Meet Gizmo, your new best friend!

My name is Gizmo and I weigh in at 11 pounds. I’m a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua Mix. I am not a children dog — period. However, I love most other dogs and especially love cats. I have an issue with being over-protective of my home but the RAWL staff are working with me on a daily basis to improve this. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for May 9

Rappahannock County Farm Bureau, 11929 Lee Highway, Sperryville, will be hosting a free educational event to learn more about Medicare. It will be held this morning (Thursday), May 9, at 10 a.m. Open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seats are limited. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 9

May 23, 2001: At a meeting of the Sperryville Gateway Committee last week, committee members approved a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors “approve and authorize the Pedestrian Bridge and Gateway Sidewalk Improvements Construction Project for final engineering, bidding, and construction.” […]


Crossing the line

The driver of this large delivery truck belonging to Merchants Grocery Company told an emergency responder from VDOT that he liked to hug the white shoulder line while driving. Only this afternoon while heading east […]


County’s FY20 budget process approaches finish line

Schools, Electoral Board make final push for salary hikes, social worker position: At one of its few remaining budget meetings Monday night, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors reviewed current department requests in excess of the county’s advertised proposed FY20 budget, in doing so taking no final action. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA narrowly approves retroactive permit for farm building made residence “To turn a blind eye… encourages more of the same”

The issue of what constitutes a family apartment on the same property as a primary residence is a thorny topic that the county’s boards frequently wrestle with. At its April 24 meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals heard from an applicant that not only wanted to convert her current residence into a family apartment, but also wanted a retroactive permit change on another structure on her property. […]


Grits makes a splash

Grits is one of a litter of six girls, known as the “PowerPuff Girls,” says owner Amy Mishey of Hume, who wheeled the playful puppy down to the banks of the Thornton River to watch her first-ever rubber duck race coinciding with “Sperryfest.” […]


Standing beside the press

Trump’s latest iron-fist directive, however, didn’t stop Rappahannock County Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman from attending the annual black-tie gala — the freshman lawmaker seen here moments after keynote speaker and historian Ron Chernow, author of the Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired the hit musical “Hamilton,” warned the crowd: “When you chip away at the press, you chip away at our democracy.” […]


Inaugural Sperryfest just plain ducky

“The sun was shining, people were smiling . . . an enormous success,” is how Kerry Sutten of Sperryville’s Before & After summed up the 1st Annual Sperryfest, which drew tremendous crowds Saturday to historic Main Street and the banks of the Thornton River, site of 2019’s Great Duck Race. […]


Annual spring tradition

The 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale (read “tradition”), hosted by Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville this past Saturday, featured among vendors Blue Ridge Botanicals, Morningside Farm & Nursery, Hill House Farm & Nursery, Rappahannock Nature Camp, Rappahannock County High School Farm to Table Program, and Old Rag Naturalists. […]