RAWL Dogs: Hank

Hello, I’m Hank, and you’ve seen me before, right here in these pages. I’m in for a second go-round because I’m a beagle who qualifies for senior discounts. More than that, I am planning to get my babyhood back. You see, I need a child, a youngster of your sort to play with. That’s me in the photo with Lucas DuMez, one of my young friends. As long as there’s a kid around, I am a kid, too. Yes, I need a kid. Bring one with you and we’ll go home together! […]


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. […]

Home and Land Transfers

Home and land transfers

Hampton John Wesley Dalby, Jr., and wife to Stephen W. Worrel and wife, deed of gift, tax map 29B-1-10 Bank of America NA to Robert Glazier, 4.150 acres, $269,300, deed bargain sale, tax map 20A-1-24 […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices

On Thursday, July 1 the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County courthouse on Gay Street.

Crime & Courts

Rappahannock man shot, suspect held

The suspect charged with the shooting of an 80-year-old Rappahannock County man during a June 10 attempted robbery will have a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in Rappahannock District Court, Washington.

In the meantime, Thomas Lee Hicks, 62, of 13335 Durante’s Curve, Boston, Va., in Culpeper County, remains in custody, held without bond, at the Rappahannock County Jail. […]

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. […]


Filmmaker from Woodville makes splash in Big Apple

Funny thing: The documentary feature chosen at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival as “Best New York Documentary,” a critic’s pick at both the Village Voice and New York magazine, was pretty much made in Woodville.

And (though the Tribeca folks didn’t know about that) had its “world premiere” in Amissville. […]

School/Education News

RCHS athletes take home awards

Rappahannock County High School athletes were treated to a star-studded annual spring athletic awards ceremony on Monday, June 7. The Panther players received honors, applause and accolades from their coaches and leaders. […]

School/Education News

Departing teachers reflect on what they learned

Rappahannock County High School said goodbye June 15 to a pair of educators with a combined 65 years in teaching.
Roger Flinchum’s 42 years at RCHS really began with a change of heart back in . . . well, it was a while ago. After he entered Virginia Tech’s engineering school, “I discovered what I really enjoyed was my time in history and social studies classes. So I changed my major to English with a double minor in history and sociology.” He was quickly licensed in those subjects and has taught all three. He retired as a history teacher. […]


A most sensational past

The roads leading into Washington, Va. are posted with helpful little signs saying you are entering an “historic area.” Well, duh. Everyone knows that George Washington surveyed the town (in 1749). And you don’t get any more historic than George Washington.

But that “historic” designation has always made me wonder about the rest of Rappahannock County. What are we, chopped liver? If you live just west of downtown Castleton, as I do, is your place not historically worthy? If it has no written history, is it like that tree falling in the forest that no one hears? […]


Local builders learn Earth-friendly technique

When Scrabble residents Kevin and Stacy Finch Drake learned of EarthCraft Virginia, a new certification program for sustainable building, they took the training to become “approved” builders. The owners of Drake Custom Builders wanted to stay ahead of the curve and add to their own knowledge.

“We’re all about living naturally, and EarthCraft is a very natural approach — very holistic,” Stacy Drake said. […]

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Editorial: Congratulations, graduates!

To those graduating from not only Rappahannock County High School but also Wakefield, other private schools, and homeschooling . . . and, of course, college graduates who still call Rappahannock County home. Congratulations! You make […]