Former chef pleads to animal cruelty charge

Absent the testimony of the only reported witness to the crime, former local chef Anthony Robert Ahrens pleaded guilty Monday (Nov. 26) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to a reduced charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Playing with fire (and glass) for a living

Sperryville's Eric Kvarnes has always loved fire, and for the past 38 years he’s been playing with it. Kvarnes, 60, is a master glassblower and the owner of Oldway Art Center.
Tourism director is retiring

Laura Overstreet, the tourism director hired by Rappahannock County four years ago to coordinate efforts to raise the county’s profile among potential visitors, is retiring effective Jan. 1.
Rappahannock on the radar this fall

It’s been true for some time that Rappahannock County’s singularly talented populace, and its mom-and-pop-and-beyond businesses, pop up often in headlines in the larger world – but November brought an exceptional outburst of attention.
Publisher wins Mosby award

Rappahannock News Publisher Walter Nicklin was honored Wednesday (Dec. 5) with a “Heritage Hero Award” from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
The Rapp column for Nov. 29

The many Christmas-themed events throughout Little Washington and Sperryville, a new exhibit opening at River District Arts and the Friends of Liberty's holiday social/meeting in this week's Rapp.
Student ‘soldiers’ live history

To learn the story of their own backyards, a group of Rappahannock County High School juniors recently trekked the hallowed ground of historic sites in Rappahannock County, accompanied by noted historian Art Candenquist and senior Robert Yowell.
Editorial: Christmas spirit all year long

This coming Sunday’s Christmas in Little Washington parade is not only a holiday celebration but also a wonderful example of the community spirit that animates Rappahannock County. The essential building block of this community is all about trust.

On Friday, Nov. 16, we welcomed a new “family member,” a tiny, frightened rescue dog named Ebie. On Saturday morning, I opened the door for our other dog and Ebie bolted. My heart sank. Very scared and skittish, and having…

As usual, our officers of election did a wonderful job of manning the polls and ensuring that our voting process ran smoothly on Election Day. Kimberly McKiernan, our registrar of voters, and her deputy registrar Sheran Rigg, should also be…

My breed’s name in Chinese means “puffy-lion dog.” Can you guess which breed? That’s right – chow chow. We’re thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds. I’m young, though, about a year old. The staff here at RAWL…

I hope you have recovered from the big hurricane. We lost shingles and siding, and had water in the house in several places. I didn’t bother to turn the damage in on my insurance. I was able to fix it myself. I’ll save the…

A hike up to the old Bowen Place, Christmas plans through Little Washington,, former postmaster Lee Morrison's stamp collection and a breakfast with Santa in this week's Washington column.

Feb. 17, 1972 Rudasill’s Mill, once a thriving business establishment, like many “old times” concerns, is slowly disintegrating and will soon collapse, like the nearby bridge which was taken down this week. Flour was milled from the local farmers’ wheat…