Editorial: The way we were

On clear, cold, star-filled nights in the timeless, natural landscape that is Rappahannock County, we can be forgiven if we don’t pay especially close attention to the ticking of clocks, even when striking midnight on Dec. 31. […]

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Photo: ‘Smokey’ poster artists

Courtesy photo The five Rappahannock County Elementary School finalists in the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs’ annual “Smokey the Bear” poster contest for first- through fifth-graders, sponsored locally by the Rappahannock County Garden […]


It’s 2013: Time to grow up?

“In all your official acts, self interest shall be cast into oblivion . . . return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right.” Columnist Liza Field takes her cue from the circa-1450 Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy to look for ways to make a better 2013. […]

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Washington column for Jan. 3

The town of Washington’s first (hopefully annual) Christmas bonfire, congratulations, belated birthday wishes and a poem to help keep things in perspective in the new year in this week’s Washington column. […]

Can you identify the native Virginia tree this leaf comes from? New mobile apps can help. (If you don’t have yours yet: It’s a white oak.) Photo by Ninjatacoshell via Wikimedia Commons.

Wild Ideas: What species feeds on . . . apps?

Having lugged several volumes of nature identification guides into the field for years, I’ve longed for a small electronic device that would carry all of them. Fortunately, there has been an explosion in species-identification applications for mobile devices. […]

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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Dec. 3

March 30, 1972 For the second time in the past few months Castleton firemen have been called on to locate missing elderly persons. The group banded together at the request of the county sheriff to […]

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Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Jan. 3

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 p.m. Monday, (Jan. 7) at  the courthouse on Gay Street in Washington (no 7 p.m. meeting).  Agenda includes: donation form in tax bills; employee health insurance; EMS cost […]

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Courthouse Row

Courthouse Row for Jan. 3

Home and land transfers The following home and land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Dec. 21-27: Jackson UB Properties Inc. to Jerry L. Archer and Kim Tucker Archer, husband […]

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Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue Calls for Jan. 3

Monday, Dec. 17 7:10 p.m. – Richmond Road, Castleton, general illness, company 5 11:23 p.m. – Richmond Road, Amissville, general illness, companies 3 and 4 11:59 p.m. – Lee Highway, Amissville, diabetic emergency, companies 3 […]