The Democratic committees of Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Warren counties canceled their caucus scheduled for this week after just one candidate, Colin Harris, met Saturday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline. Harris will face incumbent first-term Republican Michael Webert in the Nov.…

From 10 to 2 this Saturday (April 27), the Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused,…
Carpet tools were stolen, court says

For what the prosecution called a vengeful theft of tools, a former Early's Carpet employee was found guilty of grand larceny in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon (April 23). Also, a Castleton man pleaded guilty to grand larceny and…

County planners unanimously recommended approval of a special-use permit for the RappCats cat rescue organization that would allow them to use the northeast corner of the old Flint Hill packing shed as the county’s first cat shelter.
The Rapp for April 25

Fourth (Estate) Friday at Country Cafe, Mandalele and Paul Reisler in concert, Wakefield and Hearthstone's auctions offer plenty to bid on, three Rapp artists join forces at a new RDA show, the Smithsonian season wraps up at the Theatre, "Silver…

Usually the conversation here is about the outsiders who want to have a place here in the country. But what of the newgoers or the go-theres? In just this past week, I’ve encountered two people who are pulling up stakes…
Cuccinelli raises hopes (and $50K) in Huntly

Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli swept into Rappahannock County Saturday night with a strong conservative message that delighted a Republican crowd in Huntly as he swiftly added over $50,000 to his campaign for governor of Virginia.
One weekend, two student shows

Next weekend puts Rappahannock students in the spotlight, literally, with performances of two plays: the perennial favorite “Anything Goes” at Rappahannock County High School, and “Twigs to Branches,” an original musical written and composed by music teacher Dontez Harris and…

RCHS’ Estes heads to Youth Summit Charles Estes, a student at Rappahannock County High School, has been selected to represent Virginia as a National Youth Delegate to the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Estes…
Photo: Chard times

Chard plants await planters — that would be us — who’ll arrive in droves this Saturday at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, for the farm’s annual Spring Plant Sale.
Photo: They clean up nicely

Members of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (from left) Henry Gorfein, Larry Hepinstall, Jed Duvall and Ralph Bates load trash they and other volunteers collected along U.S. 211 onto a pickup truck Saturday, as part of the organization’s annual spring…
Photo: Hail to the chief

At the company’s annual awards banquet last Saturday at the Flint Hill fire hall, Bruce Williams, chief of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for 14 years (from 1998 to 2012), poses with the presentation fire axe he…
Photo: Empty bowls help fill shelves

Rappahannock Food Pantry director Mimi Forbes (left) accepts a check from Doris Jones of the Rappahannock Clay Collective (center) and River District Arts’ assistant art director Holly Link. The Food Pantry received $1,250 from RDA’s recent Empty Bowls project, for…

My three children attended Rappahannock County Public Schools. Though I have no children there now, I nevertheless support increasing the school budget, even if it means more taxes for me. We live in a county that prides itself on “taking…