Letters to the Editor

An opportunity to listen and share

The diverse group of “born-heres” and come-heres” brought a wealth of experience and a number of differences. But what distinguished the gathering for me was the mutual respect, the willingness to listen and acknowledgment that we all care deeply about this county. […]

Courthouse Row

Courthouse Row for April 26

Building Permits: Barbara L. Shanks, Washington, electric service, $800; Atkins Construction Group LLC, Amissville, dwelling, $300,000; 675 Zachary Taylor Properties LLC, Flint Hill, temporary tent, no cost. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for April 26

Meet and chat with the Rapp News staff at Before & After cafe this Friday; Waterpenny Farm holds annual plant sale and rising tides rubber duck race on Saturday; and Kid Pan Alley wins Parent’s Choice award. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for April 26

The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads will be holding a Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations class at the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

School/Education News

State transportation board recommends full grant funding for Schools Connector Trail

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board recommended full grant funding of $815,871, a 1.2 mile ADA accessible multi-use biking and walking trail. When built, the schools connector trail will run between the Rappahannock County High School and Elementary School. […]


Tiny swimmers reveal Rappahannock river and stream health

The naturalists support numerous projects in both stewardship and citizen science. Stream monitoring is a citizen science project the naturalists conduct in support of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District and the John Marshal SWCD, as part of the statewide program under Virginia Save our Streams. […]

Food and Drink

Giving through bottles of wine

The wine’s label depicts Whiteoak Canyon and Falls, just around the bend from DuCard, in the style of 1930’s era posters that were commissioned for the western National Parks. DuCard has obtained the exclusive rights to use this iconic image from former park ranger and longtime enthusiast Doug Leen. […]

Parks and Recreation

Shenandoah Park scraps proposed $70 per vehicle entry fee, settles on $30

The National Park Service announced last Friday that Shenandoah National Park will slightly modify its entrance fees by $5, starting June 1, to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs. The new fee will be $30 per vehicle carload, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per person on bicycle or foot. […]


Hot and windy to cold and snowy

A special weather statement issued last Friday warned of an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires due to low humidity values, strong gusty winds, and hot and dry conditions. Sure enough, this several acre brush fire broke out around 3 p.m. behind the large horse barn at Whitemud Crossing Farm in Castleton. […]


‘Odyssey’ a state winner

Budding playwright Grace Raiford, a rising 11th grader at Rappahannock County High School, recently submitted the script for her original one-act play, “The Odyssey of Timothy and Peter,” to the statewide “New Voices for the Theater” playwright competition. […]


Ava had a little lamb, and another, and . . .

Ava Genho of Woodville says she has a new appreciation for Friday the 13th. After all, twin lambs arrived that morning to join her small flock. And given it’s spring, Ava has since welcomed six additional little lambs — eight babies in five days, including three sets of twins. […]


Quite the welcome

“Hopefully the village pride is well received!” Sperryville resident Robert Archer says of his new “Welcome to Sperryville, Main Street, Est.1820” mural recently painted on the side of the soon-to-open Happy Camper Equipment Co. on Main Street. […]


‘Out Princing’ Prince

Hearthstone School’s annual auction this Saturday, April 21st, at 4 p.m. will feature a truly amazing item: a unique copy of a letter from Jimi Hendrix to his father, sent from New York City’s Hotel America in 1965. The original of this rare letter resides with Richard Prince […]

School/Education News

School news for April 19

The unique theme for Saturday night’s 2018 Rappahannock County High School Prom was “Yule Ball”; and the Rappahannock County High School Drama Club this weekend will be performing A Chorus Line. […]

Washington Column

A million-plus miles of delivering mail, Bobby Brown looks forward to retirement

And on April 1, 2014, he was awarded membership to a very elite group: the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Club. This tremendous milestone is for driving a cumulative total of 1 million miles (or 30 years) without having a preventable motor vehicle accident. […]