Hunting Season

He sees the doe, one of the millions overrunning — The land, possessing the forests — In search of dwindling grass. Sighting at one, another comes into view. He knows shooting the first-day’s trophies — Means a family’s contentment. […]


Healthy young minds, bodies vital to future

I have seen family members die and go through the consequences of tobacco usage and I want our generation to be the ones who stop it. My peers and I are very thankful for our 100 percent tobacco-free and e-cigarette free school division and are hopeful that all students in Virginia will soon have this same protection. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Been heres’ are original ‘come heres’

Since I first put down some roots in Rappahannock, 47 years ago, I keep hoping to meet some local Native Americans. So far everyone around here just seems to be some variation or descendant of “Come Heres.” Can’t we all just get along and appreciate diversity? […]

Letters to the Editor

Check out a uke

Did you know? Ukuleles are serious musical instruments that let you explore and perform all musical genres. Love jazz? Play jazz. Love bluegrass? Play bluegrass. Love country or classical or Hawaiian? Check a uke out at the county library. […]

School/Education News

School news for Nov. 29

Commit to Be Fit hosted its 3rd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day; Panther Senior, Brett Midkiff, signs to play baseball for the Mount St. Mary’s University; and Wakefield CDS students head up to the Big Apple and sit in on a New York Times “Page One” meeting. […]


Live, from New York, it’s Denver Riggleman?

Michael Che, co-anchor of the SNL segment “Weekend Update” last Saturday, stated: “One of the strangest stories to emerge from the midterm elections is that [of] a Virginia Republican, Denver Riggleman, who won his election despite being accused of being a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. This is an actual picture he posted on Instagram.” […]


Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rappahannock County, including in the gift shops of the Inn at Little Washington, where folks have been busier than elves decking the halls and decorating the trees for Sunday’s Christmas parade. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Nov. 29

With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is right around the corner with the Christmas parade this Saturday; and later in the day, the Gid Brown Bible Church banquet; and on Dec. 15 the United Methodist Church’s Living Nativity, with volunteers in costume reenacting the birth of Christ, usually along with some small animals and music. […]


‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ set to march through Washington; Celtic holiday sounds follow in Castleton

Details for this year’s Christmas in Little Washington, the annual parade starts this Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. with an artisan market starting at 11:00 a.m., shuttle busses will run from the high school to the town starting at 11: a.m.; and a Celtic Christmas Concert at Castleton follows at 6 p.m. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Nov. 29

Food Pantry gives thanks to the giving volunteers; chat with the staff of Rapp News Friday morning; Griffin Tavern fundraiser this Friday; and check out event listings for the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail “Second Saturday” holiday edition. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Nov. 29

RAAC’s Mitchell Arts Fund is holding a grant workshop on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Rappahannock County Public Library. All past and prospective applicants are encouraged to attend. Members of the Mitchell Arts Fund committee will go over 2019 grant application and new guidelines and will answer questions about submitting a proposal. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Nov. 29

April 12, 1979: L. V. Merrill, owner and operator of Merrill Motor Company, can qualify as an historical monument in the town of Washington. His business at the corner in the center of town has been around for as long as most of the under-50 generation can remember. […]


Meet Sherman, your new best friend

I’m an Australian Cattle Dog mix. The RAWL people aren’t quite sure where the ears came from but they think they’re kinda cute. I’m less than 2 years old and weigh about 45 pounds. My breed was originally developed by Australian settlers to handle herds of cattle on really big ranches. We are loyal, intelligent, active and sturdy. […]