Food and Drink

Rappahannock County Farmers’ Market opens Saturday in Sperryville

A first-of-its-kind Rappahannock County Farmers’ Market kicks off this Saturday, May 25 and will continue deep into autumn. The emphasis: “local ingredients.”“It’ll be super family friendly,” assures Van Carney, who with his brothers Jennings and Lain are hosting the weekly market on the newly landscaped riverfront grounds adjacent to Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville. […]

Parks and Recreation

Whiteoak, Old Rag holiday parking

For those planning on hiking this busy upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, a reminder that parking at the Whiteoak boundary trailhead is very limited. The upper lot is closed because the bridge has flood damage, thus Shenandoah National Park rangers are asking people to plan accordingly, as visitors might not find a parking space this holiday weekend. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for May 23

Swing by Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad Saturday for their open house celebration of their 50th anniversary; and Union Bank & Trust on Route 211 in Rappahannock County has changed its name to Atlantic Union Bank, creating a unified regional bank across a wide-reaching mid-Atlantic footprint. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for May 23

Memorial Day closings: All Rappahannock County government offices will be closed Monday (May 27), reopening Tuesday, May 28. Also closed Monday and re-opening Tuesday are Atlantic Union Bank, BB&T and the Rappahannock News. Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate on Memorial Day. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 23

Dec. 25, 2003: When the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that al Qaeda operatives may be plotting attacks in the United States in major cities, it also cited remote areas such as Rappahannock County as a target of terrorists. The story went on to say that “pieces of intelligence cite such obscure locales as Rappahannock, a rural Virginia county with several government facilities” as a target. […]

Crime & Courts

Randy Smoot manslaughter appeal denied

After hearing two and a half days of testimony, the jury deliberated for three and a half hours before returning a verdict of voluntary manslaughter. Smoot was sentenced in September 2018 to eight months in jail. Accounting for time already served behind bars, Smoot was released in December 2018. […]

Crime & Courts

Marian Bragg court date set for February

Circuit Court Judge Jeffery W. Parker has scheduled a two-day bench trial for February 20 and 21, 2020 in the matter of Marian Bragg v Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, a case known as Bragg 1. Filed in 2016, the suit will finally be heard on the merits after having generated hundreds of pages of documents and clocked hours and hours of court and attorney time. […]


Washington Town Council prepares for new post office

“I feel very confident for the post office to stay in the town of Washington,” said Mayor Fred Catlin. “From what I gather, it has been a done deal, but we just need to get the official signatures on pieces of paper. I hope I’m not cursing things by saying that, but I believe that is where we are, it just needs to get off peoples desks . . .” […]

Letters to the Editor

Prefers a tree tower

I’d like to register my opposition to the cell tower proposal in the Woodville/Sperryville corridor. Along with Massies Corner there is no more sensitive view shed in our county. A fake tree at the edge of the woods would be far more preferable but I’d bet CWS is all about profits and less than sensitive to our scenic vistas. […]


‘We need more supply’

Rappahannock has successfully, in the last 30 years, with the 25-acre minimum, eliminated the possibility for most middle class families to locate in the county. They can afford the 3-4 bedroom home, but not the 25 acres to put it on. Plus, does everybody need or want 25 acres? […]