Connecting people to plants

Though we’re surrounded by nature in Rappahannock County, few of us can go for a walk in the woods and be able to give a name — other than “weed,” or “that thing with the spiky white flowers” — to the plants we will come across on that walk.

Even fewer of us will bring those plants back to our yurt — yes, yurt — and know what to do with them. […]

Crime & Courts

One dead, one injured in Old Hollow

A shooting in Sperryville Tuesday night has apparently left one man dead and another hospitalized.

Though the victims’ names could not be confirmed with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, the injured man was identified by a family member as Buddy Pullen of the 100 block of Old Hollow Road. A family member said the dead man was his stepson, Herbert Wayne Jenkins, 44, who lived in the same house with Pullen and his wife, Anna. […]


Water issues override Hazel River designation

State Scenic River recommendations might be entering a period of drought in Rappahannock County.
At the end of a day during which it heard dismaying estimates of drought-related crop damage in the county, and heard others caution against “giving away” river-related rights to the state for a variety of reasons, the county Board of Supervisors declined Monday night to recommend State Scenic River status for an eight-mile stretch of the Hazel between Route 231 and the Culpeper County line. […]


Sperryville: Rock, paper, scissors and more at art camps

These were only some of the ingredients in a fun-filled week of clay and fiber camps on Main Street. Four separate groups at Sperryville Pottery were shaping clay, throwing pots on a wheel and glazing their cups, butter dishes, dinosaurs and other interesting creations. […]

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Editorial: Bearing witness

The heat is on. And the precipitation is not. That’s the story now and here in Rappahannock County. Things could be worse. Things can always be worse, of course: there’s consolation, if not rainfall, in […]

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Help for forest landowners

From contributed reports Forest landowners in Virginia will have greater access to state and federal programs and assistance as well as expanded market opportunities for their products now that an agreement has been signed that […]


VDOT Traffic Alerts

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Culpeper District during the upcoming week: • U.S. 211 Business (Main Street, Warren Avenue) in the town of Washington Shoulder […]


The Rapp for July 22

The passing of Amissville ‘cornerstone’ Paul Poling; the impressive showing of Rappahannock County’s 4-H Club at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show; a Hospice benefit July 31-Aug. 1 kicks off a new Rappahannock ‘Artisanal Wineries Trail’ […]


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, […]


Washington: Bring your ‘can-do’ attitude

Many people are interested in knowing how to can food so they can preserve some of the harvest for the winter. If you have never canned before and want to learn, or if you need refresher, you might be interested in the canning workshops offered by Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery in Washington. […]