The visible benefits of farm and forest

Rappahannock County’s implementation of land-use taxation — the now-entrenched but often misunderstood process Virginia legislators came up with in the early ’70s for preserving agricultural land, forests and open space throughout the state — has had its consequences. […]

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Budget . . . balanced?

After just one budget work session, the Rappahannock County School Board may have already worked out a balanced budget — one that provides a long overdue step raise to the school system’s employees and requires no increased funds from the county or the public. […]

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Weather education

Continued cold weather finally got to Rappahannock County Elementary School Monday morning (Jan. 27), as the school’s boiler shut down over the weekend, making for a very chilly start to the week. […]

Steve Monfort (in beard and two-toned shirt) observes a wild animal examination — and tells “Secret Tales” at the Library Feb. 14.

The Rapp for Jan. 30

Rare glass harmonica virtuoso Dean Shostak visits the Castleton Theatre House, RAAC screens “Blue Jasmine” and hosts a special Valentine-themed Friday at the Library, BizLink has its quarterly social meeting and a local “DreamKeeper” is honored in this week’s Rapp column. […]


Editorial: Of farms and fiscal policy

We’re so busy focusing on the amount of taxes that We the People have to pay that we often forget their purpose is more than simply to generate government revenue. Taxes also influence people’s behavior, and, in Rappahannock’s case, encourage farming. If only it were that easy in Big Washington! […]

RCHS students Evan (left) and Dylan Hitt, seen here with Arthur Candenquist (middle), each received a $1,000 scholarship from the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the organization’s Lee-Jackson Day celebration.
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School & sports news for Jan. 30

Rapp and WCDS sports updates, Natalie Tupper makes JMU’s president’s list and the United Daughters of the Confederacy honors the winners of its coloring and essay contests in this week’s School & Sports column. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Supporting the LCI overhaul

I strongly support the Orange County efforts to reconsider SB 1096 during the current session of the legislature. The current law handicaps those rural communities which participate in state-approved programs for land use and scenic easements. […]

A group had its Education for Ministry class last Friday morning (Jan. 24) at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Washington column for Jan. 30

Trinity goes back to Haiti and offers Education for Ministry classes here at home, the Thrift Shop gets you outfitted for winter with a Bag Sale, Biz Link gathers at Gadino, R.H. Ballard begins a Valentine’s sale and two new babies enter the world in this week’s Washington column. […]