Sounds of Schubert

During the early 19th century, Austrian composer and violinist Franz Schubert enjoyed performing at house parties before small groups of people. That tradition is being carried on today in Rappahannock County, where on Sunday afternoon Harris Hollow residents Bill and Sarah Walton for the second year hosted the Madison Chamber Players and guest musicians. […]

Letters to the Editor

Let’s Volunteer Day

We hope this great momentum can keep growing. There are more than 140 organizations registered on our online Volunteer Hub, Visit the site to learn about many ways to get — or stay — involved. Taking an active interest in our community leads to real and lasting impacts. […]


The fight to stay housed

Why are so many families struggling? The short answer is that while the cost of living continues to rise, wages have lagged behind. Families living from paycheck to paycheck are going without savings needed for emergencies. ALICE households are working households; they often work two jobs, pay taxes, and make up the majority of services needed to keep Virginia’s economy thriving. […]

Letters to the Editor

31 Rapp graduates of LFCC

Upon further examination, we find that there were actually 31 Rappahannock residents who received a credential from LFCC (certification or academic degree). I find it heart-warming that so many people are taking advantage of the wide variety of LFCC programs to advance their careers, enhance their skills, or pursue academics. […]


Dark Sky celebration — even in the rain

The Park’s next dark sky event is scheduled for June 15. The moon will be full and Joyce Harman will bring her spotting scope with a smartphone adapter so visitors can go home with a spectacular image of the moon on their phone, and July 13, Greg Redfern, NASA’s Solar System Ambassador, will return to RCHS to give a special presentation of the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing with Apollo 11. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 23

First Lady Pamela Northam paid a visit to the Child Care and Learning Center earlier this month to meet childcare staff taking part in the state’s Pre-School Development Grant; and the CCLC will hold its 6th Annual Garden Party at Mount Prospect in Little Washington on Saturday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. and the public is invited!. […]


Honoring those who sacrificed

It was a dozen years ago, Memorial Day 2007, that local VFW Post 1150 dedicated the Veterans Memorial at Sperryville Cemetery before a gathering of over 100, including many veterans. “It was a grand but somber dedication with speakers, color guard and a solitary bugler playing taps honoring our service veterans present at the ceremony and those buried in the cemetery. […]

School/Education News

School news for May 23

Patti Waddell was honored at this month’s RCPS School Board Meeting for her 34 years of service at Rappahannock County Public Schools. Dr. Shannon Grimsley, Superintendent, and Wes Mills, School Board Chair, presented her with a Golden Apple Award, which is a new form of recognition for teachers retiring with 30 or more years in the classroom. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column for May 23: Rapturous — Sperryville chocolatier’s tasty organic creations

Young Christopher Jenkins, a graduate of Rappahannock High, for a number of years was employed by the Thornton River Grille, he quickly moved his way up from dishwasher to ministering Rudy’s pizza to all manner of duties including creating delicious pastries; confections becoming a passion. With the recent renovations at TRG he took the time off to create his own home business, namely all things chocolate: Rapturous […]

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. […]