Public Safety

Uh oh, ‘exotic’ tick getting close

Livestock producers and owners should notify the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on an individual animal. […]


Happy Camper(s)

Happy Camper Equipment Co. officially opened its doors in Sperryville last Saturday with a festive cutting of the ribbon. The store offers all manner of camping and outdoor merchandise, from must-have batteries, compasses, and trail guides to backpacks, clothing, even bricks of hunting soap. […]

Letters to the Editor

A fairy you say?

What appeared in the garden of Le Fay Cottage on Christmas Tree Lane following the terrific storm last week was actually a Fairy, not an Angel. Easy mistake to make if you’re not paying attention. […]

Letters to the Editor

78 degree ‘death trap’

Parked cars are death traps for dogs: On a 78-degree day the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes; and on a 90-degree day the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. […]


Drought buster

Rest assured, the drought has ended. Day after day — after day after day — of steady rainfall brought much needed rainfall, as in many inches, to Rappahannock County, where flood warnings were in effect through last Saturday. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 25

Memories from 1965 Sperryville School May Day; and let’s remember what Memorial Day is about and take time on May 28 and raise the flag high and pause in prayer to say “Thank you!” for the free life we’re living. […]


On the count of three . . .

Hats off to organizers of the annual Relay for Life, held Saturday at Rappahannock County Elementary School in honor of those who have battled cancer. Participants were treated to a full day of events and entertainment, not the least being the Bus Pull. […]


Mini horses for WCDS . . .

Last Friday, Mini Whinny Therapy Horses of Sperryville visited the young students at Wakefield Country Day School; and several Belle Meade equestrian students and their teacher Alex Forte participated in the recent Bull Run Hunt Hunter Pace in Madison. […]

Letters to the Editor

Test the tick first

I would like to muddy the waters even further by suggesting my own preferred approach, namely refraining from treating at all until the offending tick has undergone DNA analysis at a specialty lab for any infections it may carry. Of course, the sticking point here is that you must be in possession of the tick. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for May 24

Join the Rapp News staff for coffee and conversation Friday morning at Country Cafe; grand opening for Hazel Arts, Antiques and Healing Arts; Artisan Trail events all weekend; and Celtic concert at Castleton. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for May 24

Memorial Day closings: All Rappahannock County government offices will be closed Monday (May 28), reopening Tuesday, May 29. Also closed Monday and reopening Tuesday are Union Bank & Trust, BB&T and the Rappahannock News. Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Memorial Day. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 24

Dec. 27, 1990: When Frances Thornton became Rappahannock County’s first public health nurse in 1950, she faced a county filled with people who in too many cases were unaware of the importance of proper medical care, especially for children. […]

Courthouse Row

Courthouse Row for May 24

Building Permits: Elizabeth Verville, Boston, inground pool, $75,000; Maria Goebert, Amissville, residential pavilion, $80,000; Robert Guitteau, Sperryville, dwelling, $120,000. […]

Crime & Courts

‘One question leads to another’ in ongoing criminal probe of county government

Speaking this week on condition of anonymity, the source told the Rappahannock News that the probe, which was launched by the Virginia State Police in February 2017 and is now in the lap of Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Walther, remains an ongoing “criminal investigation.” […]