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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 stone, paving and line-painting work…
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, and winemaker Sudha Patil, second…
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…
Lyme: Beware the tiny tick

Mysterious, confusing, and diverse, it is a sickness that can cause several serious medical conditions. As Culpeper residents hike and work outside during summer, Lyme Disease can be a serious consequence.

I had an uncle who once shot his television set. I don’t know if it was a symbolic gesture involving his existential angst at the overwhelmingly nonsensical zeitgeist of late 20th century de-culturalization, or if he was just ticked off…

Jim Rich, who lives near The Plains, last week returned to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) after a 12-year absence. Republican Gov. George Allen appointed him to his first four-year term in 1994.

Before delaying for a month its vote on designating a stretch of the Hazel River as a State Scenic River, the county Board of Supervisors heard some unusual testimony from a Culpeper County landowner last Wednesday night. Ben and Rita…
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.
Ash to Ash . . .

It might sound like a B-grade horror movie, with a title like “Killer Baby Bug Eats Victims Alive.” But it’s a true tale, and it’s unfolding now in Northern Virginia. The insect’s prey is not human, but ash trees. The…

On July 7, Deputy Robert Fincham of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on U.S. 211 for defective brake lights. Kathryn Rebecca Teel, 25, of Sperryville, was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license, possession of…
Sperryville: Virginia Web site features village

We all delight in the tranquility and scenic beauty of Sperryville and Rappahannock County. Now those assets are well represented on the state film marketing Web site. Check out www.film.virginia.org, then search for Sperryville and you will find 66 photos…

I remember a time when most of America looked like Rappahannock County. Oh, there were differences of course -- the kind that come with regions, climate and architectural influences -- but what was similar was the quality of rural life,…
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…

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that the commonwealth’s farmers will increase barley acreage by 23,000 this year. Cotton and soybean acreages are up nine percent and two percent, respectively. Peanut and hay acreage has increased as…
The Rapp for July 8

A fab Fourth, "little" Washington's sure-to-be-the-next-great cartoonist Thomas Mullany, news of a small new vineyard and a large old yard sale.