Public Safety

Tick-borne diseases: Every man for himself

For instance, many doctors today will inform patients that a tick has to sink its razor sharp jaws into human flesh for 24 to 48 hours before the little bugger spits its debilitating Lyme bacteria or else some other disease-causing crud into an unsuspecting person’s bloodstream. […]


Thar she blows — again, and again!

The ominous swirling clouds that swept across the Blue Ridge Mountains into Rappahannock County Thursday afternoon, followed by even more severe storms Monday evening — labeled a “mini derecho” by National Weather Service — were entirely different monsters. […]


Settling for seeds

This curious black bear didn’t find any picnic baskets to rummage through while lumbering around the Fodderstack property of Donald and Denise Chandler, but bird seed is always a flavorful second option, especially when provided a choice of dispensers. […]

Letters to the Editor

Tannerite is welcome, but not visitors?

I would respectfully suggest she reconsider before someone challenges this statute as overly broad and violative of the 1st amendment. The limitation on large commercial signage to maintain the appearance of our county may or may not be appropriate. This is not commercial signage. […]


Food Pantry gala to remember

Raffle tickets were plucked from a bucket by St. Peter Catholic Church Father Horace “Tuck” Grinnell, and true to his signature generosity host John Anderson — the lucky ticket holder for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington — immediately asked for another ticket to be drawn. […]


Why did the cows cross the road?

Three cows jumped their fence and crossed Ben Venue Road to stake a claim to greener grass, which called into action Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Leilani Stanley and Ben Venue resident Bob Mann to round them up and steer them home. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 17

The annual Relay for Life “Rounding up a Cure” is this Saturday, May 19th, at the Elementary School with many activities from 2 – 10 p.m.; and turn to the angels when the heavens open up. […]

Crime & Courts

Virginia Supreme Court grants Bragg FOIA appeal

In the case of Marian Bragg vs the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Supreme Court today (Thursday, May 17) upheld the local llama farmer’s appeal of a lower Rappahannock County Circuit Court ruling surrounding enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]


Filing deadline

A reminder that the filing deadline to become a candidate for the office of Mayor, Town Council, and Treasurer in the Town of Washington is Tuesday, June 12. Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection to a third term. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for May 17

Local artist, Kevin Adams, formally presented a beautiful painting to Shenandoah Superintendent Jennifer Flynn; Rev. Johnson of Promise Land Baptist Church earns recognition; and RappCats Spring Tuxedo Party is this Sunday. […]

School/Education News

School News for May 17

Former Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy sees off local Lord Fairfax grads; RCHS nurse aids complete clinic experience; elementary students take a dig at having a green thumb; and Wakefield’s lacrosse phenom, Manoa Weber, scores the winning goal, and four more. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for May 17

The regularly scheduled Town of Washington Town Council meeting of May 14 was cancelled due to the severe weather. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Highlights from the agenda include a public hearing on the FY 2018-2019 Budget. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 17

March 4, 1998
“It’s a situation of trying to get more services and products to the community that as a stand alone community bank we would not be able to deliver,” said John R. Conry, Jr., CEO of Rappahannock National Bank, of the bank’s agreement to join Union Bankshares Corporation. […]