Fire and Rescue

Richie Burke stuns county by resigning

Months of upheaval in the county government worsened Tuesday night when Richie Burke — the county’s “workhorse” who performs as building official, emergency services and emergency 911 coordinator — submitted his resignation effective June 1. […]

School/Education News

The headwaters of Headwaters

Can you guess what grassroots movement started in 1993 was responsible for the creation of several new and important programs in Rappahannock County’s public schools? The First Thursday Education Support Group. […]

Sperryville Column

Chimney dedication deadline approaching

IMPORTANT: we are quickly approaching the deadline for finalizing the list of names to be published on the memorial plaque. Now is the time to take a final look at this list of names and let us know if anything needs to be updated. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for March 23

Washington VFD had a busy evening this past Saturday when 160 hungry people showed up for its ham and oyster dinner fundraiser; and it’s wedding gift season, so R. H. Ballard shop has a stack of new Italian handmade bowls from a recent large shipment. […]


Popular congressman — so to speak

This week, rather than wondering how many constituents might show up at his upcoming town hall, the congressman is releasing a “ticketing and attendance plan” — namely a lottery — for the March 31 event in Charlottesville. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Treasure worth protecting’

We are doing many things right and must be careful about changes, but I believe our Comprehensive Plan will be improved if it allows landowners to use the open space land use deferment as a fourth option. […]

Letters to the Editor

Unfair ‘attack’ on farming

It appears that the author of the extensive article on March 9 “The Land, A Plan, A FUTURE” could benefit from reading the current Comprehensive Plan (the official one). Chapter Six articulates the Goals, Principles, and Policies of that Plan. […]


It’s our county

The issues cannot just be swept under the rug. Behind closed door deals that benefit only some are not acceptable. The county’s challenges must be addressed with leadership and proven management techniques in clear view of the public. […]

Letters to the Editor

Garrett loves Rappahannock?

This is one of many examples of conflict of interest in the Trump administration so far, and Rep. Garrett has been happy to oblige the President without question. He toes the line against environmental protection and for the short-term gain of big industry, especially the oil and gas industry. […]

Letters to the Editor

He’s our congressman

As new constituents of Congressman Tom Garrett’s Fifth District, my husband reached out to Rep. Garrett to send a representative to the Broadband Committee meeting. While the congressman’s rep was unable to attend, he did contact me the next day. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 23

Three RCHS students received awards for college credit hours earned while simultaneously completing their high school curriculum; WCDS senior earns student/athlete scholarship; and four WCDS Latin students won first place in Level I competition at UVA Classics Day. […]


The Rapp for March 23

The News hosts its monthly Fourth Estate Friday discussion at Sperryville Trading Cafe & Market Friday morning, Kid Pan Alley is featured in Julie Andrew’s new Netflix series and more in this week’s The Rapp. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for March 23

April 14, 1983: Claybert Smoot was back before the supervisors at their April board meeting with his complaints about excessive noise and trespassing arising from events held at the Washington Community Center and lack of response from local police. […]

Building Permits

Courthouse Row for March 23

The following home and land transfers were recorded at the County Circuit Court Clerk’s office March 7-16: Hampton — Jeffrey Garfield Wise and Susan Batchelder Wise, husband and wife, to Rush River LLC, 17.6979 acres, $235,000. […]


Council sets budget, comp plan dates

There are three comprehensive plan-specific meetings at which public input would be most welcome: the regular monthly meeting on March 27; on April 8 at town hall; and an April 17 joint work session with the town council. […]