State Police name Gary Settle captain

From staff and contributed reports Eighteen-year Virginia State Police veteran and Rappahannock native Gary T. Settle became the VSP’s newest captain last week. As he was promoted to be one of only 14 field captains in the force — and…
A hot July; a very cool Castleton

The Castleton Festival ended last weekend with a bang. Actually several. One was related to the weather. A microburst -- or, as one of technical director Terry Robey’s crew put it, “the world’s biggest dust devil” -- approached the 400-seat…
The Rapp for July 29

AT&T might be considering cell towers in Rappahannock County; the Browns of Culpeper help the Food Pantry with livestock donations.
Summer snapshots

It’s been an eventful July in Rappahannock. Top left, fire and rescue squads across Northern Virginia attended Paul Poling’s funeral last week in Warrenton; trucks from Warrenton and Culpeper squads crossed ladders and held an American flag aloft in the…
Flowers and houses and tea, oh my!

Like it has since 1955, the Trinity Episcopal Church community in Washington is preparing for its annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour. Flowers are growing in gardens from Amissville to Boston for later drying and the three houses for…
13th Taste of Rappahannock is Sept. 11

Plans are under way for Headwaters Foundation’s 13th annual Taste of Rappahannock fundraiseron Sept. 11 that will feature an auction and entertainment. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Belle Meade School in Sperryville.

Two decisions in the coming days, seemingly minor in the larger scheme of things, will actually reveal what kind of world we wish to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. One decision will be made at the August 2 Rappahannock…
Rapp Facts

Did you know that . . . What is now Ben Venue was once called Gaines Cross Roads, located at the intersection of the Warrenton-Thornton Gap Turnpike (now U.S. 211) and Richmond Road (Route 729). The impressive brick house there,…

It is at my own hazard that I cross pens with the Duke of Sperryville, but being as this is Rappahannock County where the tradition of Virginia’s colorful eccentrics lives on, I’ll take another stab at the inkwell. Could Ben…
Letter: Beware the tick; beware the doctor!

Thank you for your article on Lyme Disease; awareness of this insidious disease is crucial. However, some information in the article was misleading. Less then 20 percent of all Lyme patients present the classic bull’s eye skin mark and in…
Letter: More on Lyme Disease

I was very pleased to read the long piece concerning Lyme Disease in the July 22 Rappahannock News; this is a very dangerous and insidious disease and publishing information is vital to combatting it. There is still so much unknown…
Gone fishing, and . . .

I wrote an article several years ago about fishing in Canada, and received some nice phone calls from readers with similar experiences. Well, I did it again. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy to drive 850 miles, one…

On Thursday, July 22, James Samuel Wines, our father and husband, went home to our Father in heaven. We would like to thank Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department for its response to our home and the food the ladies provided…