Richie Burke: Citizen of the Year

In public safety, if you’re doing your job right you’re probably going unnoticed. Perhaps that’s why it has taken this long to recognize lifelong county resident Richie Burke as the Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year.
Avon Hall, in negotiations

Town Attorney John Bennett, the selling agent for the 12-acre Avon Hall property, has entered into negotiations with an undisclosed party who has expressed “serious” interest in parts of the property.
Sunnyside goes solar

Once the Sustainable Technology Institute crew out of Richmond finishes the 10-day installation, the sun’s power will generate around 49,000 watts of electricity, enough to cover the farm’s entire energy use.
Nature lessons are life lessons

Local arborist and wildlife expert Lyt Wood, who is hosting the 31st annual Rappahannock Nature Camp June 13-24 on his 11-acre Singing Creek Farm, at the Hazel River’s edge two miles west of Rt. 231 in Sperryville.
Candid critter camera

A golden eagle returned to The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington on Jan. 2, and was photographed by a trail camera feasting on deer guts, almost exactly a year apart from the last golden eagle trail-cam sighting on the farm.
No site plan, no consideration for approval

The Planning Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday night (Feb. 17) to table a special use permit application to add two bedrooms and around 6,000 square feet of space to an existing three bedroom bed and breakfast at 105 Christmas Tree…
School Board votes down recording meetings

A motion by Stonewall-Hawthorne district School Board Member Larry Grove to record all school board meetings, and to save each month’s meeting recording on a single copy audio disc for 30 days before being erased, failed to pass, by a…
One trophy left, region champs are state bound

The Rappahannock High School wrestling team made their mark on Saturday (Feb. 13), winning the Region 1A East Championship at Northampton High School by 49 points, and sending five wrestlers to the finals match. Region champs: Christian McCracken at 145…
Wakeup call: The volunteer system is aging

The current county volunteer fire and rescue system may be in peril. There is serious concern among local authorities that the increasingly rigorous training demands from the state, coupled with an aging fire and rescue volunteer population, are challenging the…
35 homes at Avon Hall? ’No, thank you’

Don’t shoot the messenger, Town Attorney John Bennett sighed after 45 minutes of discussion of a potential use of the 12-acre Avon Hall property, which just went on the market at last month’s Town Council meeting. The Council considered Monday…
Budget hearing next Thursday, school calendar set

The School Board is hosting a public hearing on the budget next Thursday (Feb. 18) in the high school auditorium. Schools Superintendent Donna Matthews said that the hearing is a way for the Board to hear about what the needs…