School/Education News

School news for Aug. 30

“The kids were super excited to spend time outdoors collecting leaves,” said teacher Becky Ernest, leader of the young explorers. Once the group gathered the leaves, the class worked in pairs or trios to sort the needles and leaves into two collections, coniferous or deciduous, and this led them to discuss the different tree characteristics. […]


Classic McCain

Like many, I’ve spent the time since his passing on Saturday reflecting on John McCain’s lifetime of service and what he has meant to our country. As I thought about the senator, I found myself drawn less to the personal anecdotes — though those are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life — and more to the last speech he gave on the Senate floor and the farewell note he left to the American people. […]

Letters to the Editor

If you build it, they will come

Listening to public comment about the School Connector Trail at the last BOS meeting and hearing people discuss the matter, I think the debate boils down to this: What kind of community do we want to be? Do we want to provide nearby recreational opportunities for our children? Do we want a safe place for our elderly to walk? […]


Washington column for Aug. 30

The biggest hit of the evening was Harman’s spotting scope with a special attachment to allow everyone with a smart phone to get a closeup shot of the moon to send to friends. The waiting line was as long as any ride at Six Flags! Images of the full moon started showing up on social media almost immediately. People enjoyed the evening so much some stayed until after 11 p.m. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Aug. 30

Closed Monday (Sept. 3) for Labor Day (reopening Tuesday) are: Rappahannock County government offices, Rappahannock County Public Schools, Union Bank & Trust, BB&T, RRCS transportation, Virginia DMV and the Rappahannock News (which also has early deadlines for the Sept. 6 edition; all items for publication should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. tomorrow — Friday, Aug. 31). […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Aug. 30

Get ready for festive crowds this holiday weekend, especially in the county seat of Washington, where the Inn at Little Washington on Sunday hosts its much anticipated INNstock and it’s greeted with much pride and LOVE; and politics takes two center stages on Sept. 5 with a congressional candidate forum and a much-anticipated supervisors meeting. […]

Courthouse Row

Courthouse Row for Aug. 30

Home/land transfers — Hampton: Robert P. Anderson, trustee of the Robert P. Anderson and Roberta T. Anderson Living Trust to Wayne A. Woodward and Sharon K. Woodward, husband and wife, 12.0961 acres, $240,000, deed bargain sale.; Steve L. Morin to Steve L. Morin and Robert Briggs, a married couple, 13.50 acres. […]

Sperryville Column

Hans Gerhard: A veritable renaissance man

There I discovered his artistic talent, from whimsical creatures carved from wood, to abstract paintings, and fantastic sculptures welded into metal objects displayed around the farm. Hans has an exhibit currently at Hazel River Arts & Antiques between Sperryville and Washington, and it’s a splendid display of some of his current work. […]