Sharron Proper shows off the Pennsylvania-sent balloons she found on Bessie Grigsby’s property.

Washington column for Oct. 30

RCES staff raises money for breast cancer awareness, Sharron Proper finds a red balloon set loose to kick off an antibullying effort in Indiana, Washington readies festivities for Halloween, time to reset clocks as daylight savings ends and more in this week’s Washington column. […]


Your next best friend: Mickey

I’m Mickey, and I’m a “feist,” a breed developed in the U.S. to hunt squirrels. I love to play, especially to fetch stuff, and get along well with other dogs and cats. I’ve given up hunting, and RAWL is looking for a good home for me. […]

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Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices for Oct. 30

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 3) at the courthouse. (There is no 7 p.m. meeting.) Agenda includes: sheriff’s office budget discussion; household hazardous waste pick up; EMS cost-recovery program; crisis intervention […]

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Building Permits

Courthouse Row for Oct. 30

Home/land transfers The following home and land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Oct. 17-24: Hampton Michael Bird Parker and Debra Kam Hale to Max A. Rubin and Nia I. […]

Stonyman Gourmet reached an out-of-court settlement that allows it to remain at its Gay Street quarters until Jan. 15.
Crime & Courts

Stonyman can stay through January

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer cafe/cheese shop owners Alan and Susan James say they can remain in business at their Gay Street mercantile store location through January, according to the terms of an out-of-court settlement reached this week. […]

Bill Dietel answers a question after his talk at the library.
From the Rappahannock News

A headmaster looks back at an era of change

Before a packed audience at the Rappahannock County Library Oct. 10, longtime Rappahannock resident and influential philanthropic consultant Bill Dietel shared stories of how he took one of the foremost independent girls’ schools in the nation from the Eisenhower Era into the Age of Aquarius. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Inside this week’s News (Oct. 23)

This week’s headlines: Stonyman can stay through January • Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1 • Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office • A headmaster looks back at an era of change • The Rapp for Oct. 23 • and more. […]

A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

The Rapp for Oct. 23

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The Rapp column. […]


Editorial: That scary time of the year

There’s plenty to worry about these days, but one truly scary discovery went largely under-reported and unremarked-upon — because, as an an abstraction, it doesn’t trigger the primitive fight-or-flight response: This past September was, on average, the hottest September on record for planet Earth. […]

Photo by Kaye Kohler

This little light of ours

As the autumn daylight wanes, nature and the human body ordinarily adjust themselves for winter. But increasingly, we’re setting the world aglow 24/7 with all-night lighting. Liza Field takes a look at research illuminating a few of the fiscal, environmental and healthcare costs of that new light bill. […]