Annual mountain greeting

“Looky what’s popping in the mountains right now,” writes Jimmie DeBergh of Harris Hollow, referring of course to these beautiful Pink Lady’s Slippers. “Since first discovering them years ago, I now have seven that greet me around the 10th [of May] every year. […]

School/Education News

Paul Larner quells storm enveloping Wakefield Country Day

Days before the school’s prior board of trustees had sent a surprising two-page letter to the WCDS community stating that unless a tremendous amount of money could be raised in a few weeks’ time the school would likely have to shut its doors at the close of this academic year. To say everyone was caught off guard is an understatement. […]


Rappahannock runway

More than 50 Rappahannock ladies enjoyed a fabulous fashion show at Washington’s Quievremont Winery, courtesy of Charlotte’s Clothing Store of Culpeper. The models were all from the Ladies Lunch Bunch, a group in excess of 300 and growing — farmers, stay-at-home moms, shopkeepers, retirees, women of all backgrounds. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 16

RappU provided an amazing beginning to Nurse’s Week (May 6-12), when they hosted their Open House where they held a pinning ceremony for its past students of the medical workforce training programs; and Gay Street Gallery’s new exhibition opens on Saturday, June 8. Beverages and refreshments will be served during the reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. […]


Turtle time in Rappahannock

At this time of year, female turtles are on the move to locate suitable sites for laying their eggs. As a result, they often approach and try to cross roads, putting them in great danger of being hit by vehicles. One of the saddest consequences of a female turtle being killed is the lasting effect it can have on the future population of turtles in our area. […]

School/Education News

School news for May 16

Six players from the RCHS Scholastic Bowl team recently competed in the Small Schools National Competition Tournament held in Chicago; the Rappahannock Lions Club recently awarded seven $1000 scholarship grants to graduating Rappahannock High School seniors; The WCDS Middle School Choir, Class A placed second at Music in the Parks. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for May 16

Meredith Battle’s fact-based “Go Down the Mountain,” has reached bestseller status in just weeks; local artist Joan Wiberg is showing her “impressions of fleeting moments” at Middle Street Gallery in Washington only through May 24; and writer Nancy Bauer has doubled the print run for her just-released Virginia Wine Travel Journal 2019. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for May 16

Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Quièvremont Winery, 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd. Wannabe members can join at the meeting. An informative and fun evening. Keynote presentation: Garrey Curry, County Administrator, will address how the Comprehensive Plan fits into the ordinance, zoning, and enforcement processes of the county. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 16

March 28, 1974Bomb threats Sunday night and early Monday morning kept several hundred Aileen Inc. employes away from their jobs at Flint Hill. Sheriff John Walker Jenkins and chief deputy Everett Estes checked the plant after being notified that an Aileen employee had received a call Sunday night. […]


BOS approves FY20 budget; squelches Code of Conduct; votes down Planning chair

A fiscal year 2020 budget totaling $26,129,281 was adopted by the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Monday, while at the same time it tabled indefinitely by a 4-1 vote a Code of Conduct and Ethics proposed over a year ago.In addition, by a 3-2 vote, the board chose not to re-appoint Planning Commission chair Gary Light — tasked with overseeing development of the county’s new Comprehensive Plan — for another four-year term. […]

Crime & Courts

Potential defendant in county probe retains counsel

The investigation was touched off by a letter from Rappahannock County Treasurer Debbie Knick to the county’s Board of Supervisors in February 2017. In the letter, Knick accused her own county government of mismanagement, including failure to follow proper expense and payroll procedures and lack of oversight of budgeting and spending. […]