50 years ago
December 8, 1960
Rappahannock County supervisors held their regular December meeting on Wednesday the 7th with Chairman E. M. Jones presiding. Present were Supervisors L.H. Luttrell, Herbert Foster, E.M. Estes, and H. B. Wood. D. G. Wilfong of the Division of Forestry and Raymond Johnson, forest warden for Rappahannock, made a request for funds for a two-way radio for the warden’s truck that would be matched by the state with a radio for the tower.
The Rappahannock County Garden Club will have its annual Greens Sale on Dec. 21 starting at 10 a.m. in the morning and lasting until noon at the educational building of Washington Baptist Church. Special orders will be accepted by Mrs. George H. Davis, Jr., phone Washington 2941, until Dec. 20.
After talking and planning for a year the Rappahannock Hiking Club climbed Old Rag Mountain on Sunday, Dec. 4 Thirty-five or so hikers began the ascent at 10:25 from Etlan and after a leisurely trip up the mountain and lunch on the summit, they returned at 4 p.m. A road has been made up the mountain which is 3,295 feet in elevation, but does not extend entire to the top. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Estes, by way of a jeep, joined those hiking at the shelter and ladled out venison stew, and coffee.
25 years ago
November 21, 1985
Betty Settle, a Rappahannock County Elementary School first grade teacher, has been named acting assistant principal at the school.
The School Board made the appointment Tuesday night during a special meeting.
William Wesley Talbott has been named the new editor of the Rappahannock News. He replaces Paul McFarlane who served in the position since August. Mr. Talbott is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia and has resided in Washington, Va., since May.
Nan and Jim Thomasson, owners of Country Heritage in Washington, have published their first mail-order catalog. The 16-page publication is their tool for a unique marketing strategy. The catalog, titled “A Sampler from Country Heritage,” is a collection of items that sold well in the store.
10 years ago
November 29, 2000
November is National Hospice Month, and libraries in four counties are helping Hospice of the Rapidan raise awareness of hospice care options. Library displays have been set up in seven libraries with suggested reading materials and information on hospice care.
Hospice of the Rapidan donated copies of the book “Final Gifts” by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley to add to the libraries’ collections of books. Mary Ann Kuhn, owner of Middleton Inn and a member of the Hospice Board of Directors, presented a copy of the book to David Shaffer, of the Rappahannock County Public Library.
The historic town of Washington hearkens back to its past this weekend as townspeople, shopkeepers, bed and breakfasts and churches participate in a festive “Colonial Christmas” weekend celebration Dec. 1-3 for residents and visitors alike. Colonial dancers, in their long gowns and period costumes, will be dancing in the Town Hall while Christmas carolers will be singing in front of a crackling yule log. The colonial dancers are Kaye and Rick Kohler, Dan Lewis, Terry and Jerry Sullivan, and Mary Boudreau and Butch Zindel.
The Athletic Department is planning to hold an alumni recognition and dedication on Friday, Dec. 1 at the first boys home basketball game. Included in the ceremony will be the retirement of the jersey numbers of several of Rappahannock High School’s best basketball players: Harry Jordan (class of 1976), Mike Leake (class of 1983) and Karen Jordan (class of 1986).