March 24, 2018

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History exposed

Established circa 1840-50, owner Craig Batchelor has recently taken down the pegboard behind the store’s old checkout counter, and then below that removed a layer of paneling, only to reveal the old building’s original inch-thick beadboard. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column for March 22: Knights in white armor

Both were in the immediate area at the exact time of her collapse, and so they together were on the scene before the Amissville Fire Department could arrive. As several of the congregation stood close by, CPR was administered while Pastor Pittman, with hands tightly clasped, prayed to the Good Lord. […]

Letters to the Editor

Their voices are loud and clear

For the first time in more than a year, I am actually beginning to feel hopeful. The youth of our country, indeed those right here in Rappahannock County, have inspired me that change is possible and so I plan to be more active in the fight to reduce gun deaths. […]


‘Productive’ session in Virginia’s House

Even without the budget completed, the 2018 session was still productive and successful. We advanced our Practical Solutions to Everyday Issues agenda, reached bipartisan agreements with the governor on criminal justice and regulatory reform, and defeated $770 million in tax increases proposed by Democrats. […]

Letters to the Editor

Not in a teacher’s DNA

The same people that have been denied living wages, who have watched their pensions raided by politicians, are now being asked to put a big target on their backs and carry guns at school. There are so many things wrong with this idea. […]

Letters to the Editor

It’s about gun victims, not guns

Yes, other schools had walkouts protesting guns, but at RCHS, we chose to honor the victims. While I hope this never happens again, I hope that RCHS has the opportunity to honor and remember all victims of school violence. […]

Letters to the Editor

Let’s stop the nonsense

t’s time we demand and demonstrate real leadership. Asking our county government to adhere to the rule of law is not a distraction. No more shortcuts, back-room deals and favors, and ignoring the rules put in place to protect the citizenry. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 21

Belle Meade’s comic rendition of historical events performance is a ‘smash,’ in the face; and Panther football standout preps for college ball with Fork Union Military Academy. […]


A hiking Scouts will go

Last Saturday’s annual Rappahannock County Friends of Scouting Breakfast, hosted by Scout Troops 36 and 316 and Venture Crew 36, featured a presentation by John McCaslin, editor of the Rappahannock News. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for March 22

Springtime is here, sort of, but the Washington VFR Easter Egg Hunt and Relay for Life Easter Bake sale are on for Saturday, March 31; and Kevin Adams’ “meet the artist” had changed to March, 28 at the Watergate Gallery in D.C. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for March 21

The 5th Congressional District Democratic Candidates Forum will be held this Saturday at the Little Washington Theatre; Gray Ghost wins prestigious wine; award and it’s week four of Wine and Dine month. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices for March 22

The Town of Washington’s Planning Commission meets on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Highlights of the agenda include a review of zoning ordinances, alignment to the comprehensive plan, and discussion of the RFP process for Ordinance Alignment Consultant. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for March 22

Nov. 17 1999: Pursuing the issue raised by council member Alice Butler at its October meeting, the Washington Town Council discussed the possibility of regulating helicopter landings within town boundaries. Town attorney John Bennett presented relevant portions of the Culpeper town and county codes for reference. […]

Rappahannock Weather

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  • Tom Merton on Not in a teacher’s DNAI am really looking forward to that 'well regulated militia.'
  • c on Not in a teacher’s DNANo one is asking teachers to carry guns. It would be wrong to force or even ask teachers to carry....
  • Penny Kardis on A miracle on Viewtown RoadWhat a wonderful gift to have had so many talent people there to help this women in a time of...
  • Bob Ridley on ‘Harvests’ are for cropsAnother dip-shit left-wing puke.....go back to the shit hole you came from . We are going to keep hunting &...
  • Amanda Marsh on A miracle on Viewtown RoadAnd Josh Smoot.... He was heading out to pick up his children and saw and turned around. He's also a...

The Wild Ideas Nature Column

Wild Ideas: Weird science  

With the cold weather recently making outdoor adventures less appealing, Pam Owen catches up on some of the weirder science stories that have landed in her inbox recently, in this week’s Wild Ideas. […]

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Local Events This Week

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  • Amissville Methodist Easter Egg Hunt

    March 24, 2018  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Amissville United Methodist Church, 14760 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA 20106, USA
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  • The Wiz Film

    March 24, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    111 Scrabble Rd, Castleton, VA 22716, USA
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  • Annual Reagan Dinner

    March 24, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Quièvremont Winery, 162 Gidbrown Hollow Rd #335, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • RAAC Theatre play: "Good People"

    March 24, 2018  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    RAAC Community Theater, 310 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Palm Sunday

    March 25, 2018  8:00 am - 10:30 am
    St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 115 N East St, Culpeper, VA 22701, USA
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  • "Obstacles and Progress to Alternative Energy"

    March 25, 2018  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Hearthstone School, 11576 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Belle Meade Montessori School Open House

    March 25, 2018  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Belle Meade Montessori School, 353 F.T. Valley Rd, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Jazz music

    March 25, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Central Coffee Co Ltd, 11836 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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