Hunting and Fishing

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): Should Rappahannock residents be worried?

The big question now is whether eating venison infected with CWD is dangerous to humans? In October 2018, the CDC stated: “To date, there is no strong evidence for the occurence of CWD in people, and it is not known if people can get infected with CWD prions. Nevertheless . . . experimental studies raise the concern that CWD may pose a risk to people and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposures to CWD.” […]

From the Rappahannock News

Wider conversation while remaining governor

We know your next three years will undergo great scrutiny by the media, opposition, and your own party the closer we get to 2020. We too will be watching to see how well, under the circumstances, you can deliver on improving the lives and opportunities for the oppressed and needy in our state. We wish you well and expect to be voices of reason and forgiveness so badly needed today in our polarized and partisan nation. […]


Magic of Shenandoah Valley comes to Middle Street Gallery

Four members of the Middle Street Gallery in Washington are joining forces in March to show their paintings of the Shenandoah Valley. There will be a reception at the gallery from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, Mar. 2. Jane Forth’s encaustic paintings, Marilyn Hayes’s encaustic monotypes, Katrina Ann Marcey’s oil paintings, and Phyllis Northup’s watercolors show the natural landscapes of the Valley. […]


Soggy ground catches fire

Strong winds blew into Rappahannock County Sunday evening, hours after buckets of rain and melting snow turned the soil into a saturated sponge. As soggy as the ground was, it took no time for 50 mph wind gusts to dry out the fields of brush, to the extent that several acres caught fire along REC transmission lines south of Scrabble late Monday afternoon. […]

School/Education News

School news for Feb. 28

Community members speak about different career opportunities after high school; third Panthers Scholastic Bowl Community Challenge Tournament held last Tuesday was a smashing success; and an update on RCPS Winter Sports Awards. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Feb. 28

Ecumenical Community Lenten Series, will begin on Wednesday evening, March 13, and continue through the next four Wednesday evenings; Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton present Celtic Music, “Celebrating St. Patrick” on Sunday, March 10 at Trinity Episcopal Church; and Game Day at Fellowship Hall at Washington Baptist Church Saturday, March 2. […]

Doing Good Together

On a Mission

Part two of the special report, “Doing Good Together:” As the county’s demographics and economy evolve, nonprofits like Rappahannock Benevolent Fund and the Child Care Learning Center are looking at what that means to their missions and how they can adjust. […]


One cat just leads to another

“One cat just leads to another,” or so remarked Ernest Hemingway, who was quite proud of his collection of 50 cats. Far more felines than were discovered in this barn off Route 522 in Sperryville, where there were no signs of mice. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Feb. 28

Update on Lone Star tick that causes meat allergy;
Congressman Denver Riggleman’s Mobile Office in Rappahannock next Tuesday, March 5; National bluegrass favorite Circa Blue tickets available for upcoming show at Little Washington Theatre; and modern weed so strong it’s sending people to the ER. […]


Hampton Supervisor John Lesinski not seeking reelection

“At this time, I have chosen to focus my future energies on volunteer opportunities in Rappahannock County and on my board appointed positions with the Commonwealth of Virginia and will not seek re-election this November on the Board of Supervisors as the representative of the Hampton District,” reads Lesinski’s Feb. 24, 2019 letter delivered to the Rappahannock News. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Feb. 28

Calling all RCPS student writers! Rappahannock News, Foothills Forum, and RCPS are excited to offer the 1st Annual RCPS Essay Contest entitled Our Rappahannock…Through the Eyes of the Next Generation. We are looking for engaging, thoughtful, well written pieces that are of interest to our community. This contest is open to all RCPS students, grades 6th-12th. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Feb. 28

Jan. 16, 1975: When trustees of the Rappahannock Library assume charge of the Helen Fuller estate in March, they will receive less than half of what they had originally expected. Receipts from a public auction of Miss Fuller’s personal belongings amounted to $28,000 in October of 1972, when the sale was held. […]