L.G. ‘Butch’ Zindel is Citizen of the Year

His extensive volunteer work has been recognized all the way to the state capital in Richmond. He was named Scoutmaster of the Year for the Piedmont region in 1990; he received the Governor’s Award for Volunteering Excellence in 1990; and in 1991 the Piedmont Association of Realtors recognized Butch for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” […]


Liberty & Justice for all

Virginia State Police asked residents to help choose names for the force’s two new bloodhounds, politely posing in Richmond with Rappahannock County’s own Colonel Gary T. Settle, superintendent of the State Police. The winning names for the 11-week-old floppy-eared brother and sister: Liberty & Justice. […]

Letters to the Editor

All voices matter

“Wonderfully said, Sheila Gresinger [“Redirecting the conversation,” Dec. 13]. And ever so insightful. Thank you for taking the time to write this on behalf of our community. Your voice matters and I admire your thoughtfulness.” […]

Letters to the Editor

Fan of Rappahannock

Thank you for this great story about President Bush [“The midnight salute America never saw,” Dec. 13]. Rappahannock is such a beautiful place. All the best to you . . .

Marlin Fitzwater […]


Seniors deserve straight scoop on Medicare

Rappahannock County seniors joined older Americans across the country in choosing a Medicare plan for 2019 during the open enrollment period that ended on December 7th. To make wise choices, seniors need unbiased, accurate information about their options. Unfortunately, the Trump administration failed to provide this. […]


Kids provide tutorial to School Board

During this month’s Rappahannock County School Board meeting, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Division Director of Testing Crystal Smith and Compsci Teacher Leader Kelly Estes updated members on efforts to integrate mandated standards of learning for computer sciences. […]

School/Education News

School news for Dec. 20

The Rappahannock County High School Drama Club ignited the stage (literally and figuratively) during the VHSL Class 1 State Theater Competition; Rappahannock County Elementary School Third Grade “Market Day” sold some special slime, baked good and holiday ornaments; and The Rappahannock County High School Winter Band Concert performed some holiday classics. […]

Washington Column

Washington news for Dec. 20

’Tis the Season to be singing as Ms. Montague’s Pre-K class at RCES visited the School Board on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to wish the central office staff a happy holiday season; and from Dec. 26-31 Ballard’s are offering 20 to 60 percent off the shop. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Dec. 20

Nearby ski resorts are blanketed with snow and ready for the holidays; Pen Druid Brewing will host its 4th Annual Boxing Day Food Pantry Fundraiser & Celebration with the Gold Top County Ramblers; and Amissville resident Angela Lloyd is among judges for this winter’s 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Dec. 20

For this Christmas 2018 edition of the Rappahannock News, Down Memory Lane harkens back to the Dec. 6, 1990 edition, to a series of photographs taken by Cindy Mahan that were published beneath the headline: “Christmas, Colonial style.” […]