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? […]

Letters to the Editor

For kids, bike trails are fun

Our grandchildren in Jackson, Wyoming — Lincoln and Hadley Merritt, age 9 — and their friends think bike trails are fun. They bike to their pony lessons using the extensive path system around the town of Jackson. […]

Letters to the Editor

Hope for mankind

I want to thank the Good Samaritan who found my keys in the road and turned them into the sheriff’s office. What a great community we have! Thank you, whoever you are. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Inspiring institution’

We have purchased a number of our vehicles from Settle’s and besides the excellent service and and kindness we have always received, we have really enjoyed seeing Kendra blossom in her central role in her family’s successful business. […]


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. […]

Food and Drink

Influential food critic likes the taste of Rappahannock

A solid review by Tom Sietsema does wonders for a novel restaurant like Three Blacksmiths, and it’s no stretch to say that Sperryville and all of Rappahannock County will benefit from the critic’s fine dining experience. As Sietsema ends his lengthy review, “Three Blacksmiths feels like the dinner party you don’t want to leave.” […]

Foothills Forum

Conversation begins on the future of Rappahannock County

“We either choose to guide that change or we choose to get run over by it,” warned Rev. Jennings “Jenks” Hobson, among the residents appearing at Mountainside Physical Therapy to expand on this summer’s multipart Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the Rappahannock economy — past, present, and future. […]

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. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Aug. 30

Feb. 16, 1978: A new ambulance has been purchased by the Sperryville Rescue Squad. The vehicle is a 1977 Dodge chassis with a Maxi Van body by Wheeled Coach Corp of Florida and was secured from Hearse and Ambulance sales in Richmond. […]

Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue calls for Aug. 30

Saturday, Aug. 25: 5:01 a.m. — Resettlement Road, Huntly, seizure, companies 1, 3, 4 and 9; 10:41 a.m. — Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, injury, companies 1, 4 and 9; 4:49 p.m. — Chester Gap Road, Chester Gap, general illness, companies 1 and 9. […]

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. […]


County administrator says proposed bike trail ‘not without risk’

The public comment period took more than an hour, with remarks ranging from labeling the trail a “boondoggle” to being a great asset for county families. Afterward, County Administrator Garrey Curry provided a cogent explanation about the financial and project management arrangements between the county and other parties in an effort to mitigate risk. […]