CMR farm show opens July 8

From contributed reports When the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show takes place July 8 through July 12, families can take their children to watch 4-H members show and sell their animals, to participate in or watch […]

Home and Land Transfers

Home and land transfers

These Rappahannock County home and land transfers were recorded in the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office from June 25 to July 1: Hampton Joseph C. Figini to Itac 295 LLC, 4.3034 acres, $382,500, deed […]


The Rapp

A Rappahannock Fourth in Sperryville (and a patriotic reading in Washington), plus news of two wineries’ achievements with Google and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. […]

School/Education News

A twofer, and other RCHS successes

Double your education, double your fun! Those old ads for Doublemint gum come to mind when reporting on Rappahannock’s Riggleson sisters, Krista Marie and Ashley Reta.

Ashley Reta was the valedictorian in this year’s graduating class from Rappahannock County High School (RCHS). That honor goes to the student with the highest grade point average.

School/Education News

Superintendent Chappell receives sendoff

Some 125 friends, family, and Rappahannock County Public Schools board members and staff gathered to honor and express gratitude to Dr. Robert (Bob) Chappell for his 44 years as an educator.

Chappell retired as superintendent of Rapphannock schools at the completion of the 2009-2010 school year. […]


A peach of a crop expected in Virginia this year

After a mid-June survey of major peach growers around the state, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has high expectations for a very good peach crop this year. From Cana to Winchester and from Charlottesville to Rappahannock, growers say the peach harvest is looking promising.

“All the growers that I know say it’s looking good this year,” said Roy Alther, who with wife Janet runs Roy’s Orchard, just off U.S. 211 at Old Hollow Road, and who grows peaches, apples, cherries and plums. […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A truly memorable Fourth of July

I’ve experienced some very special Fourths of July. I grew up in small-town Hannibal, Mo., where the Fourth is the centerpiece of National Tom Sawyer Days. With its parade, fence-painting contests, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher lookalike pageants and raft races, no wonder my sister calls it “Americana on steroids.” […]


Book Review: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

After reading the latest novel by Man Booker Prize winner and prolific author Margaret Atwood I know that the natural food movement has arrived! “The Year of the Flood” offers the reader a dystopian society in the future when all our worst tendencies, from genetically engineered plants and animals to overconsumption and overmedication, reach their logical conclusions.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Need homeless cat data

RappCats, a volunteer organization working to help homeless cats in the county, is seeking the community’s assistance. We need to understand and document the magnitude and scope of the stray cat problem. This information will […]


Wolfpack wins first match of the summer

The Wolpack U-13 rugby team started the season off strong with a 107-0 victory over Fort Hunt, Saturday in Alexandria.
“Everybody scored a try,” said head coach Greg Hicks. “D’montae (Noble) and Gregory (Hicks) tried to make sure everyone got a chance to score.” […]


It’s a boy!

Douglas and Heather Keyser of Sperryville are pleased to announce the birth of their son Chase Douglas Gore Keyser.

He was born March 31 at Fauquier Birthing Center. Chase weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 20 inches long. His brother Blake and sister Claire are happy to have the new addition to their family. […]

School/Education News

SCBI, Discovery Museum offer August camp in Front Royal

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester are offering a day-camp experience that’s just right for kids who love animals, the outdoors and playing in the dirt.

For two weeks in August, the camp’s theme — “What lives where, and why?” — will focus on outdoor science, and campers will use compasses, radio tracking devices and maps. These are the same tools that scientists use every day to study ecology, biology, and geography in research plots within the SCBI’s 3,200-acre conservation preserve. […]

School/Education News

Celebration Time!

Last Saturday (June 12) saw nearly 80 graduates from Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) receive their long-awaited diplomas in ceremonies at the RCHS auditorium.


The Rapp

A senior prank, a junior who’s headed to Boston for a summer theatre program, John Jackson’s Rappahannock blues and a RappFLOW cleanup along the Thornton River at the Link. […]


Sperryville collective to nurture artists

River District Arts is a new artist collective planned for this summer in Sperryville’s River District. Like the well-known Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, RDA’s goal is to provide local artists of all media with studios where they can work in an inspiring environment, promote and sell art, and organize events, classes and workshops. […]

School/Education News

Wakefield holds 31st commencement

Upper school students, faculty, families, and friends gathered May 30 on a warm, sunny evening to congratulate the 23 Wakefield Country Day School seniors on their accomplishments and present students with awards and honors they earned during the academic year. Seventh-grade graduation and other ceremonies also were held at the school. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Loss of innocence

What happened to our peaceful, idyllic county? We have seen an increase in home invasions, drugs and now an attempted murder as a result of an armed robbery. My friend and neighbor Jack Dillinger did […]