Fire ruins Fauquier Livestock Exchange

Firefighters from five counties and civilian volunteers responded to a blaze that engulfed the Fauquier Livestock Exchange in Marshall Monday night. Their joint efforts saved most of the cattle from perishing but the building where breeders from around the region…
The Rapp for Sept. 30

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Visitors Center, which has been well-visited so far; "City Island" is RAAC's movie this Friday at the Theatre; on Saturday at the Theatre, some lovely songs by a trio of special performers; in Sperryville,…
Supervisors to hear water supply status on Monday

Springs have dried up, wells are going dry and — until this week, at least, after an unusually dry spring and summer — the weather hasn’t cooperated by providing the kind of drenching rains that lets water seep down to…
Hunt clubs consider merger

Two of Virginia’s oldest foxhunt clubs, the Old Dominion Hounds and the Rappahannock Hunt, are considering a merger, according to hunt officials. Through an agreement between ODH joint-masters Gus Forbush and Margret “Douglas” Wise and RH joint-masters Gus Edwards and…
The Pentatomidae are coming!

No security fences or border patrols keep out these illegal aliens. They come from Asia, but no one seems to know exactly how they traversed the globe and entered the United States. They were first spotted in Pennsylvania about 10…
It was a busy week . . .

It’s been a busy, event-packed couple of weeks in not-so-sleepy Rappahannock, and the immediate future shows no signs of a slowdown. Here we have a few photos of the past week’s goings-on, including the 2nd Annual Rappahannock Farm Tour and…
On visit for Waugh, McAuliffe says  ‘green’ grows jobs

Former Democratic primary candidate for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe told a Rappahannock audience of about 80 Sunday night that renewable energy could be the answer to unemployment in in the commonwealth’s rural areas by creating “green” jobs. McAuliffe arrived a…
RCHS Seniors hunger for homecoming football win

After scoring just once in four games, one would understand if the two seniors with the most playing experience felt angry with their Rappahannock County High School varsity football teammates. Neither Matt Fletcher nor D’Angelo Robinson harbors any ill feelings.…
Sheriff’s Report for Sept. 30

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than 250 calls for assistance this past week (through midday Monday), ranging from security checks and suspicious vehicles to reports of theft, fires and accidents. A deputy responded Sunday (Sept. 26) to…
Lady Panthers shut out Manassas Park to kick off District play

After ending their preseason with an 8-1 record, the Lady Panther varsity volleyball team celebrated a confidence-boosting start to their Bull Run District play, beating Manassas Park Tuesday night, 3-0. Convincing. That perfectly describes the final preseason home game against…
Editorial: Autumn’s bounty — events

Even in this era of cyberspace travel, it’s still impossible for one physical body to be in two places at the same time, as my family and I discovered this past weekend. So much was happening right here in Rappahannock…

I am happy to state that I am a write-in candidate for the office of Circuit Court Clerk and excited at the prospect of serving as the next clerk for Rappahannock County. I would like to express my appreciation to…

Peggy Ralph has been working in the Rappahannock Circuit Court Clerk’s office for 29 years as deputy clerk under the excellent guidance of Diane Bruce, who retired at the end of February. Peggy has been trained by one of the…

We at the Internal Revenue Service are concerned because as many as 7,200 small community-based nonprofits in Virginia are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status. The loss of this status could greatly impact the organizations’ charitable work and their…
Washington Column for Sept. 30

Friends and family attend services for the late James J. Kilpatrick at Trinity Episcopal Church; Middleton Inn prepares for Friday's "Cool Jazz for Cool Cats" music-and-auction night to benefit RappCats, the local organization that looks after homeless cats.