Jury finds Darnell not guilty of 2010 rape

After two days of testimony and nearly three hours of deliberation, a 12-member jury found Jeffersonton resident Bascom Darnell Jr. not guilty of rape in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday afternoon (Sept. 21).

Between raising 7-year-old son Finn, and running a B&B and a seasonal bicycling-and-dining tours for most of the last decade, John and Diane MacPherson don’t get out very to dinner very often. Now, however, they have a plan to solve…
The care — and feeding — of your pond 

As part of an Arkansas-based fish hatchery’s two-week Virginia road trip, the Fish Wagon — a semi truck loaded with more than 20,000 live fish — posts up in the Rappahannock Farmer’s Coop parking lot for an hour every month…
‘Love, Loss’ wears well at RAAC Theatre

“We think back through our mothers, if we are women,” said Virginia Woolf, and that’s certainly true when it comes to our clothing, the theme of last weekend’s sold-out performances of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at the RAAC…
A place where swans, and friends, are welcome

The newest house on the tour this year is Swan Lake Farm, a 13-year project of owner Lynn Sullivan, who has lived part time in Washington for the past 25 years. She first built the blue barn for her horses…
The Rapp for Sept. 26

It’s Fourth Friday again in Sperryville, the annual Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days intersect this weekend, RAAC screen Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead,” chamber music returns to the Theatre, the Lions prep their annual ChiliFest, Patrick O’Connell is named a…
Photo: Team Hackley

The theme was “football season” for the recent weekend flea market-and-music party at Hackley’s Store in Amissville, as the members of Team Hackley demonstrate here.
Photo: Pumpkin Patch

’Tis the season for pumpkins at Roy’s Orchard in Old Hollow, where owner Roy Alther was setting up his annual pumpkin display last weekend.

This paper printed a news story two weeks ago covering the Commonwealth Attorney’s explanation of why the prosecution of Timothy Overton was plea bargained for lesser charges. To summarize, a man found guilty of assault and brandishing a firearm, upon appeal…

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Medical Reserve Corps (RRMRC) will be 10 years old on Sept. 30! It doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long. The Medical Reserve Corps was born in 2002 from the chaos of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that…

Last week’s piece in the Rappahannock News describing Forrest Marquisee and his project to produce a video series featuring local musicians performing in Rappahannock [“Arts fed, Forrest nourished,” Sept. 19] is a fine example of the Mitchell Fund vision to grant awards…

In her Sept. 19 letter [“Which species are we driving off again?”], Emma Hathaway hit the nail on the head with her concluding sentence suggesting “if more address this issue, we may be able to put an end to this…