Crime & Courts

Wrong place, wrong time to test car’s limits

The arresting officer clocked the Infiniti as traveling at 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.Mr. High, whose wife appeared with him in court, has had no prior traffic convictions. “I’m very sorry. I regret what I did,” he told the judge.“In my day,” Parker confessed, “I had the tendency to see what a car can do.” Still, the judge saw to it that High would spend this coming weekend in jail, pay a fine, and perform community service. […]


Horrendous evil, amazing grace

Arye Ephrath and his family’s amazing story of Holocaust survival: You could have heard a pin drop Sunday afternoon in the Washington Town Hall, where the soft-spoken Arye Ephrath, at the invitation of the Rappahannock Historical Society, relived his family’s amazing story of survival during the Holocaust. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Whither Washington in 15 years? On the eve of another public forum, the mayor has a couple takeaways so far

Fred Catlin has been doing a lot of listening. And the newish mayor of the Town of Washington isn’t done hearing from his constituents and others in the county about how the “First Washington of Them All” should evolve in the years to come. The second of two public forums will be this Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington Town Hall. Twenty-three people attended the first session on a Saturday afternoon two weeks ago. […]


Ringing and pinging coming to Sperryville Pike?

The Arlington-based telecommunications company Community Wireless Structures (CWS) says it plans to file applications with the Rappahannock County government to build two 199-foot lattice cell towers along Route 522-Sperryville Pike in Rappahannock County — one midway between Sperryville and Woodville, the other in Scrabble. […]


When apples were king

A recently dismantled rustic barn that stood alongside Route 522 near Massies Corner was filled with hundreds of bushel baskets, barrels and more. Described by one as an old “apple-packing shed,” the two-story wood barn was the focus of countless photographs over the years, usually with a glowing Rappahannock sunset in the background. […]


Virginia honey bee losses continue

Aaron Evans, an agricultural inspector with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told a group of farmers in recent weeks that 2017 was a bad year for bee losses, and that the losses were even worse in 2018, with some beekeepers losing as much as 60 percent of their bees. […]


Lesinski to keynote inaugural AARP Vietnam Veterans program

On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, designating every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., AARP will host a Vietnam Veteran Era Appreciation Program in Rappahannock County, featuring Hampton District Supervisor John Lesinski as the keynote speaker.  […]


DelGrosso climbs to Eagle Scout

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 36, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, held an Eagle Court of Honor for Anthony DelGrosso this past Wednesday, March 20th. Seen here, Anthony’s proud father and Scoutmaster Mike, mother and Assistant Scoutmaster Juliet, and brother Dom join in the accolades. […]


One happy Dude

It’s been said that rescuing one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog the world will change forever. Just ask Dude, climbing here into the arms of rescuer Amanda Gray of Amissville. When Amanda, a horse veterinarian in nearby Marshall, rescued Dude just over a year ago his ears and tail were cropped and one eye was dilated. […]


Riverdancing into Rappahannock

Talented — and colorful — members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance performed at the Little Washington Theatre this past week, part of the Inn at Little Washington’s collaborative celebration with the Ballyfin hotel in Ireland. The Boyle School’s mission is to teach the culture and heritage of Irish Dance from its five locations in Alexandria, Chantilly, Herndon, Manassas and Reston. […]

Letters to the Editor

Stewards for our National Parks

Who lobbies for us and our parks and our NPS? Is Shenandoah National Park (SNP) 20 or 30 percent of Rappahannock County? Does it matter if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, conservative, liberal, whatever? Our NPS and our national parks have little voice beyond us. Is there a Boeing or Lockheed Martin lobbyist trail at SNP? […]

Letters to the Editor

Let’s talk trash

This past Sunday was such a beautiful day I thought I’d spend the afternoon picking up trash alongside the well-travelled road by my home. After all was said and done I had picked up a few large bags of litter, the contents of which would have made quite the study of modern garbology if one wished to analyze it. […]

Letters to the Editor

Author and artist signing in one

Thanks much for the good piece about my book [“Unlikely Pilgrim: A Journey into History and Faith, 2019]. Locally, copies are available at Geneva Welch Gallery on Main Street in Washington. Geneva did the book illustrations. We will be having a signing there later in April. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 28

The Rappahannock County High School Prom last Saturday was held in an “Enchanted Garden;” The Panther Band had an incredible time over the weekend in NYC checking out Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, seeing Chicago on Broadway, and performing on the deck of the USS Intrepid; and WCDS students duel for Castle Wakefield. […]