Letters to the Editor

Letter: Earth Day cleanup

We had nine folks working in the wet morning on U.S. 211 on Saturday (April 23) for the Rappahannock County Democrats’ annual Earth Day cleanup project. At least one soldier carried on even though she […]


Bluegrass at Theatre May 7

The Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band returns to the Theatre at 8, Saturday, May 7 in Washington. Band members of Dark Hollow are Paul Fincham, five-string banjo and harmony; Larry Haynes, guitar and vocals; Buck Morris, mandolin and vocals; Hank Utz, bass; and Bob Cook, lead guitar and vocals. […]

Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue Calls for April 28

Fire and ambulance calls dispatched April 11 through April 24 for Rappahannock County: Monday, April 11 10:14 a.m. – White Rose Mountain, Sperryville; public service; companies 7 and 1 5:20 p.m. – Lee Highway, Washington; […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for April 28

The American Cancer Society and Rappahannock Relay for Life will be honoring those who have been touched by cancer. A luminaria service will be held at the Rappahannock County Elementary School at 6 p.m. on […]


The language of rugby a universal one

Hosting a match against a team made up of deaf and hearing impaired players may have brought a few changes to the field, but when it came down to it everyone understood the language of rugby on April 9 as the Warrenton Wolfpack U-17 defeated the Model Secondary School for the Deaf Eagles, 36-33. […]


Washed out

Residents and visitors faced unexpected challenges traveling in Rappahannock County this past weekend as torrents of rain flooded roads, stranded travelers and carved new potholes and gullies. […]


The Rapp for April 21

Rappahannock’s chief deputy is running for Culpeper sheriff; Fodderstack 10K and Miss Rappahannock crown their winners, despite the weather; a Celtic celebration of spring; jazz at the Theatre. […]

School/Education News

New athletic director brings energy, enthusiasm

If you’re the parent of a high school student who doesn’t play sports, you may well receive a personal invitation from Jimmy Swindler to bring your teen to team tryouts.

In the April 12 regular monthly meeting of the Rappahannock County School Board, chairman Wesley Mills announced the appointment of James E. Swindler II to be athletic director for Rappahannock schools, starting July 1. […]


Photo: Change of plans

Robert Fountain (right), 18, says he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel running across Sharp Rock Road and slid on loose gravel into a tree — yes, that tree — first thing Monday morning just south of Sperryville. Neither he nor passenger Justin Kim (left), 17, remembers seeing the tree fall. “It was like a dream,” Kim said about the crash about a mile east of F.T. Valley Road. The two, seniors at Woodson High School in Fairfax, were on their way to hike Old Rag (in background) on the first day of their spring break week. Neither was injured; the squirrel apparently got away; a sheriff’s deputy charged Fountain with failure to maintain control; Settle’s came and towed the car; VDOT cut up the tree. Another day in Rappahannock. […]


Editorial: Drugs in school?

This headline poses a hard question. It is a question common to just about all high schools across the nation, but no one in a position of authority at our own local high school wants to give a good answer. Why? […]

School/Education News

School/Sports News for April 21

One thrilling victory and one disappointing defeat categorized Rappahannock boys soccer last week with an 8-1 win over Strasburg April 14 and a 3-1 loss to Manassas Park the next day. In a highly anticipated […]

Food and Drink

Add freedom to your eggs

Good eggs are hard to come by — harder than you may think. It seems you can find chicken and eggs labeled “organic” and “free range” in just about any grocery store these days, packaged in bucolic images of rolling green hills and red barns. That is almost never the reality, even among these supposedly humane alternatives. […]