Top 10 news stories of 2010

News that stays news, news that lasts. That, according to one poetic wag, is what makes literature. It doesn’t necessarily mean that any of Rappahannock County’s “Top 10” news stories for 2010 will have the […]

School/Education News

It’s crunch time for the college-bound

For Rappahannock County High School senior Tiffany Wayland, Christmas doesn’t seem to be the standard red and green this year.
She’s still seeing maroon and orange.
Just two weeks ago, Wayland received a letter from Virginia Tech with word that she received early decision admittance, thus guaranteeing her a place in the Hokie Class of 2015. […]

Food and Drink

Dig this: root vegetables

As a professional chef who grew up on an organic New England farmstead, I’m deeply drawn to vegetables grown underground. I find them mysterious and otherworldly.

Like geodes and gemstones, they come from a universe that I know little of. They drink in the nutrients from dark soil and transform them into perfectly imperfect knobs and tubes of exuberant color and uncommon nutrition. They are the heart and soul of plants. […]


Greetings, friends!

Every year around this time, frequent contributor Jed Duvall locks himself in an Amissville garrett and pens a New Year’s greeting that dresses up names from the past year’s Rappahannock headlines into meter and verse, for better or worse. Mostly better. […]

Sheriff's Report

Crime & Courts for Dec. 30

Sheriff’s Report Gary Lee Moore II, 28, of Headwaters Road, was arrested Dec. 23 by Deputy Robbie Fincham and charged with assault and being drunk in public. The charges stemmed from an incident at 67 […]


Wild Ideas: Things that go screech . . .

I’m really not a winter person. As the days get shorter, the nights longer, and the temperature drops, all I want to do is hibernate. I like to be lulled to sleep by a full chorus of cicadas, crickets, tree frogs, and the occasional whip-poor-will, so I find the winter nocturnal silence, with the occasional burst of bizarre and even blood-curdling noises, to be a lot less restful than the sounds of a summer’s night. […]