Regional jail authority gets started

Preparation for construction of a regional jail to serve Rappahannock County as well as Warren and Shenandoah counties is moving ahead. The jail is targeted to open in 2014 on a site north of I-66 in Warren County. Its purpose…
Soapbox Derby hopes

It is the second largest soapbox derby in the world: one track, 135 drivers, three champions, and not one engine. “It doesn’t have a motor, it runs on gravity,” Thom Pellikaan explains, describing the soapbox derby car that arrives on…
The Rapp

A Rappahannock Fourth in Sperryville (and a patriotic reading in Washington), plus news of two wineries' achievements with Google and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
REC switch inspires dim views

Change doesn’t always come easy as new customers of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) have found. The 51,000 former customers of Allegheny Power, including about 4,700 in Rappahannock County, became customers of the cooperative June 1 after REC and the Shenandoah…
A twofer, and other RCHS successes

Double your education, double your fun! Those old ads for Doublemint gum come to mind when reporting on Rappahannock's Riggleson sisters, Krista Marie and Ashley Reta. Ashley Reta was the valedictorian in this year's graduating class from Rappahannock County High…
Superintendent Chappell receives sendoff

Some 125 friends, family, and Rappahannock County Public Schools board members and staff gathered to honor and express gratitude to Dr. Robert (Bob) Chappell for his 44 years as an educator. Chappell retired as superintendent of Rapphannock schools at the…
Sperryville: Another stellar fire department parade

A very, very special “thank you” goes out to all who participated in the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department parade Friday evening (June 18). This was a joyous evening that gave us the opportunity to thank those who, day in and…
Mulky Mountain ag district renewal recommended

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 16 recommended approval of two matters before it and denial of a third. The Board of Supervisors will take under consideration at its July 7 meeting the commission’s recommendation that the renewal…
A peach of a crop expected in Virginia this year

After a mid-June survey of major peach growers around the state, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has high expectations for a very good peach crop this year. From Cana to Winchester and from Charlottesville to Rappahannock,…
Washington: Jail trustees keep garden growing

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith decided in April to start a garden on the Carrigan property behind the courthouse that is now owned by the county. "The work is being done by the trustees of the jail," said Smith. "The…
REC communiques give readers a jolt

I suppose by now you have seen the fliers and advertisements welcoming you as a new “owner” of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Congratulations, all around. Pretty nice ads, don’t you think? Here is some free advice: When someone welcomes you as…
Letter: A truly memorable Fourth of July

I’ve experienced some very special Fourths of July. I grew up in small-town Hannibal, Mo., where the Fourth is the centerpiece of National Tom Sawyer Days. With its parade, fence-painting contests, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher lookalike pageants and raft…
Sheriff’s Report: Accident closes 211

Traffic on U.S. 211 was blocked for about seven hours overnight June 16 and 17 after a tractor trailer carrying some 20,000 pounds of copper bales overturned on the road west of Sperryville. The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Department responded to…
Editorial: Oil spill on the Thornton

The kingfishers that flit along the Thornton, Hazel and other tributaries of the upper Rappahannock are not brown pelicans. The river mussels are mere distant cousins (multiple times removed) from saltwater oysters. And freshwater crayfish only seem like baby shrimp.…
Column: Earth, wind, fire . . . spirits

Most farmers in Rappahannock County farm their land by selling grass. Not the kind of grass that President Clinton didn’t inhale, the kind of grass that cows eat. The cows eat the grass and produce milk that their calf suckles.…