Crime & Courts

Bragg v BOS ordered to trial: ‘Time to resolve this matter,’ says judge

Last Thursday, Judge Parker heard a list of outstanding issues that needed to be resolved before the case — which he said has dragged out for two years — goes to trial. County Attorney Art Goff and local attorney Mike Brown, both representing the BOS, argued that several points made by Bragg should be dismissed because they were irrelevant or invalid. Bragg’s attorney, David Konick, argued successfully that the allegations had merit. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Washington Post Office has new construction option within town limits

A private developer of U.S. Postal Service buildings has submitted an offer to buy a piece of property owned by the Town of Washington at the southwest corner of Warren Avenue and Leggett Lane with the aim of constructing a new post office. “It’s a serious enough offer that we’re taking it seriously,” said Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan, who took the Town Council into closed-door session Monday evening to discuss the proposal. […]


Coats for (Rapp) Kids

For several years now, Knights of Columbus Fr. Maurice du Castillon Council 14755 has donated coats to Rappahannock County Social Services, each one helping a child in this county to be a bit more comfortable and secure during the cold days of winter. This year, Coats for Kids Director John Hagarty and Fred Eggers coordinated the effort for the local council. […]

School/Education News

Focus on honor: Among William Lynn’s lasting contributions to WCDS

Today the head of school is Jessica Lindstrom, and sitting on her desk is a sacred container (an owl-shaped cookie jar) known by WCDS students as “The Honesty Jar.” During a given week, when students find any lost coins or bills, they visit Mrs. Lindstrom’s office to deposit the money in the jar and receive a handshake from the head of school, who thanks them for their honesty. […]


More than Three Good Reasons

It was a recipe for magic. At the Castleton Theatre House on the last Friday in September, Paul Reisler gathered together Three Good Reasons (his current ensemble), added the aromatic vocal flavor of Sweet Honey in the Rock alumnus Ysaye M. Barnwell, sprinkled in the tasty spice of Cheryl Toth and served it with grace, humor and heart to an audience of aspiring songwriters and Castleton patrons. […]


‘Do I hear fifty?’

After a lengthy absence in Rappahannock County, the rapid-fire speech of an auctioneer — known as an “auction chant” or “auction cry” — can be heard again, as the new company Thornton River Auctions and Real Estate has commenced bidding at 7 River Lane in Sperryville. […]


Reaping Rappahannock

From juicy apples and grapes to colorful pumpkins and winter squash, October is a busy harvest month in Rappahannock County. Seen here, a picker climbs a ladder at Jenkins Orchards in Woodville to reach for one last ripened apple that could wind up in a homemade pie. […]

Letters to the Editor

Can’t make this stuff up

National Security official, posing as llama farmer, uncovers local tabloid’s plot to sabotage her Farm Tour Day. Same ‘National Security’ official purports to read fellow taxpayers’ minds and files frivolous lawsuits on their behalf, costing the very taxpayers she was “protecting” tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. (She didn’t ask me). […]

Letters to the Editor

Kavanaugh from all sides

Comments from: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; Jack Wilson, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia; Corey Stewart, 2018 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate; Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat; and Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat. […]

Letters to the Editor

Taste of Rappahannock — take two!

The most frequent comment we heard from the guests was: best food ever. So first: to the “Chefs of Rappahannock County” and foremost in our hearts, Chef Rachel of Griffin Tavern who coordinated all of the food served and prepared two dishes (and thank you and a shout out to Debbie Donehey who “loans” Chef Rachel to us for weeks of work). […]


A summer of stories, lessons and the power of listening

And so I’ve come back a few times to Rappahannock because it’s not a place with just one story. It’s not just a place of come-heres and been-heres, or even, really, a place with people that embrace those labels. It’s a place that is dynamic and ever changing, a place with people who are fighting for its future in their own way and recognize the importance of that change. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Oct. 11

The capstone celebration of The Inn at Little Washington’s 40th anniversary took place in France at Vaux le Vicomte. The 17th century French château was the site of a notorious three-day party held in 1661 for King Louis XIV. The US Ambassador to France, Jamie McCourt, and our own Kevin Adams and Jay Brown were in attendance. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Oct. 11

Boxwood blight has arrived, learn how you can prevent the spread; get ready to doe-si-doe at community square dance on Saturday, Oct. 20; and check out the video promoting the the 14th Annual Fall Art Tour on Nov. 3 and 4 with Artists of Rappahannock. […]

School/Education News

School news for Oct. 11

The Rappahannock County High School 8th grade class recently enjoyed a trip to Verdun Adventure Bound to experience a variety of team challenges; and WCDS recently held its annual 5K Fun Run — a fundraising event for the WCDS Athletics Department — with 25 runners. […]