Gun pointed; deal reached; case dismissed

A misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm, placed this summer against a 56-year-old Culpeper man who’d claimed he was defending himself and his mother from a possible attack, was dismissed Thursday (Dec. 19) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
A slight adjustment

To help with your goal to keep moving, Tom Papke . . . has moved. Not to worry though — his location may have changed, but his services aren’t going anywhere.
DNA solves a Rappahannock family puzzle

It was actually because of her border collie that Deborah Napier set about trying to find the identity of her maternal grandfather. She had long been interested in her family history, but had settled for oral history before this summer.
Jackson’s anti-bank mandate

Part two of Don Audette’s history of the year 1833, as Andrew Jackson wages a one-man war against the Second National Bank of the United States and its proprietor, Nicholas Biddle.
The Rapp for Dec. 26

The News takes a week off to move, Washington preps another Christmas tree bonfire, Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band returns to the Theatre and the Democrats hold their reorganization caucus in this week’s Rapp column.
School & sports news for Dec. 26

Maeve Dale becomes the first Lady Owl to score 1,000 points, Rapp and WCDS sports teams continue their winning ways, Quiz Bowl notches two more wins, Ben Gillis kicks his way to a Coaches’ Award and more in this week’s…

Culpeper Regional Hospital announced the opening of a new operating suite with the latest in equipment and technology designated for obstetric (OB) patients who require cesarean births.

Begin 2014 on the right foot with a New Year’s Day hike in a Virginia State Park as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes. First Day Hikes is a national initiative to get people outdoors and into parks.

Selecting a real Christmas tree over an artificial one is an environmentally friendly decision because of the renewable nature of real trees. But what should families do with the Christmas tree after the holidays have passed? Here are some suggestions.
Photo: Brown steps down

The Rappahannock County School Board’s Dec. 11 session marked the final meeting for Stonewall-Hawthorne representative Paul Brown.

To all our friends and family: We will forever be grateful for all of you! No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you all have shown us during this very difficult time. Thank you so…

The holidays are here, and for many families, so is the time of year where they see relatives they don’t see on a daily basis. Take advantage of this opportunity to take a closer look at how your aging loved…

Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones . . . and at R.H. Ballard with a holiday sale, and then come out Jan. 5 for Civil War stories with Kirsten Beachy in this week’s Washington column.