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Stirring up the hornet’s nest

Judging from the reaction in the major media to Gov. Bob McDonnell's reinstatement of Confederate History month, the starry cross of the Confederacy remains America's most controversial icon.

Occasionally John Hagerty, who works at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly and writes The Tasting Room column for Times Community Newspapers, will catch up with owners of Piedmont-area wineries and get their take on the world of Virginia wine. His first…

By Bette S. Mahoney Special to the Rappahannock News Louise Bondelid and Sylvie Rowand, active members of the Rappahannock County Garden Club, spoke at the March meeting of the Garden Club about “Gardening in December” with the help of a…

By Alexandra Bogdanovic and staff Former General District Court Judge Charles B. Foley’s position may not be filled for at least two years as a result of a budget amendment included in the spending plan recently approved by the General…

The driver of the pickup truck in which 16-year-old Logan McKiernan was fatally injured last fall has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and four other driving- or drinking-related charges. Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke this…

Beyond the scenic easement issue, which I addressed in a Letter to the Editor last week, Rappahannock County has a number of issues that are fundamental to its survival that are of concern. There are many others, but these are…

Special to the Rappahannock News Woodlots, large or small, are a vital resource for all. They provide myriad benefits, such as carbon sequestration, improved air quality, wildlife habitat, biomass opportunities, recreational outlets, and more. Owners of even just a few…

A public hearing on Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to replace one of the busiest bridges in the county is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at Rappahannock County High School. Like a separate planned bridge project on Rt. 729…

A Rappahannock Circuit Court grand jury voted to indict a number of defendants this week on various drug-related, assault and firearms charges. Also on Monday, Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. sentenced — among others — two of three…

Courtney Logan Pooton of Sperryville is one of 203 young people from 10 states who will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Junior Angus Classic (MAJAC) Regional Preview Junior Angus Show in Harrisonburg this Friday and Saturday. The MAJAC…

Police reported two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made over the last two weeks in Rappahannock County, including one that also involved concealed weapons and another that also involved possession of marijuana. James Tolbert Effler Jr., 43, of Culpeper,…

The title of this article comes with apologies to Shakespeare, or whoever wrote all the plays and sonnets we attribute to him. I have another “inconvenient truth” for Al Gore: The polar ice caps are not melting. They have moved…

Monday’s post-storm flood waters, which caused a slew of temporary closings throughout the county but no serious injuries, may have been great for kayaks, but were not good — never are — for cars and trucks. Experienced kayaker and Tyler…

A jury on Wednesday returned a not-guilty verdict in the Rappahannock Circuit Court trial of Allen Lewis, a sometime Rappahannock resident accused last April of raping a woman friend while driving her home. This allegedly occurred after spending an evening…