The Rapp

The Rapp for Nov. 1

Little Washington Christmas Parade approaches; Hinson Ford Cider & Mead launches; North Fork Thornton River westbound bridge replacement project begins; and RAAC’s “First Friday” night movie at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Little Washington Theater is “Loving Vincent.” […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Nov. 1

Volunteer drivers needed for Aging Together’s local transportation services. Join volunteer teams in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange and Madison counties. Be a compassionate driving force, transporting your neighbors to their healthcare, legal or other urgent appointments. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Nov. 1

June 22, 1978: Heavy rains, hail and a twister assaulted the Amissville area Monday afternoon resulting in damage to buildings and trees and cutting off electric service for five hours. The first storm occurred about 3 p.m. with heavy rain and winds. Shortly after 4 a howling twister blew in. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Planners reluctant to rule on lot sizes for short term rentals

Chair Gary Light acknowledged that he personally feels that “the acreage requirement is unnecessary. . . . The main issue is that they are a rough surrogate for a buffer and a protection. If you listen closely to the opposition to tourist homes, it’s not about the use, it’s about not knowing who is sleeping in the house next door.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Part-time county employee files lawsuit against county for allowing alleged junkyard

In addition to the violations, the complaint reads, “the unlawful collection of junk, refuse, construction materials, and inoperable equipment and vehicles and other garbage at or on the Subject Property is visible from the Petitioner’s [Atkins] property, constitutes a common law nuisance, and denigrates and depreciates the value of Petitioner’s property.” […]

School/Education News

Northern Piedmont Community Foundation announces generous educational funds for Rapp citizens

Multiple pieces of good news for those involved in Rappahannock County’s RappU and continuing education. Through the scholarship program at Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, the launch of the RMD Open Scholarship has been announced. […]


Fall Art Tour keeps growing

Two new studios and three new galleries are joining returning artists. The Tour newcomers further enrich our Tour with distinctive art forms and display spaces. The new artists are Jen Perrot and Kat Habib at Flourish Root-Floral Studio and Steve Marquisee at the family’s new studio complex. Dwell Fine Arts, Hazel River Arts and Antiques, and Sperryville Artists Cooperative are the three new galleries on the Tour — Nov. 3-4. […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Clark Hollow Ramblings: For a childhood friend

Let me tell you the best thing about Louie. I do not believe there was an evil or mean bone in his body. I doubt I could find anybody to say anything negative about him. He had the best, heartiest laugh. And we laughed a lot. It didn’t matter if the joke was on Louie or on me, we laughed together. I lost track of him when he moved away to pursue his life. […]


All Hallows’ Eve spookier than ever

Slip on your costumes and grab your candy bags, “Trick or Treating” is almost here! So we are reminded by this rawboned gentleman riding shotgun in advance of Halloween, which falls this year on Wednesday, Oct. 31st. As usual, the Town of Washington will be hosting its annual spooktacular parade. […]


U.S. Senate candidates stump in Rappahannock ahead of election

Compared to more highly populated pockets of Virginia, Rappahannock County provides political candidates few votes come election time, but that didn’t stop incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and his Republican challenger Corey Stewart from stumping in Little Washington and Sperryville in recent days. […]


We all benefit

Think about our public schools here, supported by our tax dollars. Do all living here benefit? Do all living here have children, grandchildren, attending? Why have some stated that they do not want more students in our schools, ‘because our taxes would increase’? That type of statement seems to acknowledge that not all would be benefiting from any growth in our schools. And, by the way, how shortsighted is that line of thinking? […]

Letters to the Editor

Fall Art Tour reflects community effort, goodwill

Following up the recent piece about the new Fall Art Tour video, the Tour planning committee wanted to recognize the uplifting spirit of community that drives the event and the network of contributors to the video itself. In its 14th year, the creativity, generosity, collaborative energy, and assorted expertise of community members has come together to produce the largest Tour yet, with 33 studios and 11 galleries to explore. […]

Letters to the Editor

Prefers Cockburn over Tea Party

I write in support of Leslie Cockburn for Congress. I have a long list of reasons: health care, environment, and fiscal responsibility. The first I read of her opponent, Denver Riggleman, he informed the Rappahannock News that his first move was to spend a week in Washington with the Tea Party members of Congress, getting ready to march (I read vote) with them from day one. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘What a great community!’

Rapp at Home and RAAC thank the community for coming out for the square dance last Saturday night. The dance hit all the right notes with a capacity turnout. A true cross-section of folks, including young and old, from 80 plus to 5 years old, do-si-doed and reeled, with smiles, laughter and high-fives. […]