Horse/Equine News

Rappahannock now home to one of nation’s largest herds of rare Cherokee, Choctaw horses

“So you had a couple hundred years of breeding and then during the removal [the Indian Removal Act of 1830] the horses walked the Trail of Tears with the people,” says McConnell, who is part Choctaw. “If you couldn’t walk from Georgia to Oklahoma, and carry the old and sick and young and family goods, you’re not part of this breeding pool.” […]

Real Estate

Rappahannock land and farm transactions down in 2018

In 2018, the number of real estate transactions in the Piedmont region including Rappahannock County declined from the previous year, “however there were some notable bright spots,” says Adam Beroza, vice president of sales and marketing for Cheri Woodard Realty. On a county by county basis, Rappahannock and Madison “residential” transactions increased 5 percent and 25 percent respectively, while Fauquier declined 8 percent and Culpeper decreased 5 percent. […]

Environment/Conservation

Free 2019 pond assessments

Have a pond on your property with algae problems, aquatic weed infestations, leaking dam, drainage erosion issues, structural problems, or something else? Look no further for free pond assistance than the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which provides technical service and guidance to Rappahannock County landowners on a multitude of topics. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Valentine’s Day delivery from the Rappahannock County government

“I seem to be getting one thing in writing and then I get something else. One thing in person and then I get something else. It seems like it’s a moving target.”

So reacted Amissville business owner John Cappiali after being served with four misdemeanour summonses based on complaints filed by Rappahannock Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers surrounding his two contracting companies. […]

Volunteeering

Overwhelmed to overjoyed — Rapp residents respond in force to foster parenting

Rappahannock County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Melissa Cupp could not be more delighted with the response by Rappahannock residents to her plea for much-needed foster parenting. Cupp had revealed only last month that a majority of Rappahannock foster youth were being sent to other counties and cities to live and attend school because there were no available foster care homes in the county. […]

Crime & Courts

Strike one up for the good guys

A Jamaican man, as CNN reported this month, chose the wrong person to try to extort and threaten with bodily harm: Bill Webster of FBI and CIA fame. The past director of both the FBI and CIA, Webster and his wife Lynda, who have a home in Rappahannock County, were first targeted four years ago by the Jamaican man peddling a telephone lottery scam. […]

Books

Best-selling romance authors flocking to county for ‘Romancing Rappahannock’

Nation’s top romance authors for “Romancing Rappahannock,” taking place Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at Greenfield Inn Bed & Breakfast in Washington, in collaboration with Katy Regnery, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, is the creating force behind the fun-filled, two-day fan immersion event with nine best-selling romance writers. […]

Letters to the Editor

A time for Democrats and Republicans to join forces

Let’s face it, Gov. Northam (nicknamed “Coonman” in his own college yearbook) did have a bad week — blackface, KKK costumes, and cheers for infanticide. While I held no real expectation that our local Dems would condemn Governor Northam — “applauding” the Governor on the heels of these disclosures of his outrageous behavior was unbelievable — I thought the Democrats would at least “lay low” for a while. […]

Comment

One idea can lead to another

There was a news article recently about a new business planned for Sperryville. Comments about it . . . seemed to be divided between nostalgia and wishful thinking. The way things used to be can be tough memories. The strong apple industry we used to have diminished years ago, farming has become more challenging. A major employer, the Aileen Plant, left years ago. So, changes have come. […]

Comment

A different twist to John Fitzhugh’s hanging

“He went to this lady’s house and wanted something to eat. He didn’t talk plain and was a big robust man. The lady got the food for him and she brought it to the gate, but she didn’t bring anything (a spoon or fork) for him to eat the food with . . . and he was asking for a fork . . . but he wasn’t saying it plainly and this lady misunderstood him.” […]

Hunting and Fishing

Bear harvest down, deer harvest up in Rappahannock County

Deer harvested in the county during the prior 2017-18 season had been the lowest count in twenty years, so there was an improvement this season by some 150 deer for our local hunters. The deer harvest in Rappahannock this season ending Jan. 5, 2019 was 717 antlered male, 100 male fawns, and 870 females (51.5 percent female, in other words), for a total of 1687 deer. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Feb. 21

The Rappahannock Historical Society and Happy Camper Equipment present Wonders of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Sperryville Fire Department. Come hike with Lauralee Bliss as she takes you along the 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and Shenandoah National Park. […]