Kavanagh countersues Lesinski

A two-and-a-half hour bench trial in Rappahannock County District Court in May resulted in Lesinski, 50, being found not guilty. Judge J. Gregory Ashwell ruled that inconsistencies in witness testimony created enough reasonable doubt as to the actual circumstances surrounding the charge. […]

Crime & Courts

Randy Smoot arraigned on murder, assault charges

Randy Lynn Smoot, charged in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther, was arraigned in Rappahannock County District Court last Thursday, October 26. The arraignment was held by video conference from the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail in Front Royal, where Smoot is being held without bond. […]

A Troubling Diagnosis

Rural health care discussion exposes challenges

A discussion of Rural Healthcare: What’s Next? drew more than three dozen people from across the county to the Washington Fire House last Sunday afternoon, spurring ideas for finding solutions to a range of healthcare issues experienced by local and regional residents. […]

Crime & Courts

Turning the tables: Rappahannock Circuit Court judge will answer to assault charges

Parker told an arresting Stafford County sheriff’s deputy that he had found some jewelry in the parking lot of the Walmart located on Rt. 17 just north of Fredericksburg. Parker said he turned the jewelry into the store’s service desk and asked the clerk for written documentation. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA ‘bickering’ draws public’s ire

When, more than two hours into last Wednesday’s arguably tiresome Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, Rappahannock resident Page Glennie scolded two board members to “stop bickering,” other members of the public in attendance burst into applause. […]


Holly Meade appointed to Rappahannock Planning Commission

At its August 7 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Holly Meade to fill the vacant position on the county’s planning commission. Currently the chief of planning in the Department of Community Development for Fauquier County. […]