2010 Citizen of the Year: Richard Lykes

Richard Lykes was a giving man — of his time, talent and, ultimately, from his estate after he died. By all accounts he loved Rappahannock County and was beloved by many who came to know him. For his generosity to…
The Rapp for Dec. 30

It's 'Cairo Time' at the Theatre in Washington Friday, Jan. 7; the Knights of Columbus' living nativity float is tops in Washington's Christmas Parade.
Top 10 news stories of 2010

News that stays news, news that lasts. That, according to one poetic wag, is what makes literature. It doesn’t necessarily mean that any of Rappahannock County’s “Top 10” news stories for 2010 will have the staying power of the Iliad…
It’s crunch time for the college-bound

For Rappahannock County High School senior Tiffany Wayland, Christmas doesn’t seem to be the standard red and green this year. She’s still seeing maroon and orange. Just two weeks ago, Wayland received a letter from Virginia Tech with word that…
Beekeeper is a presidential award-winner

When Rappahannock County resident Ann Harman was 5 years old, she never dreamed her fascination with bees would lead to a career, international recognition, and a humanitarian award. But it did. “Some of my earliest memories involve bees,” Harman said.…

Thunder resounded in the mountains Dec. 23 when the Rappahannock wrestling team traveled to Madison County for the Mountaineer Duals. The Panthers wrestled in the same pool with Orange County (AA) and the Top 10 Single A-ranked James River from…
Postcard from 2020

This following was sent in with a return address -- and a sense of humor -- suspiciously resembling that of Flint Hill resident Ron Maxwell.
Dig this: root vegetables

As a professional chef who grew up on an organic New England farmstead, I’m deeply drawn to vegetables grown underground. I find them mysterious and otherworldly. Like geodes and gemstones, they come from a universe that I know little of.…
Greetings, friends!

Every year around this time, frequent contributor Jed Duvall locks himself in an Amissville garrett and pens a New Year’s greeting that dresses up names from the past year’s Rappahannock headlines into meter and verse, for better or worse. Mostly…

In the interests of full disclosure and transparency, it should be said that there was discussion and debate here at the newspaper some months ago about whether we should even have a “Citizen of the Year” award this year —…
Crime & Courts for Dec. 30

Sheriff’s Report Gary Lee Moore II, 28, of Headwaters Road, was arrested Dec. 23 by Deputy Robbie Fincham and charged with assault and being drunk in public. The charges stemmed from an incident at 67 Chester Gap Road. A Boston…
Letter: You sure it’s a satellite phone?

As we know the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has approved the AT&T cell tower and the decision now goes to the county board of supervisors. It is pretty much assured that it will be approved. However, I would like to…
Wild Ideas: Things that go screech . . .

I’m really not a winter person. As the days get shorter, the nights longer, and the temperature drops, all I want to do is hibernate. I like to be lulled to sleep by a full chorus of cicadas, crickets, tree…