A male American goldfinch, in his bright-yellow breeding plumage, shares a bird feeder with a drabber female brown-headed cowbird, apparently unaware or unconcerned that cowbirds like to lay their eggs in finch nests.

Wild Ideas: Villain or hero, the brown-headed cowbird is unique

We humans have a propensity for labeling animals as heroes and villains — but usually this reflects more on us than on the animals. Such is the case with the cowbird. Often seen as a villain, to some extent it has become one, thanks to the dramatic changes we’ve made to the land. […]

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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for April 24

Oct. 11, 1973 Rappahannock County was well represented at the conference held in Richmond last Friday under the sponsorship of the Conservation Council of Virginia, with assistance from the Central Atlantic Environment Center. Attending sessions […]

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Building Permits

Courthouse Row for April 24

Home/land transfers The following home and land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office from April 11-17: Jackson Carroll S. Settle, a.k.a. Carroll Settle, to Harold Richard Compton, 1 acre, $48,000, […]

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Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices for April 24

The Rappahannock County School Board meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 24) in the high school band room. To see the agenda, visit rappahannockschools.us or boarddocs.com/vsba/rcpsva/Board.nsf. The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. Monday […]

From the Rappahannock News

Inside this week’s News (April 24)

This week’s headlines include: Sheriff says staff, or ‘complete restructuring,’ is needed • Shocking developments at Avon Hall pond • Fill ‘er up? • ‘Gone fishin’ for good’ • Bragg sentencing for molesting sons postponed • The Rapp for April 24 • Editorial: Earth Day reflections • Wild Ideas: Villain or hero, the brown-headed cowbird is unique • and more. […]


Medicaid expansion would cover 25,000 Va. veterans

As Virginia legislators continue to debate whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the state’s two-year budget, some Medicaid expansion supporters claim more than 25,000 Virginia veterans and their spouses could receive health care coverage if the General Assembly allows expansion. […]

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Hunting and Fishing

Zindel: Rural Americans not defined by animal cruelty

In a letter published in The Washington Post last week, Realtor and longtime Rappahannock County resident Butch Zindel objected to a fox-preserve proponent’s comments in an earlier Post story about Virginia’s decision to restrict and eventually ban fox-penning operations in the state. […]

Possibly for the last time ever (since the county is considering doing away with them next year), citizens line up outside the county treasurer's office in Washington on Monday (April 14), including (far left) a certain chair of the county supervisors who shall remain nameless.
From the Rappahannock News

Four-cent tax increase proposed

It’s a tricky budget season — on Gay Street in Little Washington, and across the state, since Virginia legislators remain locked in a partisan health care-driven battle in Richmond and haven’t yet approved state spending for the budget year that starts July 1. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Town’s rising visitor revenue . . . submerged?

As part of its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget — unveiled for the first time at its meeting Monday night (April 14) — the Washington Town Council decided to raise the town’s water usage rates for the first time in more than a decade, though the exact rate hasn’t been determined. […]

Thornton Hill's annual point-to-point is this Sunday (April 20).
Adult Education

The Rapp for April 17

New places open (and old ones return), Thornton Hill holds its point-to-point, Smithsonian Chamber Players return to the Theatre, Pantry Day preparations are underway, UUBridge tries to go green and more in this week’s Rapp column. […]


Editorial: Opportunity for tax reform

This week’s newspaper falls equidistant between dread and hope: Tax deadline day this past Tuesday and Easter this coming Sunday. So this week’s words will be devoted to something requiring very little eloquence — namely, complaining about taxes. […]