The visible benefits of farm and forest

Rappahannock County’s implementation of land-use taxation — the now-entrenched but often misunderstood process Virginia legislators came up with in the early ’70s for preserving agricultural land, forests and open space throughout the state — has had its consequences.

After just one budget work session, the Rappahannock County School Board may have already worked out a balanced budget — one that provides a long overdue step raise to the school system’s employees and requires no increased funds from the…

Continued cold weather finally got to Rappahannock County Elementary School Monday morning (Jan. 27), as the school’s boiler shut down over the weekend, making for a very chilly start to the week.
The Rapp for Jan. 30

Rare glass harmonica virtuoso Dean Shostak visits the Castleton Theatre House, RAAC screens “Blue Jasmine” and hosts a special Valentine-themed Friday at the Library, BizLink has its quarterly social meeting and a local “DreamKeeper” is honored in this week’s Rapp…
Editorial: Of farms and fiscal policy

We’re so busy focusing on the amount of taxes that We the People have to pay that we often forget their purpose is more than simply to generate government revenue. Taxes also influence people’s behavior, and, in Rappahannock’s case, encourage…
School & sports news for Jan. 30

Rapp and WCDS sports updates, Natalie Tupper makes JMU’s president’s list and the United Daughters of the Confederacy honors the winners of its coloring and essay contests in this week’s School & Sports column.
Photos: Benevolent fun

This year’s Benevolent Fund “Celebrity Waiters” dinner Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Washington Schoolhouse was a huge financial and social success.

The count is still out, but the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund’s annual fundraiser appears to have been a big success, thanks to the generosity, time and effort of many people. Let’s start with the owners of the Washington School: Bill Walton,…

I feel I have to write and say how much the article about my husband’s accident [in the Dec. 19 “Down Memory Lane”] bothered me. It was bad enough to deal with the first time when we all agonized over…