Happy New Year, BOS! Board of Supervisors face new conflict of interest violation charges

Filed by Harris Hollow resident George Sonnett, and represented by local attorney David Konick, the Petition for Declaratory Judgment charges three Rappahannock supervisors and County Attorney Art Goff with violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) on several occasions last year when considering the appointment of Peter Luke as Deputy County Attorney — ironically to help handle the workload of previous lawsuits filed against Rappahannock County by certain residents. […]


PATH keeps giving during holidays

With a legacy of community philanthropy stretching back to 1954, the modern PATH Foundation never ceases to amaze with its generosity, including over the recent holidays when PATH volunteer Anna Galina (seen here) appeared in Rappahannock County to distribute “Scratch and Give” cards to patrons of local restaurants, including Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville. […]


Dishing out health and prosperity

Every New Year’s Day, during the quarter century that she owned and operated the historic Laurel Mills Store, Mary Frances Fannon served countless Rappahannock residents and visitors alike a healthy bowl of black-eyed peas and the resultant good fortune they are said to impart. […]


Corner Store forever a home

Roger Jenkins was in the 10th grade when he began working at the Sperryville Corner Store. That was in 1976, and he would remain at the historic grocery — “I was store clerk, meat cutter, a little bit of everything” — for 20 years, until Feb. 18, 1996. […]

Opinion Column

The slippery slope

I’m guided by a simple equation for the protection and preservation of the unique character of the county. If a project requires concrete or asphalt — don’t do it. Yes, I know, that’s a small minority opinion. But one thing is for sure. If a nursing home is constructed in Little Washington the town will be irrevocably and forever changed in ways no one can reliably predict. […]

Letters to the Editor

Forum, not politics, required for Medicare

It is the purpose of this letter to state in the strongest terms that the best possible choice for each individual between Traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage requires far more than wifi and a website, especially any website whose information might bear the taint of political agenda. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Treat to be treasured’

Thank you so much, Mr. Thomas Lewis, for the wonderful holiday display! (“The lighted cross will guide the way,” Dec. 20). There are so many fun things to see. The kiddos — including the adult “kiddos” — just loved it. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Jan. 3

Gay Street Gallery announces an opening for Saturday, Jan. 12, featuring work by Catherine White, Warren Frederick, claywork; encaustic paintings by Giselle Gautreau, and New York by Kevin H. Adams; and RAAC Community Theatre will hold auditions this weekend, Jan. 5 and 6, for two plays this spring. […]


‘Winter is a Beach’ theme for annual Benevolent Fund Dinner

One of the Rappahannock County’s most anticipated winter events is the annual Benevolent Fund Celebrity Waiter Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Washington School House. What better way to beat the winter doldrums and raise money for a great cause than with a Caribbean Carnival? […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Jan 3

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association has presented the Gray Ghost winery with two “Best of Category” awards; and because of the federal government shutdown, facilities at Shenandoah National Park remain closed. There is no National Park-provided services — visitor centers, restaurants, gift shops, lodgings, restrooms, trash collection or road maintenance. […]


Meet Mac, your new best friend

Hi, name’s Mac. I’m a youngster, an all-white and cool-lookin’ Pit Bull Terrier, 7 months old and currently weighing fewer than 50 pounds. I came to RAWL as a stray, though I was lucky ‘cause in my previous life I was loved and cared for and was taught to sit and give paw. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 3

Aug. 17, 1994: “We are just like family, and it really hurts.” That was just one employee’s reaction to the announcement at the Aileen sewing plant in Flint Hill last Thursday. Bob Fadely, vice president of manufacturing for Aileen, broke the bad news to employees that the plant would definitely be closing on Oct. 12. […]