Saluting Rappahannock Black History Month

Born in Rappahannock in November 1899, Zephyr Jones Jackson was the third child of Catherine Jones. Zephyr was initially raised in the home of her grandmother, Ida Jones, and Zephyr’s mother married Hugh Jackson in 1906. As a child, Zephyr and her family were tenants on the farm of William and Nannie Yancey. […]


The Blue Ridge Ukulele Circle

The 16 people who gathered at the Rappahannock County Library early Tuesday evening had one thing in common — they love playing the ukulele. “There were beginners and experienced players. There were young people, people in their seventies, and then others in between. […]

School/Education News

Budget pressures amid sharp enrollment decline at Rappahannock public schools

Proposed 4 percent raise in teacher salaries with no budget increase; Hispanic students outnumber blacks more than 3 to 1. Twenty months ago, when the 2016-17 school year drew to a close, Rappahannock County Public Schools had a PreK-Grade 12 enrollment of 948 students. Today, the enrollment has dropped to 829 — 119 fewer pupils. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Feb. 21

Updates on wintry weather for commuters; get your training in for upcoming Fodderstack 10k held in April; take caution when seeing a tractor on the road; and Gadino Cellars strikes double gold in wine awards. […]

School/Education News

School news for Feb. 21

While students were out of school on Presidents Day, Rappahannock County Public Schools staff participated in a Professional Development Day; the RCHS PRIDE Variety Show was held on Valentine’s Day 2019; and Belle Meade students gear up for Grease the musical. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for Feb. 21

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. 21

May 25, 1961: Dr. Howard Berger of Arlington and Washington, Va. has established a dental office in the basement of the Washington Elementary School. He donated the office equipment to the county to aid in the County Dental Clinic, which has enabled many children to have corrections made. Most of these students would not have otherwise had this service. […]

Crime & Courts

Wrongful death settlement in 2015 Chester Gap killing

After the criminal proceeding in Rappahannock County, Brittney’s mother, Tina, sued Williams in Warren County Circuit Court, charging wrongful death. A wrongful death suit is a civil proceeding usually brought by the victim’s surviving family members seeking compensation for such things as lost wages, lost companionship, or funeral expenses. […]

Crime & Courts

Obenshain responds, ignores Goff’s concerns

Instead, his legislative aide would only provide the Rappahannock News with the senator’s letter to Goff, dated Feb. 8, in which Obenshain pointed to unrelated portions of Senate Bill 1430 and its companion SB 1431 requiring conflict of interest (COIA) training and freedom of information training (FOIA) for local government officials every two years. […]

Parks and Recreation

Elusive Indian Copper Mine still guards its treasure

“The Stony Man and Dark Hollow mines are near trails and findable still,” the author noted in 1988. “Several similar mines outside the park boundary . . . might also be found with determined effort. I’m not sure anybody now could find the Mount Marshall Mine that’s inside the park, but it was on the 6,666-acre John J. Miller tract in Rappahannock County in 1907. […]


Saluting Rappahannock Black History Month

Newman Nighton Gibson was born in Peola Mills, Rappahannock County, on May 10, 1897, to Lee Brown and Harriet Gibson. He began farming at age 12. In 1917, he was a member of Company K, 370th Infantry, in the First World War, where when fighting alongside the French in trench warfare he and his fellow soldiers were gassed. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column: So at home in Woodville

Which leads me to why so many folks in Rappahannock know both Kathy and Larry Grove. They are the quintessential volunteers, folks who emulate all that is good in the county, all that is about giving back, and giving back is something they both do exceedingly well. […]


Being prepared for the real world

I do agree with the writer, there’s always room for improvement. It takes not only the academic staff but the families of each student working together to become successful. Most high school graduates find out the real world couldn’t care less about their feelings. Productivity and accountability are the key requirements in succeeding or keeping one’s job. In conclusion, the writer of the letter to the editor must have been listening in English class. Well done. […]


‘Staggering admission’ by Virginia’s governor

To the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially those here in Rappahannock County, the people whom we cheerfully serve with works of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism, let it be known — We stand with Bishop Burbidge and all our brother Knights of Columbus in opposing the substance of Delegate Tran’s bill HB2491. […]

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Gov. Northam

The racial discord so embedded in Virginia culture, on display a year ago in Charlottesville in the riots triggered by a few Confederate monuments, was only the tip of the iceberg. These yearbook photos reveal how deep and how far back such ugliness has existed in our Commonwealth. […]