Pulse taken

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing.
Public speakers

A selection of the comments from the June 19 "Rapp Live" public forum, with an emphasis on those of the audience members rather than panelists’.
Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
Planners OK Narmada expansion

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.
The Rapp for June 26

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.

Abdo, Sullivan, O’Connell: I swear! All this small-town conspiracy talk spoiled all the fun at every party this spring. But now it is summer, and hopefully we can move on to more pressing, urgent matters like Spectra Energy’s pipeline path,…

An apology is due Ben Jones for having been denied the opportunity to be heard at Thursday’s (June 19) community forum, an opportunity accorded all the others who took the mic to speak for some two and a half hours.…

Last month you published a front-page report on an interstate natural gas pipeline project that is being considered through Rappahannock County. Since then a number of landowners have been asked to consent to surveys of their property (and I know,…

I was somewhere between here and the West Coast when I read the thread on Facebook’s Rappnet group about Jim Abdo’s properties in Little Washington. I made one comment and then stepped out of the fray because the tone and…

What an uproar has erupted as a result of the recent newspaper article in The Washington Post, and subsequent opinion pieces both in that paper and the Rappahannock News! I hope people have had the chance to take a deep breath and truly think…

I had the honor of attending the funeral/memorial/celebration of life for an amazing woman this morning. It’s funny how these occasions cause memories, often long forgotten, to come rushing back. Sarah (Sally, to most of us in Rappahannock) Havstad never…