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Voice in the Wilderness

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Two years ago, James Gannon felt a growing frustration with local news coverage in Rappahannock County, Virginia, a rural area about 70 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Gannon, a former Detroit News Washington bureau chief and onetime editor of the Des Moines Register, had moved to the county with his wife, Joan, after taking a buyout from Gannett in 1994. "How could this be sustained over time if I got to the point where I didn't want to spend many, many hours a week going to meetings and chasing after stories?" Peter Arundel, president of the Rappahannock News' parent company, Times Community Newspapers, says while he respects the quality of RappVoice, his company's paper provides much broader reporting on the community.

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