News

Revisiting a Dream

A dream is a feeling, an understanding and perception that the impossible is possible. That’s according to this year’s 2016 MLK “DreamKeeper” Award winner Col. (Ret.) Samuel Glasker, who received his honor at Sunday’s 25th-annual observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Theatre at Washington. […]

Roger Piantadosi
Housing

Avon Hall is for sale

The Town Council released a resolution to sell and/or develop the Avon Hall property at 22 Avon Lane at their monthly meeting Monday night (Jan. 11) at the Washington Town Hall, with about 20 town residents in attendance. The resolution, which defines five potential uses of the property and maintains the council’s intention to preserve the unique character of the town, passed unanimously by a roll call vote. […]

Crime & Courts

Inn vs. Konick suit moves forward

The Inn at Little Washington’s lawsuit against local attorney David L. Konick will move forward, once Inn attorney David Fiske can specify damages caused by Konick’s legal actions against the Town’s largest landowner. […]

Public Safety

Supervisors return EMS money

Nearly $40,000 generated by the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue (AVFR) company in the last two years, re-imbursement for making service calls to Culpeper residents, will be given back to ten insurance companies. […]

VDGIF biologists Mike Isel (back) and John Odenkirk surge low levels of electricty into the Avon Hall pond, netting the stunned fish that float to the surface.
Environment/Conservation

Shocking developments at Avon Hall pond

Fifteen years ago, the dock leading into the middle of Avon Hall pond in Washington was lined with children dangling fingers into the water in hopes of snagging one of the thousands of sunfish just beneath the surface. Now, the town and select local environmental organizations are working to revive the pond. […]

RCHS’ girls cross-country team members hold up their first-place trophy after winning the Region 1A East Championship on Nov. 2.
From the Rappahannock News

Wood, RCHS girls cross-country wins region

It took 19 minutes and 12 seconds for sophomore Julia Wood to run 3.1 miles and win the Region 1A East Cross-Country Championship in Williamsburg Nov. 2. Now she’s dialing it in for the state championship race this Saturday (Nov. 16) at Great Meadow, where the team has a real shot at winning it all. […]

Alex Baumgardener, aka Mailman, stands atop Katahdin, in Maine, after completing the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. Courtesy photo.
Entertainment

Delivery made

It took six months and nine days for 32-year-old Washington resident Alex Baumgardner, a.k.a. Mailman, to hike 2,180 miles and reach the summit of Katahdin, Maine, and touch the sign marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. […]

Michael Webert speaks to a small crowd at a recent clay shooting fundraising event at Bill Fletcher’s farm in Sperryville. Courtesy photo.
Elections

The farmer-businessman vs. the government grad

With up-for-grabs school board and supervisors seats in the Piedmont and Stonewall-Hawthorne districts uncontested this fall, Rappahannock County voters are left with just one contested race in the state House of Delegates — between 22-year-old Democrat challenger Colin Harris and incumbent Republican Michael Webert. […]

This 22-inch channel catfish was caught by the author in his Washington farm pond, two years after stocking it with 100 three- to five-inch catfish from the Fish Wagon. Courtesy photo.
Environment/Conservation

The care — and feeding — of your pond 

As part of an Arkansas-based fish hatchery’s two-week Virginia road trip, the Fish Wagon — a semi truck loaded with more than 20,000 live fish — posts up in the Rappahannock Farmer’s Coop parking lot for an hour every month year-round, and local pond owners line up to replenish their fish populations. […]

Drama Club director Russell Paulette observes closely as (from left) Will Thompson, Jane Purnell, Justin Smith and Parker Critzer struggle in a broken-down elevator during an improv game. Photo by Alex Sharp.
From the Rappahannock News

High school drama, well represented

It’s a theatrical crowd, this year’s drama club at Rappahannock County High School. Bright eyes, emphatic gesticulations and exclamations erupted from four of the club members as they honed their skills Monday afternoon in preparation for the Rappahannock-hosted One Act Play Competition on Nov. 2. […]

Big Boy’s last day, stuck in a muddy creek section below the barn. The 900-pound boar was buried a few hundred feet away, in the same field. Photo by Alex Sharp VIII.
From the Rappahannock News

Saying goodbye to Big Boy

Big Boy died in the mud, where he was always happiest. And he died at home, Meadow Green Farm down Slate Mills Road, where the Yorkshire boar spent his life foraging, mudding and fathering upward of 250 piglets. […]