School/Education News

Roops graduate together

Chris and Emily Roop received degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg on May 15. Emily Taylor Roop, a 1999 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, received an Ed. S Degree (education specialist-education leadership). Her husband […]


Casey among top three

Reigning Miss Virginia USA and Jeffersonton resident Samantha Casey was among the final three contestants vying for the Miss USA title Sunday evening.

Finishing in third place, or second runner up, the 21-year-old senior at the College of William and Mary and Highland School graduate, graced the stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in a stunning, white evening gown. […]

Home and Land Transfers

Home and land transfers

These Rappahannock County home and land transfers were recorded in the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office from May 7 to May 13. Hawthorne James Hasse and wife to Jonathan James Hasse and wife, 73 […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices

There being no business to come before it, and after consultation with the chairman, the regular May meeting of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has been canceled. There being no business to come before it, […]

The Rapp

The Rapp

A Tucker Hill retrospective at Caulfield Gallery; frost damages some vineyards; this year’s Rappahannock Evening View benefit has a distinctly local flavor. […]


One ‘Little Shop,’ one big hit

“Little shop, little shop of horrors . . . bop sh’bop . . . little shop of terror . . .” The mammoth undertaking of a full-length musical production surfaced in the seemingly innocent and most unlikely of places – the Rappahannock County High School auditorium!

Last weekend, in a two-night sensory extravaganza (May 7-8), the RCHS drama club collaborated to produce Howard Ashman’s and Alan Menken’s classic, “Little Shop of Horrors.” […]


Plant time

Sylvie Rowand, left, of Washington, and Nina Moore, right, of Sperryville seemed to know exactly what they were looking for at Waterpenny Farm’s annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 1. Several hundred showed up […]

School/Education News

School board: $150K pledge

The Rappahannock County School Board voted Tuesday to dedicate $150,000 in next year’s budget — and in its budgets for the following nine years — to paying off whatever debts may be incurred to fix energy and environmental problems at the county’s schools. […]


Ester Settle, 1940-2010

Ester Mae Tusing Settle passed away at her beloved farm in Flint Hill, Va., on May 10 surrounded by her family. Ester was born in Hepners in Shenandoah County on Dec. 29, 1940. Her parents were Alma Biller Tusing and Melvin Moses Tusing. She was married to William Richard Settle on June 10, 1957. […]


Town’s sewer in operation

Washington’s long-awaited $4 million sewage-treatment plant quietly went live on April 19. At Monday’s Washington Town Council meeting, Councilman Gary Schwartz reported that the plant received its state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) operations certificate […]


Editorial: To honor her memory

For those of us not blessed with lifelong, full-time Rappahannock residency, we knew Ester Settle primarily by reputation. And what a reputation it was: “The little woman with the enormous heart,” in the words of […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Of snipe hunts and timber doodles

Hasn’t this been a gorgeous spring? I don’t think I have ever seen the redbud trees in such splendor as they were a few weeks ago. They are always beautiful, especially alongside the dogwoods, but […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

50 years ago: Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, May 4 for their regular meeting with Chairman E. M. Jones, Herbert Foster, Landern Luttrell and E. M. Estes present. Mrs. Buntin of the Welfare Department presented a hospital bill for payment. It was agreed to pay the bill with the understanding of being reimbursed. Mrs. Buntin also asked that the Board enter upon an agreement with Culpeper Memorial Hospital for care of indigent patients which they agreed to do. […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A special lady

How can I express the loss of one so special as Ester Settle? I could tell how she loved her family with a passion. How she felt that she had experienced things in her life […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville: Village’s sidewalk is lovely again

The brick sidewalk at the pedestrian bridge that was so badly damaged during the winter snows has been repaired thanks to the hard work of Nick Rustig. Special thanks go to Jerome Niessen for assigning him to our community project! As you walk by to see the great work Nick did, you may see Charles Dodson weeding or mowing . It is volunteer work such as this that helps keep our village shining! […]


RAWL Dogs: Sid

Please look again at my picture. Identify the movie star that I resemble, if you can.

Got it? My looks, and hence my name, are those of Sid in “Ice Age.” That is what movie experts in Amissville have concluded. So, I am Sid. I am a small hound, one that likes children and likes to retrieve, of all things! I am two years old and mature enough not to be flustered when you come around asking for autographs. […]

Washington Column

Washington: A legacy lives on in Rappahannock County

Our deepest sympathy goes to family of Ester Settle. Ester passed away on Monday (May 10) after a long battle with cancer. She devoted so much of her life helping others with cancer and also raising money to find a cure.
She was a loyal friend of the highest principles and values who would smile and always would listen. She loved Rappahannock County, its people and her heritage. She adored her family. […]