Crime & Courts

Lee sentenced on alcohol-related charges

Brittney Michele Lee, 31, was sentenced in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday on charges of a second DWI in five years and drinking while driving with an open container of alcohol, both misdemeanors; as well as a felony charge of a third DWI in five years with a blood alcohol content of .20, almost three times the legal limit of .08. […]


That about sums it up

It was only a few weeks ago that Theresa Wood, president of Businesses of Rappahannock, sent out word that BOR, in partnership with destinations leader Lou Hammond Group and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, had secured a media visit to the county from Abbe Baker, digital editor for the Michelin Guide and contributor to Food & Wine magazine. […]

Parks and Recreation

Giving Roy Sullivan his due — and distance

“Roy Sullivan was a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park,” park officials educate visitors as lightning season shifts into high gear. “On seven occasions between 1942 and 1977, Ranger Sullivan was struck by lightning and lived to tell about it. Please be safe and stop all outdoor activities when you hear thunder.” […]


Cochlear implant leads to new sounds — and book

It started over 30 years ago when Sloane reported to an ENT a constant ringing in his ears. A few years later, he received his first pair of hearing aids. Then, three years ago, his audiologist approached him with the idea of getting a cochlear implant. After some indecision, he went through the tedious process of applying, and, a few months later, underwent surgery. […]

Health and Healthcare

Free Clinic changes business model to accommodate expanded Medicaid program

The enduring mission of the Fauquier Free Clinic (FFC) is to provide eligible residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties with access to comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care. This year, the clinic’s business model underwent extensive changes to accommodate new and existing patients when Medicaid expanded its services for low-income adults throughout Virginia. […]

School/Education News

School news for July 11

Paul Larner, the new Chairman of the WCDS Board, secured more than a million dollars in operating capital. And with that largesse, Larner and the Wakefield Board have earmarked $100,000 for scholarships this fall; and twenty-three colleges are participating in the 2019 Virginia Private College Week from July 22-27, offering campus tours and information sessions about academic programs, admissions, financial aid, and student life. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 11

A man named Henry Lillard of Amissville, known as the Amissville whittler, would carve things with a pocket knife. Recently, granddaughter Cheryl Taylor donated some wonderful carvings by her grandfather to the Rappahannock Historical Society so people could stop in to see his amazing work. Henry didn’t use any fancy tools, only a barlow pocket knife that he had found. […]

Letters to the Editor

Go figure

Since Route 29 North is to be closed for sometime starting July 8, VDOT in their usual brilliance has decided to pave Crest Hill Road starting July 8, which would be a way for us to access I-66, bypassing Warrenton and Route 17, alleviating some traffic issues through Warrenton. […]

Letters to the Editor

Two thumbs — and more — up

Last night at Avon Hall, those impulses returned full force; it was all I could do not to march up and down, and did shed some tears, gulping down the sobs. What a splendid concert by Col. Bourgeois and his group! And some participation was welcomed, happily for me. […]


A most memorable month

The work, the kind and gracious people, the experiences — moved me in ways that will stay with me forever. I look forward to working with Constance to develop our next proposal, get funding, and return to Seme and start working to improve the nutrition and food security in their community. And to go back and see my Kenyan family. […]


‘Chills’ during patriotic American Festival Concert

“It was an awesome patriotic concert,” praises Sperryville resident Ray Boc, referring to retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois’ American Festival Concert this past Saturday evening atop the sweeping lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, featuring the Bourgeois Concert Band assisted by members of the Madison County and Rappahannock County high school bands. […]

Food and Drink

Quarter century of Gray Ghost Vineyards

Gray Ghost Vineyards, the oldest winery in Rappahannock County, celebrates 25 years of winemaking excellence this weekend, July 13 and 14. The celebration will begin with a reception at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Richard Leahy, author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the definitive book on Virginia wine, will make remarks. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 11

Amissville’s own Hinson Ford Cider & Mead donated nearly 1,150 pours of their ciders and meads to support the just-concluded Smithsonian Institution’s 2019 Folklife Festival on the National Mall; and The Shenandoah Music Festival encourages Rappahannock residents to cross the mountains and experience “One Giant Leap,” celebrating the 50th anniversary to-date of the first moon landing in 1969. […]