Fire and Rescue

Truck into tree equals…

Linda Diane Vogel, 55, of Middletown, was driving this 2002 Ford F-250 north on U.S. 522 near Huntly when the truck’s trailer, filled with cinder blocks, began swaying and Vogel lost control of the truck, […]


The Secretary visits

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, second from left, got a tour of the Narmada Winery’s vat room and vineyards Saturday during a brief visit to Rappahannock with his wife, Christie (not shown). Narmada’s owners (Pandit, left, […]


Mullany: Stay tuned . . .

Rappahannock artist Tom Mullany didn’t win’s Next Great Cartoonist contest a few weeks ago — the voting was online, and he was not surprisingly (though no less disappointingly) beat out by a student cartoonist […]

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School/Education News

School News: VT graduates and more

Area residents graduate from Virginia Tech Four area residents received degrees during commencement exercises at Virginia Tech on May 14. Ryan Hoban, Amissville, received a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from the College […]

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Editorial: Protecting sources

During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Castleton is . . . awesome

This past Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure and delight of attending the Castleton Festival’s production of Puccini’s “Il Trittico” at the festival tent in Castleton. The term “awesome” is overly used to the point […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Opportunity lost

In the Rappahannock News two weeks ago, there was a letter stating that the Rappahannock Food Pantry would like more volunteers. Having just retired in April after 38 years in the meat department at the […]

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School/Education News

Wakefield hosts sports camps

Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly has two upcoming sports camps in addition to an equestrian camp. A premier soccer camp run by Wakefield Boys Middle School Soccer Coach Lavonne Adkins from July 26 to […]


The Rapp for July 15

Top basketmakers at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show; more work (and more play for you) at the Castleton Festival; local 12-and-under team heads to the state baseball tournament; and more. […]

Fire and Rescue

Total loss

The damage is clear in this photo of one of the rear rooms of the house on Woodward Road in Sperryville that was destroyed in a fire early Saturday. The 100-year-old frame house belongs to longtime Rappahannock restaurant and market owner Rae Gaedke, who is in Florida looking after her mother. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Potential denied

Walter Nicklin, publisher of the Rappahannock News, poses the following questions in his editorial [Happy 234th?, July 8]: “How could it possibly have happened that such sparsely populated 13 colonies 234 years ago could produce […]


Out of the attic

The “Sunbeam Band,” as they called themselves, posed for this picture in October 1952 at the Luannah Smith residence in Sperryville. They are, front row, from left, Jackie Brown, “Bucky” Fletcher, Doris Ann Dodson, Michael Brown; second row, Louise Fletcher, Cathy Fletcher, Charles Dodson, Lee Thorton, Joe Brown; and, back row, Janice Lee Dodson, Nancy Brown, Launnah Smith, Carolyn Brown, Joann Fox and Danny Clater. […]


Head Lion

At the Rappahannock Lions annual picnic July 9, senior Lion Bob Anderson, right, congratulates R.C. Garcia as the organization’s incoming president, taking over from Steve Miller, left. Some 55 Lions and their spouses attended the picnic and installation ceremony for the new president, who’ll serve a 2010-2011 term. […]

Health and Healthcare

Summer sunlight scorches skin

Basking on the beach.
Toiling in the noonday sun.
Covering our eyes from the glare.
Showing off our bronzed arms and legs.
Ah, summertime and those languid sun-drenched afternoons. Soaking in the sun to the point of being burning hot is not only uncomfortable but potentially lethal. […]

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Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices

On Wednesday, July 21 the Rappahannock County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p. m. at the county courthouse on Gay Street. Highlights on the agenda: Healy Tourist Home; Smith & Moon Country Inn; Smithsonian […]