection from retreating      Karen White from the Afro-
                                                                                              sary of their historic flight to  Union soldiers.                 American Historical Associa-
                                                                                              freedom, several hundred                                          tion stated that 170 men from
                                                                                              lined the banks of the Rappa-         According to historian      Fauquier County served in
                                                                                              hannock River near Reming-        Bud Hall, the Rappahannock      the U.S. Colored Troops.
                                                                                              ton in September 2012 as 14       River is the most important
                                                                                              African-Americans and three       river in the Civil War. Trav-       Zann Nelson, who helped
                                                                                              whites made their way across      eled by Confederate and         co-chair that event, has writ-
                                                                                              the river. They walked to the     Union soldiers, it flowed       ten and produced a special
                                                                                              sound of a choir singing spir-    equidistant between the two     Black History Month pro-
                                                                                              ituals. The event, Crossing of    capitals, Washington D.C.       gram open to the public and
                                                                                              the Rappahannock: A Pil-          and Richmond.
                                                                                              grimage to Freedom, re-en-                                            See CHOIR, Page A6
                                                                                              acted Aug.19,1862 when                While the Union Army
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