The Rapp

The Rapp for May 31

Board of supervisors receive criticism over telephone outages from inclement weather; RAAC Theatre are casting rabbits; and two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber returns to the Little Washington Theatre for a rare performance this Saturday. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 31

May 6, 1998: At a meeting on April 28, the county school board appointed Aline B. Johnson of Sperryville to fill the Piedmont District post that became vacant when Dennis Wingfield resigned April 1. The county will hold a special election later this year to fill the remainder of Wingfield’s term. […]


Fire and rescue calls for May 31

Tuesday, May 22 3:43 p.m. — Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, motor vehicle accident, companes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 Wednesday, May 23 1:33 a.m — Littlefield Lane, Boston, general illness, company 5 2:08 a.m. — […]

Courthouse Row

Courthouse Row for May 31

Home/land transfers — Wakefield: J P Morgan Chase Bank National Association to Sun Ok Mun, 2.3 acres, $84,150.00; Second Step Asset Management Company to Chancellor’s Rock Farm LLC, 2 tracts, $2,900,000.00. […]

Crime & Courts

Car theft, rummaging reported in Sperryville

By word of mouth alone, there are residents of Rappahannock County who boast about not locking the doors to their homes, whether day or night. And if that’s the case why bother to lock the doors to cars and pickup trucks? Rappahannock residents, especially any who don’t keep and bear arms, might consider changing their routines. […]


Town council approves FY19 budget; and to support Inn festival

During the public comment, former council member Jean Goodine thanked both Sullivan and town clerk Laura Dodd: “I would like to express my thanks to you, John, for your service to the town and how much you have done for it. And I’d also like to express gratitude to Laura Dodd, for decades of work, behind the scenes and making things happen.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Application for Sperryville golf driving range clears first hurdle, but not without concerns

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission has given the nod to an application for a zoning ordinance amendment to allow golf driving ranges in agricultural and rural residential areas. The application was moved forward when four planners voted in favor of recommending the proposal to the Board of Supervisors. […]


Seeing more visitors? Let’s hope so

In 2017, tourism in Virginia supported 232,000 jobs — an increase of 1.1 percent compared to 2016. The tourism industry also provided $1.73 billion in state and local revenue, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to 2016. The travel industry is the fifth largest employer in Virginia. […]


100 Years Ago: Rappahannock County in World War 1

In World War 1, Rappahannock County men, no matter their military unit, were provided with many non-military activities and “comfort” goods when not training. These were part of a remarkably well-conceived program designed to eliminate the vices that had always attended military life: drinking, visits to brothels, and general debauchery. […]


Not seeing the forest for the trees

We need the knowledge and wisdom of people who have lived here quite awhile, who know the history of Rappahannock well, to give proper perspective to some newly arrived who seem to be presenting a picture of doom unless their ways are accepted immediately . . . or lawsuits will follow. […]


The ‘blue’ in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are every shade of green these waning days of May, what with all the rain of late in Rappahannock County. But it won’t be long until the sultry dog days of summer arrive, and with them the distinctive blue haze that gives these ancient mountains their famous name. […]


The Samuel Center for First Responders

Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new first responders building, which provides space for Rappahannock County law enforcement and fire & rescue personnel to recharge their batteries with complimentary cups of coffee and snacks.



Get down and dirty at Bean Hollow Grassfed

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is sponsoring a learning experience right here in our own backyard — Bean Hollow Grassfed at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill — but be advised that online registration to participate closes this Monday, May 28. […]


A concert to remember

Rappahannock-based Kid Pan Alley songwriters Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth wrote and composed songs with the young high school band members. The accomplished, Col. John Bourgeois, the former conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, stepped in and arranged the music for the band. […]


May showers bring May flowers

Somehow, between all the heavy downpours of late, Rappahannock County Garden Club members planted flower boxes at the Rappahannock County Courthouse complex. “They finished just as the rain came down,” said Anne Nenninger. […]